Erasmus+ training courses, funded by the EU, are a good way to get better skills with tablets and apps. Three different kinds of courses - general, music, English - focus on practical didactic use of tablets. Only schools can apply. You can read more about what to know about applying in http://ilpohalonen.wordpress.com.
This article tackles the topic as a "big picture view, concerning our shift to include digital tools within the overall category of "learning". " as Bryan Alexander said and I agree with him and also with the statement, that:
"All tools offer potential, the trick is to keep an open mind and not treat one tool differently based on one’s own skill set or experience."
The following infographic shows (1) the common beliefs of an educator who promotes a growth mindset, and (2) some reflection questions about instructional practices that reinforce the growth mindset...
ShareTweet iPads are amazing learning instruments that can improve instruction and student engagement dramatically. Those of us privileged enough to work in 1:1 iPad classrooms can attest to that. But lets be realistic: most classrooms around the world do not have access to the funds and resources necessary to equip a full classroom with iPads …
Yes, security is a MUST and we never know enough about ir. so it's lifelong learning and awareness. I like this statement: "In the real world our car needs some maintenance and technical control to make sure that there is no danger to other participants in traffic (pedestrians and drivers…), so the same in the virtual world. Our computer is the “virtual car” who is driving on the “Data Highway” (Internet), it needs maintenance and especially care about IT-Security and safety..."
It's a lot to go through but worth reading an learning, maybe step by step...
Critical digital literacy is one of the essential required competencies for the 21st century educator. In an era of unprecedented personal publishing, infobesity (information obesity) becomes a real issue. Teachers need to be able to critically assess and evaluate the materials and knowledge they come across. This could be done through adopting a critical thinking lens to filter things that could otherwise unconsciously affect one's stance and interpretation of a given meaning.
Juliet Hinrichsen and Antony Coombs from University of Greenwich developed this excellent framework to help you understand the concept of critical digital literacy. This framework is made up of 5 dimensions:
This topic is crucial for all educators. "Teachers need to be able to critically assess and evaluate the materials and knowledge they come across." And it doesn't matter where the materials are published. Can't agree more...
How do you look for educational videos for your classroom? I guess most of us just Google with the keyword and do little research to find out the appropriate video. However, your work will become little easier if you know some of the amazing YouTube channels.
Here is a big categorized list of YouTube channels that provide quality educational videos regularly.
Knowing that difference is critical to unleashing the instructional power of flipped learning and sustaining a movement that can improve teaching and learning. The differences are simple, yet stark:
Video producers design splashy content. Architects build instructional value. Video producers think about the power of images. Architects think about the power of ideas. Video producers teach subjects. Architects teach students.
"Knowing that more than just a video producer difference is critical to unleashing the instructional power of flipped learning and sustaining a movement that can improve teaching and learning. The differences are simple, yet stark:
Video producers design splashy content. Architects build instructional value.Video producers think about the power of images. Architects think about the power of ideas.Video producers teach subjects. Architects teach students."
liked theThere are a lot of misconceptions around the transition from textbooks into the world of digital content delivery. The biggest mistake schools can make is simply changing out one medium of delivery for another without ever assessing or changing the content or method of delivery. Simply, let's take a 19th-century tool and place it on a 21st-century device. This is not the way to leverage the power of an iPad or, for that matter, any device you integrate in your classroom.
I would point out also this important issue in the article:
While some may argue that this creates more work for educators, it should actually become a practice that all life-long learners or lead learners engage in regularly. At the core, educators are hired as content experts who will stay abreast of the changing landscape in their area of expertise.
He says also: "I know that these are just the tip of the iceberg and that there are many approaches one can take. Which of these Habits of Mind need the most support for your students? How do you integrate these habits into your classroom?"
Let's think and make a difference in our classrooms.
ave you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment.
- THE VergeMicrosoft's Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Starting today, you'll no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web. You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all. Microsoft is also releasing a brand new iPhone app today, alongside a preview of Office for Android tablets, all with Dropbox integration.