15 Ways Digital Learning Can Lead To Deeper Learning How To Use Mood Boards For Visual Learning 4.70K Views 0 Likes Mood boards are used for photography, game design, interior design, marketing, fashion, music, advertising and even architecture; but who’s to say they shouldn’t be used in the classroom? (You might be doing this already!) Students, faculty reflect on a year with Trunk Published: Friday, April 20, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012 10:04 Trunk.tufts.edu In its inaugural year, Trunk has received mixed reviews from students and faculty. When students returned to the Hill in September, they encountered the newest member of the Tufts community — not University President Anthony Monaco, but Trunk. University Information Technology (UIT) announced in October 2010 its selection of of the open−source platform Sakai to replace Blackboard as its new LMS. Director of Educational and Scholarly Technology Services Gina Siesing said that the decision came after years of planning. “Blackboard was an end−of−life product, so we knew we had to replace it,” Siesing said. She added that the decision to go with an open−source system came from looking at salient trends in educational technology. “We really looked toward peer institutions to see what they were using,” Siesing said. Sophomore Amelia Cohen said that Trunk’s interface could be improved. “I love Trunk.
Concept Video Shows The Book Of The Future We are seeing a big push into interactive publishing. From iPads to Chromebooks to mobile devices … the future of books is a hot topic right now. There are places like Boundless offering free customized open source textbooks and even textbook publishers building entire iTunes U for classes. The book of the future is being written right now, it seems. In the above video, design consultancy IDEO shares their vision for the future of the book. Read more about the book over at IDEO’s official website. The team looked at how digital and analog books currently are being read, shared and collected, as well as at trends, business models and consumer behavior within related fields.
Share Student Work with Three Ring I love showing examples when explaining a new project or assignment for my students. It just gives them a sense of understanding that is difficult through speech. That said, I also think it is important to give them multiple examples so that they aren’t locked into one idea of what the assignment should end up looking like. So there you are – after several years of teaching – with more student work examples then space in your desk. Reduce your clutter and organize your examples by using an app called Three Ring. Three Ring allows you to easily digitize student work and create a portfolio of sorts that will consolidate all of your assignment examples into one digital location. From their website: Three Ring is a website that allows you to securely upload photos of student work. You can pull up a student’s work for parent-teacher conferences, administrative meetings, formative assessment, or use as exemplars. Check out this video showcasing Three Ring:
27 Tips For Becoming A Digital Teacher The term ’21st century teacher’ has been met with a bit of backlash over the past year or so. I’ve seen it pop up all over the place (including Edudemic of course) as a term to describe a ‘modern’ or ‘connected’ or ‘digital’ teacher. Basically, we all seem to trying to find the best term for a teacher who uses technology to enhance learning. Since that is quickly becoming the vast majority of teachers in many countries, there almost seems to be no reason to have a different name for something like this. So I’ll just stick with ‘digital teacher’ and move on. See Also: A Day In The Life Of A Connected Educator The terminology is not important. All of these goals are important and, more importantly, they’re detailed in Edudemic posts every day. So if you’re looking for tips, activities, or simply want to quickly know what it takes to become a modern / connected / 21st century / digital teacher, then use this visual as a jumping-off point to get you on your way.
QOTD Archive: Unique uses for a projector in the classroom. #ITTqotd 5 Features Technology Must Have Before Classroom Use Hyperboles run rampant when it comes to education technology. The old adage of ‘under promise and over deliver’ does not appear to be the cultural norm. Almost like a demigod, the education industry seeks the golden bullet that will solve the problem of providing an engaging personalized learning experience for every child and we assume it will have a USB port. Perhaps reflecting on historical advances in education will shed some light on the task. As one considers the implementation of slates, inkwells in desks, exercise books, chalk (black and green) and white boards as well as overhead projectors it is worth wondering if they received the same degree of expectation that modern tools do. I recall with great fondness a teacher I worked with in my first appointment, she took great pleasure in explaining her use of some sort of jelly pad device which paint or ink was applied to. Using Technology Without The Art Behind It Effective Use Of Education Technology
Product Review: Snagit Helps Users Get the Picture | EdTech Magazine Once considered little more than a curiosity, screen-capture utilities are changing the way businesses write documentation — and for good reason. Screen shots quickly and effectively convey ideas that can otherwise be difficult to articulate, saving time and eliminating the ambiguity that can derail even the best of instructions. Released to the general public as shareware in 1990, Snagit was perhaps the first legitimate screen-capture utility of its time. End-User Advantages Snagit loads on Windows startup, takes relatively little memory (less than 50 megabytes on test machines) and invokes a simple interface at the press of the Print Screen key. While free-handing, Snagit provides a real-time picture-in-picture zoom window, so it’s easy to see the exact starting and stopping point that’s being selected on a pixel level. Why It Works For IT If your IT department is like mine, its technicians invest considerable time documenting procedures, both for internal use and end-user education.
