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3 Teaching Ideas Whose Time Have Come Think about the following questions as if you were an 8th grade teacher in 2001: ● How would you “break down the classroom walls” to allow for asynchronous learning? ● How would you create a learning environment where students not only learn from you and a textbook, but from their peers and experts from around the world? ● How would you make learning relevant for your students? ● How would you make homework more meaningful, yet less stressful for students and parents alike? ● How would you structure your classroom time to focus more on active learning activities rather than passively delivering content? Free Courses Online See our list of the top schools offering free courses online. Learn about what types of courses are available to find the school and courses that are right for you. Online Courses for Credit Plenty of free resources are available online for students who want to learn a new topic, but these free options don't generally lead to college credit. Students who want to earn college credit might want to look for online options that charge a small fee in exchange for access to online lessons. These fee-based courses can help students earn alternative forms of college credit.

Funding proposals From WikiEducator Turning the digital divide into digital dividends using free content and open networks is an ambitious project. We firmly believe that WikiEducator has the potential to facilitate and contribute towards building a sustainable ecosystem for Open Education and Open Education Resources in collaborating with the free knowledge community. This area is about funding proposals. HTML5 Presentation In March 1936, an unusual confluence of forces occurred in Santa Clara County. A long cold winter delayed the blossoming of the millions of cherry, apricot, peach, and prune plum trees covering hundreds of square miles of the Valley floor. Then, unlike many years, the rains that followed were light and too early to knock the blossoms from their branches. Instead, by the billions, they all burst open at once. Seemingly overnight, the ocean of green that was the Valley turned into a low, soft, dizzyingly perfumed cloud of pink and white. Uncounted bees and yellow jackets, newly born, raced out of their hives and holes, overwhelmed by this impossible banquet.

Summer PD: Three Levels of Effective Classroom Management To Send or Not to Send (To The Office) Over the past 5 years, I have sent about 2- to 3-students to office during class for discipline issues. I would like to tell you it is because my students are perfect angels or that every student respects me the moment they walk in (ha!). 150 Free Textbooks Free textbooks (aka open textbooks) written by knowledgable scholars are a relatively new phenomenon. Below, find a meta list of 200 Free Textbooks, and check back often for new additions. Also see our online collection, 1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities. Art History OER Foundation Dave Lane has joined the Open Education Resource Foundation as an Open Source Technologist. A group of the OERu partners have contributed to support increasing our technical capability. Dave is currently the President of the New Zealand Open Source Society and brings 21 years of open source development and leadership experience to the OERu network,

10 Myths About Public Education I want to state ahead of time that I am a libertarian. I believe in limited government. I believe in the rights of the individuals. E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital Learning Tools | Feature E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital By John K. Waters08/03/11 When Daytona State College, a 53-year-old former community college in Florida, now a state college offering a four year degree, set out to implement an all-electronic book program two years ago, its goal was to drive down the cost of textbooks by 80 percent. The school is well on its way to achieving that goal, and along the way it made some discoveries about what it takes to make a successful transition to e-texts.

Meeting Summary - 23 Feb 2011 From WikiEducator From left to right: Jim Tittsler, OER Foundation; Phil Ker, Otago Polytechnic, Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation; Robin Day, OER Foundation; Letuimanu'asina, Dr Emma Kruse Va'ai, National University of Samoa; Rachel Simpson, Tertiary Education Commission; Justin Sampson, AKO Aotearoa; Peter Guiney, New Zealand Ministry of Education; Jim Taylor, University of Southern Queensland; Jenny McDonald, University of Otago; Siaosi Sovaleni, Secretariat of the Pacific Community; Richard Schwier, University of Saskatchewan. The OER Foundation hosted a strategic international planning meeting for the OER for assessment and credit for students project at Otago Polytechnic on 23 February 2011 in Dunedin. New Zealand. The project aims to provide flexible pathways for learners from across the globe who have accessed open education courses to be assessed and earn credible qualifications for their work on a fee-for-service basis. The OER university concept.

Extraordinary teachers can't overcome poor classroom situations - The kid in the back wants me to define "logic." The girl next to him looks bewildered. The boy in front of me dutifully takes notes even though he has severe auditory processing issues and doesn't understand a word I'm saying. Eight kids forgot their essays, but one has a good excuse because she had another epileptic seizure last night.

Lectures Are Homework in Schools Following Khan Academy Lead Published Online: September 27, 2011 Published in Print: September 28, 2011, as Teacher John Willis, right, works with 9th grade physics students during a lab at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology while other students debate a problem. Mr. Willis is one of several educators at the school experimenting with a "flip model" instructional approach. It requires students to watch online lessons and lectures at night so that they can spend class time going in depth with lab work, discussions, projects, and other activities.

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