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Learning Theories Every Teacher should Know about

Learning Theories Every Teacher should Know about
Have you ever asked yourself what learning theories you know about and which ones you feel more connected to and apply in your teaching ? Generally speaking, theories inform and guide practice in any content area and a learning theory is a set of concepts on how people learn. It is more or less an investigation of the strategies and the underlying cognitive processes involved in learning. courtesy of edudemic

14 Technology Concepts Every Teacher should Know about We have compiled for you this list of some trending educational technology terms.The list below is a simple attempt to help you better capture the full picture of what all these tech terms are about by providing clear definitions to each one of them. The sources of each definition is included in the last section of this post enjoy 1 - Adaptive Learning This is an educational method which uses computers as interactive teaching devices. 2 - Virtual Classroom "A virtual classroom is an online learning environment. "Mooc is an acronym for “massive open online course”. 4 - Synchronous Vs Asynchronous Learning "Synchronous online classes are those that require students and instructors to be online at the same time. 5 - Blended Learning " A blended learning approach combines face to face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities to form an integrated instructional approach. 6 - Flipped Classroom 7 - Self-directed Learning 8 - Learning Management Systems 9 - Cloud Based Learning

Why We Need to Redefine Intelligence - HBR IdeaCast An interview with Scott Barry Kaufman adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University and author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. Download this podcast SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. I’m talking today with Scott Barry Kaufman. SCOTT BARRY KAUFMAN: Thank you. SARAH GREEN: So I thought we would just start with why redefine intelligence? SCOTT BARRY KAUFMAN: Yeah, it’s a great question. But what I’ve done in trying to look at all different kinds of minds and ways that we can achieve success in the real world once we get out of school, and the importance of things such as inspiration, and motivation, and engagement in something that personally interests you– what I started to notice was a repeating pattern over and over again. It’s almost like there’s a lot of intellectual capacity hidden in a lot of people. SCOTT BARRY KAUFMAN: I absolutely will. So they may be adding another intelligence. All this stuff.

Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect - Educational Psychology Video The Behavioral Perspective in Psychology Imagine it's your birthday, and you're finally old enough to buy a lottery ticket. You go to the local convenience store, purchase your first ticket and scratch it off to see if you won any money. If this happened to you and you won, you would probably be likely to buy more lottery tickets in the future because your behavior was rewarded. All animals, including humans, have the tendency to monitor what happens to us after each behavior. Thorndike's Research Edward Thorndike was the first psychologist to formally study the consequences of behavior back in the late 1800s. Thorndike created puzzle boxes. From this research, Thorndike learned that even though the cats probably did a particular behavior accidentally the first time, if that accidental behavior got rewarded, they were more likely to do it again the next time they were put in that box. The Law of Effect 1. 2. Applications of the Law of Effect For example, imagine a student in a classroom.

Capacity building Community capacity building (CCB), also referred to as capacity development, is a conceptual approach to development that focuses on understanding the obstacles that inhibit people, governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations from realizing their development goals while enhancing the abilities that will allow them to achieve measurable and sustainable results. The term community capacity building emerged in the lexicon of international development during the 1990s. Today, "community capacity building" is included in the programs of most international organizations that work in development, the World Bank, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Oxfam International. Wide use of the term has resulted in controversy over its true meaning. more from Wikipedia

What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do? What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do? That’s an interesting question. The original blog post was written a year ago by Med Kharbach in Educators Technology and re-posted by Terry Heick, from TeachThought. This blog has taken on a life of its own over the last year. 36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do: 1. Whether you choose a text message, email, social media message, Skype session, or a Google+ Hangouts depends on who you need to communicate with and why—purpose and audience. 2. Email won’t always work. 3. Hit the Print Screen button near your number pad on a keyboard on Windows. 4. Know what it means to be Rick Roll’d, the difference between a fail and an epic fail, why Steve is a scumbag, and who sad Keannu is. 5. Not everyone loves technology. An RT as an olive branch. 6. Terms of Use, copyrights, spam, phishing, age requirements–the whole ever-evolving and hopelessly complex shebang. 7. Tone is lost when you type. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Mental Models | How do you think the most rational people in the world operate their minds? How do they make better decisions? They do it by mentally filing away a massive, but finite amount of fundamental, unchanging knowledge that can be used in evaluating the infinite number of unique scenarios which show up in the real world. That is how consistently rational and effective thinking is done, and if we want to learn how to think properly ourselves, we need to figure out how it's done. Fortunately, there is a way, and it works. Before we dig deeper, let's start by watching this short video on a concept called mental models. It's not that complicated, right? The idea for building a “latticework” of mental models comes from Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the finest thinkers in the world. Munger's system is akin to “cross-training for the mind.” In a famous speech in the 1990s, Munger explained his novel approach to gaining practical wisdom: Building the Latticework 1. 2. 3. 4.

