"If you’re worried that your students or children are eroding their vocabulary due to texting, you may want to sit down. Thanks to a new study in New Media & Society, it appears that students who text on a frequent basis perform worse on grammar tests."
Although no one can say that visuals are always superior to words, the principle known as the picture superiority effect should convince you that using effective visuals will improve learning. The principle states that people generally have a better memory for pictures than for corresponding words.
Looking for fun games that require critical thinking skills? Cool apps that exercise creative muscles? Engaging websites that encourage vocabulary building through collaboration? We've sifted through the vast sea of products out there and rated and reviewed each one based on its learning potential so you can find engaging and fun apps, games, and websites that help equip kids and teens with the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow's world.
"Collecting student feedback has never been easier. With the advancement of Web 2.0 polling tools, collecting organized data is a few mouse clicks away. Here are 7 tools you can add to your digital toolbox:"
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
"Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test."
Have you ever wondered what about the life cycle of an infographic? Here is one view from Birth - Brainstorm to Infancy - Research to Adolescence - Design to Adulthood - Promotion to Death or Resurrection.
Who hasn’t, at least for a moment, thought a Choose Your Own Adventure book would be fun to write? It’s like making a game out of words. Branching narratives are a surprisingly natural approach to make books interactive. But they’re a logistical nightmare. Multiple storylines? Converging plots? How could you keep even a simple story straight?
Inkle is making their internal compositional software available to the public free as an HTML5 web app called inklewriter. So, without any coding expertise at all, and without much preplanned plot, either, you can simply start typing an interactive novel.
“We’re trying to get people into the mode of ‘just writing,' and not thinking about story graphs and stuff like that,” Creative Director Jon Ingold tells Co.Design. “This approach means you never have to worry about the shape of your story--you just write what needs to be written, and the thing moves forwards.”
inklewriter allows you to pen interactive stories in seconds and share them through a unique URL. It will be interesting to see how far they push the platform in terms of multimedia possibilities, and whether crowdsourced Choose Your Own Adventure stories are capable of a decent cult rehash.
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1- Advantages of Facebook in Education 2- Facebook Tips for Teachers 3- Ways Teachers Can Use Facebook 4- Educational Facebook applications for Students and Teachers 5- Facebook Groups for Teachers and Educators to join 5- Facebook Privacy Issues and how to Work on Them
"Under a new set of social media guidelines (pdf) issued by the New York City Department of Education, teachers are required to obtain a supervisor’s approval before creating a 'professional social media presence,' which is broadly defined as 'any form of online publication or presence that allows interactive communication, including, but not limited to, social networks, blogs, internet websites, internet forums, and wikis.' The guidelines also call for notifying parents about the social media activities their children will be invited to participate in, and they prohibit online teacher/student communication..."