Professional Development
55 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Preparing Teachers for Blended and Online Environments

Preparing Teachers for Blended and Online Environments | Professional Development | Scoop.it
There is a growing need for today's teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and environments.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
Dustin Fowler's insight:

If there's one thing we should all know about the future of education, it is that technology will play a huge role.  Digital sources provide us with seemingly unending capacity to adapt our courses to meet the needs of modern learners.  College programs centered on blended instruction signifies a coming shift, not only in how students learn, but in how teachers teach. 

more...
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 15, 2015 8:57 AM

It's important for pre-service teachers and veteran teachers learn more about blended learning and about "technology-rich teaching and environments."

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Anti-distraction software may improve online student performance

Anti-distraction software may improve online student performance | Professional Development | Scoop.it

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
Dustin Fowler's insight:

Very interesting time management strategy!  I, for one, love to flip between several tabs and update statuses, send texts, etc.  For some, these things are serious distractions. 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Google Chromebit Adds Portability to Education, Classrooms

Google Chromebit Adds Portability to Education, Classrooms | Professional Development | Scoop.it

"Google has announced a new product, the Asus Chromebit, which is the size of a traditional thumbdrive and can be plugged into any HDMI display (like a monitor or a TV) to turn the device into a fully functional Chromebook."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
Dustin Fowler's insight:

Schools continue to look for cheaper access to better tech- well, I think this is a step in the right direction.  Administrators have a lot of choices, when deciding what to buy into.  We should definitely look into the possibilities of using productive and efficient technology, and possibly reallocating funds to place where they can do more good.  

more...
Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, April 9, 2015 9:57 AM

Check out Google's new product, can turn the device into a fully functional Chromebook!

abeer bakhsh's curator insight, April 12, 2015 4:54 AM

it is interstening

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Taking the Leap: Moving from In-Person to Online Courses

Taking the Leap:  Moving from In-Person to Online Courses | Professional Development | Scoop.it

"The landscape: You have taught a class in-person for five years and due to a variety of reasons you have the option to teach it online … next semester. You need to quickly transition your in-person curriculum into a creative and successful online course. Here are five steps to get you there."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
Dustin Fowler's insight:

Some of these items can be considered when designing blended instruction within a classroom setting (in particular, when flipping instruction).  

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Technology to Teach
Scoop.it!

How to Integrate Technology without Losing Your Teacher Mind

How to Integrate Technology without Losing Your Teacher Mind | Professional Development | Scoop.it

Veteran educator Jennifer Gonzalez shares a 7-step framework that can help hesitant or frustrated teachers add more digital prowess to their teaching practice.


Via Fenia, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Amy Burns
Dustin Fowler's insight:

Good advice for someone looking implement some tech into their curriculum. 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dustin Fowler
Scoop.it!

The Flip: End of a Love Affair

The Flip: End of a Love Affair | Professional Development | Scoop.it
Most teachers who opt for the flipped classroom strategy are not pursuing a student-centered approach to learning. The traditional model is simply being reversed.
Dustin Fowler's insight:

This blog was written in 2012, but it holds true today- through taking the risk to implement a change from a teacher-centered instruction approach, a passionate educator was able to discover the path to leading students to high levels of achievement.  This teacher's students learned the most valuable skill of all- How to educate themselves using the tools at their disposal, as well as each other.  Very inspirational, and shows the extent of learning that can take place using a well-implemented blended approach to instruction.  

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

The 10 questions to ask before you start your one-to-one program

The 10 questions to ask before you start your one-to-one program | Professional Development | Scoop.it

"When preparing for one-to-one programs, schools today spend too much time thinking about the device and not enough time on why they’re launching a one-to-one program in the first place."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

What You May Not Know About Blended Learning

What You May Not Know About Blended Learning | Professional Development | Scoop.it

"While everyone seems to have their own view of what a blended solution looks like, most will agree that 21st century “courses” will contain lessons/modules that vary in their media selection, and mode of delivery."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
Dustin Fowler's insight:

Blended learning, despite our lack of clarity in defining it, is not only the future of education, but largely, the present.  I think every teacher should check into this- Consider, "how can I use technology to increase the meaning of the content?"  You don't have to be fancy to to present blended instruction. 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Technology to Teach
Scoop.it!

The Brutal Authenticity Of BYOD

The Brutal Authenticity Of BYOD | Professional Development | Scoop.it
The Brutal Authenticity Of BYOD

Via Amy Burns
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Edudemic's Guide to the Flipped Classroom

Edudemic's Guide to the Flipped Classroom | Professional Development | Scoop.it

"While some teachers are trying it out for the first time this fall, others who used the flipped classroom method in 2013 are making changes to build on their lesson plans for the 2014-15 school year. Read this brief guide to learn why flipped learning is an increasingly popular choice, and review a few steps for teachers wanting to try it out."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
more...
Laetitia Jacob's curator insight, February 17, 2015 2:56 PM

Le point sur la classe inversée en ce début 2015 : avantages et inconvénients et conseils pour qui souhaite se lancer.

