ePortfolios and Open Badges are only the first wave in what will emerge as a wider network-based form of assessment that makes tests and reviews unnecessary. In this talk I discuss work being done in network-based automated competency development and recognition, the challenges it presents to traditional institutions, and the opportunities created for genuinely autonomous open learning.
A slidetalk video is a video made by playing a Powerpoint file or a sequence of still pictures (slides) each with a description that is read out aloud by a text-to-speech engine. Slidetalk videos are a great way to publish and share your presentations including your own comment to the slides, but without the hassle of needing to speak the comments yourself into a microphone or hire a voice talent.
"Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming."
Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more. In an effort to clarify and explain some of the most important characteristics that a digitally competent teacher must have, we whipped up this fun visual. [...]
Every teacher remembers his or her first "tough kid" experience. Maybe the student ignored your directions or laughed at your attempts to utilize the classroom discipline steps. We all have at least one story to share, and for some teachers, teaching a tough kid is a daily challenge. It seems that no matter what teaching techniques you try to pull out of your educator hat, nothing changes their behavior.
I've had the privilege of teaching some tough kids. I say "privilege" for a reason. Teaching these students pushed me to be a better educator and a more compassionate person. I've detailed below five methods that have reduced misbehavior in my classroom and, better still, helped transform these students into leaders among their peers.
Social signals are like inbound links, more links a site has linking to it, more it is seen by search engines as an authority for higher rankings. #plbkkt
Social signals are similar to the concept of inbound links wherein the more links a site has linking to it, the more it is seen by the search engines as an authority and the higher it will be ranked.Authority of these social signals are determined by sharing quality content in the form of updates, tweets,check-ins, pins, likes & +1sof high influence so that content weight is catalogued by the search engines after fine tuning big data clusters of social indicators that are deemed spam. SourceOfficially no, there is no official proof released or otherwise available that can guarantee or be held as proof to approve the warranty of website rankings determined by social signals.
Professional learning that is relevant, collaborative and future focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality. Here you will find resources that develop an understanding of effective professional learning as well as access to free online learning modules.
Resource created by Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership - but relevant outside Australia.
Word cloud generators have gone the route of Kleenex and Saran Wrap, wherein people often use the name of the product to refer to the thing. Most folks I talk to refer to all word clouds as ‘wordles’, even though Wordle is just one of many, many tools that one can use to create word …
“ While Apple and Google are fighting a FUD war for the hearts and minds of K-12 campuses, there's one area of education that neither has been able to penetrate with success: higher ed. Specifically, I'm referring to the conglomerate of colleges and universities across the US (and likely abroad).”
Join us for our first photography camp! Instructed by Brandie Sunley, this very basic photography course at Blue Bronna will be held from Friday evening, June 27, to Sunday afternoon on the 29th. We would love to have you join us!
You will have the opportunity to spend the weekend riding horses, enjoying nature and learning how to make the most out of your DSLR camera.
So, if you have a camera and don’t know how to use it, this is a great time to learn. If you have never rode a horse before, that’s ok, this is a great time to learn that also.
Come and experience a beautiful wilderness sanctuary. There is so much space out here to just enjoy, reflect, and disconnect from the daily pressures of life.
"The summer is a great time to explore new-to-you iPad apps that you might want to add to the iPads that you have in your classroom. Each day this week I’m going to share a selection of apps appropriate for four ranges of pre-K-12 grades. On Monday I shared 21 apps for Pre-K through 2nd grade. Yesterday, I shared apps 3rd through 5th grade students. Today’s list features apps for grades six through eight. "
"This piece will look at assessment and gender, specifically in terms of assignment types, interfaces, and priming. We’ll critique a few examples of current assessment practices and trends in online learning. From there, we’ll recommend a path to the future of assessment that is diverse, inclusive, and recognizes multiple paths to the “answer.” Because that is the goal of innovation in this space. Not making assessment more manageable. Or necessarily easier. The goal is to nurture a creative society of engaged citizens who think uniquely and engage collaboratively.
"If we hold on to competition and multiple choice, we surrender our chances at that goal."