10 Tools for Educational Research From edshelf by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Are you doing a bunch of research? Need to find something of pedagogical value online? Google may be your first stop, but sometimes you need something a little different. Sometimes you need to search through a specific set of sources, rather than the entire World Wide Web. Librarian Caitlin Enever has just the thing for you. What tools do you use when you search for educational materials? 10 Tools for Educational Research From edshelf Image attribution flickr user j3net The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on wikipedia.com. As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background Concepts such as open source, copyleft, collaborative writing, and volunteer contributions for the public good can be new and unfamiliar ideas to many students. Some common questions that students and educators ask about Wikipedia are answered below based on the status of Wikipedia and on reasonable projections for its immediate future. What does wiki mean? The term “wiki” is derived from the word wikiwiki, which is the Hawaiian word for “quick”. Is Wikipedia accurate and reliable? Wikipedia is rapidly developing, and its editors strive, over time, to increase its reliability as a source of information. Yes.
10 Herramientas para utilizar YouTube con fines educativos Por Miriam Schuager / 27 de diciembre de 2011 / Fuente: Wwwhat's New Si eres un educador sabrás que una de las mejores herramientas que contamos en la web es YouTube. Ya que contar con una plataforma de videos accesible hace que la enseñanza pueda ser más didáctica. TubeChop, Snipsnip y Splicd son tres diferentes servicios que nos ayudan a editar los videos que escojamos, recortando solo aquellas partes que son de nuestro interés. Por otro lado, si lo que necesitamos es visualizar videos con nuestros alumnos en tiempo real estando en distintos lugares, podemos utilizar Watch2gether. Una herramienta más compleja, si deseamos insertar un video en nuestro blog es Embedplus. En otras ocasiones, necesitamos combinar varios videos y crear uno solo, para ello contamos con DragonTape. Un servicio web que me gusta muchísimo es WeVideo, que nos permite editar un mismo video en tiempo real de manera colaborativa con diferentes personas.
12 Simple Writing Tips Everyone Should Know Whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, blogger, or anyone who needs to simply put their thoughts down on paper … you need to know how to write. You need to know how to express yourself. You know, and stuff. As someone who gets hundreds of e-mails a day from people hoping to write for Edudemic, I can say without much hesitation that most people out there don’t know how to write . Simple as that. Tip 1: Proofread your writing. Tip 2: Know your audience. The following tips are also worth noting.
10 Tools Every Teacher Should Master This Summer According to Common Sense Media, 95% of teachers agree that using technology increases student engagement and 92% of teachers want to add more technology to their classroom. We at Getting Smart are still basking in an ISTE afterglow… we’d like to share 10 great tools that we were introduced to there and the reasons they are so worth taking the time to master this summer. These are the tools that will transform your classroom in the fall because you will notice the definite threads that run throughout all these applications… real-time, collaborate and creative! Those words together are sure to build a lot of excitement around exactly how educational technology is developing and transforming what school looks like! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
A Bloom's Digital Taxonomy For Evaluating Digital Tasks What makes Bloom’s Taxonomy such a power tool is its flexibility in framing almost anything–which is why you’ve been seeing a lot of it around lately, and will likely continue to. Whether you’re creating a checklist for instructional design, evaluating an assessment, skimming a favorite unit of yours, or using it as a walkthrough instrument to get a feel for the level of student thinking in a classroom, Bloom’s Taxonomy is a powerful tool for any educator at any level. So the following Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy was was especially interesting in how it mashes digital tasks–podcasting, blogging, networking, hacking, bookmarking, social media sharing, and so on, with the stalwart learning tool so graciously delivered by Benjamin Bloom. The result is Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, from edorigami’s excellent wikispaces site. One Takeaway Thematically, this is a chart version promoting technology in learning–or rather technology-infused learning.
