Looking for some interesting K-12 edtech data? Then look no further than the New Digital Learning Playbook, Project Tomorrow’s annual Speak Up National Research Project which provides districts nationwide and throughout the globe with new insights into how today's students want to leverage digital tools for learning.
The study found that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosted creative inspiration. The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor. A person walking indoors – on a treadmill in a room facing a blank wall – produced twice as many creative responses compared to a person sitting down.
Via Nik Peachey, theMediaPod
Vipula Sharma's insight:
Quite funny as I am reading this whilst on the treadmill at the gym and the image captures exactly what I am feeling!!
Med Kharbach: 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.
Via Dennis T OConnor
Vipula Sharma's insight:
My year 8's enjoyed voki and it really is a good way to get them to individually work on their pronunciation. Will give these a go!
"When you’re standing in front of a classroom of students who’re not quite sure they even want to be in your class, much less pay attention to what’s being said, things like neuroscience, research studies, and teaching the way the brain learns are an abstraction.
Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning."
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
"I was thinking today that I had to make it clear that competency with technology is not the first issue you should worry about if you want to make SAMR progress. The issue to tackle first is the teaching conventions and mindsets amongst the staff, and for this you need some pretty simple and effective arguments.
So here are some I’ve used to move staff on a little:"
February 18, 2014 With Internet becoming the number one source of information students flock to when looking for resources and references for their researches, it becomes imperative that we make sure...
"What are your top five strengths? In the last ten years psychologists have done a lot of research into the character qualities and strengths that help people feel happy and satisfied with their lives. There’s been a similar emphasis on the personality traits that help students succeed in school by remaining engaged and motivated to learn over an extended period of time."
Is it any wonder that employee engagement is reported to be at an all time global low while business continues to become increasingly complex?
Every leader wants more of link between an organization’s purpose and real action. This is where hacking work comes into play. We need to challenge ourselves and others and think about how we can better link purpose with action.