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Home - Digital Technologies Guidelines. Computer Science Unplugged. Home - Barefoot Computing Barefoot Computing. Global Digital Citizen Foundation. Natural inquiry depends on a culture of permission.

Inquiry is basically about permission.

Natural inquiry depends on a culture of permission

When students know that they are able or allowed to pursue the questions that come into their head, take the directions that become appealing to them and make their own decisions, they do those things more. It sounds obvious to say it, but it’s true. When there is a culture of permission – when the teacher in the room is more likely to say “yes… let’s do it, let’s give a go, let’s get that, let’s go there, let’s see if we can find that”… well, then the students are more likely to end up with that attitude and more interesting learning happens as a result.

You know when you’ve entered a classroom like this as it has a very particular feeling to it. Students are usually engaged in doing very different things and working in different ways, and the teacher is not the centre of attention. Children have their natural tendencies to inquire eroded progressively as they get older. So, I guess the culture of permission starts at the top. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Great Google Extensions You Probably Didn't Know Existed. January 14, 2017 Today we spent sometime checking the archives of Chrome Web Store and singled out for you the collection below.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Great Google Extensions You Probably Didn't Know Existed

These are all Chrome extensions created by Google but are not very popular among teachers ( compared with add-ons such as Google Classroom, Scholar..etc). Some of things you can do with these tools include: improve webpage colour perception to help people who are colour blind, access a virtual keyboard that supports over 90 languages, easily cast your Chrome content and tabs to your TV, access interactive training lessons to help you make the best of your G Suite experience, search pages similar to the one you are browsing…and many more. How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs. How Thoughtful Technology Integration Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs by Jackie Gerstein For specific training and professional development around technology integration, contact TeachThought Professional Development to bring Jackie Gerstein and other TeachThought professionals to your school today.

How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students’ intellectual and cognitive development. Too often individual learner’s needs do not enter into the equation of their educations. The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model. The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model by Terry Heick As a follow-up to our 9 Characteristics of 21st Century Learning we developed in 2009, we have developed an updated framework, The Inside-Out Learning Model.

The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model

The goal of the model is simple enough–not pure academic proficiency, but instead authentic self-knowledge, diverse local and global interdependence, adaptive critical thinking, and adaptive media literacy. By design this model emphasizes the role of play, diverse digital and physical media, and a designed interdependence between communities and schools. Transformation Center. Everyone Can Code - Apple (NZ) Apple's kid-friendly iPad coding app arrives tomorrow.

5 of The Best iPad Apps for Teaching Kids Coding Through Games. Coding is believed to be the 21st century literacy par excellence.

5 of The Best iPad Apps for Teaching Kids Coding Through Games

Codes make up the totality of our digital world. They are a universal language that every computer speak. Teaching kids coding will not only enable them to better understand the digital world surrounding them but, more importantly, will equip them with skills integral to their overall learning. Coding is all about creativity, imagination, problem solving and strategic thinking. The 4 Stages Of The Integration Of Technology In Learning. The 4 Stages Of The Integration Of Technology In Learning by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us.

The 4 Stages Of The Integration Of Technology In Learning

Technology can be used in the learning process in a variety of ways. Some are supplementary, serving the original design of the classroom and usually automate some previously by-human task or process–grading multiple choice assessments, searching for a source of information, or sharing messages and other data across large groups. 15 Google Forms Tutorial Videos. 8 Apps to turn your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard. Hello there!

8 Apps to turn your iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard

If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates and/or follow me on Twitter. Info on how to contact me is on the About page. Coding across the primary curriculum. Quite recently, we thought the future of ICT education would be one in which technology was embedded seamlessly throughout all aspects of teaching and learning, and that all a child could possibly need to learn about IT could be taught within the context of other subject areas.

Coding across the primary curriculum

The seamless embedding of technology throughout the life of a school remains a dream for many, but schools at the cutting edge have already achieved much with 1:1 devices, robust wifi, great training and a vision for how technology can transform education. On the other hand, few would now argue that we can teach the new computing curriculum without setting aside some dedicated time to mastering the content of this new foundation subject. In the move from ICT to computing, our focus shifted away from the skills of using technology to knowledge and understanding of the principles of information and computation. Computational thinking. Inspire Student Creativity with Chromebooks.

