I'm getting ready to head in to DrupalCon, where over the next few days I'll be talking education and open learning with anyone who is interested.
And as I'm heading in, I have MOOCs on the brain - not because I'm particularly a fan of MOOCs, but because of the tendency to take a great thing (in this case, information and interpersonal exchanges distributed broadly over the web) and reduce it into something that feels more manageable, but is ultimately something lesser (in this case, MOOC platforms). More on this later.
Students and teachers in Europe are keen to "go digital", computer numbers have doubled since 2006 and most schools are now "connected", but use of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and digital skill levels are very uneven. These skills and support for teachers to deliver them need a strong boost, according to a survey on the use of digital technologies in schools in Europe published by the Commission.
Hace casi un año publiqué en este mismo blog un post titulado "Realidad Aumentada (RA) para todos los públicos". En él daba algunas claves para iniciarse en el uso de esta tecnología que va a revolucionar muchos ámbitos de la sociedad: educación, publicidad, acceso a la información...
I just came across this awesome graphic shared by our colleagues in teachthought and I found it really interesting. The graphic features 7 habits of the highly effective teachers using technology. Even though the habits mentioned are generic , they still reflect part of the digital behavior teacher should embrace when using technology in their class.
After 27 years of teaching Gerald Conti said it was time to call it quits, but this New York school teacher didn’t retire because he feels old, he said he was retiring because he said teaching is not the same.
Instead of teaching students about things such as the New Deal, legislators have failed teachers by focusing more on testing than on learning.
Conti, 62, posted his resignation letter on Facebook, along with a photo of Porky Pig saying “That’s All Folks!”
Helena Capela's insight:
Estamos também assim no nosso país.
Na realidade criatividade e testes em número excessivo não são compatíveis.
That's also our reality. An excessive testing is not compatible with creativity
Enriched Lesson DeliveryWhat is Enriched Lesson Instruction? Direct instruction is a general term for the explicit teaching of a skill-set usinglectures or demonstrations of the material, rather than exploratory models such asinquiry-based learning.
Here's how it works: In a direct instruction lesson: the teacher usually spends some time lecturing; then the teacher guides the students through a complex problem, with the problem broken down into simple steps; then the students are given, one by one, the simple steps to carry out on their own; finally, the students are given one or many sample problems to accomplish on their own.
Since Google officially changed Google Docs name to Google Drive and a number of updates have been introduced to improve its overall performance. One very recent update is an increase of cloud storage capacity to 15GB usable across Gmail, Drive, and Google Plus. It is quite obvious that Google is trying to outsmart its immediate competitor Dropbox and I think Google is successful in its strategy so far.
Fostering effective learning experiences in the online classroom is a continual process.Instructors can improve students’ learning experiences by promoting collaboration, using web resources, and facilitating content curation throughout a course.Although creating memorable learning experiences takes time, it’s well worth the investment.
' (...) evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention.'...
I was at the same conference of course and viewed it a bit differently. The attendees are self-selected from an audience consisting almost entirely of instructors (people outside this community were prohibited from attending). The presentations and discussion seemed to me to be repeated instances of "please please please let MOOCs be whatever they are so long as they don't touch the sacred role of instruction."
One September morning in 2003, a group of engineers gathered for a marathon brainstorming session at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. Their intent was ambitious; they wanted to dream up a new way to land spacecraft on Mars.
The meeting stretched to three days of scribbling options on whiteboards, and the solution they came to for landing the SUV-sized rover Curiosity was radical. When Curiosity was 10 kilometres above ground, a contraption they called a sky crane would detach. Then rocket engines would slow the crane to 3 kmh, so it almost hovered above ground as it gently lowered the rover on cables to the ground before flying off and crash landing a safe distance away.
Helena Capela's insight:
The importance of collaboration to produce innovation and teaching not focused in standart tests and peer competition but in skills development
Nearpod is a nice service for delivering lessons, quizzes, and polls to students through iPads. Nearpod recently introduced a new option calledNearpod Homework. Like the original Nearpod, Nearpod Homework allows you to distribute presentations and quizzes to your students' iPads. The neat feature of Nearpod Homework is that it allows students to work through presentations and quizzes at their own pace in your classroom or at home.