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27 Tips For Becoming A Digital Teacher

27 Tips For Becoming A Digital Teacher
The term ’21st century teacher’ has been met with a bit of backlash over the past year or so. I’ve seen it pop up all over the place (including Edudemic of course) as a term to describe a ‘modern’ or ‘connected’ or ‘digital’ teacher. Basically, we all seem to trying to find the best term for a teacher who uses technology to enhance learning. See Also: A Day In The Life Of A Connected Educator The terminology is not important. All of these goals are important and, more importantly, they’re detailed in Edudemic posts every day. So if you’re looking for tips, activities, or simply want to quickly know what it takes to become a modern / connected / 21st century / digital teacher, then use this visual as a jumping-off point to get you on your way.

Get ready for TED Talks Education, airing May 7 at 10pm TED is coming to a TV screen near you. On Tuesday, May 7, our first-ever television special will air on PBS at 10pm. Called TED Talks Education, the special is a deep dive on ideas to make our education system stronger – with talks from teachers, learning experts, education researchers and more. The speaker roster includes: host John Legend, educator Rita F. Set your DVR or mark your calendar now: May 7, 10pm, PBS. And stay tuned for much, much more, as TED will be kicking off Education Week on our site on May 6. 23 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able To Do With An iPad Using an iPad is simple due to its intuitive interface, elegant touch interface, and user-friendly operating system. Below we’ve listed 23 different tasks a teacher should be able to perform with their iPad. We’ve tried to focus on the basics, along with some typical tasks a teacher may be required to complete. We’ve also (roughly) arranged them from less complicated to more complicated, so consider yourself an Unofficial iPad “Basic Hacker” if you can get to the bottom. And let us know which important ones we’ve missed below on twitter or facebook. 1. Power button; long press and plug it in. 2. Apple has you covered: “To redeem an iTunes Gift Card or Gift Certificate, click the Redeem link in iTunes, enter the code on the card or certificate into the Redeem Code box on the page, and click the Redeem button. 3. For reference, check Apple’s help page, or Appducate’s page for some troubleshooting tips. 4. And this probably means social media messages, too. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Learning Is Not About The Technology You have an expert Skype or Google Hangout into your classroom. Students discover a career they want to pursue. It’s not about the technology. It is about the learning. Your students are creating deep reflections in their blogs. Your students are using iPads to research the location from a novel. Your students are collaboratively creating a group project using Google Presentations focused on the digestive system. It’s not about the technology. Your students are making short video book reviews and creating QR codes and pasting the codes in the books to share. You and your students use Symbaloo, or Delicious, or Diigo to save and share favorite websites for quick and easy access. Your students share their collaborative group GoogleDoc and receive instant feedback through comments. You have another teacher and her class video chat with your students and they eagerly locate information to determine the location of the other class. When is it about the technology? Make it about the learning.

Say Hello to the Mobile E-Learning Revolution Not long ago, the iPad was nothing more than speculation. It was spec drawings on techie blogs and whispers at conventions that drew our interest and peaked our curiosity. Some claimed that this would be the device that finally ended Apple’s reign of supremacy. Others thought that this device would open up a whole new market segment that revolutionized the way we viewed personal computing as a whole. One year later, the iPad – and tablet devices in general (and even smartphones) have in fact changed the way we look at, and think about computing. It has made us realize that computers can be created to fully reflect their users, and that devices can be customized to meet their needs. Should E-Learning be any different? Here’s my thought on the matter. In the past, mobile learning had nothing to do with the individual learner. I’m not asking you to reinvent the wheel. This could not be further from the truth! Mobile platforms should be natural extensions of our existing materials.

Twitter for Professional Development: Ultra Beginner Edition Written by Mark Brumley Using Twitter for professional development is extremely powerful. However, I often find myself in front of a room full of teachers with the majority having no idea how Twitter works. Even though you may be a social learning master, you must assume that most teachers (and the general public) are thoroughly confused and skeptical. Here’s some basic information to share. I’ll write this in a format that you can copy and paste into your own document to send to your faculty. Tutorial Starts Here: What is a Tweet? A tweet is a short message that can have up to 140 characters. Anatomy of a Tweet A tweet can certainly only contain text such as, “I just ate pizza for lunch.” Short message such as, “I just found a great language arts lesson plan!” So, a typical tweet contains: short message, link, hashtag Hashtags Hashtags provide a way to search millions of tweets and find content relevant to you. Hashtags are the key to finding relevant content. Finding Good Stuff

5 Features Technology Must Have Before Classroom Use Hyperboles run rampant when it comes to education technology. The old adage of ‘under promise and over deliver’ does not appear to be the cultural norm. Almost like a demigod, the education industry seeks the golden bullet that will solve the problem of providing an engaging personalized learning experience for every child and we assume it will have a USB port. Perhaps reflecting on historical advances in education will shed some light on the task. I recall with great fondness a teacher I worked with in my first appointment, she took great pleasure in explaining her use of some sort of jelly pad device which paint or ink was applied to. Using Technology Without The Art Behind It In much the same way as my efforts would be painful behind the world’s greatest piano, the use of technology as a tool without the art behind it is painful. So it is the buzzword of the last 10 years “Pedagogy” that makes the difference. Effective Use Of Education Technology

iPad sales: Apple’s next big thing isn’t a TV or smart glasses. It’s an old tablet Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The iPad has always labored under the shadow of its little brother the iPhone. When Apple launched the tablet back in the spring of 2010, everyone thought it was derivative—it’s just a big iPhone! Even now, after proving itself a worthy alternative to personal computers, the iPad rarely gets its due. When investors and financial analysts think about Apple’s future, they tend to focus on the iPhone, which remains the company’s cash cow. Poor iPad. But don’t frown, iPad. Meanwhile, you, Mr. iPad, aren’t nearly as vulnerable to the competition. Why am I so sure that the iPad will come to reign supreme at Apple? It’s the same story with the iPad. But it’s important to note that those rivals are selling their devices at cost—neither Amazon nor Google makes any profit on sub-$200 tablets. This raises a more basic question: Why are people willing to spend $329 on an iPad when they can get an Android tablet for $200?

Studie: Surfplattan ger smartare elever - Örebro Elever med surfplattor blir bättre på att skriva och läsa. Det visar en ny forskningsstudie gjord av Åke Grönlund, professor på handelshögskolan vid Örebro universitet. Studien, som gjorts på 87 sjuåringar i Sollentuna, har testat när eleverna skrivit både med penna och dator eller surfplatta. Och skillnaderna är stora, menar Åke Grönlund. - När det gäller skrivning är det väldigt stora skillnader. Man kan se att de skriver otroligt mycket mer. Men det är en liten studie, så man får väl vara lite försiktig. säger han. Som mest skrev en elev 2 300 ord med hjälp av en surfplatta, vilket kan liknas vid fem A4-sidor text utan bilder. Han menar att surfplattan är ett stort hjälpmedel för alla elever i skolorna. - Även om man inte är dyslektiker, så kan man ha svårt med motoriken och det blir fula bokstäver som fröken inte kan läsa. I Sollentuna har man också använt en teknik där eleverna fått möjlighet att publicera berättelser på en webbsida som alla fått tillgång till.

My 24 Most-Used Education Apps (What Are Yours?) 16 Technology Leaders I Follow On Twitter 5.11K Views 0 Likes I often get asked to list off my favorite people I follow on Twitter. That's a big question with no real specific answer. 10 Steps to a Successful School iPad Program The following is a guest post by Sam Gliksman, one of SimpleK12's presenters. Click here to watch Sam's Webinars inside the Teacher Learning Community. Portions excerpted from new book, "iPad in Education for Dummies" by Sam Gliksman 10 Steps to a Successful School iPad Program iPads have certainly become a highly desired commodity in education. Apple is reporting that schools are purchasing iPads by a ratio of 2:1 over MacBooks. Stated simply, technology alone doesn’t have the capacity to improve education. Well-planned technology deployments have the potential to have a remarkably transformative impact on schools and students. 1. Do you have adequate incoming Internet bandwidth to connect all the devices and use them at the same time? 2. It’s the question that’s rarely discussed before the decision is made to rush out and purchase new technology. 3. There’s a natural inclination to stay in your comfort zone. 4. 5. It’s important to remember that iPads are not laptops. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

16 Technology Leaders I Follow On Twitter 6 Time-Saving Writing Apps For Students Barn lär sig skriva och läsa snabbare med IT-undervisning – Barnen lär sig läsa snabbare, det vill säga de får upp hastigheten i läsningen, men framför allt förbättras skrivandet och kommunikationsförmågan oerhört mycket. Eleverna skriver längre texter med bättre struktur, tydligare innehåll och ett mer genomarbetat språk, säger Åke Grönlund. Metoden har utvecklats och testats i skolor i Sollentuna och den bygger på att barn redan i tidig läs- och skrivutveckling kan börja med själva förståelsen. – Det är ett mödosamt arbete att forma bokstäver med blyertspenna, i alla fall för små barn. Studien är publicerad i Computers & Education Underlätta själva skrivandetI Sollentuna använder skolorna surfplattor men de benämns som lärplattor för att det ska vara tydligt vad de används till. – Barnen får publicera berättelser på en webbsida som alla har tillgång till. Eleverna kan rätta och förbättra sina texter efter inlägg från sina lärare och klasskamrater och forskarna tror att den sociala processen ökar motivationen hos eleverna.