Thursday, July 30, 2015

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps

Educators from around the country shared their favorite teaching apps.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Using Technology to Improve how the Brain Learns — Emerging Education Technologies

While learning is not “a medical problem”, it is certainly a “brain problem”, and the brain is our most advanced organ. We’ve barely begin to understand how this amazing mass of cells works. Along these lines, I’m fascinated by the possibilities for information or ‘computer’ technologies to be leveraged to help the mind grow and enhance learning, much as other technologies have been used to help other human organs thrive.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Your Students Should Be Coding (Five Sites to Get Them Started) — Emerging Education Technologies

Survey information suggests that nine out of 10 U.S. schools do not teach computer programming. This is especially alarming considering the growth of the field – estimates indicate nearly 1.4 million jobs will open over the next decade with only 400,000 graduates prepared to fill them.


More than the utilitarian function of filling job vacancies, though, is the pedagogical value inherent in coding. Learning computer coding is non-subject specific, lending itself to interdisciplinary lessons that integrate math, science, English, art and a variety of other subjects. Students simultaneously balance logical reasoning, creativity and problem solving in real-world scenarios.

Top 5 Note Taking Strategies: What’s The Best Note Taking Method for You? - YouTube

A breakdown of the top 5 note taking strategies and how you can best use them to achieve your goals. #notetaking #cornell #outline #charting. This video is p...

Diploma in Teaching Skills for Educators - About Education Degrees

This free ALISON online course will be of great interest to all educators and trainers who want to learn more about effective teaching skills and how to apply them in an educational setting. Being an effective teacher requires a variety of skills but some of the most important are the ability to communicate effectively with students, motivate students to learn, and implement successful instructional planning within the classroom.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality — Emerging Education Technologies ^ by Kelly Walsh

"Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting and exciting tools emerging in the academic world today. Here are a handful of videos showing many fun, engaging ways in which educators and students are using it."

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Students under surveillance - - Financial Times

A week after students begin their distance learning courses at the UK’s Open University this October, a computer program will have predicted their final grade.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines - Langwitches

I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as  blogging routines and in professional development workshops.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CyberCrime is a People Problem – Raise Staff, Faculty, & Student Awareness — Emerging Education Technologies

Resources to Help Protect Your School, Your Students, Colleagues, and Family At the recent NYSCIO conference, Reg Harnish, CEO of Grey Castle Security, presented an eye-opening session, Colleges Under Attack: Cybercrime in Higher Education. One point Harnish made loud and clear

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, if not totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

RawShorts - Explainer Video Software

Raw Shorts gives you everything you need to make an explainer video animation, right at your fingertips.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Schools should be more like farms, not factories

If we want to transform the failing model, we need a new analogy for how that model is supposed to work, Robinson argues. We treat education like industrial manufacturing when, in reality, it's closer to organic farming. In farming, crop has different needs at different times in order to produce the greatest yield. Why not apply the process to education? 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language - About Education Degrees

This free ALISON online course introduces the essential learning theories and practices needed to be a TESL instructor. The course includes: the needs of adult ESL learners; the learning styles of students; facilitating intercultural communication; increasing student comprehension; preparing for and conducting a lesson; creating a lesson plan; classroom management; and, conducting tests.


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Friday, July 10, 2015

Why Schools Need Collaborative Learning Spaces

Creative Commons license image source There are Many Reasons Why Flexible, Active Learning Classrooms Should be Widely Adopted We’ve converted a few classrooms to more collaborative spaces over the last few years at The College of Westchester, and faculty reaction

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies - About Education Degrees

In this free ALISON online Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies course you will learn the basics of written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. Modern China is playing an increasingly influential role in the world’s political, financial and economic spheres, and with Mandarin Chinese being spoken by over one billion people within China and the Chinese diaspora it makes learning Chinese, even the basics, increasingly important.


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MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

Minecraft’s education options are as vast as the game itself. Don’t worry if you feel limited by time or your own imagination. Thousands of others are imaging worlds, too—and are willing to share.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

10 Free Productivity and Organization Tools for Teachers

I’ve changed my teaching life by utilizing productivity and organization applications and tools. Find out what my favorite 10 are (all free!).

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them

Video conferencing and chat tools can be a wonderful instructional resource, as most educators know. You can bring the outside world and guests into your classroom, enable a sick or disabled student to present from home and interact with the class, get to know online students better and have more constructive conversations than voice alone permits. The possibilities are endless!

As I am putting the final touches on the 2015 update to The Free Education Technology Resources eBook (which will be made available this week!), and I’ve added a chapter focused on free video conferencing and chat tools. In today’s post, I share these tools and resources.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Introduction to Instructional Systems Design - About Education Degrees

This course will be of great interest to all human resources, teaching and training professionals who are involved in training, instructional design and e-learning, and who would like to learn more about important aspects of instructional systems design and their use and application in designing and developing highly effective instructional materials or courses.


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Tapping into kids' passion for Minecraft in the classroom - THE CONVERSATION

If you know children aged between about six and 14, then you have probably heard of Minecraft.

Minecraft is a digital game, a popular cultural phenomenon and a powerful platform for learning. It is one of the most successful digital games of all time and continues to grow in popularity.

Educators have a great interest in Minecraft because children and young people seem to be driven to learn new knowledge and skills to play the game with a passion that they often lack for their everyday schooling.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Technology can transform education, but not without people

Five years ago I was trying every new tech tool to come out. I was glogging with glogster. I was threading with voice thread. And I sure was writing and editing in real-time with Google Docs! But the technology was not transforming me. It was not transforming my classroom, because it was just technology.

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