"In this quick post I want to share with you this beautiful interactive image on the SAMR model. I learned about this resource from a tweet shared by our colleague David Fife. As you can see from the image below, iPadders provided examples of how to use each classroom task according to the different SAMR categories. And in each category, a set of apps and tools are provided to help you carry out the task under study. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues. Enjoy"
February, 2014 Technology is transforming the educational landscape at a tremendous speed giving birth to a new learning culture radically different from all kinds of learning that were prevalent in...
31 iPad Apps For A Smoother-Running Classroom A smooth-running classroom is about, among other things, organization, workflow, and classroom management. Organization is about resources, priority, and consistency.
Professional Development can be loaded words in Education.
At Ed Camps, sessions are posted and the participants are encouraged to attend sessions that look interesting, but to also use the “law of two feet” and leave a session that might not be what was expected and find something that will help, putting teachers in charge of their own learning.
Many school districts are experimenting with PD days like this, and using talent from within the School and District to help teach colleagues. We have found sometimes that teacher-presenters like to share, but sometimes also find that their own educational needs are not met during these days.
These are wonderful ideas on how to conduct PD. I want to return to the link on EdCamp in one of the comments. I'm going to compare these ideas with what DE is doing for PD and I certainly wish the folks who do the PD I have to attend would encorporate some of these approaches!
Do you know that amphibians are vital to their ecosystems and to humans, but they are threatened with extinction? Dedicated scientists around the world are working to save amphibians, and you can too.
Discovery Education and the Siemens STEM Academy invite you to participate in a live event on December 4 at 1PM ET to bring amphibians to your classroom. Join scientists and researchers at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. where your class will be able to see a wide range of amphibians from around the world. Learn what amphibians are, why they are important, the threats they face, and how you can get involved in programs to help save amphibians in your local area.
Includes 15 min of Q & A with National Zoo experts about everything amphibian!
At first glance, this looks like a presentation that comes to your school without the cost of paying for it...courtesy of DE. I also want to look into Siemens STEM Academy and see what it is and its connection to DE.
I had the opportunity to visit the Girls, Inc. National Resource Center this week to learn about the amazing work they do. We spent a few minutes talking about the Discovery Education connection with STEM Camp and other free featured programs.
Love the visual representation of the shifts. They are, themselves, indicative of a shift. Wonder if there is a poster or .pdf of this. would be great to have as a reminder right next to my desk. 5 and 6, in particular, speak to Discovery Education's mission with STEM.
Every school is different — and so is the technology that fuels your classrooms.
Annie M Herbert's insight:
How strange that a website designed to get you to connect Discovery Education with iPads is taking so long to load. I am hoping that there will be insights in other classrooms as to how to seamlessly integrate the use of iPads with learning. Now if only I had iPads!
"The interest in inquiry-based learning seems to ebb and flow based on–well, it’s not clear why it ever ebbs.
In short, it is a student-centered, Constructivist approach to learning that requires critical thinking, and benefits from technology, collaboration, resourcefulness, and other modern learning skills that never seem to fall out of favor themselves.
Regardless, St Oliver Plunkett Primary School has put together two very useful images that can help you populate your iPad–or classroom of iPads–with apps that support both inquiry-based learning (the second image below), and a more general approach to pedagogy based on Apple’s uber-popular tablet (the top image)."
As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.
So as this generation of students comes up through school, we will really have to adjust the way they receive information. We cannot stay stagnant. We'll lose every student out there. And I wouldn't blame them.
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.
Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.
Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.
After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.
This teacher uses Evernote with his students. He has an experiment going where his students record everything using Evernote. They take pics and put the work into notebooks. He has a class created. I'd like to look into this more. Now, I only use Evernote for keeping myself organized, which is great!
We need to have higher expectations for ourselves as educators, parents, and policymakers; and we need to have higher expectations for our students -- they will meet the bar wherever it is set.
To address this challenge we must revolutionize what we teach, how we teach and how we measure the results. Fundamental and rapid change is necessary -- now, not sometime in the future. Solving our nation's education crisis will take commitment and investment in proven approaches to project-based learning.
We have to convert our thinking from maximizing content coverage and "teaching to the test" to using methods that help students understand the applications of what they learn.
===> We must help students develop problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills -- skills that will prepare them to compete in the global economy. <===