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Curriculum planning in this vein doesn’t cater for the tangent or the divergent thinker- well it might entertain it briefly but will eventually settle back on the steady path to where we were always going. Curricular of this ilk are not setup for serendipity. If I knew exactly the music that was going to be played on the radio all of the time, well in advance and had no control over it, I would miss out on those beautiful moments when you hear a wonderful track that hasn’t been played for ages and there you are in that completely unexpected moment savouring every note. Much of this is to do with teacher control and the lack of willingness to let go of the reins and venture from the path a little. But it is also to do with a lack of ambition about what we plan, many models of curriculum, as well as units of work, are legacy systems:
In my last blog post, I tried to explain what Prezi actually is and how it should be (or shouldn't be) compared to PowerPoint. In this post, I will try to explain some of the basics of using Prezi. Signing up: The sign-up process is pretty easy. All you have to do is to decide which license you need. Prezi offers three licenses: Public, Enjoy and Pro.
5 reasons educators should start reading blogs: 1) - Blogs are the heart of learning and sharing... If you are an idea and inspiration junkie like myself, then you will find blogs to be extremely beneficial. Educators of all ages and backgrounds are bringing their ideas, reflections and experiences to one convenient location; their blog. Educational bloggers have one goal, and that is to share as many ideas and experiences as possible.
I was sent a dozen roses this week by a wonderful, amazing student who found his talent for writing in this year's Digiteen project. I'm more convinced than ever that blogging and doing it with other students from around the world is essential to helping students connect with themselves and a larger world. You ask me to give you the reasons.
So you have heard about blogging with your students and you are considering taking the plunge but just not sure what or how to do it? I am here to tell you; blogging with my students has been one of the most enriching educational experiences we have had this year, and that says a lot. So to get you started, here is what I have learned: Pick an easy platform , both for you and the students.
If you are one of those out there that believe that Facebook has no place in the classroom, then, well maybe this post isn’t for you. But please first take a look at just a few reasons why you should reconsider: The fact is, the majority of your students and their parents are probably already on Facebook Even when schools have a policy against being “friends” online, there are tools you can use that won’t violate policy Despite what you may hear , there are strong privacy options that you can set up so only those that you want can access your information We have an obligation as educators to model appropriate online behavior and learn right along our students From http://www.mindjumpers.com/blog/2011/04/education-industry-infographic-2/ Where do we begin?
I’m in a new position at my school this year—instructional coach. My 12-year classroom teaching career, along with a bevy of professional development (a healthy mixture of self-directed and district-provided), has prepared me well for this job. It fact, it is the kind of job I’ve wanted for quite some time—one that provides me with the opportunity to make a greater impact on teaching and learning in a school that I believe in, a place that’s filled with some of the most passionate and dedicated educators I’ve ever had the pleasure of working alongside. However, like any new endeavor, this one has not been without its share of challenges. Chief amongst these has been the fact that I’ve been pushed outside my comfort zone on a regular basis.
Class blogging is becoming ever more popular as a fantastic way of encouraging young people to write with a purpose, for a real audience and receive genuine feedback. At its best it’s assessment for learning in action. So what’s not to love?
Welcome to this week’s edition of Treasure Chest—68 EdTech Resources You May Have Missed. It’s really difficult to keep up with all that happens in educational technology. This is my attempt to make it just a little easier. I post a Treasure Chest every Sunday! Featured 6 Reasons Why Tablets Are Ready for the Classroom –If tablets have penetrated mainstream consumer markets, what’s preventing them from widespread use in schools?
David is a mathematics teacher and a learning specialist for technology at Stratford Hall in Vancouver, BC. He has been teaching since 2002, and has worked in Brooklyn, London, and Bangkok before moving back to Canada. He has his Masters degree in Educational Technology from UBC , and is the co-author of a mathematics textbook . He has been published in ISTE's Leading and Learning , Educational Technology Solutions , The Software Developers Journal , The Bangkok Post and Edutopia .
Blogging can be quite a process. First you may have to do some research, then put your thoughts together, and of course add any necessary screenshots and images. Let’s not forget the optimization part (SEO, keywords, etc) and sharing your content on the Web so that others will read it and hopefully share it. With all of these steps involved, blogging can be quite time-consuming and many bloggers get burnt out rather quickly doing these things on a daily basis. Lucky for us, the process doesn’t have to be so difficult anymore.