Teaching Kids to Code Every era demands--and rewards--different skills. In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops. Now we are teaching them to code.
Web 2.0 Tools for Math Educators By Laura Turner This is a continuing series on Web2.0 and other web-based tools for educators. This information is specific to math educators, but there is some crossover into science. Math educators will find a large number of useable interactive companion web sites for the teaching of math concepts and skills. 3Dvinci 3D design is a great motivational and instructional tool. It exercises both left-brain and right-brain skills, and appeals to students of all abilities.
Creative Commons for Educators: A Free Online Course to Help Teach Digital Skills File this under, “a great opportunity for teachers.” Our friends at Creative Commons teamed up with P2PU to launch the newly minted School of Open, a free service that offers “courses on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond.” If you’re interested in learning how to find and adapt free, useful resources & activities focused on teaching digital world skills to students, their facilitated course, Creative Commons for K-12 Educators, was created with you in mind. Also, if you haven’t taken a course online, it’s a good chance to get your feet wet. In addition to the Creative Commons offering, additional ones include courses on Copyright 4 and authoring articles for Wikipedia. The full descriptions are below:
The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype effectively in the classroom Increasingly, educators globally are transforming their classroom using Skype to create powerful, authentic, motivating learning experiences for their students. From connecting with classrooms in other locations to learning about each others’ culture to connecting with content experts – educators are extending learning beyond classroom walls. So how do you use Skype effectively with your class? Hopefully this will help!
25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online - Virtual Education Websites Just because you’re online doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the world first-hand — or as close to first-hand as possible. Here are websites that feature virtual learning experiences, exposing online visitors to everything from history to geography, astronomy to anatomy, literature to government. 7 Wonders Panoramas – 360-degree views of the Seven Wonders of the World. Arounder Virtual Tour of the Moon – 360-degree panoramic views of the moon, courtesy of the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions. Teaching With Three-Act Tasks: Act One Table of Contents I get nervous when I see long-time blog readers in my workshops on mathematical modeling with three-act tasks. I tend to assume they’ll be bored.
Confession: Schools struggle with latest Facebook challenge Need more proof that today’s students are far more tech savvy than most adults? This growing Facebook trend is causing headaches for school officials across the country. The culprit? Dissolving Barriers To Adopting Technology In The Classroom Dissolving Barriers To Adopting Technology In The Classroom How the Other Half Lives: A Report from the 2013 Highlander Institute Blended Learning Conference by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Social Studies & Educational Technology Last weekend, the Second Annual Highlander Institute Blended Learning Conference took place on the campus of Rhode Island College.
The Increasing Potential of Minecraft in Education Many people have tried to persuade teachers to use Minecraft for Education as a learning tool, as claims that it has the power to enable students to explore, create and imagine in a completely different way than they could ever do in a traditional classroom (Edutopia). The popular world-building game, no doubt, does have the power to unleash creativity in a digital manner similar to Lego bricks, but how teachers can implement this in the classroom is a challenge facing many who can see the potential of the technology. The jump to iPad and Android has allowed Minecraft to become more portable, but a research project by the Art and Design Academy at Liverpool’s John Moores University is aiming to provide tools and teaching materials which make it easy to use Minecraft as a platform for collaborative design between young people. One of the researchers exploring the technology is Dr Mark Wright, who is interested to see how Minecraft can be best implemented in learning, telling UKEdChat…
Open-Ended Assessment in Math Welcome Here's a way to move beyond traditional assessment methods in math by using open-ended questions that require students to communicate their mathematical thinking. Developed by Thomas Cooney, Wendy Sanchez, Keith Leatham, and Denise Mewborn, Open-Ended Assessment in Math provides more than 450 questions. All involve significant mathematics, are solvable in a variety of ways, elicit a range of responses, and enable students to reveal their reasoning processes. This online resource also offers samples of student answers, a scoring rubric, and additional narrative material that addresses the nature, construction, and reasons for using open-ended items. Choose items by grade level and/or content area, including the following:
46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences). The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world. So if you want to try to make infographics–or better yet have students make them–where do you start? The 46 tools below, curated by Faisal Khan, are a good place to start.