“Carol Dweck is education’s guru of the moment. The US academic’s “growth mindset” theory has taken schools on both sides of the Atlantic by storm. When TES met the Stanford University psychology professor at the Festival of Education at Wellington College last week, the mere mention of her name was sending teachers into shivers of excitement. But the woman herself is refreshingly modest about the success of her philosophy. “You never know how influential your idea is going to be,” she says, smi”
Via Mel Riddile
“As online learning becomes a viable modality for learning, determining how to engage all students in meaningful learning activities, whether it be discussion, group work or other, will require further research and exploration. The starting point I believe, is viewing quiet online students in a different light, not as a passive, unresponsive individual but as a students with something to say and contribute even in a world that can’t stop talking.”
Via Dennis T OConnor
Inspired by her talk at Innovate ELT, guest blogger Jaime Miller of English Success Academy looks at the reasons and pluses for getting into teaching online.
During one of the mini-plenaries at Innovate ELT 2015, in Barcelona, Spain, Duncan Foord referenced a fear in the industry: that EdTech will render teachers obsolete.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and I say that with five years of experience teaching ESL online, and three years of sourcing 100% of my income from private Skype exams lessons for TOEFL iBT (without touching services like iTalki, WizIQ, or CourseEra). As our industry moves forward, teaching will inevitably change – but teachers will remain as essential as they always have been.
At Innovate ELT, I opened a discussion of the future of teaching ESL online with an observation about many English teachers and expats around the world:
Many teachers use Bloom's Taxonomy and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy in developing and structuring their teaching & learning experiences. Bloom's Digital taxonomy is an attempt to marry Bloom's revised taxonomy and the key verbs to digital approaches and tools.
Via JackieGerstein Ed.D., Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Susan Oxnevad
“ So what qualities would a teacher possess in a constructionist environment and how would these superheroes behave? Thank you to FabLearn Fellows Mark Schreiber and Erin Riley for their feedback for this post. They are quoted below from our small group meeting on April 7th. Here is a list of top five qualities and behaviors to keep in your tool kit for fostering a constructionist learning environment.”
Via John Evans
VideoBlend for Mac is a free video editor and player designed for Mac OS X.Key Features- Split: Trim, split and combine video clips.- Transcode: Change video formats, resolution, and quality.- Download: Save video clips from Youtube and Vimeo to your computer.- Effects: Add various effects to your video.- Add Music: Add and edit background music.- Rotate: Rotate video clips 90 degrees to any orientation.-etc.
Via Nik Peachey
“ It’s Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, a week of TV programs dedicated to sharks. Shark Week began in 1988 and is now broadcast in 72 countries. Here’s some educational apps about these creatures who capture the interest of so many people – young and old!”
Via John Evans
- - Be yourself and show people that you are real! Tweet about what inspires you and what happens in your day to day life as an educator - Create don’t consume by sharing images – people love to see what your classroom, school, project, activity etc. looks like so they can get inspiration - Create don’t consume by sharing links to articles that you write or articles that you have read. Nearly every educator I know loves a good nighttime read - Quotes and thoughts related to education (always remember to link to the author) - Ask questions and give answers – tweet responses directly to people and ask questions if you are unsure - Get involved in Twitter Chats – tweet your answers to questions and your thoughts to other educators tweets - Support other educators by giving a ‘favourite’ or a ‘retweet’ to their posts. This shows that you appreciate and enjoy what they have tweeted - Be positive – tell people how much you love their work, demonstrate positivity in everything you tweet. You can still be constructive and be passionate but always be respectful – like we tell our students “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it!” - Suggest other educators to follow – you can do this at any stage but I like to make use of #FF (Follow Friday) where people share their favourite connections
Via Mel Riddile
The activities have been developed and refined for multicultural education courses and workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers. All activities that lead to dialogue on issues such as oppression, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination should be closely examined and appropriately modified for the target audience. Address questions about the following activities to Paul Gorski.
“How could you improve and refine your own classroom practice before the academic year draws to a close? This is a blog for every teacher to use in the coming weeks to help refine their own practice...”
Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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