New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model Sometimes a visual guide comes along and it just makes total sense. That’s how I felt about Allan Carrington’s clever ‘Padagogy Wheel‘ which we featured on Edudemic last week. Check out the previous version then view the one below to see the differences. From what I can tell, putting the wheel on this site has generated a bit of buzz and I’m glad we could help spread the knowledge. But I was quite amazed this morning when I saw that the Padagogy Wheel had been updated. This new Padagogy Wheel (which honestly is less about iPads and more about technology integration now) should encourage you to focus on redefining your current standards, the current role tech plays in your classroom, and just about everything else. Want to print out the poster? The Padagogy Wheel by Allan Carrington is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Office 365 To Replace LearnLink For Email | The Emory Wheel Emory University will be switching to Microsoft Office 365 for University-wide email and calendar services but will be keeping LearnLink for conference use only in fall 2012, according to Manager of Centers for Educational Technology Kim Braxton. According to Braxton, the University has been using LearnLink for almost 15 years and has been searching for LearnLink’s successor for about three years. Braxton described Microsoft 365 as a cloud-based service that provides email, shared calendars, instant messaging and storage including a common address book and presence awareness, or the ability to see who is online. The program also has greater email storage compared to LearnLink: Microsoft 365 offers 25 gigabytes per student as opposed to the 250 megabytes LearnLink offers. “That means one mail system and one calendaring system,” Braxton said. “The majority of graduate students moved to Exchange over the past year, so we are finally on the cusp of having one [online community at] Emory.”
The SAMR model: engage in deep learning and authentic contexts Issue 7 Do you leverage technology to plan and implement highly effective learning that was previously inconceivable in traditional classrooms? Effective learning in any environment requires good design, management and pedagogy. The SAMR model, developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura1, aims to support teachers to design, develop and integrate learning technologies to support high levels of learning achievement. The SAMR model describes four levels of technology integration that increase in complexity and effect, from simple substitution which barely changes the function, to a more complex redefinition where the technology use can provide opportunities to create what would not be possible without that technology. This practical example highlights the difference between each of the stages and what can be achieved when students are provided authentic opportunities within the redefinition stage.2 Example: usual practice is for the students to use pencil/pen and paper for a persuasive writing task. .
'Investing in You' Contest Hopes to Inspire Community Change JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Starting today, if you have an idea on how to make the First Coast a better place, you could receive $1,000. The contest is being held by Community First Credit Union and will award $1,000 every two weeks for the next 90 days to ideas that are geared toward improving the communities on the First Coast. Anyone is eligible to participate and submit ideas, even civic groups, and includes new or existing initiatives. Last year's winners included ideas ranging from educational technology for at-risk kids to swimming tubs for rescued tigers, according to a news release. The contest runs from April 20 through July 13. Anyone who would like to submit an idea can do so by visiting the Community First Credit Union's Facebook site. Whichever idea receives the most "likes" will determine the semi-finalists. Last year's winners include: "Living Out Loud" - a documentary about Jacksonville's LGBT struggle for equal rights. First Coast News
The eight qualities of successful school leaders | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional What are the qualities needed to be a successful school leader? This is the question I set out to answer in a new book for which I interviewed some of the UK's best headteachers. It started with a challenge: imagine you are cast adrift on a desert island with a school full of children in desperate need of a great headteacher. What eight qualities would you take with you to run your desert island school? The challenge, based on the long-running BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, produced a treasure trove of contributions from school leaders. Far from being clones enslaved by government diktat or professional orthodoxy, the best headteachers run their schools through conviction and often sheer personality. 1. It's easy to dismiss the concept of "vision" as vague and woolly, but the best school leaders are visionaries with a clear sense of moral purpose. 2. Successful school leaders show great determination, with the willpower and patience to see things through. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Technology Integration Matrix | Arizona K12 Center What is the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix? The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells. What is in each cell? Within each cell of the Matrix one will find two lessons plans with a short video of the lesson. Download PDF of the Technology Integration Matrix Print this page Characteristics fo the Learning Environment ← → Levels of Technology Integration Into the Curriculum