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The Four Pillars of Technology Use in the Classroom

The Four Pillars of Technology Use in the Classroom
This past summer, with the help of my brilliant friend, Kristen Swanson, I took my Technology Curriculum to a place I had never imagined it could go. As a computer lab teacher, there has never been an easy to follow, mapped out path for instruction. As such, over the last 5 years I created a scope of skills and concepts across grade levels to guide my teaching and I had begun to map out what kinds of projects I could use to teach these skills. Still, my curriculum always seemed a bit disjointed and while my students created wonderful work and amazed me with their ability to apply their skills to video, music production, programming and more, I still felt like I wasn’t doing the best job at making it ‘stick.’ Fast forward to today. This summer, I put together a framework for my curriculum that ties all instruction to four ‘pillars.’ The Four Pillars of Technology in the Classroom I can’t wait to hear their thoughts and the connections they make for the other 3 pillars. Related:  Curriculum IdeasTech Integration

60 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information Big Universe- for younger childrenBlurb- prices start at $10.95 (small book) discounts on quantity orders Bookemon BoomWriter- students write a book together; class gets one free copy (free shipping) ClassikTV- create a movie by adding subtitles to old movie scenes Creaza- suite of creative tools, including cartoonist, movie editor, audio editor and mindmaps DigiTales- create 3-5 minute stories from these types: living memories, beyond words, itza wrap Do Ink- create Flash-style animations using a "simple and friendly vector editor Domo Animate- free animation website offers characters with dialogue, backdrops and special effects Glogster- drag and drop text, images, audio, video drawings and more; premium edition has no ads Juxio- interactive posters for the classroom Kerpoof- make movies, cards, drawings,pictures, tell stories; for grades K-8; site also has lesson plans and teacher tools. Lightning Bug -assists students in writing a story from finding an idea to finishing the story

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Teaching Fact vs. Opinion at Every Grade As a busy election season always seems to demonstrate, learning how to tell fact vs. opinion is not only a skill that will serve students across the curriculum and on standardized tests, but also throughout their lives. This is especially true in an information-driven world where anyone can disseminate “facts” via tweets, Wikipedia entries or blog posts. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite ways to teach this valuable skill at every grade level. In Grades K–2: Write simple facts and opinions on strips of paper, such as “Ice cream is made of milk and sugar” and “Vanilla ice cream is the best.” In Grades 3–5: Teach students about opinion “trigger words,” such as believe, think feel, always, never and none. In Grades 6–8: Discuss how nonfiction writers bring their own biases and opinions to what they write. In Grades 9–12: Question for you: How do you teach students to tell the difference between fact and opinion?

The Guide on Learning Styles and Style Discovery Test Everyone has different styles of learning – some people learn knowledge through visual diagrams and charts, some people learn things from logical reasoning and analysis system. To able to increase your learning speed and quality, it is important to understand which types suit you: … Many people recognize that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. Learning styles group common ways that people learn. Everyone has a mix of learning styles. There are different learning styles: Visual (spatial). To found out what is your own personal learning styles, you can take’s free learning styles inventory test. Resources:

Technology Integration Seminars 10-11 the Cross School Seminar on Integrating Technology for the fall/winter sessions of 2010-2011. Our Essential Question What impact does information technology have on teaching and learning in 2010? “Integrating technology is not about technology – it is primarily about content and effective instructional practices. Every child in American needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century. “Anecdotal evidence and research suggest that teachers' integration of digital tools into instruction is sporadic.

Ten Secrets To Surviving As A Teacher Ten Secrets To Surviving As A Teacher by Terry Heick Surviving as a teacher isn’t easy. Between the sheer work load, diversity of tasks, brutal pace, and seemingly divergent initiatives pulling you in a thousand directions, education can break even the most noble spirits. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 1. 2. 3. 4. If you have to move mountains to extract and implement data you’re going to fail. 5. Be yourself, not “a teacher.” Make trying new things a habit. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Only it’s not. Whether you view your job as taskmaster, inspirer of lifelong learning, or somewhere in between, your job is to bring learners to content. To survive as a teacher, you have to constantly find ways to make content fresh, exciting, and literally life-altering. And that’s teaching in a nutshell.

Free video lectures,Free Animations, Free Lecture Notes, Free Online Tests, Free Lecture Presentations Reading nonfiction is not optional SmartBlogs When Walter Dean Myers — noted young adult novelist — became the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in January, he said something particularly profound in one of his first interviews with Publisher’s Weekly. “We all know we should eat right and we should exercise, but reading is treated as if it’s this wonderful adjunct…We’re still thinking in terms of enticing kids to read with a sports book or a book about war. We’re suggesting that they’re missing something if they don’t read but, actually, we’re condemning kids to a lesser life. If you had a sick patient, you would not try to entice them to take their medicine. You would tell them, ‘Take this or you’re going to die.’ We need to tell kids flat out: reading is not optional.” I’d take Myer’s message one step further: Reading NONFICTION is not optional. The sad truth is that fiction still dominates the literacy lives of young readers. That’s why Benny — one of my former students — made my day yesterday. Pretty geeky, right?

Mobile Learning @ AU Mobile Learning Projects Experiment with mobile devices in your teaching Do you want to explore ways to incorporate your own or students' mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, or laptops) into your teaching? This is your opportunity, you can now submit a Mobile Learning Project proposal for the AY 2014-2015. Mobile Learning Projects Your project can take any shape or form, and you can request reimbursement for app or software license purchases or other related expenses. How to apply When you plan your project, please consider some of the Mobile Learning Principles developed by the Mobile Learning Task Force: e.g. to facilitate engagement, interactivity, collaboration, and other learning opportunities in and out of scheduled courses and develop opportunities to use mobile learning tools, regardless of course format. You need the following to complete the application: Background

How-to Remain Relevant in Higher Ed with ‘Active Learning’ Active learning…. the topic frequently polarizes faculty. Active learning has attracted strong advocates … looking for alternatives to traditional teaching methods, while skeptical faculty regard active learning as another in a long line of educational fads.” (Prince, 2004) Is active learning a fad? What is Active Learning? Yet the lecture method is proving to be problematic in today’s digital culture. When using active learning students are engaged in more activities than just listening. The words, ‘involved’ and ‘problem solving’ are worthy of emphasis; active learning is not busy work, but is purposeful instruction that guides students towards learning outcomes. These findings are consistent with Harvard’s Professor Eric Mazur, a pioneer of active learning who developed a method called Peer Instruction. Active Learning in Higher Ed Before examining instructional techniques, we need to define the role that lecture plays in active learning. IndividualCollaborationCooperative Resources:

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