August 26, 2015 For those of you using or planning to use Macs in their instruction, the apps below are absolutely worth considering. These are apps we have covered in separate posts in the past. We...
August 27, 2015 The importance of phonemic awareness instruction to the development of early reading skills has been highlighted in several research papers (see references below). Phonemic awareness...
Grouping students is easy; creating effective student groups is less so.
The following infographic from Mia MacMeekin seeks to provide some ideas to help make group work easier in your classroom. The strength of this particular graphic is in the range of the ideas. The first tip refers teachers to Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal development, which frames student ability in terms of a range: what they can do unassisted, what they can do with the support of a More Knowledgeable Other (MKO), and what they cannot do even with support. This is different for each student, and understanding these ranges for students can help inform grouping decisions, whether you’re using a peer instruction model, ability grouping, or another approach.
"Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming."
148Apps The Story Behind Grammar Girl's Grammar Pop and the Quest to Make Learning ... 148Apps That's part of the reason why recent educational app, Grammar Pop HD, garnered such a positive review from us last week.
August 24, 2015 Google Classroom announced today the release of a bunch of interesting features to boost your Classroom productivity during this new school year. Most of these features are...
Richard Lawler's insight:
I still don't understand why Google Classroom is better than, say, Edmodo or Schoology, other than the fact that has so few features that it is quite simple to use. Nevertheless, if you're a Google Apps school, its tight integration with All Things Google is attractive.
No one wants to been seen as the stuffy teacher stuck in the past who lectures from the front of the classroom and doesn’t seem to care about student engagement. Students today are tech savvy and have wandering minds.
Are you or your students wearing your Apple Watches to school, and if so, are you using them as part of your curriculum? What about the use of digital textbooks, adaptive learning, collaboration with other schools or flipped classrooms?
August, 2015 One the occasion of the start of a new school year, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is working on a series of posts aiming at providing teachers with a variety of educational...
August, 2015 Coding is one of the most demanded skills in the 21st century learning. There is a growing need for teaching students the fundamentals of coding and computer programming not only because...
"I had the privilege of holding a Google Hangout with Holly Clark (@HollyEdTEchDiva) and Tanya Avrith(@EdTechSchools). It was a great chat, where we compared US, NZ and Canadian school systems. Afterwards I was checking out Holly’s stuff and came across her great introduction to iPads in Classrooms. I checked with Holly and she was keen I do one of my visual representations of the ideas. So here it is, my visual, albeit briefer introduction for teachers who just got iPads:"
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