Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship As you read this, students all over the country are sitting for state standardized exams. Schools spend up to 40% of the year on test prep, so that, shall we say, no child is left behind. Schools’ futures and funding depend on the number of students who fall into performance bands like "Advanced," "Proficient," and "Approaching Basic" based on bubble sheets and number two pencils. But this is not the rant you think it is. Let’s get one thing straight from the beginning: As a former high school teacher, I’m not opposed to standardized testing.
Results of the 8th Annual Survey of Learning Tools The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 – the results of the 8th Annual Learning Tools Survey – has been compiled from the votes of 1,038 learning professionals from 61 countries worldwide and published on 22 September 2014. The 2014 List is shown in the left hand column, follow the links to find out more about each of the tools. The slideset appears below. You can view some of the individual contributions here. A learning tool is defined as any software or online tool or service that you use either for your own personal or professional learning, for teaching or training
Homework Hub: Book Report Sandwich We've heard it all before. You can't find your homework, but you swear you just had it in front of you. Avoid the embarrassment of misplacing your report 5 minutes before you have to turn it in — and all the other following scenarios — by putting some method in the your messes' madness. You Hand in the Homework Due Nov. 11... on Nov. 12Time flies when you're having fun — especially when you're having fun instead of keeping up with your assignments. One of the best ways to make sure you don't miss a due date is to hang a calendar on a wall in your room. Teacher Tap: Interactive Websites, Games, and Activities What websites will get my students actively involved with learning rather than just reading off the screen? Where can I find simulations and other interactive learning experiences? I need to address individual differences. Some students need more practice than others.
5 Awesome Prezis And 5 Ways To Use Them In Your Digital Classroom I am just going to put it out there and say that Prezi is one of my all time favorite tools for work and for play. Simple, fun, free and with an endless number of uses in the digital classroom, the tool is now a favorite of many teachers around the globe. Being the most popular course on Fractus Learning Online Training and boasting over 5 million users, Prezi is indeed a favorite in and out of education. So, what are some different ways that educators are using the tool in the digital classroom? Here are five Prezis that exemplify great uses of Prezi to enhance your presentations, engage your class and further your professional development. Prezent ideas
5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning No one questions that excellent teaching is the key to student learning. The question we ask is: What skills will enable school leaders to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students? We realize how critical it is to provide leaders and teachers with the skills necessary to support excellent classroom practice and we also know that this work needs to be thoughtful, intentional, and focused. That’s the intent of our research-based instructional framework, the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™ (5D), composed of the core elements that constitute high-quality teaching. Download the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning instructional framework (Version 4.0 - PDF format). We customize CEL’s 5D professional development to meet the specific needs of school leaders and teachers.
50 Digital Education Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success The beauty of formative assessment is that there is no shortage of strategies and techniques available to teachers to use in their classroom. They provide teachers the valuable feedback they need to adjust their teaching so student learning moves forward. Today, digital tools available in smartphones and tablets make implementing formative assessment as easy and effective as ever. Back in April, we updated our growing list of digital formative assessment tools and it’s time to update that list again. We’re now at 50 digital education tools and apps that can help teachers implement formative assessment in the classroom, and this list can surely continue to grow.
Word Family Sort This online activity is designed for beginning and struggling readers to help them recognize word patterns and learn about onset and rime. Students are first asked to select a vowel, and are then presented with a series of words to sort into short-vowel word families. Students can then print their completed word family chart and use it to practice reading the words fluently. Teacher Tap: Interactive Websites, Games, and Activities What websites will get my students actively involved with learning rather than just reading off the screen? Where can I find simulations and other interactive learning experiences? I need to address individual differences. Some students need more practice than others. Where can I find interactive, practice activities for students? Interactives
How to use Prezi- a prezi for you to use Having talked a lot recently about the strengths and weaknesses of Prezi, I thought it was about time I ‘showed and told’. So here’s a Prezi presentation of mine, to give you an overview of how you can use the tool to best advantage. You can click through it like a book, or set it to autoplay. Now here are a few caveats - This is a Prezi designed to be read – if you used it as a presentation aid it would be supervised reading, which would be worse than death by PowerPoint.Use it like an online training aid and take your time to read through it.
Teacher to Teacher: Critical Thinking in the College Classroom This web site provides personal, practical, and published materials collected to help you cultivate critical thinking skills in your students, especially first-year students. How these materials are organized These materials are contained in 14 modules--ten focused on specific critical thinking skills, and four on specific teaching methods. These modules are then categorized using Halpern's (2003) framework for teaching critical thinking skills across disciplines. According to this framework, well-rounded critical thinking instruction helps students acquire:
What is StudySync? About StudySync StudySync is an award-winning, web-based product designed to increase reading and writing for grades 6 - 12. Research-based and aligned to the Common Core Standards, StudySync engages students in reading and writing through an extensive digital library of hundreds of texts, TV-quality video lessons, and a proprietary online writing and anonymous peer review tool. Excerpts in the StudySync® library are intended as touchstones to generate interest in an author's work. StudySync® believes that such passages do not substitute for the reading of entire texts and strongly recommends that students seek out and engage the whole literary or informational work. Picture Match Picture Match is designed to give new readers practice with identifying beginning-letter and short- and long-vowels sounds through a simple, fun game. Updated in 2008, the game features all letters of the alphabet. In the beginning-letter sounds section, a picture of an object (for example, a car) is displayed, and students are prompted to choose the letter that corresponds with the first letter of the word.
Planning for Responsible Tech Integration In February of 2012, full-time classroom teacher and technology author Bill Ferriter will be presenting to the Technology Committee of the Wake County Division of Principals on both the changing nature of teaching and learning in the 21st Century and the steps that school leaders can take to craft careful technology integration plans for their schools. This wiki page will house materials for this presentation. Thought for the Session Making technology decisions in schools is (sadly) a lot like herding cats. Can you figure out how? Shared Brainstorming