I was feeling death for a few years during my teaching career before I decided to re-survive.My professional ideas were fading away before I had the chance to “water” them and make them green again.Many teachers do truely experience professional death while they are attending their classes,thinking that they are really doing their job.Some of those teachers actually die,while others fight,survive and grow.The chalk and the blackboard are only a small part of a teacher’s job.In fact,no teacher can do his/her mission of educating and teaching if he/she eliminated other important aspects of his/her profession.
With social networking sites reaching into some of the remotest parts of the globe,no excuses are accepted from teachers who are letting themselves to professionally perish and fade away.Today,so many social networking sites have made it possible for teachers to keep track of the most recent ideas,techniques and innovations in the area of EFL teaching.
In recent years, most students in my project-based AP Government classes have indicated, in both class discussions and anonymously on surveys, that they prefer project-based learning to a more tradit...
Back in 2008 Justin Bieber was just another fresh faced singer posting videos on YouTube. The rest—as millions of screaming teen girls around the world can attest—is history. Can YouTube transform educators into superstars, too? That's the goal of the Next EDU Gurus contest, which hopes to turn 10 video-savvy content creators into "the next generation of educational YouTube stars."
In the past year viewers spent 50 percent more time watching YouTube's 700,000 existing education videos and the number of subscribers has doubled. That means there's a real need for fresh, high quality educational content on the site. To fill the gap, YouTube says on their blog that they're looking for finalists from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand "with a talent for explaining tough concepts in compelling ways, and the passion and drive to assemble a global classroom of students.
"Adam Heckler, a twenty-something who works in ed-tech where he advises K12 schools on how they can better integrate technology into their environment, says he has a long commute to work and likes to use those 45 to 50 minutes to listen to some innovative and helpful ed-tech podcasts. From ISTE to EdReach, topics range from flipped learning to ELA, and much more. Heckler also has many more quick-hitting lists and discussions that can be found here."
Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere is mandatory reading for anyone who cares about the education of their children. It is the perfect jumping off point for anyone interested in beginning or continuing a conversation on the long overdue changes that our schools need to undergo in order to provide a relevant learning experience for our students. Will Richardson speaks as a parent, a teacher, and a learner regarding the fundamental changes taking place outside the walls of our schools and he makes a compelling case as to what we need to do inside of our school walls to adjust to what he describes as “a shift in the way we define and acquire an “education.’"
Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information. It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques.
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Coming Soon! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know Next week we'll be releasing a new downloadable PDF classroom guide all about using mobile devices for education. You'll find tips and best practices for keeping kids safe, engaged in learning, and focused on working smarter.
E-learning and m-learning have become extremely important buzz words of the education technology revolution; each characterising a whole raft of ideas and resources for the tech-savvy teacher. But the two terms are not always used correctly, with some confusion about the differences between them and where they overlap. And in more complex terms, thinking about the differences between e-learning and m-learning can be particularly useful for teachers who use technology in the classroom, as it can help them to pick out which techniques are best for which education scenario.
While you were sunning yourself on the beach this summer — or just taking a nice staycation at home — we were busy tracking down new courses to add to our list of 530 Free Online Courses. Available via YouTube, iTunes or the web, these courses were taped on the campuses of top universities like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and UC Berkeley. They range across diverse disciplines – Philosophy, History, Computer Science, and Physics, to name a few — and you can access them all for free. Below we’re highlighting some of the most recent additions to the big master list, and also throwing in a few interesting bonus picks.
When people think mobile, it's generally smartphones that come to mind But tablets and e-readers have increasingly become part of the equation, with millions of people now owning devices that many had never heard of a couple of years ago. On the tablet front, Apple's iPad has ruled the market with an iron fist. Since its rollout in early 2010, competitors from HP to Dell to BlackBerry-maker RIM have tried, and failed, to match the device feature for feature. But in 2012, the landscape has gotten more interesting.
It can be a challenge shifting through all of the educational technology tools available to educators and students today. What’s more, educators sometimes feel like they must compete with students’ tech devices for attention in the classroom. “While many argue that we have to create a quiet and distraction-free work environment, we also must acknowledge that our students are trained to check-in to their devices on very regular intervals,” says Sam Patterson, dean of student advising and outreach at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, Calif. Patterson, who also teaches ninth-grade language and literature, discusses in this interview with senior education editor Melissa Greenwood top apps for the classroom, engagement in the connected classroom and personal learning networks.
Schoolwires has started issuing articles, stories, videos, and white papers, along with webinars on a variety of topics. This page contains links to white papers and videos dealing mostly with the Flipped Classroom. One video features Jon Bermann, one of the originators of the concept. -JL
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