MERLOT II - Home Return to MERLOT II Home Page Search all MERLOT Select to go to your profile Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers Among all the links and downloads out there, it can be hard for teachers to know which ones work best. Google has made it easier by creating Google for Educators, which compiles some of the search engine's most useful features in one place. Whether you're teaching Spanish or social studies, mathematics or music, there's a free Google feature that will make your lessons more dynamic and your projects more organized.
Innovative Online Learning Tools to Use in 2015 Want to be a better student? There are literally thousands of apps for that. Not to mention a wide array of other online learning tools. Learning to Teach with Open Educational Resources Guidelines on how educators learn open educational practices Allison Littlejohn & Nina Hood This text is from Report O1/A2 from the Erasmus+ ExplOERer Project 1 Executive Summary 2 Introduction
Why Technology Has Failed To Revolutionise Education - Total Education This Will Revolutionize Education is a video by Veritasium that has recently gone viral. Veritasium – a science video blog – produces ‘experiments, expert videos, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.’ This particular video (which is below) features Derek Muller who explains that, despite constant claims that disruptive technologies are set to revolutionise education, we haven’t actually seen any digital education revolution since before the times of Thomas Edison. Rather, what we have seen is a gradual evolution.
Open Professionals Education Network CC licensed (BY) Flickr photo shared by David Amsler modified by Paul Stacey Reusing existing Open Educational Resources (OER) can save significant time and effort. The OPEN partners recommend TAACCCT grantees invest up-front time finding OER to reuse rather than starting development of new educational resources right away. A significant benefit of OER is that they provide source material to build your development efforts around. No need to invest development effort in creating something that already exists. OER come in a wide variety of types. The Teacher’s Guide to Using YouTube in the Classroom YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the planet and a vast resource for educational content. The site is home to over 10 million videos tagged as educational, many of them submitted by your fellow teachers. A completely free resource this huge and varied has nearly endless potential for the classroom. Here are some ideas and suggestions to get you started. Ways to Use YouTube in the Classroom
50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners 50 Animation Tools & Resources For Digital Learners by Lisa Chesser, opencolleges.edu.au A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of control explains the economics of oil production in the Sudan to students in Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Riyadh. That is education and animation working together to teach students everywhere, everything they ever wanted to know. Educators need only utilize the tools available, most of them for free.
Are we engaging or just broadcasting? – lawrie : converged With so much emphasis on Higher Education and public engagement I was thinking about how we could adapt the basic underlying principles of the Visitor and Resident Model to develop a workshop to explore how an organisation interacts outside of its own borders and what we could do to help enhance that engagement. The VandR principles of engagement are well established and in use to explore our digital self. And in order to make the most of a workshop looking at how we engage as an organisation I would propose that the participants have already created maps of their own activity a useful starting point. To look at organisational activities I suggest adapting the visitor and resident axes to represent individual activities and organisational activities (vertical axis) and instead of visitor and resident on the horizontal I substituted read only / broadcast and engagement. I mapped some of the digital activities of my own organisation onto this template, but it may not be limited to digital.
Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers Michelle Luhtala/Edshelf With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country. “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything.
Open Educational Resources - Babson Survey Research Group 2016 National Report Opening the Textbook: Open Education Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 Awareness of open educational resources (OER) among U.S. higher education teaching faculty has improved, but still remains less than a majority, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group. Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation. The poster said, "Each person must contribute to the discussion but take turns talking. Ask each other, 'Would you like to add to my idea?' or 'Can you tell us what you are thinking?'