IFLA Trend Report Schools shift from textbooks to tablets - US News & World Report By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Well before the cleanup from Superstorm Sandy was in full swing, students could read about the weather system that slammed the East Coast in their textbooks. Welcome to the new digital bookcase, where traditional ink-and-paper textbooks have given way to iPads and book bags are getting lighter. Publishers update students' books almost instantly with the latest events or research. Schools are increasingly looking to the hand-held tablets as a way to sustain students' interest, reward their achievements and, in some cases, actually keep per-student costs down. "We must use technology to empower teachers and improve the way students learn," said Joel Klein, a former New York City schools' chief who now leads News Corp.' News Corp. introduced their Amplify tablet during a breakfast Wednesday at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. Putting a device in every student's hand is not a pie-in-the-sky dream.
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. Computers adapt the presentation of educational material according to students' learning needs, as indicated by their responses to questions and tasks. 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 6 - Flipped Classroom 7 - Self-directed Learning 8 - Learning Management Systems 9 - Cloud Based Learning
Edgalaxy Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great Concept Map on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Yesterday while I was working on " the 21st century pedagogy chart " I came across this excellent graphic on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. I am pretty sure this will be a great addition to the resources I have been compiling in the section called Bloom's Taxonomy for Teachers here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.This fabulous work has been done by Andrew Churches in which he relates higher order thinking skills included in Blooms Taxonomy to different digital skills. The purpose is to highlight the importance of technology and digital skills in today's learning. This graphic is similar to the post I have published a couple of months ago entitled Web Based Bloom's Taxonomy and in which I featured a set of web tools that go under each category of Bloom's Higher Order Thinking Skills. Click on the image to enlarge it
Note-Taking with iPads I vividly remember how I first learned to take notes. My sixth grade geography teacher lectured in outline style: "Roman Numeral one - China. A - Qin Dynasty. 1 - Rulers . . . " We wrote down precisely what he said, and to this day, I still take notes in outline form. However, consider Sunni Brown's TED Talk, "Doodlers Unite." While outlining may work for me, what about those who value taking notes in the margins? When students learn to hand-write their notes, they focus on content and organization within a single medium -- paper. Cameras and Microphones One of the most valuable features of iPad to support note-taking may be the camera. In addition to incorporating photos, many note-taking apps also include audio recording. Typing and Drawing We experienced an influx of "laptop kids" in our middle school. With iPad, these same students could both type and draw their notes. Supporting the Process However, iPads could also bolster the first step in her process. More Than One Solution
How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different by Terry Heick This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the development of personal thinking habits in 21st century learners. In an era dominated by constant information and the desire to be social, should the tone of thinking for students be different? After all, this is the world of Google. As a result, the tone of thinking can end up uncertain or whimsical, timid or arrogant, sycophant or idolizing–and so, devoid of connections and interdependence. The nature of social media rests on identity as much as anything else—forcing subjectivity on everything through likes, retweets, shares, and pins. But this takes new habits. Information Abundance There is more information available to any student with a smartphone than an entire empire would have had access to three thousand years ago. New contexts—digital environments that function as humanity-in-your-pocket—demand new approaches and new habits. Persisting.
10 Great Resources on 21st Century Education I believe the 21st century education is idiosyncratic in nature. It has acquired some distinctive features that sets it apart from the kind of traditional education that was prevalent in the 20th century. Of course it does not take you long to guess the reason behind this change , digital revolution has and is still radically transforming the way learning and instruction is delivered. Even inside this technology itself there is another deep revolution going on, we no longer talk about computers ( laptops and desktops ) as being the main vehicle of the 'technologized' ( term borrowed from New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Classroom Learning ) instruction inside schools but there is also the emergence of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets , and they are gaining more ground in the educational sector. In this post , I am providing you with the best content I have published here about the 21st century education. 1- The 33 Digital Skills Every Teacher should Have
Yugioh Card Maker Flipped classroom, flipped teaching vai flipped learning? Flipped classroom -ajattelumalli on yksi tämän hetken kuumimmista pedagogisista puheenaiheista. Flipped-malli on yksi sulautuvan oppimisen toteutustapa, joka on perinteisesti ymmärretty videoiden hyödyntämisenä teoriaopetuksen metodina. Oppijat tutustuvat teoriaan itsenäisesti etänä, jolloin lähiopetukseen jää enemmän aikaa keskustelulle ja ongelmanratkaisulle. Malli on suomennettu tieto- ja viestintätekniikka opetuksessa Facebook-ryhmässä "käänteiset opetusmenetelmät" -malliksi. BETT-messuilla Lontoossa 31.1.2013 flipped class-ajatuksen pioneerit, yhdysvaltalaiset Aaron Sams ja Jonathan Bergmann, luennoivat opetusmallin kehittymisestä. Miksi flipped classroom -ajatusta pitäisi pohtia? Samsin ja Bergmannin mielestä aiheen tärkeyttä voidaan lähestyä kysymällä: "Mikä on paras tapa käyttää aikaa, kun opettaja on oppilaan kanssa kasvotusten?" Flipped-ajattelun kehittyminen teoriassa ja käytännössä 1. 2. Flipped-ajattelun seuraava kehitysvaihe oli arvioinnin kehittäminen. 3. 4. Pohdinta e-Oppi Oy
5 Great Google Drive Video Tutorials for Teachers February19, 2014 Today I am sharing with you a slew of interesting Google Drive video tutorials that are created by Anson Alexander. I came across these tutorials while I was browsing through this wonderful site called Working at The Edge. I thought about tweeting this resource without having to post it here but I know 15 thousands of email subscribers to this blog will probably miss them. These tutorials will help you get to know some of the features and functions of Google Drive that you might probably be missing. 1- Composing Google Docs 2- Sharing files and folders 3- Document Organization 4- Advanced sharing and permission 5- Third party apps
5 technologies transforming education right now From iPads in classrooms to mobile apps for educators, new technologies are changing how teachers teach and educational institutions are run. Whether they flip the classroom model, blend the learning experience or just make educators' lives easier, lots of innovators are talking about technology and how it is transforming education as we know it. To give you an idea of what's coming, we've turned the spotlight on five technologies that are driving the ed tech revolution. Here's what you need to know: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Would you like to see more education news like this in your inbox on a daily basis?