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Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology

Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
I had never been to an "unconference" before, but when I heard the organizer of SocialEdCon Unconference introduce the event, I knew I was in for something new: "Write your ideas that you wan...
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Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren

Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Many teachers say the ClassDojo app helps them record classroom conduct, but critics are wary of such apps’ ramifications for data privacy and fairness.
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Wow!  A lot to think about here.  I wonder of the app is better or worse than current practice such as discussing student attitudes in the staffroom or writing confidential reports internally.

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4 Minutes Of Fun Works Wonders On Kids' Learning

4 Minutes Of Fun Works Wonders On Kids' Learning | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Keeping kids awake and eager to learn in the classroom only requires four minutes of quick exercise.
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Not only second and fourth graders!

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Creating Successful Blended-Learning Classrooms

Creating Successful Blended-Learning Classrooms | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
History teacher Bill Tolley offers tips on adapting to learning environments that combine face-to-face instruction with self-directed online experiences.
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Talks about moving content online, student control in the student centred classroom and the importance of capturing classroom learning via photo and video.  Recommended reading.

 

Doesn't mention Moodle which would also be an ideal platform.

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Hard Lessons Learned in Ambitious L.A. iPad Initiative

Hard Lessons Learned in Ambitious L.A. iPad Initiative | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
After a harsh internal critique of the program, the Los Angeles school system's effort to provide all its students with digital computing devices is again in flux.
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Many lessons to be learned here - despite the quote in the article, what students don't need is to all have the same device with the same restricted content on it - that's "so yesterday" in its outlook.

 

And 45 million for content?  It must be pretty good eh?

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Staples: Key to better education is more expert teachers: researcher

Staples: Key to better education is more expert teachers: researcher | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
John Hattie, the renowned international expert on teacher excellence, is barnstorming in Alberta this week, speaking to groups of educators across the province, and delivering a message certain to make many principals, teachers and the odd provincial education minister extremely nervous. Hattie says there’s far too much focus on things that will do little to improve student success — such as reducing class size, focusing on transformational ideas and leadership, advocating for discovery or inquiry-based learning, and labelling kids with learning disabilities and learning styles — and not nearly enough time and money spent on the one thing that matters: raising the level of teacher expertise.
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You have to admire John Hattie - he's done all the research to back this up.  You can feel his frustration with the fads that go round and round.

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Kids consider IT 'a bum subject'

Kids consider IT 'a bum subject' | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Report shows gradual decline in the proportion of students enrolled in science-related subjects.
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I think it depends how it's being taught - if it's just office skills, who can blame them?  

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SIIA || Vision K-20

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Vision K-20 is the belief that to better prepare our nation's students, every K-20 educational institution should effectively utilize modern technologies to:

Personalize learning to increase student engagement and achievementDocument and track student performanceMaximize teaching and administrative effectivenessProvide equity and access to new learning opportunitiesEmpower collaborative learning communitiesBuild student proficiencies in 21st century skills

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Bridging the Technology Divide

Bridging the Technology Divide | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
We need bridge builders to help us see the connections and develop the capacity to integrate technology into our programs...not as an add on. We need those who can break down for us how these 21st century tools can be used within our systems that hold to 20th century requirements and facilities.
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Very interesting article touching on the current divide between those teachers who are comfortable with new tech and those that are not.

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The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning - Mind/Shift

The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning - Mind/Shift | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

"In this four-part series, we are using the Someday/Monday concept to explore four dimensions of using tablets, such as iPads, in educational settings. We will do this by examining how teachers can take students on a journey from the consumption of media to curation, creation, and connection. In the first part of this series, we used the Someday/Monday template to explore Consumption http://bit.ly/1bbz1tm . During the second, we examined Curation http://bit.ly/1bbz8Ff ; ; and the evolving role of the teacher as a curator of learning objects. This week, we will address Creation, examining what is possible when we empower students and teachers as innovators with iPads and other mobile devices."


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GREAT!! Students and teachers as curators and creators.  Add to your library.

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Those Terms of Service on Popular Websites DO Matter!

Those Terms of Service on Popular Websites DO Matter! | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Educators have a duty to read and observe the Terms of Service associated with popular apps and websites, says school-based technology leader Jennifer Carey.
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Schools and teachers should be careful about signing students up to online services.

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Collaborative spirit the way forward

Collaborative spirit the way forward | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

Most educational researchers, school leaders and teachers have known for some time what truly improves educational outcomes in schools. Quality work by oft quoted educational gurus like John Hattie, Geoff

Masters, Dylan Wiliam and Steve Dinham has revealed the way forward.

We know schools that genuinely improve are really consciously trying to improve. The school leaders tend to drive this by focusing on teaching and learning as well as other areas that support improving outcomes, for example, attendance or community perceptions of the school.

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Richard's Blog | Five ways to use Mahara to build digital skills

Richard's Blog | Five ways to use Mahara to build digital skills | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

Mahara is an ePortfolio in which the default for all stored information is private.  It makes a great “walled garden” for introducing students to the concepts of social and mobile networking as well as being a great learning tool for individuals and groups.

 

The tool is seen by teachers and students alike as intuitive and easy to use.

