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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011: Khan Academy Part 6 of my Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends series Khan Academy wasn't new in 2011, but oh man, was it news. Sal Khan has been creating his own videos to teach math and science for seven years now, but the mainstream media discovered Khan Academy in a big way this year. Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab - Research Applying Cognitive Psychology to Enhance Educational Practice The primary goal of this research, which is funded by the James S. McDonnell foundation, is to promote learning and memory performance within educational contexts through the investigation of principles in cognitive psychology. Studies address issues of transfer-appropriate and material-appropriate processing between encoding and retrieval. Applying tests in order to enhance learning and determining the desirable amount and timing of feedback regarding an individual's memory performance are methods that are currently under investigation. The overlying theme of "desirable difficulties," first introduced by Robert Bjork (1994), is also explored through manipulations in the spacing of learning events and the study schedule produced by interleaving various to-be-learned items, such as English-Swahili translated word pairs or prose materials.

10 tips for making the most of BYOD and working online 1) Use Moodle to access class resources and activities Work with your teacher to put all of the class resources and activities on MoodleHave a smartphone? download the MyMoodle app for freeIf your teacher has a smartphone they can use MyMoodle to quickly upload voice and video recordings of demonstrations and/or lectures 2) Create an online exercise book with Google Docs Create a document for each class and 'share' it with your teacher so they can give feedbackTalk to your teacher about how to name your document as they will have lots of documents being shared with them. A Window into the classroom Dirk Van Dammeby Division Head, Innovation and Measuring Progress (IMEP) and Head of Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) An excellent teacher is what makes students learn and succeed in school. Everything else – standards, curricula, assessments, resources, school leadership – come second. Yet, what do we actually know about what teachers are doing? Classrooms seem to be the ‘black boxes’ of the education system.

More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years – all driven by 10 technology innovations Pedagogy - one of those words that’s used when people want to sound all academic. So let’s just call it learning practice. Of one thing we can be sure; teaching does not seem to have changed much in the last 100 years. In our Universities, given the stubborn addiction to lectures, it has barely changed in 1000 years.

5 Ways To Transition Classrooms into Web 2.0 Learning Home » Education Written by Grace27 December 2011 The following is a guest post from our good friend, Steven Anderson, who is a District Instructional Technologist in Winston-Salem, NC. Organiser Tools Skip to main content Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product TES Teach. Get it on the web or iPad! guest Join | Help | Sign In cooltoolsforschools Home

30+ Open Wikis Every Educator Should Know About How Students Benefit From Using Social Media 12.65K Views 0 Likes A lot of criticism has been leveled at social media and the effect it has on the way students process and retain information, as well as how distracting it can be. However, social media offers plenty of opportunities for learning and interactivity, and if you take a moment to think about it, it's not too hard to see how students benefit from using social media. 3 Tech Tips Your Grandma Could Teach You

Create a Personal Learning Network Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) What is a PLN? A PLN is a way for you to make connections and share ideas and resources. You have one with colleagues that you work with. You can also have one online where you can reach and connect with educators from around the state, country, and world. A Sustainable Start : Develop a PLN Tonight I will share a beverage with my best friend Javi (I'm not sure if I'm too old to use "best friend" but at least it's not BFF). The meeting will be entirely synchronous and low-tech. No Twitter or Blogger or Google Docs. It's not that those things are bad.

Common Core Curriculum Maps These digital resources and tools for creating, collaborating, researching, and sharing can be found in the Common Core Curriculum Maps. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, as the technologies are constantly evolving. Consider it a beginning! Free Online Resources Bookmarking Top 13 web 2.0 tools for teachers Every day in my K-8 tech classes, I use a variety of cloud-based tools to enhance the learning experience for my students. There are more of these 'Web 2.0' tools than I can keep up with, but when you teach tech or coordinate technology for your school, 'keeping up' is part of your job. Here's how I determine which of these hundreds (thousands?) Web 2.0 classroom tools We know that the world is moving online and that to prepare our kids for that world, we need to train them to use that world’s tools. We know that publishing student work beyond the classroom encourages authentically engaged kids who create high-quality work. We know that integration of writing and visuals increases cognitive activity.