6 Online Collaborative Tools to Engage Students in Teamwork Nothing is more frustrating to a teacher than lack of attention from students. You have spent several weeks or even months working on some project that you thought would be a breakthrough, but nothing happens. Situations like this are very common in modern learning because a lack of interest to engage in teamwork is widespread. Technology has been effective in eliminating this issue because it has redesigned the idea of collaboration and provided interactive learning opportunities. In this article, I will introduce you to 7 online collaborative tools that can help you to solve the issue of lack of interest for good.
Learner-Centered Design – The Principal of Change The things that really struck me about this post is regarding the notion of serving the end-user. Similar to the pilots, schools need to be “learner-centred”, not “learning-centred”; there is a significant difference in these statements. I recently saw a quote being shared through social media and went something along the lines of “If a teacher explains the same thing to a child 100 times, and they still don’t understand, it is not the child that is a slow learner.” That really struck a chord with me. Grammar Auction: Turn grammar review into a game – tekhnologic This is not a new activity and you can find several descriptions of a grammar auction online. You may find these descriptions Grammar Auctions useful: Clare Lavery describes a Grammar Auction for teachingenglish.org.uk. Bjorn Norstrom describes a Grammar Auction for Dave’s ESL café’s idea cookbook. Alex Case suggests some variations on Grammar Auctions for TEFL.net. The other day, I was trying to find some inspiration because I was having a difficult time thinking of something to create for the website.
Three strategies to help students navigate dodgy online content A recent Stanford University Report revealed that students’ abilities to distinguish between questionable and valid online content needed work. In one example cited in the report, researchers set high school and university students a task to evaluate the credibility of information found on the MinimumWage.com site. Only 9% of high school students and 6% of university students could identify the site was actually a front for a right-wing think-tank.
Getting Smart on Learner-Centered STEM Authored by Getting Smart, in partnership with Harmony Public Schools Download Smart Bundle here What do you get when you mix project-based deeper learning, STEM, college prep and personalized learning in a small supportive environment? You get the largest high performing school network you’ve probably never heard of–Harmony Public Schools. The first Harmony school opened in Houston in 2000 with just 200 students.
ESL Warm Up Activities with Free PowerPoint Download I use games and fun activities to warm up my class before the lesson begins, to break the ice or even as a time filler. Warmers bring energy to class and definitely fills the time with more learning when the lesson runs shorter than expected. Below are some of the games that I have been using in my ESL class. What is information literacy? - CILIP: the library and information association What is information literacy? CILIP's Information Literacy Group has released CILIP Definition of Information Literacy 2018 at the LILAC Conference and reinforces the relevance of information literacy in the current age: “Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society.”
Tips for Teachers To Allow Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation. Black Box Thinking for Teachers - Teaching and Learning Guru Black Box Thinking is a philosophy which allows learning to emerge from mistakes. The phrase was coined by Matthew Syed in his excellent book of the same title, where he examines performance and critical self-evaluation in sport, aviation, politics and many other fields. He took the term from the “black box” flight recorders fitted to aircraft, which contain vast amounts of data, to be used to inform future improvements, especially following the poor performance of human beings, the failure of systems and procedures, unexpected events and even complete disasters. How does black box thinking apply in education? In education, just as in aviation, we continually train ourselves and others, to help ensure consistently high performance.
A List of More Than 30 Useful Digital Citizenship Resources Chances are you’ve heard a lot about digital citizenship by now. Many reputable and respectable organizations have devoted their life’s work to developing digital citizenship resources to promote its values in educators and learners worldwide. We at the Global Digital Citizen Foundation are proud to be among them. We all know the world is different now. We’re all globally connected by technology, so making the world a better place by fostering a compassionate and mindful citizenry isn’t just the responsibility of a chosen few. Now, it’s on all of us.
Finding the Most Creative Ways to Help Students Advance At Their Own Pace In 2005, New Hampshire’s Department of Education set a policy requiring schools to implement a competency-based system, but didn’t define the specific skills each school would be expected to master. State education leaders hoped that the policy would push schools towards a system in which students would not advance unless they could demonstrate proficiency in every core competency. But schools across the state have interpreted the directive in very different ways and set those competencies both broadly and narrowly. “There wasn’t any training nor was there funding for it,” said Ryan Kaplan, Principal of Windham High School in New Hampshire.” Every school had to figure it out on their own.”
Too many lessons, too little time – TeachingGamesEFL.com – by Mike Astbury This is a guest post written by Šárka Cox and Peter Nobbs. Here are a number of quick speaking activities that can be used to practice a range of grammatical structures using a single resource, a set of verb phrase cards. These activities are adaptable for any language structure and can help you have an interesting and creative lesson without much preparation time. You can download the cards by clicking here. You need a set for every group of three students. Enjoy! 10 Ways To Search Google For Information THAT 96% Of People DON’T Know About It’s been a while since Google became our best friend, helping us find whatever knowledge we crave for – from easy pancake recipes to the deepest philosophies and scientific theories about life. It seems that Google indeed has the answer for everything nowadays. But how many times have you managed to find that one page you were looking for in an instant? Sometimes finding what you are looking for means hours of searching and sifting through the result pages. This is why we have explored some of the search utilities Google has in store for us. These will help you find anything directly on the first page and you will be able to get to the precious information you are looking for in a couple of clicks.
Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners Preparing students to be “college and career ready” is a catch phrase in many schools, but those same institutions often block large swaths of the internet in an attempt to protect students from acting inappropriately online. While well-intentioned, blocking useful digital tools prevents educators from guiding students through appropriate online behavior while still in the relative safety of school. College and job recruiters are seeking students who are creative problem solvers, collaborative workers and independent thinkers, but in many cases, rules prevent students from practicing those skills online. “When you try to use a computer in a school, it’s shocking what is blocked,” said Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Caanan High School in Connecticut during an edWeb webinar. “That is not 21st century learning.” In many ways, trust underlies much of what happens in school each day.