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The Internet in Real-Time. Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key. What's ideal when it comes to collaboration in our classrooms?

Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key

Here's one coveted scenario: several children gathered at a table engaged in a high-level task, discussing, possibly debating an issue, making shared decisions, and designing a product that demonstrates all this deeper learning. As teachers, we'd love to see this right out the gate, but this sort of sophisticated teamwork takes scaffolding. It won't just happen by placing students together with a piece of provocative text or an engaging task. (Heck, this deeper learning collaboration is challenging for most adults!) In preparing our students for college and careers, 21st century skills call on us to develop highly collaborative citizens -- it's one of the 4 Cs, after all. iPads in the Classroom: 4 Steps to Prepare Teachers for Success. The best administrators know that the key to any new program or initiative is comprehensive preparation and training for their staff.

iPads in the Classroom: 4 Steps to Prepare Teachers for Success

If your district is considering deploying iPads in the classroom for the first time or you are restructuring or expanding an existing iPad initiative, what steps will you take to prepare your staff and students to successfully integrate tablet technology into the classroom? Before taking the plunge and investing in iPads, it's important to think through the instructional changes that will need to take place to ensure your iPad rollout is a success.

Is technology dangerous? This guest post was written by Tali, a pre-service teacher in her final year of studying to be a primary school teacher.

Is technology dangerous?

You may have read an earlier guest post by a pre-service teacher in the UK – A conversation with Tali indicates that it’s not much better in Australia. Why can’t so called education experts figure out how to prepare teachers? Recently, I was informed that technology is dangerous. The person who so confidently imparted this pearl of wisdom is a university lecturer in education (I am studying to be a primary teacher). 10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching. As a new teacher I remember getting into my classroom for the first time.

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

I set up the space like classrooms I had seen before and enjoyed; I got my lesson plans in order; packed the filing cabinets with resources; started to make copies of overhead slides; put together an area for reading and stacked the shelves with books I had picked up in college or from my parents house. Then the students arrived, and all my plans went out the window. I realized very quickly that the type of teaching I had been exposed to and grew up with, and the type of teaching taught at many undergrad programs…was quickly becoming a past practice.

That’s not to say many of the pedagogical and instructional strategies I learned don’t stick with me today (the good ones always will) but these students were different learners than I was…and at the time I was only 22 years old. HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY INTO THE 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM – PART 1: WEB TOOLS | Aysin Alp's Blog. Today, there are many websites, tools, and resources that are readily available to us through the WWW.

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY INTO THE 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM – PART 1: WEB TOOLS | Aysin Alp's Blog

In order to introduce these applications to our students and implement them into our classrooms, we need to know where to find them and how to use them. As educators we already know that every child learns differently, so providing various means to give our students the opportunity to express what they know and to use their imagination through innovation has become part of 21st century teaching, which every teacher should practice. The New Way of Learning infographic by the Adidas Group gives us hints about why and how we should transform learning: Even if they aren’t familiar with technology and consequently don’t feel comfortable with it, each teacher should give it a try to transform teaching and learning as it is worth doing.

100+ Presentations for the Professional Development of Teachers. iPad Professional Development Lesson Plan (1.5 hrs) You may be responsible for conducting professional development or workshops on the use of iPad technology and may have developed your own teaching and learning plan.

iPad Professional Development Lesson Plan (1.5 hrs)

The most difficult issue to address is the range of skills that are present within the group. There are several ways that the dilemma can be overcome. To determine required professional development I usually construct a Google Form and distribute it to teaching staff to evaluate competencies. I use the results to address areas of need and in this manner professional development is targeted and meets general needs and specific issues needing address.

Alternatively a range of sessions can be provided and from the workshops staff can select topics they are interested in. Movies to Develop Leadership in Educational Technology. As the year ends, I am republishing the Opinion Drive-thru's seven most viewed posts of 2013.

Movies to Develop Leadership in Educational Technology

This is #1During the first meetings of my Leadership in Technology College of Education course (ED 6270) at Madonna University I have used some short YouTube movies for both the face-to-face and online versions of the course. Developing Professional Learning Networks This is a one minute movie about an Australian teacher training program that shows teachers the benefits in using Twitter. Twitter. Preparing our students for Web 3.0 learning. 10 Time-Saving Videos All About iPads In The Classroom. You’re probably knee-deep in the new school year worrying about the Common Core State Standards, if students are paying attention, and if you’re really getting through to your students.

10 Time-Saving Videos All About iPads In The Classroom

However, many teachers and administrators are starting to think about something else. They’re figuring out how to integrate technology into the curriculum, the classroom, and at home. One of the most popular pieces of edtech is, of course, the iPad. We talk about it all darn day here on Edudemic and that’s because it’s seen widespread adoption and it’s the single device we hear the most questions about. An Interesting Collection of Handy iPad Tips for Teachers and Students. Today while I was attending an iPad workshop I noticed that some teachers are using their iPads in a time-wasting manner.

