Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.
The following paper was presented as a research project for IDE-712 Analysis for Human Performance Technology Decisions, (Dr. Jing Lei, professor). It is not an exhaustive survey of every existing Digital Literacy assessment instrument, but it is a start.
If you have one iPad in your classroom, turn it into a technology station during literacy or math small group work. A group of 3-4 students can work collaboratively on one iPad with these fantastic free apps: 1.
Designed to provide access to resources for teaching history according to the Australian Curriculum. Covering all years to Year 7, it is intended mainly for primary school teachers in South Australia. The colonial focus is on South Australia's history, although material included at all levels covers other States as well. The local history focus begins with the Barossa, Two Wells and Adelaide Plains areas of South Australia.
As my role this year involves me teaching across the whole school using a class set of iPads, I feel it is important to really experiment to see how using the iPads can impact across the curriculum and not just within ICT. Consequently, with the Year 5 cohort I put together a project linking Literacy with football. I decided to do this project for two reasons: a) to see whether using the topic of football can engage the more reluctant boy writers in the class and b) to see how well linking digital media and speaking and listening can impact on the children's writing.
If you're going to ignore social media in the classroom, then [..] stop pretending that you're helping low-income children overcome the digital divide if you aren't going to teach them how to communicate online. Social media is here. It's just another resource and doesn't have to be a distraction from learning objectives. Social media is another tool that you can use to make your classroom more engaging, relevant and culturally diverse.
Social bookmarking is an online phenomenon that has seen the light in the last few years particularly with the outburst of web 2.0 technologies or what author Will Richardson calls the read/write web. To put it simply, a social bookmarking service is a web tool that allows you to not only bookmark web documents (as traditional bookmarking did) but also to annotate, edit, tag and share them with others. Social bookmarking can also be a collaborative endeavour in which a group of users share links with the same tags.
Travel the many wonders of the world and go on a whirlwind adventure of historical, scientific and geographical significance as you discover our amazing planet. From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
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