Whatever Happened To iBooks?! Recently, I saw a post on a discussion board that asked, “Whatever happened to iBooks?” I found that a really entertaining concept, because my EdTechTeacher colleague – Greg Kulowiec – and I have spent hours on iBooks this summer in our workshops. In fact, iBooks is one of the first apps that we discuss, and one of the last ones that we reference. However, our use of this tool follows along a path from consumption to creation . In our workshops, we begin by discussing how Apple initially marketed the iPad as a device for consumption – watch a movie, read a book, browse the web…. Consuming iBooks Before even discussing the wealth of resources that can be read in iBooks, just think about the capabilities that it brings to the act of reading. Teach active reading skills - teachers can demonstrate exactly what to highlight and how to annotate those highlights by projecting their iPad while in iBooks. Support students’ active reading – students now have editable notes. Creating iBooks
Design-Driven Innovation A while back I received Design-Driven Innovation by Roberto Verganti in the mail. Design-Driven Innovation is an approachable 230 pages, and is an easy, and pleasant read. Roberto Verganti is Professor of Management of Innovation Politecnico di Milano and the founder of PROject Science. If you’ve read books on innovation, they’ve probably been treatises or essays on the topic from a traditional process or strategy angle. Design-Driven Innovation is something different. Design-driven innovation is more about understanding the real meanings that users give to things then about understanding their needs. The book is broken into three main sections: StrategyProcessBuilding Capabilities Here are some of the core principles from the book to spark your thinking: I would love to hear what you think in the comments (especially if you’ve read this book).
Building a Positive School Culture - WeAreTeachers - Boys Town Positive School Culture: How one school transformed from violence to haven by Jennifer L.W. Fink Christian Fenger High School had a bad reputation. Located on the south side of Chicago in a neighborhood known for crime, poverty and violence, Fenger had long been a less-than-ideal educational environment. Robert Spicer came to Fenger in late 2009 as the Chief Dean. The administration knew it was time for a new approach. “When they met us, their team shared some of the struggles they had gone through at their alternative school in Nebraska, and how they were able to develop a plan to bring stability, character building and a sense of belonging and purpose back into the lives of young people,” Spicer says. Changing the Culture Like many schools in crisis, Fenger had lost its way. Creating a new culture, though, required some radical change. “You can’t hold kids accountable for something you’ve never told them,” says Erin Green, Director of National Training at Boys Town.
6 Education SlideShares To Inspire, Improve And Innovate Your School One of the things I love about the modern web is the willingness of talented people to share their amazing content for free. Online communities that encourage individuals to share their work in return for broad exposure and the respect and credibility that this builds. One of the strongest and most vibrant communities fostering this culture is SlideShare. SlideShare is a priceless resource and one that is often overlooked when searching and creating content on the web. With this in mind, here are six great educational SlideShares that you may like to share with your school audience. Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators As Curators This very sharp and well designed set of slides focuses on curation of content for students and teachers. How I Flipped My Classroom A very hands-on slide deck, this presentation delves into the process that teacher, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, used to flip her classroom. The End Of Teaching Using Diigo in the Classroom QR Codes in the Classroom & Library, Too!
Why Kids Need Schools to Change Big Ideas Flickr: Elizabeth Albert The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive. Most of us know this, and yet making room for the huge shift in the system that’s necessary has been difficult, if not impossible because of fear of the unknown, says educator Madeline Levine, author of Teach Your Children Well. “People don’t like change, especially in times of great uncertainty,” she said. “I’m astounded at the glacial pace of change in education.” During this time of economic uncertainty, especially, Levine said parents want to make sure their kids won’t fall into the ranks of the unemployed and disenfranchised young people who return home because they’re unable to find jobs. Yet therein lies the paradox. “I’m astounded at the glacial pace of change in education,” she said. PROJECT BASED LEARNING.
Bloomin' Apps This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place.Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Android, Google and online tools and applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite online tool, iOS, or Android app with others. Cogs of the Cognitive Processes I began to think about the triangular shape of Bloom's Taxonomy and realized I thought of it a bit differently.Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes in and out of the each level as they acquire new content and turn it into knowledge, I created a different type of image that showcased my thoughts about Bloom's more meaningfully.Here is my visual which showcases the interlocking nature of the cognitive processes or, simply, the "Cogs of the Cognitive Processes". IPAD APPS TO SUPPORT BLOOM'S REVISED TAXONOMYassembled by Kathy Schrock Bloom's and SAMR: My thoughts
ucation Innovation Clusters | Office of Educational Technology By accelerating the pace of innovation in learning sciences and technologies, the United States has the opportunity to close the achievement gap, improve national competitiveness, and drive economic growth. Accelerating the pace of innovation requires a fresh approach to research and development and the infrastructure that supports it. Education Innovation Clusters Creating a new education innovation ecosystem requires new types of partnerships that cross traditional domain silos. The US Department of Education seeks to identify forward-thinking regions where commercial, academic, and education partners have come together to form an innovation cluster focusing on a specific challenge that their region is uniquely suited to address and solve. Elements of an Education Innovation Cluster Educational partners would provide the environment where emerging learning technologies could be piloted and new solutions could be developed with input from students and teachers.
STEM Mom My 10 Favorite Education Infographics Of 2012 (So Far) We live in a world of quick consumption, bite-size morsels of information, and visualizations of just about everything. All of this has become boiled down into the uber-popular infographic. They pop up from time to time on Edudemic and I often have a tough time determining if I should actually run versus another. I’ve been saving up all of my favorite infographics for a post just like this one. I picked each infographic based on the topic, breadth of information, and overall worth. The phrase ‘sum is greater than its parts’ comes to mind as each of these 10 infographics is useful in its own right… but altogether they’re downright overwhelmingly helpful. The Public Thinks Laptops Shouldn’t Be Allowed in Class Until High School Technology has become an integral part of life in most parts of America, but some people are still concerned about how we introduce it to young people. The Internet: A Decade Later The growth of the internet in the last 10 years is staggering. Our Future Demands STEM
Can Kids Be Taught Persistence? Culture Teaching Strategies Flickr:Miish By Jennie Rose In his new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, author Paul Tough makes the case that persistence and grit are the biggest indicators of student success. Dominic Randolph, the headmaster at the elite Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York, who believes students don’t know how to fail, is one of the sources in Tough’s book who has set out on a road to change an “impoverished view” of learning. Another primary source in the book is David Levin, co-founder of the charter KIPP Academy, who developed a student character report card to cultivate this resilience and self control in his students. “What I think is important on the road to success is learning to deal with failure, to manage adversity. engaging with people who are different from them, or what educators refer to as “code switching.” It’s that idea — whether kids can learn to learn — that concerns both parents and teachers.