A Quick Guide To The History Of MOOCs This Is How Students Use School Websites 8.45K Views 0 Likes It's important to have a proper appearance online. So why are there so many unhelpful school websites out there? This infographic shares what students want. 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.
The Physics Classroom's ACT Test Center Life is filled with tests. From the moment we're born to the moment we die, it seems that there is regularly someone surrounding us and giving us a test. They ask questions. A common visitor to The Physics Classroom website is the high school junior who is taking physics. This section of the website contains about a dozen passages that resemble the types of passages found on the ACT test. Finally, take your time here at the ACT Test Center. About the ACT Test | ACT Test Preparation | ACT Tips | For Teachers | Other Resources Use the passages below to assist in your preparation. The Passages The passage uses a bar chart and a data table to present information regarding the variables that affect the stopping distance of an automobile. This passage presents information regarding an experiment performed to investigate the effect of an object's mass upon its terminal velocity. This passage uses a graph to present information regarding the phase change of a sample of matter.
Create Digital Magazines With Glossi Glossi is a new service for creating digital magazines. Glossi magazines can include images, videos, audio files, and links to external sources of information. The magazines that you create are displayed with page-turning effects. Applications for EducationGlossi is still in a closed beta so you will have to request an invitation before you can start creating your own magazines.
Brain Matters: Maximizing Your Classroom for Learning Teaching & Learning | Spotlight Brain Matters: Maximizing Your Classroom for Learning This educational consultant advises teachers to keep brain science in mind when figuring out how to help their students learn. By Dian Schaffhauser01/31/13 Teachers need to break up their lessons more during the class period and get the students moving if they want optimal learning to occur. Noting that teaching was the "only profession whose job is to change the human brain every day," Sousa offered a fast-paced tour of "educational neuroscience"--research that pulls together the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and pedagogy with the aim of increasing student attention, retention, and interest. At the heart of the science is the question: How is technology affecting students' attention spans. Based on the findings of educational neuroscience, Sousa offered a number of tips for maximizing learning. The Brain is Attentive to Novelty The brain is wired to pay attention to anything that's unexpected.
A Brooklyn High School Takes a New Approach to Vocational Education The building and its surroundings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, may look run-down, but inside 150 Albany Avenue may sit the future of the country’s vocational education: The first 230 pupils of a new style of school that weaves high school and college curriculums into a six-year program tailored for a job in the technology industry. By 2017, the first wave of students of P-Tech — Pathways in Technology Early College High School — is expected to emerge with associate’s degrees in applied science in computer information systems or electromechanical engineering technology, following a course of studies developed in consultation with I.B.M. “I mean, in 10th grade, doing college work?” said Monesia McKnight, 15, as she sat in an introduction to computer systems course taught by a college professor. “How great is that?” Into this breach, school systems around the country have been aiming to start new high schools like P-Tech. Stanley S. “Because that is the problem,” he said.
Exam prep made fun - Learnerator A Fun Way To Make Your Own Newspaper Clippings I stumbled upon a simple web tool the other day that, among other things, animates cat GIFs with speech bubbles that say whatever you want. We all know the internet loves its cats! See example to the right. Upon further exploration of the site, I discovered that they also have a newspaper clipping generator , which allows users to input their own information and the program generates a fairly realistic looking newspaper article which could be used as a part of a larger project or for a stand alone assignment to write a newspaper article on a particular topic. Teachers could use the tool for special events, student birthdays, classroom blogs, or any other timely topics.
3 Secrets to Motivating Students Among the many titles I bear, that of cheerleader is often the most challenging. Entering the classroom day after day with a great enthusiasm, a smile from ear to ear, a little extra pep in my step, and pom poms raised high takes practice. We all have those less than great moments but I have learned over the years, that the more excited I become about learning, the more my students will be as well. The key is motivation. Motivation is defined as “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something” (Thank you Dictionary.com). Notice the words DESIRE, WILLINGNESS, and DO SOMETHING! So how do I motivate my students to learn? How I Create Desire Before any lesson or new skill, a “desire to know” needs to be established. All of these methods are great spring boards into your lesson. How I obtain willingness to pay attention I find this to be easier once I have established the desire to know. Other methods of maintaining attention include: Moving around the room frequently.
