"This week’s pick is Docurama, which offers up a superb selection of documentary films an real-life stories. Here’s the short intro to it on its App Store page:
From Oscar-nominees to films straight from theaters and top film festivals, we offer the best real life stories FREE on-demand. Tired of browsing channels filled with movies that have nothing to offer? Explore Docurama and discover movies worth watching."
PowerPoint. Everyone’s used it, everyone’s heard of it, and a lot of people are pretty tired of it. Have you found yourself seeking an exciting new angle to approach your presentations from? If so, try these five fresh PowerPoint alternatives on for size.
I became a fan of Google Reader, which collected blog posts and other publications to RSS in one easy-to-access place. Then Google discarded this service — one that had a very loyal user base. Google has a history of doing this to features that don’t meet its needs anymore. If I’m making the switch to Classroom, I’d like to know that Google has committed to it.
"I was having a discussion recently with someone about trends in education, and the topic of augmented reality came up. Without re-hashing the entire conversation, it basically boiled down to this idea “Isn’t augmented reality mostly something in the movies”?
"Why use Google Draw rather than other mind mapping tools? Google Draw is collaborative and is in my Google Drive with the rest of my files, thus easy to find. Teachers can also insert comments on a Google Draw as you can in other Google Docs, so it makes for a nice tool for being able to give feedback."
Post-it Plus is a new iPad app from the makers of the original Post-it Notes. With this free app installed on your iPad you can snap a picture of a collection of physical sticky notes and have them quickly digitized. Once your notes are digitized you can re-arrange them, share them with collaborators, or send them to another application like Dropbox. If you have multiple sets of notes you can combine the best notes into one board through the Post-it Plus iPad app. Watch the video below for a short overview of the app.
Code Studio is a newly released platform geared towards helping students from kindergarten to high school learn the different coding concepts. Code Studio which is a product of the popular nonprofit group Code.org known for its relentless efforts to make coding part of the curricula.
School libraries support the learning and literacy outcomes of the students. School library services are totally integrated into the teaching and learning programme, aligned with the school’s goals for learners and delivered onsite and online.
Transfer of learning occurs when learning in one context enhances (positive transfer) or undermines (negative transfer) a related performance in another context. Transfer includes near transfer (to closely related contexts and performances) and far transfer (to rather different contexts and performances). Transfer is crucial to education, which generally aspires to impact on contexts quite different from the context of learning. Research on transfer argues that very often transfer does not occur, especially ``far'' transfer. However, sometimes far transfer does occur. Findings from various sources suggest that transfer happens by way of two rather different mechanisms. Reflexive or low road transfer involves the triggering of well-practiced routines by stimulus conditions similar to those in the learning context. Mindful or high road transfer involves deliberate effortful abstraction and a search for connections. Conventional educational practices often fail to establish the conditions either for reflexive or mindful transfer. However, education can be designed to honor these conditions and achieve transfer.
"Here is another graphic visual on Twitter for teachers and students. As you can see the graphic is pretty basic and features the core elements of Twitter practices teachers and students should keep in mind in order to better tap into the educational potential of this microblogging platform. Don't forget we are in a Connected Educator month and Twitter is one of the best social networking platform out there to help you build your personal/professional learning network and grow professionally."
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