Lecturing with an iPad by Perry Samson with iBooks.
In an attempt to give students more opportunities to interact with me I've created an iPad app that allows student response to instructor questions, note-taking, student questions to the instructor and even allows students to indicate when they're confused. All is stored to the cloud an can be accessed via web apps as well.
"Long-time education advocate and investor, Tom VanderArk's team at the GettingSmart blog have been working hard with Digital Learning Now! to release one white paper a month on the intersection of Common Core and digital learning. This month's package: a version 1.0 of their Blended Learning Implementation Guide. Check it out; they're eager for your feedback and updates! (An updated version of this report will be out in a few months). Best of all, of course: the (free) infographic!"
Attended a great Blended Learning Conference in Alban, NY this past week. Blended learning turns traditional teaching on it's head. You have to develop a plan that fits for your district or workplace environment though.
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"It’s an age-old saying, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.”
"What separates good teachers from the excellent ones? The excellent ones are handing out fishing poles; creating a culture in the classroom of independence and self-reliance. These students don’t just recite facts or regurgitate information- they have learned how to learn. They know that if the answer isn’t in front of them, they have the tools to do the investigation and research.
"So how do you cultivate a culture of “I can…” in your classroom?"
I have a confession to make. It’s a shameful, dark secret that I fear may be common to many adults around the world. And, when I was teaching, it was certainly one that I saw shared by many students I came into contact with.