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touch screen for learning

How Kids Use Apps to Get a Feel for Digital Learning

By Andrews Tipp It’s human nature for children to learn by touch, it helps them associate words with the objects they come into contact with. Many a time you will see a toddler reaching up towards a grownups face mostly out of curiosity for what the object is that is peering down at them. With touch in… Read More ›

45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators

by Saga Briggs, re-published with the permission of OpenColleges.edu.au Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a… Read More ›

The Debate about The Core Curriculum

By Jakayla Mullin and his team Source: Best College Reviews The relationship between Core Curriculum and college preparedness Most educational experts agree that common core curriculum is not the solution to closing the achievement gap. Too bad politicians are the ones with a final say. Common Core Curriculum is meant to be an equalizing force… Read More ›

Free Lesson Plans and Resources: Teaching Children That it’s Fun-2B-Fit!

By Em Buchanan The NHS has revealed that 3 in 10 children are classified obese. Thanks to the increasing availability of electronic devices and microwave meals, more and more 8-11 year olds are spending their weekends plugged into the internet, eating junk food. Arguably, parents and carers are responsible for controlling these habits and allowing them to get out… Read More ›

gamification

3 Things about #Gamification of Education and Training – So True

Gamification isn’t just adding points, badges and terms onto the current curriculum. 3 Things I Wish Everyone Knew about Gamification from Remixing College English made good points about gamification for education and training. It’s an excellent article, you could follow the blog if you are serious about transforming your course through leveraging the ideas from gaming. ***** #1: Schooling is… Read More ›

The Internet, Innovation and Learning (#makesummer)

America’s education reform movement gets out of school this summer with a four-month campaign to help redefine learning in the digital age through dozens of activities for youth, parents, and educators, dubbed the “Summer of Making and Connecting.” Education in America needs to be more powerful if we want to prepare all our children for the… Read More ›

A map of learning theories

Learning Theory Map

From Ana Cristina Pratas‘s Scoop.it we came across this visualized map of learning theories. Enjoy! Link : http://cmapspublic3.ihmc.us/rid=1LGVGJY66-CCD5CZ-12G3/Learning%20Theory.cmap From curator: This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger… gregmhagar‘s curator… Read More ›

digital literacy

May is California Digital Citizenship Month!

“Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people? Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?”  — from Common Sense Media Join Common Sense, California… Read More ›

educational technology, K12

(Infographic) Summary from Latest Surveys about #EdTech in K-12 Classrooms

by Constance McKenzie Technology use is ubiquitous in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.  The Pew Research Center (2013) surveyed teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) classes about their use of education technology, or “EduTech”, including cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and smartboards (commonly written as “SMART boards”).  They found that these new… Read More ›

Educational Technology to watch

Horizon Report – Australian Tertiary Education 2013

Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education 2013-2018 has just been released as one of Horizon reports, produced with the same process underlies the well-known NMC Horizon Report series. Take a minute to grab the main ideas and comparisons below. Comparison of 12 technologies to watch Top-Ranked Trends Across Three NMC Horizon Research Projects Top-Ranked Challenges Across… Read More ›

10 Ways to Inspire Your Colleagues As An Educator

Arecent story on The Onion, the Internet’s beloved satire site renowned for its ability to pinpoint painful truths in its “fake news” stories, last week underscored one of the saddest dynamics of modern education. In “Inspirational English Teacher Cancelled out by Every Other Teacher at School,” the problem of teacher burnout is readily apparent: “Despite her effusive passion… Read More ›

The Real Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship And How To Promote It In Your Classroom

“Social entrepreneurs don’t just pursue a social end, they pursue that end in a fundamentally communal way.” –Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation In a not-so-distant past, college degrees were the safety nets that led to job security. Now those nets are riddled with holes, sagged down by the weight of so many recipients. And unless young… Read More ›

Running on Empty? 25 Tricks to Jumpstart Routine Lessons

Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset. This also holds true in a classroom. Students may be working… Read More ›

education 3.0

Build Your Own Dream, Otherwise Some Body Else Will Hire You to Help Build Theirs.

Build your own dream, otherwise some body else will hire you to help build theirs.  — —  from Knowmad Society What’s Knowmad Society ? You ask. Knowmad Society “Knowmads are nomadic knowledge workers –creative, imaginative, and innovative people who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas… Read More ›

autism, special education

Help The Unique Minds in Digital Era – Project Autism

“The unique individuals who are on the Autistic Spectrum vibrate on a totally different frequency; they orientate within their environment in a very unique way to us; their senses are heightened in a variety of ways which makes the world a profound sensory minefield for them; and most importantly they are misunderstood by society where… Read More ›

Special Education 101 Infographic

According to USC RossierOnline : Although special education began in the 1950s as a movement to win individuals with disabilities a free and quality education, it has today come to embrace the ideal of inclusion, with many students with disabilities being taught in general classrooms alongside their non-disabled peers. Thus, as fully inclusive classrooms become more of… Read More ›

50 Ways To Integrate Art Into Any Lesson

As children, young children, everything meant playing and art. We saw the world as a playground and a canvass. It didn’t matter whether or not we could actually draw. What mattered was the thrill of creating something beautiful. We were all artists. We still are. So reminding students that inspiration matters, that art lives and… Read More ›

