A busy, but comprehensive and helpful, guide to using multiple intelligence theory in lesson design. Using MI by offering multiple entry points is a great way to differentiate and to allow all learners to engage.
Unpredictable, inconsistent, and designed to be wildly relevant for learners, their engagement, and their development.
Sandy Speicher leads IDEO’s Design for Learning domain, which brings human-centered thinking to systemic challenges in education. Her work helps educators use design tools and methods to work in new ways, to prepare for future challenges, and to transform their organizations and communities.
Social media has become an essential part of most people’s everyday lives, from checking Facebook and Twitter to posting blogs, Pinterest listings, and uploading YouTube videos. However, and with smartphones making it easier than ever to spend time on social media networks, in what ways can these networks be leveraged to engage and build a foundation for future student learning? While the potential of distraction is there, the right social media teaching strategies can lead to creative learning, and a productive approach to making social media part of ongoing professional development.
I really love the one about what it takes to create effective elearning. http://elearningindustry.com/subjects/general/item/374-10-awesome-infographics-about-elearning ; Purpose first; logistics second!
Do you have what it takes to be a leader in the businesses of the future? Plenty of companies are worried that the pool might not be big enough to pick from in the future, so check out this infographic by NowSourcing to see if you’ve got the right stuff to succeed.
First off, I like that Andrew calls technology a skill as that is a mindset that needs to change. Most teachers don’t see teaching technology as a skill but rather a “program”. If we view technology as a skill, then we can look at the skill students are learning through the use of technology. Let’s take a look at Blooom’s Taxonomy of Higher Order Thinking Skills.
A prominent researcher writes “information overload is a problem of the times.” What’s causing that overload? “At present in the world there are about 55,000 scientific journals publishing about 1,200,000 articles a year.
The Network Information Security in Education, 2012 report by the European Network and Information Security Agency outlines the role educators can play in teaching positive and responsible online behaviour to students.
The report stresses the importance of not making assumptions about children’s knowledge on e-Safety issues due to the many misconceptions which exist about appropriate use of the Internet. Issues which educators are likely to be aware of, such as keeping passwords secure and not downloading copyright material, may be viewed quite differently by students. Many teenagers share passwords with each other as a sign of true friendship and many see internet content as public property and download music, videos and images without a thought of the legal issues of copyright.
The report sets out ways educators can help children use technology wisely and safely:
Although LinkedIn gets a lot of love as a professional social media site, Twitter is a force that can’t be ignored by up-and-coming young professionals.
It’s a great place to get connected and informed, and an especially good resource for growing professionally. But how exactly can you use Twitter for professional development? Check out our list to find 25 different ways.
For those who don’t know the Gestalt Community Schools, they are an outstanding set of charter schools that believe in building better communities through education; They are achieving excellent results for their students who mainly hail from low-income communities. Innovation abounds at Gestalt’s middle and high schools where students and teachers are using a rotational blended learning model that focuses on closing skill deficits in literacy and numeracy.
In this model, students rotate through 3 learning stations:
- The first is direct instruction from the teacher,
- the second is guided practice in small groups,
- and the third is independent digital practice prescribed by the classroom teacher.
Comic strips and cartoons are great learning and teaching materials. Students love them and you can see the excitement in their eyes the moment they know they are included in their lesson. Well, think of yourself when you were a student, I bet you had the same feelings about these materials.
We had a great reaction to our Top 7 YouTube Channels for Learning Math, and so we have listened to you guys and put together our favorite YouTube Science Experiment Channels. These channels are great to look through to get ideas for the classroom, and liven up a chemistry, biology or general science class.
A study in 1985 “On the Brain of a Scientist: Albert Einstein” found that Einstein’s brain was actually not significantly different from others. As an Organization Development blogger put it:
===> what made Einstein different was his mind. <===
His thinking and passion for learning were the basis of his genius. His brain was the same, but his intellect was markedly different. He was often humble about his intellect, and instead said that learning relied on working hard and imagining the impossible. So what made his learning so different? What can we learn from Einstein?
Critical thinking skills are what we want our students to develop. Without these skills we can not guarantee a sound and effective education that will enable our kids to seamlessly blend in tomorrow 's job market. Therefore, it is our responsibility as teachers and educators to fully understand the components of this set of skills in order to better focus on them in our instruction.