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Predictions for K-12 Education in 2015 | Edudemic

Predictions for K-12 Education in 2015 | Edudemic | Professional Development | Scoop.it

"It is tough to think about what is on the horizon for K-12 education in 2015 without thinking about the changes that have occurred in the last few decades and the challenges that have remained constant."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Education and Tech Tools
Scoop.it!

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future | Professional Development | Scoop.it
To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

Via Becky Roehrs
more...
Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 22, 2014 9:15 PM

Of course I agree integrating technology is key for the future of education and the work world.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 26, 2014 9:26 PM

The classroom of the future is not just about the technology we use, but it is also about creating relevance to what is being taught, by making the topic contextually relevant to life. We are also talking about creating a culture of empathy and respect, which unfortunately seems to be given less importance these days. Also the classroom of the future will be about training ourselves to make best use of technology, as a support system, but not to surpass or overwhelm the the humanness of the students and teachers alike. Most important of all, the classroom of the future will be self-driven, and students and teachers will use technology responsibly.

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Producing High Quality eLearning Videos: The Ultimate Guide

Producing High Quality eLearning Videos: The Ultimate Guide | Professional Development | Scoop.it
How To Produce eLearning Videos: What eLearning Professionals Should Know. Check The Ultimate Guide For Producing High Quality eLearning Videos.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
Dustin Fowler's insight:

Here's a guide for creating educational videos.  While these are great, I find that you need a blend between great quality and quick production. 

more...
Conrad Albertson's curator insight, May 11, 2015 9:36 AM

Great advice, if you can afford it. Write a script, keep it short and record in a quiet location away from phones and distractions. There are some tips everyone can follow without too much cost.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, May 11, 2015 11:59 PM

Cómo producir vídeos para elearning.

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Why We Should Flip Education Conferences

Why We Should Flip Education Conferences | Professional Development | Scoop.it

"More and more teachers embrace flipped classrooms every year. In a 2014 survey, 78% of teachers said they’dflipped at least one lesson in their classroom. And they’re finding that the flipped model is successful. Teachers who try out flipped classrooms find that students can learn at their own pace, have an easier time asking for (and receiving) help, and show more engagement in the classroom."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
Dustin Fowler's insight:

Oddly, I can see this happening.  On the other hand, I like well planned conference seminars, where new info is presented and discussed.  In order to have the rich level of discussion that would be necessary for this to work, participants would need to watch the videos and be willing to discuss. 

 

Now, can we apply this method to faculty meetings?

 

more...
EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, April 10, 2015 12:32 PM

Not a bad idea. I would love to have more time for Q&A time during conference sessions. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 10, 2015 1:40 PM

... most of such activities would work well with flipping..., no doubt

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 11, 2015 12:22 PM

Not just conferences, but professional development, higher education classrooms, professional meetings in corporations, etc. If we really want any participant to get value, then a flipped approach makes sense. Of course, that makes it harder for those of us who do a lot of "fine tuning" the night before the event. . .

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Technology to Teach
Scoop.it!

No Student Is Unreachable

No Student Is Unreachable | Professional Development | Scoop.it
No Student Is Unreachable: 4 Strategies To Reach Students That Don't Seem To Want To Be Reached

Via Amy Burns
Dustin Fowler's insight:

Every teacher should read this.  

more...
Amy Burns's curator insight, April 6, 2015 7:10 AM

Benson has great insights on working with challenging students.

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Technology to Teach
Scoop.it!

Blended Learning: Resource Roundup

Blended Learning: Resource Roundup | Professional Development | Scoop.it
We've collected resources from Edutopia and the web to help you navigate the possibilities of blended learning, an approach that combines face-to-face instruction with technology-mediated learning.

Via Amy Burns
Dustin Fowler's insight:

I like this article because it points to the trends in blended instruction from the standpoint that it isn't really going anywhere.  Being an advocate for blended instruction in my physical classroom, as well as a virtual teacher, I have tried to explain to some of my more traditional-minded colleagues that we all need to be paying attention to the changes in education.  Blended Instruction takes many shapes.  We can all agree that these models are changing education, and they are not going anywhere!   

more...
Amy Burns's curator insight, April 7, 2015 6:22 AM

Updated gathering of blended learning resources from Edutopia.

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Technology to Teach
Scoop.it!

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Professional Development | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?

Via Amy Burns
Dustin Fowler's insight:

This article poses many questions for the future of a quickly changing education system.  No matter how you feel about the role of the teacher in America's classrooms, you should be aware of the changes, and prepared to react to the demands of the changes.  I, for one, do believe that the future of education will see the need for less teachers- although, I feel the likelihood of no teachers at all is ludicrous.  

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Social Media Classroom
Scoop.it!

