Classroom teachers and technology innovation has been a hot topic for many, many years. It doesn’t have to be stressful trying to learn something new. Approaching new technology with a plan in place will help you to become a master at technology in the classroom and will reduce the stress that naturally comes with trying to learn new technology.
This unique publication explores the potential benefits, pitfalls, future trends and learning outcomes for 10 hot topics in education, providing you with a warts-and-all view of how they can impact a school and, ultimately, the learning experience of the pupil.
This year I presented a pre-conference workshop on makerspaces with Dottie Smay and Courtney Walker from Shorecrest Prepatory in St. Petersburg, FL. I’m so glad I got to present alongside them, as they’ve created a fantastic makerspace at their school (post coming eventually) and because they helped to balance out the conversation. Their school is a private school – Dottie handles the elementary side while Courtney handles the secondary side. We had a lot of elementary librarians at our workshop, so I was glad to have someone with more direct experience on that end.
"Simplify3D announced that they are releasing their visual troubleshooting guide for 3D printing. This guide could prove to be invaluable to anyone who’s a beginner, fine tuning their printer or software settings, or frustrated with annoying print issues.
Simply put, this is the best 3D printer troubleshooting guide I’ve seen yet."
“A Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special. It is personal because you choose who’s part of that group; you choose if you want to lurk–just check out what people are saying–or if you share; because you choose when to do so, and how to do so.”
FREE Mobile Application on Web 2.0 called JiT2U (Just-in-timeTraining2U) accessible at jitzu.ukm.my/web20 via most smart phones/tablets or computer web browsers. Interesting animated video tutorials are provided by Prof. Amin Embi from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Focus groups were conducted, along with interviews with interview experts and school leaders. The report also aims to highlight many of the existing initiatives in South Asia where teachers use technology for professional development and provide the reader with a clearer understanding of the regional digital context. Using what we have learned, we aim to continue working in partnership with UK and South Asian organisations and institutions on teacher education projects, using technology appropriately and creatively to achieve our common goals.
In a time where testing becomes more ubiquitous than ever, and creativity and innovation – though theoretically highly valued in the ‘real world’ – are left behind in our classrooms, it’s time for teachers to look at ways to promote creativity in their students. There are tons of lists out there about what ‘creative people’ do and how you can be more like them, but integrating daily rituals into an already jam-packed classroom schedule probably doesn’t sound very doable to most teachers.
That’s why we like the handy infographic below: While it does ostensibly give you some habits (like meditation) that may help both you and your students in the long run, if you extrapolate on some of the suggestions you’ll find yourself with some incredible guidelines for how you teach and encourage students in your classroom, all of which will push them a little further down the creative pathway.
Are you a closet iPhone or iPad user? No, really, do you use mobile devices inside your closet?
This infographic from litmus.com makes a strong case for leveraging the power and omnipresence of mobile devices for learning.
Not only are 80 percent of our learners using mobile devices, they take them everywhere. Notice the seven most popular places learners use their mobile devices (surprisingly, closet didn’t make the list, but we still believe people surf the net there).
Effective educators know—supporting the knowledge and skills determined by a course’s learning outcomes is essential for student success, both in the classroom and online.
Learning outcomes can serve as goals, benchmarks, standards for accountability, and guides for course design. That’s why you need multiple methods to support learning outcomes. The aim of this report is to provide you real-world, tested approaches to help you improve student learning.
Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course?
If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners. If any of these scenarios bring back memories as a teacher or student, then you understand that we have many more tools today to ensure that learners succeed despite struggles, because students and teachers have so much more available to meet every learner's needs.
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