Connected Learning | Higher Ed Beta The headlines are legion, the sentiment, widespread: “Why Social Media is Destroying Our Social Skills” (USA Today). “Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects” (MIT Technology Review). The rise of social media, many fear, is ruining authentic interpersonal relationships. Social networking has altered our very vocabulary. Face-to-face interaction, long upheld as the gold standard of social connection, has increasingly been supplanted by social media as the dominant way that the young interact and communicate and develop social competencies. Nor are social media tools confined to the young. Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Reddit, Tumbler, Twitter have reimagined social connectivity. These platforms have greatly extended social networks, increased the immediacy and timeliness of communication, and make interaction less hierarchical and more interactive and multivocal. To be sure, not all the effects of social media are unabashedly positive. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
How To Save Time Teaching With Technology How To Save Time Teaching With Technology Technology is great–when it works. While using technology for learning is easy, mastering it–using it to save time, reduce busy work, and ultimately increase student understanding–is another matter entirely. Lost passwords, blocked YouTube channels, and 200 unread emails in your inbox can really put a dent in your enthusiasm for consistently using technology. So below we’ve started a list–and it’s just a start–to identify problems and solutions for teaching with technology. And since it is intended only as a beginning, we hope that you’ll take to the comments section below with a problem/solution of your own. 46 Tips To Save Time Teaching With Technology 1. 3 Solutions: Adopt a truly student-centered, self-directed classroom. 2. 2 Solutions: Create a self-grading quiz using Google Drive.Experiment with the digital tools for creating simple quizzes and soliciting feedback from students. 3. 4. 5 Solutions: 5. 1 Solution: 6. 4 Solutions: Bring your own. 7.
onlinelanguagecenterblog | the blog for language learners and educators Home | EdConteXts | International Network of Educators iPad Apps for School | The Best iOS Apps for Students and Teachers iPad Teachers Blog Learn how to focus on content by Chromecasting in your Chromebook 1:1 When I taught in a 1:1 iPad environment, I had to teach differently in order to utilize the devices to their potential. I started to move away from worksheets and textbooks to more engaging activities, but my focus was still on the content. The tools being used were allowing me and the students to focus on content as much as we could, rather than training them to do ineffective worksheets and turn them…or else it’s a zero. Putting Content in the Front of the Classroom… Then came along AirPlay with an iOS update. – game changer! Shifting Students Attention… By shifting the attention away from me and more on the content, students began to understand its importance. Ready, Set, Cast! Now, if you’re in a 1:1 classroom with Chromebooks, you can harness the same power. Keep in Mind… Final Thoughts… In my opinion, wireless projecting is an instructional game changer. Jarod Bormann EdTech Rocks! P.S. About the author
Blog | The Magic of Learning Remote Scavenger Hunt We are heading into our third week of social distancing, school closures and “shelter at home&... We are in the Midst of... Are you aware that we are in the middle of making history? It is March of 2020. A film-making Competition to Celebrate the Publication of My New Book Film in Action I’m delighted that my new book Film in Action has been published and is now available to buy at book stores or on Amazon. It’s a great honour to join all the wonderful authors in the DELTA Teacher Development Series and I hope that Film in Action will fit seamlessly into the series and enjoy the prestige that the other books enjoy worldwide. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying the book as the royalties which I will receive from sales will help to keep the website completely free. Let me tell you more about the book and an exciting film-making competition to promote it: Film in Action offers guidance on taking on the challenge of the digital revolution; insights into how learners engage with film inside and outside the classroom; advice on effectively bringing film into the language classroom; and guidance on how both teachers and students can create their own moving images. Here’s an example of the type of video your students could create.