07 Apr 14
Using tools that are appropriate for the task is one theme of this blog post, but it is also a good explanation of SAMR and how to "walk up" to teaching beyond repetition and substitution. Uses an American history lesson as an example
07 Apr 14
"This screencast was created to present four ideas for how teachers and students can use Evernote during the K-5 literacy block."
Good ideas for using this useful app.
31 Mar 14
This description of educational uses with Minecraft includes a discussion of children with Aspberger's, 3D printing, and a video explaining more of how Minecraft works.
Food for thought if you like the idea of using multi-player 3D games as an education tool.
29 Mar 14
Playlist for the Shaping the Way We Teach English videos, the basis for the U.S. Dept of State/Univ of Oregon MOOC, Shaping the Way we Teach English.
27 Mar 14
"Using gaming as a vehicle for learning is a very powerful idea and one that is under-utilized.
This wiki is an attempt to create a comprehensive resource about gaming that we can all learn from - all contributions welcome!"
This might be an interesting place to share if you are interested in gaming and gamification. Several contributions and student handouts are available. Add your own.
13 Apr 13
You can upload PowerPoint or pdf files and add your audio and/or webcam visuals. Might be useful to advanced students in creating presentations.
18 Mar 14
"Have students create a Pinterest board with 10 pins that summarizes them.
Ask students to create a 30 second podcast that introduces themselves. Then allow students to present them or play them on separate devices as an audio gallery.
Create a classroom blog and ask each student to write a blog post introducing themselves to the rest of the classroom.
Have students create a quick comic strip to describe themselves or to recreate a recent funny moment in their lives.
Use PollEverywhere to ask students interesting questions and get to know them as a class, like their favorite subjects, bands or TV shows.
Use GoogleForms or SurveyMonkey to survey students about their interests, academic inclinations, and background info – a 21st century alternative to the “Getting to Know You” info sheet!
Have students create word clouds to describe themselves and share with the rest of the class.
Have students go on a QR code scavenger hunt in teams to get to know each other and learn about your classroom rules in a fun, engaging way.
Ask students to create their own Voki avatars that introduce themselves to the class. Encourage them to be creative with the backgrounds, characters and details of the avatar to reflect their own personalities and preferences.
Have students create graffiti online that speaks to their interests and personalities and share with the class."
A nice set of ready-made lessons using readily available apps on the computer.
11 Mar 14
Very practical classroom ideas to help students get the creative juices flowing. "You will have seen, there is a strong collection between imagination and creativity. We did not want to get bogged down with the neuro-science behind how imagination works (click on the links above if you want to read further about this), but the need to encourage imaginations should not be left behind in Early Years settings. Allow time and space for imaginations to flourish is a tough demand within modern schools, but the importance of finding time is crucial, being something which all educators can play a part in."
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.
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