A great video on how to get the most out of observation. In-service teachers express what they want to observe, and look for in students learning. Instructing teacher gives everyone the lesson plan first, and asks teachers to look for students really learning. After the observation, the teachers debrief in a group, focusing on how students arrived at the learning experience. (12 min. video with questions)
"Yesterday, I published a post about the Google Sheets Add-on called Online Rubric. This morning I had a couple emails from folks with questions about how to use it. The video embedded below provides an overview of how to create a rubric in a Google Sheet."
t/h R. Byrne
EDPuzzle let's you insert questions, add notes, and make the flipped classroom more interactive at home. You need to use one of the video sites that EDpuzzle offers. This YouTube video shows how to crop a video, add recorded audio notes, and so on. A real gem!
A Pinterest-type site with short reviews of lesson plans for teaching with film, and descriptions of films that might be used for education, especially those with cross-cultural interest. Will take some willingness to hunt, though there is a search engine.
"Whether it is to solve a problem, plan a project, or develop new story ideas there are plenty of occasions in the course of a school year for students to brainstorm together. I still believe that nothing beats getting together in a room to swap ideas in person, but that's not always practical or possible. For those times when in-person brainstorming sessions are not possible, the following five tools offer a good way to host brainstorming sessions online."
t/h R. Byrne
"Geeky teachers have brought Minecraft to subjects ranging from history to biology to probability. The game is being rolled out to every secondary school in Northern Ireland this month. If you’re a parent, you’ve noticed Minecraft offerings spawning in your local summer camp listings. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a Minecraft camp for budding builders. Ninety-two libraries participated in the International Games Day Minecraft Hunger Games tournament, andcrowned a 13-year-old girl as its champion. And, I’ve helped launch Connected Camps’ Summer of Minecraft, a new in-game online camp.
"Progressive educators have been advocating for games-based learning ever since Carmen Sandiego, Oregon Trail, and Reader Rabbit opened up a new market for consumer children’s software in the ‘80s. SimCity demonstrated how a building and tinkering game could be embraced by parents, kids, and educators. And, Scratch shows how kid-centered learning communities can thrive online.
"Minecraft is part of this lineage of learning games, but it fundamentally rewrites the playbook."
This blog talks about why Minecraft is so popular with kids and with educators alike, referring back to Papert's experiments with "turtles." My 9-yr-old granddaughter is totally absorbed by the game and the games within the game she can play. She's even venturing into the "survival" mode where exploration includes fighting zombies. What's not to like?
"One of the challenges associated with using many web-based tools is that they require students to register for accounts or require teachers to manage their students’ accounts. The process of registering and then remembering user names can take up a lot of instructional time. Therefore, whenever it is possible, I try to use tools that don’t require registration. One example of this is found in the Stupeflix video creator which does not require users to register. It is just as versatile as the popular Animoto video creator. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to make a video on Stupeflix."
Another good article from R. Byrne
This might be a good site for self-study or additional work. Offered in a variety of L1 languages.
A great collection of instructional videos on how to use Pinterest for education, as well as a set of links to other educational sites.
This article also has links to other sites, but it's a nice way to start, if you can not get annoyed with having to stop all the pop-ups!
"Use the intuitive Animatron Editor to design and publish animated and interactive content that plays everywhere, from desktop computers to mobile devices."
This looks like a great tool for creating imaginative learning apps. Get your students to help you!
Absolutely great video (3.56 min.) showing how to observe students learning rather than the tasks or activities the teacher does. Very good way to observe each other's classes and all it takes might be a smart phone on a tripod in a corner of the room.
10 factors that stimulate success in student project-based learning, based on a class participating in a 3-week project at Manor H.S.
"Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, is a 100 percent project-based learning school. They are part of the New Tech Network of schools and their approach has yielded remarkable results, including a 98 percent graduation rate, with all of their graduates accepted to college."
"Many students are struggling with writing assignments, and spend huge amounts of time trying to squeeze words on paper. Even if it’s not the case and students just want to improve their writing skills, some writing help services for students may be worth checking out.
Includes tutoring services, skill-building exercises, and services for K-12.
Upcoming events at Learning2gether usually take place on Sundays. Times and content, and an archive of recordings from past presentations are available.
Volunteer to offer your presentation!
This tool, imElfin, is recommended (by its owners) for safe download of YouTube videos:
"Sites similar to KEEPVID are SAVEVID, ClipNabber and Deturl.Com. Just like KEEPVID, these sites require Java plug-in installation, fill with ads, and appear less secure. The best KEEPVID alternative I would recommend to you is an independent tool, imElfin YouTube downloader. While online YouTube downloader sites relate a lot with browsers, this program is separate from browsers, does not require a Java applet, and will not risk your computer at all. "
It is free for 30 days, but is relatively inexpensive ($30 US).
This is a very useful collection of articles on the how and why of flipping the classroom. Well worth the exploration.