"Innovative educators realize that to run for office, to run a business or to change the way things are run where one works or plays, being savvy with social media is important. You are ready to take the plunge with students to help them change their lives and the world for the better. Before you get started, consult with your school or district to find out guidelines and policies and keep these best practices in mind."
"There seems to be a perception that online gaming has a detrimental impact on children’s development. Nothing could be further from the truth, and there are countless–and complex–reasons for this, but it also makes sense at the basic benefits of game-based learning. Of course children should not spend every single second of the day staring at a computer screen. Nevertheless, education and online gaming certainly aren’t enemies either. In fact, playing online games may be something which can enhance a child’s learning and development. How?"
“Education plays a fundamental role for social justice and social cohesion”, stated Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel. "We rely on UNESCO's support in bringing education back to its original role, that of educating responsible ...
Many, if not all, language learners look for clear and specific rules of pronunciation, intonation, stress, situational instruction and cultural background information, grammar tips, learning exercises that also double as test skill and format ...
Charter-school advocates and others who claim the mantle of education reform have now seen their ideas put into practice in a number of areas—from high-stakes testing to digital learning to the takeover of struggling public schools. The results are in. How are they doing? Suffice it to say, if this were a high-stakes test, they’d fail.
As the articles in this issue illustrate, the strategies pursued by education reformers frequently dovetail with those of austerity hawks. The latter burnish their conservative credentials by cutting budgets and defunding schools. The reformers sweep in to capitalize on the situation, introducing charter chains like Rocketship and K12, which produce real no benefits for students. The chains do, however, generate cash for investors, as a new trove of public money is directed to private coffers. Far too many poor kids, meanwhile, are consigned to schools like Philadelphia’s Bartram High: buffeted by violence, wracked by relentless budget cuts and choked by the “white noose” of wealthy suburbs (in the evocative phrase of former Mayor Richardson Dilworth) that soak up a disproportionate share of resources.
Of course, US schools were not perfect before the advent of market-oriented reform. Charter schools were praised by American Federation of Teachers president Al Shanker in 1988—not as replacements for public schools but as laboratories where new pedagogical ideas could be developed. While fighting to keep public education public, we shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of efforts to experiment with teaching, and to see what new technologies can do if introduced in the interest of children instead of private investors.
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"Howard Gardner theory of Multiple Intelligences clearly corroborate the fact that students and learners have differing learning styles and teachers should aim to appeal to all the different learner types at some point during the course. A large category of learners are visual learners and this does not need rocket science to prove , you can easily notice it when you use bright and attractive visuals in your teaching, students tend to interact and engage with these visual teaching aids more than than they would do with other teaching materials. Flash cards can be bright and colorful and make a real impact on visual learners. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already featured some excellent web-based flashcard making tools and today I am providing you with the mobile version.
Below is a list of iPad apps that you can use to create and share flashcards with your students. Have a look and share with us if you have other suggestions. Enjoy"
"In yesterday’s Inside Higher Ed’s technology blog, Joshua Kim wrote about 'Courses, Facebook, and Secret Groups,' in which he pointed out that 'There is a world of social learning going on, and we (meaning us instructors, educational technologists – basically anyone employed on the instructional or administrative sides of the house), know nothing about what is going on.' He then explains how students are using Secret Groups in Facebook—as well as other technologies—to learn outside the classroom."
"Are you ready to bring social networking to your classroom? If you’re looking to make your classroom more relevant, connected, and meaningful to your students, it’s the best place to start. Study after study has confirmed the benefits of networking. Before we delve into strategies, though, let’s look at some reasons why we should connect with students in this manner."
Washington Times CHAVOUS: Closing the achievement gap in education Washington Times Recently, the Equity and Excellence Commission — a commission of the Department of Education — released recommendations on how to close the persistent achievement...
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