Prize-winning novelist Jeanette Winterson has called for the government to remove libraries from council leisure budgets and put them into the education (RT @LondonBookFair: Award-winning author calls for libraries to be included in education budget...
"The following is a summary from 1,575 interviews with students, teachers and parents in the U.S., Germany and China. What we found is that students, teachers and parents agree that technology is critical to learning, but have diﬀering opinions about how best to use it in the classroom." The information is often shown through infographics and you may find some quite surprising.
5 Ways to use Virtual World Apps to Support Writing. 16 Oct. I am always enamored and entranced with virtual worlds and tours. I find them inspiring and rich with vivid and enchanting imagery. Thought I would share 5 ideas for ...
The NY Times is beginning a new feature called "What's Going on in this Picture?" This post introduces Visual Thinking Strategies (V.T.S.).
"How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about its origins? What can constructing meaning from an image teach you?"
While V.T.S. uses works of visual art, the NT Times will be using photojournalism and hosting an online discussion. On Monday they will post an image "with no caption, no headline and no helpful link back to an article." The goal is to answer "What's going on in this picture?" based on what you "can gather from the image itself." For more information click through to the article.
"Just a brilliant idea for the literacy classroom and integrating technology into your lessons! Creating poetry on the iPad by taking a photo of text from a book, magazine or newspaper and then selecting specific words. An iPad teacher tutorial using the Drawing Pad App and the Pages App for this activity. Big thanks to Chris Betcher for sharing this idea. Thanks Chris!"
Juárez Correa didn’t know it yet, but he had happened on an emerging educational philosophy, one that applies the logic of the digital age to the classroom. That logic is inexorable: Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy.
The benefits of reverse-mentoring have not been widely explored in the literature and this study provided evidence that the programme delivered both timely and relevant professional development for the participant teachers. Also the concept of students helping their teachers to develop skills with ICT fitted well with constructivist learning theory and this helped overcome many of the barriers associated with adult learning.
Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says adolescent brains learn more through interactive, interdependent group work.
Did you know that "peer group influence plays an important developmental role in the psychosocial process of separation from parents"? What does this mean to teachers of middle school students? That "interactive, interdependent group work" helps middle school students "build happy, learning brains."
This post will help you learn more about brain science, successful group work, how to plan for success, provides some researched-based guidelines and more.
How would you explain blended learning? Not sure...well here is a video that will provide an explanation (about 6 minutes in length) as well as additional information covering topics such as the benefits of blended learning, what blended learning is not, and exploring the possibilities.
"Innovation must both create and destroy value, says Jeff DeGraff, a world-renowned thought leader and executive and innovation expert. He points out that most traditional wisdom and religions have figures who create the world and figures who destroy it, and that Pablo Picasso even called himself the “great destroyer” even though he was responsible for many art movements in the 20th century. 'The challenge is, until you make room for something new, there will be no opportunity to do something,' DeGraff says."