A key area for schools has been responding to changes in inspection procedures, meeting requirements and planning for continued development and self-evaluation by teachers. We have been delivering a...
Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research focuses on how technologies can add value to learning and teaching processes. Today’s learners have access to increasingly powerful and affordable handheld computing devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers. They can share, interact and immerse themselves online with others through the use of social networks and virtual worlds.
iPad deployment includes all of the steps between buying an iPad and beginning to use the device. For an individual’s personal iPad, this is often a very fast and easy process lasting no longer than five minutes: You just open the box, turn it on, download the apps you want on your device, and go. But for a school, or district, with potentially hundreds of iPads–each one requiring a specialized list of apps that need to be purchased before protecting the devices with a case and sending them out to classrooms. As an administrator or teacher, there are a few things you will need to know before you deploy your iPads
Events such as movement of clouds, the rising and setting of the sun, a party with your friends, even individual activities or anything else that you can imagine. You will see them in a new way and otherwise undetectable patterns will emerge.
Collabortation - the golden egg of education? The class working together to a common aim and with a clear result - more substantial than the efforts of individuals alone. It’s not easy to achieve t...
Star Lesson's insight:
At Star Lesson collaboration is our favourite word! We've even built a solution specifically for collaboration - @lessongems. Schools no longer need to use a combination of YouTube, GoogleDrive, GoogleDocs, etc - Lesson Gems does it all - and it's been specifically designed for teacher collaboration. And when you combine Lesson Gems with Star Lesson's app and/or mobile unit you have an exceptionally powerful collaboration suite for your Teaching School alliance.
This is a common concern of teachers who are new to project-based learning. Things can appear to be going smoothly -- students have been engaged by the project, they've been learning content and skills, they've been busy and meeting deadlines -- but their thinking is not as in-depth and their final products not as polished as they should be. If this is your experience, it's time to ask yourself some questions:
Curation is a growing need in organizations, and as such, a growing competency for those focused on worker performance. At the same time, the vision of what this competency looks like in practice is cloudy. How will what we do look different when we add curation to our skill sets?
President Obama has announced a plan to bring high speed internet to most US schools within 5 years. In contrast, an LAUSD initiative that’s designed to cram course content onto iPads as opposed to prioritizing the importance of connection and collaboration will be missing the forest for the trees.
"My school had a list of responsibilities in regards to using iPads in school. So I set about producing a visual version and recently tweeted it to a Tweep friend. The Tweet was popular and got a number of RTs. So I’ve re-titled the slides for general use and here’s the full PDF version you might want to use in your school."