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EdTech Focus on K-12: IT and Education. Edutopia | K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work. WeAreTeachers - Get Lesson Plans - Teacher Grants - Teaching Resources and More. 8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using “tech for tech’s sake”. We recently discussed the SAMR model during an Academic Technology Work Group meeting at The College of Westchester. We examined the video, SAMR in 120 Seconds. Following are 8 examples of the SAMR process, each taking an example of a typical classroom exercise that does not use technology and walking it through each phase of SAMR. The goal of this exercise was to help me (and readers) better understand the SAMR model, and to really see how lessons and assessments can be transformed while considering the benefits of evolving them through these stages.

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MindShift | How we will learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. We examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics.

We look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond.We also revisit old ideas that have come full circle in the era of the over scheduled child, such as unschooling, tinkering, playing in the woods, mindfulness, inquiry-based learning and student motivation. We report on shifts in how educators practice their craft as they apply innovative ideas to help students learn, while meeting the rigorous demands of their standards and curriculum. MindShift has a unique audience of educators, tinkerers, policy makers and life-long learners who engage in meaningful dialogue with one another on our sites. Contact the us by email. Search Results Nine steps to quality online learning. Teacher Tipster Home. 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools. There has been a surge of new scholarly communication tools in recent years. But how are researchers incorporating these tools into their research workflows?

Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer are conducting a global survey to investigate the choices researchers are making and why. Insights from these surveys will be valuable for libraries, research support, funders, but also for researchers themselves. Are we witnessing a major overhaul of scholarly communication rules and tools? In the last six months alone, this blog has featured posts on all phases of the research cycle. From Wikipedia (discovery) to replication (analysis), Chrome extensions for reference management (writing), the Open Library of Humanities and RIO Journal (publishing), Twitter & blogging (outreach), altmetrics, R-index and Publons (peer review and assessment).

Avalanche of tools Almost half of the tools in our database of scholarly communication tools were created since 2013. Simple model Global survey About the Authors. Anybody can learn. Visualization tools. FORUM: Improving education involves everyone. NOVEMBER was parent-teacher conference season. My wife and I met with our kids' teachers. We are grateful for their instruction and try to be their allies. Parent involvement -- like other aspects of our unequal society -- can emerge at the extremes, excessive or inadequate.

For my wife and me, reading to the kids or helping with homework is often rushed. Still, conversation with our children -- over homework, reading together, reflecting or joking -- is cherished time. A generation ago, Jonathan Kozol, in his book "Savage Inequalities," contrasted scarce socio-economic opportunities available to some families and neighborhoods with a "superfluity of opportunity" others receive. Paul Tough, in his book "How Children Succeed," cites Kozol. Those disparities in adversity were vivid one September Saturday when I joined a volunteer canvass blocks from the old Winchester factory to raise awareness about the New Haven Promise college scholarship program and the schools' Parent University.

The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs. If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator? It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors. They share real-world classroom experiences, offer inspiration and distribute valuable best practices. This list was built in part by you, our readers. Without further ado, here is the 2013 Honor Roll: Purely Paperless We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly digital, and Montana elementary school teacher Kate Peila is a paperless girl.

Read the blog: The Daring Librarian EdReach Mr. | © 2010-2015 EdTech Digest. EdTechTeacher Blog. Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Educational Leadership:How Teachers Learn:Learning with Blogs and Wikis. Top 25 Elementary School Teacher Blogs of 2012. Dangerously Irrelevant | Technology, leadership, and the future of schools. Emergent Learner. Education Rethink @edrethink. Using design to hook my students into their project.

One of the best parts of PBL is the hook lesson (or the project launch, whatever you wanna call it). I know it’s dumb to think that the very first lesson is the best part, but seriously they are as memorable as the concluding celebration of learning but with WAY less anxiety, and therefore honestly more fun. Year 7 are currently working on a project that engages them with the highs and lows of transitioning from childhood to being a teenager. They’re reading the Tim Winton novel Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo and will be creating a website to help year 6 students in NZ and Perth to support them in their impending transition. Designing a hook lesson for this project was tricky; I wanted them to be engaged in the ideas of the project, but I also wanted them to have fun and think critically.

I still can’t remember how I came up with the idea I ended up going with, so if you suggested it to me, you should totally claim it by adding a comment below. Like this: Like Loading... Richard Byrne Presents | Practical Ed Tech Presentations and Workshops. DigiAcademy-Fixing illiteracy via eCROP's digital palette solutions. Ed technology. 21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning | K12 educational transformation through technology. MiddleWeb: All About the Middle Grades. Rethinking Schools. Following Twitter chats - 3 easy ways.

Twitter for Teachers. Find this page at: Set up your Twitter account by going to: Remember (or write down) your username and passwordAfter you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in. A quick, 90-second video showing what you might find on Twitter: A good 12-minute video walking you through the basics of Twitter: Some just read other people’s posts and click on links. Each of these is a hashtag (with # in front … a way to tag and find content). Some Twitter accounts worth following: @INeLearn — Indiana’s elearning (digital learning) office.

HASHTAGS — Go to these hashtags to find other great people to follow: #INeLearn — Indiana elearning#engchat — English teachers#sschat — Social studies teachers#mathchat — Math teachers#scichat — Science teachers#edchat — General education#edtech — Educational technology#tlap — Teach Like a PIRATEAnd, of course … #DitchBook — Ditch That Textbook! Edu Tech Stories. The Top 20 Education Blogs | Intercepts. Technorati ranks more than 100,000 blogs with “authority” calculations “based on a site’s linking behavior, categorization and other associated data over a short, finite period of time.”

I don’t know what all that means, but it allows for comparison of blogs across and within all categories. The site doesn’t have an “education” category, so it requires going through the comprehensive listing to pick them out one at a time. The rankings are updated once a day, but here are the top 20 education blogs as of May 16, with their Technorati authority figures (1000 is the highest possible score): 1) Joanne Jacobs – 610 2) The Quick and the Ed – 601 3) Gotham Schools – 584 4) Education Experts (National Journal) – 576 5) Flypaper – 572 6) Curriculum Matters (Education Week) – 562 7) Eduwonk – 556 8) Cool Cat Teacher Blog – 553 9) Get Schooled (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) – 550 10) Jay P.

(tie) Intercepts – 527 12) This Week in Education – 526 13) The School Law Blog (Education Week) – 518. The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom. This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background Concepts such as open source, copyleft, collaborative writing, and volunteer contributions for the public good can be new and unfamiliar ideas to many students.

Wikipedia offers an opportunity for educators to explore concepts of public trust that are likely to continue growing in prominence throughout the lives of today’s population of youth. Some common questions that students and educators ask about Wikipedia are answered below based on the status of Wikipedia and on reasonable projections for its immediate future. What does wiki mean? Is Wikipedia accurate and reliable? Can students cite Wikipedia in assignments? My Paperless Classroom | A Blog by Sam Patterson. BYOT Network | Transforming schools and classrooms into learning communities with personalized technology tools and digital content.

21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning | K12 educational transformation through technology. The Daring Librarian.