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E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital

E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital
Learning Tools | Feature E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital By John K. Waters08/03/11 When Daytona State College, a 53-year-old former community college in Florida, now a state college offering a four year degree, set out to implement an all-electronic book program two years ago, its goal was to drive down the cost of textbooks by 80 percent. "We got it going in the right direction," said Rand Spiwak, CEO of eText Consult and Daytona State's recently retired CFO, who led the school's e-text project. Spiwak partnered with John Ittelson, professor emeritus at California State University, Monterey Bay, and director of communication, collaboration, and outreach for the California Virtual Campus, to share their experiences implementing e-textbook programs with attendees at the annual Campus Technology 2011 conference in Boston last week. "We found at the end that our initial idea was very different from where we needed to be to make this thing work," Spiwak said.

3 Teaching Ideas Whose Time Have Come Think about the following questions as if you were an 8th grade teacher in 2001: ● How would you “break down the classroom walls” to allow for asynchronous learning? ● How would you create a learning environment where students not only learn from you and a textbook, but from their peers and experts from around the world? ● How would you make learning relevant for your students? ● How would you make homework more meaningful, yet less stressful for students and parents alike? ● How would you structure your classroom time to focus more on active learning activities rather than passively delivering content? My guess is that your answers would be very innovative and educationally sound. As a reader of this blog I am sure you are aware of the digital revolution that has taken place since 2001. Fast forward 10 years and much has changed that require all teachers to recognize that the way they taught in 2001 was not that much different than a teacher teaching in 1901. Get Social Get Personal About Art

Summer PD: Three Levels of Effective Classroom Management To Send or Not to Send (To The Office) Over the past 5 years, I have sent about 2- to 3-students to office during class for discipline issues. I would like to tell you it is because my students are perfect angels or that every student respects me the moment they walk in (ha!). The truth is, I have students that cause trouble and goof around like 99 percent of all classrooms. But save for the most egregious behaviors, I refuse to send them to the principal, and this has created a better classroom environment. Dealing with discipline in the classroom is no small task. Level One: Let Them Know You're Paying Attention If a student is causing problems, small re-directs can be helpful during the class. Level Two: Discipline in Private If a student is undaunted, you may need to use some kind of discipline. One thing I learned early as a teacher is to never engage in discipline in front of the class. Level Three: Time to Call in the Administrators

Lectures Are Homework in Schools Following Khan Academy Lead Published Online: September 27, 2011 Published in Print: September 28, 2011, as Teacher John Willis, right, works with 9th grade physics students during a lab at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology while other students debate a problem. Mr. Willis is one of several educators at the school experimenting with a "flip model" instructional approach. —David Walter Banks/Luceo for Education Week Premium article access courtesy of Lawrenceville, Ga. Susan Kramer watched her packed 10th grade biology class weave through rows of desks, pretending to be proteins and picking up plastic-bead “carbohydrates” and goofy “phosphate” hats as they navigated their “cell.” It’s the kind of activity her students love, but one that would normally take Dr. This “flip model” of instruction has gotten national media attention lately, thanks to its promotion by Khan Academy, the high-profile nonprofit online-tutoring library created by Salman A. National Spotlight At the time, Dr.

eSchool News » Five characteristics of an effective 21st-century educator » Print Readers say key skills include foresight, lifelong learning, and the ability to evaluate new technologies By Meris Stansbury, Online Editor Read more by Meris Stansbury September 9th, 2011 "The effective 21st-century teacher will need to be adept in judging the educative and non-educative use of technologies," said one reader. Today’s educators are constantly evaluating the skills students need to compete in the global economy. But what are the characteristics or skills needed to be an effective 21st-century educator? We recently asked readers: “What are the qualities of an effective 21st-century educator?” You might have heard that an effective 21st-century educator should be a “guide on the side,” not a “sage on the stage,” but according to readers, there’s much more to it than that. According to readers, an effective 21st-century educator… 1. “The 21st-century educator must be a fluid thinker, ready to look at situations with fresh, creative eyes.

5 Awesome Things You Can Do With an IPad and an LCD Projector 100 Awesome Classroom Videos to Learn New Teaching Techniques With so many good teachers out there, it’s fortunate they can share their knowledge via video on the Internet. From the funny to the poignant, these glimpses into the lives of teachers and their students will keep you entertained while learning a little something as well. Whether you are a new teacher storing up tips and tricks or an experienced teacher who could just use a fresh perspective, you are sure to find something helpful among these videos. The Basics Reading, storytelling, math, and science all get coverage with these videos that show how some Teaching Storytelling in the Classroom. Myst ‘Exile’ in the Classroom. The Arts From visual arts to music to drama, these videos will offer suggestions and stimulate creativity when teaching art to your students. Footprint dancing at the Nest. Getting Physical Movement doesn’t have to be reserved just for PE class. Student Body: Classroom Exercises Make Learning Lively. Education and Technology Turning on Technology: Ferryway School.

QR Codes in the Classroom Mobile Learning | Q&A QR Codes in the Classroom Wyoming science teacher London Jenks not only allows mobile technologies in his classroom, but he's also learned how to maximize them as educational tools, tapping the devices for assessments, research, and even student scavenger hunts using QR codes. By Bridget McCrea08/31/11 At a time when schools are banishing student-owned mobile devices from their classrooms--or, at least making sure the disruptive laptops, tablets, and phones are powered down class begins--London Jenks is taking a decidedly different tack. A science teacher at Hot Springs County High School in Thermopolis, WY, Jenks welcomes iPhone- and Android-toting students into his classes. A Google-certified educator who teaches earth science, physics, chemistry, and astronomy, Jenks explainedhis reasons for letting down the walls that so many other instructors have erected during this "mobile" age and told us how the strategy has helped him be more effective as a teacher.

Free Technology for Teachers 10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Informed About – 2011 Update These Technologies Are Changing Education. Are You Familiar With Them? It’s been nearly two and half years since the publication of the first “10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about” article on this site and given the fast paced evolution of technology it’s time for an update. The start of new school year is the perfect time to refresh this list! Below you will find updated information for 5 of the technologies from the original posting, and 5 new technologies that have earned their rightful place in the list (displacing 5 other types of tech, that while still worthy, are not quite as relevant today, IMHO). This is not intended to be a definitive listing, but rather an informed resource that provides insights and raises awareness. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Another important education technology trend is the exploding use of mobile devices. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post