Khan Academy Nerdy Teacher - Use Ipad in Class I have had a full summer to think about all of the different things I plan to do with my iPad this year. I've surfed the 'net and have had some conversations with people and I have come up with a few ideas. I'm really excited to get started. I hope some of my ideas help fellow iPad educators use the iPad in their class. Safari (Free) No big surprise, but the web will be very important to my use of the iPad in the classroom. Another great thing about the web access is that I can email students any piece of content I have on the iPad. iBook (Free) I love reading books on my iPad. Many of the books I teach in class are free downloads. Here is a picture of the original cover of the book. Here is a shot of the note when selected by the user. Another cool thing I could do would be to take the highlighted portions and the notes and email them to others. Things for iPad ($19.99) I really like Notes for iPad. The quick email is also very nice. Dropbox (Free) Diigo (Free) Dictionary.com (Free)
MIT Now Granting Official Certificates For Their Free Online Courses This is big. M.I.T., the hub of education and technology where innovations seem to happen on an hourly basis… has just unveiled the future of online education. Basically, you can now earn official credits toward an M.I.T. certificate by taking their free and online courses. The school is calling the program “MITx” reminiscent of TEDx. I wouldn’t be surprised if the trend-setting M.I.T. pushes brick-and-mortar schools to also grant official certifications to those that can demonstrate a mastery of the subjects being taught online. MITx While students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pay thousands of dollars for courses, the university will announce a new program on Monday allowing anyone anywhere to take M.I.T. courses online free of charge — and for the first time earn official certificates for demonstrating mastery of the subjects taught. M.I.T. led the way to an era of online learning 10 years ago by posting course materials from almost all its classes. Mr.
The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture Due to Khan Academy’s popularity, the idea of the flipped classroom has gained press and credibility within education circles. Briefly, the Flipped Classroom as described by Jonathan Martin is: Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating. A compiled resource page of the Flipped Classroom (with videos and links) can be found at The advantage of the flipped classroom is that the content, often the theoretical/lecture-based component of the lesson, becomes more easily accessed and controlled by the learner. It is important, though, not to be seduced by the messenger. The problem is that educators, as a group, know how to do and use the lecture. The Flipped Classroom Model Experiential Engagement: The Activity Summary
LinkedIn Buys ChoiceVendor: ‘Yelp for B2B’ LinkedIn announced that it had acquired ChoiceVendor, a small-business oriented vendor review site. This is how founder-CEO Yan-David Erlich described it at launch back in September of 2009: “a website that helps business professionals find and manage their vendors—anything from payroll to IT to catering.” He also wrote about the future of recommendations in a July, 2010 piece in Forbes in which he said the following about ChoiceVendor: ChoiceVendor, the business-to-business review site I founded, displays the role and industry of the reviewer to help business decision-makers find reviews written by people who hold roles similar or relevant to their own. Erlich spent a fair amount of time thinking about the local segment and trying to find an angle.
Flipped classroom Khan Academy Trains Teachers to Use Its Videos and Tools Khan Academy, best known for its free online library of math video tutorials, is using the summer months to offer in-person teacher trainings in places like Chicago, New Orleans and Redwood City, California. That might seem strange for an organization whose mission is to leverage the Internet to offer high quality learning to anyone, but Khan Academy has been piloting ways to integrate their videos into classrooms are ready to share what they’ve learned. Continue Reading Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First A new Stanford study shows that students learn better when first exploring an unfamiliar idea or concept on their own, rather than reading a text or watching a video first. Continue Reading Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos Continue Reading What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment? Continue Reading Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School Continue Reading Continue Reading
Ipad Screencasts This post is the continuation of My World of Reading… Part I. Two months have passed since this post, I am continuing to read more and more.. almost exclusively in digital form now… books… RSS reader… via apps… on Twitter… I want to tackle and document the following questions, originally from Ryan Bretag in his post Reading Digitally: Exploring the World of eBooks. He is continuing to explore the questions he poses on his own- Evaluating eBooks, ePubs and book apps Are the habits of reading evolving with the web and digital content? Reading has taken on the form of a continuum. Looking back on the way it used to be, reading seemed “limited”, with a beginning and an end. I heard a quote, unfortunately I don’t know the original author (if someone knows the name, please let me know) , that states something to the effect of A period used to tell us when to stop reading, but hyper-linked writing shows us how to continue… I no longer run of reading material, in any of my languages, any more.
Infographic: How Has the Internet Changed Education? Email Share December 23, 2011 - by Sarah Cargill 0 Email Share At Getting Smart, we discuss often how the Internet, personal digital learning, social media and other technology tools are changing the face of education. Today, students have access to an abundance of information, knowledge and resources over the Web. Faculty and students in higher education are using social media, online videos, blogs and more to instruct students in classes. For more, view the infographic below: An Updated Digital Differentiation Model Ten months ago I published a Digital Differentiation model on this blog. I've been using the model to guide the work I do each day and I've been sharing it via webinars and hands-on training sessions.Of course, ten months is a long time in the world of edtech, and I've added some new tools and resources to my personal teaching toolkit, so I decided it was time to update the model and tweak it just a bit. The original article and interactive graphic can still be found on this blog. 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, an idea supported by the Common Core. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. 3 Components: Essential Questions Student-driven learning experiences should be driven by standards-based Essential Questions. Flexible Learning Paths Teacher as Facilitator
Latin Text Generator for Mac OS X - LittleIpsum Students use StudentChomps 1st Graders Use IPads The iPads are finally set up and ready to go into the classrooms! It happened to be our first graders who were the first ones to get their hands on them! A few days ago, I tested and reviewed a great new app: Book Creator. I felt it was a great opportunity for our first graders, who had just finished a unit on butterflies, to create a book about the different stages of a butterfly and their learning reflection as a culminating activity. Students wrote a story, as a class, about the different stages of the butterfly. We shared their words with our Art teacher who would be working with the students to create the illustrations for the book. The first time, I brought the iPads into the class, we spent time talking about the care and handle of the devices. When picking the iPad up from the teacher we reminding them to It was important to also introduce “iPad” vocabulary to our first graders, so we would all be able to use a common language when instructing or asking questions. Like this: