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.
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."
There are a ton of cool things you can do with Google Now, but with Google constantly adding more voice commands (and integrating Google Now even more with Android KitKat), it's easy to forget all your options.
"Recently on westXdesign–via scoopit–we found an interesting graphic about naming 12 principles of collaboration.
Collaboration is among the most-often promoted fluencies of 21st century learning (along with creativity and communication). However, there are very few frameworks or models that exist to support the development of better collaboration forms. As it is, in many K-12 learning environments, collaboration is limited to teacher-created grouping, or more scattered project-based learning groups that converge on a single project and thus a single goal.
The following principles of collaboration (seemingly created for businesses but clearly applicable to learning) push that idea a bit further–with some important emphases on the individual, including:"