The end of ‘just Google it’: Why students need to be digitally literate | Innovate My School. Just because young people are functionally very capable, doesn’t mean they always have the criticality to appraise the wealth of information available. English teacher Jennifer Wilson discusses how critical thinking and digital literacy need to go hand-in-hand. Most students in school today are digital natives. They’ve grown up with smartphones and tablets, interacting with the world in a very different way than we did 15 years ago. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we're just a click away from information about any topic imaginable. The world has become smaller, metaphorically speaking, and texts are no longer confined to books in a library. With that in mind, it’s worth considering how schools can prepare students to respond to the wealth of information available, to them and how they can use technology for personal and social benefits. "Delivering a lesson on iPads in front of students who were vastly more comfortable with this technology was daunting.
" 1. I believe they do. 2. 3 Reasons Why You Should Attend an EdCamp. Powered by caffeine and adrenalin, hundreds of Kenyan and Canadian geeks will compete over Skype in a 28-hour ‘hackathon’ to develop apps to improve rural Kenyans’ health, farms and access to education. Hackathons are marathon brainstorming sessions where computer programmers get together to write software. The Nov. 20-22 Poverty Hackathon will be the first international development-focused virtual hackathon – taking place on two continents simultaneously, the organisers say. “While it’s not common for hackathons to have virtual teams working together, we think it’s a core component of actually making impact,” said Canadian Danielle Thé, who set up the charity Devs Without Borders in Toronto earlier this year. “While people want to help, our concepts of what the major problems or roadblocks are for individuals in other countries could be very biased,” said Thé, 26.
The focus on implementation is what attracted iHub. “We need to connect developers to those opportunities.” Innovate My School: Free Online British Edtech Publication. The Age-Old Faculty Meeting Facelift. September 21, 2015 by Tom Whitby @tomwhitby Over the many years that #Edchat has been engaging educators, one topic that always generates a huge amount of interest, based on comments, is the faculty meeting. Teachers are required to attend the faculty meetings that administrators are required to hold and very few are happy with the results.
The only upside is that with each meeting a check may be placed in the box for attending. Technology may be a way to update the tired model of the faculty meeting. Email for the faculty may be a great way to distribute the mundane stuff that takes up so much time at these meetings. Of course a really progressive administrator might have a weekly Blog that could address a great many topics that bog down the faculty meetings.
Surprise, Surprise – New Research Finds Lectures Aren’t The Best Way To Teach. Are College Lectures Unfair? Is the headline of a column in The New York Times reviewing new research about the ineffectiveness of college lectures, though the same could be said, of course, about them in high school, too. Their research talks about “active learning” being a better way, and they talk specifically about using low-stakes tests. Though inductive learning also provides plenty of opportunities for students to review the same material, and that’s my preferred instructional strategy (seeThe Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching). Here’s an excerpt: The Times article doesn’t include links to the original research, but you can find them here. I’m adding this post to The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy. 7 Facts About Differentiated Instruction | We Are Teachers.
For the past several years, many teachers have focused on strategies for differentiating instruction in order to serve every student's needs. With the adoption of the Common Core and the new, more rigorous benchmarks, other schools are taking an interest in exploring how differentiated instruction can help meet the needs of diverse learners. Whether you are new to differentiated instruction or have been practicing it for years, we wanted to find out how the advent of the Common Core State Standards as well as new research and increased access to technology are changing differentiated teaching.
So we turned to the experts at Staff Development for Educators, who recently held their national conference on differentiated instruction in Las Vegas. Here's what they, and the conference attendees, say are the key takeaways. 1) Students are number one. Students are at the heart of solid differentiated instruction, says Kate Maggs, program manager at Staff Development for Educators. The 4 biggest mistakes that teachers make when integrating technology. **The Edvocate is pleased to publish guest posts as way to fuel important conversations surrounding P-20 education in America.
