The influence of technology has impacted all parts of our lives including education in many amazing ways. This infographic from educationalpsychology.net – Twitter 101 is a study on the use of Twitter in the classroom and how it resulted in a positive effect that could change social media and education for good.
Last year, with a fearless group of 10th graders in Katrina Kennett’s English class at Plymouth South High School, we attempted to transform the traditional research process to a completely paperless one using a fresh new cart of iPads.
Google Docs is an online suite of digital tools that provides teachers with some powerful features to help students develop 21st century writing skills. Since Docs are collaborative and available 24/7, the tool is well-suited for facilitating digital writing workshops that combine peer editing with cooperative grouping and small group fine-tuned writing instruction.
In an example from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity, a virtual learning environment-based blogging tool has been used to enhance the dynamics of tutorials and seminars and to improve the consistency of students’ engagement with more challenging elements of the curriculum. Following successful trials commencing in 2005, the School of Divinity has used blogging as part of a wider blended learning strategy to develop student skills of critical thinking and reflection.
The detailed case study is a word doc you can download: Engaging learners in critical reflection – University of Edinburgh...
Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.
Boundless has launched the public beta version of its brand new site.
- iPad-friendly and works on laptops;
- a way to turn open source information into a simple easy-to-use digital textbook;
- is free;
- generates digital resources for users based on the textbook practitioners and/or learners would normally use in their course(s).
Users can still use the printed textbook and use Boundless as a free digital supplement.
The new Boundless UI has an instant search feature built into it and the digital textbooks have no expiration date. They’re not rentals or anything that would cost you money since it’s all open source.
A new infographic from Online Colleges spells out exactly what schools are using smartphones for, which apps are most popular, and overall statistics you may not (yet) know about. This shouldn’t take more than a minute to read through but will get you caught up to speed just in time for back to school!
James Clay's presentation on tablet computers at ALT-C 2012
"The tablet computer is not a new idea, but recently has had an impact on learning and teaching across a range of institutions in the UK and elsewhere. In this session I will try to tackle the following questions.
What do we currently understand to be a tablet? What is the primary functionality? How are tablets being used right now for supporting, and enhancing learning and teaching? What sort of learning activities and scenarios are making best use of the tablet format? Are these devices for content consumption, content creation, interaction, or all three? So where next? Where will tablets take us? Do institutions purchase tablets for all their students? Or do we let or require students to buy and bring their own? And if the latter what does this mean for how we organise provision?..."
Do you know what technology you’ll be using in the classroom 5 years from now? What about 10 years from now? A new visualization may be able to help.
Thanks to the hard work by Envisioning Tech, it’s simple to see what we could expect to happen in the next few decades. From today’s iPads to holograms in the year 2040, there’s a lot coming to a classroom near you.
Reflections by Sheila MacNeill on analysing her involvement in the recent #moocmooc course and incluseds refrence to "analytics tricks that I was able to utilise which gave me a bit of an insight into my, and the whole class activity"
Any successful BYOD program results from a synergy among the C-suite, legal, IT, HR, and risk management. Involve all of these departments to make sure that your BYOD program is successful, and addresses all necessary security issues.
Berry, Miles and Brooks, Bernadette and Coombs, Steven and Deepwell, Maren and Jennings, David and Schmoller, Seb and Slater, John and Twining, Peter and Webb, Jan Better Learning through Technology – a report from the SchoolsTech Conversation run by Naace and ALT between January and March 2012. ALT.
"The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology is leading the first Open Learning Design Studio MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) focusing on the theme of curriculum design with OERs (Open Electronic Resources), to be held in Autumn 2012. This course will be valuable for anyone seeking to develop their professional skills and experience in curriculum design, learning design and use of OERs in education. In particular the course will appeal to new and established HE and FE lecturers, to those completing professional certificates in teaching, and to researchers and managers of teaching and learning innovation." Register your interest at http://goo.gl/j5jIe
In his recent JISC blog, David Kernohan asks: ‘Why bother paying inflated fees to attend university? …What if you could get it all for free, online?’ Of course, it is tongue in cheek, because as my title above suggests, you don’t get something for nothing.
And that brings me to our recent decision in the University of Edinburgh to join our colleagues in North America and offer our own MOOCs – or massive open online courses – through the Coursera consortium.