Despite the popularity and trend of the term "makerspace", educators have to search hundreds of articles, websites and books to determine what this term is, how to begin, where to locate materials and determine the educational significance. Another complication is that the resurgence of this DIY movement found its grassroots in the public population and is just starting to make its way back to education. This makes navigating materials from an educational lens even more challenging. Makerspace for Education, is a collaborative digital space for educators to explore how to create and use makerspaces in their own environments and will help to transform pedagogies of individual educators through immersion in the context and the support of a community of practice.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
"Believe it or not, writing is a natural fit for gamification techniques.
You've surely noticed how your class gets engaged as soon as you introduce a game into the teaching process. The students get competitive, but that's a healthy competition you want to nurture."
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The British Council's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework for teacher educators is a guide to the professional development of all those involved in the education and training of teachers.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Give students a new way to interact with information and Thinglink's virtual reality app is a great example of this technology in action.
Thinglink's Virtual Reality App let's students create interactive products that demonstrate their understanding of a topic. In addition to being a great platform for creating something for an authentic audience, it's also iPad, Android and Chromebook friendly.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
"Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs."
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
"In order for students to tackle the multi-step word problems they'll be asked to solve as early as elementary school, they need to have mastered their addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. By answering 4 + 12, 15 - 5, 9 x 7 and 18 / 3 quickly and accurately, students can focus on reading word problems to figure out what the question is asking them to do. There are tons of fun apps that help children build their math fluency through games and flashcards. Check out some of these fantastic math apps."
Want to know how to become an efficient online teacher? Check the obstacles of Online Teaching and the best practices for great Online Teaching experiences.
Online teaching is different in so many ways. Traditional teachers now have to learn new ways of approaching their teaching methodologies, and also learn new practices in order to be successful at what they do. In this article you will discover few great insights on how to better yourself when you want to step up into this "new game".
Sunday, June 12, 2016
In the education world, PLN stands for Personal Learning Network. What it means is that an individual has developed their own personalized "network" of fellow educators and resources who are designed to make them a better teacher. This network exists both in their real-life relationships and online through their social media connections.
With more and more opportunities to develop one's skills beyond what traditional routes have provided, establishing your own PLN is an essential step toward deepening your abilities as an educator. In the past, teachers were able to get connected to teaching resources through master's courses, education journals, conferences, professional development, and other similar activities. Each of these were and still are excellent ways to broaden your knowledge and skills in education. However, because each of these requires your physical presence and procurement of physical materials, they also come with certain restrictions.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Looking for some new ideas for tools to support your work? Here are the links to the pages in my Directory of Learning & Performance Tools, which lists over 1,000 tools in 4 main categories as…
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
We have conducted extensive empirical research over the last 4 years as part of a university PhD program to develop the world's first comprehensive enterprise gamification taxonomy. Our taxonomy ha...
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Ever felt the urge to launch a YouTube channel, only to find that the results don't quite pass muster? A new web app called Showbox is the answer.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Using copyrighted material incorrectly can land teachers and students in hot water. Here's what you need to know to stay safe.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Enjoy this list of 20 free educational tools for teachers. Educators everywhere can find free teaching resources for all subjects and grade levels!