"According to a survey of 453 flipped educators conducted last June, 88% reported improved job satisfaction, and of those, 46 percent reported a significant improvement. Well, that’s outstanding to hear that teachers are happier with their jobs, but what about the students? Don’t worry, there’s good news there as well. 67 percent of teachers surveyed reported their classrooms had higher test scores."
This is a simple audience response system that exploits mobile devices to give speakers / lecturers feedback as they deliver the lecture to make sure their audience is following. The system is free for students to use, but teachers / schools have to pay. Prices start from a simple subscription of $3 a month.
How do you choose the best educational app for your classroom? Check out this great post from Tony Vincent on LearningHand, sharing his own rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps and other rubric resources.
The entire curriculum might be available on the cloud, which students might be able to access from the comfort of their home or even the playground. We expect broadband connectivity to become widely available by 2020. Earlier we had been thinking that a vast digital library of all the lectures will get developed, but now library is the not the point.
A safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
I've tried numerous methods including Facebook groups and Twitter hashtags as ways to digitally connect with my students through emerging social media platforms. Every method seems to have a few privacy or accessibility issues and this is no expection. However, for this one, I think that the benefits outweigh the negatives and it has much greater privacy control than most. I haven't tried this out yet, but next semester I hope to use this free way to text message all my students (and/or parents) without the privacy issues of sharing cell phone numbers or getting them to sign up for a new social media platform.
Today’s connected Learners interact in an ecosystem of screens. So for us in the Learning Industry, it should not be just about designing great isolated learning experiences that may only be consumed on desktops and iPads, it’s also about developing a multiscreen strategy that will make our content accessible anywhere, especially as Learners acquire more devices and begin expecting that their ‘learning’ follows them as they shift between devices.
How do we keep the focus of technology powered learning experiences on content and avoid being consumed by teaching students how to use the technology? A tool that I’ve found to be particularly effective is the use of screencasts. A screencast is a narrated video that captures what takes place on a computer screen. Let’s explore some powerful ways to use screencasts to maximize instructional time and keep the focus on the content.
What hope do these teachers have of providing meaningful, technology-rich learning experiences for their students? What hope do these leaders have of creating and adequately supporting powerful, technology-rich learning environments for students and staff? Little to none.
Storyboard That presents a great opportunity for students to work together. When creating a storyboard students can discuss what they want their story to say, how to structure it, and of course what imagery to use. After they are created students can’t wait to share their storyboards with their friends and get their feedback, and make their own storyboards that much better. For a lot of people the free version of Storyboard That will work just great. For those of you that need more power though, we encourage you to upgrade. See: http://www.storyboardthat.com/Purchase
Michael Bennet of Colorado co-sponsored a briefing on innovation in public education through the use of learning technologies. More than 50 Senate staff members came to hear from a panel I moderated that featured ...
"Flipping the classroom involves assigning web-based content as homework that replaces the traditional in-class lecture, making time and space available in the classroom for more inquiry-based projects. Professor Eric Mazur began experimenting with this instructional style at Harvard in the 1990s."
Flipping the classroom involves finding or recording videos and screencasts (narrated recordings of your computer screen) that students watch before class time. Instead of (only) lecturing during class time, students can watch lectures and videos from home, and then during class do more interactive activities such as practicing problems, collaborative learning, active learning, formative assessment with classroom response systems, and the like.
I think the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy is wrong. I agree that the taxonomy accurately classifies various types of cognitive thinking skills. It certainly identifies the different levels of complexity. But its organizing framework is dead wrong.
Just let me start off by saying that the term "21st Century Learning" still drives me crazy. If you think about it, in the last ten years have we progressed in our thoughts about what learning should look like and could be? What about in the next 50 years? Will "21st Century Learning" be the same, or will we still promote the same skills? Who knows? But I am sure that our world will continue to change significantly.
Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.
By recognizing that our prior experience with ICT had created paradigms that constrained our thinking, we are starting to glimpse new learning opportunities made possible by one-to-one integration of iPads. Rather than viewing iPads as substitutes for other technologies (including paper), it is our view that iPads can be used as tools and environments for learning that allow for deeper and more diverse engagements. Our journey with iPads in learning continues.
Most of the blocked sites are either social media sites, or have some element of public sharing of information, and that’s where school administrators need to be more flexible, Luhtala said. “Administration more than teachers need to open their minds to the value and potential of social networking for educational use,” wrote a survey respondent. “CIPA needs to be spelled out more specifically or made clearer to IT in education so that filters are not blocking sites unnecessarily.”
What will schools look like in 25 years? Educator and parent Will Richardson sees profound changes beginning to bubble up in classrooms around the world. In the past, knowledge was bounded — both in books and in classrooms. But today, the internet provides nearly endless learning opportunities for anyone who is interested. Which means that education should no longer focus on dates and facts, all just a Google search away, but instead on critical thinking.
Present.me is your slides, and a video of you presenting them, side by side on the screen at the same time. It’s the next best thing to being in a room with people you want to communicate with, and as it’s on demand, it’s available for anyone to view whenever it suits them. The potential for Present.me for Educators is endless- it is perfect for the flipped classroom, for students to submit projects, practise their presentation skills and much, much more. And Present.me is now available in a new multi-user version. As an academic institution you can sign up for a Team account which provides your school, college or university with a private portal in which you can create, view and manage presentme’s. Discover Present.me for yourself here: http://present.me/
It used to be so easy to be smart. Seriously, all you had to do was learn lots of trivia, know how to do a variety of things, be able to quickly recall information, facts, and figures, and people figured you knew it all. Well folks, the world has changed. The Internet knows a lot more stuff than you or I do or ever will and it’s doubling every 18 months or so. We must learn together to become wise! Why then is it that a lot of learning continues to be isolated and static?
Using my “I can” statements from last summer and combining that work with work from other sources (referenced in the document), one high school English teacher from Michigan, Robert Belprez, created the following chart as a quick-reference guide for integrating the common core into 9-10 grade ELA classrooms.
In an effort to bring my own classroom to the present, I’ve put together a list of 10 icebreakers that use technology and fit with 21st century students: (21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | @scoopit...
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