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Bloom's Taxonomy for The iPad

Bloom's Taxonomy for The iPad
Langwitches has recently updated his phenomenal post on the The iPad Apps for Bloom Taxonomy. This post has an awesome aggregation of iPad apps organized according to Blooms HOTS ( Higher Order Thinking Skills). If you are a teacher or educator and have not yet read about Bloom's Taxonomy then let me tell you that you are missing out on a great resource of educational insight. One of the most popular posts here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is Bloom's Taxonomy: The 21st Century Version. I recommend that you read it to have an idea of the importance of this taxonomy in education. As for the the apps Langwitches has suggested for each skill, you will find almost half of them are not free but they are not expensive anyway.

Professional Development / iPad Apps For The Classroom Don't forget to download the new iOS 7 to your iPad!! You can update your device by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update This is an ever-growing list of Apps that we have seen successfully integrated in the classroom. If you have any Apps that you are currently using and are not listed, please email with its name, a brief description, and target grade level so we can add it! If you are using your iPad to view the list, simply click on the link to be taken directly to the App Store! Click HERE to go to the bottom of the page to access other websites with lists of Apps! Websites For Further Information: K12 Tech Tools - A great collection of iPad Apps and Tech Tools in general. The iPad As...- A phenomenal list of apps compiled according to learning goals.

Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? | People & Places It was the end of term at Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, a sprawling suburb west of Helsinki, when Kari Louhivuori, a veteran teacher and the school’s principal, decided to try something extreme—by Finnish standards. One of his sixth-grade students, a Kosovo-Albanian boy, had drifted far off the learning grid, resisting his teacher’s best efforts. The school’s team of special educators—including a social worker, a nurse and a psychologist—convinced Louhivuori that laziness was not to blame. Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. “I took Besart on that year as my private student,” Louhivuori told me in his office, which boasted a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” poster on the wall and an electric guitar in the closet. Years later, a 20-year-old Besart showed up at Kirkkojarvi’s Christmas party with a bottle of Cognac and a big grin.

Finland's schools flourish in freedom and flexibility | World news At Meri-Rastila primary school in a suburb of Helsinki, pupils shake the snow off their boots in the corridors, then peel them off and pad into class in socks. After a 45-minute lesson, they're out in the playground again. The Finnish school day is short and interspersed with bursts of running around, shrieking and sledging outdoors. Children start when they're older, the year they turn seven and there is no pressure on them to do anything academic before then. The Finnish education system contrasts sharply with England. There are no league tables, and no school inspections. Meri-Rastila's principal, Ritva Tyyska, said: "I think it's quite good that they don't rank the schools because we have good teachers, we have a curriculum and we have to obey it. "We have these tests, in the fifth or sixth forms, that are the same tests at each and every school. In Finland, the state decides what should be taught, but not how. Finland's success is due, in part, to the high status of teaching. Exams

How do you teach creativity? Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 am by Tanner Christensen If we look at creative thinking as the act of coming up with new ideas (new to the thinker, not necessarily to the world at large), what’s the best way to teach that ability? Is it something you can even teach? The best possible answer – which I’m going to touch on a lot this year on Creative Something – is undoubtedly “Yes!” You can teach creative thinking, but it’s not about teaching arts or expression necessarily, it’s more about teaching students to be curious and how to ask good questions. Here’s why. When you believe that all you need to know is already laid out before you, new ideas will still develop on their own (since it is in our brain’s nature to connect ideas in order to better understand the world around us), but moments of creative insight will be few and far between since you’re content with what you know. Instead, to teach creativity, you have to teach the importance of knowing that we don’t know a lot.

Teaching Creativity - Professional Development for Teachers A few weeks ago fellow Voices blogger Shelley Wright wrote a provocative blog on flipping Bloom’s Taxonomy and beginning the learning experience with Creativity. As the person most directly responsible for our school’s Professional Development I have been wondering what professional development looks like when you turn Bloom’s on its head. Teachers young and old are comfortable with the old model and path. Even if they have never heard of Bloom’s Taxonomy (it happens in independent schools where some young teachers have never taken an education course), teachers are inherently comfortable with the approach the taxonomy lays out. Remembering and Understanding are sooo easy to assess—give a quiz; find out what you student doesn’t know. Ongoing education for teachers in all of Bloom’s Taxonomy except for Creativity is relatively straightforward. Encouraging teachers to teach creativity requires a different approach. Why teachers who create do Creativity so well Teaching Creativity is messy

A List of Some of The Best iPad Resources for Teachers Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has devoted a lot of its space to iPad and its educational usage. I know Android is not as much covered as iPad but as I have said before my second blog Teacher's Mobile Technology has all the educational apps and tips on how to use both Android and iPad, check it out and subscribe to stay updated about the future releases. Today's post is a culmination of all the hard work we have been doing here during this year. We have curated a list of some of the best iPad resources for teachers and educators. These are resources that we trust as being highly educational and can help you a lot in your daily search for apps to use with your students. Check them out below and let us know what we have missed. 1- Cybraryman's iPad Page I am so impressed by the great work this man does in his website. 2- Teacher's Mobile Technology This is our second blog where we feature daily reviews of the best educational apps for both Android and iPad. 3-Teachers with Apps