15 Tools for Animation If you’re interested in creating content to promote your product or service, think about making a cartoon. Producing animation has several advantages over live video. You won’t need a physical set, a camera, or a crew. And there’s a variety of free and inexpensive animation tools that will help even beginners to create polished animations in a short timeframe. There are a few key things that tech-savvy teachers do on a regular basis to stay ahead. These edtech teachers are looking for new ways to innovate, refine, and deploy new learning strategies and goals. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Check out the visual we whipped up to help explain what we’re talking about. How We Determined These Qualities
Speaking Clearly and Concisely In our continued series to define Executive Presence more precisely, we now look at The Clarity of our Speaking. We defined this skill as: Speaks clearly and concisely. Bottom lines without unnecessary story. At top levels, there is more and more bottom-lining and more facts, simply stated; less meandering story-telling and detail. Distractions tempt us at every turn, from an ever-growing library of Netflix titles to video games (Animal Crossing is my current vice) to all of the other far more tantalizing things we could be doing instead of doing what actually needs to be done. Is there any hope to focus on the things that matter in a world that wants us to do everything all the time? Spoiler: the answer is yes. Nir Eyal, avid Pocket user and author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, sat down with us to share his insights on how to beat distraction and stop feeling guilty about watching YouTube videos or playing Animal Crossing on your downtime. How did you start using Pocket and what keeps you coming back?
Giving a PowerPoint is NOT a Student Centered Lesson 21st Century teaching models call for a more student centered classroom. No longer is the teacher the holder of all knowledge. Students are able to conduct research, use social media tools to ask questions and find new information. The One Mindset That Separates The Successful, Fulfilling Life From the Mediocre, Boring, Routine One I’ve repeatedly observed one single mindset that causes more failure than just about anything else. I noticed it in myself in my early to mid 20’s, when I was floundering and wasting a shitload of time. And I now notice it in loads of 20 somethings that aren’t where they want to be in life. This single mindset repeatedly causes more pain, discomfort, and failure than virtually anything else – and it often goes unnoticed. Scared?
CancelEditDeletePreviewrevert Text of the note (may include Wiki markup) Could not save your note (edit conflict or other problem). Ed Tech Frameworks: Why I Don't Use TPACK or SAMR with my Teachers **Update 4/26/14: I LOVE the responses to this post; they made me consider a lot of different ways of looking at TPACK and SAMR, and really stretched my thinking. If you read this post, also read the comments- and check out the links that some people have included!I’m going to preface this post by saying that I think both TPACK and SAMR are incredibly useful frameworks- and I use them a lot in my work with education technology. The (re)acquisition of your Personal Power Photo credit: 42andBlackWatch Power: What a subject. We all desire power to varying degrees whether we call it ‘power’ or ‘control’ or something else; whether or not it’s ‘power’ over ourselves or ‘power’ over others; power to do good, power to do evil, power to create, power to destroy…and so on. We are fascinated by the subject. We write about it:
In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos — without also engaging interactively — is an ineffective way to learn, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The study, “Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing Is Better Than Watching for Learning From a MOOC,” looked at a generally available course, offered through the Georgia Institute of Technology, called “Introduction to Psychology as a Science.” Incapable of Looking Backwards This has been a common theme in just aboutall of the Q&As I've ever done, and I find it fascinating. It's one of those questions that I love and hate at the same time. There is something inside of me that makes completely and utterly incapable of looking backwards. The answer to these questions is always "no." I suppose at the same time the answer could very well be "maybe everything," but I know what the net result has been, and of course I'm very happy.
Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web When Reuben Loewy took up his first teaching gig in 2012, he had a major revelation: The digital revolution has dramatically transformed the way that kids perceive reality. Perhaps that makes the 55-year-old teacher sound like a dinosaur. What he discovered is, after all, one of the most obvious realities shaping education policy and parenting guides today. But, as Loewy will clarify, his revelation wasn’t simply that technology is overhauling America’s classrooms and redefining childhood and adolescence.
16 Mental Life Hacks that Will Turn You into a Jedi Sometimes the way you act will have an effect on people in an subconscious. You may not even realize that you are causing causing this effect. Hare are 16 mental life hacks that may cause people to feel a certain way or do something. It may help you in the future. Check them out. 10 of the World’s Most Powerful Beliefs Consciously adopting your beliefs can make your life amazing. Randomly or unconsciously collecting beliefs can make your life hell. When you actively seek out powerful beliefs, you can design a life that other people think is only for savants and outliers. Silly them.