It is estimated that we can think up to seventy thousand thoughts per day. It’s no wonder therefore, that our minds can go into “thought overload.” But a great way to avoid that is by practicing Mindfulness, and making an effort to stay in the present moment.
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Digital Digital student portfolios can provide what other assessment tools cannot: Real, unabridged, minimally processed artifacts of learning that make sense to all the learners in the classroom, including the teacher. Technology used in this way can bring us as close as we can get to peering inside our students’ hearts and minds to find out what they currently know and are able to do.
In other words, they could read for all the same reasons that we can now use computers. We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us. It is the saddest of ironies that many people now see the fluidity and effectiveness of this process as a characteristic of computers, rather than what it is, which is a characteristic of human beings.
"The power of Twitter resides in the kind of connections and networks it allows you to make.Twitter is by far the social networking platform that teachers and educators populate the most. As such, creating a personal/professional learning network comprising kindred others is as easy as participating in the weekly educational chats organized on Twitter (#edchat as an example). These meet-ups enable you to meet and connect with teachers from all around the globe. They also introduce you to a treasure trove of information, resources, links, tips, and learning experiences that can be leveraged for your own purposes."
Flipgrid is simple: Teachers create grids of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Flipgrid boosts community and social presence in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms.
"Howard Rheingold – the author of Net Smart: How to Thrive Online (2012) – recently argued that one of the most important skills to master in today’s world was the ability to focus your attention while searching on the Web. He suggests that every learner should write down the three things that they want to get done BEFORE heading online. Then, they should make conscious choices about what to click on while surfing, only selecting sites that are likely to help them move forward towards their final goal. Use this handout to help guide YOUR choices while working online today.
Spend more time teaching learning skills. Klemm recommends memory tricks like mnemonic devices, and visualizing ideas as complex images, to help students expand their working memory. “If they knew these things, they wouldn’t have to work so hard and school might even become fun,” Klemm said. “Once students start reflecting and become more self-aware, they have the opportunity to become better students.”
“Working memory gets overloaded,” Kleem said. “Most people can only hold four independent ideas in working memory.” But if images are used to represent a constellation of ideas, people can remember much more. Words are hard to remember, but images stick with people. “It’s like a zip file,” Klemm said. “This is a way to get your working memory to carry more.”
"Education is one of the fastest progressing industries. Today, research, materials and communication can be shared instantly and globally. However, information technology is hardly at its full potential, particularly in education. As a college senior set to graduate in 2015 and asked to write an essay about the future of higher education, here is what I see when I look into the crystal ball. By the year 2050 higher education will be transformed by three trends: automation, curation, and gamification."
Ever wonder which tools super-productive and über-organized people use to get things done? Fast Company contacted 10 productivity experts, and asked them which apps or tech tools help them get through their day.
For all the wild variety of our cultures, personalities, and thought patterns, we’re all still operating with roughly the same three-pound lump of gray matter. But almost from day one, the allotment of neurons in those brains (and therefore the way they function) is different today from the way it was even one generation ago. Every second of your lived experience represents new connections among the roughly 86 billion neurons packed inside your brain.
Infographic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology 1. They always start with the why Technology for technology's sake is dangerous. Highly effective teachers who use technology always have a reason for using new technology tools. Whether It saves them time. Improves learning outcomes, or helps with lesson planning, highly effective teachers always start with the why. 2. They are malleable and can easily adapt Technology is constantly changing, and the classroom environment will be drastically different In 2 years. Understanding the big picture Is key. 3. They embrace change Most teachers who use technology today are Innovators or early adopters. Embracing (not fighting) change is key. The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. 4. They share, share, and then share some more Technology has opened the door for collaboration beyond the school walls. A teacher In New Brunswick can now collaborate with a teacher In the UK. Knowledge Is
Drawing from personal experience, graduate student Michael Strom demonstrates the tremendous teaching power of comic books and graphic novels, and how we can use these as literary tools to reach our struggling students.
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