There are a couple tools out now that I see bantered around in educational circles that I just hate! And there are some pretty awesome tools out there that are being used in rather old and traditional ways, and I don’t hate the tool, but I hate the use of them.
"Our school‘s fabulous PE teacher, Claire Arcenas, is bringing blogging to her PE classes. She is incorporating Visual Thinking Routines to help her students become reflective commenters.
"In a recent planning session, she reminded me of the book Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchard, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison, that I had download but not read yet. We then started diving into the core routines outlined onVisible Thinking from Harvard University."
Jim Lerman's insight:
There is a much larger infographic that accompanies this excellent blog post.
There are, no doubt, many technophobes (among educators and in general) out there. Technophobia is defined by The Free Dictionary as: Fear of or aversion to technology, especially computers and high technology.
===> Just as our students… the most important skill we can learn, support, develop and prioritize is Learning How to Learn <===
Schools need to have/put platforms into place, that support their educators in developing, exploring and experiences new kinds of learning that they will then be able to take beyond their own professional development and learning into the classrooms.
You need to EXPERIENCE through technology in order to see HOW you can translate that into your teaching!
Today, Digital Learning Now! released the “Blended Learning Implementation Guide” in honor of Digital Learning Day. Above is the infographic that accompanies the guide. A shift to online delivery for a portion of the day to make students, teachers and schools more productive. Learning in multiple modalities yields more and better data that creates an integrated and customizable learning experience
Here are four very powerful videos from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub that are guaranteed to make you think hard about learning, teaching, and schooling. You can watch them all in less than half an hour.
Via Nik Peachey, Wilmer Ramírez, Alfredo Corell
Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.
Gone are the days when planning and thinking were done mainly by pen and paper.Technology have made it pretty much easier to think in different other ways. Free mind mapping , brainstorming and concept mapping applications are ubiquitous online and more and more teachers are using them . The 21st century education is based , on a large part of it, on the visual output.
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