For many teachers that I’ve spoken with recently, back to school is a stressful time. Not only because of the inherent stresses, but because many take the opportunity of a new year and a clean slate to try out some new things. We’ve been trying to bring you a lot of handy tips and tricksthis month for you to fill your educational toolkit, and this handy Google+ cheat sheet fits right in with helping you understand some of the ins and outs of Google+ by offering up some of the most useful Google+ shortcuts you’ve ever seen. From explaining things users commonly want to do to keyboard shortcuts, you’re sure to find something here that you didn’t know before! Keep reading to learn more.
Xavier leads the way in integrating technology Inquirer.net “From the start, technology was never meant to replace the teacher,” says Galvin Ngo, head of Xavier School's NExT team, “but rather to supplement and enhance learning.” NExT stands for...
Rather than a narrative that puts the MOOC phenomenon within a “bound-to-crash and there will be tears” frame, I believe we will eventually be telling a much happier story about the impact of MOOC hype. This will not be a story about open online learning replacing traditional bricks-and-mortar institutions or of one superstar professor replacing the teaching of thousands of others. Instead, the real impact of MOOCs will be felt far away from the open online edX or Coursera courses. The real impact of MOOCs will be found in the traditional introductory course.
"So… we have reflected, oriented, and even fostered formative assessment. Think this might be a good time to solemnly declare… an oath. These previous posts (linked above**) have laid the ground work to prepare for a transformative year with mobile devices.
Last year the middle school felt a need to create an iPad Oath that addressed specific classroom behaviors and legislated appropriate use beyond the existing R.U.G. (Responsible Use Guidelines). After reviewing multiple middle school AUP’s and iPad forms online and our own existing elementary iPad Oath, I decided to concoct one of my own using similar ingredients. (The back of the form includes a space for both parent and student signature.)"
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