The Research Behind Choice and Inquiry-Based Education - A.J. JULIANI Updated: I’ve updated this post and page since publishing my most recent book about student choice. I’d love for you to add resources you’ve found in the comments section of this post so I can add them to the list! Since experimenting with “Genius Hour and 20% Time” in my class a few years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the research and history of this practice in education and the business world. This has led me down a long road to eventually writing Inquiry & Innovation in the Classroom (published by Routledge) on inquiry-driven education and choice-based learning experiences. During that time I’ve had hundreds of conversations with fellow teachers practicing choice-based and inquiry-driven learning in some way shape or form (Genius Hour, 20% Time, Passion Projects, Choose2Matter etc). Today I want to shed some light on the research behind choice, and more broadly, inquiry-driven education. I’m breaking the post down into four sections. Inquiry Project Learning Research via Edutopia 1.
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources for the Classroom by Holly Poulos Engage students in your classroom with our Top 10 favorite interactive educational technology resources. These websites will help you create new and captivating lesson plans for your curriculum. LessonCast is a website where experienced teachers submit—via PowerPoint, document, pictures, or web cam—a "lesson idea or management strategy in 2 minutes 30 seconds or less." Each submission is reviewed and vetted by other accomplished teachers, and then shared online. Bottom line: Whether you have an idea to share or need a new one, this site helps teachers connect in much-needed mentoring relationships. View our slideshow gallery iLearn Technology Bill Gates explains why classroom technology is failing students and teachers « Techno-News Blog by Amy X. Wang, Quartz While technology is “starting to improve education,” he said, it’s not personalized or focused enough to truly help teachers figure out how to improve. And most educational technology thus far has benefited only the most motivated students, he said, not those who need extra encouragement most. Added Gates, “A lot of the issue is helping kids stay engaged.
The Administrator's Role in Technology Integration Teachers often come under fire for their failure to fully integrate technology into their classrooms. Until recently, however, very little has been said about the role of school administrators in technology integration. This month, the Education World Tech Team discusses how they think principals and other administrators can optimize technology use in their schools. "The most effective way school administrators can promote technology use is to themselves be knowledgeable and effective users of technology," says Betty Kistler, computer technology coordinator at Tuckahoe School in Southampton, New York. "Principals play a big role in setting the climate of a building," agrees Cathy Chamberlain, a technology consultant in the Oswego (New York) City School District. "Teachers who are on the fence -- or think they don't have time to get involved with technology -- think twice when they sense a positive attitude on the part of the administration. What do they need to know? What they need to do?
Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy | More Than English: Teaching Language & Content to ELLs What is Bloom’s Taxonomy? Bloom’s Taxonomy in its various forms represents the process of learning. It was developed in 1956 by Benjamin Bloom and modified during the 1990’s by a new group of cognitive psychologists, led by Lorin Anderson (a former student of Bloom’s) to make it relevant to the 21st century. The revised taxonomy emphasizes what a learner “Can Do” so the stages are now represented as verbs: We must remember a concept before we can understand it. We must understand a concept before we can apply it. So how do I use this in the classroom? We need to “teach to the highest and scaffold the lowest” students of all ages and levels of English proficiency. Remember Understand Apply Analyze Evaluate Create Model what each means for your students in the context of a lesson. It is useful to picture Bloom’s taxonomy as a wheel since all stages are not required for every lesson and every lesson does not necessarily lead to “Creating.” From the students’ point of view: Engage me! Contact me
10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal Research | Spotlight 10 Major Technology Trends in Education We have a first look at the results from the latest Speak Up survey, which polled hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, administrators, parents and community members about technology trends in education. By Chris Riedel02/03/14 According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. The 2013 results represent more than 400,000 surveys from 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts across the country. 1. According to the 2013 results, students overwhelmingly have access to personal mobile devices. Specifically, said Evans, 89 percent of high schools students have access to Internet-connected smart phones, while 50 percent of students in grades 3 through 5 have access to the same type of devices. 2. 3. Video is another tool that has been on the rise in recent years. 4. 5.
Cool Cat Teacher Blog - Helping you be an excellent teacher every day. Archived: Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n Change inStudent andTeacherRoles When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. The student is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information. The teacher's role changes as well. Project-based work (such as the City Building Project and the Student-Run Manufacturing Company) and cooperative learning approaches prompt this change in roles, whether technology is used or not. IncreasedMotivation andSelfEsteem The most common--and in fact, nearly universal--teacher-reported effect on students was an increase in motivation. The kids that don't necessarily star can become the stars. Teachers talked about motivation from a number of different perspectives. Kids like the immediate results. Technology is the ultimate carrot for students.
5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology "I'm not very tech savvy" is the response I usually hear from teachers that struggle with technology. Whether it's attaching a document to an email or creating a PowerPoint, some teachers really have a difficult time navigating the digital world. As schools around the globe begin to embed the use of technology in their learning environments, these teachers can be left feeling frustrated and marginalized by the new tools they are required to use but do not understand. The school where I teach is currently within its post-BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) implementation age. We started with a small cohort of tech-savvy teachers to pilot a BYOD program with selected classes. If you plan on introducing a new technology or are embarking on the mighty task of becoming a wireless BYOD school, here are five tips to help your teachers still struggling with technology. 1. Integrating technology can be very stressful for educators that aren't familiar with it. 2. 3. 4. 5.
The e5 Instructional Model Page Content The e5 Instructional Model is a reference point for school leaders and teachers to develop a deeper understanding of what constitutes high quality teacher practice in the classroom. 1. Engage Develops shared normsDetermines readiness for learningEstablishes learning goalsDevelops metacognitive capacity 2. Prompts inquiryStructures inquiryMaintains session momentum 3. Presents new contentDevelops language and literacyStrengthens connections 4. Facilitates substantive conversationCultivates higher order thinkingMonitors progress 5. Assesses performance against standardsFacilitates student self assessment Disclaimer The e5 logos appearing on this website are registered trade marks protected by law which are owned by the State of Victoria.
50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About via Edudemic Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning Lesson Planning and Tools Useful Tools