Teachers' Comprehensive Guide to The Use of Social Networking in Education Part One Update : Part Two has been posted. Click here to read it It is a fact universally ackowledged that Internet has radically changed the way we percieve of the world. Education has exponentially developed over the past two decades to engulf new forms and methods that no one would have ever anticipated before. "When Tim Berners-Lee developed the original software for World Wide Web in 1990, his aim was simply to help academics research each other's documents. Yes it is true that social media has already made a huge impact on education in just less than five years of its existence. Created in the mid 19th century, the potential of the internal combustion engine was initially under-estimated. The second example is of television.When the first black and white telivision appeared in 1929, an article in New York Times stated that " Television will never be a serious competitor for radio " ( Page 38 Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative Benefits of social networking on students :
Learn2luvcell: A Powerful Multipurpose Mechanism for Learning Query most secondary school teachers on the subject of cell phones, and you're likely to get an impassioned rant about the device's insidious ability to provoke distraction in the classroom. All that giggly sub rosa texting not only robs students of attentiveness, they say, but also presents an inveterate disciplinary problem. It's why most school districts have strict cell phone policies, and most teachers are grateful for it. But some forward-looking educators have begun to push the subversive idea that the high tech wizardry of mobile phones can be a powerful multipurpose mechanism for learning. Podcasts, video interviews, polling, quizzes, even homework assignments, can all be accomplished via cell phone to enhance students' learning experience, while the phone can also act as a versatile electronic aid to the teacher. Kolb cites the example of a student studying ecosystems in science class. This could prove a hard sell to teachers who see cells only as a bane to good order.
Fundamentals of K-12 Technology Programs By: Welcome to the Fundamentals of K-12 Technology Programs Sponsored by Call HP 800-88-Teach The world is connected and today's students are part of a digital generation. As districts plan for change, they look at the issues surrounding one-to-one computing programs in order to provide access and equity to all students. Brought to you by Tech & Learning and sponsored by HP, this new series Fundamentals of K-12 Technology Programs covers the educational technology topics that matter most to the profession's leaders, practitioners, and innovators as they plan and implement effective instructional technology integration programs. Topics for the series include: Program Planning, Implementation, and Sustainability Infrastructure & Networking Technology Systems: Servers, Storage and More Security Money Matters Educational Technology Leadership 21st Century Learning and assessment Professional Development Strategic Data Management & Decision Support Mobility Solutions Web 2.0 Register to View Log In
Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model. All of them are on the continuum of just how much time is spent online and in the online classroom. Blended Learning can provide a unique way of not only engaging students in collaborative work and projects, but also personalizing and individualizing instruction for students. However, there is still one piece that is missing from a great blended learning environment: engagement! #1 Leverage Virtual Class Meetings with Collaborative Work One of the most prominent features of blended learning is the virtual meeting or synchronous class meeting. #2 Create the Need to Know The key here is an engaging model of learning. #3 Reflect and Set Goals Related to the comment on metacognition above, students need to be aware of what they are learning as well as their progress towards meeting standards. #4 Differentiate Instruction Through Online Work #5 Use Tools for Mobile Learning
Full Loyalty, No Negativity? What Can Our Schools Learn from Apple? | The Christian School Journal Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone could write an article describing our schools titled “Full Loyalty, No Negativity?” I am a recent convert from a Windows PC to the Mac computing environment. That is a story for another day but what I want to share with you are some observations from my experiences in Apple stores and how those observations can be applied to move more of our students, parents, and employees closer to Full Loyalty with No Negativity. If you have been in an Apple Store recently (if you haven’t I encourage you to do so as an observant leader–but you may want to leave your wallet at home!) How do we get students, parents, and prospective parents to exhibit the same level of enthusiasm for enrolling their children in our schools and paying tuition as Apple customers do for Apple products? Consider some of the observations from a recent Wall Street Journal article; Secrets From Apple’s Genius Bar: Full Loyalty, No Negativity. APPLICATION: This is a tricky one.