20 Must-See Facts About The 21st Century Classroom The Current State Of Technology In K-12 7.62K Views 0 Likes What is the next device most students will soon purchase? How many schools have a digital strategy? 7 Great Note-taking Tools for Teachers and Students This is another post that was prompted by a reader's email. The email was looking for a list of recommended note-taking tools. I've reviewed a lot of note-taking tools over the last five years, but I have never made a list. InClass is a free iPhone and iPad app that could be a very useful tool for students carrying those devices. Color Note is a simple note-taking app that I've been using on all of my Android phones for the last year (yes, it's been a rough year for phones in my life). Save Meeting is a meeting recording app for iOS and Android devices. Notes.io offers a simple platform for taking and sharing notes. No list of note-taking tools would be complete without mentioning Evernote. mySchoolNotebook is a service for taking, saving, and sharing notes online and offline. If your students are already in the habit of using Google Documents to create documents, presentations, and spreadsheets it just makes sense that they take notes in Google Docs too.
Using Essential Questions to Improve a High-School History Course Using Essential Questions to Improve a High-School History Course In this thoughtful 2008 article in Social Education, teacher educator Heather Lattimer (University of San Diego) says that all too often, despite their charisma and talent getting students involved in classroom activities, “teachers are the ones doing all the thinking in the classroom.” To counteract this tendency, specifically in social studies and history classes, she recommends using essential questions for each unit. Here’s why: • Essential questions get to the heart of the discipline. • Essential questions have more than one reasonable answer. • Essential questions connect the past to the present. When is violence justified? Such questions address fundamental concerns that each generation should ponder anew. • Essential questions enable students to construct their own understanding of the past. • Essential questions reveal history to be a developing narrative. • Dig deeper through the use of historical case studies.
7 Ways to Create and Deliver Online Quizzes Creating and delivering quizzes and tests online offers a number of advantages over paper-based quizzes and tests. Many online quiz services allow you to create quizzes that give your students instant feedback. Some of the services provide the option to include picture and video prompts in your quizzes. And all of these services save you the hassle of printing your quizzes. Here are seven ways that you can create and deliver quizzes online. Blubbr is a neat quiz creation service that you can use to create video-based quizzes. Zoho Survey is a feature-packed tool for creating online quizzes and surveys. Quizdini is a free tool for creating online quizzes. ImageQuiz is a free service that allows you to create quizzes based on any images that you own or find online. Socrative is a free quiz/ survey tool that I've been using a lot over the last couple of years. Infuse Learning is similar in concept to Socrative with a couple of differences worth noting.
Create Trading Cards for Historical and Fictional People, Places, and Events Through one of Tony Vincent's Tweets I learned about a wonderful free iPad app from Read Write Think. Read Write Think Trading Cards allows students to create trading cards about people, places, and events both real and fictional. I used the app to create a trading card about Winston Churchill. To create my Winston Churchill trading card I simply selected "real person" from the list of trading card options, uploaded a picture of Winston Churchill that I found on the web, and then filled in the details that the trading card template asked for. Applications for Education Some of the ways that the Read Write Think Trading Card app could be used by students is to create a set of trading cards about characters in a novel, to create a set of cards about people of historical significance, or to create cards about places that they're studying in their geography lessons.
Secret Teacher: is it possible to balance leadership with time in the classroom? | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional Balancing the responsibilities of a middle leader with classroom time is a tough job, says The Secret Teacher. Photograph: www.alamy.com "Never Forget," sang Take That in 1995. With the greatest respect, I'm not sure that Gary Barlow will be remembered as a great philosopher, but "Never Forget" could well be the most important piece of advice that can be passed onto any colleague as they take their first steps towards leadership in school. Often, the best teachers move into leadership positions because they get the job done, they have a good rapport with students and have produced good results; not necessarily because they have well-honed leadership and management skills. These skills, like good teaching, develop over time and come from reflecting on those moments that don't go the way we planned. Middle leadership is probably the most important position within a school. Middle leaders have to motivate colleagues when they feel down, step in when things go awry, and lead by example.