When we compare education systems around the world (which we do, quite often) to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy’, otherwise known as how many years students go to school. In the US, we most often assume that students go to school for at least 13 years (K-12), plus “some” college or post high school education. When we talk about schools in developing countries, we hear about children who can’t go to school past a young age (sometimes around 8 years old) because they need to make money for their family’s survival, because they don’t have the opportunity to do so, because of their gender, or because it would be dangerous or prohibitively expensive to do so.
There are a lot of tablets out there and we at Edudemic are certainly guilty of focusing a lot of our attention on the Apple iPad. That shouldn’t come as a surprise since iPads make up more than 94% of the education tablet market. That’s a big ol’ piece of the pie.
But there are a boatload more tablets that teachers should probably consider. The Apple iPad may be the most used at this point, but every teacher is different. Like students, each has his or her own needs, likes, dislikes, and skills.
We have been examining education technology products for more than 4 years now at Edudemic and it’s given us a unique perspective. We’re
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@coolcatteacher @scienceofus How about puppetry? I am writing a unit using it and I bet uses the same section of the brain,.
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**Update 4/26/14: I LOVE the responses to this post; they made me consider a lot of different ways of looking at TPACK and SAMR, and really stretched my thinking. If you read this post, also read the comments- and check out the links that some people have included!
I’m going to preface this post by saying that I think both TPACK and SAMR are incredibly useful frameworks- and I use them a lot in my work with education technology. While I don’t want to completely discount either framework in this post, I do want to start a discussion- and explain why I am currently not finding them completely effective in my work with teachers.
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A few years ago, I showed my sixth graders The Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer. It’s an epic painting of a young black sailor in a small broken boat, surrounded by flailing sharks, huge swells, and a massive storm in the distance. I asked my students the simple question, “What’s happening?” The responses ranged from “He’s a slave trying to escape” to “He’s a fisherman lost at sea.” The common theme with the responses, though, was the tone — most students were very concerned for his welfare. “That boat looks rickety. I think he’s going to get eaten by the sharks,” was a common refrain. Then a very quiet, shy girl raised her hand. “It’s OK, he’ll be fine,” she said. “The ship will save him.”
The room got quiet
We all know that social media can be a great tool for teachers, both in the classroom and for professional development purposes. Here at Edudemic, we encourage you to do things like use Twitter to build your PLN, connect with other educators on Facebook, pin great ideas on Pinterest, and more. But just as we often criticize our students for being unable to disconnect from their devices and actually look up at the world every now and again, we often suffer from the same affliction. So how do you know if you’re just ‘into it’ or if you’re overdoing it?
The handy infographic below takes a look at a few different ways to know if you’re in need of a social media detox. We know that honest
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We got this list via email the other day, and since we know everyone loves a good deal, thought it was worth sharing. Compiled by an independent website, it claims to be one of the most thorough lists of deals and discounts for teachers out there. While I can’t confirm that is true, it is certainly one of the most robust lists that I have seen.
As of this writing (08/14), the list is updated, but if you know of any deals that aren’t listed here, let us know! We plan on periodically updating this list as we hear of new things from our community. Leave us a comment below, mention @Edudemic on Twitter or leave your thoughts on our Facebook page.
8 EDUCATION BOOKS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE: CONNECTED EDUCATORS SERIES
August 19, 2014 by Tom Whitby @tomwhitby
Reposted from the Blog of Mark Barnes, Brilliant or Insane: Education and other intriguing topics.
Ask any of the thousands of teachers who regularly use Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook about connected education, and you may get an earful about using digital tools as a means to connect with educators and students worldwide.
But if you ask teachers who have never used a social network, blog, or mobile device for learning in their classrooms to discuss connected education, you are likely to be met with blank stares, furrowed eyebrows and shrugged shoulders.
Enter Corwin Press and the Connected Educators Series.