"Chances are, if you’re teaching a group of younger students (elementary or middle school, though high schoolers are certainly not known for being super careful with their devices either), you’re likely concerned about how they’re handling your expensive classroom iPads. There are a ton of “tough” tablet cases out there designed to save your device when it is dropped/banged/slammed/smacked/otherwise injured, but just trying to protect them for when that happens isn’t getting at the root of the problem. Teaching students how to properly handle their devices so that they don’t get broken (or are less likely to, since obviously accidents happen) is a necessary approach (though I’d still recommend padding those iPads to high heaven in whatever case is most appropriate for your classroom needs)."
Figuring out the best way to effectively leverage technology in (and out of) the classroom is critical for all digitally competent teachers. In order to learn from how others use education technology to inspire effective learning, you might want to stand on the shoulders of giants, so to speak. In …
Even though I create nearly all of my documents online and use cloud storage services that support a multitude of file formats, there are still a few occasions when someone sends me a file that I need to convert. If your school is not using Google Drive, Dropbox, or a similar cloud service, you may find yourself and your students in need of a file conversion tool too. A more common need for a file conversion tool arises when we start to work with audio and video files. Here are file good online file conversion tools.
Folk stories and fairy tales from around the world have some common themes – giants chasing mere mortals, important people being tricked by simple folk, commoners becoming queens, and always good defeating evil.
In From Kancil to Kartini we discover that Indonesian folk stories share these universal themes. Carmyl Winkler has retold some wonderful Indonesian folk stories in English. Her book was written with primary school children in mind, and includes ideas for activities after each bracket of stories as well as a little Indonesian history.
It has been in use in Victorian schools for some time. The enthusiastic comments by teachers and others have prompted the offer to a wider market.
“….such a great book, so beautifully done. I am wildly impressed.” (Mem Fox)
Carmyl has lived in Indonesia, taught Indonesian for 25 years and taken professional development workshops for over 300 teachers. “The importance of sharing cultures cannot be overestimated, and this is an opportunity to begin early,” she says. “This book is of use not only to Indonesian teachers but is ideal for other schools who wish to include an Asian Culture theme.”
Also available is a Selamat Pagi Bu, CD of Indonesian songs (with English translation included) performed by children from an Australian country primary school, which has been widely used in schools and remains a popular resource.
In a recent post published by Edutopia entitled " 5 research-based tips for providing students with meaningful feedback", Stenger made a strong case for the importance of feedback in students learning. She backed her argument with a plethora of scientific studies and came up with some useful suggestions for teachers to consider when giving feedback to students.
Digital learning is coming whether people like it or not. The new standards call for it. Twenty-first century readiness requires it. Future jobs rely on it. There is no doubt that educational technology has the power to motivate kids, so why not harness that passion in the K-12 classroom? There are many reasons why digital learning has arrived and is here to stay.
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