Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation. Note: The interactive graphics you see below have been updated. The goal is to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths. Essential Questions: Student-driven learning experiences should be driven by standards-based Essential Questions. Teacher Facilitated Learning Experiences:
6 Steps To A Flipped Classroom - by Josh Corbat, TeachThought Intern Students today are vastly different from when we were in their shoes. We were brought up on the age-old tradition of lecture, practice, and assessment. Lather, rinse, repeat. Think about it. Self-Directed Learning is the new learning. Students in the age of iPads and Google have been doing this since before they could walk. The Flipped Classroom model (or blended learning model, if that is your cup of tea) is based on very simple, logical principles. My advice to the teacher deciding whether or not to take the leap to the Flipped Classroom is just this: If you decide to go for it, there is no turning back. If you’ve made it this far, I’m guessing you’re truly interested in giving this a try. At any rate, here is one approach to flipping your classroom. Step 1: Decide which technology you will use. Low tech or high tech? The videos themselves are not meant to be worthy of the silver screen. There are so many ways you can flip your lectures.
Zaption - Learn with Video Khan Academy The PLP model: Research-based professional learning A vast body of literature underlies the connected learning communities model — our three-pronged approach at Powerful Learning Practice. Here we cite the studies and literature most relevant to connected learning in the digital age and offer supporting points to help readers understand the rationale behind the PLP learning model here. We’ve grouped the findings under three headings — the three components of connected learning communities: professional learning communities (PLCs), personal learning networks (PLNs), and communities of practice (CoPs). After a brief description of each component’s characteristics, we delve into underlying theories, experience and knowledge, effectiveness for teacher professional development, anticipated growth or decline, challenges and dilemmas, and use of technology. Professional Learning Communities Theories Experience and Knowledge Effectiveness for Teacher Professional Development Anticipated Growth or Decline Challenges and Dilemmas Use of Technology
How to Pack an Emergency Kit Like a Spy Plane Pilot The Flipped Classroom Turns Around an At-Risk, Failing School “ The Flipped Classroom Turns Around an At-Risk, Failing Schoo l” by Greg Green, Principal at Clintondale High School, was originally published on Getting Smart. As a principal of Clintondale High School , I’ve witnessed firsthand the struggles that a school must endure to educate at-risk students. Many of the students at Clintondale are faced with obstacles that hinder their education: 74 percent of our 570 students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, 38 percent receive special education services and 70 percent are a racial minority. After studying forty of our teachers and interviewing numerous students for one year, we discovered that on average, our students were given a mere 32 seconds of one-on-one support and instruction in each class. In 2010, we decided that something needed to be dramatically done to help each student succeed in school and beyond. As a first step, we implemented the flipped class approach in a single classroom.
This Is How to Create Videos in Google Drive July 29, 2014 This week's tip for teachers is about creating videos in Google Drive. As you know, since the time Google made it possible to integrate third party apps into Google Drive, there appeared a wide variety of excellent applications that are deemed to enhance the overall performance of your Drive . One of the essential apps that I think every teacher should connect with Google Drive is called WeVideo. WeVideo allows you to easily create and share videos and short animations.
Online Communities Part Three: Growing the Community inShare00inShare This report is part of the Online Communities bundle. Downloads Online Communities Part Three: Growing the Community (827 KB PDF) About this report Online Communities Part Three: Growing the Community is the third report in a series of four that focus on digital community building. The first report in this series, Starting a Community, focused on establishing communities. The third report introduces the use of email marketing to grow and enhance your community. Dispels the myth that email marketing is deadDiscusses how email marketing is the digital glue of social mediaExplores ways in which email marketing and social media go together like Batman and Robin to help grow online communities The author, DJ Waldow, is a marketer, social community manager and frequent blog author who writes from his experience building communities for clients in a variety of industries including retail, travel & tourism, and not-for profit. Table of contents
The Key To Learning: Knowing How Learning Works What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know. To put it in more straightforward terms, anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand (say, mathematics or history) and knowledge about how learning works. In our schools, “little emphasis—if any—is placed on training students how they should go about learning the content and what skills will promote efficient studying to support robust learning,” writes John Dunlosky, professor of psychology at Kent State University in Ohio, in an article just published in American Educator. Research has found that students vary widely in what they know about how to learn, according to a team of educational researchers from Australia writing last year in the journal Instructional Science. • I draw pictures or diagrams to help me understand this subject.
5 Less-Known iPad Apps For The Flipped Classroom Nothing can replace the physical presence of a teacher. But with so much technology available these days, some teachers and professors are choosing a different way to structure their classes by flipping them. A flipped classroom occurs when a teacher flips the traditional class method (lectures taught in class, homework done at home) to allow students to watch lectures at home and do homework and activities in class. This enables the teacher to assist in the application of the lessons instead of teaching the lesson in person. Here are just five iPad apps you can use to flip your classroom. 1.) The free ScreenChomp app lets you create video lectures with an iPad and post them on the ScreenChomp website for your students, where they can then download the recordings as MPEG-4 files. 2.) Explain Everything is an iPad app that costs $2.99. 3.) Like ScreenChomp and Explain Everything, Knowmia Teach is an iPad app that lets you create a whiteboard video. 4.) 5.)
Crea videos interactivos con estas 10 herramientas Las narraciones multimedia pueden convertir un proyecto periodístico en contenido atractivo y con altas posibilidades de ser compartido a través de la web. Te recomendamos esta caja de herramientas con 10 servicios ideales para trabajar información con una variedad de archivos y formatos dentro de un video. 1. PowToon Esta herramienta se concentra en la unión de imágenes animadas y videos para crear presentaciones llamativas y modernas, las cuales son trabajadas con efectos y transiciones. 2. Es un servicio gratuito que permite utilizar imágenes, gráficos, mapas y clips de diferentes plataformas de video (YouTube, Vimeo, etc). 3. Nos permite crear presentaciones divididas en slides, a las cuales se les puede agregar de forma rápida imágenes, texto, audio y videos alojados en la web o en una computadora. Una ventaja del servicio es que permite al usuario ingresar su propia voz si lo que desea. 4. Además, se puede incluir dentro del material animaciones prediseñadas, gifs, etc. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
What Is Communilytics? : A community analytics funnel in practice Effective Online Teaching As I venture through my online teaching and course development I have been drawn to the question, what does an effective online teacher look like? If I am to develop a good online course then I will need to know what aspect I need to include in the course that would facilitate good online teaching practices. 1. Provide helpful resources on the course site: their summary indicated that “guiding questions helped students focus and develop their projects” (pg. 21) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. 2. 3. 4. Cole and Kritzer (2006) expressed the need to create each unit as a module where all of their objectives, readings, presentations, questions, and activity were presented in one complete block. As I reflect on these practices and suggestions I am encouraged that I do implement a lot of these strategies but I also struggle with the schools that just want the old correspondence courses where there is no interaction and community and the student learns in isolation.