03 Mar 14
This is an excellent article on how to ensure that groupwork does not splinter into factions and antagonism.
26 Feb 14
A place to share educational uses of wikis. Good examples: "The educational wikis on this page are listed in alphabetical order. They are awesome and we invite you to add your educational wiki to our list! You may also add the name of your country and a mini flag. Thank you! You may view visitor statistics here."
20 Feb 14
This is a nice list of strategies, with links to explanations, of how you can find out what misperceptions they have. Useful for mutiple ages.
20 Feb 14
This blog entry has some great, but simple, ideas for getting group work to, well, work. One is to award, for example 40 points for a 4-person group, and have students award each other points based on how much they thought they did in the group. Another is to use G-Docs histories to see who has actually been working on revisions. And a third is to make students more cognitively aware of themselves as part of a team -- identifying with their team and investing in its success. Great collaboration ideas. This log is focused on middle school learners, but the ideas will work well for any age.
02 Feb 14
This blog describes how the teacher uses wikis to help students manage their own learning trajectory, keeping parents informed, and also keeping the teacher on target: "I have room for student and parent resources, homework, What we did Today (for absent students or parents), grade-level skills, favorite links. You can even add student pages, created by students. This is very popular in the older grades. When students are absent, I send them to this wiki to see what we did and what they need help with. When we’re getting ready to submit a project, they can check out the grading rubric here, be sure they have all required pieces. This is a great spot to include extensions for those precocious students who finish everything early. I’m going to add a ‘sponge’ page, for just that reason: a place students can go to try theme-oriented websites that can be completed in 5-10 minutes."
27 Jan 14
This is a great article dealing with how you can have students use Audionote, Soundnote, Evernote, camera, microphone, and so on to enhance students' note-taking capabilities and your ability to respond directly to their notes to help better structure learning. Many good ideas here.
14 Dec 13
A nice info graphic about the process of inquiry as an approach to learning/teaching. Fits well with critical thinking strategies and Know-Want to Know-Learn.
08 Dec 13
The backwards is really what should be forwards, that is, it starts with what tasks the students need to accomplish. Blow-up the chart to see the tools that can accomplish these tasks. The second page also has a list of goals and links to tools. This should come in handy as you think about how to successfully integrate technology into your class, or flip you class.
08 Dec 13
A really nice explanation of how students can combine individual thinking with collaborative group work. The teacher also explains her role as she circulates around the groups. You also "overhear" some snippets of children's conversation about their problem-solving. 4-5th grade, but adaptable to most levels. (You must register with TeachingChannel to use their videos.)
02 Dec 13
"As you design blogging assignments for students consider that text may not always be the best medium to have students use to express ideas and share information. For the student who is trying to quickly convey an idea or share research that he or she compiled, posting an infographic or a video presentation might be a better method of sharing than writing a long passage of text and hoping that readers make it all way through to the end."
R. Byrne discusses a short list of tools, including Infogram, Thinglink, YouTube, and SoundCloud, that help students make ideas visual and aural/oral.
02 Dec 13
"Every educator, from kindergarten to graduate school, should contribute to the important and significant work of teaching students to use online sources and social networks for educational and professional goals. To ignore the technology, or assume that our students already know it because they use it every day, is to participate in educational malpractice."
A very sensible article about what main tools are used to move kids from social media to academic purposes -- and how to get them there. Speaks to PLNs, PLEs, Pinterest, curation with Diigo, Symbaloo, Netvibes, Twitter. Very good explanation of how the work, the advantages, and the possible problems.
Hybrid Pedagogy is a Digital Journal with a team of editors and writers.
30 Nov 13
This is a good, very short article on how to co-teach with learners with disabilities. But the advice is good on creating groups and managing your classroom, regardless of whether you have students with disabilites. Article by S. Land.
25 Nov 13
There are some good ideas here, mainly because they are encouraging students to draw some of their own conclusions about how they appear on the Internet, and what the dangers might be.
24 Nov 13
This page includes both old and new versions of Bloom, and offers a small selection of appropriate verbs to use while setting objectives. Very useful while creating lesson plans and developing curriculum. The cognitive emphasis in Bloom's taxonomy is heartening, but beware of using the pyramid in an overly rigid way. It's all too easy to get stuck on the lower levels of "knowing": remembering or factual information, while never quite getting to the higher levels of creativity. Is Bloom appropriate for language acquisition?
24 Nov 13
"For decades, education reform has been focused on curriculum, assessment, instruction, and more recently standards, and data, with these efforts only bleeding over into how students think briefly, and by chance. This means that the focus of finite teacher and school resources are not on promoting thinking and understanding, but rather what kinds of things students are going to be thinking about and how they’ll prove they understand them."
The cognitive emphasis in Bloom's taxonomy is heartening, but beware of using the spiral in an overly rigid way. It's all too easy to get stuck on the lower levels of "knowing": remembering or factual information, while never quite getting to the higher levels of creativity.
23 Nov 13
"If you’re new to flipped classrooms or have known about the concept for awhile but haven’t made the plunge, the handy infographic below takes a look at some of the basics of flipped classrooms: what are some of the advantages, why and how they work, and how both teachers and students are responding to the flipped classroom model."
A nice start to thinking about the advantages of flipping the classroom. Now about those kids who won't do homework...
21 Nov 13
A chart showing the differences between individualized instruction and personalized learning. "On the face of it personalized and individualized learning are two sides of the same coin, a game of semantics and this is why many teachers still use them interchangeably as if they mean the same thing while in fact there is a noticeable difference between the two particularly in how each trend views the role of teachers and students, knowledge, and standards."
This chart by David Warlik shows the differences.
21 Nov 13
This looks like a great place to get ideas for using group and pair work, and for flipped classrooms.
21 Nov 13
"The handy infographic below takes a look at the BELS process – Brain Essential Learning Steps. In other words, how does the brain process information in the learning process? The graphic breaks it down in terms of how to teach the material, making this a super useful reminder for teachers planning their lessons. Keep reading to learn more."
The 4 Steps: Introducing material, collaborative brainstorming, students develop a learning plan, and then "take action," through writing, music, visuals, etc., and share.
16 Nov 13
R Byrne has a nice set of links to tools and a brief discussion of how to do a book review site. Try out his book trailer ideas for a lively class project.
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