Today I am introducing you to a set of awesome tools that allow users to easily select any part of a text and hear it in the voice and accent they want. These tools can be very helpful for language teachers. Students can use them to improve their pronunciation and develop their reading skills. All these tools are easy to use and above all free of charge. Most of these tools are extensions that you can install on your browser.
Almost 25 years ago, I wrote a widely-read and discussed paper that was entitled: “A True Test: Toward More Authentic and Equitable Assessment” that was published in the Phi Delta Kappan. I believe the phrase was my coining, made when I worked with Ted Sizer at the Coalition of Essential Schools, as a way of describing “true” tests as opposed to merely academic and unrealistic school tests. I first used the phrase in print in an article for Educational Leadership entitled “Teaching to the (Authentic) Test” in the April 1989 issue.
SAMR model has been under the spotlight for sometime now. There are a lot of educators who use it as a basis for technology integration in education. This is a practical guide to the SAMR model in action in the classroom.
"I have sat through many 50 minute lectures in my life. Notice how I wrote that sentence "sat through"... was I always engaged? Probably not. Is it realistic to be engaged for a full 50 minute block? Probably not. So how does one go about maximizing engagement in a distance course with video. Well, is the best strategy to record a 50 minute lecture video? Probably not."
If you're looking for a way to connect with like-minded people interested in learning and teaching, Google's new GEGs are one of many ways educators are getting together to Learn, Share, Inspire and Empower each other - and their students. There's one in Sydney, and many more all over the world.
"Emerging technologies is, can be, should be a driving force of this evolution towards Education 3.0. Information access, communication methods, the ability for creative express is qualitatively different than any other time in history due to technological advances."
This infographic serves as a model to establish and assess if and how technology is being used. Jackie Gerstein uses the SAMR model as a framework for moving towards 'Education 3.0'. She proposes that educators should focus on Modification and Redefinition areas of technology integration.
This post is born out of a discussion I had with a fellow teacher on the Facebook page of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on the differences between summative and formative assessment. Luckily this discussion coincided with me reading Frey and Fisher's book " Literacy 2.0 : Reading and Writing in The 21st Century Classroom." and there was a section in which the authors talked about these differences in a subtle way by referring to formative assessment as assessment for learning and summative assessment as assessment of learning.
EduCanon is a web tool that you can use to add interactivity, build in questions and add feedback to videos. The tool could be very useful in flipped classroom settings. Definitely worth a closer look.
It’s about time you give some love to Google+, a social media platform set to attract more people not only because of its new dressed up interface, but also by the recent features added.
Google+ is obviously betting big on photos as it launches its ability to “auto awesome” images uploaded to it. Its mobile app came through with its refreshing updates as well. All in all, it has been a very active month for Google+ and the new wave of features is projected to increase its social networking share.
Now here’s an infographic ready to turn anyone who’s willing to make the jump an instant Google+ savvy user.
The Centre for Universal Design in Learning and State agencies combine to produce common standards for learning outcomes, and a design framework that provides opportunities for successfully achieving these standards through deliberate universal accessibility.