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6 Ingredients for the 21st Century Classroom Classroom Design | Feature 6 Ingredients for the 21st Century Classroom By Bridget McCrea01/11/12 Just stuffing classrooms with gadgets isn't going to result in real 21st century learning spaces. Today's institutions must design classrooms that fully support technology and foster a collaborative learning environment. Here are six ways you can transform your classrooms into next-generation learning spaces. Start with the physical shell. ClipGrab - Free YouTube Downloader & Converter 5 Higher Ed Tech Trends for 2012 Trends | Feature 5 Higher Ed Tech Trends for 2012 As the new year begins, education technology experts look at what's ahead for learners and educators. By D.A. In 2012, higher education institutions will look to improve the learning experience through analytics and personalized learning environments, while reducing costs with digital resources and cloud technologies. Washington, DC-based Gilfus Education Group has released its annual list of the top five trends in education innovation for 2012, which included three focused on higher education technologies: Prestigious institutions will launch online experiences designed to be as unique as those available to students on campus: "Dynamic and flexible learning experience engines" will emerge to replace learning management systems (LMS); and Tablets will surge as a means of delivering courses and e-learning media. But there are other trends to watch for in the new year.

- Paper, we don't need no paper! Tools and tips for going paperless 0 Comments February 14, 2012 By: David Andrade Feb 14 Written by: 2/14/2012 6:41 AM ShareThis Going paperless - it's good for the trees, good for budgets, increases efficiency and organization, and makes life easier in many ways. The first thing you need is electronics. Another piece of hardware is a scanner, especially one that has document feed capabilities (vs. a flatbed scanner). Apps and software are the next piece of the paperless puzzle. Once you have your services and apps set up, you can access your files and data anywhere. You can do almost everything online now, including banking. If you don't have ready access to a mobile device, but spend most of your time near a computer, you can always print out your calendar/schedule for the week, along with your to do list and space for notes. 1 page of paper or so per week is better than tons of paper. If you like taking notes with a pen and paper, take a look at the LiveScribe smartpen. Related: Evernote for Education Livescribe SmartPen

List of websites that can be useful for anyone Infographic: What Happens Online in 60 Seconds? On the world wide web, things can move at a lightning-fast pace. In just a minute, you can probably read through and compose quite a few tweets and look at dozens of Facebook photos. That said, the Big Picture has put together a pair of infographics that show just how much happens online every 60 seconds. The data is pretty impressive, according to the first infographic. On Facebook alone, each minute there are more than 695,000 new status updates, 79,364 wall posts, and 510,040 comments. With 800 million users and counting and a massive new data center planned for Sweden, that huge volume of posts will only grow.

Digital Differentiation Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Note: The interactive graphics you see below have been updated. The goal is to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths. Essential Questions: Student-driven learning experiences should be driven by standards-based Essential Questions. Flexible Learning Paths:Use digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths to meet their unique learning styles. Teacher Facilitated Learning Experiences:

Four Video Apps To Help Parent/Teacher Communication Teaching is not an easy job. We all know this to be true. I have a sure fire way to make your job easier. VIne- Vine has a bad reputation, but in the hands of a responsible person it is an easy app to use. The Hill School -> Hill hosts a successful Admission Open House Students speak with prospective families at this year's Open House The Hill School hosted its annual Admission Open House on Saturday, October 29, 2011. More than 80 prospective students and their families registered for this special event, and despite the unexpected October snow storm, most were in attendance! In additional to the panel, families visiting campus attended an Activities Fair, where they learned more about the many groups, clubs, and athletic programs offered here at The Hill School. We extend our thanks to all our visitors - both on campus and virtual - for attending our Open House and learning more about The Family Boarding School.

Five Best Practices for the Flipped Classroom Ok, I'll be honest. I get very nervous when I hear education reformists and politicians tout how "incredible" the flipped-classroom model, or how it will "solve" many of the problems of education. It doesn't solve anything. It is a great first step in reframing the role of the teacher in the classroom. It fosters the "guide on the side" mentality and role, rather than that of the "sage of the stage." It also creates the opportunity for differentiated roles to meet the needs of students through a variety of instructional activities. 1) Need to Know How are you creating a need to know the content that is recorded? 2) Engaging Models One of the best way to create the "need to know" is to use a pedagogical model that demands this. 3) Technology What technology do you have to support the flipped classroom? 4) Reflection 5) Time and Place Do you have structures to support this? I know I may have "upset the apple cart" for those who love the flipped classroom.

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Gen Y: The Next Generation of Spenders Empowered, disappointed, savvy, optimistic, unemployed—for anyone trying to decipher Generation Y (also known as Millennials), it means starting with a fistful of contradictions. With a population estimated at roughly 72 million, Generation Y is the most educated, diverse, tech-proficient, and soon-to-be largest American generation ever. It is also a generation that distrusts traditional advertising and will more likely listen to the opinions of their peers. As the oldest Gen Yers reach their mid-30s and increase their spending, the pressure is on for marketers to figure out how to capture this generation's attention. Like every other generation, Gen Y has been affected by the recent recession and weak economy. For many members of this group, this has meant difficulty landing their first job or being underemployed. Although other generations have come of age during a poor job market, none have been as heavily burdened by student loans. "It's all about engagement and experiences.