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10 Ways to ensure that this year parents won’t even have to ask “What did you do at school today?" I think parents don’t like it, or, at the very least, get annoyed when they ask their children, “what did you do at school today?”

10 Ways to ensure that this year parents won’t even have to ask “What did you do at school today?"

And the answer is “nothing.” (I actually know this to be true, not from statistics or action research, but because I am a mom and this is usually what my kids answer when I ask and I get annoyed). This school year in my own classroom, I will make sure my parents are well informed, receive consistent information about what’s happening in class and know how to get in touch with me. Social Bookmarking and Annotating. The driving force behind the Web 2.0 revolution is a spirit of intellectual philanthropy and collective intelligence that is made possible by new technologies for communication, collaboration and information management.

Social Bookmarking and Annotating

One of the best examples of collective intelligence in action are the wide range of social bookmarking applications that have been embraced in recent years. Social Bookmarking Overview Designed as information management tools that allow users to categorize web finds through the use of tags---keywords that allow for easy searching and grouping of content---social bookmarking applications take advantage of the wisdom of millions of users to identify resources worth exploring.

In their simplest form, social bookmarking applications allow users to organize their own personal bookmarks in an online forum accessible from any computer connected to the internet. Twitter weekly chat list. Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops – Lingua Franca. At a teaching workshop last week, a new faculty member asked me how I felt about students using laptops in the classroom.

Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops – Lingua Franca

I replied, “I ask students not to use laptops in my classroom—unless a student tells me they need or strongly prefer a laptop to take notes (for any reason), in which case we make that work.” She looked relieved to have this endorsement of a learning zone with fewer electronic distractions. Multitasking while studying: Divided attention and technological gadgets impair learning and memory. Photo by Louisa Goulimaki/AFP/Getty Images Living rooms, dens, kitchens, even bedrooms: Investigators followed students into the spaces where homework gets done.

Multitasking while studying: Divided attention and technological gadgets impair learning and memory.

Pens poised over their “study observation forms,” the observers watched intently as the students—in middle school, high school, and college, 263 in all—opened their books and turned on their computers. For a quarter of an hour, the investigators from the lab of Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at California State University–Dominguez Hills, marked down once a minute what the students were doing as they studied.

A checklist on the form included: reading a book, writing on paper, typing on the computer—and also using email, looking at Facebook, engaging in instant messaging, texting, talking on the phone, watching television, listening to music, surfing the Web. 7 takeaways from #ISTE2014 SmartBlogs. ISTE 2014 broke records this year, with more than 16,000 people registering for the event, and nearly a half million tweets using the #iste2014 hashtag floating around the Twittersphere during the four-day conference recently held in Atlanta, Ga.

7 takeaways from #ISTE2014 SmartBlogs

Imagine the expo hall with thousands of educators — and others — visiting booths, learning about new products and trends. Imagine also the constant stream of attendees navigating four floors of escalators leading to sessions, playgrounds and more. The SmartBrief education team was among those attendees looking to uncover what’s on the horizon for educational technology.

Here are some of our takeaways from the event, based on conversations with attendees, vendors and others. 1. MindShine has developed a web-based student risk assessment system for K-12 districts to help schools identify struggling students early and take action. Learn SketchUp. Next-Generation Molecular Workbench. Learn More on Our Blog More information is available on our blog where we get into the nitty-gritty of various aspects of developing Next-Generation Molecular Workbench.

Next-Generation Molecular Workbench

Read more » Contact Us Questions? 9 Characteristics Of The Shift To Learning With Tablets. 9 Characteristics Of The Shift To Learning With Tablets by Terry Heick This post is sponsored by Samsung in Education.

9 Characteristics Of The Shift To Learning With Tablets

They asked us to write anything we felt was relevant to mobile learning or learning through tablets. We focused on the shift in instructional planning to accommodate laptops in the classroom. Taking notes? Bring a pen, skip the computer. 7 Tips From Effective Teachers Who Use Technology. It’s old news that simply getting devices for your classroom is not enough.

7 Tips From Effective Teachers Who Use Technology

12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education. There are a couple dozen ways to ‘use’ technology in education.

12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education

There are also a couple dozen ways to integrate technology in education. Think those two things are the same? 21st Century Fluency Project. Social Media Infographic (ASCD) Bloomin' Apps. This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place.Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Google, Android, and Web 2.0 applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite Web 2.0, iOS, or Android app with others.

Bloomin' Apps

Cogs of the Cognitive Processes Option 1. iPurpose before iPad. The two above images are good examples of purposeful thinking about iPad usage in schools. One, a screenshot of an oft-used tool known as iPad As.. by edtechteacher.org, focuses on what the iPad can be used for and provides links to various apps that can be utilised for those functions.

It goes without saying that it is a very useful website for schools thinking about iPads. It provides nutshell explanations of a number of apps that relate to each iPad as… category as well as pricing. Padagogy Wheel. Padagogy 201. Padagogy 101. Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments. 6 pillars of a 1:1 initiative SmartBlogs. This past November I was offered the position of director of technology for the Greater Clark County School district in Jeffersonville, Ind. It’s a great honor and I’m excited about what the future holds for the community here! SAMR Ladder- A Wonderful Graphic for Teachers. What will I gain by replacing the older technology with the new technology? Have I added an improvement that could not be accomplished at the fundamental level?

Does the modification fundamentally depend on the new technology? Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners, my blogd97cooltools.blogspot.co.uk Research:Students can quickly access flexible search engines to find information. 40 iPad Apps for SAMRL Model. Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology. 20 Education Technology Books You Should Be Reading. Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything.

Web 2.0 TOOLS

iPad/Mobile Devices. How to Master Your Internet Presence. What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? During the past 40 years, accounting for inflation, we have nearly tripled the amount of money we spend per student in public K-12 education. Teaching Innovation Is About More Than iPads in the Classroom.

Innovation is the currency of progress. Leadership in Technology is Really Leadership in Learning - EdTech Researcher. UserID: The 2012 A-Z List Of Educational Twitter Hashtags. Teacher Vodcasting and Flipped Classroom Network - A professional learning community for teachers using vodcasting in the classroom. The Flip: End of a Love Affair. Arizona schools flipping homework, lectures. By Pat Kossan - Mar. 31, 2012 11:08 PM The Republic | azcentral.com It happened all the time to Katia Molina. A teacher would explain how to solve a math problem in class and give her practice problems to take home. Educational Vodcasting - Flipping the Classroom. Flipped learning skepticism: Do students want to have lectures? - Casting Out Nines. This article continues a look at some of the skepticisms I’ve seen about flipped learning and the flipped classroom.

Previously, we discussed whether flipped learning means having students learn everything on their own and whether students can even learn on their own in the first place. Classroom 2.0. The Wejr Board - …a blog about the present and future system of education. 3 Ways to Reconfigure an Old Computer Lab. Not so long ago, Bentley University's Computer Information Systems Lab was known affectionately as the "bat cave" because of its secluded location in a remote basement corner of a campus classroom building. The CIS Lab, opened in 2000, was a typical computer lab for its time: 40 computers faced the walls and students went there to access the Internet and get help with homework.

As wireless access grew, traffic declined, and tutors often spent more time doing their own homework than helping students or interacting with technology. A fresh coat of paint and new furniture were the easy and obvious fixes when a Bentley team renovated the lab in 2011. 7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills.