Guest blogger Dave Guymon, an online middle school teacher and edtech Master's candidate, defines visual literacy and proposes using three popular social media modes - Instagram, Emoji and memes - to enhance students' academic fluency.
Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have (New!
“ The generation today loves technology and expects the same from his/her ideal person. Teachers generally play that role, and if they don’t use technology, an invisible wall gets erected in between them.”
"But is this type of activity all we want for our kids? A glorified arcade? I feel like public schools should hold ourselves to a higher goal. We should have more purpose behind the programming we provide. As the lead learner in my school, I also feel obligated to consider how to extend these technologies in ways that can enrich students’ lives academically, socially, and emotionally.
T"his leads into our essential question: Where do we begin?
"The teacher I am teaming with on this club wanted to show the students some cool tools they could use on the iPads and iMacs. I was focused more on designing a series of activities that would lead to outcomes that would benefit our community. What we both eventually realized was we hadn’t asked our students what they wanted.
"Yes, they want to play lots of Minecraft. But what is it about this game that engages them to such a degree that they would stick around after school two nights a week to play it? Why are they so passionate about it?
"I reference the three motivators Daniel Pink describes in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead, 2011) to consider some possible answers."
"Demonstrates how to start a Hangout and invite 9 others even those NOT in your Circles. A great workflow for educators using Hangouts. Note: This video does not demonstrate Hangouts on Air (just regular Hangouts ... no recording or public viewing).
"This tutorial was created with Movenote (a free, easy to use tool!)."
Last month, five colleagues and I got together at a beautiful beach house in Delaware for a strategic retreat. We sat around a comfy living room surrounded by paper and munchies and together we planned out the next few years of work.
"The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K-12 Editionwas released this past week, examining emerging technologies and their potential impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Part of the NMC Horizon Project, a 12-year effort, this report highlights “six trends, challenges, and emerging technologies that will affect current practice” over the next five years. Aside from being great content for your next Twitter chat, this year’s iteration of the NMC Horizon Report is a must-read for 21st century educators and education policy makers alike. Following is a summary of major points."
The following is excerpted from an article by Grant Wiggins:
"The research is clear: good feedback is essential to learning at high levels."
"Feedback is useful information about the effects of an action in light of a goal."
Feedback is Not praise and Not adviceFeedback focuses corrective measures and specific actions that the learner can take. The purpose or what is expected is clear. Clarity promotes self-regulation. Exemplars and models of both excellent and subpar work are provided. The feedback is timely Wiggins points out that, on standardized tests and final exams: there is NO feedback.
Via Mel Riddile, Nancy J. Herr
Edutopia blogger Beth Holland urges teachers to inspire their students' love for poetry by introducing it in a context that makes sense - creative use of the technology that young people are already using.
Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies,...
"It is important for teachers to consider the audience's role in the final phases of project-based learning work, journalist and PBL advocate Suzie Boss writes in this blog post. The audiences for students' projects can come in the form of online interactions, such as Facebook, or in-person presentations. One teacher's students have presented their projects as recommendations to their city's mayor"
"Aurasma is an augmented reality application that allows you to overlay any video or image on top of anything that your tablet, cell phone, or any other mobile device can scan with its camera. Using Aurasma is very much like using a QR code reader. In order to activate the overlayed image or video, the object will be scanned using the Aurasma app. Joseph covered using Aurasma in our iPad Appy Hour Webinar. Many of the demos you will see on the Aurasma site are for advertising but you can use these skills in a number of fun and exciting ways."