In many schools and learning organizations, professional development is still an “event.” It’s something that happens a few times a year, imparting isolated chunks of information and strategy to educators. This type of learning is often not pervasive enough to inform everyday practice.
Social media has the ability to change that. And teachers are starting to take this to heart.
Though the iPad debacle at Los Angeles schools might have slowed-down the expansion of one-to-one computer programs, more and more schools are adopting the practice.
Today, and later this week in Part Two, experienced educators will share their advice on how to successfully implement such a program. I'm also eager to publish ideas from readers, and hope to receive many of them.
An awesome list of examples for Formative Assessment!
Common Sense Media's ON for Learning Award is given to the very best in kids' digital media. Our learning ratings program is designed to help educators surface the apps, games, and websites that truly deliver experiences that enrich and delight kids, helping them thrive with media and technology. We are excited to recognize these apps, games, and websites for earning the highest learning rating from Common Sense Media in the past year.
iPiccy gives you all the power to edit photos right in your browser without any installation for free. Just upload any image to photo editor and make it awesome in one click!
At the heart of Storyboard That is our incredibly powerful, yet easy to use storyboard creator.
Welcome to the Stories Come Alive Wiki. Here you will find many ideas for "digital story telling". Put away your paper and pencils and put technology at your fingertips. Your students will become more motivated and more excited about learning when you show them a variety of ways to present their topics or findings. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re like me, you act differently on different social networks. You share certain things on Facebook that you wouldn’t share on Twitter. You post stuff on Pinterest that you wouldn’t post on Path or share on instant message. Because of this, it’s important for students (and teachers and everyone else!) to remember the proper social media etiquette that you should follow while sharing online.
Gamification is simply the application of “game” mechanics to non-game entities.
The big idea here is to encourage a desired behavior. In this way, “gamification” amounts to installing mechanics or systems that recognize and reward behavior. Through increased visibility of nuance, documentation of progress, and rewarding of seemingly minor (but critical) behaviors, a specific outcome can be achieved.
An example of flipping and gamifying PD in Wissahickon School District with step-by-step directions and tips.
"If you want to create a newspaper for your class, you can do it through one of
these templates. The procedure is very easy. Just download the template you are
going to use, and once downloaded open the file and start customizing it
the way you want. You can insert your text , images, change text colour
and fonts, change headings and titles."
Inspiring educational quotes
But in an increasingly connected and digital world, the things a student needs to know are indeed changing-fundamental human needs sometimes drastically redressed for an alien modern world. Just as salt allowed for the keeping of meats, the advent of antibiotics made deadly viruses and diseases simply inconvenient, and electricity completely altered when and where we slept and work and played, technology is again changing the kind of "stuff" a student needs to know.
Awesome collection of apps, hardware, software, websites, etc for the education community with ratings and reviews.
ClassBadges is a free online tool where teachers can award badges to students for accomplishments or academic mastery. Through your teacher account, you can award badges customized for your classroom or school. Badges can easily be aligned to academic goals or associated with existing school awards.
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