In the vast realm of dogs hugging baby deer and toddlers laughing hysterically, it’s not always easy finding online videos that have a deeply profound impact--that is, until Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) entered the market, providing...
21st-Century Learners: Square Pegs in Round Holes Students today are too often a square 21st-century peg in a round 19th-century hole. Young children bring a natural digital proficiency to school that doesn’t mesh well with the traditional school ...
Blogger Eric Brunsell explores research suggesting that an added an online dimension can make classroom discussion more comfortable, and productive, for everyone.
I found asynchronous discussions seem to work best for some people who are not comfortable participating in live online discussions. I know myself that I might come up with something later and want to add it. "Not all students are in sync!"
"We have all done it: "participated" in a face-to-face discussion, nodding along in agreement, but not really present. Many of us have sat in discussions, afraid to throw in our two cents because we might sound silly. On other occasions, we have had a fantastic idea to share, but the conversation passed by before we had a chance to contribute."
The author mentions ways to blend online social learning opportunites using Blackboard, Moodle or Edmodo. I created My eCoach (my-ecoach.com) over 10 years ago with discussion boards, blogs, and comment ability because teachers and students told me that's what they wanted. They still want it.
The 4 themes the author mentions ring true:
1. Processing Time
2. Anxiety Reduction
3. Size Matters (size of the group :o)
4. The Prompt Matters - check out the example prompt types.
I found online asynchronous discussions are ways for learners of all ages to engage with ideas and with each other in a safe environment.
Within this 21st-century tsunami of change, innovative teaching and learning that employs emerging technologies has swept into our collective imagination with the broader goal of educational transformation.
Nowadays many pupils, when given a research task, immediately might think to themselves, “I’ll just Google that.” Internet search engines are powerful tools but many pupils use only a fraction of the power of them, and then can also have difficulty...
Using Twitter to teach Chaucer? And Google+ to teach database management? Two innovative instructors reveal how they're using these social media tools to engage students, spur dialogue, and foster a collaborative learning environment.
In this video, take a close look at a day in the life of students at Delta Secondary School and Delta Youth Forum. In this model, learn how student interests drive their learning in a British Columbia school district where they are personalizing learning.
What would a high school classroom look like if the students were all like kindergartners, eagerly learning everything they could about the world? What makes this idea seem ludicrous—and why isn’t learning still like this in high schools today?