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Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts - iNACOL. How Teachers Can Easily Keep Up with Technology Trends. Technology is evolving fast.

How Teachers Can Easily Keep Up with Technology Trends

It seems like there is a new podcast, game, or tech tool that will revolutionize instruction almost every day. How can teachers stay on top of it all? Remember that you do not have to master everything out there overnight. In addition, some trends will not be practical to implement within your classroom. So the question to ask is, how can you find out about what technology trends will actually support your efforts in the classroom and produce better learner outcomes? Set aside a few minutes to explore the following options and make it easier for yourself and your colleagues to learn about and implement today’s latest technology trends in the classroom.

Collect the Resources You Need First things first. Next, the gang here at the Global Digital Citizen Foundation provide plenty of teacher resources geared toward helping you understand and keep up with technology trends. Tools for Teachers: Media, Writing, and STEM Learning The Twittertastic Teacher’s Guide. What's The Next Big Idea? Microschool Networks. By Tom Vander Ark and Megan Mead Have a good learning idea?

What's The Next Big Idea? Microschool Networks

Try it with six kids tomorrow, plan an after-school event for next week or advertise a week long summer school opportunity. If that works, launch a small school for 15 students in the fall. 22 Powerful Closure Activities. Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, a dubious assessment practice likely caused by the improper use of Madeline Hunter’s lesson plan model (PDF) as a de facto checklist of eight mandatory teaching practices -- anticipatory set, objective and purpose, input, modeling, checking for understanding, guided practice, independent practice, and closure -- a custom that Hunter decried in 1985 (PDF).

22 Powerful Closure Activities

Although it offers multiple benefits, please don't view closure as a professional must-do. What Is Closure? Closure is the activity that ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, a phenomenon that Colorado State University professor Rod Lucero calls the recency effect. The shocking truth about competency based education. How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning. Excerpted from the book, “UnCommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids,” by Eric Sheninger, published by Corwin, 2015. Engagement Does Not Always Equate to Learning No matter where I am, whether it is a physical location or virtual, I am always hearing conversations about how technology can be used to engage students effectively.

This is extremely important as the majority of students spend six to eight hours a day in schools where they are completely disengaged. Cybraryman Internet Catalogue. Search Results. Search Term: flipped A Conversation about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) March 1, 2013 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Last Thursday, February 21st, the Center for Teaching and the Library hosted “Teaching to Thousands: A Conversation about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs),” an event featuring faculty panelists Douglas Schmidt (Computer Science) and Jamie Pope (Nursing).

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Doug and Jamie are participating in Vanderbilt’s Coursera pilot, each offering a MOOC on... Flipping the Classroom January 31, 2013 — By Cynthia J. Search Results. Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities. When we think of student engagement in learning activities, it is often convenient to understand engagement with an activity as being represented by good behavior (i.e. behavioral engagement), positive feelings (i.e. emotional engagement), and, above all, student thinking (i.e. cognitive engagement) (Fredricks, 2014).

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

This is because students may be behaviorally and/or emotionally invested in a given activity without actually exerting the necessary mental effort to understand and master the knowledge, craft, or skill that the activity promotes. In light of this, research suggests that considering the following interrelated elements when designing and implementing learning activities may help increase student engagement behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively, thereby positively affecting student learning and achievement. 1. Make It Meaningful In aiming for full engagement, it is essential that students perceive activities as being meaningful. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Educational Technology, Blended Learning and The State of Education. 4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1. Earlier today Kahoot announced that they now have 50 million users.

4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1

That prompted one person to email me asking if there was something similar that she can use in her classroom that isn't 1:1. My immediate reply was to try Kahoot's team mode. Kahoot's team mode is designed to be used with students who are sharing computers, tablets, or phones. In team mode students arrange themselves in teams around a shared computer or tablet.

How HyperDocs Can Transform Your Teaching. Complaints are Super-Glue! I think we all know people who are a chronic complainers.

Complaints are Super-Glue!

