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5 Ways To Make Students Better At Sharing Online Sharing is something that all human beings need to effectively know how to do. It begins with teaching toddlers to share their toys, and from there it never ends. As those toddlers turn in to teenagers who turn in to college students, they learn a new type of sharing that is important in the digital age: social sharing. Being able to share things effectively in the social media world is important for students to understand, as it helps them better their personal brands and recognition.
"I knew early on in my education career that I wanted to be an administrator. The predominant reason for this was that I wanted to at least attempt to be a fraction of the leader that my father was. My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I always admired how he was able to inspire his staff to focus on student learning. To say that he was beloved by all would be a significant understatement. 15 Things We Now Know About #Intelligence | #Online #Universities #elearning via @pgsimoes | Alive and Learning
How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn | 21st Century Learning KA "I recently saw the movie “The Internship” (which was a great movie in 2005), that had some funny moments, but actually shared a really cool practice done at Google when hiring new applicants called “The Layover Test”. In an interview about the movie, Shawn Levy (the director) discussed the process: "It’s something they actually have in their interview process and it is at the end of the day, beyond what school the kid went to, beyond GPA, etc., who would you rather be stuck in an airport bar with on a six-hour flight delay? They call it the layover test…So Google often accepts people employees and interns with kind of outside that Silicon Valley box way of thinking…"" Via John Evans
10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom by Mike Acedo In today’s classroom, educators are constantly required to mold their teaching methods to give students the best opportunity to succeed. It is not only imperative for students to learn the required material, but also critical that students gain a sense of confidence toward their work, and find motivation to expand their learning. However, this can be difficult for some students, who may struggle in traditional, lecture-based class styles. For some students, finding the motivation to complete homework or prepare for class can be a constant struggle, especially when every effort is met with a poor grade or frustration from teachers and parents. Rules of Engagement; or, How to Build Better Online Discussion | Online Learning | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | E-Learning and Online Teaching
The Connected Online Communities of Practice project is all about increasing the quality, accessibility, and connectedness of existing and emerging online communities of practice in education. Supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the work is being carried out by a project team drawn from a six-organization partnership that’s led by the American Institutes for Research. One project focus (see more here) is to “undertake case studies of both interesting communities of practice and of individual educational professionals’ use of online communities and other forms of social media to connect.” Sharing What We Know about Online Communities of Practice
We're witnessing the beginning of a much-needed revolution in education. Skillshare's graphic pitch What would it take to create wildly profitable, culturally effective online education system? Can Online Education Be Both Successful and Good for Us? - Kanyi Maqubela - Technology
Top Ten Websites of 2011 Every week, I post a website that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share with you Top Ten Websites of 2011
This “The Best…” list requires a bit of an explanation. I’ve already posted The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement. That list primarily contains links to sites that provide direct writing instruction. The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online
SOME FINE COLLABORATIVE WRITING TOOLS : A Journey in TEFL Jan January 4, 2012 | 5 Comments Nowadays I’m in need of a good collaborative writing tool and while searching I’ve come across with these goodies. Have a look, you will like some of them. StudentPublishing.com I liked the tool as it allows students to draw pictures, upload from desktop and create and publish their stories.
Creating cartoons and comic strips can be a good way to get reluctant writers writing. While creating comics you and your students can work through the elements of fiction in a context that is fun and familiar to them. Witty Comics provides a simple platform that students can use to create two character dialogues. To use Witty Comics students just need to select the pre-drawn background scenes and the pre-drawn characters they want to feature in their comics. Writing the dialogues is the creative element that is left to the students. Artisan Cam is more than just a comic creator, it is a comprehensive collection of online art activities.
Clayton Christensen: Why online education is ready for disruption, now. | Teaching in the XXI century "No one, not Charles Mingus, Art Blakey or Dizzy Gillespie is born a great bandleader. We are not deeply conscious of others. We need to train our minds to be that way. After all, Harvard professor Dan Gilbert has found that aimless thoughts occupy our minds 46.9% of the time.
This show explores dinosaurs inside and out to reveal their structures and the lives they lived. Extreme Survivors: 120 million years of evolution made dinosaur bodies better adapted to their environment than any mammal today. The latest science reveals the anatomical secrets that made them such incredible survivors. Perfect Predators: The Cretaceous Period spawned walking death machines with a savage combination of speed, eyesight, brainpower, and razor-sharp implements. The latest science reveals the anatomical secrets of these bloodthirsty carnivores. Clash of the Dinosaurs
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Weirdest Planets With temperatures ranging from 1000 to 2000°C, gravity 15 times stronger than Earth's, and a year that lasts just 5.6 of our days, HAT-P-2b is not a planet you'd want to visit for vacation. The unusual gas giant—located 440 light-years away in the constellation Hercules - turns out to be the most massive planet found outside our solar system so far. Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, spotted the superdense planet using the HATNet global network of automated telescopes, which scans a large fraction of the Northern Hemisphere sky every night to search for planets. HAT-P-2b, the second planet the project has discovered, stunned scientists with far-out features unprecedented for an alien world. HAt-P-2b is but one of the odd planets in the cosmos.
Little Bird Tales is a storytelling and e-learning tool that can be implemented in hundreds of ways, and is great for kids of all ages, even for children who can't read and write! "Little bird tales is an exciting Web site...In the school setting the possibilities are endless." Lawrence Armstrong, DiscoveryEducation.com "Little Bird Tales is a brilliant option for digital storytelling in the primary classroom." iLearnTechnology.com "I love this site!!