MCC | Student Responsibilities for Online Courses Metro's online courses provide you with a flexible and convenient way to learn, but that doesn't mean online learning is easier than in a traditional classroom. Online courses offer the same opportunities for learning and growth, and the chance to challenge yourself as a student. As an online student you will need to be motivated, dedicated and determined with your studies. Computer skills You will need to have a working knowledge of the following computer skills: Creating and naming/renaming folders. Communication and Participation Be willing to communicate with classmates and faculty online. Computer Your computer must be able to run one of the compatible web browsers listed on the Browser Support Page: http:/www.mccneb.edu/online/browsers.asp Time Management Time management is the most important factor in completing any coursework, especially for online courses. First determine what time of day you can best focus on your studies. Balancing Personal Obligations Study Environment Questions
social networking with students After being in full time tech integration for nearly seven years, I’ve had the privilege to return to the classroom at such a pivotal time in education. With the use of wonderful Web 2.0 tools and the ability to easily collaborate across the globe, students have opportunities today that weren’t even envisioned three years ago. One of those opportunities involves creating a professional learning community through Edmodo, a teacher moderated social network where students can share ideas, publish their work, and learn how to communicate effectively online. What better place to build on our 21st Century Skills? Accessing My Personal Library- A new feature that I recently discovered is the teacher personal library. Building a Student/Teacher PLC – The best feature of Edmodo is having the ability to build an online community with my students. Collaborating with Other Teachers – This is another new feature that I’ve enjoyed discovering.
5 Free Twitter Curation Tools To Enhance Your PLN Your personal or professional learning network (PLN) is alive and seemingly awake 24-7 when it comes to Twitter. You’ve probably faced a few scenarios where your real-world obligations got in the way of a hashtag chat, your vacation meant you weren’t able to connect as often, etc. What you need is some free Twitter curation tools to help stop the madness. The following short list of tools should help you enhance your experience with your PLN by making it more manageable and easier to surface high quality tweets and resources. I realize I sound like a used car salesman but it’s really just because I’m a fan of twitter tools that help you get the most out of your experience on the social network. They’re perfect for anyone of any skill level as they’re designed to make your tweeting experience easier and more productive. Storify Storify is a popular tool among teachers and students as it lets you create stories using social media and works exceptionally well with Twitter. Paper.li
8 Powerful Apps To Help You Create Books On The iPad Want to self-publish a novel? Get your classroom materials into the hands of others? Share your brilliant insight and call yourself an author? So try out some of these apps and it should hopefully inspire you to become a digital author sooner rather than later. Book Creator Book Creator is simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Book Writer Book Writer is useful app to make books with iPhone/iPad! StoryBuddy 2 Create stories with drawings, photos, text, and audio recording! Scribble My Story Scribble My Story is a junior version of the popular Scribble Press App. StoryKit Create an electronic storybook with StoryKit . Picturebook: School Edition Create and share your very own illustrated stories in a few simple steps! Story Creator With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. BONUS!
8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language "Change your language and you change your thoughts." -- Karl Albrecht Understanding Academic Language Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields. Think of academic language as the verbal clothing that we don in classrooms and other formal contexts to demonstrate cognition within cultures and to signal college readiness. There are two major kinds: instructional language ("What textual clues support your analysis?") and language of the discipline (examples include alliteration in language arts, axioms in math, class struggle in social studies and atoms in science). Where to Start It would be a mistake to think that academic language is a garbage pail category involving any word, depending on the context. Teaching Academic Language 8 Specific Strategies 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Tech and Internet Industry News - HuffPost Tech Teaching Students to Dig Deeper Image credit: iStockphoto A backwoodsman went to a home improvement store and purchased a chainsaw to replace an old, worn-out saw. After a month, the backwoodsman returned the saw to the store, complaining, "It doesn't work worth a darn! I could hardly cut half the wood I normally do." The salesman, looking at the chainsaw and seeing nothing wrong with it, pulled the cord. Sometimes this happens when we try to help students to think deeper. Going Deep I am including an excerpt from my new book, Teaching Students to Dig Deeper: The Common Core in Action, that explains the differences in cognitive activities we commonly call higher-order thinking: Analytical thinking, and critical thinking are often lumped together with that other higher-order thinking skill (HOTS) known as problem-solving. Let me clarify. Analysis Vs. Here's an example: My son, Gideon who is now studying engineering at Texas A&M, took apart a broken hand mixer in order to 3-D sculpt it on the computer.
Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable This may sound like a lofty title, but it’s not wrong. There’s an impressive presentation making the rounds dubbed “Mobile is eating the World” by Benedict Evans. In the presentation, Evans shows some staggering charts, interesting factoids, and all the other statistics you’d expect with a title so grand. It makes me think about mobile learning, mobile browsing, and mobile everything. But the real story here is about education. Mobile learning is not only on the rise, it’s inevitable. As you can see in the presentation below (there’s just 24 slides, pretty easy to scroll through and worth it!) So not many people will care about the Macbook announcement(s) but they will care about the internet radio service which some are calling iRadio. Same goes for education. Source: Mobile is eating the World
Explain Everything ™ Express 9.15 - Supporting Effort by Pairing Rubrics with Checklists Supporting Effort by Pairing Rubrics with Checklists Cynthia Kube In my position as a gifted resource teacher, I often see students struggle with the planning required for a challenging task. Too often, they have only a vague idea of what is required and are easily overwhelmed by the effort involved. To demonstrate an understanding of content with an authentic performance task, students need clear direction on the criteria for success and support in managing the work required for the task. It is crucial for teachers to carefully construct a task rubric and explicitly review it with their students, clearly delineating performance level criteria. As Kay Burke explains in her book Balanced Assessment: From Formative to Summative (2010), checklists can be used as thinking tools to provide students with a self-monitoring strategy. Checklists not only serve as a self-assessment for students, but can also be used as a formative assessment by teachers, as well as a tool for feedback. Reference