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Vol.#56: Forgive Me EdTech for I Have Sinned | Teaching Speaks Volumes. I’ve claimed that a tech tool should lead to new thinking. However, perhaps this was somewhat hypocritical, because before I can wrap my head around a new tool for the first time, I need a familiar jumping-off place. This past month I taught a short story I’ve taught many times before (“Rikki Tikki Tavi“) and used several characterization graphic organizers which I’ve used before (linked below). They provided the context with which we explored nine technology tools. However, in what has been described as a cardinal sin of tech in education, these tools did not necessarily provide a new perspective or process for students in thinking about the content, in this case the characters. Pragmatically, when I throw a new tool at them (or in this case nine) I choose to start with an assignment with which I am familiar because I want to navigate only so many new unknowns at once.

Judge me if you must, and feel free to admonish me in the comments. vs. Positives: Negatives: Positives: The slogan stuck. Writer Igniter - DIY MFA : DIY MFA. Bloomin' Apps. This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place.Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Android, Google and online tools and applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite online tool, iOS, or Android app with others. Cogs of the Cognitive Processes I began to think about the triangular shape of Bloom's Taxonomy and realized I thought of it a bit differently.Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes in and out of the each level as they acquire new content and turn it into knowledge, I created a different type of image that showcased my thoughts about Bloom's more meaningfully.Here is my visual which showcases the interlocking nature of the cognitive processes or, simply, the "Cogs of the Cognitive Processes".

IPAD APPS TO SUPPORT BLOOM'S REVISED TAXONOMYassembled by Kathy Schrock​ Bloom's and SAMR: My thoughts. Vol.#51: Edtech in Images | Teaching Speaks Volumes. For this week’s post, I’d like to share a few images with quotes in relation to my thinking on #edtech. I’ve talked about my passion for integrating technology from free iPad Apps for the ELA classroom to my list of tech tools for this upcoming year. I’ve also said technology is the power tool of education, and if you have a leaky pipe but grab a hammer, you are missing the point. A tool is only as good as the user. I saw this picture via a tweet from Zach Snow which makes a similar point brilliantly: This brilliant tweet from the brilliant Josh Stumpenhorst explained how too many teachers have this attitude surrounding technology integration: At first glance, it would look like these two images might be poking fun at those that use educational technology at all, but really it’s about using it correctly.

Even if one weren’t inclined to use technology in the classroom, its use is required in several Common Core standards. Like this: Like Loading... Computer Science. Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch. PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy | Once a Teacher.... What is a PLN? If I had to define what a ‘Personal Learning Network’ is, I would keep it simple and broad: n. – the entire collection of people with whom you engage and exchange information, usually online. Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around forever. Originally, they were your family and friends, maybe other educators you worked with, but as the internet and web 2.0 tools have become nearly ubiquitous, PLNs can include tons of different communities – social networking sites like Facebook, blogs, Twitter, wikis, social bookmarking tools, LinkedIn, and so many more.

Basically, anyone that you interact with is apart of your PLN, whether they are social contacts, professional peers, or experts in their field. Most of the ‘learning’ takes place on-line now, because it is simple to find and connect with others with similar interests from around the world. PLNs have immense value! So, why bother thinking about your PLN? Build Your Own PLN What to Expect – Stages of PLN Adoption. Week in the Classroom“Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum” Victoria A. Davis Camilla, Georgia, USA Blog: Presentation Title“Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum” BioVicki Davis is a teacher and technology administrator at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia.

She has taught for four years at the high school and middle school level. For ten years prior, she taught professional development courses for teachers and college level adult computer literacy training. She is known for her award winning class wiki, wiki-centric classroom structure, and use of broad scope of Web 2.0 tools to improve student performance. She is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia program and graduated first in her class from Georgia Tech. Description Vicki loves it when she gets students excited! Last November 2005, Vicki was a scared beginner when she ventured out onto this new Internet that experts call Web 2.0.

Vicki has done this in two ways: a video with show notes and a live wiki project for YOU to join in. Presentation. Teach42. 2¢ Worth. Listen A few weeks ago I worked and attended North Carolina's ISTE affiliate conference. I opened the NCTIES conference with a breakfast keynote address and Marc Prensky closed it with a luncheon keynote the next day. Sadly, I missed the second day of the conference. I would first offer some constructive criticism to NCTIES , and to all such ed-tech conferences across the nation and around the world. The only idea I can think of is to have one or two session rooms devoted to unconference topics. Now to the surprises It was in the student showcase, a part of most ed-tech conferences that I often miss, using it as an opportunity to visit the exhibitors or dash up to my room for something or other. She then began telling me what they were doing, describing some of the communication skills they were learning as well as social studies and character.

“No software. After my hesitation, she continued, “..the game master.” Seeing this was energizing to me. Donna Hitchings, Snaderson HS, WCPSS. Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Weblog of Wesley Fryer. Blog « Interact Cafe. I am a big fan of Two Guys and Some iPads. @techminock and @techbradwaid are very passionate about teaching and do an amazing job of sharing that passion and resources with the world. They got me interested in Augmented Reality, and their site has a wealth of resources to help you understand what Augmented Reality is and how to get started with it.

Now I am working to get teachers here as excited about it as I am! While there are more and more apps out there with auras already made, the real value I see for educators is the ability to create your own triggers and overlays. This allows you to make it relevant to whatever concepts you are teaching. Aurasma is a great resource for this. Two cheat sheets have been created to help you with the process of creating auras with the Aurasma app. If you haven’t noticed already, Microsoft’s cloud based storage system, SkyDrive, has been renamed “OneDrive.” Tags: Cloud Storage, microsoft, OneDrive, Productivity, SkyDrive Don’t Forget to Play! 1. 3. The Art & Tech Teacher : lessons, classwork, creative writing & more | Your one stop nerd shop of edtech geekynessThe Art & Tech Teacher : lessons, classwork, creative writing & more | Your one stop nerd shop of edtech geekyness.

Leon Wieseltier Commencement Speech at Brandeis University 2013. On May 19, New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier spoke at the commencement ceremony of Brandeis University, addressing the graduates as "fellow humanists. " Here is a text of his talk. Has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were cherished less, and has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were needed more? I am genuinely honored to be addressing you this morning, because in recent years I have come to regard a commitment to the humanities as nothing less than an act of intellectual defiance, of cultural dissidence. For decades now in America we have been witnessing a steady and sickening denigration of humanistic understanding and humanistic method. We live in a society inebriated by technology, and happily, even giddily governed by the values of utility, speed, efficiency, and convenience.

In the digital universe, knowledge is reduced to the status of information. Do not believe the rumors of the obsolescence of your path. Week in the Classroom“Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum” Classroom 2.0. Will. Teach42. 2¢ Worth. Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Weblog of Wesley Fryer. The Fischbowl. Cool Cat Teacher Blog.