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Of all the initiatives a school can begin, integrating technology may require the most professional development. This is partly because of the equipment, hardware, and software involved and partly because of the shift that a teacher must make in his or her teaching style, technique, and planning process in order to effectively use technology in the classroom. Here are some basic "dos" and "don'ts" for anyone doing tech integration professional development. This approach requires those who provide professional development for teachers to listen to their needs, and to know the school and staff they are either visiting or presenting to. This includes situations when staff present to their colleagues.
According to author Adam Bellow, The Tech Commandments are a reaction to what he has seen and experienced in schools over his several years as a technology training specialist. We got connected with Adam through Twitter, and he graciously gave us permission to share a condensed version of these commandments with our readers. Training is Essential Providing training to staff is almost more important than the technology itself. If a school spends its entire technology budget to buy “stuff,” but nothing on teaching and supporting the use of the “stuff,” it is a huge waste. Training and support should be a top priority. Money Isn’t What Makes Educational Technology Work Buying an expensive camera doesn’t make you a good photographer. The Tech Commandments: Ideas to Revitalize Education « Visibility Matters
teaching technology abroad Last weekend I had the honor of co-leading the Flat Classroom Workshop (pictures here) with Julie Lindsay at the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong. I have to admit that although I knew it would be amazing after everything I had heard about the Flat Classroom Conference in Doha earlier this year, I had no idea just how amazing the whole experience would turn out to be! Workshop Structure The flat classroom workshop is a 2.5-day project-based learning experience for both students and teachers. We had about 30 high-school students and 10 teachers participating face-to-face, and about 20 registered virtual participants. The goal of the workshop is to allow participating students and teachers to experience a flat classroom project in a condensed amount of time.
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Fractals—Math, Science, Art, and Sketchpad | Sine of the Times Share Josephine mentions in her recent post how exciting it was to see what someone was doing in mathematics and that it involved Sketchpad. I also was inspired by someone who stopped by our booth at NCTM Albuquerque after having seen a presentation on
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Conferences have come a long way in the last few years. As a presenter or as an organizer, here are some useful tools and tips to help you get the most out of your sessions. Conferences have come a long way in the last few years. Most Essential Tools for Presenters and Conference Organizers
Facts.Leslie Owen Wilson provides a good overview of Anderson and Krathwol revised Bloom's Taxonomy which was updated in 2000. Andrew Churches developed a model, called Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, to highlight the use of tools and technologies at each level to facilitate learning.Alex Ambrose (2009) created a site dedicated to his idea of Googlios, the use of Google tools to support the creation of student ePortfolios to enhance their personal learning environment. After looking through the wealth of information offered by Andrew and Alex, and having already developed my own version of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy with my favorite Web 2.0 tools for students to use at each cognitive level, I decided to combine the two-- a Bloom's Digital Taxonomy using ONLY the suite of tools offered by Google. Boy, was I surprised! Even as a Google Certified Teacher, there were so many cool new tools that I did not know about! Google Tools and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy | Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch
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Some Christmas suggestions: Starting with TES, Christmas resources are available for all subjects and ages, browse for primary or secondary. Note the various search options, if you search by Key Stage you can then search by subject. Suppose you want some Christmas images; do you know how to search for copyright free images? This is the result of a search for Christmas images which are free to use or share. Digital Tools | Digital tools for the classroom
Checked and updated – August 2013 This post remains one of the most popular on this blog. So – time for a revisit and an update. Most of the original post still stands – a few additions rather than deletions. Any post claiming top 10 or >10 in my case is clearly the author’s top 10, not the top 10! Top >10 Mathematics Websites
Well, it's been a crazy long journey, but I finally finished my dissertation and have sent it off to the committee. One more step towards this ever elusive doctorate. Two more weeks and I defend and hopefully all these years of learning, researching, writing, and writing and writing will pay off. I know my husband is hoping so, as he has high hopes I will get a job now!! I will say this past 11 months of 'unemployment' while I devoted myself to research, research analysis and then writing have been very interesting. Greenhaus Education and Other "Effects"
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In a recent guest post "Why Khan Academy is not the answer" Daniel Kitts writes: "Popular efforts to improve education are focusing on the wrong problem. Millions of dollars and hours of innovation are being spent on improving how we deliver content in an era when content matters less and how we interact with it matters more. [...] Future education is better served by investing in and developing tools that support discussion and interaction, not improving content delivery." A good example of content that will matter "less" in the future is Algebra. That's not to say that Algebra will not be important, it will just be approached differently or so I hope. For those of you that think this is a bad idea, don't worry there will be plenty of students that will continue on the geek track devouring Algebra in its current form. Scenes from a Dynamic Math Classroom
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In my privious blog I wrote an explanation about the TPACK model and what it includes. In this one I continue on this and discribe why we need a TPACK-model, what the added vallue of TPACK can be and how the TPACK-model can be used. This in relation with everything I have learned so far in the course "Pedagogies for Flexible Learning Supported by Technology" within my mastertrack. The TPACK-model, why? Why do we need this model? First, to explain why this model is useful and important I have to mention that this model is based on a previous model, the Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), discribed by Shulman (1986). The TPACK-model, why?
CLIME Connections This week I received the following email. I want to share it with the CLIME community. Please read and comment. Mine is the first one.Ihor Charischak
To start off the new year, each day this week I'll be posting a list of eleven resources to try in a particular content area. Today's list is for mathematics teachers, tomorrow's list will be for science teachers. Brain Nook is a virtual world in which students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Brain Nook provides students with a series of scenarios that they have to resolve by answering mathematics and language arts questions. 11 Mathematics Resources to Try in 2011