Digital Differentiation Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation. Note: The interactive graphics you see below have been updated. The goal is to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths. Essential Questions: Student-driven learning experiences should be driven by standards-based Essential Questions. Teacher Facilitated Learning Experiences:
Dr. Lodge McCammon's FIZZ - Education - Raleigh, NC 12 Screencasting Tools For Creating Video Tutorials Ever wondered how people show you so clearly what is happening on their computer, like in the Photoshop Video Tutorials we shared with you? Thanks to screencasting software, anyone can do it. So what's stopping you now from making your own how-to videos? Try out one of these 12 tools and get to making your first video! Free AviScreen - As the name would imply, this capture program records the video into AVI files, but can also do BMP photos. CamStudio.org - An open source program for capturing your on-screen video and audio as AVI files. Copernicus - A free program for Macs that focuses heavily on making quick and speedy films by recording the video to your RAM for quicker access. JingProject.com - Beyond recording video, Jing allows you to take a picture of any portion fo your desktop, draw on it, add a message, and immediately upload your media to a free hosting account. Wink - Screencasting software that focuses on making tutorials with audio and text annotation abilities. Commercial
Introduction to ASSISTments: a path to understanding - TeacherWiki From TeacherWiki Welcome to ASSISTments. Neil Heffernan, Project Director and Co-Founder, Professor of Computer Science, Director of the PhD Program in Learning Sciences and Technologies If you are here you have visited our registration page and have requested the code needed to create a new ASSISTments account. Cristina Heffernan, Head of Professional Development and Co-Founder, Math Education Specialist You will be escorted through 4 pages and on each one you will be asked to do something. As you will learn on the following pages ASSISTments is a tool that teachers manage and students, teachers and administrators use. We are excited that you are excited about getting an account in ASSISTments. Neil and Cristina Heffernan Click here to start on the path to understanding ASSISTments.
- Paper, we don't need no paper! Tools and tips for going paperless 0 Comments February 14, 2012 By: David Andrade Feb 14 Written by: 2/14/2012 6:41 AM ShareThis Going paperless - it's good for the trees, good for budgets, increases efficiency and organization, and makes life easier in many ways. The first thing you need is electronics. Another piece of hardware is a scanner, especially one that has document feed capabilities (vs. a flatbed scanner). Apps and software are the next piece of the paperless puzzle. Once you have your services and apps set up, you can access your files and data anywhere. You can do almost everything online now, including banking. If you don't have ready access to a mobile device, but spend most of your time near a computer, you can always print out your calendar/schedule for the week, along with your to do list and space for notes. 1 page of paper or so per week is better than tons of paper. If you like taking notes with a pen and paper, take a look at the LiveScribe smartpen. Related: Evernote for Education Livescribe SmartPen
Mr. Driscoll's Class Wiki - Flipping the Class | THE BASICS | Flipped Class In Action | | Getting Started | Student Access | | Flipped Class Resources Welcome to today's professional development session on "flipping the class!" Below is a brief intro video (also a sample screencast...) What is a "flipped class?" First, it is not (I repeat NOT) simply having students watch Khan Academy videos at school. Since that is out of the way, the following links provide great overviews of the flipped class model. Below, I have linked videos of the flipped class in action. Today, we will be using screencast-o-matic to make our initial videos. Steps:Go to "Watch a very quick demo" on the left. Where to begin... here are a few website that are a great place to start.Flipped Learning This site is a great resource for all things "flipped class." If you are currently scoffing in condescension, please reconsider your preconvieved notion of Twitter.
