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Ruben R. Puentedura's Weblog

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Technology In Education: An Integrated Approach The slides for my keynote presentation at the 21C Learning Conference are now online: Technology In Education: An Integrated Approach Posted by Ruben at 12:33 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (2) SAMR and TPCK: A Hands-On Approach to Classroom Practice The slides from my workshop at the 21C Learning Conference are now online: SAMR and TPCK: A Hands-On Approach to Classroom Practice Posted by Ruben at 10:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) SAMR, Learning, and Assessment The slides for my masterclass at the 21C Learning Conference are now online: SAMR, Learning, and Assessment Posted by Ruben at 7:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) SAMR In the Classroom: Developing Sustainable Practice The slides from my November sessions at Ridley College are now online: SAMR In the Classroom: Developing Sustainable Practice Posted by Ruben at 4:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) SAMR: First Steps SAMR: First Steps

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What is Inquiry-Based Learning (And How Is It Effective)? The key to success for students is making sure they are engaged with any material they are learning. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done. For many students, the traditional classroom approach leaves them bored and unengaged. As a result, they aren’t effectively learning (or understanding) the material being taught. That’s where inquiry-based learning comes in. What Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Educational Apps Checklists Every Teacher Should Have The ' checklist mentality ' is something very common among teachers and educators. We use checklists alot in our work and I personally find them very effective in getting things organized. I use them not only with my students but in my day to day life as well. SAMR Model Explained for Teachers Below is a great video explaining the SAMR model in 120 seconds. SAMR is a framework through which you can assess and evaluate the technology you use in your class. Here is how the video below shared by Candace M explains the SAMR's four levels: Substitution In a substitution level, teachers or students are only using new technology tools to replace old ones, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different. Augmentation Though it is a different level, but we are still in the substitution mentality but this time with added functionalities.

The Dos and Don'ts of Tech Integration PD Of all the initiatives a school can begin, integrating technology may require the most professional development. This is partly because of the equipment, hardware, and software involved and partly because of the shift that a teacher must make in his or her teaching style, technique, and planning process in order to effectively use technology in the classroom. Here are some basic "dos" and "don'ts" for anyone doing tech integration professional development.

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers 4 Phases Of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers by Terry Heick According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question.

The Honor Roll: 50 Must-Read K–12 Education IT Blogs There’s no question that technology has transformed the classroom. Thanks to the proliferation of mobile-computing devices, social media and online-learning resources, and classroom-based tools such as interactive whiteboards and document cameras, digital literacy has become increasingly important for today’s students. But developing strong technological skills is only half the battle; mastering the subject matter using these tools is equally important. The technologies that give the so-called 21st century classroom its power have been the subject of many K–12 blogs, with teachers, administrators, IT leaders, vendors and even parents weighing in on everything from how to fund these tools to how to effectively integrate them into the curriculum.

New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model Sometimes a visual guide comes along and it just makes total sense. That’s how I felt about Allan Carrington’s clever ‘Padagogy Wheel‘ which we featured on Edudemic last week. Check out the previous version then view the one below to see the differences. MindShift MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. We examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics. We look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond.We also revisit old ideas that have come full circle in the era of the over scheduled child, such as unschooling, tinkering, playing in the woods, mindfulness, inquiry-based learning and student motivation. We report on shifts in how educators practice their craft as they apply innovative ideas to help students learn, while meeting the rigorous demands of their standards and curriculum. MindShift has a unique audience of educators, tinkerers, policy makers and life-long learners who engage in meaningful dialogue with one another on our sites.