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Recently, I've been noticing that a lot of instructors are under the impression that they are successfully integrating technology, when in fact they are simply using technology. Although this might...
This article is about digital technology and how it is used and integrated. Are we truly USING technology when it is not integrated? When we ask for assessment that is presented with powerpoint, for example, we could just as easily ask them to write it in a book or make a poster. Digital technology should be used to facilitate collaboration and build high level thinking skills, that is how learning occurs.
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An important distinction when considering 1:1.
Something to reflect on as we aim to integrate more technology into our course offerings.
An important point to remember when we are considering using technology in the classroom. The integration of technology can be a help in the classroom while simply using technology can become a hinderance. So where do we make that distinction?
25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy
Great resource for helping students to ask the right questions.
Born in the mid-eighties, and spending my formative years in the nineties, I feel at no disadvantage in the digital realm.
Creativity is lauded in Blooms Taxonomy as being the highest level of thinking, and when we are creating we are accessing all other levels of thinking simultaneously. By making objectives fun and interesting, teachers can allow students to makes connections from all the information they have gained and form new knowledge relevant to the task.
Building with blocks and other such building toys gives students strengthens planning and problem solving skills while exercising their imagination.
A nice reflection about using Scratch in the classroom, and some thoughts about how one might go about teaching it. The ideas in this post echo my own thoughts.
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone.
Why should kids learn to code? At the most basic level it's learning to do stuff to make stuff do stuff we want it to do. It's basic engineering. It's problem solving. It's making the brain work, which is everything!
This is a collection of what we call our "Big 5". These five apps are essential for any classroom and can be used at any level of Bloom's Taxonomy. Click or tap on the name of an app to see...
This guide is organized into six sections: Introduction Why Integrate Tech? What Is Tech Integration? How to Integrate Tech Tools Workshop Activities Resources for Tech Integration
To all those who claim that all students today are digital “natives,” I beg to disagree.
Includes all the Bloomin' versions in one place!
This site collates all apps for iphone and android according to the level of thinking they use. They also have an interesting take on blooms taxonomy as not a hierarchy but as a series of cogs. Basically she postulates that as you use the highest order of thinking, "creating", you access all the other orders, and in any activity you tend to go back and forth between the levels of Blooms Taxonomy.
It's actually quite easy to figure out how to use popular social bookmarking service Pinterest with Bloom's Taxonomy. That is, after you see this guide!
How pinterest can pique their interest!
This post has a lovely resource on integrating one of the fastest growing social media tools across the curriculum. Definitely worth consideration.
Problem solving can be seen as exercise for the critical brain. Design briefs can be used to pose a problem, but they have to be written effectively to be effective. This site offers a quick lesson in how to write a design brief, but the real trick is coming up with an authentic problem to solve. Design briefs will take practice and it may pay to build a database of design briefs for use in technology education. It is always interesting to see the variety of different solutions that children think of to the same problem.
Design briefs. Help or hinderance in a classroom? While they can be a helpful and creative way for students to learn can they become a hinderance if they are not effectively written, clearly stated and directs or poorly designed?
I have recently been introduced to the concept of a design brief and I must say i was impressed. This site captures the effectiveness of using design briefs in the classroom to allow students to 'discover' their learning.
This resource has been rescooped from my PLN, as I felt this is a vital skill that I need to develop. The lesson plan focuses on developing appropriate design briefs for technology students. The site provides activities that assist the user to determine the appropriateness of task statements for activities, formats for design briefs and various examples of design briefs.
This resource is a valuable tool in assisting tecahers to write effective design briefs that have a clear task statement and evaluation process.
The Draft Technolgies curriculum states that all young Australians should develop a critical appreciation of the processes through which technologies are developed, they will do this by evaluating how their own solutions and those of others affect users, equity, sustainability, ethics, and personal and social values (ACARA, 2013).
As teachers if we provide students with challenging and effectively written design briefs we will be better eqipped to contribute to achieving this goal.
A few weeks ago (I think it was - time has been manic for so long now), I was filmed as I taught and as I talked by the very cool crew at AITSL. The process of being filmed was intimidating but exc...
Bianca Hewes talks about project based learning, student centred pedagogy utilising technology.
As a school division, we are deep into developing blogs as portfolios with our students. To do this with approximately 10,000 students is a major undertaking but the work is important and I really...
Blogging gives students an authentic voice in the world. By blogging students gain a worldwide audience, which is more relevant to them than writing something that will only be read by the teacher. Having the audience encourages them to have accurate information and urges them to write engagingly, and opens them up to question each other and to be questioned, which is the door to critical thinking.
To be honest, not every student will take to blogging the way that we envision as teachers, and to be honest, that is okay. If we make them do it the way we think it should be done, they might have trouble adopting this past the school setting. That being said, if we do give them the freedom to write or share not only what they are interested in, but also share it how they like, it could develop into something very powerful that will also give them an authentic audience.
Why do you believe students should blog? If they aren’t, why not?
Another example of how the "flipped method" can be benificial if implemented correctly.
How effective is your technology integration. Are you providing transformative pedagogy by utilising technology or are you merely providing an alternative to pen and paper?
Technology is much more than computers, build things, make things, think things.
Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud.
TED talk by Sugata Mitra
Amazing story about access to computers providing opportunities to learn.
Utilising a "teacherless" approach as described here seems an ideal approach to learning in subject areas such as technology, science, and history in particular, because students are not only teaching themselves the subject matter but are learning how to learn independantly.
Practicing Higher Order Thinking (HOT) skills outside of school will give kids the tools that they need to understand, infer, connect, categorize, synthesize, evaluate, and apply the information they know to find solutions to new and existing...
Contains tips for teachers on asking the right sort of questions to engage students in deeper thinking. Also contains some lesson plans for most age groups.
"Pose a research question to students and most of them will immediately turn to the Internet. Sadly, many students think the only option is Google...Here I’ll present some free options for research that don’t require a login, along with a few quick tips to aid student searches."
Students have so much information at their fingertips, these tips help them to filter that information and search deeper.