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The Evolution of Classroom Technology

The Evolution of Classroom Technology
Classrooms have come a long way. There’s been an exponential growth in educational technology advancement over the past few years. From overhead projectors to iPads, it’s important to understand not only what’s coming next but also where it all started. We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Also in 1925, there were “schools of the air” that delivered lessons to millions of students simultaneously. Here’s a brief look at the evolution of classroom technology. c. 1650 – The Horn-Book Wooden paddles with printed lessons were popular in the colonial era. c. 1850 – 1870 – Ferule This is a pointer and also a corporal punishment device. 1870 – Magic Lantern The precursor to a slide projector, the ‘magic lantern’ projected images printed on glass plates and showed them in darkened rooms to students. c. 1890 – School Slate c. 1890 – Chalkboard c. 1900 – Pencil B.

Faces of Learning | Home InstaGrok-ing: Mining the Web for Meaning What if you could conduct an online search and instead of a list of results returned based on Google’s ranking metrics, your browser displayed a semantic map of the concept you searched for and a list of relevant, educational resources? A tool like this would help you "to understand thoroughly and intuitively," or grok your subject. This is exactly what the website instaGrok does. What is Grok-ing? The graph space also contains a tab that lets you open a journal to type notes and quickly add elements from the sidebar with just the click of a button. Unfortunately the semantic engine used to generate the quizzes still needs some major work. Grok-ing in the Classroom As a first step in conducting Web-based research at any level, instaGrok is excellent. This Web app would be perfect for students at any level who are fluent readers, including those in college. Concerns/Limitations The things that instaGrok can do are amazing.

Flipped Classroom Higher Education Quest - Make text adventure games without programming Quest lets you make interactive story games. Text adventure games like Zork and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Gamebooks like the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books. You don't need to know how to program. All you need is a story to tell. Your game can be played anywhere. Watch a quick screencast ...and you're free No restrictions. This means you can download and modify the Quest source code, and do whatever you want with it. You can sell the games you make with Quest. You don't need to ask for permission - you already have it. Get started quickly You don't need to know how to program to use Quest. Everything about your game is displayed in plain English, but the source code to your game is also viewable and editable for the more technically minded. A full tutorial is included, and help is always available on our forums. Ever wanted to... Ever wanted to create your own game, but were put off by complicated programming languages? Surprisingly powerful Any language

10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics ? Below are my two favorite infographic-making web 2.0 tools that I highly recommend. Click the name of each tool to learn more! Visual.ly One of the more popular ways to discover infographics, Visual.ly actually just launched a design overhaul of their website. Dipity Want to get a beautifully simply visualization of data over time? Easel.ly I absolutely love Easel.ly. Venngage Venngage (likely named for Venn diagrams) is a double threat. Infogr.am One of the most simple tools, Infogr.am lets you actually import data right into the site and then translate it all into useful visualizations. Tableau Public Made for Windows, Tableau Public lets you (like Infogr.am) bring your actual data into the world of visualzation. Photo Stats This one’s an iPhone app that’s worth trying out. Gliffy

The truth about flipped learning By Aaron Sams and Brian Bennett Read more by Contributor May 31st, 2012 Ultimately, flipped learning is not about flipping the “when and where” instruction is delivered; it’s about flipping the attention away from the teacher and toward the learner. A flipped classroom is all about watching videos at home and then doing worksheets in class, right? Wrong! Consider carefully the assumptions and sources behind this oversimplified description. Many assumptions and misconceptions around the flipped class concept are circulating in educational and popular media. Assumption: Videos have to be assigned as homework. Although video is often used by teachers who flip their class, it is not a prerequisite, and by no means must a video be assigned as homework each night. Resulting misconception: Videos are just recorded lectures. For more news about flipped learning, see:Engaging Students with Flipped Learning Resulting misconception: Homework is bad; therefore a flipped class is bad.

Twitter Venn By: Jeff Clark Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 Venn Diagram's can be used to illustrate the amount of overlap between various sets of items. In the projects section of Neoformix I have just published an application I call Twitter Venn. Basically, you type in either two or three terms separated by commas, click 'Search', and get something like this: In this example, the large circle on the left contains a great many small red circles which represent messages (tweets) that contain the word 'chocolate' but do not contain 'milk'. You can click on one of the regions to see a word cloud of the most commonly used words in the corresponding messages. The bottom of the application will show tweets matching the selected region. If you enter three terms in the search box you get a diagram with three intersecting circles: This Venn diagram shows that when I did this analysis the word 'hot' was used more than 'chocolate' which was, in turn, used more frequently than 'milk'.

Graduating with Technology | LearnStuff Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives: we use it to learn, to shop, to pay bills, and to entertain ourselves. Not surprisingly, younger generations are heavily influenced by computers in a way that changes the way they retain information and the ways they develop opinions about culture. Today 70% of children between the ages of 2-5 can operate a computer mouse, but only 11% of them can tie their own shoes. At the start of the 21st century only half of all school classrooms had Internet access, compared to 98% today. Graduating with Technology by LearnStuff.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.Based on a work at

The flip: Turning a classroom upside down Roshan, her AP Calculus teacher at the private Bullis School in Potomac, told students that they would be learning their lessons at home with help from videos and other materials that she had made, and then would do “homework” problems in class. Roshan had “flipped” her class — a trend in teaching and classroom management that has been adopted by thousands of teachers across the country for a variety of different subjects. It is a reimagination of life in a classroom. The philosophy behind the flip is that teachers can spend time working with students who need their help in the classroom — and students can work together to solve problems — rather than sitting home alone with work they might not understand and with nobody to ask for help. Skeptics raise questions about flipped classrooms: How many subjects are really appropriate for this technique? “My AP Calc class was a really anxious environment,” said Roshan. Gutschick said she thinks her teacher has succeeded.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention for kids and teens. Infographics I love infographics! As a visual learner myself, I really like the way a vast amount of information can be presented in these cool graphics. I’ve decided to post infographics on my blog that I really like. Two websites that I am using to enable my students to create their own infographics Piktochart - can create a professional looking infographic for free Ionz - can create a nice looking infographic after answering some simple questions – click on the Union Flag in top right hand corner to get started Thanks to @ICTEvangelist @TeamTait and @57Mason for their help on this – cheers guys! This amazing infographic is from the brilliant Martin Said @saidthemac – it can be found on his blog here This amazing infographic is from the brilliant Martin Said @saidthemac Like this: Like Loading...

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