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How Technology Can Improve Learner-Centered Teaching

How Technology Can Improve Learner-Centered Teaching
For faculty looking to create a more learner-centered environment there are always a few bumps in the road. First they need to get used to no longer being the “sage on the stage” and then there’s the adjustment period for students who aren’t used to being active participants in their learning. In many ways, technology can help pave the way for both faculty and students, but only if the instructor “is adept at creating a course that capitalizes on the pedagogical benefits that technology facilitates in helping students meet the desired learning outcomes for the course,” said Ike Shibley, associate professor of chemistry at Penn State – Berks. In the recent online seminar Learner-Centered Technology: Aligning Tools with Learning Goals, Shibley provided a roadmap for matching technological tools to course learning outcomes. Here are some of the ways technology can help satisfy the goals of a learner-centered classroom: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

The Little Assignment with the Big Impact: Reading, Writing, Critical Reflection May 6, 2013 By: Geraldine Van Gyn, PhD in Instructional Design Several years ago, I came across the Purposeful Reading Assignment that was reported to encourage students to read, reflect, and write about readings assigned for class. Research (Roberts and Roberts, 2008) and experience tell us that supporting students’ reading, writing, and reflective practices is one of the most challenging aspects of learning and teaching. Although this assignment appeared to be simple, it has proven to be an influential tool for learning and has increased engagement and participation among my students. The basic assignment, also called the 3-2-1, has three requirements: Requirement 1: Students read what is assigned, then choose and describe the three most important aspects (concepts, issues, factual information, etc.) of the reading, justifying their choices. The completed assignment is submitted on an electronic template before the class when the reading will be discussed. References Novak, G. Dr.

Donald Clark Plan B Pedagogy - one of those words that’s used when people want to sound all academic. So let’s just call it learning practice. Of one thing we can be sure; teaching does not seem to have changed much in the last 100 years. In our Universities, given the stubborn addiction to lectures, it has barely changed in 1000 years. So what’s the real source of pedagogic change? It’s not education departments who peddle the same old traditional, teacher training courses or train the trainer courses. Suddenly we had Google, then in the last ten years Facebook, Twitter, BBM, MSN Messenger, Wikipedia, YouTube, iTunes, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox. 1. Education and training have been tied to the tyranny of time and location. 2. The simple hyperlink encourages curiosity and is a leap to more learning. 3. Google aren’t kidding when they state their mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. 4. Jimmy Wales should get the Nobel Prize. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

50 really useful iPad tips and tricks With great new features like two video cameras, a faster processor and a Retina display, the new iPad is the world's best tablet device. It's also fully capable of running the latest version of Apple's iOS operating system and great apps like iMovie and GarageBand. Here we present 50 really useful iPad tips. We cover everything from customising your Home screen through to getting more from built-in apps like Mail and Safari. 10 best tablet PCs in the world today The vast majority of these tips will also work on the original iPad and iPad 2, so owners of any generation of iPad shouldn't feel neglected. For 50 more iPad tips, check out a new iPad app called 100 Tricks & Tips for iPad 2, brought to you by our colleagues on MacFormat. 1. iOS now supports folders. Your iPad will create a folder with both the apps in. 2. Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar along the bottom of the screen. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The iPad supports a VPN connection.

#Change11 My reflection on: How to achieve results through Study and Learning Mary says in her comments on Slow Learning. This part just doesn’t resonate for me…. Stories belong to the folk… They are part of the traditional apprenticeship model. …..(ex., The Chinese Bamboo Story)…The cognitive apprenticeship model is not quite like the traditional model. Allan Collins, John Seely Brown and Susan E. I am not sure how to respond to her comments. So, may I start with this adventure of sharing my learning experience and insights, and stories whereas any of you who would also like to share your stories and experience with me would be greatly appreciated? The following is a short paper I wrote on 30 Dec 1997. My reflection on: How to achieve results through Study and Learning? I would like to reflect on my experience in achieving results in this paper. I have always admired people who are highly intelligent and wise. I have always wished that I could master the best way to achieve, whether it is an academic result or a career goal. Wish An example may be as follows: Goal 1

Why Don't They Apply What They've Learned, Part I - Do Your Job Better By James M. Lang For two years I taught in a special program in which the same cohort of students took two consecutive courses with me: freshman composition in the fall and introduction to literature in the spring. In both years that I taught the two-course sequence, I was startled to see many students come back from winter break and—on their very first papers in the spring class—revert directly back to those tired strategies that I had worked so hard to help them unlearn in the fall. One such student came into my office early in the spring semester to show me a draft of her paper, and it included a lame reverse-pyramid (i.e., general to specific) introduction. She looked up at me in genuine puzzlement: "You mean that the stuff we learned last semester applies in this course, too?" D'oh! "Far transfer is, arguably," they point out, "the central goal of education: We want our students to be able to apply what they learn beyond the classroom." Many of us state that outright in our courses.

