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How to Promote Creativity in your Classroom? About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century.

The article offers some good instruction techniques on how to promote creativity in the classroom. It also suggests a handful of Web 2.0 tools that support and cultivate students' creativity. – dt4lt
How to Promote Creativity in your Classroom?

What is connectivism?

This infographic presents in an elegant way the essentials of connectivism. Connectivism as defined by Stephen Downes is "the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to connect and traverse those networks." – dt4lt

It’s a Mistake Not to Use Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process. I recently heard a TED talk from Brian Goldman, a doctor who admits to having made mistakes.

It’s a Mistake Not to Use Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process

In very emotional language, he describes some costly emergency room mistakes, and then makes a strong case for changing the way that the medical profession addresses such things. He believes that medicine will improve if doctors are free to discuss their mistakes, without judgment, allowing them to learn from each other. But, he continued, because doctors are judged by mistakes, they are too afraid to discuss them. Instead, they are often covered up, blamed on others, or ignored. Hearing this talk created in me a great need to examine the many mistakes I have made in my life.

Spark the curiosity in your students to achieve better learning.

Neuroscience research revealed that curiosity prepares the brain for learning. Sparking the curiosity in students seems to be the first thing that educators should keep in mind when designing a lesson. – dt4lt

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students. My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom.

"Asking straightforward, simply-worded questions can be just as effective as those intricate ones" says Rebecca Alber. Indeed, questions such as 'What do you think?', 'Why do you think that?', 'How do you know this?', 'Can you tell me more?' and 'What questions do you still have?' can elicit students' responses and push further interaction. – dt4lt

After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself.

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

"It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. I think she was treading lightly on the ever-so shaky ego of a brand-new teacher while still giving me some very necessary feedback. So that day, I learned about wait/think time. Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own. Keeping It Simple I also learned over the years that asking straightforward, simply-worded questions can be just as effective as those intricate ones. . #1. This question interrupts us from telling too much. . #2. 8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom. 8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.

Teachers need to bring technology into their classrooms, yet they are often puzzled on how to proceed. Laura Moorhead shares eight touchstones that every teacher should take into consideration before infusing technology into teaching. – dt4lt

Bringing technology into the classroom often winds up an awkward mash-up between the laws of Murphy and Moore: What can go wrong, will — only faster.

8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom

The complicated role of the instructor in online course design. My experiences as a graduate student of writing studies and online education have repeatedly left me inspired by the various “–isms” (e.g., constructionism, connectivism) that put the student front and center, valued as a unique individual with the ability to rail against and contribute to established authorities.

A thoughtful article bringing to the fore the complicated role of the instructor in online course design and teaching. It reminds us that instructors should try to create environments in which collaborative communities can emerge, while, at the same time, balance design and his/her emergence such that his/her presence facilitates the developemnt of collaborative communities. – dt4lt

But I also worry that these ideologies tend to deemphasize the instructor to an extreme, especially when we talk about teaching online.

The complicated role of the instructor in online course design

Advocates of online learning often join the student-centered rallying cries, showing that online courses can facilitate personalized and active learning and focusing on ways the instructor can create community in the “classroom” (some of my favorites include Palloff & Pratt and Warnock). At the same time, at both writing studies and education conferences it’s not uncommon to hear comments like, “once you have it set up, the course really runs itself.” The Role of Interactivity in Student Satisfaction and Persistence in Online Learning. How to Integrate Extensive and Active Reading to Creative Writing. Bloom's Taxonomy - verbs and infographic.

A very beautiful infographic for Bloom's Taxonomy created by Mia MacMeekin. Each category is represented by a colorful owl, making the infographic eye-catching and appropriate for a wall poster. Add to that, the infographic is very useful for teachers who want to devise learning objectives, as there is a huge variety of different verbs that can apply for each category. – dt4lt

Web 2.0 tools for teaching

Global Practices in Teaching English to Young Learners.