LTTO Episodes | COFA Online Gateway Contact Us Home LTTO Episodes Learning To Teach Online Episodes context, planning and teaching case studies technical glossary context, planning and teaching Welcome to Learning to Teach Online What are the aims of the Learning to Teach Online project? COFA Online Cracks the MERLOT Learning To Teach Online, a video-based program from UNSW... 02 May 2012 Why is online teaching important? What role does online teaching have in our society? Conducting effective online discussions Strategies for creating and sustaining online interaction. 23 Feb 2011 Managing your time when teaching online How can you make the most of your time when teaching online? Learning management system or the open web? Key considerations about using an LMS or open social media. 26 Oct 2010 Integrating online resources into your teaching Benefit from using online educational resources. 10 Mar 2011 Planning your online class Important considerations for planning online curricula. 17 Jan 2011 Engaging and motivating students case studies
Education: Inquiry - 21st Century Skills What new skills do students need? The 21st century: What will it look like? The machine is us/ing us What does it mean to be information literate in the 21st century? We are living in a cognitive age where globalization challenges us to develop innovative thinking, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking abilities. Information literacy is a means to express personal ideas, develop arguments, refute the opinions of others, learn new things, or simply identify the truth or factual evidence about a topic. David Warlick* describes these new skills as moving from the 3Rs to the 4Es. Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional • For advice on e-safety in schools, click here The use of social media in education continues to be something of a hot topic with arguments both for and against. So I carried out a small survey of 27 teaching professionals in order to create a baseline of understanding into the use (or not) of social networking in schools, and also any concerns over some of the e-safety risks. The full survey results can be found here. There are many uses of social media in education - below are just a few of the ways they can be effectively used. Facebook • Using Facebook as a 'broadcast' account. Inspiration: University of Gloucestershire - This is a Facebook Page from my old university. Cambridge University - Another good example. Twitter • Twitter, like Facebook, is also being used as a broadcast account. Risca Community Comprehensive - A great example of an active school Twitter feed. Clevedon School - Another great example of an active feed. iClevedon - This is an account from the Clevedon again.
iTunes U Downloads Teaching English in Second Life Over the past few weeks I've been pretty busy teaching my first English students on a Business English course I have been developing for Second Life. The experience has been pretty daunting with myself and the students having to come to terms with the complexities of the user interface and I have felt at times that my fifteen years of 'real world' classroom experience and the subconscious habits and reflexes that I developed over that period have totally deserted me. The introduction of voice within SL has certainly made a huge difference, though there are still problems and bugs to be ironed out. Though to my surprise I did find myself drilling a group of advanced learners to help them with their word stress, something I rarely do in the 'real' language classroom. To my relief though, the number of students in the class seems to be steadily increasing rather than decreasing and they seem keen to come back for more. Best Nik Peachey
Helping Students Motivate Themselves to Learn Every day, teachers face students who are apparently uninterested in learning. This is a challenge that must be overcome, because every student must be included in meaningful classroom activities. But the students seem to subconsciously decide each day what they will and will not learn. What is Motivation? Motivation is a person’s willingness to make a certain effort toward achieving a specific goal under specific circumstances. A Comfortable Environment In creating those circumstances, the educator should know that what his/her students most value in the classroom are relationship, trust, and respect. Know the Students The teacher should get to know the students well, listen to them, and seek their input regarding the lessons and curriculum in general. Engage Them with Choice Students like to be engaged. Connect the Lesson to Life Teachers can help students learn material better by helping them develop associations for comprehending and meaning making. References
A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving - Zafrin Nurmohamed, Nabeel Gillani, and Michael Lenox by Zafrin Nurmohamed, Nabeel Gillani, and Michael Lenox | 9:00 AM July 4, 2013 There’s been no shortage of media coverage on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the past year. Universities have touted the value of free on-line courses offered to millions of learners from all walks of life. However, directly comparing MOOCs to traditional classrooms may prevent us from realizing the true potential of global online education. We can use MOOCs as platforms for real-world problem solving. To harness these students’ talents, the course’s final project invited them to help real organizations by performing a strategic analysis of an existing firm’s business operations. One hundred organizations joined the course and actively connected with learners. The result: of those organizations that were in existence for 10 years or more and who completed the post-course survey, nearly 60% indicated that they would want to collaborate with students to address future business problems.