Two Software Tools for Creating Simulations CSU Resources Here are some resources you may find helpful from the workshop. When you are in the classroom or teaching online, you may want to find new and interesting ways to engage students. Here is a course titled How to Increase Learner Engagement which provides ten great ideas for breaking away from the lecture and working toward engaging […] Continue Reading → A conversation with GamEffective The other day I had a chance to have a conversation with Roni Floman of GamEffective. Continue Reading → Screening of an Innovative Film Locally If you are in or around the Bloomsburg area….You might be interested in what is below: I’m happy to announce our screening of a new documentary that takes audiences into three innovative public schools where students are taught HOW to think rather than WHAT to think. Continue Reading → A Conversation with Brandon Carson The other day I had a chance to catch up with Brandon Carson who contributes to our industry in so many ways. Continue Reading →

How to Add Typing Shortcuts to Your iPad: Make Abbreviations for Common Phrases All of us have phrases we use frequently when writing. For example, I often type “iPad Academy” or “Thanks for contacting me” in my email messages. If you have phrases you type repeatedly, you can create shortcuts (abbreviations) for these phrases. The shortcut, composed of a few characters, automatically expands to become the phrase it represents. When you create the shortcut, take care to select a series of characters that isn’t an actual word. Kim, a member of my online iPad Academy Master Class, offered this tip after viewing my Keyboard Settings video lesson. 12 Curios of e-learning - Eight Interactive In the spirit of the festive season we bring to you … the 12 curios of e-learning. The following are our 12 fascinating insights into the power, versatility and value of e-learning. If you have any to add, we’d love to read them. 1. The European Space Agency delivered an e-learning session (scheduled as an “Earth-based” lecture) with a live audio/video link-up with ESA astronaut, Thomas Reiter, on board the ISS, to European university students following the EuMAS Masters Program in Aeronautics and Space. 2. Encyclopædia Britannica, founded in 1768 at the height of the period of European history known as the “Enlightenment” has launched Britannica SmartStudy to encourage independent learning through a games-based approach to study. 3. The Bible, the world’s all time bestselling book, can be taught via e-learning, as can the Quran of Islam, the Hindu Vedas, the Jewish Tanakh and the Buddhist Tipitaka; and quite probably a wealth of other holy teachings. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Active Learning By Diane Starke, El Paso Community College Purpose: Learning is not a spectator sport. Research has demonstrated that students learn more if they are actively engaged with the material they are studying. Key Concepts: Section 1: What is Active Learning? Active Learning is, in short, anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor's lecture. This website from Stoutland Elementary School in Missouri, provides an extensive list of the various definitions of active learning originally posted by the Teaching Resource Center at UC Davis. Powerful Partnerships: A Shared Responsibility for Learning (1998 Joint Report, American Association for Higher Education, et. al.) describes learning as an inherently active process: Learning in an active search for meaning by the learner--constructive knowledge rather than passively receiving it, shaping as well as being shaped by experience....To stimulate an active search for meaning, faculty [must]: D.C.

MOOC as Community of Practice I first learned of Communities of Practice back when I did my Master’s degree (2003-5). Etienne Wegner and Jean Lave coined the term and defined them: “Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis” (Wegner, McDermott, and Snyder, 2002, p. 4). I found the idea fascinated and they were presented as one of the next best things in corporate training. the power of the Internet made the idea of Virtual Communities of Practice a reality. A virtual community of practice was a specialized website that aggregates all the web 2.0 tools into a portal, so that the participants only need to go to one link to be connected to the community. Back then we had virtual communities of practice, now we have social networks. But what about everyone else? One answer is the MOOC – Massively Open Online Course. What do you think?

7 key questions to ask about ed technology, online learning - The Answer Sheet This was written by Cathy N. Davidson, a Duke professor and author of Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. By Cathy N. Davidson The outcry against exploitative online for-profit education is growing at roughly the same rate as the clamor for increasing amounts of educational technology — laptops, tablets, smart boards — from preschool to life-long learning. Here are seven key questions designed to help any parent or student sort out the competing interests that currently drive technology into our schools — or keep technology out of some other schools. 1. If online learning is being championed because it enriches knowledge, we then have to ask if it really does. (2)What is the cost-cutting motive behind using technology? This is a less cynical variation of the profit question. (3) Is there innovative thinking behind a school’s adoption of technology in the classroom? (4) If your school is not using technology, why not?

Active and Cooperative Learning The past decade has seen an explosion of interest among college faculty in the teaching methods variously grouped under the terms 'active learning' and 'cooperative learning'. However, even with this interest, there remains much misunderstanding of and mistrust of the pedagogical "movement" behind the words. The majority of all college faculty still teach their classes in the traditional lecture mode. Some of the criticism and hesitation seems to originate in the idea that techniques of active and cooperative learning are genuine alternatives to, rather than enhancements of, professors' lectures. "Active Learning" is, in short, anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor's lecture. Exercises for Individual Students Because these techniques are aimed at individual students, they can very easily be used without interrupting the flow of the class.

The Future of Teaching Is Virtual: An Interview With Bena Kallick The following is the second part of an interview with Bena Kallick, a private consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and abroad. She and Art Costa have just completed an online course for EduPlanet , a company that is dedicated to Professional Development for Educators using the most contemporary tools and thinking to be successful engaging students as 21st century learners. Perhaps best known for her work with Art Costa developing the Habits of Mind resources for educators, Dr. Bena Kallick is a respected education leader with diverse experience at the highest levels of learning. Kallick’s most recent endeavor is Eduplanet, a teacher professional development company looking to “revolutionize the education industry using social media as the platform for 21 st century learning.” Terry Heick: Putting education aside for a moment, how do you personally use social media?