How The Workforce is Changing Why Should You Go To College? 2.40K Views 0 Likes Why should you go to college? The 12 Most Popular Ways College Students Use Smartphones 4.60K Views 0 Likes College students love their smartphones. - 30 Online Multimedia Resources for PBL and Flipped Classrooms by Michael Gorman 1 Comment May 28, 2012 By: Michael Gorman May 28 Written by: 5/28/2012 12:30 AM ShareThis Welcome to the another in a series of PBL Mania Posts here at Tech & Learning. In this PBL Mania Post I explore Online Multimedia Resources. WGBH Teacher Domain - Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. PBS Teachers – Launched within the last year, PBS Teachers is an awesome place for all kinds of educational multimedia. The Khan Academy – At Khan, students and teachers are encouraged to “Watch… Practice… Learn almost anything for free”. YouTube – Let’s not forget YouTube and its amazing searchable collection. Thinkfinity – This site is worth an entire write-up in itself and will provide a wealth of activities for PBL products. NeoK12 - Take a look and you will find a vast collection of resources and Web 2.o tools that might fit into any lesson. PicsForLearning - Not everything has to be video.
Teaching Skills: What 21st Century Educators Need To Learn To Survive What are the traits that would make for the ideal 21st teacher? What does an educational professional need to be or do to tune in and synchronize with the new realities silently emerging inside schools and educational environments? Photo credit: Lisa F. Young The profound, deep shifts we are starting to witness across all of the established educational institutions, pivot around four key components: 1) Learners driving. These new "teachers" think, act and perform their multiple roles of guides, facilitators and learning advisers with a spirit and attitude that is radically different from the one that is typical of the traditional, classic educator. Andrew Churches challenges the status quo and paints a detailed profile of what this new breed of professors is going to look like. Eight Habits of Highly Effective 21st Century Teachers By Andrew Churches What are the characteristics we would expect to see in a successful 21st century educator? 1. 2. 3. Educators too, must be collaborators: 4. 5.
12 Ways To Use Google Search In School, By Degree Of Difficulty Sunday, May 6, 2012 8:15 am, Posted by | Updates Topics: , , , , , , I’ve been completely obsessed with Google’s new mini-site devoted to finding better ways to incorporate proper web searches into the classroom. Dubbed ‘ Search Education ,’Google’s new site has an array of lesson plans, videos (check a sample out below), concept maps, and other tools designed to help any educator properly integrate Google. This is just the logical next step for the search (and basically everything else) behemoth as Google pushes its way into the classroom. As part of Search Education, Google has shared a bunch of lesson plans that are organized by degree of difficulty. So, if you consider yourself and / or your students Google experts, you should try out the more advanced plans. The following are just some of the many lesson plans brought to you by Google. Picking the right search terms Identify unique search terms to locate targeted sources and to use “context terms” to uncover appropriate evidence.
15 Habits For Learning In The 21st Century Defining 21 st century skills is an editorial matter. There are dozens of examples floating range with a range of authority behind them—some inspired, grassroots efforts, other core brands of multimillion dollar organizations making a national push. There is even debate as to whether they are truly necessary, the idea being that learning habits and priorities are timeless, and do not change because the world itself changes. Culture oozes forward. Trends and movements emerge and overwhelm old habits. Technology does its dizzying dance. And learning has to change with it. Click here to check out the Edudemic Magazine iPad app. No iPad? What’s a “Currency”? Anything of value can be considered currency. The currencies listed below are inspired by a variety of thinkers, in form most of all by Art Costa and Bena Kallick’s excellent Habits of Mind . Edudemic Learning Currencies 2.0
A Brooklyn High School Takes a New Approach to Vocational Education The building and its surroundings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, may look run-down, but inside 150 Albany Avenue may sit the future of the country’s vocational education: The first 230 pupils of a new style of school that weaves high school and college curriculums into a six-year program tailored for a job in the technology industry. By 2017, the first wave of students of P-Tech — Pathways in Technology Early College High School — is expected to emerge with associate’s degrees in applied science in computer information systems or electromechanical engineering technology, following a course of studies developed in consultation with I.B.M. “I mean, in 10th grade, doing college work?” said Monesia McKnight, 15, as she sat in an introduction to computer systems course taught by a college professor. “How great is that?” Into this breach, school systems around the country have been aiming to start new high schools like P-Tech. Stanley S. “Because that is the problem,” he said.