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Professional Development | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

 

More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

There are other changes too, not least to the traditional format that sees rows of pupils sitting passively in front of their teacher, listening to lessons or waiting to be questioned. Instead there will be a more collaborative approach, with pupils working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills.


Via Seth Dixon
more...
zane alan berger's curator insight, March 25, 2015 7:02 PM

This article covers the change of educational systems in Finland.. It notes that this change from 'subject' to 'topic' is the largest change in educational programs, and also that its a radical change because Finland prior school system ranked 3rd among the best in the world

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Technology to Teach
Scoop.it!

What Comes First: the Curriculum or the Technology? | Edudemic

What Comes First: the Curriculum or the Technology? | Edudemic | Professional Development | Scoop.it

Via Amy Burns
Dustin Fowler's insight:

It is very important for teachers to recognize that technology "serves" a purpose, but technology isn't the purpose.  There's so much out there, it's easy to see what is successful in one school district, and think "if only we could do that!"  But once we acknowledge problems in our schools, set goals based on resolving those problems, then choosing the right technology becomes easier.  I suggest reading this article.  I think it's a start to developing the right perspective with technology in the classroom. 

more...
Amy Burns's curator insight, February 13, 2015 6:26 AM

Some thoughts on determining what is more important in a  lesson-the content or the tools used.  Good reminders of keeping the right focus.

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Global Affairs & Human Geography Digital Knowledge Source
Scoop.it!

Stevenson teacher developing app for AP exams

Stevenson teacher developing app for AP exams | Professional Development | Scoop.it
Geography can look like a boring subject, considering that the entire surface of the Earth has been mapped for centuries. But this spring, one small group of high school geography teachers are going to hit a new level of excitement — and tension — as funds they pooled from their pockets open the gate to the uncharted and untamed wilds of cyberspace.

Via Allison Anthony
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Khan Academy Releases All Classes for iPad

Khan Academy Releases All Classes for iPad | Professional Development | Scoop.it

"For the first time ever, Khan Academy has released all of its classes specifically for the iPad. This is great for anyone interested in getting some free education, but it’s much more than that. In fact, Khan Academy’s decision is big news for human civilization."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
more...
Jason Robert LeClair's curator insight, January 28, 2015 10:56 AM
A good resource for math, science, and the humanities!
Ula Rutter's curator insight, January 28, 2015 2:26 PM

I've been recommending this resource to a number of students recently; it has lessons in many subjects now, but was originally started by a mathematician who posted explanations of maths topic.

 

Anita Vance's curator insight, January 29, 2015 2:20 PM

Point your patrons in new directions...

Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO
Scoop.it!

The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?

The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened? | Professional Development | Scoop.it
In the landscape of modern Africa, they are a link to the long-ago past. They know everything about plants and animals. But their way of life — and language of clicks — may be doomed.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
more...
8B Zoe's curator insight, February 10, 2015 6:53 AM

#2

This article describes the Khoisan also known as the Bushmen. These people are indigenous to Southern Africa. About 22,000 years ago they were the largest people group on the planet, however they are now going extinct. This article describes how this major change in the balance of human population happened. 22,000 years ago, the Earth was in an ice age and the southern tip of Africa had the most precipitation of any other place in Africa. This allowed the Bushmen to grow in population. However after the ice age, the climate changed which caused other African ethnic groups to grow significantly. Nowadays their land is being taken from them and they are slowly dying out. These people are considered lesser beings so therefore they never get any political representation in Botswana where they are currently living. If we allow this group to die out we will loose their amazing knowledge of African animals and nature. We will also loose their amazing "click" language (a language where consonants are replaced with clicks) and their unique traditions.

 I enjoyed this article and completely agree that we should do everything we can to protect these people from extinction. They have a truly beautiful culture and and amazing knowledge of South African wildlife. These people were once dominant and we cant loose a culture with that much history. This relates to what we have been learning because we learned about ancient civilizations- which the bushmen were. We also learned a bit about them when we watched "Animals are Beautiful People". These people perfectly represent what can happen to a people group because of natural events such as climate change.
Rescooped by Dustin Fowler from Education and Tech Tools
Scoop.it!

The 5 Best TED Talks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 5 Best TED Talks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Development | Scoop.it

December 18, 2014
TED talks are invaluable resources for teachers professional development. They cover a wide variety of education related topics and provide a very good source of inspiration..


Via Becky Roehrs
more...
Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 21, 2014 8:56 PM

If you only have time for a few Ted Talks, these are some of the best..

New Alternatives's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:52 PM

A good #education creates a good foundation for our children and therefore our future.  But so often it seems none of us can agree on how to help our children flourish.  Here are 5 #TEDTalks that will inspire you and encourages us to think differently about the needs of kids when it comes to their future.

Scooped by Dustin Fowler
Scoop.it!

This Will Revolutionize Education

Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education? These ideas have been...
more...
No comment yet.