Schools That Work: Search Model Schools, Education Videos, and Teaching Resources Skip to main content Sign InRegister Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Edutopia on Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Edutopia's Schools That Work series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn. Share712 Share Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom At P. About Schools That Work Dive into case studies of successful schools, programs, and learning strategies with helpful how-to videos, downloads, and in-depth articles. Advertisement Features Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success? Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction 10 Takeaway Tips for a College-Bound School Culture Integrate the Arts, Deepen the Learning Preparing Students for Career Success prev next P.K.
Terry's Teaching Tidbits: Social Media in the Classroom I’m in my 9th year of teaching and one thing that I’ve learned each year is just how much each year is absolutely nothing like the last. There’s no such thing as taking out “last year’s plans”, changing the date and coasting through the year. Education evolves constantly and I find it imperative for teachers to try and evolve with it. This year I’ve made it a goal of mine to try new things in the classroom. In years past, I’ve had a hard time keeping up with communication. Periscope I first heard of Periscope this summer at the Teachers Pay Teachers conference in Vegas. Over the last 2 months, I have been occasionally using Periscope to share experiences such as presentations, a Junior Great Books discussion, kids playing in PE, reminding them of the Book Fair, and even demonstrating how we do our Number Talks. How to Make it Private One of my first concerns when I signed up for Periscope was ensuring the privacy of my students. · a higher level of connectedness from parents
Is knowing obsolete? | A More Beautiful Question TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra is reframing the way we think about learning A couple of months ago, I stumbled across the work of Dr. Sugata Mitra, who has, for years, been conducting very interesting learning experiments in India. Perhaps you’ve heard his story of the “hole-in-the-wall computer,” which got some attention about a decade ago. Children gathered around a hole-in-the-wall I tracked down Dr. This means that with the backing of the TED community’s resources and volunteer participation by those who want to get involved in his newest experiment, Dr. To find out more, check out Dr. His speech, which declares “we need a curriculum of big questions,” is full of beautiful questions, including: Is knowing obsolete?” Dr. Tags: Sugata Mitra, TED speech
Social Media in Teaching and Learning Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Flickr, as well as open social practices such as blogging, are being used in learning for the purpose of convenient communication with other students and potentially with others outside the class such as students of the same topic and subject experts. Many social media, as commercial endeavours, are attractive in that their features often surpass those of internal firewalled environments. The fact that these media are generally open to the world implies a need to carefully consider the risks of openness as well as need for ongoing communication with students in order to address their concerns and deal with issues in the use of social media as they arise. To get started using social media in teaching, consider what you want to achieve. Do you wish to help students with their writing or reflection? Key contacts: Alex Moseley, Matt Mobbs, Terese Bird, Stephen Walker
Can iPads help students learn science? Yes, study shows The scale of the universe can be difficult to comprehend. Pretend you are going to make a scale model with a basketball representing Earth and a tennis ball as the Moon. How far would you hold the tennis ball "Moon" from the basketball "Earth?" A new study by Smithsonian researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows that students grasp the unimaginable emptiness of space more effectively when they use iPads to explore 3-D simulations of the universe, compared to traditional classroom instruction. This study comes at a time when educators are increasingly questioning whether devices such as iPads should play a greater role in education. "These devices offer students opportunities to do things that are otherwise impossible in traditional classroom environments," says study leader Matthew H. They found that while the traditional approaches produced no evident gain in understanding, the iPad classrooms showed strong gains.
Twitter in the Classroom - The Brown Bag Teacher As a teacher, watching other teachers in action is the most valuable Professional Development I can have. I love seeing other professionals in their happy place and learn from their classrooms. Realistically, guest teachers are expensive, our schedules are too important, and sub plans take TOO long to write. So, as teachers, we turn to alternative methods to build our professional networks - blogs, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Today I'm sharing about how and why I use Twitter in my 1st grade classroom! While I do have a Twitter account through my blog (@MsWsClassroom), I'm pretty intentional in setting blog/classroom boundaries. On my classroom I account, I do not participate in Twitter Chats (I do that through my blog account, so families are not inundating with tweets about #edchat.) Connecting Families So often our students arrive home to be asked - "How was your day? Building a Community of Teachers Positive PR There are awesome things happening in this classroom.