New Pedagogies For the Digital Age 15 Habits For Learning In The 21st Century 10.89K Views 0 Likes Defining 21st century skills is an editorial matter, but part of a larger, important conversation. How has learning changed in the 21st century? Here's our take. How To Improve Learner Engagement With eLearning Software 5.05K Views 0 Likes Interaction and learner engagement have long been recognized for their critical role in the learning process. How A Tornado Inspired Innovation In Joplin, MO Schools 5.84K Views 0 Likes On May 22, 2011, at about dinnertime, an EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, MO. 8 Crucial Resources For Flipped Classrooms Have you “flipped” yet? My colleagues have this week; it’s PSSA week in Pennsylvania (PSSAs are standardized tests.). That’s not the flipped I meant, however. I meant, have you flipped your classroom yet? YouTube This might be the most popular tool teachers have used for flipped instruction. You don’t have to establish a class list to allow for student discussion. Other services, such as those that approximate a LMS, require a lot of preparation before a teacher can use it. You can edit the video online (somewhat). Evernote Tutorial as a Cartoon Trim and stabilize Swap audio tracks Change the look of the video (for instance, make it look like a cartoon) Add annotations Add captions Download the new version of the video for offline use It’s easy to share with colleagues, friends, and professional development organizations. I would assume that teachers might want to share their videos with other teachers or use them when they present at professional development conferences. Edmodo Schoology
What I Have Learned About Teaching With a Netbook Cart or “No, They Won’t Break Them” This year I have had the exciting adventure of teaching my Technology class in our K-2 classrooms using a netbook cart. Some kindergarteners practicing using the trackpad with Starfall. I have been teaching in a lab for over 3 years, but I had never taught using laptops and I had never taught using a cart before or teaching in a classroom rather than a lab (It is a dream!). I could imagine what some of the challenges might be and planned (pretty well if I do say so myself) for them, and I also laid out a plan for teaching procedures in order to cut down on the time spent on management of the devices, thereby leaving more time for learning with the devices. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way: Take your time to teach procedures. I’m sure that I will learn a whole bunch more in the coming months, but I feel pretty confident that we are ready to jump in to more complicated work. One first grader was in charge of passing out the netbooks.
When Gaming Is Good for You Find The Best Apps For Your Classroom with @edshelf by @tjhouston As many of you know I meet with my teachers once a week for Cyber Mondays to share several different Web 2.0 tools to use in the classroom. I find these tools in several different ways such as Twitter, Blogs, and Diigo. This can be a struggle sometimes to try and find the best tools that will work in each individual’s classroom. Edshelf has solved this problem by building a platform in which teachers can find the best tools for their classroom! Let’s take a look at Edshelf. When you navigate to Edshelf’s website ( you are presented with a clean interface showcasing several different applications. The strength in this online tool is the ability to narrow down exactly what you are looking for. You can browse applications by grade level: Browse by subject: Browse by Category: Not everyone has access to the same devices. and finally, by price: As you are browsing through edshelf there are several different ways to find if the app is a quality app. Thanks
8 Exam-Prep Activities Students Actually Like After Christmas break students will return to school for 8 days of review prior to taking their End of Course Exams. I can give my students a review packet with hundreds of problems, but that would only lead to them giving up, sleeping, and not even trying. So below are 8 fun activities I created to motivate and engage my students in their final exam reviews. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. These are 8 fun review games that is sure to get students motivated to review for their final exams! Visit my blog for printables, instructions, and examples! Five technology skills every student should learn Readers say technology literacy is about much more than learning how to use certain applications By Meris Stansbury, Associate EditorRead more by Meris Stansbury September 4th, 2012 “It’s important to remember that technology is there to bend to your will, not the other way around,” said one reader. What are the most critical technology skills for students to learn? We recently asked our readers this question, and here’s what they had to say. From having the courage to experiment with different technologies to possessing online literacy, readers said being a tech-savvy student in the 21st century is about much more than learning how to use a certain software program or device—it’s about being able to adapt to what’s constantly changing. What do you think of this list? (Comments edited for brevity.) 1. “Students need to be able to read a news article and determine if there is bias and if it’s truthful.