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A List of the Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers


Insights into Innovative Classroom Practices with ICT: Identifying the Impetus for Change This paper draws on the literature of transformational leadership and learning organisation with a concern to foster innovative changes in classroom practices. Based on the understanding that effective use of ICT has to be construed in the pedagogical and organisational context, this study focuses on the impact of the relevant contextual factors on teaching and learning, and how these factors interact with each other, in particular the relationship between technological innovations and pedagogical innovations. By adopting a qualitative case study approach to examining the impetus for change, four different types of ICT implementation strategies have emerged from a sample of eight schools in Hong Kong and Singapore, the technologically driven type, the pedagogically driven type, the balanced type, and the uncoupled type. Those schools which have realized changes in classroom practices are characterised by ICT-pedagogical innovations.

Conversations in the cloud Ken Tothero · University of Texas at Austin VoiceThread conversations are media-centric, which keeps the discussions focused. They also provide an opportunity to reflect, resulting in higher quality input. And finally, the system just plain works. Ken Tothero from the University of Texas at Austin shares his experience using VoiceThread (3:04 Min) Cole Complese · Penn State

Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age December 12, 2004 George Siemens Two Great Google Story Telling Tools for Teachers Looking for some digital storytelling tools for your students ? Google has got two wonderful applications which I have already reviewed here in two separate posts. Check them out below : 1- Google Story Builder Story Builder allows you to create mini-movies or video stories with the feel of Google Docs. You can also personalize the videos you create using the characters, story, and even music of your choosing and when you finish you can share your final product with others.

The Wheel The Motivation and Engagement Wheel, developed by Dr Andrew Martin, is a practical multi-factor approach to student motivation and engagement. It comprises 11 factors that are grouped under 4 themes (see figure to the right). The Wheel comprises: 'Shift can happen' - Comment Comment:5 average rating | Comments (1)Last Updated:19 June, 2009Section:Comment “Transformational” change in Scottish education is important “Education is inevitably about the future.”

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Innovation 21st Century Schools Shoulder-to-Shoulder Innovation An Arizona district won this year's Sylvia Charp Award because of its revolutionary--and truly collaborative--approach to standards-based curriculum development. Here's a look at how it works. Common Core State Standards The purpose of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to define what students are expected to know and be able to do. The Common Core is designed to promote deep learning through rigorous student standards aligned with college and career expectations. The standards emphasize depth of knowledge, problem solving and higher order thinking skills. Created in 1987, the National Board holds student learning at the center of its mission, with higher order thinking as the hallmark of successful student learning that leads to productive citizenship. The National Board Certification process requires teachers to guide students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

PULP-O-MIZER: the custom pulp magazine cover generator When you purchase your custom pulp magazine cover on a printed product, the reliable Pulp-O-Mizer cranks it up to high gear and - after a few seconds of groaning and sputtering - it spits out a high resolution image at (or even over) 300 pixels to the inch. The image is immediately transmitted across the sub aetheric waves, and, well! That's when things really get interesting. We entrust your orders to well trained, electrically motivated henchmen and henchwomen. Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day National Center on Time & Learning June 2013, 68 pages. National Center on Time & Learning, 24 School Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02108, (617) 378-3940, Download: Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day (6.4 Mb) Through a series of case studies, this report explores how schools are utilizing longer student and teacher days to prioritize time for arts education as they work to improve overall academic instruction and focus on individual student achievement.

hetkind Andy Hargreaves, sociologists and professor of education sciences at the Boston College in Massachusetts (US) is among the most prominent authors and participants of the public debate on the future of education. This February he spoke with Luc Stevens at the ‘every child is a promise’ conference in The Haque (The Netherlands). Watch this video (05.24) to find out what Andy Hargreaves said about the Pisa-ranking, the status of a teacher and the value society attaches to education: “if we challenge teachers, give them freedom and responsibilities, we will be able to keep the best people working for education.

Andy Hargreaves Dean Shareski started it! (And that's a good thing.) In his post It’s Not Really PD, Dean says about the (mis)use of the term 'Professional Development' ('PD') to describe an event: “I guess we butcher our language all the time. Using the word “awesome” to describe a great sandwich as well as the beauty of a sunset. Or the word “love” to talk about our favorite app and the relationship we have with family. I … Continue reading