How we will learn How Inquiry Can Enable Students to Become Modern Day de Tocquevilles Observations of early America by Alexis de Tocqueville helped articulate the nation’s values. With the guidance of an inquiry based teacher, students create their own interpretations of democracy in America. Continue Reading 8 Awesome New Web Tools Teachers should not Miss Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is back to you here with another list of some excellent web tools to try this week. We have handpicked these tools from several blogs and websites over the last 10 days and we hope that you will find this collection useful to your teaching. As we always say in this section of web tools in review, our aim behind such lists is to provide busy teachers and educators with a platform from which they can discover and keep updated with the recent releases in the world of educational technology. Check out these tools.
Publishers Launch First Digital-Only Textbook for K-12 McGraw-Hill launched its first all-digital, cloud-based textbook for the K-12 market on Monday at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Unlike the company’s previous digital efforts for this age group, the books are intended to be used as primary texts (other McGraw-Hill digital texts have been sold as a companion of physical textbooks). This is the first time a major publisher has launched such a platform. Grade schools and high schools have been slower to adopt digital textbooks than universities, at least partly because K-12 textbooks are traditionally provided by schools — many of which lack hardware to ensure that all of their students can access them. But textbook makers have good reason to innovate in this area.
The best way to teach with digital content Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Critical Review of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age In his 2005 article Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, Siemens outlined a new way of thinking about learning based on the recent advances in information technology. He argues that this new theory, connectivism, supersedes previous learning theories, including behaviourism, cognitivism, and contructivism. In this post, I am seeking to further my understanding of this new theory, examine its limitations, and consider its relevance to both classroom teaching as well as knowledge management practices within organizations.
Explore the Google Cultural Institute The Google Cultural Institute launched 42 new online historical exhibitions yesterday. The new exhibitions feature images, documents, and artifacts from some of the most significant cultural events of the last one hundred years. The exhibitions are built as interactive slideshows that you can scroll and click through to discover the artifacts and stories.
How to structure content into modules: Clive Shepherd's universal design principles, no.1 Digital learning materials work best when they are constructed on a modular basis. This has a number of significant advantages: The learner can more easily access the content that they want and ignore material that is less relevant for them. Some more advanced learning management systems may even be able to selectively filter out those modules which are not appropriate to a learner’s role or current level of competency.Assuming the modules are kept small, the learner is less likely to be overloaded by an excess of material. Remember that if the learner wants more, they can always open another module. There is no golden rule for how long a module should be, but a reasonable guideline would be just long enough to achieve a single task but no longer.
Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com Executive function stimulation: include questions in homework and tests that require mathematics communication. Innovation Is the Key to Better Education In the modern economy, innovation drives growth. From the telegraph to the telephone to the Internet, new technologies increase productivity and allow Americans to prosper. But while innovation has revolutionized the American economy as a whole over the last century, the education sector has benefitted relatively little from these advances. 11 Free Tools for Creating Websites and Simple Webpages Last week I wrote about Codecademy's new programs for teaching basic HTML, CSS, and other fundamentals for building websites. But if you don't have the time or desire to build webpages from scratch there are plenty of free online tools that will do the heavy lifting for you so that you can concentrate on just adding useful content to your course webpages. Here are eleven free services for creating websites and simple webpages. Wix is a free service for creating and hosting beautiful websites.
21 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher Are you a 21st Century Teacher? Find out! PLUS if you can help me add to my list you may win a special $200 prize. Keep reading to find out how... 1. The “Share it” Board One of the best ways to build a learning, and sharing, community is to provide a place where ideas can be posted and viewed. In my school, I have started a “Share It” Board in the hallway in the hope that students and teachers will add their ideas in a way that promotes self-directed learning. I have focused on 4 main categories; • Interesting Reads • Cool Media/Video Clips 17 Free Tools for Creating Screen Capture Images and Videos When you're trying to teach people how to do something new on their computers having screencast videos or annotated screen capture images can be invaluable to you and the people you're trying to help. Here are some free tools that you can use to create screen capture videos and images. Vessenger, producers of a group messaging system, offers a free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen. The free program, called Snaplr, is available for Windows and Mac. With Snaplr installed you can capture all or part of your screen. Snaplr's annotation tools include text boxes, highlighting, and free-hand drawing tools.
10 Innovative Ideas for Class Blogs With the advent of education technology, thousands of schools have taken the great step of signing up to class blogs, giving students and teachers a chance to flex their creative and technological muscles simultaneously. But after the first few exciting weeks, class blogging can become something of a drag, as the initial flood of ideas slows to a trickle and students and teachers find it difficult to think of inspiration for new posts. Whether you want to breathe new life into your blog or stimulate your students with new and exciting blogging assignments here are 10 innovative ideas for classroom blogs…