I like the idea of being able to insert questions and comments into videos that will be used with students, either large group or individual. It provides for formative quick checks to ensure students are on track and can generate discussions amongst groups or with the whole class. I also think that, giving students this option, they could create reactions by asking questions and direct their own learning through adding questions or comments to what they are viewing.
"There’s something about stories that stick with us. Something about an organized narrativeteaching strategy that serves as a unique kind of glue, lingering with us long after the facts and formulas fade away. It’s exactly this kind of adhesive that I want to leverage for my own students, weaving the skills and information they need together with the magic of storytelling. But despite how magnetic these teaching strategy narratives may be, it can be difficult to pry time away from our busy day-to-day lesson plans. So how do we make it work?"
Stories are a great way to engage students and develop connections that thread together a number of different topics in one over-arching theme. Great stories bring together many different elements and can provide teachers an avenue to link big ideas through different subject areas.
Project-based learning may be the best vehicle for personalized learning as teachers move beyond "course-based" approaches and open the way for student-designed curriculum.
Not every teacher may be ready to jump into this type of personalization. To make it work, they'll be required to adopt a different teaching role. They'll need strong management skills and a commitment to disruptive innovation. In addition, the current constructs of the education system may hold us back. What if we could make this dream of personalized PBL a reality?
===> I say that we work toward it, creating a push on the system that demands change in the education of our students. <===
PBL is one way to approach the way to organize the learning for students within the classroom. The use of different tools allows for the development of student-driven designs for learning and provides teachers with the opportunity to allow students more direction in their own learning.
I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew.
post by Sharanda Payseur on English Companion, July 8, 2014
"I have done the same thing. I created a technology-based course for our freshmen. It really helps other teachers. We were spending too much time in class teaching students how to use Web 2.0 and research and digital citizenship skills in our content classes. Now, students get it in my tech class.
"We call it Intro to Pub because I was only English certified at the time. Now, however, it's just easier to keep the name the same. But I make it all up. Here is a link to my website if you want to look at it. I have lessons posted and student projects.
"However, I do incorporate English through Stems vocab and Grammar (Magic Lens) to get them ready for English 9 in the Spring semester.
"There are several digital citizenship sites you can use. I also work with other teachers to have students create interdisciplinary projects incorporating the Web 2.0 skills they learn in my class that help reinforce information from other classes. (Common Sense Media, DDL, Coding, Computer Tutorials)
"We also only use Creative Commons images for all work posted online. I spend a lot of time teaching students how to find and cite their resources and use them correctly.
"If you have any questions, email me: email@example.com
Next year, I'll be changing things up some, but I'm super excited with this course.
Know a beginning teachers? Someone beginning to use technology? A veteran teacher looking to integrate technology? A technology consultant? There's something for everyone here and more can be added. It's a good start for anyone beginning or looking for some new ideas.
PD not only needs to be "continuous, on-demand, and social" but it needs to be tailored to the needs of the teacher within the context of the classroom and the school. PD should be focused on helping teachers within the context of their classrooms and focus on the learning needs of the students. There are many ways to do this but it needs to start where the teacher is at the moment and then proceed forward with support and assistance in any number of forms. The social context is important to provide teachers with a PLN that can provide multiple levels of support. "There is no magic bullet!" but there are many options for assisting teachers and supporting student learning.
A form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills -- Jon Mueller
"...Engaging and worthy problems or questions of importance, in which students must use knowledge to fashion performances effectively and creatively. The tasks are either replicas of or analogous to the kinds of problems faced by adult citizens and consumers or professionals in the field." -- Grant Wiggins -- (Wiggins, 1993, p. 229).
"Performance assessments call upon the examinee to demonstrate specific skills and competencies, that is, to apply the skills and knowledge they have mastered." -- Richard J. Stiggins -- (Stiggins, 1987, p. 34).
"Authentic Assessment" - this phrase continues to be used in so many different situations to mean so many different things. It's worth taking time to reflect and determine what it means to each of us. The quotes and information helps to provide a starting point for a deeper reflection about what Authentic Assessment might look like in a classroom, with particular students, in a school-wide initiative or as a personal exploration of growth.
Although some of these provide different ways to integrate technology, I often wonder if, instead of making tech "fit", the goal should be what learning/growth/idea/concept do we want to explore and then proceed from there instead of seeing what tool we have and directing the learning with the tool.
Five miles equals approximately 10,000 steps. How do I know this? Because just as I made it to the five-mile mark on the Kelly Drive loop Saturday morning, the teeny LED lights in my red Fitbit Flex...
I'm not a fitness nut - heck some days it's tough to get moving! But, with the new fitness wearables are making it easier to see that I need to get moving - at least a little more. I'm interested in fitness - now more than when I was younger and took my fitness for granted. Today, it takes longer to heal from injury and the weekend warrior stuff just isn't as inviting. Instead, like many other things, incorporating fitness into everyday is more important - taking the stairs, walking instead of driving, and, yes, doing a training circuit and some activity to raise the heat rate are important. I definitely like how these sync to my different tools to help me track my progress.
If you have heard about the hour of code, I hope you saw this coming from the title. If you don't know about the hour of code, it is time. Code.org wants to support everybody everywhere in learning to code. They are organizing all kinds of people to create tutorials that can be used in schools to get kids coding, even if it is just for a one hour guided activity
The world of online learning presents the largest opportunity outside of traditional education for individuals to move into a world of skills-based professional growth. What this looks like in 20 years is anyone’s guess, but just because online learning isn’t displacing traditional higher education tomorrow, doesn’t mean disruption isn’t in the works. It is, and it will change our notion of what education looks like, as tangible lifelong learning becomes a reality for many more.
I haven't tried all of these but some look promising especially if you are trying to get a handle on your social networks and manage them in a way that still allows you to have a life instead of them managing you!
"This fall there will be teachers trying the flipped classroom approach to lessons for the first time. In the right setting the flipped classroom model can work well. My favorite tools for creating flipped lessons include the option to insert questions for students to answer while watching the video instead of waiting until the end to answer a series of questions. I also like tools that provide students with the opportunity to submit questions to their teachers while they are watching videos. These tools offer those options."
Thinking about doing some changes to what you do in the classroom? Looking for ways to differentiate for students? Maybe going to try "flipping" things a bit? Here are seven tools that you can use to make some changes to engage students in different ways.
I'm not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us—I don't mean who indulges us, but who loves us enough to be on our side—then it's easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it's self-esteem that allows a person to stand up.
Interesting infographic. I wonder if some of this is too focused on the "tool" aspect and not looking at the key component of learning which is the relationship of learner in relation to others within the context of school. Saying technology will be used more is a given but how it will be used and in what ways will it "transform the learning" is one of the key areas for educators, students, parents and society in general.
For those who suffer with mental illness, there is nothing "romantic" about it or how it affects their lives and the lives of those around them. Mental illness is as debilitating and harmful as any other illness, maybe more so because people "appear normal". Yes, Williams was a comedic genius. Tragically, mental illness led to his death. There is nothing romantic about the loss of human life.
The simplest way to capture and share student work. Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain concepts, or document learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!