This week’s blog features a fun, engaging, and intellectually stimulating (free) iPad app: The Cootie Participatory Simulation. In participating in the simulation of the spread of an infectious disease – the Cuddle germ – children learn how diseases are spread. Usable from 1st to 12th grade.
Allan Tsuda's insight:
Sounds like a great activity/lesson for learning. "Research shows over and over again that ownership – for example, participation – leads to increased learning."
Scott Merrick is the v-Learning Specialist at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (TN). Here, he recounts how the district built a virtual school, how he keeps students engaged and how he plans to expand the school's offerings.
Allan Tsuda's insight:
This paradigm can only grow. My guess is that Google will someday take a stranglehold of all online education in the future. It's too easy. What educational institutions could ever match the resources of Google? A Brave New World!
"While gathering resources to share with campus teachers, I stumbled upon thePhoto Mapo app and quickly added it to my list of tools for summer archival. The intent was to provide a repository of tools and applications that educators could utilize in the midst of their staycations and vacations that could also be extended to the classroom. Photo Mapo is a FREE app that does just that. "
"In this six-part series, I will highlight apps useful for developing higher order thinking skills in grades K-5 classrooms. Each list will highlight a few apps that connect to the various stages on Bloom's continuum of learning. Given the size and current exponential growth of the app market, I will also assist educators in setting criteria necessary to identify apps that maintain the integrity of teaching for thinking."
a“We can’t turn back,” Wolf said. “We should be simultaneously reading to children from books, giving them print, helping them learn this slower mode, and at the same time steadily increasing their immersion into the technological, digital age. It’s both. We have to ask the question: What do we want to preserve?”
An interesting article on social, anthropological, psychological, and physiological changes technology has brought on. Fascinating dichotomy. Today with the 4 Cs, but at the same time the diminishing capacity to "absorb reading" which I'm sure has impact on all areas of language development.
Motionshows is an online-based SaaS based short video and web presentation tool that allows you to make fantastic multimedia video presentations and on the fly video webpage creation without any editing expertise. Transform any product, promotion or idea into a video slideshow masterpiece complete with special effects, music, text and natural voice then compliment it with an instant customized webpage and URL address to host your new video.
EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:
A multi-scaled Interactive Map with broad scale data for the lower 48 states and fine scale data for selected communitiesThe Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which shows the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human healthEcosystem services information, GIS and analysis tools, and written resources
Via Seth Dixon
Allan Tsuda's insight:
Unbelievable, tremendous resource. I wish I had this one growing up. It is a US gov site (EPA), and is for US geography. I'm betting you can search around for similar sites for other locales around the world. Great demo. Demo runs on Adobe Captivate. The demo took a little bit of time to load on a wired connection through a high speed fiber optic connection. Or skip the demo and play around with the maps. Site not all that fast. Still, it's worth waiting for if you want the data.
Real simple. Just remember to fill in your email address at the bottom when done so you can get mailed a link to get back to it. You can publish it privately or publicly. It's beta now. Once they start putting in curation and tagging features, it will be better.
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.
A teacher should create a profile that is herself or himself as a teacher, on Facebook or wherever your cohort of kids are. Never go and friend a student on your own, but if a student friends you, accept. And if a student reaches out to you online, respond. If you see something concerning about a student on a social media account, approach him or her in school. Give your password to the principal, so it’s all transparent, and then be present.
Author of "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" by dana boyd, Microsoft Researcher and NYU Media and Culture professor. Good place to start if you want to know what your kids are doing online and how to go about it.
"The interest in inquiry-based learning seems to ebb and flow based on–well, it’s not clear why it ever ebbs.
In short, it is a student-centered, Constructivist approach to learning that requires critical thinking, and benefits from technology, collaboration, resourcefulness, and other modern learning skills that never seem to fall out of favor themselves.
Regardless, St Oliver Plunkett Primary School has put together two very useful images that can help you populate your iPad–or classroom of iPads–with apps that support both inquiry-based learning (the second image below), and a more general approach to pedagogy based on Apple’s uber-popular tablet (the top image)."