Through the course of our “summer school” here at Techfaster we’ve met plenty of tech savvy educators. From ISTE in early July to the NAESP show and Campus Tech that wrapped up this week, teachers, administrators and education enthusiasts were learning, sharing, and networking with each other. These are definitely the tech savvy teacher type, and that’s validated in the infographic below from Daily Genius. But just because you spent part of the summer at EdTech conferences doesn’t necessarily mean you are a tech savvy teacher. Of course the reverse is true as well, maybe you had family events and your own kids to tend to during the summer. Are you a tech savvy teacher? A strong indicator would be that you’re even reading this article here at techfaster.com. Are you keeping your students, parents, fellow teachers and administrators up to date with the goings on in your classroom with your own blog? That’s a good sign you’re a tech savvy teacher. Just think about what the communication you can have with a blog, would have been like in the days of the ditto machine? You would have to plan out your thoughts, outline them, create a ditto original, print them, pass them out to students, and just pray they didn’t end up on the floor of the school bus. Are you networking with other teachers you’ve never met on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or a knowledge sharing educational site? Are you regularly attending edtech chat or listening to podcasts? All of these are signs that you care about your own professional development, living in current times and caring about your students. YouTube, Twitter, SnapChat, Minecraft, Instagram, and Vine are all a part of your students lives. Facebook, Pinterest and email are all a part of your students’ parents’ lives. You’re almost too far behind if you’re not a “tech savvy” teacher. Check out the infographic below and see how you stack up.
Professional routines for Tech-savvy teachers, but also useful for tech-savvy students: creation of Personal Learning Networks, belonging to learning communities, using technology for the co-production of knowledge...
Teachers who work silently, don’t tweet, blog and discuss ideas with people around the world are obsolete. Teachers are no longer working locally but globally and it’s our job to share what we do and see what others are doing. If a teacher is no longer learning then he shouldn’t be teaching other people.
We should all be tweeting, blogging and sharing what works and doesn’t work, get and give advice to and from co-workers around the world. We should constantly be improving our craft because professional development isn’t a 3 hour workshop once a month but a lifelong process.
“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” -John Dewey
The brain is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve by obtaining new knowledge and skills, even before birth. Unfortunately, retaining information can be challenging, simply because instructors and course designers do not always use methods that facilitate remembering. The following seven points look at key principles from neuroscience research paired with tips that will allow course creators to achieve effective eLearning development.
We know y’all love a good list of Bloom’s Taxonomy tools. And the one we’re highlighting below isn’t only good – its growing, because it is crowdsourced by awesome teachers like you! Created by NJ Superintendent Scott Rocco, this list is chock-full of tons of different apps that can fill out just about every category of …
This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The report lists four elements constituting connected learning’s emphasis on bridging school, popular culture, home, and the community to create an environment in which students engage in and take responsibility for their learning.
Tthere are dangers, issues and problems associated with or exacerbated by the Internet and mobile technology. Yes, many of these problems also exist offline, but the same can be said for the types of injuries one can get playing sports or riding in a car. But just because you can break your arm at home just as easily as you can on a soccer field or in a car, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for sports- and automotive-safety programs.
Google Drive, as we’ve taken a look at before, supports collaboration in the writing process by allowing writers to offer ideas and feedback during any stage in the writing process. Easy sharing, one-click digital portfolios, and even the possibility of real-time peer-to-peer interaction makes it a powerful tool for budding writers.
The following infographic from Susan Oxnevad offers 7 benefits of Google’s cloud-based word processing suite, including access, collaboration, revision history, and a reduction of paper waste, among others. It also offers 12 specific ideas for how it can support both teaching and learning in your classroom.
According to many studies, academics consistently express doubts about whether Wikipedia’s crowdsourcing approach to knowledge production can really outperform the traditional peer-review model of the academy. Education specialist Henk Eijkman observes that a primary reason for these reservations about Wikipedia is philosophy of knowledge based on the control and management of intellectual capital. He notes that many academics who resist the use of Wikipedia in the classroom or in their scholarship do so because they view Wikipedia as threatening to the traditional (gate-controlled) model for producing knowledge. This perception holds despite the fact that numerous peer-reviewed studies, such as “Reliability on Wikipedia” have pointed out that many Wikipedia articles are at a level of quality similar to peer-reviewed encyclopedia articles.
Would you be interested to know how to write multiple-choice questions based on the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy? At the following article you will find 5 Tips to Write a Multiple-Choice Test Based on The Revised Bloom's Taxonomy.
By, Camille Gamboa, PR, SAGE US - Follow @CamilleGamboa While it may have taken some time for many in academe to take seriously the informal, unpredictable, and undiscriminating world of social media, sites like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Tumblr,...