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About Explorelearning. ExploreLearning® is a Charlottesville, VA based company that develops online solutions to improve student learning in math and science. ExploreLearning products: ExploreLearning Gizmos®, the world's largest library of interactive online simulations for math and science education in grades 3-12. Gizmos are: Fun, easy to use, and help students develop a deep understanding of challenging concepts through inquiry and exploration on computers and iPads. Research-based, flexible tools used by teachers across all 50 states in a wide variety of ways. Gizmos are ideal for small group work, individual exploration, and whole class instruction using an LCD projector or interactive whiteboard.

Designed to supplement your existing curriculum. ExploreLearning Reflex®, the most powerful solution available for math fact fluency. Adaptive and individualized. Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible. Culture Bao Tri Photography By Anne Collier Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs know this as adults. Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play and founder of Quest to Learn, the first public school based on the principles of game design in the U.S., explained how failure can be a motivating agent for learning in her presentation at SXSW. Any practice – athletic, artistic, even social – involves repeatedly failing till one gets the experience or activity right. Game designer Jane McGonigal makes a similar point. But the opposite is true in school, Salen said.

Over the past year, Salen went on a “listening tour,” interviewing game designers at Media Molecule, Valve, and Blizzard Entertainment. Don’t shoot the player while she’s learning. A version of this post appeared on NetFamilyNews. Related. Lebanon School District Mail - Inbox - amollica. 3 Tips for Teachers Using Social Media in the Classroom. Dan Klamm is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Syracuse University Career Services, where he leads social media engagement. Connect with him on Twitter @DanKlamm and @CareerSU. Social media opens up all new avenues of communication for college students, their classmates and their professors.

A typical class may only take a few hours a week, but now with social media, the classroom can be a lively, 24/7 experience. Professors are more accessible, often clarifying assignments via Twitter or sharing content on their blogs. Students benefit from these extra communication channels. They can process information and contribute to class discussions at their own pace. This new layer of conversation also raises questions about appropriate boundaries, such as whether students and teachers can connect online as "friends. " But that shouldn't discourage the opportunities presented by social media in the classroom. 1. Social media is a way to enhance student learning and grow discussions. Start An Education Revolution In Seven Steps | Co. Design. First, a little background: We’re three undergrad industrial design students at the University of Cincinnati who teamed up for an experiment in education.

We set out to partner with our university, a high school, and several footwear companies to create a curriculum that would engage and empower inner-city youth through footwear design. We titled the experiment the Tread Project. The pitch was simple: Tread wanted to create an engaging curriculum that would channel these urban students’ passion for (and sometimes obsession with) footwear into their high school education.

The result was a program aimed at giving these kids an intro to design thinking, creative problem solving, and the footwear-design process in seven weeks. Once the Tread Project idea was born, we pitched it to several global footwear brands. [The students took part in a build-your-own-shoe exercise with masking tape. What’s the Point? How to Start Your Own Revolution1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) Where Do We Go from Here? 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom | Teaching Written By: Jillian Terry Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus.

With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways. Teachers and parents can also benefit from Skype in the classroom. Read below to learn how you can take advantage of the power of Skype in your classroom. Promoting Education These great ideas are all about teaching students in dynamic ways. See Me, Hear Me: Skype in the Classroom. Promoting Community Using Skype in the classroom can promote communities within a school or globally. Inclusion — helping a classmate join the classroom from home. Skype Ideas for Teachers and Parents Teachers and parents can benefit from Skype in the classroom, too. Professional development. Resources for Getting Started and Using Skype Find out how you can take advantage of Skype with the advice below.

Finding Others Using Skype ePALS. "Real education is [not] looking up factoids about the world." I haven't updated this blog for a while. And there is a reason. It seems the internet more and more is becoming a echo chamber, everything that is said by let's say an authority, then is criticized or commented internet-wide. However, we still can find very original content and ideas as Daniel M. Russell reflects. Russell goes on to plainly disagree with the misconception of digital literacy applied to education. Know when to stop searching and find a human expert on the topic. The understanding of the process of finding information is vital. "Rapid lookup is a great tool, but it’s NOT education or learning in any meaningful way. In general, someone needs to teach students that just looking up X isn’t the same as understanding the context of X—where does X come from, why is it important, what super-categories of X exist, does X vary from culture to culture?

" And the dealing with the over saturation of information on the web. Tech & Learning - August 2011 [28 - 29] QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide. QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them. Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to: take you to a website, read some text, give you a phone number, or generate a text message. QR Codes are barcodes of information that hardlink the physical world with the online world. They are considered a form of simple augmented reality. QR Codes in the Classroom For the classroom teacher, they are valuable for three reasons: They can save us time.They can save paper.They provide a link to mobile devices that help students do their homework and follow along.

This Post. Preparing the Teacher to Use QR Codes The first step of a teaching journey is to embark on learning it yourself. Step 1 Get Your Mobile Device Ready: Download a Free QR Code Reader Step 2: Get Your Computer Ready. You are ready. Common QR Code Problems Readers. QR Codes In Education. SimpleK12 Skype in the Classroom. Teaching Secrets: Teaching Students How to Learn. Product review: Roxio Toast 11 Titanium. 6/6/2011 By: by Carol S. Holzberg Product: Roxio Toast 11 Titanium Vendor: Roxio Website: Retail Price: Toast 11Titanium, $80 single copy (after $20 mail-in rebate); Toast 11 Pro, $130 single copy (after $20 mail-in rebate) Computer-savvy educators use digital data daily for work, play and record-keeping.

Two versions of the product are available: Toast 11Titanium and Toast 11 Pro. Toast 11 Pro can do everything Toast 11 Titanium does and more. Quality and Effectiveness Every Macintosh comes with Apple's handy Disk Utility to create and burn disk images for backup and archiving purposes. Toast Titanium can capture streaming video from the Web. Ease of Use Roxio has modified the application's user interface to make the program easier to install. At startup, the Toast 11 main window presents tools as big bold categories and tab options.

The ability to choose between "common" and "advanced" projects makes for a very user-friendly experience. 1. Tech Learning TL Advisor Blog and Ed Tech Ticker Blogs from TL Blog Staff – Imagine the idea of integrating talking avatars to engage kids... in fact how let's explore 20 ways to make it happen. The free website Voki has an educational area emphasizing talking avatars , and how teachers can use avatars to deliver standards. Also, take a moment and visit my 21centuryedtech Blog filled with articles on digital education, PBL, 21st century learning, and STEM education. When you visit subscribe by RSS or email and remember to follow me on twitter (mjgormans). Now, let’s get talking about avatars, or better yet, get the avatars talking! Have a great week! – Mike It definitely is time to get some real talking going on in your school and classroom. The new Voki Educational Web Site includes ideas, networking, and explanations that bring talking avatars to the educational stage. 20 Ways To Use Voki In Education -gathered from various people, resources, and personal reflection. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Rushton at ISTE 2011. NCTAF Home. Twitter Evolving Into Professional-Development Tool. Next Vista for Learning.