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At CustomShow, we decided to list some alternatives to powerpoint that could help in solving your overall presentation problems. These programs serve many purposes.
Nice tool alternative to powerpoint.
for my education colleagues, if you have not one so, check out powtoon
Thinking Critically | Learning Commons
Unevirsity thinking explained. Its quite intresting how they think. Even if this information isn't true its still intresting. You may recognize some traits about yourself in the video
Blended learning requires strong classroom teaching skills and a fluent understanding of online teaching technology. A challenging and very rewarding way to re-imagine your classroom.
Read and share.
For Blended learning to be successful educators need to really unpack the principles of TPACK and SAMR. It is the considered use of the tech for education purposes not the tech itself that is the driver.
Use this free printable to keep track of all your library database information.
Researchers in Sweden have developed an "invisible" bicycle helmet that deploys like an airbag on impact.
Yesterday's iOS 7 update brought a slew of bug fixes, 80 in total, to Apple devices.
After looking at the lives of certain great men, I was able to come up 13 rules that high achievers never break. If you obey these rules, you will become a high achiever too.
Stop trying to be someone else. We all have our own distinct purposes in life. Be yourself always and become the best version of you. You are original, not a counterfeit.
Some great advice for life!
Zuckerman wants to create nutritional labels for news, showing how much marshmallow fluff you mix in with your meat and potatoes. But both the tech and politics of categorizing journalism have a long way to go.
Are you getting a balanced diet?
Socrates, this ancient philosopher holds the key to an essential leadership skill: asking great questions. The challenge is that too few leaders, managers and employees ask great questions. This is a big problem. Cultures that embrace a culture of questioning thrive and those that fear it either fail or are doomed to mediocrity.
Have you ever attended any Socrates Cafe groups in your community?
In order to become great Leaders one should always ask questions if something is not clear. Like the saying goes the only dumb question is the one not asked.
From information gatekeeper to information coach, this post succinctly sums up the changing role of the librarian.
Some quite concrete - and some ideals!
Robots able to reach through clutter with whole-arm tactile sensing (w/ video)
Check it out, very interesting...
GoClass is a free iPad application for creating short lessons and delivering them to your students. The lessons can include annotated images, free hand sketches, text, and video. GoClass gives teac...
Take A Classroom Selfie & Share It With The World
Taking selfies to a higher level witch you class.
Research collaboration now involves significant online communication. But sending files back and forth between collaborators creates redundancy of effort, causes unnecessary delays and, many times,...
Not only for academics…!!!
Five collaborative writing tools for academics.
We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To find genius in the 21st century, we must build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.
join me in implementing meditative breaks throughout our day. even if for 1 minute.
Having spent the last 10 days "mostly" off the grid, I appreciated this article. :O)
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After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.
Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it. When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge. This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn.
Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.
The 21st-Century Digital Learner
These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations. At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.
Interesting article highlighting confusion between formal and informal writing when using digital tools. On a positive note, students benefit from being able to see each others' work and collaborate online.
An informative article on the positive and negative impact of digital tools on student writing. The entire report is downloadable in its pdf format from the website.
A Google Glass-wearing surgeon transmits video of major knee surgery to colleagues and students. It's a first-of-its-kind moment in the US and a big step for wearable tech. Read this article by Christopher MacManus on CNET.
Check it to find out the possibilities of Google Glass applications, very interesting...
Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students. The handy infographic takes a look at different types of assessments and their attributes and questions. Keep reading to learn more.
Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students.
Do you like standardized testing?
Can we stop measuring students?
following the DfE's assessing without levels guidance this looks like god place to start when reviewing how you measure progress
These are the tools that will transform your classroom in the fall because you’ll notice the definite threads that run throughout all these applications... real-time, collaborate and creative! Thos...
Please share other tools you like so I can add them to this list!
7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology
Though a large study showed that the act of giving kids computers did not alone affect grades or attendance, the results may have been different had the students had some guidance on how to best use the computers and if teachers had been involved...