Teaching Creativity – The Case for Mind Mapping If thinking is about making connections between pieces of information, then creative thinking is making the connections that no one else has seen. However, when we tell students to find relationships between seemingly disparate ideas, we often get blank stares—why? According to thinkers like Ken Robinson, it’s because our education system kills creativity. From the moment they lift a pen, students are taught to think linearly. It is no wonder that students can’t make connections between ideas when they reach college. We have strong evidence that Da Vinci, Descartes, Darwin and virtually every other iconic thinker traversed disciplines and distant plains of inquiry to reach powerful insights. Teaching Mind Mapping? I believe they can, particularly if they get access to helpful technology. Back in the 1980s, I became familiar with old fashioned mind-mapping back, and I used it to analyze and prioritize personal projects. And students value this too. About Jane Karwoski, PhD Print This Post
How To Use Blogs In the Classroom Blogs may be great educational tools and they give students complete freedom to publish content on the web, but if you don’t know how to effectively implement them into the classroom, they’re only as good as wadded up balls of paper in the trash. With the inception of Common Core standards and The No Child Left Behind Act, all educators require teaching literacy across the curriculum. Getting kids to write, especially the weaker writers, can be a challenge in itself but getting kids to write about math can be even more challenging – unless you use blogging as your literacy tactic. Blog writing is informal, unlike academic writing, which may be intimidating to some, if not all, of your students. What is a Blog? Blog is short for web log. Blogs are written on all kinds of topics from A to Z. How can Teachers and Students use Blogs? Teachers can use blogs to publish assignments, resources, and keep students and even parents up to date on class events, due dates, and content being covered.
10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers With Technology I received this email the other day. Hi Beth. I am a student from the Harvard summer session on Teaching Elementary Grades with Technology . First off, I love the concept of being volun-told as that describes so much of how life evolves in a school, but I digress. … I’d be happy to help. I’ll admit that this first response was a bit of a cop-out because I was in the midst of prepping for another workshop and on the road. Combine Jenn responding that she has iPads, iPods, laptops, and SMART Boards, with a 2-hour layover in the Dulles airport followed by a two hour flight, and you have a recipe for 10 ways to create literacy centers with technology. Spread around the room, place iPads next to books. Why use this Learning Center Approach? In many of our EdTechTeacher iPad workshops, elementary teachers ask what they can do with only a handful of devices in their classrooms. For the record, I did send Jenn this list before finishing the blog post.
I'm a "Learner First" in a Whole New World Charles E. Gramatges has recently been appointed Head of Middle School at St. Thomas’ Episcopal in Houston, Texas. Until very recently, he was a middle school mathematics teacher at St. by Charlie Gramatges One of the biggest fears I have as I move into my first full-time administrative role in a school is being ready to handle the unexpected. That’s a pretty comforting statement. This fall, I will begin the academic year in a new position, as Head of Middle School at St. As I try to wrap my brain around the monumental change that is taking place in my professional life, I’ve been thinking back on my year as a participant in Powerful Learning Practice’s Connected Learner Experience and what the most important first steps in this new leadership role might be. The task of leading an entire division can seem insurmountable; there are so many areas on which I can focus. As I read that last paragraph, it may appear that I’m having a mini-panic attack. I can do this. About the author
10 Creative Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning The following post was co-authored by EdTechTeacher’s Beth Holland & Tracy Sockalosky. When we think about the tools and resources that benefit all learners, certain key attributes come to mind: multiple modalities, scaffolding, communication, collaboration, and support. While there are hundreds of tools and devices available, we have found 10 strategies to maximize the learning possibilities through creative uses of All Things Google . 1. Google Docs At its most basic level, Google Docs provides students with a foolproof means to access their work from any device. On a deeper level, working in shared Docs also creates an almost real-time feedback loop. Docs do not have to be used only for assessments. 2. Imagine having the ability to know your students’ comprehension level before they walk into class or immediately after you introduce a new concept. 3. What if your students could hear your thoughts as you read their work and provided input? 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
What Sir Ken Got Wrong “We are educating people out of their creativity” Sir Ken Robinson Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas on education are not only impractical; they are undesirable. If you’re interested in education, at some point someone will have sent you a link to a video by Sir Ken Robinson, knighted for services to education in England in 2003. What explains such iconic influence? Sir Ken’s ideas are incredibly seductive, but they are wrong, spectacularly and gloriously wrong. In a few sentences, this is his argument about education: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. All that glistens is not gold Here are some select quotations from his talks and books that illustrate his ideas: 1. ‘All kids have talents, and we squander them ruthlessly.’ ‘We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it.’ ‘Education dislocates people from their natural talents, buried deep; you have to create circumstances where they show themselves.’ 2. ‘What is education for? 3. ‘Academic ability is seen as intelligence; others are not valued, or stigmatised.’