25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom, By Degree Of Difficulty How Can We Stop Cheating In Online Courses? 6.11K Views 0 Likes While clearly not every student is trying hard to take the slacker route, it's worth noting that picking out the students trying to take this route gets a little more complicated when you move from taking classes in person to taking classes online. 5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have 11.45K Views 1 Likes There are a host of ways to use the technology you already have at your fingertips to create a Classroom 2.0. How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology
15 Internet Trends That Are Changing How We Connect 15 Internet Trends That Are Changing How We Connect by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com Mary Meeker from leading venture capital investors Kleiner Perkins presented on internet trends at Stanford last week. It’s worth reviewing. The money quote: “The magnitude of upcoming change will be stunning—we are still in spring training.” Meeker lists 15 trends in support of this claim: KPCB notes the re-imagining of education from classrooms, lecture, and reading materials to interactive, online, accessible by anyone anywhere anytime. “From learning by listening to learning by doing…education and learning will become as much fun as videogames,” said Bing Gordon. Meeker concludes, “The cycle of tech disruption is materially faster and broader than prior cycles.” On “USA, Inc.,” Meeker says there’s, “a lot to be excited about in tech, a lot to be worried about in other areas.” Image attribution flickr user woodleywonderworks
Creating a Culture of Collaboration Through Technology Integration Last week, Chrissy and I were invited to give our presentation from ASB Unplugged, Hardware is Not Enough: The Teacher-Facilitator Partnership, to our Headmaster, Dr. Bill Gerritz, and Deputy Headmaster, Andy Davies. Bill and Andy had heard a brief overview when we reported back about the conference, and wanted to get a deeper understanding of how Chrissy and I see the relationship between teachers and technology facilitators. Our presentation went over well, and Bill asked us to put together an article for the TIE Newspaper. Here’s what I have so far for the article, I would love to get your feedback before I send a finished draft off to Bill: Creating a Culture of Collaboration Through Technology Integration For many years technology was treated as a discrete subject to be taught by a technology teacher. CC image by Billie Joe's Entourage Now the expectation is that classroom teachers will authentically and appropriately embed technology into the learning experience. Why Collaborate?
Teachability - teacher community for sharing ideas, advice, and more Teachability is a teacher community for sharing ideas, tips, advice, resources, and much more. It is made up of different communities based on topics such as STEM, Common Core, Class Size, ELL, Funding, First Year Teaching, Special Education and much more. Each community has resources, a forum, and more. It's a great, free resource to connect with other educators and share and learn. Related: Discovery Educator Network - great resources and great addition to any PLNCreating a Personal Learning Network Social Media in Education - connect, share, learn, communicate and moreTeachbook - Online Community for TeachersEdudemic - online community with education and tech news Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage Photo by Beth Kanter, Net Funders Conference, October, 2011 A few days ago I opened the door on a new learning journey. I am very excited about upcoming peer learning projects that I’m working on in 2012, including several for Packard grantees in India, Pakistan, and Africa as well as the e-Mediat project in the Middle East. Content Delivery Is Not Learning On New Year’s Day, I heard a story on NPR about some research on instructional techniques used by many college professors – the lecture and how it is less effective in an age information abundance. Illustration by Beth Kanter I’ve known this for years, ever since I read Richard Mayer‘s educational research in his book, The Handbook of Multi-Media Learning. The NPR story was part of a series called “Don’t Lecture Me“. Before he class, he assigns a pre-reading from the textbook. It is far less work to slap together a powerpoint presentation and prepare the content. That’s the theory at least. Techniques 1. A few ideas: 2. 3. 3. 4.
Sneak Preview: The Must-Have Guide To Educational Hashtags Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:24 pm, Posted by Jeff Dunn | Social Media Topics: #edchat , guide , hashtags , How To , preview , tweets , twitter The following is an excerpt from tomorrow’s mega-post ‘ The 2012 A-Z Guide To Educational Hashtags ‘ so be sure to check back soon for the way-way-way-too-long article and directory to educational hashtags. Like, hundreds of tags. It’s crazy. We got so many additions and updates to our 2011 list we thought it was time to bring you the most up-to-date list for 2012. We went through all the comments on the 2011 version , wrote down all the Twitter and Facebook updates, and compiled this list over the course of several months. I’m sure we still missed some as new hashtags seemingly pop up every day. First, some background to get you up to speed on what the heck a hashtag is. First, What’s A Hashtag? Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. Sources Technology
Critical Review of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age In his 2005 article Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, Siemens outlined a new way of thinking about learning based on the recent advances in information technology. He argues that this new theory, connectivism, supersedes previous learning theories, including behaviourism, cognitivism, and contructivism. In this post, I am seeking to further my understanding of this new theory, examine its limitations, and consider its relevance to both classroom teaching as well as knowledge management practices within organizations. Defining Connectivism In the article, Siemens outlines the fundamental principles of connectivism: For Siemens, connectivism is a significant departure from previous learning theories because it sees learning occurring outside of the individual, within the network: For connectivists, the starting point is always the individual learner (Siemens, 2005). Applications in the Classroom Applications in Knowledge Management References Couros, A. (2011). Garrison, D.
Tech Coaching / Overview The Tech Coaching Program at Abingdon Elementary School employs a 1:1 coaching model. The Tech Coach meets with each teacher enrolled in the program to plan SMART goals, specific goals with measurable results, related to technology integration. Together, they plan a lesson that meets those goals, ensuring that the lesson allows students to meet objectives in technology as well as the content area. Supported by training and in-class assistance provided by the tech coach, the classroom teacher implements the lesson. They document their work, evaluate the effectiveness of the technology to accomplish the content objectives, and reflect on the process in order to inform their instruction of future lessons. Here are a few of the projects that have been done at Abingdon through the Tech Coaching Program.
Teachers Working with Teachers: Reform through Collaboration and Continuity of Leadership (Part 1 Want to give a “no excuses” reformer a stroke? Suggest that teachers working together on a daily basis have a better shot at improving teaching and learning than the highly marketed structural changes of standards-based testing and accountability, Common Core standards, more charter schools, and evaluating educator performance through student scores. Too many reform-driven policymakers high on the rhetoric of these current reforms ignore how much improvement in teaching and learning can occur when teachers work collectively in their classrooms and schools to improve their content knowledge and teaching skills aimed at common district goals. For many years, teachers, administrators, researchers, and a sprinkling of policymakers have concentrated on both traditional and innovative professional development and learning communities to build teachers’ capacities in knowledge of subject and teaching skills to improve instruction in schools and districts. 1. 2. Like this: Like Loading...
New Tech Network Social Media for Administrators As I have done a lot of work with school administrators on why they should be using social media and some practical ways to use it within their schools, I wanted to compile some articles together that will help schools/organizations move forward. They will be listed under two categories; the why and the how. The articles are listed below: The Why The Need for Courageous Leadership – If new ideas are going to happen and we are going to encourage risks, we need to take risks as well. What Digital Accelerates – Many of the fundamentals that were important 50 years ago are still important today. Humanizing Our Organizations Through Social Media – In this post, I share what many organizations are doing around the world and how it is important that in education, we get through our culture of fear and do what we can to connect with those that we serve. There can no longer be an “opt out” clause when dealing with technology in our schools, especially from our administrators. The How
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