Lifelong learning and Schools as Community Learning Centres: Key aspects of a National Curriculum Draft Policy Framework for Malta The island of Malta has been engaged in policy document formulations for curriculum renewal in the country’s educational system (4-16 years of age) since 1988 when the first National Minimum Curriculum (henceforth NMC) was launched (Wain, 1991; Borg et al, 1995). In 1999 a revamped NMC (Ministry of Education, 1999) was developed following a long process of consultation involving various stages and stakeholders. It was a compromise document (Borg & Mayo, 2006) which emerged as a result of reactions to a more radical and coherent draft document produced in 1988. Both curricular documents were subject to debates and critiques (Wain, 1991; Darmanin, 1993; Borg et al, 1995; Giordmaina, 2000; Borg and Mayo, 2006). The NCF documents base their vision for the future of education in Malta around the now widespread concept of Lifelong learning in keeping with the dominant discourse which has emerged from not only the EU but also the OECD. Collective Dimension of Learning Conclusion References
Teaching Social Media to Digital Natives – Case Study with Syracuse University - Hootsuite Social Media Management Recognizing the growing demand for qualified social media professionals in the business world, HootSuite University launched the Higher Education Program in January with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. This partnership between industry and academia resulted in a case study outlining how social media professor Dr. William J. This collaboration allowed Dr. Learn more about how Dr. HootSuite University is looking forward to partnering with Higher Education institutions for the upcoming 2013 semesters.
Instagram in the Classroom - Madly Learning I joined Instagram awhile ago but personally, or professionally didn't quite know what to do with it. I posted a few pictures of my kids but wasn't really sure how to use it. Fast forward and a few other blogger friends talked me into opening up a Madly Learning Instagram account. I have found it to be a great way to connect with other bloggers and to see what others are doing in their classrooms. I also noticed that Instagram was what my 4/5 students were using as their chosen social media platform. So all of this got me thinking. I have made a schedule for students to Instagram. I have also learned some things too... Think a Student Instagram Reporter is something you want to try see my tips below. Get Permission - now I do not mean that you need to beg parents for permission to do this. Are you ready to instagram with your class? loading..
How Students Are Using The Internet For Studying Does anyone out there remember actually having to go to the library to research for a paper? I remember having to order books from other libraries when I was in graduate school and -gasp- had to wait for them to be sent to me! Annoying, right? Even in that relatively short amount of time, we’ve been cultured to understand that we can learn from anything, anywhere, immediately. The landscape of researching and studying has changed quite a bit, hasn’t it? While I’m a little sad that there is no sourcing listed (and as such, I can’t cross check the information presented) the handy infographic below has taught me a few interesting things about current students’ online studying and research habits. Only 10% of students report using books from libraries to help them study 100% of students report using Wikipedia to study 80% of students report using social networks to help them study 55% of students report using online services to help them write their papers
"Think, share and take risks!" A Social Media for Teaching & Learning Case Study | Pearson Blog Krista Jackman, English Lecturer, University of New Hampshire This case study is the second in a series that examines the use of social media for teaching and learning. Instructor Profile Krista Jackman is a Lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire, and teaches primarily in the Composition Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991, and Master of Arts in Teaching in English, in 1993. A 2012 winner of a Faculty Excellence in Teaching award, Jackman’s course load includes mostly Freshman Composition, Creative Nonfiction and a variety of Honors Composition sections. Jackman believes that her job as an educator is to create an atmosphere that fosters learning and curiosity. Where, What & Who? Jackman teaches at the University of New Hampshire, the largest public university in the University System of New Hampshire. Pedagogy When students arrive in class on the first day, they know each other only slightly from their first weekend together in the dorm. Recommendations
Eugenics Archive . Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's The Eugenics Archive utilizes Flash for enhanced search features, cross referencing, and interactive images created with Zoomifyer. Get the Flash plugin at Adobe.com. The Eugenics Archive will open in a new window. I prefer the original, HTML-only Eugenics Archive site, take me there. Eugenics Archive Blog Sterilization Laws Based on a task force recommendation, the North Carolina legislature is considering paying $50,000 to living individuals sterilized by the state against their will or without their knowledge. Examine the Chronicle of how society dealt with mental illness and other "dysgenic" traits in the final section of our website DNA Interactive. How I Use Snapchat for Language Learning (+ free downloadable guide!) - Lindsay Does Languages After a week focused on goal setting, this week we’re turning our attention to social media and how to make the most of it for language learning. In this post, I’m sharing how I use Snapchat for language learning. Time to get snappy. One thing that’s great about the Internet is what it’s done for language learners. We’re connected. We can share ideas, motivation, and progress with the aim of encouraging each other to keep going. I also love YouTube in particular for this reason. However, the problem with YouTube is that if you want to practise your languages, whatever level they may be, they’re left there in the open, out of context for all the world to see for as long as you wish to keep them public. This is great and you may well get comments of encouragement and motivation. I was all set to go and didn’t really care about the negative comments I’d get from the inevitable errors of a person babbling away in languages that she hasn’t studied for years. It’s about Snapchat. New Vocabulary