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Teacher to Teacher: Critical Thinking in the College Classroom This web site provides personal, practical, and published materials collected to help you cultivate critical thinking skills in your students, especially first-year students. How these materials are organized These materials are contained in 14 modules--ten focused on specific critical thinking skills, and four on specific teaching methods. These modules are then categorized using Halpern's (2003) framework for teaching critical thinking skills across disciplines. According to this framework, well-rounded critical thinking instruction helps students acquire: a critical thinking attitude or habit of intellectual deliberation; individual intellectual skills like analysis and inference; the ability to use these skills in new contexts, and the ability to reflect upon and evaluate one's own thinking (metacognition).

Explore.Create.Share - Be a Champion of Digital Citizenship Wikisite for my Keynote at 30 Goals for Educators Web Conference 2015Shortlink to this site: Link to my Presenter Page: Time of my Presentation:12pmET/5pmUKLink to Hangout On Air Online Keynote: Hashtag:#30GoalsEdu Cologne based educator ("iPad-teacher"), pianist & composer. André Spang studied classical &jazz-piano at Colleges of Saarbrücken and Cologne, Germany and filmscoring and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. André is teaching @ a public high school in Cologne and a Lecturer @ University of Cologne for Music and Digital Media. He was a former Lecturer @ imb of the University of Augsburg and @ University of applied sciences, Cologne In his school, André is coordinating the iPad-Project and many projects about #21stCentury Literacy eg. the KAS Junior Experts and the KAS.digitalExperts. André is a #DigitalLeadLearner, using Web2.0 Media and iPads in classroom, he is an #OER Maker and Founder of the German #EDchatDE, a Twitter Chat for Educators.

16 Presentation Tools for Educators on iPads Presentation tools are an important part of any educator’s tool set. With an iPad thrown into the mix, there are a lot of options with different benefits to them. Picking just one presentation app to use can be a challenge in your classroom. Meme Generator The Fastest Meme Generator on the Planet. Easily add text to images or memes. erase Draw Add Image 46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences). The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world. So if you want to try to make infographics–or better yet have students make them–where do you start? The 46 tools below, curated by Faisal Khan, are a good place to start.

10 Reasons to Move Your Training to the Cloud IT departments are moving to the cloud. In many enterprise businesses it's even a mandate. The cost savings are undeniable. Learning Technology Plan » Supporting learning with technology in the SVVSD In May of last year, we asked parents at Coal Ridge and Westview, our middle school readiness sites, to share their insights with us. Over 230 parents across the 2 schools completed the survey. Here’s some of what we learned from their feedback. Lesson 1: Most parents feel the iPad is a benefit to their student’s learning. We asked the question “How beneficial is the iPad to your student’s learning on a scale of 1-5?”

My Favorite WSQ *Please read my WSQing page for more details, descriptions, and workflow* A "WSQ" (pronounced wisk) in my class is what we call "homework" in my flipped classroom. It stands for this: [read an update on the WSQ after using it for several weeks in my classroom here] W - Watch Students must watch the video for the assigned lesson and take notes in their SSS packets (this stands for "Student Success Sheets" and I have them for each unit/chapter) I have created for them.

Classroom 2.0 Welcome to Classroom20.com, the social network for those interested in Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. We encourage you to sign up to participate in the great discussions here, to receive event notifications, and to find and connect with colleagues. We have over 80,000 members from 200 countries! Classroom 2.0 is a free, community-supported network. App Smashing - from Greg Last week, EdTechTeacher’s Greg Kulowiec wrote: After working with iPads for any amount of time in the classroom, one will quickly realize that most processes can’t be completed with just one app. While many apps slightly overlap in terms of functionality, there tends to be a few black holes in each app that require the use of another app to complete the process. This leads us to App Smashing.App Smashing Defined: The process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project. In App Smashing: Part I, Greg walks through his favorite smash where students create a web based timeline to capture their learning, to share a digital portfolio, or to capture an event, era or topic of study.

30 Superb Examples of Infographic Maps As you search the web you’ll come across a wide range of interactive and graphical maps. Deciding when, where and how to integrate or display a map on your site is the first step, the second should be what technology and illustrations to use. If you’re all about interaction, JQuery, Ajax, or Flash are all effective technologies that hold their own ground. Map illustrations are a dime a dozen however, a strong and balanced display of graphics, information, and colors is what makes an infographic stand out and reach its target audience effectively. As designers, we’re constantly searching for ways to improve and style our designs, this is exactly what the following 30 infographics and sites display below; the breaking of rules.

Flubaroo: Send Student Feedback to Google Drive If you are not a Flubaroo user, you probably want to be. Flubaroo is an Add-On for Google Sheets spreadsheets that will automatically grade student responses to formative assessment submitted through a Google Form. Previously Flubaroo had the option (and still does) to email students their results. Since not all schools have email turned on for students, this was not a good solution for all classrooms.

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