Crafting a successful BYOD policy By Michael Shoaf and Dianna R. Foley Read more by Contributor October 15th, 2013 The school district purchased technology equipment that can be used daily and/or checked out for extended periods of time by students. District leadership also knows and appreciates that students own, and often prefer to use, personal computers and devices for their educational experience. The Rocky River Schools embraced this notion and developed a plan, including a policy, to welcome student technology into the schools as a complement to existing district resources. Thus the BYOD initiative commenced.
inklewriter - Education Education inkle is looking to bring interactive stories to the classroom, and give teachers free and simple get-stuck-right-in software to use with their students. From within a web-browser, the inklewriter will let students make and play interactive stories with no programming required. Why make stories interactive anyway? The way our stories work is simple: the reader is given the text of a story in a small chunks, and after each, they get to make a decision about what happens next. That could be what a character says, or does - but it could also be a deeper choice, like why a character has done what they've done, or how they feel about something else in the story.
15 TED Talks that Inspire Design Thinking “The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call in intuition or what you will, and the solution just comes to you, and you don’t know from where and why.” – Albert Einstein The quote kind of says it all about design sense, it is more of an intuitive process and doesn’t have much to do with intellect. Of course knowledge and communication skills can make us good presenters but for the idea generation of the design process you need to have an active gut feeling. What designers need to focus on goes beyond ideation. A simple product or service design is not the task at hand for designers.
25 Fun Ways to use QR Codes for Teaching and Learning I’ve culled a bunch of ideas from different teachers who have shared their approaches to using this simple but powerful construct in the classroom. Once your students are equipped with a device that can read QR codes and they know how to scan them, you’re ready to use ideas like these in your classroom! If you’re not already familiar with it, scroll down to the bottom of the article to learn how to easily create QR codes, and find QR Code readers. Ideas, Ideas, and More Ideas! The article, Ways to use QR Codes in the Elementary Classroom and Using Google Docs to Create Them, by Jill Thompson, offers these uses: Library Book Add-On: Put QR codes on classroom library books, linking out to information about the author and or book.
Top 10 Best Flash Websites of 2014 Here are our editor's picks for the Top 10 Best Flash Websites of 2017 based on visual artistry, integrated sound, ease of use, and uniqueness. 1 | Pharrell Williams - Happy Pharrell Williams has employed Flash and his creative style to create the world's first 24 hour music video. More importantly he uses the full complement of Flash media integration to create a web experience that fully conveys the song's theme in a way that a traditional video could not.
Why Technology Has Failed To Revolutionise Education - Total Education This Will Revolutionize Education is a video by Veritasium that has recently gone viral. Veritasium – a science video blog – produces ‘experiments, expert videos, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.’ This particular video (which is below) features Derek Muller who explains that, despite constant claims that disruptive technologies are set to revolutionise education, we haven’t actually seen any digital education revolution since before the times of Thomas Edison. Rather, what we have seen is a gradual evolution.
The Best Tools For Creating Fake “Stuff” For Learning The fake “stuff” I’m referring to in the headline includes newspaper articles, sports “trading cards,” iPhone conversations, Facebook pages etc. These can be used for conversation practice, to create reports on historical figures (or on natural disasters or on just about anything) and for numerous other learning activities. Here are my choices for The Best Tools For Creating Fake “Stuff” For Learning: Boy, this could be a great tool to help English Language Learner students practice writing and reading dialogue — FakeiPhoneText lets you create a text conversation that looks like the real thing and give you a unique url address of your creation. Plus, no registration is required. Week 10 - Net Pedagogy: The Role of the Educator ~ CCK11 You are not logged in.   [Week 9] [Outline] [Week 11] Dates: March 21 - March 28, 2011
Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School Jane Mount/MindShift The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year. Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be.