“ The invention of fire and the wheel – nice. But from the first cave paintings to the beginnings of logographs, and then of course the alphabet, human achievement has been tied closely with how we put our thoughts across. Come to think of it, we are still learning how to communicate. Twitter and Facebook are…”
Via David W. Deeds
Great list and quick read on why you should be considering blogging with your students. Not sure about the leadership comments at the bottom but the classroom and pedagogy ideas are great. What would you add to this list?
I love this graphic of the difference between Personalisation, Differenctiation and Individulisation. We often use the words interchangeably but as with anything, the language becomes important when you are trying to communicate to people - including teachers.
I've used this with teachers at my school, in small groups, to talk about what it is we are actually doing in the classroom....
Have you tried AR with your students? Start small with a treasure hunt around the classroom and build from there. Our prep (5-year-old) students love this - gives independence and decision making skills a run for their money!
"The success and popularity of Minecraft in and out of classrooms is no surprise. It’s one of the best examples of the potential of learning with games because it embraces exploration, discovery, creation, collaboration, and problem-solving while allowing teachers to shepherd play toward any subject area."
I Love the use of technology for creativity. I dont think technology can fully replace traditional materials - but they add more possibilities avenues and learning opportunities for students to express themselves creatively. These apps are a great start to that expression!
When students are connected, all learning has the potential for being language intense and leveraged to build literacy skills, writes STEM coach Brian Crosby.
Jo Blannin - Innovative Learning's insight:
Read here about the importance of connected-learning. I love the way that STEM, Maker-learning are shown to easily integrate in order to support constructivist learning. Great stuff - would love to do this everyday...
Is your school looking at a BYOD program? Maybe you're concerned about managing a range of devices and platforms in your classroom. This article gives a good graphic overview of the challenges and benefits of a multi-platform set up.
Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling.
Flevy Tools is a free PowerPoint plugin that provides a set of automated diagramming tools for Waterfall Charts, Approach Diagrams, Step Box Diagrams, Harvey Ball Diagrams, Gantt Charts, Circular Approach Diagrams, Pyramid Diagrams, Relationship...
It’s all about engagement. I’ve heard things like a child’s attention span, in minutes, is equal to their age in years. That’s so not true. If children are engaged in something, they’ll spend hours on it. We have a 6-year-old grandchild who will spend hours working on Legos or Tinkertoys because she’s got something in her mind that she wants to build, and she’ll do it. If children aren’t paying attention, it’s not because of a decreased attention span—it’s because they aren’t given tasks that honor their dominant ways of learning.