The new features will begin rolling out July 8 with the ability for teachers to create and manage previously uploaded lessons directly from the iPad. Apple says the course creation features will let teachers grab content from iWork, iBooks Author or “any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for iPad.” It will also let teachers use the iPad’s camera to include shots and video of real-world items in courses. The course creation feature will be available to educators in all 69 with the materials they create distributed in up 155 countries.
The teaching of vocabulary has changed over the years. This infographic provides ten suggestions on how to effectively teach vocabulary as well as links to four templates and tools that you might also want to use (and all are available at no cost!). The templates and tools are:
* Top Tips for Word Walls
* Concept Circles
* Marzano's 6-Step Vocabulary Process * Alphaboxes Graphic Organizer
A great resource that works across many grade levels.
Combining the Best of Virtual and Face-to-Face Events
The DEN Spring Virtual Conference is a free professional development event for educators to learn about the most effective ways to integrate digital media into their instructional practices. It is unique because of its blended environment. The sessions will be broadcast online, but you can attend either from your own home or at one of the many face-to- face (F2F) events around the world. By attending an event in your area, you get that buzz that can only be experienced by being face to face with others.
About the Event
The theme for the Spring VirtCon is Connecting Communities. From Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) to classroom communities, we're all more connected than we've ever been. To that end, we've partnered up with some incredible educational organizations, which you can learn more about on the Community Partners page.
What can you expect from the VirtCon?
*Three keynote presentations (9:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm ET)
*Four slots for concurrent sessions (10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm ET)
*Every session will be broadcast LIVE with a full video feed
*Dozens of F2F events to attend around North America and the world
*All sessions will be archived and available immediately following the presentation
"Learning can be challenging for a variety of reasons. Students constantly face conceptual, social, emotional, and mental obstacles that can’t be overcome with all-purpose solutions. Just as every student is unique, so is every learning situation."
"Effective vocabulary instruction is a key foundation to helping students acquire a wide and diverse vocabulary. Students need both direct and indirect instruction in vocabulary and word meanings as well as multiple exposures to words. It is through multiple exposures and repetition that students begin to understand the nuances of words and how to use them when speaking and writing."
If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters?
In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing.Vocabulary is a foundational component of an effective K-12 comprehensive literacy framework. And, vocabulary plays an important role in the Common Core State Standards.
I’ve posted previously about the importance of effective vocabulary instruction and developed a popular Infographic featuring the “Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Vocabulary Instruction.” Since a broad vocabulary program includes both direct and indirect word learning strategies, the following online tools can be easily integrated to support word learning.
When faced with a complex, fluid, and potentially uncontrollable situation, I’ve often heard people say, “It’s like herding cats.” I can think of no more complex, variable, and fluid task than writing. Its nuances and complexities seem to defy consistency; what works as “good writing” in one circumstance can be disastrous in another. Indeed, the push toward multimodality in student writing means even the products can vary: essays one minute, blogs the next, videos after that. We also strive to develop stylistic variation: the strongest students develop a personal voice that makes their work distinctive. Everything about writing activities makes them seem like one-offs: what works in each instance is different than the next solution. The complex challenges of teaching students to work within that degree of variability makes me despair.
Recent writing studies scholarship on transfer attempts to address this frustration by identifying the parts of our writing courses that stay with our students and benefit them in future situations. What parts of writing are transferrable to new situations? What skills do we need to teach our students to best benefit their future writing tasks? These answers are not simple, certain, or clear. What we do know is that metacognition is essential for effective writing practice: if students are conscious of the decisions they make when crafting their words, they make better decisions. Therefore, the task of effective writing instruction often becomes one of teaching awareness as a skill.
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