Content curation will play a major role both in the way we teach and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem.
Levels: elementary to advanced. Ages: kids; teens; adults. Type: quite a few uses for the famous word cloud generator, and some links to many more. Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation.
Are learning management systems going the way of the Web 2.0 tools? I often opt for the philosophy of 'small tools loosely joined' when I work with students. I have to be careful that I don't give them too many digital places to go, too many usernames and passwords, too many learning curves. After all it is not the tools that are primar, but the affordances they offer and the adjacent and unexpected possibles that open up as they use these tools to research, write and share.
So that's the long way around the barn to say: perhaps Edmodo is a useful tool still because it does so much. It reminds me of Diigo. Perhaps as teachers who use tech in our teaching we should measure the cognitive weight of the tools we ask our students to use with an eye toward getting good 'weight'.
"Great communication between students and teachers is the cornerstone of the best educational relationships. The best teachers are marked by how they communicate information to their students and how well they create feedback and debate mechanisms to ensure that a free-flowing stream of ideas and questions is always active between learner and educator. And with the advent of education technology, a wealth of brilliant new tools present themselves to the modern educator to stay effectively connected to students at all times and in a myriad of exciting different ways…"
Piazza is a free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors. Students as well as instructors can answer questions, fueling a healthy, collaborative discussion.
A little over a year ago I wrote a postabout the flipped classroom, why I loved it. When I recently re-read the post, I didn’t disagree with anything I’d said. Yet my brief love affair with the flip has ended. It simply didn’t produce the tranformative learning experience I knew I wanted for my students .
Create an interactive online lesson with this brilliant site. Upload and curate all the resources for a lesson in one place and access them with one click. The site works with Office files, PDFs, flash files, small videos file, images, Youtube videos, internet links and even connects to Google Drive and Dropbox. Then simply share the link with anyone who need to use view it.
It's the run up to Halloween and one way to have fun, get your learners orientated towards the theme and get some reading practice in is to do some Digital Play activities with a scare factor. Here is a selection of 10 Halloween lead in activities to try out with your learners. All the links lead to lesson plans posted previously on Digital Play.