Webinars E-rate 2.0 & Wi-Fi: What you need to know about e-rate and Wi-Fi success factors Tuesday, November 4, 2014 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST Schools are faced with the daunting challenge of advancing to 21st century learning with 1:1 or BYOD initiatives while dealing with limited IT budgets and support. The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator? It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors. They share real-world classroom experiences, offer inspiration and distribute valuable best practices.
Rossett School So far i have found the Ipad to be a valuable piece of technology within lessons and the pupils who have been asked to use it have found it extremely helpful. In the first instance, as a teaching aid it has been great as it has allowed me to access registers quickly and use the internet as a quick search tool leaving my classroom computer free for pupils to use if required. Useful Functions for the pupils: The camera function has been used constantly as it takes good quality imagery and pupils can email it directly to their school email without having to find leads and memory card devices – it’s much quicker than using a camera and the pupils don’t have to wait for myself to place the images on the shared area to access them. The safari browser has allowed quick access to the internet for individual pupils conducting research tasks when a computer has not been available – and by using the copy tool they have emailed themselves the information to work from.
Educational Leadership:How Teachers Learn:Learning with Blogs and Wikis Few ideas about teachers' professional growth resonate with me more than those of Richard Elmore, professor of educational leadership at Harvard, who has gone as far as to argue that school structures make learning for adults unlikely at best and nothing short of impossible at worst. In a 2002 report for the Albert Shanker Institute, Elmore wrote, As expectations for increased student performance mount and the measurement and publication of evidence about performance becomes part of the public discourse about schools, there are few portals through which new knowledge about teaching and learning can enter schools; few structures or processes in which teachers and administrators can assimilate, adapt, and polish new ideas and practices; and few sources of assistance for those who are struggling to understand the connection between the academic performance of their students and the practices in which they engage. Changing Times, Changing Tools Reading Blogs
Open University project exploring educational uses of eBooks and mobiles Talk about eBooks at eLC event The eLC event at the OU on 13th November 2012 will examine the latest developments in eBooks and related technologies. Nick Watson and his team will talk about OU Anywhere and their work on eBooks, rich media and mobile devices. Mike Sharples and Simon Cross will talk abou their recently completed project on OU postgraudate use of eBooks and tablets. FORUM: Improving education involves everyone NOVEMBER was parent-teacher conference season. My wife and I met with our kids' teachers. We are grateful for their instruction and try to be their allies.
app review blog Explain Everything This is the screen casting app that I am using with the TIPS research project schools. It provides a way for students to create and produce their own resources and share their learning. Many teachers use this app to deliver instructional content to students.
101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools. There has been a surge of new scholarly communication tools in recent years. But how are researchers incorporating these tools into their research workflows? Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer are conducting a global survey to investigate the choices researchers are making and why. Insights from these surveys will be valuable for libraries, research support, funders, but also for researchers themselves. Are we witnessing a major overhaul of scholarly communication rules and tools? In the last six months alone, this blog has featured posts on all phases of the research cycle. Using design to hook my students into their project One of the best parts of PBL is the hook lesson (or the project launch, whatever you wanna call it). I know it’s dumb to think that the very first lesson is the best part, but seriously they are as memorable as the concluding celebration of learning but with WAY less anxiety, and therefore honestly more fun. Year 7 are currently working on a project that engages them with the highs and lows of transitioning from childhood to being a teenager.
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. Twitter for Teachers Find this page at: DitchThatTextbook.com/twitter Set up your Twitter account by going to: twitter.com Remember (or write down) your username and passwordAfter you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in. A quick, 90-second video showing what you might find on Twitter: The Top 20 Education Blogs Technorati ranks more than 100,000 blogs with “authority” calculations “based on a site’s linking behavior, categorization and other associated data over a short, finite period of time.” I don’t know what all that means, but it allows for comparison of blogs across and within all categories. The site doesn’t have an “education” category, so it requires going through the comprehensive listing to pick them out one at a time. The rankings are updated once a day, but here are the top 20 education blogs as of May 16, with their Technorati authority figures (1000 is the highest possible score): 1) Joanne Jacobs – 610 2) The Quick and the Ed – 601
The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on wikipedia.com. As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. 8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using “tech for tech’s sake”. We recently discussed the SAMR model during an Academic Technology Work Group meeting at The College of Westchester.