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)
Infographics: Real World Integration of Standards, Design and Informational Text Let’s face it. I have a problem. I’ve joined the obsessed and need to find some sort of Infographics Geeks Anonymous support group. I am totally fascinated with the amazing world of infographics. 20+ years ago when I was teaching high school social studies, I thought charts and graphs were good ways to help students understand complex topics. Flipped Classroom - what it is and my reservations of it "Flipped Classroom" is a relatively new idea, where the teacher works with students on projects and what would be typically homework instead of a lecture and the students get the "lecture" at home, usually through a video (like from Kahn Academy). The proponents of this model say that it offers the teacher more time to work with students on projects and applying the knowledge, rather than spending time delivering that knowledge. I have some issues with the "Flipped Classroom" model. The first is that this model leads to a lot of homework for students if they have to watch videos of lectures.
50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom Wikis are an exceptionally useful tool for getting students more involved in curriculum. They’re often appealing and fun for students to use, while at the same time ideal for encouraging participation, collaboration, and interaction. Read on to see how you can put wikis to work in your classroom. Resource Creation Using these ideas, your students can collaboratively create classroom valuables.
Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? 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.
The Election and Mobile: Dialing For Democratic Dollars [INFOGRAPHIC] During this year's U.S. election, candidates channeled the power of apps and text messaging to appeal to voters, promote their party platform and fundraise. CallerSmart analyzed how much telephones — smartphones, texts and anonymous phone banks — are bringing democracy to a digital environment. As it turns out, President Barack Obama or Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could thank cellphones for being elected on Nov. 6. SEE ALSO: How Are Apps Shaping the 2012 Election? [INFOGRAPHIC] The Flipped Class Revealed Editor's Note: This is Part 3 of 3 of The Flipped Class Series at The Daily Riff. You can start here, by reading this post, and go backwards and still understand what's going on in the conversation. Links to Part 1, "The Flipped Class: What it Is and What it is Not," and Part 2 - "Are You Ready to Flip?," and other related links can be found below. - C.J. Westerberg
How does Edmodo support PBL? COACHES' CORNER | Dayna Laur A project based learning environment can certainly be created without the use of technology. The addition of technology in the classroom, however, undoubtedly enhances the project based learning experience. As a veteran high school social studies teacher with unlimited access to technology in my classroom, I have experimented with countless web 2.0 tools. Thoughtful Learning: Curriculum for 21st Century Skills, Inquiry, Project-based Learning, and Problem-based Learning Inquiry is based on questions, but not all questions are created equally. Big questions open up big spaces for information, while little questions open up little spaces. The size of the answer is predicted by the size of the question. Suppose that a bug specialist (an entomologist) comes to speak in your Life Science class.
PULP-O-MIZER: the custom pulp magazine cover generator When you purchase your custom pulp magazine cover on a printed product, the reliable Pulp-O-Mizer cranks it up to high gear and - after a few seconds of groaning and sputtering - it spits out a high resolution image at (or even over) 300 pixels to the inch. The image is immediately transmitted across the sub aetheric waves, and, well! That's when things really get interesting. Everything You Own In A Photo: A Look At Our Worldly Possessions : The Picture Show Today on All Things Considered, photographer Peter Menzel and his wife, Faith D’Aluisio, discuss their latest book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. But 16 years ago, Menzel was working on another project, called Material World: A Global Family Portrait. He and other photographers took portraits of 30 statistically average families with all of their worldly possessions displayed outside their homes. Hide caption The Ukita family in front of their home in Tokyo.
Flipped Learning Founders Set the Record Straight The Flipped Classroom | Q&A Flipped Learning Founders Set the Record Straight Flipped learning's slogan, much like the concept itself, is simple enough: Turning learning on its head. While it may be a ways away from universally achieving that goal, it has certainly succeeded in turning more than a few educators' heads. The modern movement, with its emphasis on streaming video lectures in place of traditional homework, got its start five years ago at a small Colorado high school where science teachers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams began collaborating on ways to use technology to improve their face-to-face time with students.
The Elements Of A Digital Classroom What are the components of a digital classroom? From eBooks to smartboards, iTunesU implementation to online learning, the classroom as we know it is changing. It’s true that a digital classroom is a vague idea. And subjective–one educator’s cutting edge learning laboratory is the next educator’s been there, done that. The following inforgraphic looks at some of the more common elements of a digital classroom, including: