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Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using “tech for tech’s sake”. We recently discussed the SAMR model during an Academic Technology Work Group meeting at The College of Westchester. We examined the video, SAMR in 120 Seconds. Following are 8 examples of the SAMR process, each taking an example of a typical classroom exercise that does not use technology and walking it through each phase of SAMR. The goal of this exercise was to help me (and readers) better understand the SAMR model, and to really see how lessons and assessments can be transformed while considering the benefits of evolving them through these stages.

Maurice Elias: A View on Emotional Intelligence and the Family | Edutopia Maurice Elias, Ph.D. is a psychology professor at Rutgers University and director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab and the Developing Safe and Civil Schools Initiative. He is a regular blogger on Edutopia. In this interview, he talks about educating teachers about emotional intelligence, the importance of teaching self-control, and the role of social and emotional learning at home. Check out a video of him talking about why SEL should be an integral part of academic life. 1. What is emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the set of abilities that we like to think of as being on the other side of the report card from the academic skills. Back to Top 2. We felt that when you looked at the literature on education reform, which is a very long, long literature, it's replete with failure. We can't learn in the absence of dealing with our emotional state. 3. There are three types of obstacles. The next set of objections that comes along is, it's not the school's job. 4.

iTeach with iPads | Innovating learning and literacy with iPads in kindergarten Classroom Exercise Makes Learning Lively These techniques are wonderful for raising the students' energy level, for relaxing them. They can be done with the entire class at the beginning of class which is the best time to do it or if kids are losing focus or they're tired, you can, if you give the kids permission, they can go off to the side of the room, take a few minutes to do any one or a series of these techniques to get refocused and re-energized and then go back to their work. You take what's called the athletic ready stance, where your feet are comfortably apart, little wider than shoulders width, the knees are slightly bent and the back is straight. And this technique, you simply rotated the hips with the arms flopping out from the body, your head turns with your shoulders. You don't force it though. But the hips lead. The palms pushed together here in a nice symmetric fashion and the knees are slightly bent.

6 Common Misconceptions About Blended Learning Infographic Blended Learning Infograpics 6 Common Misconceptions About Blended Learning Infographic 6 Common Misconceptions About Blended Learning Infographic When implementing blended learning, stakeholders may have preconceived notions about this model of learning. The following outlines some common blended learning myths. The 6 Common Misconceptions About Blended Learning Infographic contains more details, plus questions to ask yourself when considering implementing blended learning: Myth #1: Students work in isolation In order to be considered blended learning, students need opportunities to interact with peers and the instructor in live, real-time settings. We live in a social age. Because teachers are not tied up with direct instruction during physical classroom time, online learning options can serve as a means to increase interaction and personalized contact time between students and teachers. Myth #2: Students complete online content by working primarily asynchronously at school and at home

6 Handy Tools for Adding Text to Pictures June 25, 2015 In today’s selection we curated for you some useful apps and web tools to use to add text to pictures and create classroom posters. Students can use these tools for different educational purposes including visually explaining a given topic, creating greeting cards, designing inspirational quote posters and many more. 1- Picfont ‘With Picfont you can easily : . 2- is a web tool that allows you to edit and customize your images through adding speech bubbles and different image effects. 3- Typic Take your photos further with Typic! 4- Fotor Photo Text ‘Fotor's Add Text feature allows you to pull fonts directly from your computer as well as from our many online fonts so you can add text directly on your photos. 5- Quick- Add text to photos fast ‘The fastest app for adding text to photos. 6- AddText

9 Ways To Use Social Networks In eLearning - eLearning Industry The eLearning is a term mostly serving to describe deliberate education with advanced technical user-friendly and intuitive teaching methods. Few of us, however, acknowledge the role different social networks play in teaching us to organize the conventional learning process thus merging it with eLearning step by step. Here you can get a rundown of using social networks in eLearning and how they make it ever more readily accessible and integrated for students. Getting to know how to operate these useful branchy GUIs on their own can make you a power user. 1. Running low on reading/writing focus at the lecture? 2. The notorious Instagram. 3. A great finding for a scatterbrain student, this web app will help you organize all the material you need to process. 4. This one should not be a stranger to anyone. 5. Originally designed as a database to remember everything, Evernote is a very useful tool for writers. 6. Is your browser bookmark folder a painful display? 7. 8. 9. Get 2 Free eBooks

International Children's Digital Library Offers Tons of Free eBooks for Kids June 11, 2015International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is an iPad app that offers a plethora of free books specifically selected for kids and young learners. The app is a fruit of the partnership between the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab and the International Children's Digital Library Foundation. ICDL features a large collection of children’s books from over 60 countries and in different languages. Some of the features ICDL offers to its users include: The full ICDL collection (thousands of books)Completely freeBooks in dozens of languagesiPad support for rotation (automatically shows two pages at a time in landscape view)All books have summaries in English and the native language of the bookSpecial support for readability - by zooming text (for many books)Many books translated into other languages Follow us on : Twitter, Facebook , Google plus, Pinterest .

Getting Started With Knowledge Management - eLearning Industry In the last couple of years I’ve dealt with a few companies that were either unable or unwilling to preserve the knowledge and expertise of their employees. In fact, I was employed at one such organization for quite some time. The company lost money and opportunities, and its image suffered as well, all due to the lack of a comprehensive knowledge management solution. In regards to training, the company put faith in the old “knowledge sharing is king” motto. However, they paid little more than lip service to the concept. As you may guess, the morale in the company was low, and the turnover high, which, in turn, only served to exacerbate the lack of expertise. To prevent such disasters from happening in the future, I decided to compile a list of basic recommendations that can be used to establish knowledge management in your organization. What Is Knowledge Management? Creating knowledge.Storing knowledge.Sharing and transferring knowledge.Applying knowledge. People.Processes.Technology. 1.

A Must See Interactive Graphic on Teaching Students about Copyright Today we are adding this wonderful resource from Cyberbee. This is basically an interactive image which includes important information in the form of answers to questions students might raise when discussing the topic of copyright. To start using this resource all you need to do is to hover your pointer over a student to read the question then click on that student to read the answer. Here are the questions asked by students in this interactive graphic, to see the answer you need to click on a student. 1- What is copyright 2- What about me ? Below is only a snapshot of the image , click HERE to access the original interactive graphic.

10 Mobile Apps Instructional Designers Should Be Familiar With - eLearning Industry Many Instructional Designers already use mobile devices in their eLearning strategy. They give online learners the power to access valuable online resources and improve their skills from anywhere in the world. However, we can also use mobile apps to our advantage. In fact, here are 10 apps that can help you collaborate on-the-go and manage your time more effectively. 1. Apple Keynote Keynote is a mobile app for the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. 2. Blackboard is one of the popular Learning Management Systems, and their mobile app takes online collaboration one step further. 3. This mobile app is actually intended for Instructional Designers and online trainers. 4. iTunes U Most people have heard of iTunes, but few know about the knowledge-packed iTunes U app. 5. Microsoft Outlook version for Android and iOS. 6. This productivity mobile app allows you to draw, jot down notes, and sketch out your eLearning course design. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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