The 20 Most Popular Learning Management Systems One of the most under-reported mechanics of any blended learning or eLearning environment is the learning management system (LMS). The infographic below lists the 20 most popular LMSs. It’s unclear exactly what the criteria were for selection, and by now the results are probably a bit different seeing how it was crated in late fall 2012 and the internet reinvents itself every 3 weeks. Nonetheless, it’s a great place to start looking at what’s out there. Zeros? No Zeros? The Danger of Dichotomies Many of the schools and systems with whom Anne Davies and I are currently working are engaged in thoughtful and involved conversations that focus on the use of zeros, deducting marks (or grades) for late assignments, or some other kind of response to students who do not provide the kind of evidence of learning that has been requested. At times, this dialogue can become emotional and even divisive. We are reminded of Sir Michael Barber’s statement (2011 keynote), that as educators, we often find ourselves “on the road…paved with false dichotomies”. That is, educators discuss issues from the mindset of ‘either all or nothing.’ For example: · Phonics: Some say phonics is the only basis of a good reading program while others say phonics is of no use at all.
Too Many Teachers Leave Before Hitting Their Stride Too Many Teachers Leave Before Hitting Their Stride by Paul Barnwell, Teacher of English & Digital Media According to University of Pennsylvania professor Richard Ingersoll, between 40 and 50 percent of teachers leave the classroom within their first five years. Given the demands of the job, this isn’t too surprising, and his data reveals a steady uptick in teacher attrition and increasing numbers of new hires over the past two decades. It can takes years for educators to build confidence, an array of classroom management skills, and the ability to effectively assess student learning, among other demands, which is why early exodus from the profession is highly problematic for the education system as a whole–nobody wins if we can’t find and retain quality teachers in every small town and county school district, sprawling suburban schools, and challenging urban schools.
A Handy Interactive Visual on The Digital Storytelling Process June 24, 2014 Here is a great interactive Thinglink image on the process of digital storytelling I want to share with you today. This graphic is created by Tonia and features a wide variety of iPad apps that go with each of the stages of the digital storytelling process. Tonia used the concept of process writing (popularized by Donal Murray) to design this digital storytelling process visual. Conversations in the cloud Ken Tothero · University of Texas at Austin VoiceThread conversations are media-centric, which keeps the discussions focused. They also provide an opportunity to reflect, resulting in higher quality input. And finally, the system just plain works. Ken Tothero from the University of Texas at Austin shares his experience using VoiceThread (3:04 Min)
10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Informed About – 2011 Update These Technologies Are Changing Education. Are You Familiar With Them? It’s been nearly two and half years since the publication of the first “10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about” article on this site and given the fast paced evolution of technology it’s time for an update. The start of new school year is the perfect time to refresh this list! Below you will find updated information for 5 of the technologies from the original posting, and 5 new technologies that have earned their rightful place in the list (displacing 5 other types of tech, that while still worthy, are not quite as relevant today, IMHO).
Co-Constructing Success Criteria Research in the area of assessment for learning – formative assessment plus the deep involvement of students in the assessment process – is not only broad and deep, it is also overwhelmingly positive in terms of its impact on student learning and achievement. When teachers use classroom assessment in support of learning, they find out what students know, are able to do, and can articulate. As they consider that evidence in relation to curricular standards and expectations, they plan learning experiences to help students close the gap. Going one step further by involving students in assessment increases their learning. What Students Remember Most About Teachers Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall, I saw you as you rushed passed me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension.
How interactive technology is transforming storytelling Let me begin by saying: reports of the death of the book are wildly exaggerated. Likewise traditional storytelling. Human beings have been telling stories around campfires since the first cavewoman struck a flint against another flint and noticed that an interesting spark flew off. Stories aren't going anywhere and nor is the visceral, inexplicable, bone-deep shivery delight of a good tale well told. Two Great Google Story Telling Tools for Teachers Looking for some digital storytelling tools for your students ? Google has got two wonderful applications which I have already reviewed here in two separate posts. Check them out below : 1- Google Story Builder Story Builder allows you to create mini-movies or video stories with the feel of Google Docs.
10 Best Online Presentation Tools Presentations are a great way of conveying ideas to your clients or co-workers. Creating presentations can sometimes be an irksome task and you might want to take advantage of one of the many resources present out there for creating online presentations. So today we list 10 Great Online Presentation Tools that you should definitely check out. Some of these tools are free while others come with a cost. Secondary-Writing-Instruction - The Writing Traits A trait in writing is a quality or characteristic that all "good" writing shares. There are six traits in writing: ideas/content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Recently, a seventh trait has been recognized, which is the trait of presentation. Together, the 6 +1 traits make up the key qualities that define strong writing.Background From the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Peter Bellamy’s research, the beginnings of guidelines for writing, the writing process, were being established, but the criteria to evaluate writing had yet to be established.
What Students Really Need to Hear It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. 36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Once upon a time, there was a teacher looking for ways to help her students tell a story. She wanted to give them a variety of tools from which to construct their stories.