aplanetwebquest [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage Welcome to the aPLaNet (Autonomous 'Personal Learning Networks' for Language Teachers) Self-Access Piloting Webquest About aPLaNet In the first year, the aPLaNet team produced guides and resources for language teachers to help them become autonomous users of social networks. The language teachers who are willing to build their Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are invited to use these resources and help us test the effectiveness of them. 12 Ways to Make this the School Year of Connected Educators « Evolving Educators As we enter the month of September and the doors swing open for most schools in the United States a new year of learning opportunities begins for all in education. We must focus on the standard educational tasks at hand which include teaching, learning, motivating, collaborating and leading. These are part of our educational foundation. However, for some of us we have added to that foundation by becoming CONNECTED EDUCATORS through social media for education. Being a connected educator must be a constant focus for all of us who see the value and benefit of using social media for education.
How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus Thinking. The capacity to reflect, reason, and draw conclusions based on our experiences, knowledge, and insights. It’s what makes us human and has enabled us to communicate, create, build, advance, and become civilized. Thinking encompasses so many aspects of who our children are and what they do, from observing, learning, remembering, questioning, and judging to innovating, arguing, deciding, and acting. There is also little doubt that all of the new technologies, led by the Internet, are shaping the way we think in ways obvious and subtle, deliberate and unintentional, and advantageous and detrimental The uncertain reality is that, with this new technological frontier in its infancy and developments emerging at a rapid pace, we have neither the benefit of historical hindsight nor the time to ponder or examine the value and cost of these advancements in terms of how it influences our children’s ability to think.
Digital learning: how technology is reshaping teaching The first involved reading a scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, listening to the teacher talk through the themes and then writing my own analysis with pen and paper. The second involved watching a series of video clips depicting differing interpretations of the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, using the internet to research the themes, and then typing my own interpretation on a laptop. While the first lesson required intense and sustained concentration, the second was undeniably more compelling. I’m not sure I learnt any more about Romeo and Juliet than I did about Macbeth, but at no point during the second lesson did I find my mind wandering, which is half the battle teachers fight every day. Parenting & Social Media Part 2 — What Every Parent Should Know about Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and More As a parent, do you ever feel like your teen or young adult children are speaking a completely different language when they start talking about Facebook or Twitter? Have you any idea what they are “blogging” about? As if text message abbreviations aren’t bad enough, now there’s even more on the internet for your kids to get into. It’s not as strange and complicated as it may seem, and your children will benefit from the wisdom you can share to guide them along the savvy social media path. Plus, you’ll gain a few cool parent creds along the way.
6 Quick Ways Teachers Can Be Hip If you’re a teacher and a reader of Edudemic, you’re a hip cat. But what about those teachers and other educators who DON’T read Edudemic? Believe it or not, there are some out there. This post is for them. In an effort to keep all teachers pursuing the best possible ways to integrate education and technology, we thought it might be good to take another look at ways teachers can be hip. By ‘hip’ I simply mean that a teacher is aware of trends and actively engaging to stay on top of what his or her students need.
David Elkind: Technology's Impact on Child Growth and Development CIO — There is considerable disagreement among experts regarding the effects of technology on child growth and development. Some regard technology as advancing intellectual development. Others worry that technology may overstimulate and actually impair brain functioning. One of the problems is that most researchers have taken too narrow a focus on the issue. They have looked at the impact of a particular technology rather than at the technological environment as a whole. One might argue that taken as an aggregate, technologies such as computers, television and cell phones create a digital culture that has to be looked upon in its entirety rather than piecemeal.
Why you don’t have to miss the ICT in Education articles even if you’re too busy to read them If you’re too busy to read the articles on the ICT in Education website, you can listen to them instead. Thanks to a neat little widget from Odiogo, each article has a “Listen Now” button at the top of it. Click that, and you will be able to listen to the article read out to you. Warning: there’s a bit of delay between my posting an article and the Listen Now button working, so if you try it straight away and it doesn’t work, try again a few minutes later. Too busy to read?
Mobile phones in the classroom: teachers share their tips Jo Debens, geography teacher, Priory School, Portsmouth The geography department at my school has been leading the use of mobile device in learning. Throughout last year the mobile@priory charter was created and led by head of department David Rogers and co-constructed by students to enable them to use mobile devices in learning. This was trialled through the geography department and found great success with students becoming more actively engaged with their learning. Some of the examples of where we use mobile devices range from simply taking photos and videos to share in class or recording homework, to creating revision podcasts or animations.
How Tablets, Smart Phones Have Changed the Learning Landscape for Young Children Bill Cosby once said “the essence of childhood, of course, is play.” But play for children today is sometimes very different than it was even five or 10 years ago, as the prevalence of smart phones and tablets is changing the way children play and learn. Take 4-year-old Max. He’s in preschool and is learning to read and spell, sometimes with the help of apps on his mom and dad’s iPhone or iPad. “He’s only four, but I see him pointing out letters in print, like on signs or in newspapers or books that are laying around,” said Dawn Ferdinand, Max’s mom. “I think the fact that he’s tracing in these letters as he’s playing these games is helping him to identify them out in the real world and that’s really exciting to see.”
Your Nonprofit Tech Checklist At the end of the Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits is a nine-page “Nonprofit Tech Checklist” which I have copied and pasted below. Each item on the list is discussed in the book and some items won’t make sense unless you have read the book, but most will. I hope you find it useful. That was my number one priority when writing the book… to create a comprehensive, useful social and mobile media how-to guide for nonprofits.
Blended Learning: We Are All New Teachers The challenges facing a new teacher are clear: how to write a strong lesson plan, how to master the fine art of lesson delivery and how to keep kids engaged in a positive classroom environment are all high on the list. Add to that list the addition of mastering the use of technology tools to support instruction with students, and many a new teacher might go running for the hills! In all seriousness, though, the need for a new teacher to be able to learn the fine art of incorporating Web 2.0 tools to support instruction with students is critical if we are to stay the course of 21st Century instructional reforms. Not only that, the research is clear that strategies that combine the use of traditional face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities are here to stay. Enter the blended learning model.