Flashcards are very popular, although our current understanding of how learning happens shows that they have limited use. However, they could be helpful as part of a larger learning experience. Many learners have a lot of faith in being able to memorise things by using flashcards, so if it builds their confidence in some way there could also be value in that
This is a very interesting look at a popular class management system called Class Dojo. The author, Ben Williamson, considers how gamification and behaviourism are underlying theories for a tool that could be used to modify and manipulate; advocates of Class Dojo could argue that it encourages indiviudals to challenge and work on their own learning. "The globally popular classroom behaviour management app ClassDojo is being extended into a tool to support children’s ‘character development’ and ‘growth mindsets.’ ClassDojo illustrates how new educational technologies are simultaneously the product of venture capital investment and new psychological and neuroscientific conceptualizations of learning."
A cartoon to illustrate the current battle going on between Apple and the FBI: "A dramatic legal battle is taking place that will have dramatic implications for the future of technology, privacy, security, and the extent of government power."
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Great infographic with specific ideas for making iPads really useful as support for dyslexia. You don't need to buy expensive apps! There are lots of ways the settings can help, if you know how to turn them on.
In today's post, we have picked out for you some of the most popular iPad apps for creating digital portfolios in this year. Our selection is based on your feedback on what we have been posting this year in terms of both page views and social media interaction. These apps are ideal for students to use to document their learning in a multimodal format that include a mixture of text, images, drawings, audio, video and many more.
This webinar sounds extremely interesting: "As new teaching methods are revolutionizing the education across the world, we bring different teachers together to find the methods that appeal to today’s learner. That’s our responsibility - to help students learn faster and in an efficient, interesting and interactive way. It’s our mission to make way for new and innovative methods."
Over the last few months I have been working hard to develop a set of commercially available lesson materials. These lesson plans aren't specifically designed for English language learners, though they will be useful for students at higher levels who want stimulating skills based practice or for any teacher interested in developing a CLIL or content based approach to language learning. They were designed to enable any teacher to develop students in a way that is more closely aligned to the kinds of skills they will need to function effectively and critically in the digital world.
In the lesson students will explore the differences between IQ and EI and develop an understanding of how they can improve their EI and how doing so can benefit them.
The plan also includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research, create online questionnaires and share their research by creating infographics, presentations and reports.
I recently listened to a lecture ‘The importance of place’ from a Great Courses series on Cultural and Human Geography. The professor discussed the process of ‘place-making’ that occurs when humans interact with, and modify a physical space to make it their own. The result is a distinctive place with a unique culture shaped by…
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THis is a useful post with some ideas about planning online learning courses
“Reading, writing and arithmetic should be deemphasised and replaced with comprehending, communicating and computing. That’s the world we live in today,” Prof Mitra said at the education technology conference Bett in east London today.
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