4 myths about student-centered learning Student-centered learning — in which students are independent learners who take charge of their own education — has become something of a holy grail among educators. But the problem with holy grails is that they quickly start to seem unattainable. Part of the reason is that many teachers have misconceptions about student-centered classrooms and what it takes to achieve that type of learning environment, said LeeAnn Lindsey, an educational technologist and innovation leader at Arizona State University. “Sometimes teachers think that shifting to a student-centered classroom will be too difficult and they’re not quite sure where to begin,” she said. “But teachers can make small, easy changes that will make a difference.”
Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students Practice Makes Perfect For many students, the brain isn't a hot topic of conversation. This is especially true for younger students who are still trying to understand the world around them, and are still far from developing physiological self-awareness of the very thing that gives them that self-awareness. But helping students develop "brain literacy" doesn't have to be a matter of dry science pumped full of confusing jargon. Understanding the brain can be empowering for students as they recognize their ability to strengthen it each time they use it. How to Print Screen on a Mac What is known as “Print Screen” in the Windows world is called screen captures or screen shots in Mac OS X. You’ve probably noticed there is no ‘Print Screen’ button on a Mac keyboard, this is to both simplify the keyboard and also because it’s just unnecessary. On the Mac, instead of hitting a “Print Screen” button, you’ll hit one of several keyboard combination shortcuts to perform a specific action, depending on the exact screen capture action you want taken. This is both easier and much more powerful, given that there are ultimately six unique options to perform variations of the screen print. How to Print Screen to a File on the Desktop in Mac OS X
5 ways to use Apple Clips in the classroom – ICTEvangelist Apple Clips has landed and it does what all successful edtech does, it makes showing learning simple. It has a low entry point in terms of technical ability required to use it but is hugely scalable in terms of the depth of knowledge being shown as I’ll demonstrate later. I can see how Apple Clips could fit in and work well in classrooms, particularly in Primary education where the pupils in the classrooms are so young they can’t access tools such as Adobe Spark Video. Alternatively, those schools who are well into using other tools like Puppet Edu or Explain Everything may wish to stick with those too. Despite sounding like I’m picking, there are some very nice features in the app, particularly the voice to text feature. 4 Steps to Becoming a Learner-Centered eLearning Professional 4 Steps to Becoming a Learner-Centered eLearning Professional Take a moment to step back from your role as an eLearning designer, instructor, or course developer and focus on yourself as a learner. Answer these questions: How do you learn best? What learning activities are the most motivational to you? How do you interact with other learners?
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Putting the student-centric approach in focus VCRs and VHS tapes, film, CDs, movie rental stores, phone books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, fax machines and pay phones. They served a purpose and paved the way for advancement. But now they're mostly gone, succumbing to a wave of acronyms: DVRs, MP3s, WAVs, MOVs, AVIs and URLs. Like devices and technology, systems, too, undergo significant change to meet different demands, deliver services and support in more effective ways and, in general, help create a better world. Our education system is in the midst of a powerful transformation, thanks largely to a movement that is gaining steam and garnering champions from around the world. "We are living in an interesting time.
Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management Image credit: iStockphoto Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. During the school year, students are expected to listen to and absorb vast amounts of content.
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How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools Courtesy of Fairhaven School While teaching at Catholic and public schools in the 1990s, Mark McCaig and his wife, Kim, grew increasingly frustrated with the amount of time they were having to devote to managing behavior and teaching material that didn’t interest students. They started reading about different approaches and were intrigued by the Sudbury Valley School, a democratic school in Massachusetts where students are in charge of what and how they learn. 102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For Brain-Based Teaching 102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For, Well, Brain-Based Teaching by Sara Bass Researchers in neuroscience, psychology and education are uncovering new information about how brains learn best at an unbelievable pace. We have more insight into the brain’s learning processes than at any other moment in history, and we are poised on the brink of a radical shift of how we think about education. Researching the conditions that allow brains to learn most easily enables innovation and optimization for learners in formal and informal settings. There are countless applications for the findings of the new science of learning, including:
Conscious Discipline - Conscious Discipline Ever felt at a loss for how to deal with power struggles, defiance, verbal attacks, bullying or physical aggression? Have you ever wondered what would help children stay on task, pay attention and finish their work? The Seven Skills of Discipline are the only skills we need to transform these everyday discipline issues into teaching moments. These moments are our opportunity to teach children the social-emotional and communication skills necessary to manage themselves, resolve conflict, prevent bullying and develop pro-social behaviors. The seven skills are Composure, Encouragement, Assertiveness, Choices, Empathy, Positive Intent and Consequences.
edutopia In the education world, the term student-centered classroom is one we hear a lot. And many educators would agree that when it comes to 21st-century learning, having a student-centered classroom is certainly a best practice. Whether you instruct first grade or university students, take some time to think about where you are with creating a learning space where your students have ample voice, engage frequently with each other, and are given opportunities to make choices. Guiding Questions