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Have you had people ask you why you choose to use infographics in your classroom? This presentation is by Mia MacMeekin, who has created many great infographics (some of which have been posted on this Sccop.it). The best way to access this is in PDF format. This file is quite large so here is a direct link to it: http://anethicalisland.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/rscon-presentation-22.pdf
At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement.
by Merris Stansbury
"Though quantitative and rigorous qualitative data on flipped learning is limited, a recent literature review based on teacher reports, course completion rates, and supported methodology research indicates that flipped learning is more than just a fad for bored teachers and students—it’s improving student achievement in classrooms across the country."
Good synthesis of the topic. Free registration required to read the article.
It helps to have research to back up what you know in your bones is a powerful way to teach. Here it is!
scrible lets you highlight and annotate web pages and easily save, share and collaborate on your web research with others. Sign up for free!
I've always been wanting archive pages from the web to go back to again. Here is a way to help you do that.
Handig app om dingen die je op het web tegenkomt van aantekeningen te voorzien en te bewaren.
I haven't read this article but I'm seriously interested in the question implied in the title.....i.e. how to 'mark up' information and get them on the web. In many cases, I think that's adequate for most people's purpose.
I have yet to find a tool that I found really comfortable for doing that. Maybe this is it.
"Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all part of a larger goal to help students connect to social and cultural spaces."
A look at Henry Jenkins work on participatory learning and PLAY (Participatory Learning and You). So what is PLAY? "...'a mode of experimentation, of testing materials, trying out new solutions, exploring new horizons,' Jenkins said. It’s how kids interact with games – throwing themselves in without reading the rules, testing the limits and feeling free to try and fail."
This post provides a number of examples, discusses assesement and play, and provides links to additional articles on the subject.
Engaging students is a challenge whether teaching online or face-to-face. In online classes that tend to be text-heavy, this task can be especially difficult. One way to overcome this hurdle is to design project-based learning (PBL) assignments.
Find information about academic papers, authors, conferences, journals, and organizations from multiple sources.
~ Here's another example of serendiptous discover. I picked this specialized search tool up from my Literacy with ICT Diigo group weekly email. Thanks to Phil Taylor for sharing the link.
Microsoft's Academic Search Engine offers a number of ways to search for research about any topic. It's an intriguing, more visuual, alternative to Google's Acadmenic search.
The academic map gives you a world view of universities. You can then drill down into their databases, viewing research by topic, discipline, author. The visual tools enhance the experience and provide entry points for searchers of different levels of expertise.
Comparing organizations by citation count is another innovative way to investigate data. All of the tools give you a variety of ways to compare and consider information from academic sources.
This is a find! Click in and explore! ~ Dennis
Google Docs has made its home on Google Drive. So after one year, it’s high time to get used to calling it by the new account name.
Google no deja de sorprender; interesantes herramientas para investigación dentro de Google drive.
"We aggregate news, research, opinion and info for those working at the intersection of learning, technology, and youth.
A great resource that I'm just beginning to dig into. Make sure to check it out if the description above appeals to or interests you.
Michael T. EskeyPark Universitymeskey@park.eduHenry "Hank" RoehrichPark UniversityHenry.Roehrich@park.edu
Maintaining academic standards, retention of quality online instructors and establishing a measure for instruction can be enhanced through faculty observation and evaluation. As Park University entered the online market, the increased course offerings involved an increased number of adjunct faculty members. In order to ensure that these faculty members used best practices and maintain high standards of teaching that are important to student satisfaction, Park University developed an evaluation process for online adjunct faculty that was similar to in-class observation of full-time faculty, but focused on unique factors of online course facilitation. The focus of this paper is on the evolution and current usage of the Faculty Online Observation (FOO) method which is a model for evaluation developed from utilizing the original evaluation system used in annual observations for online adjunct faculty. The FOO process that is used by a team of evaluators ensures that Best Practices in online teaching are addressed continuously in the online delivery program. The focus on Best Practices, specific institutional policies of online teaching, and technology plays a significant role in the growth of online degree programs and the success of the Park University online program.
A massive survey of internet users reveals trends in social media usage across numerous platforms, ages, races, genders, population density and more...
The Pew Research Center has released the results of a comprehensive survey, conducted over several years to evaluate which demographics were using social media, and on which platforms. Which social networking sites emerged on top?
Of the online adults surveyed at the end of 2012:
67% use Facebook20% use LinkedIn16% use Twitter15% use Pinterest13% use Instagram6% use Tumblr
Find more statistics, findings and takeaways on how Americans appear to be using social media, based on this recent study.
Only 16% use Twitter - wow!
Posted by Katie Lepi
"If helping your students write papers is a part of your school day, you probably already know that there are enough issues to focus on without having to spend a lot of time teaching your students how to build a bibliography and correctly cite their sources. Your time is likely better spent helping create a focused, concise piece of work that uses excellent grammar and sentence structure.
"There are a lot of online bibliography tools out there that can help students learn to build bibliographies and ensure that their citations are correct, without them (and you) spending hours pouring over MLA, APA, or Chicago handbooks. The options include browser extensions, templates, and online citation builders (where you plug in your resource and the citation is generated for you."
The most well established K-12 online learning programs are more than ten years old, and many programs have between five and ten years of operating experience. The newest programs are building on the expertise of those early adopters, as well as the experience of online learning in postsecondary institutions and the corporate world. A body of knowledge, skills and practices has been developed by individual programs, in collaboration with practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. Because there are so many types of online programs (full-time, supplemental, stateled, district-level, consortium), there are also many different approaches to teaching, student support, professional development, and other issues.
In the video below, Justin Reich describes the ability of online learning environments to record and retain real-time learning interactions between teachers, students and peers, and to open up possibilities for new forms of K-12 assessment. Here are just a few highlights from the video, but the full interview (below) is flush with analytical insights from this former social studies teacher.