"Thinglink http://thinglink.com/ was a big hit in the workshop that I facilitated yesterday in Bettendorf, Iowa. Thinglink can be used to turn any static image into an interactive, multimedia image. Yesterday, we used PicMonkey and PicCollage to create collages about what a good learning environment looks like to us. After creating those collages we saved them as PNG files and uploaded them to Thinglink where we added videos, audio files, and links to articles to enhance our collages and make them interactive."
An understanding of coding can provide a strong foundation for many degrees and career paths, including computer science, where there are three times more computing jobs than graduates,” said Annabel Cellini, SVP of Strategic Marketing, Pearson Learning Solutions. “As part of Pearson’s commitment to the Hour of Code campaign and our mission to be Always Learning, we’re encouraging all of our employees to take part in coding activities for one hour during Computer Science Education Week.
Via John Evans, Kirsty Watts, Jamie Forshey
We are in the early years of a learning revolution that has the potential to profoundly improve the reach and quality of American schooling. However, getting digital learning right is more about the planning than the purchase order.
Via Cindy Rudy, Jamie Forshey
These tools can be very helpful for language teachers. Students can use them to impprove their pronunciation and develop their reading skills. All these tools are easy to use and above all free of charge. Most of these tools are extensions that you can install on your browser.
Via Gust MEES
Are you looking for a free and user friendly digital tool to help you create engaging, student-centered learning experiences to meet the diverse learning needs of the students in your classroom? In this webinar,we will explore ThingLink, a digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic. Add video, images, audio, and links to any content on the Web with the click of a button. This amazing tool allows users to pack a lot of content into a small space.
Via Susan Oxnevad
“ In addition to learning our content and curriculum standards, today's students also need to be able to do the following effectively: collaborate with one another, synthesize ideas, create content, ...”
Via Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, Louise Robinson-Lay
One of the most common complaints I hear from teachers, administrators, and staff working in public schools is something along the lines of, "I don't feel appreciated." I'd like to propose that by simply incorporating a range of practices that allow ourselves and others to express gratitude, we might transform our schools.
Via Andrea Zeitz
"Pearson sent us this report recently–Exploring the Learning Curve. The big idea here is the changing skill needs for students globally. It is based on this idea of an index–a Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Education Attainment. The report explains: 'The Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment compares the performance of 39 countries and one region (Hong Kong) on two categories of education: Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment. The Index provides a snapshot of the relative performance of countries based on their education outputs.'”
The Search Results: Among other useful materials, I stumbled across a pretty neat interactive image on the Cyberbee site that answers some common student questions about copyright, including the one that sent me over the edge!
Via Jamie Forshey
The key to successful technology integration is the efficient use of digital tools tools that are appropriate for the task. Technology provides us all with the ability to develop our own toolkit of flexible resources for use when needed. Here is a toolkit I assembled that is filled with tools I frequently use for designing flexible student-driven learning experiences. Starting with a good toolkit is essential.
Via Susan Oxnevad
“ This review of recent surveys highlights some of the benefits and obstacles of using different kinds of technology in the classroom, but it also raises some great questions that have yet to be explored with thorough surveys.”
Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed., Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Louise Robinson-Lay
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