ANSWERED: The 5 Biggest Early Childhood Education Questions You probably don’t need to be told that very young children today are quite adept at using technology – and perhaps more at ease with it than their parents are! While their elementary and secondary school counterparts are making moves towards BYOD and 1:1 classroom scenarios, what is happening with our youngest generation? This handy infographic takes a look at technology in the early childhood education classroom to see what’s happening there and attempts to answer the biggest early childhood questions.
How to Successfully Implement a Blended Learning Program No educational technology topics were off limits, and for good reason, during last week’s NCTies. Everything from identity management to flipping the classroom was fair game, and with the state’s NCEdCloud initiative still somewhat of a mystery, there’s a lot of change going on in the Tar Heel State. One session that caught the attention of many educators during the day-and-a-half long event was on blended learning in the elementary school classroom. Rebecca Phillips and Emily Schmidt from Coltrane Webb STEM Elementary guided a crowded room of teachers on how to successfully implement a blended learning program.
To flip or not to flip….does reverse instruction work? Some rights reserved Million Dollar Abie I have to admit that I was sold on the idea at first explanation. I even wondered why nobody had thought of this concept before? It is so simple. Self-grading multiple-choice tests with Google Docs I don’t have much love for multiple-choice tests — either for administering them or for taking them — but as a teacher, the format was sometimes required by my administration, and was sometimes useful for simple prove-that-you-read-it quizzes. Google Docs didn’t help me love them, but it did help me never grade them. Here’s how: (1) Go to Google Docs. If you don’t have a google account, you’ll have to set one up, but if you already use GMail or GReader or any of the other apps, you just need to log in. (2) In the upper-left corner, open the New drop-down menu and select Form.
Blended Learning at GrayHarriman.com What is Blended LearningWhy use Blended Learning?How does one create Blended Learning?What medium can be used in Blended Learning?What are the challenges of Blended Learning?What are the advantages of Blended Learning? 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. Self-paced blended learning highlights ‘average’ student myth By Peter West Read more by Contributor March 18th, 2014 Data from a middle school self-paced blended learning class reinforces the concept that variation from one student to the next is significant “If you design something for the average …person, wouldn’t it fit most people?” Todd Rose – The Myth of Average: from TEDx This seems like a natural conclusion to draw, but research has shown this is incorrect.
Reflections on Week 3 (solid strides in the right direction!) Week 3 of the Spring Semester is now over and I feel like this has been a very solid week in making strides towards what I want my flipped classroom to look like and feel like. All Reflections from This Year can be Found Here. *Each week, I spend some time personally reflecting on the week - what I did, what worked, what didn't, what I liked, what I didn't, etc. I try to organize my reflections in a similar manner each week, since they do get pretty long: (1) Math Analysis; (2) Algebra; (3) Sharing and Collaboration; (4) Other Thoughts; (5) Running lists (Things I've heard this week that I love; Characteristics and qualities of my flipped classroom that I want to keep; Changes I've made this week that I like; Ideas I'm still contemplating and experimenting with).
Google Cloud Print: It's Actually Awesome, and Here's How to Set It Up Since I don't plan to buy a Wireless printer for now, the only GOOD use I can think of this is to print directly from my phone WITHOUT mail-myself/dropbox-ing the file, turn on the PC, login, search the file, open the file, print, close, etc. etc. etc.) so I did this: (Keep in mind that this procedure is useful to me ONLY BECAUSE I am already in my house, and thus, I just pick the printed pages and turn off the PC and Printer): Preliminary Steps: 0) Sign to Google Chrome Print. I just want to point it out. 1) Enable Wake-On-Lan on the PC.
Blended Learning: Combining Face-to-Face and Online Education There's this myth in the brick and mortar schools that somehow the onset of online K-12 learning will be the death of face-to-face (F2F) interaction. However this isn't so -- or at least in the interest of the future of rigor in education, it shouldn't be. In fact, without a heaping dose of F2F time plus real-time communication, online learning would become a desolate road for the educational system to travel. The fact is that there is a purpose in protecting a level of F2F and real-time interaction even in an online program. KWestions for Michael Staton of Inigral Yesterday evening, I was one lucky education blogger when Michael Staton, CEO and co-founder of Inigral made the time and agreed to do a KWestions interview. I’m happy to share the exciting news as one of the first with you. Inigral, sometimes called the Facebook of Higher Education, are now partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
20 tips and features of blended learning programs As more blended learning programs pop up, its benefits become more evident Blended learning programs are growing in popularity across the U.S., as more educators and students seek to personalize teaching and learning through education programs that combine face-to-face learning with online instruction and content delivery. Research from Digital Learning Now! indicates that blended learning increases student and teacher productivity, and provides school leaders with “more and better data that creates an integrated and customizable learning experience.”
'Flipped' classroom has students doing homework in class and classwork at home When students in one math class at Beaufort Elementary School sit down to their homework each night, they aren't cracking the textbooks and laboring over problem sets. Instead, they're watching an online video. It's a screencast -- a 10-minute video of their teacher, Jill Brown, giving a lecture, complete with a PowerPoint or other visuals. The students take notes, and when they go to class the next day, they do what most think of as homework: projects, worksheets and group work based on the lecture. Brown, along with a handful of other Beaufort County teachers, has "flipped" her classroom. It's an education trend that seeks to take advantage of technology and gives teachers more flexibility in the classroom.
Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students The following are what I believe are the rights of all student to have with regards to using technology as an educational tool, written as a student to their teacher: 1) I have the right to use my own technology at school. I should not be forced to leave my new technology at home to use (in most cases) out-of-date school technology. If I can afford it, let me use it -- you don’t need to buy me one. If I cannot afford it, please help me get one -- I don’t mind working for it.