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Tools of the trade
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4 Things That Totally Suck About Using Technology In School [Opinion] I’ve read that e-books are the future of books, and it’s not a matter of if they’ll surpass print books but when. Being still in college, I wondered if that was the case for e-textbooks. There’s certainly more buzz on e-textbooks as they’re cheaper and it means that students don’t have to break their backs with heavy physical books. This whole semester I’ve been dealing with e-textbooks and using just an Android tablet (Acer Iconia A500) to digitize all of my schoolwork to answer these questions. Have An e-Textbook? The argument of e-books versus traditional textbooks books goes beyond whether you prefer the look and feel of an actual book to the more unnatural book-on-a-screen experience. Having e-books and web-enabled devices also limit forms of testing, which is a just a headache for instructors. Students could solve this by printing segments of their textbooks for the exams, but this is usually not permitted per the textbook publisher. Yes, Benefits Do Exist Agree or disagree?

Use your PLN to help your PLC to become a CoP Learning can happen anywhere at anytime from anyone and anything. Your connections and any information you use are learning experiences that can help you grow personally and professionally. I wrote this article for CUE in 2009 and felt it was appropriate to update it for the ISTE 2011 Conference in 2011. I’ll be there — very busy but learning so much from the people in my PLN. Personal Learning Network (PLN) There is nothing new about PLNs. Now my PLN connects me to others and to information in ways I never thought possible a few years ago. Use a mindmapping program such as Inspiration or Mindmeister to diagram your own PLN. So how can your PLN help you build your Professional Learning Community (PLC)? Your PLN can help you meet your personal and/or professional learning goals. What do we want each student to learn? We know a teacher can make a difference to the children in their classroom. The PLC becomes a Community of Practice (CoP)

Just Trying to be Better Than Yesterday | …how difficult can that be? Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education Construire son réseau personnel d'apprentissage Les enseignants sont des apprenants professionnels. Parce qu'ils savent et aiment apprendre, ils ont choisi d'enseigner et se sont formés à cela. Se forment-ils toujours, tout au long de leur vie ? Selon le pays dans lequel ils exercent leur profession, ils bénéficient de dispositifs formels plus ou moins étoffés pour cela; ils lisent et s'informent également beaucoup, cela fait partie de leur métier. Certains vont encore plus loin et intègrent ce qu'il est convenu d'appeler des réseaux personnels d'apprentissage, Personal Learning Network en anglais. Le réseau personnel d'apprentissage, de quoi nourrir une curiosité et un appétit de savoirs sans bornes Pourquoi donner la traduction anglaise de l'expression ? Ce n'est pas ce que pense Tom Whitby qui, en décembre 2010, déplorait de se sentir isolé parmi ses collègues, à cause précisément de son implication dans un PLN. Ceux qui ont adopté cette modalité de formation en connaissent les avantages. Comment créer son réseau ? Sésamath

Ipads In The Classroom – Christmas Reflection - Keith Rispin » Keith Rispin A student asked me last week if I was going to “do the iPad thing next year” and strangely I said yes without hesitation. You would think after all the frustrations I have had and all the bellyaching I have done over this little digital device, I would have at least gave him a five second “ummmmmm” before I answered. When I think about it though, it is a no brainer. As much as I would love to say that the iPad experience has been GREAT! Kidding! We did do a number of good things this term and I will share at some point, I promise but it seems that people want to know about our difficulties so they can steer clear of them or fix them. With all that said, in keeping with the pointing out the negatives theme, here are my 3 biggest issues up until Christmas Break. Me – I have to take some heat for this but then again, I am not sure that blame need be assigned but teaching strategies might need to be retooled. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing and we actually learned something from it:

Listening to Themselves: Podcasting Takes Lessons Beyond the Classroom Broadcasting Learning: Using Apple's GarageBand, Brent Coley records what his student Joey says into his headset for a ColeyCast, their classroom podcast. Brent Coley's fifth-grade students' eyes light up when they learn that their schoolwork can be heard in Apple iTunes, the program that allows them to compile their favorite artists' music. Although the Tovashal Elementary School students, in Murrieta, California, won't be jamming on guitars or drums in Coley's class, their studies of poetry, the solar system, and the early English settlements in North America become exciting when they're posted on a class Web site and saved in iTunes as ColeyCasts, room 34's take on podcasting. (Download the latest version of iTunes here.) Web distribution of their work motivates students to put their best foot forward. With minimal technology, Coley gives his students a global audience. Access to digital educational content at school, at home, and on the go is growing. Podcasting Defined Story Time