While access to information does not make a student instantly knowledgeable, it does change the role of the teacher.

Inspire Student Creativity with Chromebooks

This transformation leads to the question of, why creativity? One needs only to examine the current landscape and intersection of technology with education, business, and society to quickly recognize the dramatic shift that has taken place over the past few years. With technology potentially impacting the required and desired skill set for future work, education is being impacted in a way that fundamentally transforms the vision of what meaningful work looks like the in the classroom.

With nearly unlimited access to information in 1:1 classrooms, the nature of instruction, inquiry and teaching is impacted in ways that shift the role of both the teacher and student. Creativity & Chromebooks While the core set of Google Apps for Education tools will always be the foundation for Chromebook use in education, there is a growing potential for creative uses of Chromebooks.

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future. While I am a huge advocate for the purposeful integration of technology in schools, we must resist the temptation to think that this is the solution to solve all the ills in our current education system.

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

What concerns me most is how many districts and schools are going all in with one-on-one or bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives with no real plan for implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. This lack of planning and support will likely result in devices never achieving the outcomes that they were designed to achieve. It’s foolish to think that students will learn just by putting a device in their hands. Use these resources to bring augmented reality to your classroom. The use of augmented reality in classrooms is growing, as more educators discover this affordable option for bringing a new dimension to the printed page — and to physical objects — in a way that can engage and motivate learners.

Unlike virtual reality (VR), where users look through viewers to experience 3D, 360-degree videos and still images, augmented reality, or AR, comes in several forms. AR can involve overlaying computer-generated images onto live video. Here Is A Very Good App for Creating and Printing 3D Models. May 25, 2016 We just learned about this awesome iPad app from iPad Monthly and we thought it’s worth a shout-out here. The app is called Blokify and is ideal for creating and printing 3D models. Do one-to-one laptop programs improve learning? A Michigan State University study found surprising results when researchers analyzed laptop programs Students who receive a laptop computer from their school tend to see a noticeable increase in academic achievement, a Michigan State University study reveals.

Too much data; too many meetings: stop talking and do something. Most data systems. Many EHCPs In recent weeks, I’ve been thinking about the huge imbalance between the time and effort we spend identifying issues relative to the time and effort we spend doing something to address them. 3 Excellent Chromebook Tools for Creating Educational Infographics. May 30, 2016 For those of you looking for some good Chromebook apps to use with students to create posters and educational infographics, the list below features some of the best apps to try out. We have already reviewed these apps in a post published last year but we want to highlight them again here for those who haven't seen them yet. Enjoy PiktoChart is a web-based application that allows you to create beautiful visuals without the need for any prior design knowledge.

You can choose from a wide variety of professionally made templates; customize the text, graphics, charts and color of your infographics, add interactive elements such as charts, HTML output then save and publish to social networks or download as an image. 2- Canva Canva is another powerful tool to create visuals on Chrome. Two Great Tools for Creating Beautiful Newsletters for Your Class.

June 7, 2016 Newsletters are great communicative tools which you can use with your students for a variety of educational purposes. There are now several web tools which makes the process of newsletter making a simple matter of choosing a template, filling in content, adjusting elements and sharing the finished product. Here Is Another Excellent Tool for Flipped Classrooms. This easy presentation software lets students focus on content, not design.

Students spend more time playing around with presentation software than you might think. Shouldn’t they be using that time on the material itself? A Handy Infographic Featuring 10 Important New Google Forms Tips for Teachers. June 21, 2016 For those of you who haven’t tried the new Google Forms yet, the visual guide below will help you get started. It features 10 important features that will help you create engaging forms, polls, and surveys. For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft. If there’s any video game that has successfully made its way into the classroom, it’s Minecraft. There’s a small subset of teachers using all kinds of digital games in interesting ways, but the blockbuster hit Minecraft and its educational counterpart MinecraftEDU have reached much wider audiences.

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