5 Ways Apps Fit Into Curriculum and Learning Strategies As the recently released "2012 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition" suggests, mobile devices and apps will become mainstream in a year or less. But apps aren't all about playing games. Converge asked three instructional technology coordinators and teachers to share how they're using apps to help students achieve learning goals. 1. Meeting state standards With the Common Core State Standards making their way into most U.S. states, educators are lining up their instruction with the standards their students are supposed to meet. Ladue School District in Missouri chooses apps that support learning and introduce new concepts, said Carol Kliesen, elementary instructional technology coordinator. When first-grade teacher Patti Anderson from Sam Houston Elementary School in Tennessee looks for apps, her first criterion is that they meet the state's first-grade standards. 2. "Content creation to us is really important," Norris said. 3. 4. "They will often ask, 'Do we get to share this with somebody?' 5.
Expansive Education Network | Bill Lucas's Blog 10 Things You Can Do To Make Yourself an Ed Tech Star This Summer As I watch Twitter at this time of year I see a mix of sadness, relief, and excitement that the school year is ending for many teachers. The summer is a great time to tackle some of that personal learning that got pushed to the back burner during the school year. If one of your goals for the summer is to improve your knowledge and skills in educational technology, here are ten things that you can do to work toward that goal. 1. Create a framework for your use of educational technology. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Slow Education and the Concept of Process by Professor Maurice Holt - Slow Education There was a brief fashion, a few years ago, for education pundits to sit at the back of a school class for a whole day, moving from lesson to lesson and sampling a day’s schooling. The usual conclusion was that there were too many room changes, and some lessons were boring. But at least the basic idea was sound – to see what the actual process of schooling was like – that succession of encounters between student and teacher which constitutes the student’s experience of schooling, as opposed to Ofsted-style selection of miscellaneous lessons. You would think, therefore, that if the government wanted to improve schooling, it would focus on enhancing teachers’ professionalism. There’s only one problem: it doesn’t work. England is already in decline, compared with other European countries.
Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas Since attending the Google Teacher Academy in April, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about each Google application. The result? I am realizing how little I actually knew about these tools and how tragically I was underutilizing them! So, in this blog want to share some information on basic functionality as well as fun ideas for using Google Docs (now Google Drive for some of us) with students. Back to Basics Let’s start with a definition, Google Docs “is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files — all online, and all for free.” Types of Docs: Documents Documents are a free online word processor. Click here to check out “Google Docs in the Classroom” a resource created by CUE and WestEd for Google. Forms “Collect RSVPs, run a survey, or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Use forms to: – Collect student data & get to know them better
Doctoral Thesis | Russell Francis The Predicament of the Learner in the New Media Age: an investigation into the implications of media change for learning My doctoral thesis explores the shifting locus of agency for regulating and managing learning in an age in which a top-down culture industry model of education is being subverted and disrupted by an emergent web-based participatory culture. The work is informed by a wide-ranging review of the literature on young people’s informal use of new media and draws on the findings of three empirical studies. However, overall it works as a theory building exercise and aims to contribute towards sociocultural ways of thinking about learning and human development. This page provides an introduction to the original thesis. Thesis Abstract Structure and Content Introduction: The Predicament of the Learner Quick View Chapter 1: The Predicament of the Learner in the New Media Age: an overview of relevant traditions in the literature Quick View Chapter 5: The Learner as Designer Gee, J.
Collaborize Classroom | Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students U Expect participative and collaborative learning Please read this and make a commitment to participate before you decide to take one of these courses! If we do it right, we're going to make magic happen: strangers all over the world will coalesce into a learning community in 5 weeks. But this result is not guaranteed. I've done this with 15, 30, 50 students who met with me for three hours a week, face-to-face, over ten and fifteen weeks, in addition to our social media work between class meetings. I know the subject matter and will introduce, frame it, engage in discussing it. You can't participate fully without having absorbed the texts -- or at least having run them through your mind once.
10 Great Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers Prezi A fantastic tool to liven up presentations, Prezi does away with traditional, crowded slides by allowing you to zoom in and out, so you can create an entire presentation on one slide and guide your audience through it step-by-step. Zoom in to the details, but zoom out to show how your ideas fit together as a whole. Edmodo Edmodo turns your classroom into an online community by providing you with a secure online social learning environment. That Quiz A great, simple-to-use online tool for creating your own quizzes on the topics your students are working on. Crossword Puzzle Maker A fantastic, fun resource to engage your class; particularly useful with language, vocabulary and spelling or complex definitions for subjects like science. Doink A simple, online program for creating your own animations. Flashcard DB Free online tool for making your own flashcards, which students can then use in an online test format. Collaborize Classroom Certificate Street Simple Booklet Think Quest
Main Page (Because of Drupal's wiki peculiarity: if you are editing this page PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE NAME OF THE MAIN PAGE -- it's like going back in time and killing your ancestor. It can be reverted to a previous version, but please try to avoid it.) For Authors: jump directly to the List of New Topics, the initial Handbook outline, our "2.0" version of the outline, the Recent Changes page, or the Recent Wiki Comments page. (If you're feeling confused... Check out our Social Media Classroom Quickstart Guide.) If you want to join the project, contact email@example.com -- all we ask is that if you look around and like what you see, please find a way to participate. For all newcomers: here's a one-page mini-handbook that will help you get started. By the way: our "outcomes" so far are published on peeragogy.org. Howard Rheingold on "What is Peeragogy" from Howard Rheingold on Vimeo. The current focus of the Peeragogy project is to create a useful handbook for self-selected co-learners.
Some help to get you started flipping your classroom #flipclass #edchat #mathchat « techieMusings After Valerie Strauss’ article in The Washington Post featuring my class: “The Flip: Turning a classroom upside down”, I got a lot of positive tweets, emails, facebook messages, etc! And I also got quite a few questions from interested teachers who weren’t quite sure where to begin… I wanted to share a bit of an email exchange with a fellow AP Calculus teacher (her blog has some really nice reflections) because her questions were spot-on and I thought our exchange might be helpful to others. Her questions are in red and my response in blue: I was intrigued when I read about your experience with flipping. Here are my concerns and ramblings: * I’m teaching 4 preps next year, so I realistically don’t see myself creating the online versions of lessons where I have to have extra time to create slides. * I like your guided notes idea. * I’m sure there’ll always be kids that don’t watch a video occasionally. Here are my questions: * How long did it take you on average to make/tape the lesson?
Digital portfolios - PlaceTools The development of digital portfolios allows the documentation of processes and associated outcomes as evidence of personal or professional growth. The following set of resources effectively supports the construction of multimedia-based digital portfolios. Open access applications such as EFOLIO, EPORTFOLIO or ZPORTFOLIO make it possible for students and teachers to digitally record and present evidence in an integrated form of the processes and products that comprise their work in learning and teaching. Sometimes is worth creating multimedia documents that include reflections and textual annotations about video episodes. This can be done with free tools such as VIDEO PAPER BUILDER 3. This software has a dual format in PC and OS; it is a valuable aid to those who desire to make videocases (cases that focus on the analysis of video episodes) or videopapers (writings that reflect on video episodes).