Open Space Technology: Decision by Inclusion. The first time I heard of Open Space Technology was in 2013 at the initial meeting of the Teacher Resistance and Action Network, a group of teachers and education practitioners who had gathered under the guidance of Dr.
Education Week. Today's guest post comes from Shawn McCusker, a teacher who moved from a 1:1 laptop environment to a new school with fewer technology resources.
An innovator in 1:1 classroom implementation and the creation of online learning communities, Shawn is a teacher and Social Studies Department Chair at Libertyville High School (IL). In 2006, my principal called me into her office and asked about rumors that I had been using student phones in class. It was my first year at the school, so I hesitated before acknowledging that I had. Her next reaction surprised me: she gave me free reign to use them as much as possible so long as I shared the results. Teen girls coding their way to a brighter future. There, inside a large room dotted with brown tables, rows of flashing computer screens await for them.
"When the parents are praying [downstairs], we are teaching the girls upstairs," explains tech entrepreneur Regina Agyare, who comes here every week to teach local teens how to code. They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.
Con: The Devil is in the Data. 10/30/2014 By: In the introduction to his new book, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?
Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Tech&Learning advisor Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair, Director of Institute of Global and Online Education, College of Education, University of Oregon, takes apart the current culture of assessment. In 2009, Dr. Beverly Hall, former superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools, was named America’s National Superintendent of the Year for “representing the ‘best of the best’ in public school leadership.” Hall was hosted in the White House by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. - Online Learning for Inclement Weather: 25 Ideas and a Free Webinar. 0 Comments October 23, 2014 By: Michael Gorman Oct 21 Written by: 10/21/2014 9:05 PM ShareThis It seems that cold snowy weather has become a topic in regards to schools and making up days.
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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration by TeachThought Staff Using technology for learning makes sense. Technology creates access, transparency, and opportunity. Any smartphone or tablet is media incarnate–video, animation, eBooks, essays, blog posts, messages, music, games. The Casal Operating System: My students do my tweeting...
Recently, I decided to create a Twitter account for my classroom (the computer lab @PS10Tech).
I was inspired to do this by Ms. Glembocki, a 2nd grade teacher here at PS 10. Ms. Why on earth would 2nd graders use Twitter? Read this to find out. What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively. 10 of the Most Engaging Uses of Instructional Technology (with Dozens of Resources and Tools) Are you looking for ways to integration technology in your lesson plans and courses that provide for an engaging experience for you and your students?
Fans of instructional technology know that it can be fun and inviting, and engaged students are far more likely to be learning. I believe that if you can get students involved and motivated effectively enough, you can improve their learning habits over the long term. With that in mind, here are 10 highly engaging uses of technology in the classroom, along with dozens of tools and resources for implementation. Most of these involve free web based tools, so that’s an added bonus!
Interactive Collaboration The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”. Gathering Feedback Embedding Questions in Videos. How Gamification Can Help Boost Engagement at Your Startup (Infographic) Roughly 70 percent of companies trying to make big changes to their operations fail--not because the strategy itself was bad, but because they couldn't engage their employees (or customers) enough to get on board, according to Gartner.
Gamification is one tool many businesses use to help solve this problem. The idea is to motivate employees or customers with a little old-fashioned competition--albeit facilitated with new tech tools. Gamification works inside your organization, for example, when workers compete to accomplish company objectives. The concept also applies to customers, such as when Nike introduced Nike+, an app that lets people share their workout stats and compete with each other and bring their performance to a higher level. Check out the infographic below from ClickSoftware to see how companies are using gamification to drive change with both employees and customers. 5 Essential Insights About Mobile Learning. Erin Scott/MindShift Just a few years ago, mobile devices were almost unheard of in classrooms.
Over time, teachers and administrators have been experimenting with how to make mobile devices into powerful learning tools, and have come up with some strategies. A group of administrators from some of the first districts to pioneer Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and other forms of mobile learning are now sharing their experiences with those hustling to get on board. The Consortium of School Networking, a professional group for district leaders, is trying to make that knowledge more widely available through its Mobile Learning Initiative.
Ten of the best virtual field trips. (Virtual field trips are listed in alphabetical order.) 6 Proposals for Improving Teacher Morale. Teacher morale isn't a popular topic, and that makes sense on the surface. Teachers are professionals, like engineers, doctors, farmers or business leaders, and no one is going out of their way to make sure that engineers are "keeping their head up" or that farmers "feel good about their craft. " Further complicating matters, teachers "get summers off," and are at the helm of one of the most visibly struggling industries in the United States. Sympathy doesn't come naturally under these circumstances. It should be abundantly clear to anyone with experience around classrooms, teachers or students (which is to say almost all of us), that teaching is a highly emotional craft, loaded with possibility and expectation, importance and scale. It's troubling when the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future says that 46 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years.
Creating a Coaching Work Plan. How to Launch a Successful BYOD Program. Erin Scott By Katrina Schwartz As more schools start to integrate their own mobile learning strategies and Bring Your Own Device policies, one school district in a suburb of Houston has managed to come up with what appears to be a successful BYOD program. Katy Independent School District (ISD) has a student population of 63,000 students and 56 schools – elementary, middle and high schools. There are 83 languages spoken by students in the district and 31 percent of the student population is on free or reduced lunch programs. - The Best Way To Set Up Your Classes In An LMS. The best part of having a learning management system (LMS) is the community of learning it helps teachers create. 4 Ways Tech Today Impacts Learning. It isn’t a secret that technology is changing the way people live their lives, it only makes sense that it also impacts the way that we learn.
Mobile devices alone are opening up new doors within education and corporate training. The changes aren’t only in accessibility. Sure we can now learn from literally anywhere with elearning delivered across tablets and smartphones. 5 ways mobile devices have (and haven't) changed studying.