Google's 80/20 Principle Adopted at New Jersey School Like most schools, teachers at New Milford High School spend time on duty at lunch, in the halls and at in-school suspension rooms. But this year, the 55 teachers from this New Jersey school didn't have to do these duties for two or three 48-minute periods a week. And only one teacher had these duties at a time instead of two. This simple policy change enables what's been called the 80/20 principle, a theory practiced by Google that employees who spend 20 percent of their time on company-related projects that interest them will work better. In similar fashion, New Milford teachers now have more time to follow their work-related passions, Principal Eric Sheninger said. During these professional development periods, the teachers are coming up with interdisciplinary projects, new assessments and ways to integrate technology into their students' learning. "We really want teachers to be innovative and creative," Sheninger said. The teachers also created a portfolio of what they did.
5 iPhone Apps for Students With Disabilities Photo Credit: smh.com.au You may not realize it, but people with disabilities are also at a disadvantage when it comes to education. Studies show that 54 million Americans have disabilities. 28% of those with disabilities aged 25 and above barely even finished high school. More than 16 million people in America have a mental illness or a cognitive function problem while 3 million people have difficulty with speech communication, thus hindering them from learning independently. If you’re a parent of a disabled child or a teacher for disabled students, you can make learning more interesting for them with the help of these apps! ArtikPix One of the best learning methods for children is the use of pictures and graphics, one thing that modern technology such as the iPhone can now offer for free. In My Dreams If you don’t have an iPhone 5, you can always opt for apps that are great for older iPhone versions. ADHD Angel TapToTalk Learn Braille Alphabet
4 Ways to use Online Resources to Keep Advanced Students Engaged and Learning Post collaboratively written with Abbas Hussain. Just yesterday morning, there was an article in USA Today discussing how many of today’s students don’t feel particularly challenged by their school work. In this technology-enabled age, it is easier than ever to give advanced students the opportunity to pursue learning outside of the standard curriculum. Below are a few different ideas for providing direction and resources to advanced students to keep them engaged and let them pursue a higher level of knowledge about the content you’re covering in class. Khan Academy and similar resources A great resource for learning more about an impressively wide range of topics is the Khan Academy. Online Debate Discussion Forums There are a variety of free discussion forums available online, like Proboards.com or QuickTopic.com. MOOCs Online training courses and academic classes have become very popular over the last decade. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post
The Best Education Tools: A Crowdsourced Guide We showcase the best education tools which consist of a myriad of apps, tools, and other resources on a daily basis on Edudemic. It’s what we do. It’s fun, useful, and lets us help connect you with interesting new ways to do things. But what if you miss some posts because you’re off having a life, on vacation, or just don’t check Edudemic every minute of every day. It’s okay, we don’t either. That’s why we (Jeff and Katie) built “ The Best Education Tools For Teachers ” area of the site. How It Works First, head over to this page and then read through the introduction. To add to a list, just use the big pink ‘Add To List’ button and follow the instructions. If you want to just browse, no need to sign in. Now comes the fun part. So that’s about it. Click Here To View The Best Education Tools For Teachers
21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation - 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation by TeachThought Staff The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated. Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the success of students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in their students. Even the most well-intentioned and educated teachers sometimes lack the skills to keep kids on track, so whether you’re a new teacher or an experienced one, try using these methods to motivate your students and to encourage them to live up to their true potential. 1. While guidance from a teacher is important to keeping kids on task and motivated, allowing students to have some choice and control over what happens in the classroom is actually one of the best ways to keep them engaged. 2. 3. 4. 5. Not all students will respond to lessons in the same way. 6. 7. 8.
8 Ways To Show Your Support For Newtown getty images “Newtown, you are not alone.” –President Obama People all over the world continue to send an outpouring of support to the community of Newtown, CT. While youth and teens may not have their own funds to contribute towards the cause, there are many other ways to support this community in need of support. Lemonade Stand : Have a lemonade stand or bake sale and donate all the proceeds to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Write your local U.S. CNN iReport : What are your thoughts following the Newtown tragedy? Wall of love : Submit a message to the Wall of Love. Make a Card and Send it to Sandy Hook Elementary School: Even young children can make and create cards to support the Newtown community. Sandy Hook Elementary School 12 Dickenson Drive Sandy Hook, CT 06482 Wear Green and White: Talk to your school principal and set up a fundraiser at school.