Leading and Learning for a Successful Digital Transformation | Edutopia Education, like so many other aspects of our society, has been undergoing a digital transformation. Accepting this reality is inevitable. Embracing it would be wise. But my district has chosen to go a step beyond that as we strive to lead the transformation. Digital transformation in Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) began with our second-generation strategic planning process, which we call Design II. Flexible learning environments for the 21st century emerged as the strategic goal area for Design II, challenging us to think differently about the use of time, space, and technology to maximize learning potential. Fostering Adaptive Skills "Going slow to go fast" is about researching best practices, learning from trailblazing peers, and developing iterative cycles of inquiry and adjustment. Digital transformation takes time. That's why innovation is not just about the technology. The Fruits of Collaboration It's also important that what we learn is backed up by what we do. School Launch
Christian Educators Journal It's All in the Thumbs: What David Hockney Can Teach Schools About Technology David Hockney's exhibit at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco is awe inspiring, jaw dropping and a tribute to what is possible with a phone or tablet. His imagination is boundless, providing the viewer with a journey into a wonderful world of color, space, expanse and tributaries into landscape and portraiture. What is most amazing is that Hockney has rendered this visual banquet through the use of his thumb and the app Brushes. He shucks off the intuitive idea of using a pointer finger with the app and instead opts for the thumb. In the 2009 exhibition catalogue, David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition (p.46), the artist explains to editor Lawrence Weschler: Only the thumb has the opposable joint which allows you to move over the screen with maximum speed and agility, and the screen is exactly the right size; you can easily reach every corner with your thumb. He has adapted to the technology and figured out a way to leverage it for great power and delight. Using Mobile Devices for Mobility
Left Bank Learning: When "Work Time" Becomes "Studio Time" When you think of an artist's studio, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Large canvasses strewn haphazardly about? Globs of paint residue on every imaginable surface? Explosions of colour and organized chaos? What about the people in the studio? The artist is focused, intrinsically motivated to create -- perhaps even outwardly passionate in his process. I have always been fascinated by the artist's process. Work in Your Play, Play in Your Work Traditionally, a French café is a hotbed for conversation -- politics, art, religion, you name it. Don't forget that the café is not confined to the brick and mortar of the classroom building. Perhaps the most noticeable shift in the climate of my class occurred when I adopted the euphemism studio time in lieu of the traditional and off-putting work time. Like any studio, it can and will get messy. 6 Tips for Adopting the Studio Model 1. 2. Have a bevy of "makery" resources on hand. 3. 4. 5. 6. Your studio can be in the cloud!
Using QR Codes in the Classroom Whoever said that iPads or tablets would be the game-changers this school year obviously overlooked a trend that has been crossing my social media streams, art museum exhibits, food and products. It seems that no matter where I look I see QR codes being used. I even bought a banana a few weeks ago that had a QR code on the sticker that pointed to the farm where it was grown! So what is a QR code? What do you do with a QR code? So how can these be used in education? Create a QR code 'business' card for your classroom (Beginner) Create a QR code that points to your class' website or blog. Have you used QR codes in the classroom?
Can We Use Personal Learning Networks to Create Real Reform? (#edchat summary) | Edutopia As is often the case with any large group online, #edchats can be impossibly frustrating for anyone who isn't ADD. With tweets flying everywhere and asynchronous discussions peppered with @,#, and !, it looks more like a cartoon expletive than any sort of useful dialog. It is to help translate all of this that we've been offering these short summary blogs. But, as I found out this week when our guest bloggers fell through, it becomes a bit like the blind men and the elephant. The summary below is what I got out of it. But Twitter - like the Edutopia community, and Facebook, and myriad other online communities - can also be a powerful tool to facilitate communication within a "personal learning network" or PLN. This week's #edchat asked this very question: "How can we get our PLN (Personal Learning Networks) to create real ed reform?" --Betty Ray (@EdutopiaBetty) We started with a discussion of the role our PLN plays in our lives, and how it can be expanded.
The Future of Learning Remember the Jetsons? That iconic family of the future depicted in the 1960s cartoon? They lived in a futuristic society marked by flying cars and advanced technology -- and yet, they learned in a lecture-based system with the teacher (albeit a robot one) directing the process from the front of the room. We have always struggled to envision the future, often superimposing new technology over our current views. Though the creators of the Jetsons did not have the constraints of standardized tests, limited budgets, or even gravity, their schools closely resembled those of the 1960s -- which, in many ways, still look like those of today. The challenge of imagining the future of learning can seem daunting. Key Tenet #1: Flexible, Customized Learning The Jetson kids' schools, Orbit High and Little Dipper, mirror many of the teacher-centric learning environments that we see today. The reality of flexible, customized learning environments struck me when I started taking a spin class at the gym.
Accessing Multimedia Using QR Codes Students of all ages are required to read text for a variety of purposes. With a large emphasis placed on teaching skills that help children tackle nonfiction, it's important to think about the different ways that students are gathering facts and details as they take in information. Teachers need to think beyond traditional text and make sure that their students have the necessary skills for processing, evaluating, and comprehending multimedia. Not a Trend, But a Tool Locating and sharing high quality multimedia content can be difficult. Many tech-enthusiastic educators have written off QR codes as a passing trend that can be replaced with augmented reality triggers. For teachers just getting started with technology, or those looking for flexibility in a BYOD (bring your own device) environment, QR codes still have an important place in a tech-friendly classroom. Curating and Sharing Any multimedia found on the Internet can be linked to a QR code.