Maps are handy for a lot of reasons. Not only do they help us navigate through certain areas, they also enable us to learn more about the world and what it has to offer. What if you’re someone who wants to create a map instead? Sure, there’s Google Map and ... Continue reading »
"An annual report by The Open University said the current key challenge for education specialists is to engage thousands of learners in productive discussions while learning in a collaborative, online environment."
Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom.
A recent experience in class left me a bit rattled, and made me wonder if I’ve long been trying to teach an impossible skill. It confronted me with a fundamental question: What’s teachable, and what do students simply have to figure out on their own with the passage of time?
A strength of mobile devices is enabling students to learn anywhere. This means they can practice their math, history, and language arts at home or on vacation. Here are some teacher-tested apps to engage learners outside of school.
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books.
Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge.
Library leaders are adapting to a paradigm shift by reimagining the library as an engaged community center. The role of librarians is being re-branded to reflect their expertise as content curators and trusted navigators in an ever-expanding ocean of information — in whatever format it may exist.
Libraries are abuzz with services that go beyond traditional fare to offer more active programming for patrons, including an after-school program to aid students with homework. In the summer, more meeting rooms for patrons to use for business appointments, more computer labs where patrons learn tech skills, or enroll in massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and other services.
That’s the lead in last Friday’s “Buildings & Grounds” post by Lawrence Biemiller at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Sacramento City College has opened a $7.4-million complex on the U. of California at Davis’s new West Campus. The 20,000-square-foot facility, intended for 2,000 students, offers general-education courses at a much lower cost than students would pay to take courses through the university. For a small fee, students can also take advantage of the university’s library and recreation facilities."
Also noted in this post:
U. of Iowa Will Get $106.7-Million for 2008 Flood Damage to 2 Complexes$33-Million Grant Will Pay for Half of Upgrade for Indiana U. Business SchoolPace U. Will Renovate Manhattan Building for Performing-Arts ProgramsColumbia U. Faces Construction Challenges as It Expands in Harlem
Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Can you name a book set in your state? It will be really easy for some of you, either because you know your literature or because you come from a state that’s a popular location for fiction. Or maybe both.
"Some call today’s students “digital natives.” Others call them the “distracted generation.” Whichever term you prefer, it’s clear they’re both far more than labels: they capture the core conflict many of us involved in education — educators, parents, and even students — feel about the use of technology in the classroom."
"Twitter is a remarkably popular tool with educators the world over for a number of very good reasons. But while it is truly loved by many, its incredibly powerful Advanced Search feature remains underutilized and somewhat underappreciated. With access to torrents of current ‘up to the moment’ streaming data, thoughts, links, images and videos, the power and versatility of Twitter’s Advanced Search feature really is incredible."
Be less of a teacher and more of a mentor by turning traditional lecture-based instruction on its head. This list of resources -- everything from interactive practice sets to instructional videos to whiteboard tools -- help students learn new things at home, freeing up classroom time for...
Tina Rettler-Pagel's insight:
Although this article is somewhat focused on the K-12 environment, some of these suggestions would work in the higher education classroom as well.
Here's a list of 100 websites to download books legally, sorted out by categories: Classics, Textbooks, Children's Books, Math and Science, Philosophy and Religion, Histoy and Culture, Modern Fiction, Plays, Foreign Language, Rare Books, Arts and Entertainment, Mystery, Poetry, and Miscellaneous.