"For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November,who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral to education."
"Bring Your Own Device policies could be a good way for schools to digitalize the teaching environment without breaking the bank. Allowing students to bring gadgets they already own and use them in class allows schools to utilize infrastructure already in place without spending money to buy tablets or smart phones to equip the entire student body. Yet, before opening up their networks to devices students bring from home, it is important that schools take steps to ensure that it’s done safely and effectively."
"To establish how we can maximize the impact of the iPad as a learning tool, we first have to establish what kind of impact we’d hope to have. In this case, we’ll settle on understanding (as troublesome a term as that might be): Students being able to think critically about chosen standards or curriculum, and apply understanding in diverse, academic and non-academic environments. With that as the goal, here are some ideas."
"In a flipped classroom, professors assign pre-class homework consisting of brief, recorded lectures and presentations, digital readings with collaborative annotation capabilities, and discussion board participation. This frees up classroom time to promote active learning through collaborative, project-based learning using simple display and sharing tools.... While technology facilitates flipped instruction, it takes both planning and experimentation to perfect the model. CT asked three experienced classroom flippers for their tips and best practices."
"The number of kids reading ebooks has nearly doubled since 2010, according to Scholastic’sKids & Family Reading Report, which was released today. The national survey of kids ages 6–17 and their parents also found that half of kids ages 9–17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks—although 80 percent of kids who read ebooks say they still read books for fun primarily in print."
Halloween is just around the corner ( less than a week ). Besides looking for scary costumes for your kids, you might be thinking to dress up your iPad as well. There are actually several Halloween apps out there but only few of them are really worth the try. We have gone through some of these apps and have come up with the list below.
Check out the list below and share the ones you like with your kids.
Just a reminder before you start exploring those comic tutorials, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has previously published a list of awesome web tools that lets you create comic strips of your own, check out the list HERE.
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"When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens.
How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio. It never quite caught on in lower grade schools. Now, it is the age of the tablet. We have affordable high-powered computers that can provide all sorts of enrichment through an intuitive touch screen interface and the education world is taking notice. More and more classrooms are imagining the curriculum in the context of EACH child having his or her own tablet. Yet, some educators are still skeptical. How can a piece of technology truly enhance the learning process, without causing distraction?
"Teacher or Facilitator: Is it just semantics? What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone uses the word, “facilitator”? Perhaps you think of words like planner, coordinator, promoter, developer, or designer. All of these definitions lead us to think of a facilitator as someone who sets up, designs, and oversees an environment that is conducive to the goal at hand but they are not at the center of the scene."
"New York City is experimenting with new tools and tactics with its Innovation Zone, a devoted unit for trying out new approaches to learning and sharing best practices with like-minded educators... Schools across the system are trying out different learning approaches, including blended learning, online courses and project-based teaching. As with the most lofty aspirations of educators, the iZone’s goals are to personalize learning, provide real-world experience, change the ways staff and students view their roles and take advantage of the vast number of tools available to students and teachers."
"Our digital world is transforming the way we learn, and today's teachers are tasked with the challenging job of sifting through the deluge of educational technologies and creating a meaningful learning experience for students... Next-generation education portfolio platforms -- such as Digication, Pathbrite,Taskstream and Epsilen -- are one way for teachers to start early and educate students about how they can manage their own academic and professional accomplishments. From using portfolios for giving students educational feedback to the portability of transcripts and official academic documents, new opportunities exist for lifelong learning and sharing."
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