Teaching Students How to do Online Research 7/1/2003 By: Rosemary Shaw When I first started teaching technology, I focused more on the technical side, having my students learn how to insert pictures, how to add sounds, and, in general, how to do all the fancy buttons and bells. It was the least satisfying experience in my entire teaching career. I also found out that the students weren't happy either. The next year, I went to my principal and said, "I want to redesign my class. Since then, no matter what project I have planned, I first teach research skills. First, I make my students learn the list of the six steps to online research. Questioning Planning Gathering Sorting & Sifting Synthesizing Evaluating I talk about each step and what it means. Questioning The student must understand the assignment before she can begin to ask questions about the project. The idea is to make sure the student knows what the teacher wants them to research. This is a great time to come up with key words to use with search engines. Planning Gathering
e-Learning Feeds Reading on the iPad for the Little Ones Generating a love of reading is one of those gifts that benefit a child throughout their whole life. These apps and storybooks are a couple of ways that you can use the iPad to develop this passion. Some are beautiful illustrated others have cool narrative while some just use the touch and swipe technology in a new way. Check out a couple of these titles the next time you want to get a kid into reading. Babel the King: $4.49 AU Babel is a fascinating and entertaining story. Adventures of BB and Sam: $0.99 AU BB and Sam have never left the sleepy little town where they were born, but that is about to change! Lullatales - Puss in Boots: $0.99 AU Marvelous stories and excellent form. Hide run Growl: FREE Creative animation and audio bring to life this story of friendship and helping one another, this app will suit the learning abilities of children from ages 2-7. Pango Book 1 and 2: FREE Funny adventures, animated stories, brightly coloured drawings and sweet characters. Play Tales: FREE
Didactique professionnelle Comparison of web conferencing software This list is a comparison of web conferencing software available for Linux, OS X, and Windows platforms. Many of the applications support the use of videoconferencing. Comparison chart Terminology In the table above, the following terminology is intended to be used to describe some important features: Audio Support: the remote control software transfers audio signals across the network and plays the audio through the speakers attached to the local computer. Notes ^ Jump up to: a b Supports two-way teleconference integration^ Jump up to: a b Linux users may only view another user's desktop^ Jump up to: a b Yes, but only via a screen-sharing "pod" with control permissions grantedJump up ^ web based client without the ability to shareJump up ^ Organizers cannot use Linux -- attendees only. References
Load Up Your iPad with a Massive Library of Over 38,000 Free eBooks The iPad is a great device to read on, and if your digital library is feeling a little bare then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found some of the best places to get free ebooks, ready to be downloaded and opened with iBooks on your shiny new iPad (or iPhone, iPod, Kindle, Nook, or Android, for that matter). Project Gutenberg Top 100 – Full of classics, if you’re only going to visit one source for free ebooks, Gutenberg should be it. They have over 38,000 free ebooks available, and their top 100 list is basically a mirror of the Western Canon of literature. Gutenberg is probably the best source online, but other sites offer free ebooks too: If you download the books onto a Mac or PC, emailing them to an iPad or iPhone is generally the easiest way to transfer them over quickly without syncing. Know any other quality sources for free ebooks?
Technology Innovators in the Classroom « The Globe & Mail recently ran a series (one example here) on teachers across Canada who are leading the charge with innovative teaching infused with technology. As part of the story, parents, teachers, administrators and others were encouraged to submit their stories about how and in what ways teachers were doing this. I can’t be sure of just how many West Vancouver teachers were nominated, but four applications were shared with me, as well as submitted to the paper, and I want to share their stories because they are such key learning leaders in our district: Cari Wilson, Teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School and Digital Literacy Resource Teacher for West Vancouver School District. Cari has been leveraging technology with her students for the past decade, finding ways to make content engaging and empowering students to own their own learning through various web applications. Martin Andrews, Teacher at Caulfeild Elementary School Like this: Like Loading...
Top 10 eLearning Content Development Companies for 2014 The Top 10 eLearning content development companies for 2014 were selected based on the following 7 criteria: eLearning Content Development QualityeLearning ExpertiseeLearning Industry InnovationeLearning Company’s Economical Growth PotentialCustomer RetentionEmployee TurnoverCompany’s Social Responsibility Nonetheless, it is important to highlight that you need to make further your own research in order to choose the company that will better serve your needs and preferences. Hence, I suggest you to visit and review the official sites of each eLearning content development company to get the full picture of the Top 10 eLearning Content Development Companies’ services. 1. SweetRush SweetRush is about 100 people strong, been in business since 2001, and, similar to most companies in the industry, is comprised of instructional designers (of various flavors), creative multimedia developers, project and program managers, solution architects, and engineers. 2. 3. 4. 5. 20 years ago Michael W. 6.
8 Free Resources on The Use of iPad in Education I know that most of you have got a tablet device of some sort but if it happens that you have an iPad then this post will relate to you more. Below is a set of resources dedicated exclusively to the educational uses of the iPad. Emerging Ed Tech has done a great job in providing this list. Check them out. Update : Check out these two new articles of relevant interest : Free Comprehensive Guide to iPad Apps Evaluation and Bloom's Taxonomy for iPad 1- Apple's Education Resources for iPad Apple, the creator and owner of iPad, has provided some great links to education related apps. 2- Apps in Education Blog This is one of my favourite blogs when it comes to looking for iPad apps. 3-iPad Curriculum This is another great website for teachers looking for iPad apps. 4- iPad in Schools This is a resource listing. 5- iPad Educators This is a Ning-based social networl created by Sam Glicksman that provides various resources pertaining to the use of iPad in education. 6- iPads in Education
The oral approach Henry Sweet was one of the founders of a new way of teaching foreign languages early in the twentieth century, a century littered with methodological alternatives to the grammar-translation approach. Sweet, like Gouin in France, believed that speech was more important than the written word and that languages should be taught primarily using the spoken word. The approach which subsequently developed was not a "direct method" as such since the oral approach assumed careful selection and gradation of target language input. Central to the approach is the use of repetition and question and answer in the classroom, along with contextual clues such as gesture, realia and visual aids. The approach is primarily structural rather than communicative, but there is clearly a strong communicative element to the traditional approach. The principles of the oral approach are used, often instinctively, by teachers. who did not explicitly learn it.
Understand These 10 Principles of Good Design Before You Start Your Next eLearning Project Understand These 10 Principles of Good Design Before You Start Your Next eLearning Project Wether you are just getting started with eLearning design and looking to get a better understanding of eLearning best practices, or you've been designing courses for a while and are trying to find ways of making your material more effective, considering the basics of visual design is key. Design is too often overlooked by course developers, or otherwise misunderstood – some eLearning designers think that as long as their course "looks good," the visuals are sufficient. But graphical composition and design affect the way a learner takes in information, so giving a bit more thought to the visual layout of the pages of your course is an important part of eLearning best practices. 1. The placement of the elements on each page should flow naturally from one to the next in a progression that lends itself to the content you're teaching. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.