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ISTE 2013: Building Technology into the Common Core Standards. Common-Core-and-Tech - home. Tons of Google Forms for Teachers, Administrators and Students. January31, 2014 I came across this wonderful resource a couple of days ago through TechChef4u and after checking the forms it has I decided to share it with you.

This is basically a treasure trove packed full of handy Google forms you can use with your students in the classroom. There are also forms for administrators and another selection for professional development. So those of you who do not have time to design their own forms, this page is a must bookmark for future reference. If you are not yet familiar with how to use Google Forms and want a head start, check out the resources below. Below is a screenshot of the forms created by Molly. Molly is a technology integration specialist, Google certified teacher, and Google Apps for Education trainer. Below are some of her works : Click HERE to access source page. The Best of Teachers Web Tools. The Best of Teachers' Web Tools Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Introduction Technology is radically transforming every aspect of education : reading andinteracting with the web; writing memos and sending emails; computing withspreadsheets and statistical analysis programs; analyzing problems with datavisualization tools; creating social networking sites; teaching with digital video tools;making presentations using web-based services.

Today’s digital natives as we were taught yesterday is robbing them of their tomorrow ( John Dewy ), a fact which aligns with the core purpose of education that is the lightingof a fire and not the filling of a pail.This eBook is created with you and your teaching and learning needs in our mind. Technology for classrooms. 3 Excellent Tools to Create Interactive Posters and Visuals for Your Class. February 1, 2014 Interactive visuals are great learning and teaching materials to use with your students in the classroom. From explaining difficult processes to visual brainstorming, interactive graphics are a good way to consolidate students learning and promote their comprehension. Below are three of the web tools I would recommend for creating interactive visuals, I know there are several other titles to add to this list but the ones below are, in my view, more student-friendly and simpler to use. 1-Thinglink I love this web tool.

Thinglink allows you to bring life to your pictures and make them interactive through adding to them links, videos, music, and text. 2- PiktoChart This is another wonderful web tool to create interactive visuals and posters for your Class. 3- Glogster Glogster is a social network that allows users to create free interactive posters, or Glogs. Khan Academy. Coursera. Take college and university courses online completely free. In recent years massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become a trend in online education. The term was coined in 2008 by David Cormier, manager of web communications and innovations at the University of Prince Edward Island. The first MOOC was created the previous year, at Utah State University.

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of courses available online at no cost. You can study anything from business to zoology in your own home at no cost. MOOCs are designed like college courses but are available to anyone anywhere in the world, at no cost. Coursera is perhaps the most well-known of the online education facilitators. EdX is another non-profit course site created by founding partners Harvard and MIT and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has their own open courseware, where most of the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's subjects are available on the Web, free of charge. European institutions are also getting in on the act. Formation à distance - Université à distance et en ligne - TÉLUQ.

Take college and university courses online completely free. Khan academy. Tools And Resources For Creating Infographics. Infographics. You have probably seen them before. There are so many out there on a wide variety of topics. Here are just a few. (Click the images to see more): These really are a great way to visualize data. And believe it or not, you don't have to be a graphic designer to create them. All it takes is some data you want to visualize and knowing where to go to create them. Here are a few of my favorite sites and tools to use when creating infographics. Wordle: Chances are this is one you have heard of. It doesn't get much simpler than using Stat Silk: This is a set of tools that you can download to create interactive maps and charts.

Creately: Creatly is an online mindmapping program that is pretty powerful. Google Public Data Explorer: It probably goes without saying but Google has access to lots of data. Aviary Phoenix-Once you gather your images, charts and graphics, you are going to need a way to put them together. What other sites do you use to visualize data? Acljohn. Talks | List. Higher Education. Nine Tips for Creating a Hybrid Course. October 29, 2008 By: Rob Kelly in Curriculum Development, Distance Learning Administration, Instructional Design, Learning Styles, Online Education Most instructors supplement their face-to-face courses with some online learning materials such as online syllabi, handouts, PowerPoint slides, and course-related Web links.

All of these can add to the learning experience, but they are merely a start to making full use of the learning potential of the online learning environment in either a hybrid or totally online course. Although there is no standard definition of a hybrid course, one characteristic that makes a course a hybrid is the use of the Web for interaction rather than merely as a means of posting materials, says LaTonya Motley, instructional technology specialist at El Camino Community College in California.

Motley offers the following advice for creating a hybrid course: From Online Classroom, March 2007. Tags: hybrid courses, learning environment, learning experience. Hybrid Courses: References. 90 EdTech Resources You May Have Missed–Treasure Chest October 30, 2011. The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You. The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011.

In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) And ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible. There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. Why the Facebook Group My Students Created for Themselves is Better than the Discussion Forum I Created for Them. « Douchy’s Weblog. Since 2004 I’ve created a website of some kind for each class, with a discussion board – a place where students can ask questions or make comments on our class any time of day or night and get a response.

I think it’s an essential component of any modern class. This semester something new happened, though. My students created a Facebook group for my class (and then invited me to join it!). Slowly I’ve watched and noticed more and more, that students are posting on that Facebook group instead of the discussion forum I’d created for them! While at first, the control-freak in me wanted to send them all back to the “official class discussion forum”, The advantages of the Facebook group have become increasingly compelling and I’m wondering whether it’s time to let the forum I created go the way of cassette tapes and typewriters.

