Lane Wilkinson: Reorganizing literacy Approximately forever ago (that’s March 30 in social media years), I got pretty tired of a certain argument bouncing around the pipes. On the one side, you have the transliteracy early adopters, insisting that transliteracy is a unifying framework covering all types of literacy. On the other side, you have the information literacy purists, insisting that transliteracy is a silly buzzword because, lest we forget, information literacy already covers all types of literacy. The problem is that it isn’t entirely clear that “all” types of literacy are even in the same category.
Helicopter Parent A helicopter parent (also called a cosseting parent or simply a cosseter) is a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child's or children's experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. Helicopter parents are so named because, like helicopters, they hover overhead. Origins The term "helicopter parents" is a pejorative expression for parents that has been widely used in the media. The metaphor appeared as early as 1969 in the bestselling book Between Parent & Teenager by Dr.
U.S. Department of Education Study Finds that Good Teaching can be Enhanced with New Technology Providing further evidence of the tremendous opportunity to use technology to improve teaching and learning, the U.S. Department of Education today released an analysis of controlled studies comparing online and face-to-face instruction. A systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identified over 1,000 empirical studies of online learning. Of these, 46 met the high bar for quality that was required for the studies to be included in the analysis. The meta analysis showed that “blended” instruction – combining elements of online and face-to-face instruction – had a larger advantage relative to purely face to face instruction or instruction conducted wholly online. The analysis also showed that the instruction conducted wholly on line was more effective in improving student achievement than the purely face to face instruction.
Flipping Learning On Its Head You want to use digital learning in your classroom, but how do you start? Today's educational climate puts an increasing emphasis on incorporating technology into student learning, including everyday projects, lessons, skill sets, and online assessments. Watch the recorded presentations, below, from your favorite flipping pioneers at ISTE 2013. Get Education Pricing Try TechSmith tools free for 30-days and save big with education pricing! Learn More >> Transliteracy as Evaluation Transliteracy is concerned with integrating, mapping, and evaluating informational meaning between and across different digital and print formats and media and NOT about developing literacies in various and individual digital and print formats and media. We are compelled to move library users and specifically students beyond being literate about information, critically assessing and using information appropriately. An outcome for transliteracy creates an environment where librarians and users become more capable of inquiry that generates new understanding. Transliteracy is not static; it is progressive and embraces change. Adopting transliteracy means we strive to be proficient at sourcing, evaluating, and using information across multiple traditional and digital formats including social media platforms to meet our own and our user’s information needs.
SOLO SOLO Literacy Suite Research & Case Studies Resources Pricing Request A Quote | SOLO Writing Coach SOLO is a literacy suite of the most popular assistive technology accommodations, including a text reader, graphic organizer, talking word processor, and word prediction. The new version (SOLO 6) was completely redesigned to be simple to use, yet powerful for students who struggle to read and write. For these students, SOLO 6 places all of the right tools at their fingertips. The accommodations in SOLO put students in charge of their own learning.
Research Center: Technology in Education Published: February 5, 2016 In this 2015 photo, third grader Iyana Simmons works on a coding exercise at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz. —Nick Cote for Education Week Technology is everywhere in education: Public schools in the United States now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content. iQuest Presentation Presented by: Debbie DeLucia and Jamie Hagen-Holt. Resources provided by: Dr. Katherine Hayden and Donna Markey What is Web 2.0? The Secret Life of a Scientist: This site hosts interviews with over thirty different scientist and engineers. In an interview format they describe their field of study, how their interest was developed in science as well as a personal interest or hobby.
Kate Pullinger: librarians arguing about transliteracy This year conversation about transliteracy has really taken off amongst North American librarians. Bobbi Newman's work initiated a lot of interest resulting in a great collaborative blog Libraries and Transliteracy and gave rise to many other blog posts and discussions which come through to me almost every day via Google Alerts. Recently Google brought me a discussion on David Rothman's post Commensurable Nonsense (Transliteracy) which starts "It is entirely possible that I’m just dense, but everything I’ve read recently about libraries and “transliteracy” seems like nonsense to me." That post has set off a long argument which seems to involve just about every US-library-related name I've come across in the last year, and it continues in the comments to a follow-up post. In my view, transliteracy is a bit like the story about the blind men and the elephant, where the elephant = massive changes to the way we understand the dynamics of communication media.
Differentiated instruction Differentiated instruction and assessment (also known as differentiated learning or, in education, simply, differentiation) is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing different students with different avenues to learning (often in the same classroom) in terms of: acquiring content; processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability. Students vary in culture, socioeconomic status, language, gender, motivation, ability/disability, personal interests and more, and teachers need to be aware of these varieties as they are planning their curriculum. Brain-Based Learning Differentiation finds its roots and is supported in the literature and research about the brain. As Wolfe (2001) argues, information is acquired through the five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch and sound.
Common Core Standards Charlotte Danielson By Cameron Pipkin Anthony Rebora at Education Week just published a great interview with teaching framework guru Charlotte Danielson, where they discussed the Common Core Standards—their implications in the day-to-day classroom and what good Common Core teaching will look like. This is definitely worth a read: "Charlotte Danielson, a former teacher and school administrator with degrees from Cornell and Oxford Universities, is one of the most recognized authorities on teaching practice in the United States. Mobilize for Productivity [Infographic] Nowadays many of us carry smartphones and tablets, keep a digital calendar, and work from multiple computers. Chances are you feel like a slave to email, having perhaps hundreds of messages in your inbox. You probably spend a lot of time online and might have trouble managing all of your files among your devices. Instead of blaming technology, let's use that technology to make you more productive! We're becoming more mobile all the time, whether the information follows us in the cloud or we have a device that accesses that info. It's very helpful to learn how others are improving their personal productivity, so I've collected some of my best productivity tips and tools and put them in an infographic.
Science Explains Why We're Hardwired for Stories January 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Storytelling The best presentations usually come in the form of stories in disguise, but what is it about narrative that attracts us? Cognitive Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga has been studying hemispheric function in the right and left brain since the sixties, and he believes a desire for narrative is hardwired in a left brain construct called The Interpreter. This is the part of our brain that reconciles new information with that which was previously known, organizes our memories, and ultimately helps us form narratives for our experiences and the things we hear. It seems that no matter how much our technology evolves around us, storytelling will always be at the root of good presentations. Tags: Michael Gazzaniga·Presentation·Presentation Storytelling·Storytelling