5 Best Practices for FC Ok, I'll be honest. I get very nervous when I hear education reformists and politicians tout how "incredible" the flipped-classroom model, or how it will "solve" many of the problems of education. It doesn't solve anything. It fosters the "guide on the side" mentality and role, rather than that of the "sage of the stage." It also creates the opportunity for differentiated roles to meet the needs of students through a variety of instructional activities. 1) Need to Know How are you creating a need to know the content that is recorded? 2) Engaging Models One of the best way to create the "need to know" is to use a pedagogical model that demands this. 3) Technology What technology do you have to support the flipped classroom? 4) Reflection Every time you have students watch a video, just like you would with any instructional activity, you must build in reflective activities to have students think about what they learned, how it will help them, its relevance, and more. 5) Time and Place
Flipping The Classroom… A Goldmine of Research and Resources To Keep You On Your Feet Greetings from Boston and BLC12 (Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference ). If you wish to follow the happenings at BLC12 check out the hashtag #BLC12 on Twitter. Welcome to another post rich in resources on the Flipped Classroom. If you have come here looking for links that will guide you to videos and multimedia to use in a Flipped Classroom you will find that in the second half of this post. Perhaps you have tried a little Flip of your own and want to learn more. Quick Note – I have been getting a lot of request asking if I will make a visit to your school, organization, or conference. Introduction To The Flip Many educators are beginning to become aware of the growing teaching method referred to as “Flipping The Classroom”. You see, at first this definition does make a lot of sense, and like so many “best practices” I see great value in the idea. Yes, I am a proponent of incorporating various multimedia and online learning in a blended environment. Resources Research
Learning & the Brain - Connecting Educators to Neuroscientists and Researchers The Web-Connected Generation:How Technology Transforms Their Brains, Teaching and Attention May 4-6, 2012At the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel Arlington, VATHIS EVENT HAS PAST. Please click the conferences link in the navigation to see our upcoming events. Neuroscience is finding that today's multitasking digital media environment is changing students' brains, in positive and negative ways, and will transform teaching, education and learning. Learning Objectives You will gain knowledge about: >>Download Conference Brochure for Educators/Clinicians (pdf) >>Download Conference Brochure for Speech-Language Pathologists (pdf)
Flipteaching 10 Tools to Help you Flip Your Classroom Two years ago I "flipped" my high school Anatomy & Physiology class. Read my previous post for the full story. I learned by trial and error. 2. : from the makers of Camtasia ( TechSmith ), this screen capture tool allows you to quickly capture a still image of all or part of your screen. 3. : You will be creating lots of presentations and handouts in your flipped classroom. 4. : After creating your recorded lectures and hand-outs, you will want somewhere to post them sot that your students can access them. The commercial version of wikispaces includes advertising. 5. : The internet has enabled like-minded people, scattered across the globe, quick and easy access to each other. 6. : created by the fathers of flip, Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams, the Flipped Class Network is a social community for teachers interested in and currently using the flipped classroom model. 7. : the cousin of Camtasia Studio (see #1 above), Jing is a light-weight screencasting tool.
Forget About Blended Learning Best Practices Blended Learning | Viewpoint Forget About Blended Learning Best Practices In the first installment in our new monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker advise schools to skip the "best practices" and instead seek innovations that work in their unique circumstances. By Michael Horn, Heather Staker03/01/12 Blended learning is increasingly dominating education conversations, and it's no wonder why. As public schools move to this new reality, they are clamoring for templates to follow and for "best practices." Simply following the guidance of best practices won't help schools get the best results for their students. Best practices take the attributes of what good organizations do and assume that they are the causal reason for their success. Perhaps the best advice for educators is to take best practices with a grain of salt. Which Blended Learning Model is Right for Your School? About the Authors
Goal of Flipped Class Videos: Content Delivery or Skill Development? It recently occurred to me that since I began flipping my world history course in January, each of my screencast lectures have had one overarching goal: content delivery. This has proven tremendously useful and the early results, considering both assessment scores and student feedback, are encouraging. Transitioning some of my direct instruction (content delivery through lecture) to video has helped students understand some of the major events and themes from world history, but I realized what I should shift my focus towards: building social studies skills! Since most of our class time is now spent working on such skills, I now have a better understanding of their ability to engage in such learning experiences. In sum, I overestimated many of their abilities. For example, we recently worked on evaluating the historical significance of cold war events. Then, it dawned on me. We also realized that there were several other benefits to creating skills based screencasts…