Do you allow students to answer a question with the response "I don't know" in the classroom? Perhaps you should consider no longer allowing that phrase and instead offering up these five other ways that might get students thinking a bit more.
Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.
Through the use of innovative technologies and online resources, school libraries can now be available tostudents wherever—and whenever—they need them. “Flipped” or blended learning offers students thepower of personalized instruction, through a mix of virtual and face-to-face interactions, at a student’s own pace. Embracing this concept is a must for student engagement and the future of the profession, say school librarians Joyce Valenza, Brenda Boyer, and Michelle Luhtala.
To flourish, teachers need strong leaders The Australian Recognising this, high-performing systems around the world have developed strong cultures of development, collaboration, appraisal and feedback to improve teaching in schools.
“ Top 10 E-Book Trends of 2013: Apple Loses; Amazon Wins; Prices Drop PBS MediaShift ... but the library would only need to purchase the e-book once. Hachette also made a deal with Follett to sell Follett's educational material to school libraries.”
There is an overarching sense in the academic world that research is first, while teaching is an obligation that must be performed. Because of this way of thinking, efforts to implement effective pedagogies are lacking. Adjunct professors and students feel the brunt of this challenge, as teaching-only contracts are underrated and underpaid, and learners must accept the outdated teaching styles of the university’s primary researchers.
Wordbase is a new tactical word game of wits, knowledge and strategy for iPhone. Conquer the battlefield, form words and fight your way to victory - Wordbase will leave your palms sweaty as you form complex words and challenge friends and complete strangers to an ingenious-duel of words.
Does reading fiction make you a better, less self-absorbed person? Finally, science has given its approval to one of the literary world's most cherished ideas about the value of literature. Even though the study only measured short-term benefits, it was taken to stand for a wider truth about the morally improving effects of the stuff, the notion that it makes you a better, more empathic person.
We can learn when we are able to create new memories, store them and recall them when needed. If we want to help our students to learn efficiently, we should know something about functioning of our memory. Human memory is the center of the cognitive learning theory.
The following Learning Map represents a brief summary about memory and its functioning. Deeper understanding of our memory will help us understand basic instructional techniques developed on cognitive learning theory.
As educators we need to be aware of memory functioning, helping us to design such learning materials, that our students can process information successfully.
I spend a lot of time connecting with colleagues and contacts in my professional network in social networks. As I have explained in a previous post this is an essential way for me to keep up to date with what’s happening in the learning world. I also mentioned how over the years I’ve developed a number of techniques to filter out the signal from the noise. I’m frequently asked for tips for making the most of – and managing time on – social networks, so here are 10 Tips I’ve garnered from around the Web.
1. Don’t try and be everywhere (always-on); spend the time where it brings you most value. Here’s how to spend just 30 minutes a day on social sites
2, Ask yourself, if you are getting value from those you follow/connect with? After all your personal network is for YOU. If not, it’s probably time to rethink your Twitter follow strategy
3. Think carefully before you follow someone new. Use this test before connecting with someone on LinkedIn
4. Make sure you have notifications ON for the stuff you want to see, people you really want to hear from.
5. Don’t try and read everything immediately, save things to read later using a tool like Pocket.
6. Are you drowning in tweets? Try using these Twitter (Android) apps - many also available for iOS.
7. Are you finding it difficult to manage all your networks, ie read, organise and schedule posts? If so try a social media dashboard like Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or Pluggio.
8. Is social media is giving you more work? For instance you are trying to share stuff you find in one network with another, then try IFTT. If This Then That lets you set up “recipes” of what to do when a trigger happens, e.g. If I send a tweet, THEN send it to Yammer.
9. Can’t keep up with everything that’s being shared on your networks? Then use some content curation tools to gather some of the key stuff for you. - Content curation [infographic]
10. Finally, if you don’t want to be distracted by social networks, then you can block them for a specific time. But here is how to really block time-wasting websites
The iPad continues to give new ways for individuals and businesses to communicate and collaborate. A new crop of apps this year have continued to push the evolution of connecting with other employees and colleagues.
"So, what are QR Codes, you ask? Well, you know what barcodes are, like when you buy something at the store and the clerk scans a code to enter the item and amount into the till? The QR (Quick Response) Code is kind of like that, except that it offers much more information. Quite often the QR Code will give you a link to a website, or a text message, image, etc. To read the QR Code, you need to install a QR Code Reader onto your device. There are many available for free. I like using i-nigma, seen below. Simply open the app, point it at a QR Code and your device will do the rest. Try it with the code above. It should take you back to this blog."