Shannon McClintock Miller is a teacher, librarian, mother of three and most recently Skype’s Education Ambassador. She is also an avid blogger and technology integration specialist who uses Skype to get both students and teachers excited about education. For the latest from Shannon, check out her Blog, Twitter and Instagram. My story of using Skype…
"Though I was nervous about my first Skype call with another classroom, it went off without a hitch."
TED talks don't necessarily prepare students for the next standardized test, but they are perfect to get them thinking critically. Here are some examples of great TED Talks that inspire, provide professional development, and teach.
"Developing a Growth Mindset amongst students is not an immediate process; rather, it will take a concerted effort on behalf of teachers and the rest of the schooling community. Equally, encouraging teachers to see themselves in the same way will equally take a lengthy period of time; however, there are significant benefits to be had form leveraging these ideas."
"The challenge is to find a place which not only satisfies students’ most common needs, but also does it in a way ensuring the quality of the content found and the educational nature of the resource. students, teachers and all education enthusiasts and allows them to exchange knowledge and skills."
The data set offers a baseline to use as the district and city work to close the digital divide.
In elementary through high school, 97 percent of white students and 93 percent of Asian students reported having access to the Internet. In contrast, only 74 percent of African American students and 79 percent of Hispanic students have access.
"For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help to create a classroom environment that’s more motivational, interesting, and educational for both you and your students."
We often write about how technology can help teachers, but sometimes it’s useful to take a step back and consider how teachers influence technology.
"This point is key—it’s important to use technology to help you achieve your goals, but also know when to leave it behind. After all, we don’t want a nation full of students who are constantly distracted by the latest, flashiest things. We want them to creatively use—and build—tools that help us communicate better, learn faster, and accomplish more. That all starts with you!"
This guide is for anyone interested in teaching and learning languages, and thinking about teaching practices. It sets out a philosophy and proposes a frame of reference to aid teacher-thinking when designing mobile language learning in and beyond the classroom, informed by research conducted with teachers and learners in ESOL and EAP contexts.
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