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The advantage to using a tool like Twitter for education is that it’s instant and it’s to the point. There have been countless articles about whether or not social media makes us lazy, or whether it affects our attention spans. If that really is the case, why not use that to our advantage? Twitter, and social media in general, can make a surprisingly useful educational tool, giving students and teachers an easy way to communicate that goes beyond office hours and classrooms. With the use of a simple hashtag (#), it becomes incredibly easy to curate tweets, giving students an easy way to follow the information that is associated with a specific class. Alternatively, teachers can create accounts or Twitter lists specific to a course that students can then follow, making it easy for them to find each other on Twitter.
Kathy Shrock has done a wonderful piece linking the multitude of Google Apps to the levels of Blooms Taxonomy. This is an invaluable resource for all teachers. Take a look: Google Apps Meets Blooms Taxonomy Follow me
Steve Hargadon’s career in education technology stems from a passionate interest in the role of technology in changing education. Known for being at the forefront of open education resources, web 2.0, and virtual live events , Hargadon has become the go-to expert in educational social networking. In 2007, he created Classroom 2.0 , a social networking community for educators using web 2.0 and collaborative technologies, which in the past five years has grown to a network of more than 63,000 members worldwide. He also hosts the Future of Education interview series, a weekly podcast for which he has interviewed a rich and diverse group of key researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders from the ed tech and digital media & learning fields.
Want to integrate cell phones into learning? You can involve your students with this planning lesson where students will focus o n cell phones as learning tools. With an overview of the educational uses of cell phones (the Gr8 8, below), students will determine how they will choose to use their cell phones for educational purposes. Contracts for tools will be developed by students and the result will be a plan for educational uses of cell phones.
Using Free Websites as Learning & Teaching Tools 1. Have students use Spelling City to learn their spelling words, vocabulary words, or site words through games, practice, and quizzes. Spelling City is a free resource for teachers. www.spellingcity.com 2.
Jan 31st, 2012 Photo by Milica Sekulic Wondering how to start introducing elements of mLearning (mobile learning) into your language classes? Here are five ways to do so, starting from simple recognition type activities to more complex project work. 1 Show and tell Let students talk about their mobile phones, and what they use them for. Many of us develop serious emotional attachments to our phones, and love showing or telling others about them.
Published Online: January 25, 2012 By Jennie Magiera Premium article access courtesy of Education Week Teacher . In the fall of 2010, I was awarded a grant that brought 32 iPads to my classroom. I had high hopes that this would revolutionize teaching and learning in my class.
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Every month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated. You can find all the posts in our series here . Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android and Web-based apps.
Final sentence added 3/1/2012. In this December 2011 report [23 page PDF] Brian Greenberg, Leonard Medlock and Darri Stephens report on the "performance and engagement of low‐performing high school algebra students receiving a mix of traditional teacher-led instruction and self‐guided instruction through the Khan Academy website" . The authors seek to compare the performance of two groups of "summer school" learners, one group taught traditionally and one group teacher-supported in largely individual use of Khan Academy content (thus "blended learning"). Both groups made substantial progress (as judged by the increase in percentage questions answered correctly on the MDTP Algebra II Readiness Exam). The Khan Academy group is reported - with plenty of caveats, and with the rather disconcerting bar chart above - to have made very slightly more progress.
I began this series with a list of my 11 most popular blog posts of 2011. As I looked through my analytics in preparation for that post, I was interested to see the appetite for posts that offer specific tech tips and how-to guidance. Today, I round up the 2011 posts that I think offered the most useful tech how-to tips. 3 steps to creating a Facebook friend list for your kid-related content : Whether or not you have kids, there’s no question that creating smart, specific lists of different Facebook friends is the essential skill for successful Facebook use.
How to Teach With Technology - Online Course Learn how to create custom multimedia products for your classroom or ecourse and other great ideas for the classroom. Explore this online course at There are two types of people in the world.
The digital revolution is changing how many U.S. school districts create engaging learning environments, with collaboration between the curriculum and technology departments slowly becoming the norm rather than the exception. By developing a common language around how students learn best, these leaders are fostering a shared vision for effective 21st century learning. Unfortunately, there remains a striking gap between this vision and the day-to-day strategic work these leaders are doing. Historically, technology leaders have focused more on technical work that includes data centers, wired and wireless environments for data, packet shaping and enterprise e-mail solutions. Meanwhile, their curriculum colleagues often have been caught in the status quo, potentially discounting the important role digital technologies should play in preparing students for their knowledge-based future.