This ebook was designed with English language teachers in mind but should have some value for any teacher who is interested in developing their students’ digital literacy and critical thinking skills. The book contains a wide range of suggested activities for both the creation and exploitation of infographics in the classroom. It also helps teachers with tips and advice on how to plan and create infographics and suggestions for which tools to use to produce different types of infographic.
Last year, Dr. Karlsson Wirebring and fellow researchers published a study that supports what many educators and parents have already suspected: students learn better when they figure things out on their own, as compared to being told what to do.
I particularly encouraged them to think about 'authentic' apps rather than those made for learning. This is because in many ways I feel that most made for learning apps have made very little pedagogical progress beyond their roots in CALL from the last century.
I also believe that encouraging students to get 'hands on' with authentic apps has a much more important role in helping them to develop digital literacies which they can use outside of the classroom.
When implementing and successfully sustaining a mobile learning initiative, it is imperative not to allow the device to drive instruction. Lessons, curriculum, schools and districts should never be built around technology. Everything we do in education should be built around learning. Thus, if the ultimate goal is to improve student outcomes then the role of any mobile device initiative should be to support or enhance learning.
Education and cognitive science are largely separate worlds that have begun communicating only in the last decade, partly because “teachers see all sorts of reforms come and go, and they’re skeptical — and rightly so — of anyone who comes in and says, “Well, I’m going to tell you how to make the kids learn better,” he said.
The new research shows that as the digital economy transforms the workplace, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving will become ever more important as more traditional roles are mechanized.
Consider John Dewey’s famous quote “We don’t learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” This makes a lot of sense. We as educators can only really progress in our craft by thinking about and making conclusions regarding our day-to-day experiences in the classroom.
This event is being organised by the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG, Laureate International Universities and Cambridge University Press. It is part of the launch of the Laureate-Cambridge OLLReN, the Online Language Learning Research Network.
Nik Peachey's insight:
Looking forward to speaking at this free online conference.
Following are four highly effective classroom strategies that fuse critical thinking with kinesthetic learning. Each strategy is designed to spur dialogue, get the oxygen pumping and make the lessons much more dynamic. In particular, struggling learners can benefit from these strategies as they can become frustrated and restless during challenging lessons.
Nik Peachey's insight:
Useful ideas that get students up and moving around.
The respondents predict that the future learning environment will break free from the classroom: 64% of respondents believe students in 2015 primarily engage with content in the classroom, but only 25% predict it will still be the leading way for learning in 2025. Alongside this, the use of remote learning technologies in teaching is expected to rise significantly: 53% of education professionals believe real-time video collaboration and mobile devices will be the primary way students engage with content by 2025.
Nik Peachey's insight:
Interesting survey, but I can't find a link to the full report.
"We can see it as a way of engaging around a set of problems that we think are important but that we don't think have a single solution. There may be multiple solutions that require research, that require an approach that I think mirrors or suggests the contours of a discipline."
Nik Peachey's insight:
I thought it already was! Or was it something else I did an M.Ed in all those years ago.
In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce, I offer the first draft of a Devil's Dictionary for educational technology terms. May it entertain, and all be forgiven. App, n. An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web. Blended learning, n. The practice of combining digital and analog teaching. Also referred to as…
There’s a world of difference between three lines of printed text on a page and virtual exploration of King Tut’s tomb. The potential to ignite curiosity and encourage discovery multiplies tenfold with a virtual reality field trip. These rich experiences become the fertile ground for teachers to nurture the learning that comes after.
The other group that can benefit from these tips is those who arrange tech trainings, school leaders who are trying to organize the best experience possible. The advice we offer here may help you get clearer about what you want and need from a tech trainer, or what elements you might want to ask for to ensure your teachers get as much as they can from the session.
The lag time between the emergence of new technology and its effective use in schools results in generations of students who do not benefit in their learning as much as the rest of the world benefits from increases in productivity and creativity. The bottom line is that it is easy to buy new equipment and new software. It is messier and more difficult to transform pedagogy to use those technologies in ways that create better learning outcomes.
A panel of 59 experts from 18 countries discussed major trends in education that are driving the adoption of technology, as well as the big challenges to effective implementation. This collaborative effort helps to paint a picture of where things stand now and where they might be going.
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