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Science Toy Box | Because science is fun and full of surprises. Follow me @braveneutrino With the support of my wonderful Team, Working Lunch is underway. After 1 week of operation, I can say that it has potential. To anyone reading this, I would really appreciate your feedback as I work to fine tune this idea to help me create an atmosphere where redos and retakes are not seen by students (an me) a punishment, but an opportunity. (Send me a Tweet @braveneutrino if commenting on the blog isn’t working or is a pain in the neck!) Setting the Stage – Why Now? My TeamI work with three dedicated educators who fully support giving students what they need to succeed. Why Working Lunch? How it Went I assigned between 8 and 10 students to Working lunch each day. I decided that we would take Friday off. Analysis: Twenty assignments were finished. The attitude of the students was interesting. Here’s What I’m Wondering What do I need to change? I plan to compile a more organized list of work completed during Working Lunch to better analyze if it’s a good use of time. Like this:
How Students Are Using The Internet For Studying Does anyone out there remember actually having to go to the library to research for a paper? I remember having to order books from other libraries when I was in graduate school and -gasp- had to wait for them to be sent to me! Annoying, right? Even in that relatively short amount of time, we’ve been cultured to understand that we can learn from anything, anywhere, immediately. The landscape of researching and studying has changed quite a bit, hasn’t it? Only 10% of students report using books from libraries to help them study 100% of students report using Wikipedia to study 80% of students report using social networks to help them study 55% of students report using online services to help them write their papers
Twitter Lesson - Learning English on Twitter Lesson By Kenneth Beare Twitter has exploded across the Internet and more and more English learners are taking advantage of Twitter to practice their English. Learning English on Twitter is ideal for a few reasons: Twitter's 140 character limit ensures that English is practiced in bite-sized bits.Students can discover information about any topic, especially popular culture topics.Students can receive bite-sized tips on English learning via Twitter. The time investment required is minimal allowing students to slowly get used to practicing English on a regular basis.There is almost no technological learning curve to using Twitter to learn English.Students can use Twitter to ask questions and get advice from their followers.This lesson focuses on introducing Twitter to students in class, helping them get up and running and, most importantly, assisting students in the discovery of interesting Twitterers to follow. continue reading below our video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Outline: Follow-up Activities
Twitter for Professional Development: Ultra Beginner Edition, Part 2 Written by Mark Brumley Beyond the Basics In the post Twitter for Professional Development: Ultra Beginner Edition, I offered a simple way to demonstrate the power of Twitter to teachers. If you are introducing Twitter to your colleagues, I highly recommend following that model. This builds awareness of the learning possibilities of social media in a non-threatening way. Sharing The next step is for teachers to share what they learn. A zillion possibilities exist to share content including a shared Google doc, Evernote notebook and, of course, the faculty room bulletin board. With newbies, I suggest using Diigo. Login to Diigo and create a new group. Social Bookmarking Now the most difficult part by far; explain social bookmarking to your teachers and have them create Diigo accounts. Okay, that’s the hard part…now for the fun. I’m not going to lie; this is an exhausting professional development session.
Lifelong learning and Schools as Community Learning Centres: Key aspects of a National Curriculum Draft Policy Framework for Malta The island of Malta has been engaged in policy document formulations for curriculum renewal in the country’s educational system (4-16 years of age) since 1988 when the first National Minimum Curriculum (henceforth NMC) was launched (Wain, 1991; Borg et al, 1995). In 1999 a revamped NMC (Ministry of Education, 1999) was developed following a long process of consultation involving various stages and stakeholders. It was a compromise document (Borg & Mayo, 2006) which emerged as a result of reactions to a more radical and coherent draft document produced in 1988. Both curricular documents were subject to debates and critiques (Wain, 1991; Darmanin, 1993; Borg et al, 1995; Giordmaina, 2000; Borg and Mayo, 2006). The NCF documents base their vision for the future of education in Malta around the now widespread concept of Lifelong learning in keeping with the dominant discourse which has emerged from not only the EU but also the OECD. Collective Dimension of Learning Conclusion References
Twitter-in-the-English-Classroom Five Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Help Students The Huffington Post By: Darrell M. West and Joshua Bleiberg Thomas Edison once said, "Books will soon be obsolete in the public schools...our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years." Amazingly enough, however, one of our nation's most important inventors was proven quite wrong. Advances in information technology have revolutionized how people communicate and learn in nearly every aspect of modern life except for education. Technology has failed to transform our schools because the education governance system insulates them from the disruptions that technology creates in other organizations. To overcome these obstacles, we must persuade teachers that technology will empower them and help their students learn. Schools must use technology that empowers teachers. Teachers should treat the adoption of technology as part of lesson planning. Teachers should not fear open-source technologies. Use online education portfolios to evaluate students.