Teaching with Ted TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TEDTalks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. The intent of this project wiki is to address: How can the TED talks be used as springboards for further discourse, exploration, reflection, and action? The wiki was initiated independently of TED by Jackie Gerstein, but the TED team in New York know about it and are excited by its potential. The individual pages (see sidebar) not only contain the original TED talks, but also additional references, resources, and activities about the topic and/or speaker. Why study TED? Who owns TED TED is owned by The Sapling Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation, a 501(c)3 organization under the U.S. tax code.
Stoodle The Accidental Unschooler | Pioneer Woman Homeschooling By Kristen Chase. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I think I might be turning into an unschooler. Okay, so that’s not completely true. As someone who is quite aware of the different homeschool philosophies, what I’m doing isn’t exactly unschooling. It’s more like “flying by the seat of my pants” schooling. Does that even exist? I added in a couple of activities — just one for each kid, mind you — karate for my son, a ballet class for my 3-year-old daughter. But when my kids can’t even find their school books and I don’t even know where they are, then I know that I’m in big trouble. Then the neighbor was saying how my daughter told her daughter that it only takes her 20 minutes to do her school work and she’s free for the rest of the day, which isn’t completely true, mind you. I obviously haven’t done a great job of teaching my daughter time. Once I get a chance to breathe, I know that my kids are learning. She reads Harry Potter late into the night.
How to use Rubrics Rubrics are a way to assess work using criteria. The assessor sets up a series of statements that reflect the different levels of criteria fulfilment and then assesses the work using a rubric grid. From version 2.2 moodle supports rubric grading. This requires several steps, explained below. This guide uses Assignment for the rubric grading example. 1. Go to the assignment activity and edit settings 2 Select Rubric from the grading method drop down. 3 Create the Rubric from the advanced grading link on the assignment administration menu. 4 If this is your first Rubric, then you need to define it. Click Define new grading form from scratch. 5 Add the criteria 6 Click in the box to add items 7 Add criteria and points using these buttons 8 Save the Rubric using the “save and use” button at the bottom of the screen. To grade an assignment, navigate to the grading screen for a particular assignment (View grade all submissions > Grade). To grade the assignment, simply click the box which is relevant.
Free Homeschool Deals: Affording the Homeschool Life Four Videos on Instructional Design | Kapp Notes CSU Resources Here are some resources you may find helpful from the workshop. When you are in the classroom or teaching online, you may want to find new and interesting ways to engage students. Here is a course titled How to Increase Learner Engagement which provides ten great ideas for breaking away from the lecture and working toward engaging […] Continue Reading → A conversation with GamEffective The other day I had a chance to have a conversation with Roni Floman of GamEffective. Continue Reading → Screening of an Innovative Film Locally If you are in or around the Bloomsburg area….You might be interested in what is below: I’m happy to announce our screening of a new documentary that takes audiences into three innovative public schools where students are taught HOW to think rather than WHAT to think. Continue Reading → A Conversation with Brandon Carson The other day I had a chance to catch up with Brandon Carson who contributes to our industry in so many ways. Continue Reading →
Guesthollow's Blog When I was younger, I did not enjoy “domestic” type jobs around the house. I thought they were boring and had to force myself (for the most part) to do them. I had a rebellious attitude and heart toward many of the old-fashioned stereotypes of women. Now that I’m older, I’ve grown into an entirely different mindset. I find when I do things His way that I’m filled with a contentment and direction that was entirely unknown to me years ago. There are no excuses why a healthy wife and mother can’t take care of her home. The first step is nurturing the right heart & attitude concerning your daily tasks and the things you still need to learn. It’s a gift to get to stay home. The second step is starting with something – no matter how small! The third step is to get rid of things and start finding a place for everything. The fourth step is to LEARN! What do YOU need or want to learn? The fifth step is to never quit and just keep going.