4 Useful Tools for Creating Non-traditional Quizzes July 29, 2015 Here are four great web tools for creating online quizzes to share with your students. We have already reviewed these tools in separate posts in the past and some of you might already be familiar with them. However, for those of you who haven't seen them before, these are web-based platforms for creating a wide variety of interactive quizzes. For more choices on quiz making tools, check out this page. 1- FlipQuiz Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0 Mrs. Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr.
3 Tips For Creating Interactive Self-Paced Online Courses The learning experience for self-paced online courses has historically been fairly static. Trainees absorb information passively by watching videos, reading written passages, and clicking through Powerpoint slides. In this article, we discuss new technologies and methods for creating interactive self-paced online courses. Instructional designers have long known that efficient learning requires both absorbing and recalling new information. Including a recall process for self-paced online courses can be challenging, since the courses are intentionally designed to be taken by a wide diversity of trainees without relying on instructor feedback. Navigation cues, such as short module length or requiring the trainee to click on various buttons to progress, are helpful in maintaining attention, but are often unrelated to the trainee demonstrating true understanding and recall of the material.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically December 26, 2014 Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. What’s Worth Learning in School? What’s Worth Learning in School? “The student: ‘Why do we need to know this?’” BY LORY HOUGH(originally published in the Winter 2015 issue of Harvard Ed. Magazine) We teach a lot that isn’t going to matter, in a significant way, in students’ lives, writes Professor David Perkins in his new book, “Future Wise.”
6 Handy Tools for Adding Text to Pictures June 25, 2015 In today’s selection we curated for you some useful apps and web tools to use to add text to pictures and create classroom posters. Students can use these tools for different educational purposes including visually explaining a given topic, creating greeting cards, designing inspirational quote posters and many more. 1- Picfont ‘With Picfont you can easily : . Add text to a picture : uploaded from your (Computer, Url, Ipad...). . Why Curiosity Enhances Learning "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." -- Albert Einstein It's no secret that curiosity makes learning more effective and enjoyable. Curious students not only ask questions, but also actively seek out the answers. Without curiosity, Sir Isaac Newton would have never formulated the laws of physics, Alexander Fleming probably wouldn't have discovered penicillin, and Marie Curie's pioneering research on radioactivity may not exist. Instilling students with a strong desire to know or learn something is what every teacher lives for, and research has even shown that curiosity is just as important as intelligence in determining how well students do in school.
Making Change Happen: A No-Fail Process to Make eLearning More Persuasive Persuasion is an art. Try too hard, and you might be branded as being aggressive. Be gentle, and your message will probably be brushed aside. At the end, the ultimate goal of persuasion is to get a person to change. Persuading someone to come round to your point of view is especially challenging in a virtual learning environment that lacks the intimacy of a face-to-face interaction.
From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Harvard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as blogging routines and in professional development workshops. The Visible Thinking Routines website explains that: Routines exist in all classrooms; they are the patterns by which we operate and go about the job of learning and working together in a classroom environment. A routine can be thought of as any procedure, process, or pattern of action that is used repeatedly to manage and facilitate the accomplishment of specific goals or tasks.[…] Classrooms also have routines that structure the way students go about the process of learning.
Emotions, Learning & the Brain: Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience If I told you that the reason your child is failing in school is that they are not emotionally connected to the academic material, how would you feel? What would you think? You might give me a perplexed look and move on to another therapist who could provide more commonsense information about your child’s learning. Six ways to boost classroom participation: Part Three – Embracing different learning styles This is the second article of a six-part series on boosting classroom participation. Last week, we heard about overcoming both teacher and student anxiety in the EFL classroom. In this article, Zarina discusses different learning styles and how to support those students who may not be as receptive to our usual forms of teaching. “There are no difficult students – just students who don’t want to do it your way.” Revell, J. and Norman, S. (1999): p.65. In the previous article in this series, I looked at the presence of anxiety in the EFL classroom, and the various techniques you can employ in order to reduce it.
Live and Learn Are you paid what you’re worth? Let’s see . . . you’ll probably compare the salary and benefits that you receive with the value that you provide to your organization. Right? Did you ever consider how much you learn every day? A Quick Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Professional Development Building a presence on social media is a great way to build your PLN. Getting started with Twitter, finding interesting people to follow, and taking in all of the information is step one. Interacting is step 2. You get a hundred times more out of Twitter when you begin to interact with other users.