Getting young people fluent in digital | Social Enterprise Network | Guardian Professional What do you get when you mix unemployed young people with a blended learning incubator in digital skills? That's what we at Fluency, a new education technology startup, plan to find out. We hope that our unique method of training young people in the skills that small businesses in the UK need, will be instrumental in helping some of the 1.4 million young people not in education, employment or training in the UK into sustainable employment. Fluency is an education platform helping small businesses succeed online, while at the same time getting unemployed youth into great jobs in the digital economy. We are innovating the model of social enterprise and employability training for young people in three main ways. First, we are using the inherent skills of our young unemployed. We are also training our young people for jobs that exist in a growing sector. The second way Fluency is innovating is around the learning itself. This content is brought to you by Guardian Professional.
50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom Twitter has caught fire across many professional fields as well as personally, but it seems to be in the beginning stages in the realm of higher education. The creative ways Twitter users have incorporated microblogging has become inspirational, so the recent trend of using Twitter at college, including at online colleges, is sure to keep evolving into an ever more impressive tool. Make sure you don’t get left behind by incorporating some of these educational and fun ways that Twitter can be used in the college classroom. Communication Twitter offers new and exciting ways to open up the lines of communication in the classroom. Direct Tweet. Class Projects and Discovering Content From learning how to use Twitter to finding useful information for class to practicing a foreign language, Twitter provides creative opportunities for learning. Twitter-specific projects. Twitter Tools Twhirl. Finding People in Academia to Follow Twitter Professors: 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education.
My Hugely Successful Techology Integration Strategy Written by Mark Brumley Starting Teachers with Technology Integration I have led about a zillion professional development sessions, both formal and informal, throughout the years. I always arrive with high hopes to engage teachers in the latest and greatest web 2.0 technologies and spur never before seen projects. I am always striving to push the envelope. It’s great to have high hopes but the reality is a lot of teachers are fearful of using technology that they view as overly complicated. I also find it counterproductive to introduce a group of nervous teachers to my “Top 10 Web 2.0 Sites” or “20 Cool Sites for School”. Start with a Web 2.0 Digital Book What’s my sure fire site with a huge implementation rate? Several excellent web 2.0 digital book creators are available and most work great. , Blurb , My Publisher , and more. Why Use a Digital Book? Why is this project successful to introduce teachers to technology integration? A bonus is how these books work on an interactive whiteboard.
A glimpse into the future of learning @RealTimeGatsby - Effective use of Twitter for English Class Just today I came across the Twitter account @RealTimeGatsby. Yep, it is exactly what it sounds like – a real time account of the novel The Great Gatsby, only tweeted and not read. Something similar has been done for World War II, which became wildly popular and was incredibly educational. #Nick - Excited about moving out East. #Daisy - Can’t decide between the white dress and the other white dress. #Myrtle - That sign down the road is creepy in the morning. The use of Hashtags modernizes the novels core meanings and brings a completely different sense of understanding to students.
12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education There are a couple dozen ways to ‘use’ technology in education. There are also a couple dozen ways to integrate technology in education. Think those two things are the same? Situation 1 You’re a school principal and decide to make the Apple iPad a cornerstone of your school’s curriculum. Situation 2 You’re a school principal and decide to make the Apple iPad a cornerstone of your students’ learning. Weigh In Which principal would you want?