A librarian’s ability to find quality texts, like all good magic acts, blends art and science to amaze the audience. We can accomplish things with Google and databases that exceed the ability of the average user. But should we keep this magic to ourselves?
Get a handle on Text Complexity with the help of Sarah Brown Wessling. See a presentation covering Text Complexity that includes the 3 part model for measuring text complexity. She also provides tips on applying Text Complexity to your classroom.
If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle.
In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.
In the 21st century, technology has changed the ways in which we communicate and go about our lives. Very few educators would disagree with the notion that technology has dramatically changed the teaching and learning process.
Do you know what technology you’ll be using in the classroom 5 years from now? What about 10 years from now? A new visualization may be able to help.
Thanks to the hard work by Envisioning Tech, it’s simple to see what we could expect to happen in the next few decades. From today’s iPads to holograms in the year 2040, there’s a lot coming to a classroom near you.
Making presentations is a skill every 21st century teacher should master. Students show more engagement and interest when including presentations in a lesson. As you probably know getting students attention in this 21st century classroom is one of the challenging and daunting tasks ever. So why not draw on the potential of including presentations in our classrooms to give life to our lessons and make them more engaging.
Infographics and data visualizations have become incredibly popular ways to impart information while keeping your audience engaged. As a result, a slew of user-friendly, free online applications have been created which enable users to create their own information graphics
Sometimes as I write about what I am teaching my students in the high school, it probably makes it seem as if that is a one-way street. The truth of the matter is that it is often a two-way conversation that is very healthy. I thought I would write about a few of the things I have learned from the students I teach:
We have just updated our popular editable PowerPoint newspapers. With these you can create your own news headlines, articles and insert your own pictures.
Following a couple of requests we have updated these so that you can now add in your own newspaper name.
A few different types of newspapers are included in the template.
These spoof newspaper templates could have many uses, including college and school projects and fun cards to send news to your friends and family. You could make a nice news magazine using the template.
The template is also available in portrait (vertical) format and our latest template in the series the Magazine PowerPoint
As I prepare a presentation on 21st Century Skills, I find myself dealing with having to first be clear on what they are NOT. Only because for many, the term "21st Century" is synonymous with technology. In this post, I won't get into the details of why it's not.
What I would like to share is my realization that terrible times lie ahead for bad teachers. Conversely, there has never been a more exiting time for a good educator than today and the near future!
In order to make a statement like that, I owe it to my readers to give my definition of each type of teacher.
Do not want to learn new things.
Have "the book" lead instruction and feel the need to always stick to it.
Are comfortable doing the same lessons (the same way) year after year.
Never step out of their comfort zone. Live in their own bubble and do not see the need to live outside of it.
Only teach facts and assess the ability to memorize those facts ("Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer, deserves to be." -David Thornburg).
Design tests to be easily gradeable.
Think that all progress in education are "fads."
Do not learn new things... oops, I already wrote that! It bears repeating because SOOOO much can be learned from other colleagues!
Care whether their students find the learning relative.
Are ALWAYS looking for new ways to engage their students.
Embrace quality professional development as often as they can.
Learn from and share with other educators.
Have gotten this far into this post and are nodding their heads ;-)
My hopes are that we QUICKLY get to the point where teachers who do not inspire and engage will be seen as employees who are simply not doing their jobs and be let go. Or, they may move to schools that don't "get it" (yet) and find a safe haven there for now. Either way, it's time for ALL teachers to pick a side. And yes, there's plenty of room on the "good side" for bad teachers to make the change. Here's hoping!
Help students think about their place in the world and their responsibility to society with this range of free teaching resources focusing on global citizenship. We have lesson plans, worksheets and more on a number of topics, including...
Below you will find links to iPad applications that target the various levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.
I only included free apps that were "content-neutral" to make them usable across the curriculum. I also tried to include apps for the iPad only, but a few iPhone apps may have snuck in!
Each app image is clickable, and you will be taken to the iTunes Store to learn more about each one.
If you have other iPad apps you would like to recommend that meet the same criteria, please fill out the Google Survey at the bottom of this page. The results will be public so we can all benefit from each other's expertise. I also have another Web site with links to all things iPad if you are interested!
So much have been written about Bloom’s taxonomy; one click in a search engine will flood your page with hundreds of articles all of which revolve around this taxonomy. Only few are those who have tried to customize it to fit in the 21st century educational paradigm. As a fan of Bloom’s pedagogy and being a classroom practitioner, I always look for new ways to improve my learning and teaching, and honestly speaking , if you are a teacher/ educator and still do not understand Bloom’s taxonomy then you are missing out on a great educational resource. The following article is a summary and a fruit of my long painstaking research in the field of Bloom’s taxonomy. The purpose is to help teachers grow professionally and provide them with a solid informational background on how to better understand and apply Bloom’s taxonomy in classrooms in the light of the new technological advances and innovations.. Bloom’s taxonomy of learning as Wikipedia has put it is “ a classification of learning objectives within education proposed in 1956 by a committee of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom ”. Although it received little attention when first published, Bloom’s taxonomy has since been translated into 22 languages and is one of the most widely applied and most often cited reference in education. Bloom, being convinced of the importance of thinking behaviors in the processes of learnign, had spearheaded a group of brilliant educational psychologists to undertake the task of classifying educational goals and objectives. They first came up with a general framework which was turned later on to a taxonomy of 3 domains.