Social Constructivism and the Mediated Learning Experience - Educational Psychology Video Introduction People construct knowledge and the meanings from the stimuli in their environment, which leads to correct or, sometimes, incorrect meanings. 'Class, we have been discussing weight and measurement. Can you tell me which weighs more, this one-pound bag of feathers or this one-pound bag of bricks? Okay. It seems we have some disagreement. As we follow this teacher through her lesson, we will be introduced to knowledge construction, social constructivism and the advantages of collaborative learning environments. Background New knowledge is processed in three steps: Construction Storage Retrieval Construction is a mental (or internal) process in which a learner takes many separate pieces of knowledge and uses them to build an overall understanding or interpretation of a new concept. Some of the teacher's students were making reconstruction errors. Individual and Social Constructivism Typically, children learn individually. The guiding principles of social constructivism include:

Edina Tech Camp You are invited to participate in the 2012 Edina Tech Camp Below you will find over 35 classes either online or face to face to engage you in integrating technology into your classroom. $250 Stipend for Student Learning Experience If you choose to complete 9 hours of face to face training at tech camp or one of the online classes develop a student learning project to implement into your classroom and have a face to face meeting with your technology integration specialist you will earn a $250 stipend. In order to earn the stipend you need to... 2. 3. 4. *You may only earn one stipend per summer. Everyone is welcome to sign up for Tech Camp regardless of the stipend. Registration Process Online Courses run June 11th- August 1st August 13-16th *There is a "My Schedule" document attached at the bottom of the page for your planning and scheduling. Monday, August 13, 2012 Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Thursday, August 16, 2012 Also... These classes are free to Edina employees.

Connected Learning Principles We are living in a historical moment of transformation and realignment in the creation and sharing of knowledge, in social, political and economic life, and in global connectedness. There is wide agreement that we need new models of education suited to this historic moment, and not simply new models of schooling, but entirely new visions of learning better suited to the increasing complexity, connectivity, and velocity of our new knowledge society. Fortunately, we are also able to harness the same technologies and social processes that have powered these transformations in order to provide the next generation with learning experiences that open doors to academic achievement, economic opportunity, and civic engagement. What would it mean to think of education as a responsibility of a distributed network of people and institutions, including schools, libraries, museums and online communities? At the core of connected learning are three values:

Stephanie Sandifer - Transformative Technology Coaching Welcome to the homepage for Transformative Technology Coaching. Included here are resources and information designed to help individuals make the shift from delivering traditional ed tech support to facilitating powerful and engaging Transformative Technology Coaching. Move beyond "tech support" and delivering one-shot ed tech workshops to become a Transformative Technology Coach focused on facilitating embedded, ongoing professional learning for all. Learn why traditional tech integration strategies don't work, and explore strategies, resources, and tools for effective and efficient coaching for transformed professional practice. Participants will learn about specific strategies and solutions for effective instructional, cognitive, and peer coaching that lead to more reflective, student-centered, authentic, and engaging learning. Instructional Coaching "Instructional coaches are onsite professional developers who teach educators how to use proven teaching methods. Cognitive Coaching

Workshop Activities for Technology Integration Hands-on lessons and activities you can adapt for discussion and exploration in your technology integration workshops. Now that you've established the basics of technology integration, you're ready to explore. On this page, you will find a wide range of activities that will get workshop participants thinking and talking about the best ways to integrate technology into everyday lessons: These activities are grouped by topic, grade level, and subject area so they can be easily incorporated into a workshop with varied participants. Activity One: Digital Storytelling The purpose of this activity is to give workshop participants a chance to experiment with various grade- and subject-appropriate digital tools that will enable their students to tell a story or relay ideas through multimedia. Back to Top Activity Two: Digital Citizenship The purpose of this activity is to have participants familiarize themselves with various grade-appropriate topics in digital citizenship.

How to Design a Beautiful iPad Lesson: This is a beautiful lesson designed and presented by Rob Miller on Scrib. What I really like about this series of activities is that it allows the students or in Rob's case his teachers to articulate their own learning. It is never about a single app. The other great thing about this lesson is the beautifully designed yet simple instructions built by Rob. I would like to thank Rob for sharing this resource. This series of activities has got me thinking about a whole range of tasks that I now want to design and share with my own students.