The Four Pillars of Technology Use in the Classroom This past summer, with the help of my brilliant friend, Kristen Swanson, I took my Technology Curriculum to a place I had never imagined it could go. As a computer lab teacher, there has never been an easy to follow, mapped out path for instruction. As such, over the last 5 years I created a scope of skills and concepts across grade levels to guide my teaching and I had begun to map out what kinds of projects I could use to teach these skills. Still, my curriculum always seemed a bit disjointed and while my students created wonderful work and amazed me with their ability to apply their skills to video, music production, programming and more, I still felt like I wasn’t doing the best job at making it ‘stick.’ Fast forward to today.
The de Bono Group - Six Thinking Hats Used with well-defined and explicit Return On Investment success in corporations worldwide, Six Thinking Hats is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. A powerful tool set, which once learned can be applied immediately! You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Psychologists Identify the Best Ways to Study Education generally focuses on what you study, such as algebra, the elements of the periodic table or how to conjugate verbs. But learning how to study can be just as important, with lifelong benefits. It can teach you to pick up knowledge faster and more efficiently and allow you to retain information for years rather than days. Cognitive and educational psychologists have developed and evaluated numerous techniques, ranging from rereading to summarizing to self-testing, for more than 100 years.
Animated Slider / Slideshow - Google Docs Presentation Limitations There is a minimum width of 550px for the gadget else it displays black bars on the left and right sides, a maximum width of 1050px else you see a black bar at the top, and you must use the Standard 4:3 page setup, other than that the only real limitation is your creativity and what Google Docs Presentations allow. Instructions Feedback Screen Shots (click for larger images) Education Using PBworks in your academic environments. PBworks hosts over 300,000 educational workspaces, and has helped transform teaching and learning for millions of students, parents and teachers. Educators ranging from major universities like DePaul, school districts like Baltimore County Public Schools and individual teachers trust PBworks as their collaborative learning environment. In your Classroom, Library, District or University Encourage student-centered learning. Even young students can build web pages, embed images & video, and post documents.
40 Sites for Educational Games With the start of school right around the corner, I decided to revisit a post I've done on sites for educational games. This list I've compiled has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use w/ their students. *This list is in alphabetical order. 40 Sites for Educational Games ABCya - A great site for games and mobile apps for elementary students.Academic Skill Builders - A wonderful site w/ learning through the use of multi-player games. Also, there is an educational portal which allows for student tracking.Arcoiris - A nice site for educational games in English and Spanish.Braineos - Games based on flash card in a wide variety of subjects.BrainNook - A fun site for students that focuses on English & Math.
Gartner’s Software Hype Cycles for 2012 In a series of reports, Gartner has evaluated the maturity, adoption and future direction of more than 1,900 technologies and trends for 2012. The technologies are viewed from the perspective of the hype cycle consisting of the following five phases: Technology Trigger, Peak of Inflated Expectations, Trough of Disillusionment, Slope of Enlightenment, and Plateau of Productivity. The Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle 2012 contains a number of new technologies which have entered the stage, including Big Data, Internet of Things, and In-Memory Computing, while others are at the peak, such as HTML5, Hybrid Cloud Computing, Social Analytics: The hype cycles help evaluating various technologies, to see their maturity and suitability for investment.
The Teacher's Guide To Flipped Classrooms Since Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams first experimented with the idea in their Colorado classrooms in 2004, flipped learning has exploded onto the larger educational scene. It’s been one of the hottest topics in education for several years running and doesn’t seem to be losing steam. Basically, it all started when Bergman and Sams first came across a technology that makes it easy to record videos. They had a lot of students that regularly missed class and saw an opportunity to make sure that missing class didn’t mean missing out on the lessons. Once students had the option of reviewing the lessons at home, the teachers quickly realized the shift opened up additional time in class for more productive, interactive activities than the lectures they’d been giving. And voila: a movement began.
Google Authorship Published February 15, 2013 by Brad Knutson I’m sure you have noticed while paging through Google search results that some results have the authors image next to them. This is called Google Authorship, and Google has given us the ability to stand out and drive even more traffic to our sites. Take, for example, the below screen shot I took for one of my clients.