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Assigning Digital Work. From conducting simple vocabulary practice online to leveraging multiple platforms for complex demonstrations of learning, digital tools can be used for 21st century work in many ways in our classrooms.

Assigning Digital Work

I propose asking the following six questions when considering whether digital work is suitable for a classroom task: What is the learning objective? When making decisions about whether to include digital tools in a lesson, the learning objective needs to always remain the focus. As Perry Marshall (2013) once put it, "No one who ever bought a drill wanted a drill, they wanted a hole. " The task at hand must meet the parameters of the learning objective while also offering students a choice of ways in which to demonstrate their learning. Here's an example of effectively using technology in class after careful consideration of the above six questions. Here is how we might apply our six key questions to the example of iPad word-fluency apps: What is the learning objective?

Here's an example. 10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have. This past January I wrote "10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have" and I have decided to modify it for the "10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have".

10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

Here's my list. Scope-pub-using-technology-report.pdf.


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For a Better Flip, Try MOOCs

Dl-camarata-editable-rubric. Bringing Your Own Device – In Education. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) philosophy and regime is becoming a serious consideration for many schools.

Bringing Your Own Device – In Education

As Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is costly and obsolescence determines the practical life cycle and usefulness of computer and digital equipment, schools are coming to terms with cost effective and equitable provision. Budgeting and maintaining vast numbers of computers, tablets and other hand held computing devices have witnessed a change in how schools provide access to students and staff. Wireless networks have expanded exponentially to accommodate increasing numbers of smaller hand held and portable computing devices. Capacity, bandwidth and signal strength are the major considerations as well as provision for future upgrades. Building the infrastructure involves careful planning using a combination of fibre optic and CAT5 or CAT6 cabling to each area of the school.

Student Access. The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) You've got every device under the sun in front of you.

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now)

Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school. Education Technology Tools for Teachers. Massive Open Online Courses make it possible for students of all ages to access high-quality coursework at no cost.

Education Technology Tools for Teachers

Colleges and universities across the country publish video lectures, podcasts, reading lists, practice exams and more for anyone who wants to learn about a particular subject and/or experience what it’s like to take a college class. Over the last decade, organizations such as Coursera and Khan Academy have taken MOOCs one step further by creating or aggregating thousands of free courses in areas ranging from early American history and civics to trigonometry and multivariable calculus. Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created by educator Salman Khan in 2006.

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Animation. Digital citizenship. Poll Everywhere. 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About. Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved.

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator. Image credit: iStockphoto (Updated 10/2013) At this year's ASCD conference one of the main themes that kept surfacing was the need for more "connected educators.

Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator

" At this conference, there were definitely some great "firsts. " The general session kicked off with a keynote from Freeman A. What We Have and Haven’t Learned. I’ve been asked to give a talk that explores some of the top teaching-learning lessons learned in the past 15 years.

What We Have and Haven’t Learned

It’s a good reflection exercise that also brings up those lessons we haven’t learned or aren’t yet finished learning. I’m figuring the best place to start is with technology. During the past 15 years, technology has become a dominating force in every aspect of our lives and that includes education. As it descended upon higher education, we didn’t start out asking the right question. We got focused on the mechanics of “How does it work?”


Ed Tech Terminology and Concepts Teachers Should Know About ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Grab This Good Comic Creation App That is Free Today ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. An Excellent Free Graphing Calculator for Your iPad – Desmos. Infographic: Evolution of EdTech. Wordle - Gallery. Wordle - Gallery. Info graphics. Blogging. Google + All things Google. GoAnimate for Schools. Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro.

Animation software. How to Make a Cartoon Yourself: Top 7 Animated Video Makers Compared Video production is not an easy and cheap matter.

A short video for your YouTube channel or website may cost several thousand dollars if you address to professional video studios. 3D presentation tool. Wordle - Word Clouds. Tagxedo. GoAnimate for Schools. Educational Leadership:Teaching for the 21st Century:What Would Socrates Say? Peter W. Cookson Jr. Socrates believed that we learn best by asking essential questions and testing tentative answers against reason and fact in a continual and virtuous circle of honest debate. We need to approach the contemporary knowledge explosion and the technologies propelling this new enlightenment in just that manner.

Otherwise, the great knowledge and communication tsunami of the 21st century may drown us in a sea of trivia instead of lifting us up on a rising tide of possibility and promise. Two Opposing Camps Some advocates believe we can Google, blog, Skype, and Twitter our way to enlightenment. In opposition are the skeptics, such as Mark Bauerlein, who argues in his book The Dumbest Generation (Penguin, 2008) that this incessant communication is really a complex manifestation of miscommunication that does not lead to intellectual growth, but rather to a stunting of genuine intellectual development.

The 21st Century Mind A child born today could live into the 22nd century. Teacher Guides for Technology. Over the last couple of months, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been working diligently on a variety of educational technology guides for teachers and educators. The majority of them have been posted here and, thankfully, have received a huge and unprecedented interaction from their readers. These guides come in very handy for every teacher looking to better integrate technology into his/her teaching. They are very simple,developed in a step-by-step process, illustrated by pictures, diagrams, video tutorials, and examples, and concluded with a webliography containing links to a variety of other websites relevant to the topic under discussion.

Pedagogical implications are included in the review of the web tools featured in the guides. 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools. I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. Next Generation Learning; Today... Over the past decade, the growth of social media has been quite remarkable. Global citizens have embraced new ways to communicate which have, quite literally, changed The World.

Text messages and emails are fast becoming a thing of the past as new and innovative social media concepts continually spring up and pave new ways for communication and sharing. Just the other day, I was conversing with a friend of mine, @hallboy10, via Garmin Connect; a social media for runners and cyclists to share their exercise statistics and comment on achievements. It dawned on me that I was using at least 5 different mediums with which to communicate with the same person depending on the context! The graphic on the left was made using Piktochart and demonstrates how the methods by which I communicate have changed since the 1980s. However, burying our heads in the sand is simply NOT an option. What Comes First: the Curriculum or the Technology?

It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when handing a student a calculator to work through algebraic equations caused many teachers and parents great consternation. It makes you wonder what type of pushback the creators of the abacus faced! In both cases, while the tools students were using may have been more advanced than previous generations’, the goal remained the same – to enhance classroom learning. But before moving forward with technology integration, every school must first have a great, robust and adaptable academic curriculum. Only then can you begin to find ways in which technology can help to elevate it. It’s important to never force fit technology – if it’s not supplementing what’s already happening in the classroom or a teacher’s goals for the school year, the addition will become more of a barrier to learning than a catalyst. Game-based blended learning & classroom response system.

Two Tools for Turning Outlines Into Mind Maps. 75 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos. Frequently Overlooked Google Search Tools and Strategies. This morning I spent some time reading the first part of the solution to Dr. Daniel Russell's most recent search challenge on Search ReSearch. Dr. Let Tech Organize Your Teaching. By now, many new and veteran teachers are settling into the routine of the new school year.

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Social media. Pearltrees - Visually Organize and Share Collections of Files and Links. Pearltrees is a visual bookmarking tool that I first tried nearly five years ago. Over the years it has changed in response to feedback from its users. How to Create Online Collaborative Whiteboards. Google docs. 10 Charts Comparing Popular Ed Tech Tools. 5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons. Producing Infopics. I’m calling this type of photo an infopic. An infopic is a photo with text layered on top that is designed to communicate a message. The message might be a summary, quote, definition, notes, data, weblink, hashtag, or other informational tidbits. The information might come from a conference, workshop, activity, lesson, video, book, a conversation, etc.

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