Here are some ideas and resources to "get you inspired!" These would make great classroom projects and many would work well on a bulletin board to showcase St. Patrick's Day Themed student writing work ...
"We are about to see the emergence of what Kevin Ashton called 'the Internet of Things'. In a recent blog post, Jamillah Knowles wrote that a revolution is about to begin where the objects in our homes and workplaces will become smarter, more context aware, and will be able to interpret data fed to them, before taking action. "
What does it mean when you say 21st century learning? This post lists nine characteristics of 21st century learning and provides a rationale. What makes this notable is "the absence of technology. There is very little about iPads, social media, 1:10 laptops, or other tech-implementation. In that way, it is closer to the 'classic' approach to 'good learning' than it is the full-on digital fare we often explore." The nine characteristics are in the diagram above and listed below: Learner-centered, Media-driven, Personalized, Tranfer-by-Design, Visibly Relevant, Data-Rich, Adaptable, Interdependent and Diverse.
"Educators use apps to let their students do everything from practicing their math equations, to determining a leaf’s parent tree, to joining Paul Revere on his ride. Lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school. (See picks for 2011/2012.) These are the education apps recommended by educators on Appolicious."
"The picture becomes the code and looks a lot more creative than the old customised QR Code...there’s QR Voice which produces a QR Code from a piece of text that you type in. When you scan the code it ‘speaks’ aloud the text that you used to generate the code! But combine the web address URL with the image customisation and you get a cool QR code that talks."
SciStarter connects science enthusiasts with projects they can do to make a real difference. Enable and encourage people to learn about, participate in, and contribute to science through both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts. Inspire greater appreciation and promote a better understanding of science and technology among the general public. Create a shared space where scientists can talk with citizens interested in working on or learning about their research projects. Satisfy the popular urge to tinker, build, and explore by making it simple and fun for people—singles, parents, grandparents, kids—to jump in and get their hands dirty with science.
So many apps are available for Androids, iPhones and other smartphones...so how to choose. This post provides "the very best smartphones apps that can help students this back-to-school season." The apps are oganized in the following categories: * Productivity & Organization * Reading & Writing * Reference * Safety * STEM
Thanks to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning's post for this: Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test.
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