De l'environnement personnel d'apprentissage à la communauté de pratique Recommander cette page à un(e) ami(e) Il n'est pas besoin d'insister sur le fait que l'on apprend beaucoup en consultant Internet, de multiples façons : en explorant des sources spécialisées, en s'information sur les sites généralistes, en suivant des pairs ou des organismes liés à notre univers professionnel sur les réseaux sociaux, en s'abonnant aux fils RSS des sites de référence, etc. Conjuguées à nos sources d'information et de savoirs physiques, ces sources et applications numériques composent notre Environnement personnel d'apprentissage (EPA - Personal Learning Environment en anglais). Des fonctions multiples dans l'environnement d'apprentissage Joyce Seitzinger, qui travaille à l'université Deakin (Australie) a représenté graphiquement la structuration de son EPA : Cette structuration est particulièrement éclairante. - La densité du profil de l'utilisateur - La densité de la communication Dans les trois autres quadrants, la communication n'est pas intense. B.

Creating Blogs and Websites This page is where you can find resources related to my presentations about creating effective blogs and websites to complement instruction. How to create a Blogger blog. How to turn on comment moderation in Blogger. How to add or subtract contributors to your Blogger blog. How to create an Edublogs blog. How to create a blog. How to create a Posterous blog. The Basics of Creating and Editing a Wikispaces Wiki.More, including a video tutorial, about using Wikispaces. Creating a Google Sites website. Ten Options for Creating Websites. Yola (formerly Synthasite) is the tool that I am currently using to build websites for my department and other departments in my high school. Webs (formerly Free Webs) is another service that I have first-hand experience with in a school setting because my girlfriend (a teacher in another school district) uses it for her classes. Snap Pages provides a free service as well as a premium service for creating your custom website.

9 Ideas for Reinventing America’s Language Education System Early last month I put together a blog post called Sage Advice from 20 Amazing People for the Beginning Language Learner. I asked host of folks to participate and in the end received a lot of really great responses and it was well recieved and an encouragement to many readers. One thinker I respect is Seth Godin and so was extremely pleased to get an insightful and rather Sethesque response just moments after I sent him an email. I did very poorly in language in school. Seth’s response reminded me of a conversation I had had with another friend in the language acquisition field a few years prior and set me to thinking about what it would mean for the public school systems of America to “reinvent” language education. Reinventing Language Education In today’s post then, I want to offer a few of my thoughts as to how we might reinvent the system. Nine Ideas I am not putting forth ideas to ‘reform’ the present system. 1 – The Only Goal 2 – Scrap The Way It’s Been Done 4 – Teachers as Coaches

curation definition Top 10 Blogging Dos and Don’ts by Guest Blogger If you are a beginning blogger or are a seasoned blogging vet, you may occasionally need a blogging tip to help you create content or to get you back on track. However, if you are a new blogger you might need a lot more help. Regardless of how long you have been blogging, the following dos and don’ts can help you to be a bigger blogging success. DO post regularly. This article is provided by Kevin Moor who writes for different sites, which inter alias are working to find perfect uninstaller. About the author: This post was contributed by a guest author or interviewee. How to reinvent Language Education - Or is it already? | Disrupt Education Aaron G Meyers, a language coach, living and teaching in Istanbul since 2008 shared some interesting thoughts on his blog: 9 Ideas for Reinventing America’s Language Education System. As Aaron and I share a similar background, I left Germany to teach languages in France, his post made me think, and so I reflected on the past four years that I have spent in online language learning. What did change and do we need to reinvent the system? It also reminded me of my first post for Disrupt Education “The Power of Communities in Modern Language Learning”. In 2007/08 and early 2009 the belief amongst startups and online language teachers was that the real revolution lies in the live teaching over VoIP services like Skype or virtual classrooms. “… inconvenient, more expensive and don’t seem to attract many students compared to self paced offers in the language learning space.” One thing I am thinking about for quite a while now is the curation of learning tools, services and applications.