Why is a Facebook group better? For one thing, Facebook is a digital home for many students. How Students Use Technology [INFOGRAPHIC] It's clear that today's students rely heavily on electronic devices even when they're not incorporated in the classroom. In one survey of college students, 38% said they couldn't even go 10 minutes without switching on some sort of electronic device. But how students are using their devices, how technology is affecting their educational experience, and what effect it has on their well-being are questions that are harder to answer. In the infographic below, online higher education database has summed up some of the existing research on these points. Online Video Lectures and Course Materials — Open Yale Courses. Faculty Focus Email. By Mary Bart All too often students shuffle into class, take notes while the professor lectures for 50 minutes or so, and then pack up and leave.

Rinse and repeat throughout the semester. Some might never raise their hand, offer their opinion, or even learn the name of the person sitting in front of them. Yet active learning, while not exactly new, might be reaching its tipping point. The movement is fueled by interest from faculty looking for a more interactive and engaging classroom than the one they probably experienced when they were students, as well as mounting evidence explaining how incorporating active learning exercises into a course helps students understand the course material, and maintain their interest and attentiveness during class periods. In Ten Ways to Actively Engage Your Students, Alice Cassidy, PhD, principal of In View Education and Professional Development, shared many of the techniques she has used in her 15 years of teaching at the University of British Columbia. Unique Online Teaching Method at UWM Earns National Attention. Newswise — UWM psychology professors Diane Reddy and Ray Fleming believe they have found a more effective way to teach undergraduate courses.

Two major funding organizations agree and have invested to scale up its use at other U.S. universities, and also to scientifically identify what factors make it so successful. The online U-Pace instructional approach has been shown to improve student performance compared to traditional, in-person lecture classes at UWM. U-Pace also closes the achievement gap between at-risk college students and prepared students. Funding organizations like the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) would like to see the approach used at other large, public institutions serving low-income and underrepresented students with the goal of improving retention, learning and college completion. NGLC is a new initiative designed and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Undergraduate Sandy Vue agrees. Comment/Share. Khan Academy. An Overview of How to Design Instruction Using Critical Thinking Concepts. The Logic of Instructional Design Instructional design involves two deeply interrelated parts: structures and tactics. In this article we focus on structures. Structures involve the "what" of the course: What am I going to teach? What content am I going to teach? What questions or problems will be central to the course? Tactics involve the "how": How am I going to teach so as to make the structures work? Five Important Structural Determinations That Set the Stage for Everything Else We suggest that for every course you teach, there are five defining dimensions you should carefully think through. Your concept of the course, the general plan for implementing that concept, the requirements the students must meet, the grading policies in the course (when applicable), and performance profiles (that correlate with the grade levels).

Studies have indicated that, on average, 90% of the decisions made about instruction are a result of the textbook chosen. Back to top. Why the Facebook Group My Students Created for Themselves is Better than the Discussion Forum I Created for Them. « Douchy’s Weblog. 20 Types of Tablet Tools for Teaching. UPDATED on October 1, 2012 In May 2011, after a year of experimentation, I became sold on the idea of using a tablet instead of a laptop as my primary mobile computer.

It was my turn for a workstation update, and I chose a desktop. I’ve been happy with that decision ever since. My laptop used to remain on the desk when I left the office, but these days I take my tablet wherever I go! I have thought a lot about which tablet apps are most likely to be useful to a college teacher. Under each category I name specific titles for iPad and Android which you may want to explore as good examples. I generally do not use a phone connection. Teaching This first group of tools is the one most directly connected to the act of teaching. Grade Book – iPad: Gradekeeper ($5), Gradebook Pro ($4), Android: Grade Book, AndroClass ($7)Annotation – mark up student-submitted PDF files with highlights, text and drawings. Content Use your tablet as a tool for course readings or to create materials for class. Generic. What are educators' professional obligations to learn from social media channels? | Dangerously Irrelevant.

Paul Bogush pushed back (in a nice way) on my recently-popular post, If you were on Twitter. First he wrote about how most educators are too busy to be involved in social media. Then he wrote about all of the wonderful things that happened during the time when he wasn't on Twitter. Because he's a good writer, Paul evoked all the right feelings in my heart and head. Of course I want to spend time with my wife and kids instead of being on Twitter. Of course I want to read books and take walks in the woods and get my job done, all instead of being in front of a screen. There are countless educators who are finding ways to tap into the connective and learning power of social media while simultaneously having healthy, balanced personal and professional lives.

All of this time balance stuff aside, I believe that there's a bigger issue worth considering. Although there is a lot of noise out there on the Web, it's hard to argue that there is little learning value in social media. Brainstorm. A guest post by Donald Lazere. “Baby Logic”: The Disdained Discipline in American Colleges Several recent studies identifying the weak spots in both American K-12 and college education, like Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s Academically Adrift, the Common Core State Standards Initiative of the National Governors’ Association, and Martha Nussbaum’s Not for Profit, lament the lack of learning in critical thinking and argumentation.

Yet none of these studies that I have seen discuss at any length the disciplinary and curricular context in which these subjects are, or should be, taught; nor are they very specific about delineating their content. A movement to implement critical thinking courses peaked around l980, when Chancellor Glenn Dumke announced the requirement of formal instruction in critical thinking throughout the nineteen California State University campuses, serving some 300,000 students.

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