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How Gamification Is Reshaping The Language Learning Landscape - eLearning Industry

How Gamification Is Reshaping The Language Learning Landscape - eLearning Industry | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Gamification of language learning seems to be the perfect way to make learning fun, but is there anything else beyond this?
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Doesn't quite live up to its title but an interesting read.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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Some good methods and a priceless piece of advice - with anything new, start small and work your way up.

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Four tips to manage mobile classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Four tips to manage mobile classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
These four tips could help educators manage busy, interactive mobile classrooms.
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Marc My Words: Back to School—Technology Is Changing Learning, but Is It Changing Schooling? by Marc Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine

Marc My Words: Back to School—Technology Is Changing Learning, but Is It Changing Schooling? by Marc  Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
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Very worthwhile read.  In the coming decade there will be winners and losers among schools and colleges.

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12 Tips for New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew in 2014)

12 Tips for New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew in 2014) | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
By Jenny Edwards, PhD For all of you new teachers out there (and also those who have been in the profession for a while now), I wish you years of success, as you are in the greatest position of all— the position to influence the lives of many students. Right now, your current focus is probably on how to have a successful first few weeks of school. What might be the best ways to spend your time as you are preparing for the school year to start? What are some things you should keep in mind once the students arrive and class begins? Here are 12 tips for success as you begin your career (or school year) and continue growing in the teaching profession. Familiarize yourself with your school district’s website before school starts. Become familiar with the curriculum you will be using and learn about the district policies. Get to know your colleagues and begin to develop a good working relationship with them. Have the attitude of a learner. Be willing to share your ideas with them and be willing to learn from them. Get to know other school personnel, such as the secretaries, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Go out of your way to greet them. Seek out mentors. Identify people from whom you would especially like to learn and get to know them. Set up a classroom management system from the beginning of the year. Ask your colleagues what works for them and use ideas from your teacher training. Know exactly how you will manage the students the minute they walk in the door and use these strategies consistently throughout the year. Create lessons and materials for the first week of school prior to the start of school so that you will know exactly what you are going to do and will have everything ready to go. Think through when students will be turning in major assignments and stagger the due dates. Build positive relationships with your students by smiling, getting to know them, and treating them with respect. Build positive relationships with the parents of your students by making positive phone calls to them in the first several weeks of school. Introduce yourself, say something positive about their child, and let them know that you are looking forward to working with them and their child. Make sure they know how they can contact you and when you will be available. Make use of small bits of time throughout the day. If you have five extra minutes, what might you be able to accomplish? Call the parent immediately should an incident occur to explain what happened. People usually believe the first person they hear. Be sure to inform your principal as well. Ask yourself empowering questions throughout the day, such as “How can I help each of my students to enjoy learning today?” or “How can I build a positive relationship with each student?” Find more resources for heading back to school on ASCD's website. For more from Jenny Edwards, check out her new publication Time To Teach: How Do I Get Organized And Work Smarter?.
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How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology

How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
A teacher shows how to overcome technological anxiety by connecting with a device personally.
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Nice article for schools investing in PD.  Start small, connect, reflect.  All good tips.

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Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality - Telegraph

Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality - Telegraph | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Some remain sceptical about the use of data and technology in the classroom, says Charlie Harrington, but there are many benefits to its application
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I might take this with a pinch of salt but some interesting points made.

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Moodle Quiz Usability Features and Improvements considered in the Tracker

Moodle Quiz Usability Features and Improvements considered in the Tracker | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

Tim Hunt‘s posted a great synopsis of a few usability changes to the Quiz module in the Moodle Forums and now is asking for feedback (votes) through either the forum or the tracker for those who are interested. The improvements aim to remove some of the interstitial clicks required to start a quiz, to make relevant information (whether the quiz has a password, time limit, limited attempts) earlier in the work flow and overall to remove some of the extra clicking that’s required to navigate to start, within, and once a student has completed a quiz.

 

There are 7 total UI tweaks part of the Epic tracking improvements. You can find a link to them all and see their progress here: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-46090.

 

If you’re looking to weigh in or ask a question, join the forum discussion here: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=262467

 

 


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Dorian Love's curator insight, June 25, 2:04 AM

I've just used the Quiz module for parts of my computer skills exam paper. Works like  a dream!

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Tips for Giving Online Class Feedback and Construcive Criticism

Tips for Giving Online Class Feedback and Construcive Criticism | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Constructive feedback is a crucial aspect of the online education experience. Learning how to give effective online class feedback not only enhances your students’ learning experience, it also makes your online classes much sought after by the student population. Read on and learn five easy to incorporate tips for providing feedback in online classes
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Tech Integration and School Culture

Tech Integration and School Culture | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
The more I work with schools that are seeking out device integration, the more I stress the importance of developing a school culture around those devices. I've seen technology initiatives falter or
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The Maker Movement: A Learning Revolution

The Maker Movement: A Learning Revolution | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

The impulse to create is one of the most basic human drives. As far back as the Stone Age, we were using materials in our environment to fashion tools for solving the problems we encountered. And in the millions of years since then, we have never stopped creating. In fact, the rise of civilization is largely defined by the progress of technology of one kind or another. 

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An excellent intro to the Maker Movement By Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager.

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105 free moodle video tutorials

Feel Free to Embed the Slideshare Presentation at your site or blog! 105 Free Moodle Video Tutorials! We know that you love Moodle. This is why we created th...
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