The opinions contained within guest posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of The Edvocate or Dr. Matthew Lynch.** A guest post by Craig Kemp In classrooms all around the globe, educators are introducing new and exciting technological tools to engage their students in learning. In my opinion, and from my experience in classrooms around the world, these are the biggest mistakes that educators make when integrating technology into the classroom: Technology before pedagogy Sadly, educators see the latest gadgets and feel the need to use them without giving a thought to ‘why’.
Technology as a toy Too often in classrooms around the world I see technology used as a toy. Technology to fill in time Technology should be used as a learning tool, not as a tool to fill in time or to keep students ‘busy’. Pedagogy before technology! Why teachers and principals should be on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #edltechbc. If you are a student heading back to class in September should personal electronic devices like iPads, tablets or a smartphone be on your list of must haves? Does technology in the classroom build better students? What happens to students whose parents can't afford expensive technology? CBC tech columnist Jesse Hirsh is just the right person to answer these questions and more. He's heading back to graduate school in the fall.
Here's an edited and abridged transcript of his interview with the CBC's Conrad Collaco. Q: If you are a student heading back to class ready to start the school year in September, what piece of technology do you want by your side? Smartphone. As an aside I'm going back to graduate school this fall. Q: Will the smartphone build a better student? It depends on the teacher. They are helping the student decipher which information is relevant. Q: The new technology can be very expensive. Absolutely. Q: How will personal electronic devices affect student safety? Free Teacher Training Videos | Introduction to teaching with SKYPE by Russell Stannard.
10 Types of Visual Content to Improve Learner Engagement | SH!FT. We love visuals. In fact, we are wired to respond more to visuals than to words. That is why, we are so hooked to Pinterest and Instagram. This is also the reason why Facebook posts and tweets with images get liked and are retweeted the most. But as an instructional designer, what should interest you more is the fact that the human brain can process visuals faster than text. So if you care about creating more engaging eLearning, you MUST include visuals (and lots of them) in your courses.
Visuals take away from the burden of reading through tomes of text, navigating language ambiguities, and making sense of jargons and complex sentence structures. Learn about the 10 most widely used and effective visual tools that you can incorporate in your eLearning courses: #1: Photographs Meaningful and relevant photographs stir audience emotions and compel them to pay attention to the content. Use only high-resolution, attractive photographs that immediately hook learners. . #2: Illustrations and Icons. Are Teachers Next? Should Body Cameras Be Used at Schools? Body cameras are changing the way police activity is monitored. But should that same level of oversight be applied to school principals and administrators? Cameras at schools and on school buses have become commonplace, but recording an administrator’s everyday conversations with teachers, parents and students is moving into new territory. The 4,300-student Burlington Community School District in Iowa plans to use body cameras at schools, clipped to the ties and lanyards of its principals and administrators.
The decision to deploy the devices followed an incident in which a Burlington Community School District middle school principal was wrongly accused of kicking a student. Security camera footage later exonerated the administrator, according to the Des Moines Register. Body cameras, District Superintendent Patrick Coen told the Des Moines Register, help to reinforce “personal accountability.” Burlington's decision caused an outcry among some. Cautionary tale? Kansas Underfunds Ed And Cuts Tenure. Now It Can't Find Enough Teachers. Ed-tech product roundup: July, ISTE 2015. Nearly 16,000 educators from around the world gathered in Philadelphia earlier this month for ISTE 2015. Attendees crowded the exhibit hall floor to test drive the latest gadgets and tools for learning and instruction. SmartBrief Education editors were on the ground, covering it all. We showcased several of these products in this month’s SmartBrief on EdTech Product Showcase.
Take a look at what caught readers’ attention: Educade from GameDesk. Educade is an online library of free K-12 instructional resources, including lesson plans, apps, games and hands-on activities. Teachers can search for resources by grade level, subject matter and technology type. OpenEd. STEM report from Vernier. White paper on science education from Pasco. Quick Key Mobile. Observe4success and EdTrainingCenter. Activate. Dash and Dot. SMART kapp iQ. Total Motivation. Copia Class. Kajeet Education Broadband. What caught your eye at ISTE this year? Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality. The 100 Best Video Sites For Educators | GDCF. Via Edudemic Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning.
Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. In 2010, we covered our favorite 100 video sites for educators, and we’ve now updated our list for 2012 with more than 100 resources and more than 25 brand new entries. Read on, and you’ll be able to check out the very best sources for educational videos on the web. Educational Video Collections Specifically designed for education, these collections make it easy to find video learning resources. TeacherTube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. General Video Collections Network TV, inspiring talks, and more are all available in these collections.
Hulu: A great place to find the latest TV shows, Hulu is also a source of educational videos. Teacher Education Lesson Planning Video Tools. 6 Factors Of Gamification That Changes Students. 6 Factors Of Classroom Gamification by Nellie Mitchell I was 11 the year my summer camp director transformed the regular schedule, procedures, and lingo that we were used to—into the most memorable, enriching experience I had ever encountered at that point in my life. I had no idea that he had ‘gamified’ the week; I just knew that it was the best summer ever.
Instead of grouping us by numbers, we were named after the Greek alphabet. The director, or ‘game master’ as we were inclined to call him, even made everyone reset the clocks and watches—so we never knew what the real time was, the entire schedule was set on some sort of crazy alternate schedule. Daily we played games, wrote skits, went swimming, and competed for cleanest cabins. As a student, I got to learn more about the power of ‘gamifying’ something, and what effect it had on learners. Gamification is about transforming the environment and regular activities into a kind of game. Getting Started With Gamification 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. What Are Students Biggest Motivation Killers? We Asked Them | We Are Teachers. "What can we do to motivate our students who need it the most? " my principal recently asked. Because I am fascinated with motivation, because I love working with at-risk students, he wanted to know my thoughts on why our achievement gap wasn't narrowing.
As a teacher, I of course had many thoughts. But the many thoughts I have on student motivation are just that: my thoughts. And ultimately, the thoughts that matter most are the students'. So we did. We sat down with my group of at-risk sophomores—a majority of which are in the bottom 3 percent of the class academically.
What we had intended to be a quick conversation sparked a deep discussion consuming the whole 70-minute period. 1. For a struggling student, falling into a pit with a low grade—without systems to recover —is a recipe for learned helplessness. 2. My realization here was how much grading practices can contribute to learned helplessness. 3. 4. The lesson here? 5. The lesson? 6. So what do we do? 1. 2. 3. Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 3: What Teacher Evaluation Is Really About | Frank Breslin. Ostensibly, the policy of evaluating teachers on their students' performance is designed to improve public schools by holding teachers accountable.
However, by refusing to take into account several factors which impede student learning and over which teachers have no control, this policy is, in essence, a punitive measure, a political weapon, a pre-emptive strike against teachers, intended to demoralize and drive them out of the teaching profession. Moreover, when linked to merit pay, a divide-and-conquer strategy to pit teacher against teacher, this evaluation attempts to destabilize and weaken the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest labor union with its three million members, a development not unwelcome to corporate America.
Why has this happened? Connect the dots: (1) Every year hundreds of billions in federal, state and local tax revenue support America's public schools and their teachers. Some Reflections Why have we as a nation allowed this to happen? Your Students can be 'Makers': 16 Projects Invented by Teachers. Teacher Guides for Technology And Learning. Remix: Teaching Students to Verify Social Media Content. Arizona: Teacher Exodus Grows, Due to Low Salaries and Mandates. 14 Reasons You Can’t Throw Out Grades and One Reason You Must. 'Everything is awesome': Cambridge University will get a Lego professor. Why We Need To Do More To Retain Teachers.
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Transforming Learning Spaces. 7 Free Audio Editors for E-Learning Courses. How about a great bit."Paper LI" curated for education leaders; @gcouros #OGSDLearns. 10 Reasons Why Teachers Use Twitter as a PD Tool – PikeMall Tech. Exactly How A Learning Management System Can Improve Your Teaching. The Ultimate Parent Guide to YouTube — BonBon Break. Interesting video on the future of technology on education. Is it visionary or unrealistic? @erringreg Don't know if there's a specific list for BC. Most organizers add their event to the EdCamp Wiki Calendar. The 16 Attributes of The Modern Educator | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
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