An Interesting Collection of Handy iPad Tips for Teachers and Students

I am not sure if they are new to iPad or not but the first thing one can do when he/she got a new piece of these smart gadgetry ( a phone , a tablet, chromebook) is to head over to YouTube and type in the name of that gadget followed by the word " tutorial" and you will get all kinds of videos on tips and tricks related to that device. Most of people do not bother going through those thickly written guides accompanying the newly purchased gadgets. Videos and visual tutorials are better alternatives. If you have an iPad and you want to get the maximum out of in order to enhance your iPadding experience and improve your productivity on it, the tutorials below are part of what you need. 7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback. 7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Whether or not the feedback is just “there” to be grasped or offered by another person, all the examples highlight seven key characteristics of helpful feedback.

7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback

Helpful feedback is – Goal-referencedTransparentActionableUser-friendlyTimelyOngoingConsistent. 7 Inspiring TED Talks on the 21st Century Curriculum. The rigid teacher-centered instruction does not fit in the 21st century classroom. Learning now is more open and networked. Students thrive best in spaces that engage and challenge their thinking and allows them to use the technology that they use in their everyday life. This dynamic shift in students learning styles requires a specific kind of curriculum, one that responds to their different emerging needs and help them make the best of their learning experiences and most important of all, prepares them for jobs that are not yet created.

In celebration of Education Week TED has created a list of some inspiring talks that shed more light on the dynamic and shifting nature of the 21st century teaching. 4 Presentations Every Teacher Should See. Below are some wonderful presentations on four different topics namely: Digital Portfolio, Cyber bullying, Social Media 101, and The Destruction of Non-linear learning. Besides the insight you will get to learn from them, these presentations are created in such an interactive way that you will definitely enjoy reading them. Of course this is due to the powerful features that Prezi provides to its users and which you, too, can use to create stunning presentations like the ones below.

I have included Prezi in my list of the top 5 presentation tools. 1-Digital e-Portfolio. 70+ Web Tools Organized For Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. The number of web tools currently available to teachers, administrators, and students is downright absurd. You can’t swing an iPad without hitting a free web tool looking to revolutionize your classroom. Luckily, there are a few brave souls out in the world wide web attempting to organize the chaos a bit. We like to take our best shot here at Edudemic but also like to showcase some of the great organizing done by others. One of those fabulous organizers is Phillippa Cleaves ( @pipcleaves – worth following!) From Sydney, Australia who built the Prezi you see below.

2 Must Watch Videos on The Importance of Technology Integration in Education. Do you feel stuck when trying to come up with solid arguments in favor of your use of technology in your teaching ? Do you want some inspiration on how and why this technology should be part of the curriculum you teach ? Are you skeptic about the importance of technology in education ? These and several other questions are constantly simmering in some educators minds driving them ,in extreme cases, to even question whether or not to let in technology into their classrooms.However, today I have handpicked for you two great videos on the importance of using technology in education.I have probably watched these clips more than ten times but each time I see them it seems like I never watched them. They are just amazing .They are short and you can watch both of them in less than 8 minutes.

Have a look and let us know if they have impressed you or not. The 21st century classroom. Doesn't just focus on "what" kids learn, it focuses more on "how" kids learn best... Knows the difference between something that is hard, and something that is rigorous... Makes learning both relevant and meaningful... Recognizes we're preparing our students for a world that doesn't yet exist using technology that hasn't yet been invented to solve problems we haven't even thought of... 100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers | Smart Teaching. Changing Society: Why Teachers Need to Embrace Technology. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 23 Excellent Professional Development Tools for Teachers.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Great Guides for Better Professional Learning Network. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 15 Geat Teaching and Learning iPad Apps. 20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart by Miriam Clifford. 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out. Top 100 Tools for Learning. Instructional Technology Professional Development by Design. The Pros and Cons of Computer Labs. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Top 10 Videos on 21st Century Learning. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher's Comprehensive List of Great Educational Technology Resources. 20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network. Videos Suggested for Back to School Faculty Meetings and other educational audiences. How to use Education Technology quickly. How to Create a Quality PD Plan for Technology.

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner. The 20 Best Pinterest Boards About Education Technology. Figuring Out Pinterest. SCIL Snapshot Tours — Calendar. PLN. Create a Personal Learning Network. 23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) Professional Development with the Experts Through Twitter - Finding Common Ground. Response: The Best Ways To Use Tech In The Classroom - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. Technology Integration Matrix. Free technology teacher training videos for teachers. 3 EdTech Tips (resolutions?) for 2012. 6 Alternatives To Bullet Lists. Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage.

Icebreakers. Ten Online Training Do's and Dont's. Background Information for Your Next E-Learning Course. PD for ipads. 15 Great Free iPad Apps for Professional Development. My 35 Favorite Free Apps for Teaching. How a 1:1 Staff iPad Initiative Can Impact Teacher Professional Learning - iPads in Education. Top 7 Guides on how to Use iPad in your Classroom. Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2012. Planning for Responsible Tech Integration. Professional Development Learning Design | PLANE.