"National Geographic has tons of fantastic apps and The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom is a great choice for upper elementary and middle school students. This interactive app introduces children to the Underground Railroad by placing them in first person experiences. They’ll have to make decisions on how to proceed from on step to the next while they learn about this period in history."
The Internet of Things (IoT) will connect everyone and everything like never before. Through an innovative new education lab in America’s heartland, the University of Wisconsin is preparing the next generation of engineers to harness it.
Problem based learning ( PBL) is a teaching strategy that involves the minimum amount of direct and formal instruction characteristic of lecture based teaching. In a PBL model, students are provided with complex problems to work on and during the process they get to learn the lesson content and theoretical knowledge underlying the problem. In other words, unlike traditional content-based teaching where the primacy is put on the delivery of content and the imparting of knowledge to students, PBL foregrounds problem-based activities as a way to stimulate students cognitive skills and engage them in hands-on learning.
The question continues to arise: OK, I'm getting iPads... How do I begin? While I've written posts about it here or there, it can be a pain to search an entire blog to find just what you need. So for your convenience, below I've curated 10 tips for getting started on your new iAdventure:
Andrew Brodie is known by many teachers and parents for his series of publications that support children develop their mental mathematical skills, creating educational books since 1992, and is still very much involved in education and has a wealth of experience of teaching and as a primary head-teacher.
Now, with support from Bloomsbury Publishing, Brodie has launched a couple of Mental Maths iPad / iPhone apps (initially released for pupils ages 6-7 and 10-11 – but now also available for 5-6; 7-8; 8-9 & 9-10) that have been developed with the curriculum changes that are taking place around the UK. Within the apps, there are three main quiz areas:
One of the most exciting abilities that technology can give educators and students is the ability to make stuff. Unlock a world of creativity and engagement with a computer program, interactive canvas, live presentation, bundle of content, or fun game.
"Nothing unites different nations quite like mutual enemies. But the 'Auld Alliance' between Scotland and France - both historic rivals of England - doesn't mean that the French government favours Scottish independence. Far from it."
The Turing test asked whether one could recognize the behavior of a human from that of a computer algorithm. Today this question has suddenly become very relevant in the context of social media, where text constraints limit the expressive power of humans, and real incentives abound to develop human-mimicking software agents called social bots. These elusive entities wildly populate social media ecosystems, often going unnoticed among the population of real people. Bots can be benign or harmful, aiming at persuading, smearing, or deceiving. Here we discuss the characteristics of modern, sophisticated social bots, and how their presence can endanger online ecosystems and our society. We then discuss current efforts aimed at detection of social bots in Twitter. Characteristics related to content, network, sentiment, and temporal patterns of activity are imitated by bots but at the same time can help discriminate synthetic behaviors from human ones, yielding signatures of engineered social tampering.
The Rise of Social Bots Emilio Ferrara, Onur Varol, Clayton Davis, Filippo Menczer, Alessandro Flammini
"A deadly fungus, known as Panama disease, is decimating banana plantations around the world and threatens to wipe out the most common species, the Cavendish banana. Scientists in Honduras are working to create a resistant banana before the disease hits Latin America, where the majority of the fruit is grown. NewsHour's Mori Rothman reports."
During Connected Educators’ Month I did a virtual presentation on The Mindset of the Maker Education. The description for this presentation was:
Dr. Jackie Gerstein discusses why we are in a perfect storm for maker education and the maker mindset–new skills and roles (many of which you probably already have on your internal desk)–with a self-assessment to help you determine how maker-ready you are, and what you need to do if you want to get there…
What follows are the slide deck and some of the graphics-Thinglinks I created around this topic.
Download Loopster iPhone/iPad video editing app to create social media, education, and professional presentation videos. Shoot, edit, carve, splice, add text comments, slow-motion effect, etc. with Loopster video editing app.
Presentious turns your live presentations into recordings that pair your audio with each slide. It’s a novel, yet powerful format that combines the narrative structure of slides with the context of commentary.
whether you are Prasanna Bharti: Polling is the best way to collect student’s feedback. With the access to technology polling has become easy and teachers can create amazing polls for their classroom with these amazing tools.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai.
Statisticians have celebrated a lot recently. 2013 marked the 300th anniversary of Jacob Bernoulli's Ars Conjectandi, which used probability theory to explore the properties of statistics as more observations were taken. It was also the 250th anniversary of Thomas Bayes' essay on how humans can sequentially learn from experience, steadily updating their beliefs as more data become available (1). And it was the International Year of Statistics (2). Now that the bunting has been taken down, it is a good time to take stock of recent developments in statistical science and examine its role in the age of Big Data. Much enthusiasm for statistics hangs on the ever-increasing availability of large data sets, particularly when something has to be ranked or classified. These situations arise, for example, when deciding which book to recommend, working out where your arm is when practicing golf swings in front of a games console, or (if you're a security agency) deciding whose private e-mail to read first. Purely data-based approaches, under the title of machine-learning, have been highly successful in speech recognition, real-time interpretation of moving images, and online translation.
The future lies in uncertainty . D. J. Spiegelhalter
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