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The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom Teachers of the 21st century are no longer just intercepting notes as they circulate the classroom. What used to manifest as a simple distraction on a slip of paper has evolved into a tiny symphony of beeps, ring tones and vibrating phones. As technological penetration increases, cell phones are not the only things becoming smaller; cell phone users are younger, and teachers throughout the country are feeling the effects. According to TIME m agazine , “77 percent of teenagers (12-17) have [cell phones], and 75 percent of all teens text.” Those who oppose student cell phone use argue that the cons outweigh the pros and that cell phones are problematic in the classroom, distracting students from lessons, increasing the risk of cheating and sometimes even resulting in theft. Although cell phones have the potential to pose a number of problems in the classroom, technologies offered by cell phones can be harnessed to improve student learning. Group Texting Silent In-Class Discussion Live Polling
Google Launches Open Course Builder Google launched an open source course building web application for the growing list of K-12 and big-name universities developing online classes. The barebones website is a lightweight way to bring course material online, track student engagement (with web traffic and surveys), and evaluate performance. “We want to use this launch to show that Google believes it can contribute to technology in education,” says Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig. Course-builder came off the back of an experimental Google class, “Power Searching with Google,” which went out to schools across the country to educate students on the more advanced features of Google for online research. The power-searching course “was a strong success and also generated some technology that we thought would be useful to share with the world,” says Norvig. Google is hoping that big-name universities, such as Stanford and MIT, who have started to put their courses online for free, will adopt the technology.
Teachers Easy Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education When it comes to using web resources with our students, time plays a decisive role.It is next to impossible for a busy teacher restricted by curriculum constraints, day to day lesson preparations, assignment corrections, to mention but a few of his chores, to effectively search the web and find the adequate resources to share with his/ her students. Most people just do not have the time to learn all these technologies and some educators pick just one or two websites of interest and start exploring them. This is definitely not the right thing to do particularly if you want to leverage the huge potential of technology into your classroom.There is, however, a simple roudabout to this problem. Look for educational technology blogs ( such as the one you are reading now ) and subscribe to their feeds to stay updated about the latest web tools to use in your instruction. 1- A List of The Best Video Editing Tools for Teachers 2- A List of The Best Digital Story Telling Tools for Teachers
Les cinq types d’influenceurs des médias sociaux Dans mon dernier blogue sur @Intelegia, je présentais les quatre volets de l’influence dans les médias sociaux (lire L’influence dans les médias sociaux en 4 étapes. Pour réussir dans les réseaux sociaux, je soulignais l’importance pour les professionnels de se positionner parmi les leaders. J’expliquais aussi comme il s’avère essentiel pour les marques et les entreprises d’identifier et de suivre les utilisateurs les plus influents, pour faire en sorte qu’ils deviennent par la suite leurs ambassadeurs. À quoi reconnaît-on un influenceur ? L’influence reste une notion difficile à évaluer précisément puisqu’elle réfère à des valeurs autant subjectives qu’objectives, qui se traduisent de plusieurs façons : par la réussite commerciale et financièrepar la renommée et la crédibilitépar la qualité des affiliations et des contactspar le charisme et l’impact de la personnalité Et, chacune de ces valeurs, sur lesquelles repose l’influence, pourront varier d’une personne à l’autre.
blubbr - Play & create video trivia games Teachers Easy Guide to Social Learning " Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behaviour is learned observationally through modelling; from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviours are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action." ( Albert Bandura, Social Learning Theory, 1977) Bandura has set the floor for a new conception of learning as a social process where there is interaction and mindful observation as opposed to the mechanistic view of learning advocated by behaviourism. When Bandura started formulating his Social Learning Theory For learning to be successful it has to have a social ingredient in it. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has compiled a list of some great social learning platforms that educators and teachers can start with. 1- Pinterest 2- Facebook 3-Twitter 4- Ning 5- LinkedIn 6- Skype 7- Wikis 8- PLNs
Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org Portfolio Development for Early Childhood Educators Ma vie connectée est ultra-chronophage Hier, pour rire, j’ai fait la liste des réseaux sociaux que j’utilise au jour le jour (ou presque) : FacebookTwitterFoursquareLinkedInPinterestPearltreesStumbleUponWordPress (x2)Over Blog Tumblr Ajoutons-y un compte Google+ et un compte Viadeo où je ne mets les pieds qu’une fois tous les 36 du mois (pour Google+, pas d’inquiétude : c’est la norme ; pour Viadeo, c’est normal aussi compte-tenu de mon secteur d’activité), ainsi qu’un compte Instagram alimenté au gré du hasard (et le hasard ne se fait pas très présent ces derniers temps). Tout ça, rien que pour moi : je ne compte pas le côté pro ! Force est de constater qu’avec autant de comptes, il faut dégager du temps. Dès lors, pas étonnant que les digital natives passent autant de temps devant leurs écrans. Quand on voit la multiplication des comptes, on peut effectivement se demander quelle place conserve la vie réelle dans un monde où tout passe par les réseaux sociaux.
Constructivism (learning theory) Jean Piaget: founder of Constructivism In past centuries, constructivist ideas were not widely valued due to the perception that children's play was seen as aimless and of little importance. Jean Piaget did not agree with these traditional views, however. He saw play as an important and necessary part of the student's cognitive development and provided scientific evidence for his views. For more detailed information on the philosophy of the construction of human knowledge, see constructivist epistemology. Formalization of the theory of constructivism is generally attributed to Jean Piaget, who articulated mechanisms by which knowledge is internalized by learners. When individuals assimilate, they incorporate the new experience into an already existing framework without changing that framework. According to the theory, accommodation is the process of reframing one's mental representation of the external world to fit new experiences. A few strategies for cooperative learning include
For Social Media In The Classroom To Work, Instructors Need Best Practices I’m writing this post to procrastinate grading the last batch of final papers that are sifting into my inbox. After one year of being a proponent of social media in the classroom, I can tell you what worked and what didn’t in the classes I taught at Bridgewater State University this year, and how it compares to what the current scholarly research is finding about student engagement in classes that use social media. At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, I spoke to the faculty of Mass Maritime Academy about ways they could incorporate social media into their teaching. My instructions were clear: It’s only something you should do if you are 100% comfortable with the technology, and whether you were having students watch YouTube videos relevant to the course or tweet questions and discussion points in class, social media had to be a tool, not a distraction. Evidence that Social Media Boosts Learning Outcomes, But No Best Practices (Yet) How social media was used depended on the class.