Every time you see them, they are complaining about the same thing they were complaining about last time. Not only do I know people like this, I used to be one of them! The complainer is no fun to be around because the story is always the same. They want very much for the person they are upset with, or the situation they are dealing with, to just go away, but that never seems to happen. Competency Education Toolkit. Literacy Design Collaborative. McTighe & Associates. P21. NCAT: Projects Sorted by Success.

Project Descriptions Sorted by Degree of Success The following institutions have redesigned large-enrollment, introductory courses using technology to achieve cost savings as well as quality enhancements.

NCAT: Projects Sorted by Success

Blended Learning Toolkit. Course Home | Schedule | Learning Activities | DIY Tasks | Readings | Blogging | Badges | Real Time Sessions/Archive | Stories What Are Badges?

Blended Learning Toolkit

Badges are an alternative form of credentialing popular in informal learning contexts, while some academic institutions have begun to deploy badges within courses/programs as well. Demonstration of specified learning outcomes are represented visually by a “badge:” a digital image displayed on a website. Blogs tagged with 'what Is PBL' Need to Know Process for PBL & quality Units » Opening Paths.

Updated: June 16, 2016 I’d like to thank Myla Lee for her collaborative feedback so as to ensure that this description of using Need to Knows becomes as effective a support for all grade levels.

Need to Know Process for PBL & quality Units » Opening Paths

Follow her on Twitter: and myself at: Need to Know Process Have you ever asked students if they have any questions, and then get in return unresponsive stares? Vocabulary Word Map. 30 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar. By Dana Leigh Smith Slash your intake of the sweet stuff with the help of our easy sugar-reducing hacks! "Eat less sugar. " It may be a short and sweet suggestion (pun intended) but the USDA's most recent dietary guideline has gotten some pretty long-winded responses from dieters, foodies, and health experts alike—and with good reason. This is the very first time our government has issued added sugar guidelines, recommending that we keep our consumption of the stuff to no more than 10 percent of overall calories. That's equal to about 180 calories or 45 grams a day for women and 200 calories or 50 grams for men. Do you think there's no way that stat could include a health-conscious person like yourself?

The good news is that it's 100 percent possible to cut back! Before you freak and throw out everything in your kitchen, take a moment to fully understand the official sugar recommendation and the difference between added sugar and naturally-occurring sugar. Learning Accelerator Maps Blended Learning Process. Blended Learning Learning Accelerator Maps Blended Learning Process. BUNDLE: Corwin Connected Educators Series: Peter M. DeWitt: 9781483377636. Home. Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices.

Alan November's Books on Educational Technology. Learning Accelerator Maps Blended Learning Process. Education Week. Published Online: December 1, 2015 Published in Print: December 2, 2015, as Extinguishing a Burnout: Actionable Ideas to Keep Teachers Engaged in Their Careers. Getting Smart on Transformative Professional Development - Getting Smart. Authored by Alvin Crawford, Dr. Mark Porterie, Irvin Scott, Stephanie Hirsh & Tom Vander ArkIn partnership with: Knowledge Delivery Systems Download the Bundle. Four ways to extend the 'fast' blended learning student - Blended Thinking.

10 online icebreakers. For the third time I was going through all my resources- files and bookmarks to find online icebreakers. I thought I'd do myself (and you) a favour by listing the most interesting ones. 10 online icebreakers (the picture relates to number 10!) The Center for Secondary School Redesign. Free Top 10 UDL Tips for Developing Learning Goals! GEC 2015 Volunteers. A HUGE and special thanks to you for volunteering at the conference! ME Superintendent Presentation Sept2015. There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t. “I’m just not a math person.”

We hear it all the time. Courses Archives - Youcubed at Stanford University. How to Learn Math is a free class for learners of all levels of mathematics. Penn State Technology Allows Faculty and Students to Build Their Own Textbooks from OER. Digital distinction. Gooru Quick Hits. Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic. Teacher Infographics.


Blended and Online Education. Learning Science and Educational Design. Pedagogy Research, Resources. Maya Data Rich Year Web. Gardening. 90 – EDpuzzle. EDpuzzle lets you take any video off the web, edit it, add notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor student work.

Mastery and Competency Learning.