Can Mobile Phones Help Teachers Manage Classroom Behavior?Digital Tools We can talk all we want about what students should learn in the classroom. But the reality is that most teachers have to balance “academics” with a multitude of other lessons: how to be good students, how to be good citizens, and simply how to behave. The startup isn’t just interested in “gamifying” good behavior. There may be a solution with the use of tech — at least that’s what ClassDojo founder Sam Chaudhary believes. Currently, ClassDojo lets teachers track students’ behaviors with an easy +1 or -1 system — you can reward students for good behavior (participation, helping others, creativity, insight) or you can make note of negative behaviors (disruption, disrespect, tardiness). And while tracking this sort of data is, no doubt, important for adults, its impact on the students themselves is also something that ClassDojo wants to highlight. Each student has an avatar, and ClassDojo plans to implement levels to encourage good behavior. Related
Becoming a 21st Century School or District: Improve and Innovate (Step 7 of 7)In some ways we have saved the toughest challenge for last. Don't get me wrong. Transforming professional development, curriculum, instruction and assessment to create 21st century outcomes for your students will all be very challenging. But here's the final challenge in this series: In Step 7, we challenge you to create an organization that is constantly improving. The 4Cs as an Organizational Imperative Working on the 4Cs the last several years has been a wonderful journey. After seeing this graphic, a superintendent walked up to us and said, "I love this model. There are four organizational areas where embedding the 4Cs could be considered: 1) Strategic planning Just this year, I visited my hometown school district. 2) Accountability and data No plan -- strategic or otherwise -- is worth anything if there isn't a culture of accountability surrounding it. 3) Process Improvement Another great way to drive change is to focus on process improvement. 4) Leadership Reflections Conclusion
SlidePoint - Online Presentations that Do Not Require Flash!Exploring Ed Tech @ the Bi-CoSocial Media Best Practices: 12 Tips for Making the Best of Facebook, Twitter, Google + or Any Other Social SiteDo you know how many of your supporters use popular social networks like Google+, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube? Twitter has more than 16 million users, and 42.3 percent of the entire American population is on Facebook. YouTube is the second most used search engine in the world. Google recently made a big social medial play by introducing Google+ which saw 20 million users within the first three weeks. With usage stats like that it’s probably safe to assume that a large portion of your supporters, customers and/or prospects use at least one of these sites on a regular basis, right? Which means you need to get laser focused on figuring out how to best utilize sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube. But as with anything, it can be challenging to figure out where to start or how to ensure your efforts are going to be effective. With that in mind, here are 12 tips that will help you succeed no matter what social-networking site you apply them to. What one tip would you add?
MIT World | Distributed IntelligenceVisions of Mobile LearningDevices | Feature Visions of Mobile Learning It's been just a couple of years since the first mobile device hit the market. Yet, it is already a foregone conclusion that it will become an indispensable tool for learning in the future. That's why T.H.E. Journal asked a number of educators to let their imaginations go wild and conjure up visions of the future of the mobile device in the classroom Many years down the road, I envision a device that isn't mobile per se, but located in every classroom. The ideal mobile learning device resembles a credit card after being folded four times. Imagine a personal learning environment in the palm of your hand. Future mobile devices will be interactive with a three-dimensional touchscreen that projects the screen into the air in front of the user for manipulation. The device will fit in a pocket and have multiple inputs to cover any need. It will be an off-the-shelf smartphone. Smartphones will become learning devices.
Records show how Ann Arbor public schools are dealing with cyberbullyingIn May, Ann Arbor public schools moved to cut off wireless access for students using smartphones and other devices, citing the potential for cyberbullying as one reason. An AnnArbor.com review of school district documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shows officials are increasingly concerned with cyberbullying involving students — with some of the conflict spilling over from the Web into classrooms. Sixteen incidents of cyberbullying or violations of the district's computer usage policy were reported in district schools in the 2010-11 school year, documents show. One video posted to YouTube was made in a school computer lab, records show. Meanwhile, district officials have been attending conferences and training sessions to prepare themselves to handle cyberbullying. “I think that means there was a growing awareness with families,” Margolis said. Outside conflict spills onto school grounds Cyberbullying at Ann Arbor high schools
6 ways to use mobile learning in your class today1. Record your lecture and upload it as a podcast. Share the link with your students to use while studying or for reference. 2. Share your number with your students and ask them to message any questions that they have while reviewing the lesson. 3. 4. 5. 6. Short quizzes, important equations, and definitions can be easily emphasised by creating simple content and pushing this material to student phones using mobile learning applications like MOBL21. For more ideas on how to incorporate mobile learning in your classroom click here. Image Credit: JeanbaptisteM No related posts.