Check out the 10 Trends in 2016 about UDL, Personal Learner Profiles, Agency, Competency-based Education, Kids Hacking School, Blended Learning, Citizenship, and more...
Sunday, December 27, 2015
When students learn to reflect meaningfully about their learning, they can participate in a dialogue with the teacher that allows them to work together to determine the actual level of mastery. No longer working in isolation, the teacher can now adequately discuss depth of learning, thereby helping students to communicate particular knowledge that is too often absent from their final products. After students provide the teacher with thorough information about their process, the teacher is in a better position to assess student learning.
Metacognition is essential in learning. Deep learning can only take place when students learn to reflect meaningfully about their learning.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
#hashpic is an excellent iPad app for taking picture notes. It's a powerful and reliable alternative for using your iPad's camera to snap pictures of things you want to remember. You no longer have to waste those precious moments scrolling through your camera roll to find pictures you have taken awhile ago. With #hashpic you can easily grab a photo and add hashtags to it so you can find it effortlessly. You can even import pictures you already have in your camera roll and hashpic them too.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Increase your confidence when writing to help make yourself more employable!
English is the second most widely used language on the planet. This means that English skills are incredibly important to employers – in fact, the English skills of the workforce can have a direct impact on the growth of that business – so the better your skills, the more employable you are.
If you think that this is important, then this course is for you!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
For those of us who want to record our gaming exploits, demo an app for the wider world to see, or email a tutorial to mom and dad through the wonder of video, it's fortunate that recording screencasts is no longer the exclusive preserve of devs and serious coders. Whatever platform your smartphone (or tablet) runs, you can record on-screen activity without too much trouble.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
"there are many ways you can integrate PowerPoint into any elearning program. It can be a simple PDF that someone interacts with, or you could use a program like Articulate Presenter to transform that presentation into an interactive, online asset. But what if you just need something "in between"? You don't have the resources to invest in a program like Articulate, but you want more from your presentation than a rather static PDF.
Well, one possible option is to record yourself giving the presentation. Using a free tool like Screencast-o-Matic allows you to record your screen and then instantly save the video locally or upload to a platform like YouTube."
What happens when you gather 14 of the world's brightest teenagers at Singularity University and ask them to design the future of education? During last summer's Exponential Youth Camp (XYC)... read more
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Digital technology is allowing teachers and learners to explore new approaches to traditional school lessons. The growing availability of online instructional videos creates the opportunity to move the learning of new content to outside of the classroom, freeing up class time for teachers to coach, and students to actively work on developing their own understanding.
Nesta and NFER carried out a study to explore how this approach can work in secondary maths classrooms across the UK, and how teachers use it to change the approaches to learning students take. We saw teachers use the approach to encourage students to take active responsibility for their learning, and for some to use it to accelerate their learning.
This project has produced a research report delving into the effects of Flipped Learning and the conditions needed for success. For those focused on classroom practice, we have also created a research-based practitioner guide to the approach, and a specific how-to guide for using resources from the Khan Academy and linking them to the UK curricula
Jim Lerman's insight: Three practical guides to implementing the Flipped Classroom model in secondary level math education. The setting is schools in the U.K., with a particular emphasis on Khan Academy videos -- however, much of the material is generalizable. Be sure to look at each of the 3 different guides.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know
The idea that students can learn something valuable from play isn't new, or even controversial. A sizeable body of research has been conducted to back up what many teachers already knew to be true. Fun and learning don't have to be mutually exclusive, and it really works better for everyone involved when they're not.
As such, making LEGO Bricks part of your lesson plan can help you teach concepts that students might otherwise find tedious, in a way that doesn't feel like work to them. Many educators have already been putting this idea to the test with success. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Classroom teachers and technology innovation has been a hot topic for many, many years. It doesn't have to be stressful trying to learn something new. Approaching new technology with a plan in place will help you to become a master at technology in the classroom and will reduce the stress that naturally comes with trying to learn new technology.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Now study after study is showing that social-emotional-learning (SEL) skills, such as empathy, self-regulation, and cooperation, may be even more valuable for students' short- and long-term success than academic content knowledge.
The only rational answer to the conundrum of curiosity is to disengage our educational system from standardized testing and common curricula. Curiosity does not hold up well under intense expectation. Give agency to teachers, with the explicit message to slow down and provide students time to wonder and be curious.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Whether your interest is in becoming a writer with a bestseller on Kindle, or in getting PMP® certification, or in becoming a startup founder, there's a course for you at Udemy. And the best thing is that they are on offer right now. Black Friday Deals are available from now until November 27!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Draw.io is one of my favourite tools and the one I use most for creating graphics and infographics. As someone who doesn't draw very well and has only limited design abilities it has really helped me out a number of times and enabled me to produce professional looking illustrations, product mockups and teaching materials.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
College may be a time for many new experiences, but it's also a time for serious learning. In order to pass your college courses, you need to be focused, do your work, and study. The following tips will help you to make the best of your studies at college and lead you to good grades.
Read more: http://ift.tt/1WU5bw1
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Bitsbox is donating completely free coding kits to teachers for Computer Science Education Week (December 7th-13th). Each kit is enough for thirty students, and they come with a teacher's guide to help run an Hour of Code.
You spend like half of your life on that thing. Time to figure out what it really does.
Dream Learners Kids Stories - a magical educational story for every child in your family on the App Store
Dream Learners' cross-curricular immersive story experience provides an entertaining and effective learning solution for children and parents to enjoy together. Created by teachers in association with child development expert Professor Robert Winston.
To maximise learning retention, the Dream Leaners app is best used during the 90 minutes before sleep. Try the first story in the series, Raptastic, for free!
Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Yesterday we published the article, "Coding for the Common Core – Apps for Integrating Coding With Math and ELA", in which we shared numerous programmable robots and insights and lesson plans that offer ideas for how they can be used on classrooms teaching various subjects.
Today, we share 15 different iPad apps (many of them are free!) that can help teach coding skills while reinforcing related skills like mathematics, logic, reading, and more! These apps are geared toward students of elementary through middle schools ages.