One part of the current education reform agenda argues that the internet has made the world bigger. Or, more accurately, the boundaries of our everyday experiences have expanded. Therefore, because we are more connected than ever before, the story goes, we need to think about education as the practice of [...]
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What is the purpose of education? What is it that we expect from education? An interesting discussion which definitely makes one think about the current state of education.
Today, at my keynote for the California League of Schools Annual Conference North, I will be discussing the 9 C's of Digital Literacy and how to integrate these skills in a Common Core classroom.
We all know that our digital natives are very at ease with technology. In fact, they’re in love with technology, but does that automatically make them digital proficient?
When I originally pondered this question, I began to realize that the 5 C's often discussed in education today - communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship - needed to be expanded to include these other areas as well: curation, copyright, character and connectedness. I believe that these digital literacy skills are essential for success in today's modern world. It’s more important than ever for educators to teach students how to become digitally literate so that they are career and college ready.
Devote a great amount of time to their family and friends.
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There are many things in this piece that spoke to me but the one that really spoke to me was the quote above - ""Devote a great amount of time to their family and friends." I also love ARG - Anticipation, Recollection, Gratitude. A morning routine is so important, as I've come to appreciate more and more. There is a reason that there are tons of articles about morning/evening routines of successful people - because they are important! When was the last time you talked to your students about routine? Not told them to do something but discussed why routines are important. Yes, in a classroom they help a large group be able to work together but they also have a psychological impact. Do we talk with our students about 'Why' enough? We know that being successful is much more than "Just doing well in school" but how many educators explore what helps to make people successful? Yes we want to be innovative and there is a need in education to make changes to what is going on in classrooms but how does it connect to the world around?
Teacher Cheryl Mizerny is not anti-tech, just anti-bad pedagogy – the kind that crops up when the garnish of tech overshadows the deep learning that can happen when teaching is "brain based, not screen-based." Make the app fit the lesson, she says,...
From the instant he wakes up each morning, through his workday and into the night, the essence of Larry Smarr is captured by a series of numbers: a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute, a blood pressure of 130/70, a stress level of 2%, weight of 87kg, 8,000 steps taken, 15 floors climbed, eight hours of sleep.
Smarr, an astrophysicist and computer scientist, could be the world’s most self-measured man. For nearly 15 years, the professor at the University of California at San Diego has been obsessed with what he describes as the most complicated subject he has ever experimented on: his own body.
Below is a collection of some very good iPad apps to help teachers with classroom management. Some of the tasks you can do with these apps include: conduct instant formative assessments in class, create seating charts, record class attendance, randomly pick students for classroom participation, create and share permission slips, visualize and assess students understanding, set timed tasks in class, improve students behaviour by providing real-time feedback, poll your students and many more. The apps featured in this list are among the best titles you can find in the category of classroom management. Enjoy
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
It's not the failure that is important but learning from it about ourselves and the world in which we live. Failing, making mistakes, being unsuccessful - none of these are in-and-of themselves going to help us in any way unless we are able to improve, make adjustments, reflect on our actions to alter them or look at the results in a way that helps us to shift and change. Fail fast is just a quicker way to pain if we don't have a way to learn and improve.
I believe Design Thinking is a great way for schools to embrace a new mindset and look at ways that innovation can be implemented in the classroom. My own use of DT through a Stanford University MOOC was a great experience and I recommend people read Tim Brown's Change By Design. There are a number of great resources for educators online but this toolkit for teachers is a great place to start http://www.ideo.com/work/toolkit-for-educators as is this site http://www.designthinkingforeducators.com . Whatever subject or grade you teach, the Design Thinking process can be implemented and used.
The author of “The Laws of Subtraction” says that success often comes from knowing what to leave out of a project or situation.
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What a great quote - "To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day." Education continues to add, trying to cram more and more into an already full day. What if we focused on subtracting things - peeling away the layers of what not to do?
Taking time to plan your day and being specific is important - as many teachers know - planning is a critical part of being prepared. But it shouldn't over-ride those "teachable moments" that occur each day around us. Instead it should allow us to see them and take advantage of them. Being prepared opens us up to possibilities that cross our path as they free us from worrying about "what's next"!
I end this small run of blog posts with the question posed by Professor Brian Boyd at the beginning of our evening: Do we want to close the achievement gap? We know we can close the gap. It’s been done or almost been done before in Scottish education, but the answers have been ignored as they pass us by. The...
The key to a great appsmash is not the number of apps that you manage to smash together into a final product but the pedagogical thought behind the smash itself. Ask yourself why are we completing this activity? What is the educational purpose of it? If your answers are simply the students will enjoy it or it will greatly enhance collaboration in my class I would ask you to have a rethink. Many multi app appsmashes are very complex, way too complex in my humble opinion. In schools we are time poor and an incredibly complicated appsmash can suck hours out of your teaching time. For me, the best appsmashes are those with learning at their heart and by learning I mean intrinsically linked to that which you are teaching and learning in class.
The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone,and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success. Book release date (final version): 1 April 2015. For subsequent updates, see Updates and Revisions.[Scroll down for list of contents]
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