Independent learning and technology in the classroom are my interests and this blog will document my trials! New strategies revolve around the 'flipped' classroom and a very exciting 1:1 iPad programme.
Since its debut in the iTunes App Store on June 2, 2011, just over one year ago this week, thousands of teachers and administrators from all over the world have been discovering how easy it is to incorporate higher order thinking skills into their daily lesson plans.
Look, I'm Learning, a film about a new revolution led by kids is a trailer for a longer film about the use of iPads in K-2 classes in the US. More details can be found at http://www.lookimlearning.org/
Many classrooms, conference rooms and boardrooms are equipped with computer projection systems. AirPlay makes it easy to send your iPad screen to Apple TV. The challenge is getting the signal from the Apple TV to your VGA projector.
Via John Evans, Tricia Dwyer-Kuntz
7.00 am: Woken by fancy chime and skyscraper illumination on iPad. Switch off and go back to sleep. 7.15 am: Woken by beeping Angry Bird effect and grudgingly get up for school. Head down to breakf...
Via Daniel Edwards
If you think that iPods are used just for listening to music, you obviously haven't been keeping up with the latest technology. To find out about the many different ways you can transform your iPod into a learning device, check out our list below.
Via Lisa Johnson
Truly a best in class demo of tech pedagogy. David Read and Simon Lancaster give us just enough info to get out and do it. Students are involved from the get-go in the learning. I love how they refer to their screencasts as "vignettes". Below is the money quote:
"...We conceived a leaner, more interactive format: the vignette. A vignette is essentially the edited highlights of a taught session, easily distinguishable from the lecture and has the potential to serve as a genuine open educational resource (OER). The core of the first year undergraduate degree program at UEA was reviewed for key concepts suitable for the vignette treatment. In close collaboration with the lecturers, a team of postgraduate editors selected 3-5 minute highlights from our assembled archive of recordings. These were annotated, augmented and enhanced using the full range of features within Camtasia, to produce bite-sized interactive multimedia learning aids. We reintroduced some of the interactivity lost in the recording by adding questions which helped to ensure the students watching did not slip into counterproductive passivity."
A WESTERN Australian academic is aiming to maximise learning outcomes from primary to tertiary level (RT @SNewco: "Wherever students r, the iPad allows them to complete the whole learning cycle" http://t.co/ABJaSlMf...
"I would feel quite confident in going out on a limb and guessing that most owners of the iPad use the device in some form to scroll through albums of images and photographs.The Photos app on the iPad offers some support for organizing images, but for those who crave additional power over their life through pictures then it is possible that the PicStory iPad app is what you have been searching for. PicStory is an iPad-only app that aims to let users have powerful control over the elegant organization and management of photographs that are stored on the device. One of the great things about the app is that it can be used at varying levels of intensity and doesn’t necessarily require total control of every aspect to be a useful installation."
Via John Evans, WebTeachers
Gone are the days when planning and thinking were done mainly by pen and paper.Technology have made it pretty much easier to think in different other ways. Free mind mapping , brainstorming and concept mapping applications are ubiquitous online and more and more teachers are using them . The 21st century education is based , on a large part of it, on the visual output.
The benefits of graphic organizers in education
- Teachers can use graphic organizers to engage visual learners and help them organize their thoughts
- Graphic organizers help students make powerful connections between ideas and concepts
- They help students develop their convergent thinking by providing a framework for the development of new ideas through analysis, reflection and display.
- They also help students promote their divergent thinking by using such techniques as brianstorming to generate ideas.
- They can be used for developing vocabulary skills and improve reading, writing and communication skills.
- Students can easily learn new concepts and think in new novel ways using graphic organizers
- They help students focus on connections rather than words
- Finally , graphic organizers can help both teachers and students develop creative and critical thinking skills.