With the focus on transdisciplinary more important than ever in a 21st century learning environment, this article puts a clear focus on how to help students with their searching skills to improve their inquiries.
This interactive image by Dennis OConnor is exactly what PYP teachers need to refer to when helping students with inquiry projects. As students learn to use their research skills, they need to rely on a model that embeds digital citizenship skills as well as critical thinking skills.
Trying to keep up with all of the new buzzwords in the booming Educational Technology sector can leave you feeling like a kindergartener in a calculus (EdTech Cheat Sheet: infografía con todos los conceptos de moda en tecnología educativa...
If you want to know what a PYP tech infused class might look like, take a look at this observation that was posted on @RChids blog! Student centered, inquiry focused using technology skills... good stuff!
In this insightful and important post on not grading the line between assessment, student centered learning and technology is extremely blurred. As PYP teachers we are striving to keep the student in the conversation and what a better way than to do it through technology and anecdotal records. There is a clear connection here!
If we are looking for engagement as PYP teachers then we need to consider the huge draw that teachnology games have for children. While I'm not an advocate for games just for games sake, with consideration, these games could engage and challenge some of your students.
BALANCE is one of our key learner attributes so we need to apply that thinking when using technology with young students. This site takes a closer look at its effectiveness on early childhood students.
If you are outside the United States and are looking for international resources, here's is a site to start with for history. There are some great links for Am History content that will engage students with the use of technology.
As we continue to find ways to make content engaging and relevant to students, we are relying more and more on technology to help us. With this list of 100 tech tools a PYP teacher is sure to find some to engage students in significant learning!
iPads have certainly become a highly desired commodity in education. Apple is reporting that schools are purchasing iPads by a ratio of 2:1 over MacBooks. However, that rush to purchase the latest technologies often precedes the careful planning and preparation that’s crucial to their success as educational tools.
Via Sam Gliksman
Jessica V Allen's insight:
As teachers continue to explore student centered learning and student negotiated inquiry, it is important that students have tools that can help them work together, investigate, and create explanations of their deep understanding. iPads are a great tool for those goals and this helps schools see how best to begin that process... with careful planning!
In the PYP where we need to teach all the skills and profiles necessary for learning in the future, students need to be aware and confident in Digital Citizenship practices as well. This post has a wealth of information and sites that can be used to help teach this important topic to students in a meaningful way.
When thinking of using 1 to 1 programs in a PYP school it is important that we remember that the key elements of our program are just as important: collaborative and relevant planning, focus on skills, and pedagogical leadership. Studies have recently shown that these elements are a MUST for technology programs to succeed in schools as well. The correlation is simple: good teaching = good teaching w technology.
In this article via @anniemurphypaul they talk to some leading names in education about technology and the future. Since we promote life-long learning in the PYP it is important for teachers to know what is coming in the future too. http://t.co/HrwEf2sy...
Research group Project RED has launched a new, replicable method for integrating technology in schools, to be detailed in an upcoming webinar, held May 15, 17, and 23. They will be highlighting some of the key aspects of the PYP program, engagement and relevance!
Along with some great references to video apps for iPads, this site could be used as a great springboard for lessons on Digital Citizenship! Lessons Learned from an Immediate Social Network Sharing Button http://t.co/Mwlxs3eM via @wfryer #edtech #socialmedia...
An interesting website that looks at the intersection between lit circles and technology. There is a lot of scope for transdisciplinary learning here! This site highlights several apps useful for downloading electronic books.