Is the relationship between Open Educational Resources (OER) advocates and traditional educational publishing companies like a playground dominated by bullies? Or more like two groups of kids, ignoring each other as much as possible as they play?If current activity is any indication, it’s a little o
We believe in the power of 3D thinking and our vision is to make 3D modeling, designing + printing more accessible and affordable for people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds. There are many potential uses for Morphi - prototyping, visualization, making functional products and wearables, creating decorative items, rendering quick architectural models, building 3D models to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Math), literacy and much, much more.
By using ThingLink in this way I can have students and more than just text comments in response to the visual prompt. To extend the activity I can have students look for YouTube videos and or websites that will help to explain answers to the questions generated by looking at the featured image.
I discovered ThingLink while teaching one of my online art classes. It is a great tool for any blended learning environment, but was extremely useful for my 100% online class. Students were able to annotate images to provide commentary on symbolism, artist intent, and historical context on the precise areas of the image where the comments were relevant.
Our experience with this class was very personalized. And it was very personal. In education literature, the terms Personalized Learning and Personalization are being increasingly used and discussed, and disagreements about Personalized Learning and its value to students have resulted in several blog posts and debates in the past month. Audrey Watters links to eight of them and adds her perspective here, and Mike Caulfield furthered the conversation here. I agree with others that we need to define these terms better, and my experience with the hospital birth class is a useful and illustrative reference point....Read more ›
The fact that there are plenty of companies touting video-based PD as more efficient, individualized, cheaper, and faster should not surprise anyone who has been in the education game long enough to have suffered through Harry Wong.But to suggest that video versus in-person PD is the real play here
How much will it cost to "Keep calm and connect all schools"? Try $3.2 billion. That's how much CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the EducationSuperHighway say it will cost to equip and update public K-12 schools' existing infrastructure in order to meet President Obama's goal of con
In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, took an outdated swipe at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. He in essence suggested that because the curriculum wars have been decided more or less empirically, that people bent on disrupting the classroom and the factory-model [...]
Education is a crucial component to success in the modern world. With the ever-progressing forms of communication and technology, we have seen an explosion of online tools and options that have become available to the mobile and tech savvy generation of today. Enhanced Models and Simulations Image via Flickr by possbeth In the past, teachers used tools …
ALL A-TWITTER: Educators like to tweet! Out of the 1/2 billion tweets that post every day, 4.2 million are related to education, according to Brett Baker, an account executive at Twitter.com. To put this in perspective, while you read this past sentence, over 3,000 edu-related tweets have flown acro
I was listening to a fascinating show by Pat Flynn, blogger and podcaster who was interviewing Bryan Kelly from What The Speak on the neuroscience behind great presentations. As I thought about the...
Stephanie Sandifer's insight:
I consider myself to be an "experienced" educator -- that means I've spent many years in the classroom and I'm "old." But I've never stopped trying to learn more and to be reflective about what I am doing so that I can improve how I help students learn.
The five ingredients listed in this blog post are fairly "spot on" in my opinion and my experience. I would have enjoyed a post like this when I first started my teaching career. I'm not sure if I would have fully understood all of this initially -- but it would have made it much easier to learn this in the trenches.
Share this with all of your teaching colleagues -- "experienced" and "new" to the profession...
If you’re looking for effective and popular school tools to test out this summer, look no further.Every week, EdSurge delivers its educator-specific INSTRUCT newsletter (sign-up here) with a section on “S’Cool Tools,” calling attention to 3-5 edtech tools we’ve found, tested, and given our surging s
What happens when mixed groups of educators, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors spend an hour talking with each other? Invited by Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan, EdSurge facilitated such a conversation on May 13 at the Milken Penn GSE competition and conference in Philadelphia.
Many schools that have adopted one-one tablet technology struggle with the pre-requisite skills associated with moving files from app to app. This process is now called App Smashing, and when you learn how to use it to your advantage, it really does make things nice and simple. Workflow is king and the easier it is …
The chances are good that you’re reading this article by way of an Internet connection. A link was clicked, and your browser connected to a series of networks to bring you the bits and bites of information to render on your screen. That, in simple terms, is how the Internet works. Aside from what kind of connection you use to access the Internet, you’ve likely never needed to think more about how you get information.
A possible overhaul of something called net neutrality could change all of that. A federal appeals court decision in January struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s rules regarding net neutrality, saying the FCC overstepped its authority by regulating a free and open net.
Net neutrality gives us equal access – Glenn Moses
This may seem far afield from the world of education, but according to Online Principal Glenn Moses, that’s part of the problem.
“People aren’t going to become aware of it until it’s already happened,” says Moses, principal of Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy in Jefferson County, Colorado.