Sunday, December 27, 2015

10 Trends to Personalized Learning in 2016

Check out the 10 Trends in 2016 about UDL, Personal Learner Profiles, Agency, Competency-based Education, Kids Hacking School, Blended Learning, Citizenship, and more...

How Metacognition Makes Students Better Learners

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.

Stewart-Marshall's insight:
Metacognition is essential in learning. Deep learning can only take place when students learn to reflect meaningfully about their learning.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Here Is An Excellent App for Taking Picture Notes ~ EdTech and MLearning

#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

Improve Your English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar | Best Online Courses

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!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How to Record Simple Screencasts on iOS and Android

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

How To Easily Create ELearning Videos from Microsoft PowerPoint

"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."

How Would Today’s Smartest Teens Overhaul Education?

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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Flipped Learning: Using online video to transform learning :: Nesta

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

60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic

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

How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology

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

Snip - Show and Tell (Create Videos in 60 Seconds)

Personalized Learning and SEL: Why Meeting Students Where They Are Matters

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 Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

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

Top 20 Udemy Courses: Amazing Black Friday Deals | Best Online Courses

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!


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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Creating illustrations and infographics for ELT tasks 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

What the Heck is a Porous Liquid?

Scientists at the Queen's University Belfast have just invented the world's first "porous liquid," and it's being hailed as a major breakthrough. But what on Earth is it?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

How To Make The Best Of Your Studies At College

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.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2015 Inspire Learning - by Stephen Downes

Short (12 minute) presentation on the idea of learning as being based on immersive practice, how this informed the design of our original MOOCs, and how this a…

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bitsbox Giving Teachers Free Coding Kits for CSED Week (Edtech Opportunity) via @EdSurge

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.

19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know

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 2, 2015

Coding for the Common Core: 15 iPad Coding Apps for K-5+ — Emerging Education Technologies

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.

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