21st Century Learning Design - #MSPiL "21st century skills aren't just another thing to teach; they are essential skills that every learner should have as they leave our schools." Robyn Hrivnatz Teacher Lamar Consolidated ISD Katy, Texas - United States “The more you use the 21CLD rubrics as an educator, the more enriching your learning activities become.” Thomas Gaffey Teacher School of the Future Philadelphia, PA - United States Students around the world need advanced skills to succeed in the globalized, knowledge based world of today. 21st Century Learning Design, or 21CLD, professional development helps teachers redesign their existing lessons and learning activities to build students’ 21st century skills. It can be linked to your national or local curriculum standards.
Great App Review Checklists for Teachers The more apps I review here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning the better I become at recognizing and selecting the right educational apps to share with you. I have probably reviewed a little over 200 apps in the last couple of years but when I first started reviewing apps there were not many guidelines and checklists as is the case now. With the help of carefully crafted rubrics like the ones below, teachers can now follow a set of guidelines to select the apps that can work for them in their teaching. Parents too can use these checklists to sift through the piles and handpick the ones to give their kids. It is of paramount importance that you keep apps evaluative rubrics at your disposal to turn to whenever you want to recommend an app for your students . Today, I am sharing with you some new resources I came across through Speech Gagdet and Learning in Hand.
Blended Learning Universe The Blended Learning Universe: BLU_ The Blended Learning Universe – or BLU – is a comprehensive online hub packed with blended learning resources. Whether you’re looking for a primer on the basics or want to dive deep into the supporting research, the BLU has you covered. Curated by the Clayton Christensen Institute, the BLU offers a wealth of resources, including practical guides, video tutorials, downloadable worksheets, and a dynamic directory of blended learning programs worldwide.
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.
The 5 Steps of Effective Technology Integration - Getting Smart by Dave Guymon - edchat, EdTech, education In schools, districts, and departments of education alike, a trend toward integrating technology into the education process is on the rise. One could argue that it always has been. But with the proliferation of Internet access in school buildings and the ubiquity of mobile computing devices, educators are taking note and beginning to consider new ways they can include these tools into their classroom instruction. The formalized field of educational technology is still in its infancy. Edutopia - Blended Learning Discussion Promoting the flipped//blended learning I'm a student who's currently studying A-levels in Malaysia and I've been trying to promote the flipped learning as I believe it is the best way for more differentiation and personalised education, given the constraints of the public education system.
Annie’s Resource Attic » Blog Archive » Classroom Suite Detective Learn To Investigate Classroom Suite Activities Like A Detective! Intellitools Classroom Suite® is such a powerful application that you may wonder how you’ll ever learn all that it can do. The answer is, you can’t–but you really don’t need to learn everything to be a power user.
Classroom in the Cloud: Technology as a Learning Environment In September 2013, I was recruited by then-principal Eric Sheninger to be the new library media specialist of New Milford (New Jersey) High School, and was tasked with seeking to improve student performance by developing an exciting and engaging learning environment for all. My vision was of a learner-centered space where students and teachers would have access to exciting technologies, digital and print resources, and productive spaces offering scope for collaboration and creativity. In seeking to turn what been a largely unvisited and unused library into a vibrant part of the school community, I felt challenged by the limitations of the physical space. The library had not been renovated in decades, and it offered very little in terms of what a modern-day learning "commons" should be.
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!
Integrating Technology In The Classroom: 24 EdTech Tools And 5 Benefits Of Educational Technology Integration There are many ways of integrating technology in the classroom; ways that do not directly involve the use of computers. Some of the traditional classroom tools have found equivalent technology tools. Schools or teachers that have adopted or replaced traditional classroom tools with equivalent technology tools are seen to be teaching with edTech tools. Whiteboard Tools The whiteboard has been used for so many years and is now finding its equivalent technology tool. Several whiteboard equivalent technology tools that deliver the same experience now exist: Flipped Class - Edutopia Discussion In-Class Flip is Not Flipped Learning A Letter to Edutopia’s Guest Blogger: In-Class Flip Is Not A Version of Flipped Learning? A few weeks ago @cultofpedagogy blogged about “The in-class Flip” and I tweeted a response. Because of this so called “in class flip”, I have received and read comments from teachers curious and possibly confused ... 4/18/2014 in Personalized Learning | 2 comments
UDL and Technology Dedicated educators always find ways to design curricula that meets the needs of all learners, whether they are using technology or not. However, powerful digital technologies applied using UDL principles enable easier and more effective customization of curricula for learners. Advances in technology and the learning sciences have made “on-the-fly” individualization of curricula possible in practical, cost-effective ways, and many of these technologies have built in supports, scaffolds, and challenges to help learners understand, navigate, and engage with the learning environment. Learning and demonstrating effective uses of technology is itself an important instructional outcome. Technology has permeated all aspects of our economy and culture. Every learner now in school needs a range of literacies that are much broader and more inclusive of our changing culture.
What Do We Mean By Open Education 3 min read This post first appeared on Educating Modern Learners. This article was part 2 of an exploration of what “open” means and affords in education. How can we think about “open” beyond “openly licensed materials”? Granted, the licensing piece is incredibly important for access and distribution and remixing. But what else do we mean when we talk about “open,” and how can we think about “openness” as an ethos not simply a licensing agreement, one with tremendous power to shift education beyond a focus on “content”?