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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers. It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it.

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.

Search Tricks. Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction. A little over a year ago I wrote a post about the flipped classroom, why I loved it, and how I used it.

Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction

I have to admit, the flip wasn’t the same economic and political entity then that it is now. And in some ways, I think that matters. Here’s the thing. When I recently re-read the post, I didn’t disagree with anything I’d said. Yet my brief love affair with the flip has ended. When I wrote that post, I imagined the flip as a stepping stone to a fully realized inquiry/PBL classroom. What is the flip? The flipped classroom essentially reverses traditional teaching. Brain Based Learning » Blog Archive » Meet TED-Ed, The newest member of the TED family. 13 March 20121,215 viewsNo Comment Yesterday TED, an organization dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading, announced the launch of a new Youtube channel focused on providing educators with a platform to create high quality, professional animations on almost any topic. TED has a fabulous track record of creating inspiring educational videos. Now they’re reaching out to educators everywhere and offering to help anyone with something to say to create an inspiring video.

Videos will be hosted on Youtube’s education channel, hopefully making it easier for teachers to access content behind school filters and firewalls and without having to display ads. Fabulous news. They’ve also done a lot of research into the best format to deliver content – how long they should be, and what visualization techniques to use. TED-Ed will hopefully do the same for students everywhere – what will YOU teach?

Image credit: 10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education. If you play cards you know the importance of a trump.

10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education

No, not the Donald with the bad red hair. A trump is a card which ranks higher than the played cards. A trump suit outranks all cards of plain suits. Literally, a trump refers to any sort of action, authority or policy that automatically prevails over others. The Brain’s Natural Learning Trumps The fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience study how the brain takes in, stores, retrieves and applies information. A learning trump card is one that reigns over more traditional and established education practices. Best Practices in Instructional Design & Use of Learning Technologies. Encouraging Collaboration in an Online Course.

First eTextbook is Free for Computer or iPad - Offer Ends Soon. Flippin’ heck –is the whole of education doing things backwards? The TES has just published an article on ’flipped learning’ with views from myself, Salman Khan and others.

Flippin’ heck –is the whole of education doing things backwards?

My first point was that flipped learning is not new. The Open University has been doing it for over 40 years. “They let you learn in your time through the materials they provide and the tutors are there to help and close the knowledge gaps”. Cursive seems soon to join the typewriter, VCR player and flip-phone as relics of a past age. - South Florida October 30, 2011|By Cara Fitzpatrick, Sun Sentinel When asked for their John Hancock, future generations might print it in block letters or scrawl some scribbles across the page.

Cursive seems soon to join the typewriter, VCR player and flip-phone as relics of a past age. - South Florida

The Learning House, Inc. Blog. In an effort to incorporate more media into online courses, instructors often consider adding audio and video content.

The Learning House, Inc. Blog

Audio content, in particular, presents unique challenges that instructors should be aware of and understand upfront. Below are some common challenges to incorporating audio into your course: Like text, it only addresses one learning style.It can be difficult to address certain topics through solely the spoken word.Students can become easily distracted after listening to 10 minutes of just voice.

To combat some of these challenges, careful planning must occur prior to recording and considerations should be made about the recording process. Here are some tips: Determine what content is best served through audio. The Value of Instruction. When I first began teaching, I bristled with the desire to instruct, inspire, coach, and enlighten.

The Value of Instruction

I’d just been through Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh, where my tutors and mentors truly recognised the worth of excellent instruction. Yet for the past 30 years and more, I have felt like a disillusioned school teacher who is old fashioned, out of date and not really understanding what’s happening in education. The other day, a good friend and colleague passed on to me a recent article from Teachers College Record, by James Kauffman. It was written as an introduction to his recently published book, The Tragicomedy of Public Education:Laughing and Crying Thinking and Fixing.