20 Quick Actions You Can Do Today To Set Your Classroom Up For Massive Success

When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following list includes 20 ideas that you may not have thought of in terms of a successful classroom arrangement or organization. Each item takes no longer than an hour and can… Read More ›

effective teaching

Top 15 Effective Methods of Teaching and Learning

About learning and teaching, everything works, but how well? John Hattie has led a team at Auckland University, New Zealand which compares the effect on learning of over 100 classroom interventions. In his book, John Hattie said that almost everything we do in our efforts to help students in schools has a positive effect on students. However,… Read More ›

OER, Internet and The Power of Pull

The keynote from Joe Ito, MIT Media Lab, on Hewlett OER Grantees Meeting 2012 highlighted some inspiring ideas of how internet has changed the ways we work and learn together. From David Weinberger : Small pieces loosely joined – decentralizing power From David Clark : Rough consensus running code – keeping doing and iterations since the cost… Read More ›

open source software, OER

See The World from The Perspective of Leadership

Today’s President’s Day, Annie Vincent from TeachThought.com picked 5 trending boards on Learnist about leadership. Let’s see the world from the perspective of leadership! 1. Educational Leadership: Leadership in education is not rocket science…….so why is it done so baadly so often? 2. Leadership: This will focus on leadership and the development of leadership traits. 3. Value Based Leadership: Sherri… Read More ›

upgrading summer program

Upgrading After School Programs for A Digital Age

From The Cooney Center : Upgrading Afterschool: Common Sense Shifts in Expanded Learning for a Digital Age The Cooney Center’s Executive Director Michael H. Levine and Rafi Santo (Indiana University) have co-authored a chapter called “Upgrading Afterschool: Common Sense Shifts in Expanded Learning for a Digital Age” in the new book from the Expanding Learning &… Read More ›

educational technology

Technology Helps Teachers Reinforce Content, Survey Says

from centerdigitaled.com Teachers from pre-kindergarten to high school say technology helps them reach students, and they would like more of it. A PBS LearningMedia survey of 503 U.S. teachers found that 74 percent said technology allows them to reinforce and expand on content. It also helps 74 percent of them motivate students to learn and assists 73 percent… Read More ›

The Shift From Cohorts to Competency [Infographic]

“The Shift From Cohorts to Competency” is the fourth DLN Smart Series white paper released in collaboration with Getting Smart. This paper outlines how schools and districts can ensure every student gains the necessary skills to graduate college and career ready by shifting to competency-based education. (View the infographic below) Also check out another policy paper… Read More ›

The Achievement Gap [Infographic]

An Infographic by Open Colleges

Study Proves Classroom Design Really Does Matter

News from University of Salford  In a pilot study by the University of Salford and architects, Nightingale Associates, it was found that the classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%. The year-long pilot study was carried out in seven Blackpool LEA primary schools. 34 classrooms with differing… Read More ›

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Originally posted on Honor Moorman:
The Connected Educator Month theme is “Network to learn, collaborate to innovate.” Throughout August, educators have been participating in numerous networked learning opportunities. As this month-long initiative comes to a close, it seems appropriate to ask ourselves, “Now what?” Now that we’ve experienced networked learning for our own professional development,…

students own their learning

Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning

by Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey, from www.personalizelearning.com Alliance for Excellent Education’s report on Culture Shift provides facts that point to learner-centered instruction and the use of technology to “guide students toward greater ownership of their learning.” “It is not about instruction or technology. It is about the learner owning and driving their learning.” Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey The… Read More ›

google+ edtech accounts

30+ Google+ Accounts and Communities to Follow

More professionals are making use of Google+ accounts and communities for its ease of usage and integration with Google Apps. We also see Google is providing more services for education, including the Google Course Builder on which Google offers its Power Search MOOC courses.(new course will start in this week) OnlineUniversities.com had pulled together a recommendation… Read More ›

50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out

Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you. Podcasts are a great way to get information when you’re driving in your car,… Read More ›

distance learning

30 Myths About eLearning That Need To Die In 2013

For as long as eLearning has been around, it has been haunted by the voices of those who aim to criticize its authenticity, viability, and quality. But is it true? Do students of traditional institutions boast more success than those who’ve chosen distance learning? It’s time for some of these myths to die. 1. The technology… Read More ›

If Steve Jobs Designed Education System

What if Steve Jobs had re-invented the education system rather the computer and consumer electronics industry? Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers(LWF) Conference, London, January 26th 2012. Jim Knight talked about “If Steve Jobs Designed Schools”, at the end of 2012 we still think it’s worthwhile to revisit this topic. Jobs had a revolutionary impact… Read More ›

education

Access To Education Around The World (Infographic)

Muhammad Saleem likes to share with readers this infographic which was created by www.onlineclasses.org. Have you ever wondered how access to education varies around the world? We decided to look into the data and what we found was surprising, in that among OECD countries, nearly all children have universal access to education. Please take a closer look at… Read More ›

In light of International Volunteer Day: Can We Teach Compassion? [Infographic]

An Infographic by http://www.OpenColleges.edu.au

The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door? People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part of an educator’s repertoire. Read… Read More ›

creativity

30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom

The concept of teaching creativity has been around for quite some time. Academics such as  E. Paul Torrance, dedicated an entire lifetime to the advancement of creativity in education. Torrance faced much opposition in his day about the nature of creativity.  Creativity was considered to be an immeasurable, natural ability.  Torrance called for explicit teaching of… Read More ›

Educational Psychology: 20 Things Educators Need to Know About How Students Learn

What makes a teacher successful?Having an expertise in reading, writing, math or science is necessary, but the ability to transfer that knowledge into another person is what makes an excellent instructor stand out. What good is it if a teacher has all the facts, but cannot communicate them in a way that others can comprehend?… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).