classroom engagement strategies | The LectureTools Blog | LectureTools LectureTools provides an active learning platform that makes it easier for professors to teach more interactively, engaging students with laptops during class. Matt Stearmer, an instructor at Ohio State, however, finds that LectureTools helps engage his students not only during, but also before and after class. Here are the 3 ways Matt uses LectureTools to teach his Introduction to Sociological Theory class: 1. Provide content before class Matt posts the material the class will be covering for the week on LectureTools in advance. Giving students exposure to the concepts for upcoming lectures allows Matt to teach beyond a surface understanding. 2. Matt uses the interactive activities in LectureTools as a way to create times for telling . 3. Because students see changes made to published lectures, Matt also uses activity slides to put practice quizzes online on Friday. Learn How to Improve Engagement in Your Classroom In 2005 Dr. LectureTools: An Active Learning Platform on Vimeo .
12 Digital Tools To Implement Exit Slips This year our district implemented the use of exit slips to assess student daily learning. So, what are exit slips? Quite simply, exit slips are used to help students reflect on their learning and express their ideas and learning about a topic. Exit Slips can serve as 2 purpose: (1) It can be used to document student’s understanding of a lesson, (2) as an informal assessment, and (3) the effectiveness of the teacher’s instruction. At first, I was not excited about doing one more thing in my class. The 3 Categories There are three categories of exit slips (Fisher & Frey, 2004): Prompts that document learning, (Example: Write one thing you learned today, Discuss how today’s lesson could be used in the real world.) Prompts that emphasize the process of learning (Example: I didn’t understand…, Write one question you have about today’s lesson.) Prompts to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction (Example: Did you enjoy working in small groups today?) Other exit prompts include: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Student Engagement and Optimizing Learning Why Education Matters. 5 Ways Schools Are Already Using 3D Printing 7.77K Views 0 Likes We've already looked at MOOCs, tablet computing, gamification, and learning analytics. For the first part of the 'third horizon', (or entering mainstream use in four to five years), 3D printing tops the list. 4 Free Ways To Start Your Own Blog 6.67K Views 0 Likes Blogging is a digital skill that every teacher and student should have. 6 Technologies That Will Change Higher Education 6.28K Views 0 Likes The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have jointly released the tenth NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition.
Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity & Future Employability By Rob James Social media has become an essential part of most people’s everyday lives, from checking Facebook and Twitter to posting blogs, Pinterest listings, and uploading YouTube videos. However, and with smartphones making it easier than ever to spend time on social media networks, in what ways can these networks be leveraged to engage and build a foundation for future student learning? There is already evidence that teachers are using social media as part of teaching strategies, with the aim of encouraging students to view social networks as less of a pleasurable distraction, and more as something that can be used in projects and for personal expression in a medium they prefer. Some possible strategies for teachers to use social media have been outlined by Adam Renfro who emphasizes the cost effectiveness of using free social networks and the value of incorporating “real-world experiences into your classroom,” as well as the ability to encourage collaboration between students.
25 Ways To Use Tablets In The Classroom When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens. How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio. It never quite caught on in lower grade schools. See Also: 25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty Now, it is the age of the tablet. Yet, some educators are still skeptical. 1. In a subject like art, people might think, “How could a tablet be useful? It is, but what about an app that helps with color matching and combination, or tools for interior design where the child can map out their project in concept before getting to work? When they are done, they can share in galleries with other students for critique and encouragement. 2. App developers have continually surprised the public with the complexity of tools they are able to create for tablets. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccuring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?" 1. Working with their peers "Middle-school students are growing learners who require and want interaction with other people to fully attain their potential." "Teens find it most interesting and exciting when there is a little bit of talking involved. 2. "I believe that when students participate in "learning by doing" it helps them focus more. "We have entered a digital age of video, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and they [have] become more of a daily thing for teens and students. 3. "I believe that it all boils down to relationships. 4.
A Quick Look At The History Of Education Technology The Importance Of The Evolution Of Education 6.37K Views 0 Likes Over the past century, the modes of both imparting and receiving education have undergone a paradigm shift. The evolution of education has become more important than ever. Why TED Talks Have Become So Popular 5.67K Views 0 Likes TED talks are useful and free ways to bring high-level thinking and through-provoking ideas into the classroom and your home. 5 Things To Know About SXSWedu 5.65K Views 0 Likes The real story for anyone reading this is SXSWedu, the education-oriented version of the conference that's turning into a force of nature.