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Screencasting is getting a lot of attention as a tool for teachers when using the flipped classroom model. Certainly, screencasts are a great tool for teachers to create presentations for their students to view at home. But I think that screencasting is most powerful when it is used as a student creation tool. Screencasts take a typical presentation a step further by requiring higher order thinking skills; not only do students create the presentation, but they also have to explain their thinking.
There are many excellent screencasting applications available, including Show Me, Educreations and Explain Everything. The students in my eighth grade English Language Arts classes recently used Explain Everything on iPads to create grammar screencasts. It was great to see the students engaged and having fun while learning
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In 2012, most of the pedagogical and technological community were taken by storm from a report by One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) that laptops dropped off in rural Ethiopia had been learned from in ways the contributors never imagined.
Not only did the children who received the laptops, many of whom were pre-literate and had no prior exposure to digital technology, make use of the programs the developers uploaded, they began to hack the Android-based operating system that the laptops used, reenabling the webcam and modifying the laptop desktops—an application that was previously blocked by the developers working on the specialized laptops.
This anecdote is one of many that indicates that children and technology do, indeed, play well together. I would
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As a language teacher I find mobile phones are a great resource as a dictionary, a unique way to do homework and, for many of my students, an alternative way to take notes. I’ve been using them in my class for a while now and their presence is actually hardly noticed – so seamlessly is it a part of what we do. In working them into my class I’ve learned some things about how to introduce them that may help you if you just starting to allow them.
The first few weeks of my class always starts with the call to “take out your phones – upside down on your desk”. So stunned are most students
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Why do some children succeed while others fail?
The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs.
But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.
“Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi, 13th-Century Mystic Poet
First of all, blogging is writing, 21st-century style, plain and simple. Blogging constitutes a massive genre. It comes in many forms, addresses myriad topics, and can certainly range in quality. For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing. As bloggers, young people develop crucial skills with language, tone their critical thinking muscles, and come to understand their relationship to the world.
If you are looking for ways to have students write that reach real rather than “pretend” audiences, I can’t think of a better format than blogging. That’s how I define authentic, and authenticity matters because it feeds
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What is it about space that captures our imaginations? For centuries we’ve studied the skies, trying to understand the mysteries of the cosmos. What’s out there waiting to be discovered, and what drives us to keep pushing the limits of space exploration?
On March 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET, join us for a live video conversation with space architect Constance Adams, astronaut Piers Sellers, and planetary geologist Bethany Ehlmann. We’ll discuss our passion for space and what inspires us to keep exploring.
Want to know what it’s like to perform a spacewalk? Or direct the Mars rover Curiosity? Post your questions about space exploration on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter using #LetsExplore, and you might be selected to join our participants during
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This article examines the potential of synchronous communication in online education by analyzing the newest tools and platforms that facilitate real-time group communication, and the pedagogy associated with implementing synchronous communication tools into asynchronous learning environments.
Communicating in real-time from a distance has never been easier. There are numerous new platforms and applications (apps) available free-of-charge that are easy-to-use and facilitate seamless communication between geographically distant people with access to a smart phone or laptop. After reading a WSJ article reviewing several smart phone apps that facilitate real-time communication among small groups seamlessly, I realize that the time is coming where synchronous tools will bring online education to the next level. Over the
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Hey, guys! I am so happy to have guest blogger Nancy Alvarez share about her experience and knowledge with QR codes. These coded squares are being used more and more in the classroom, and she shares some fabulous tips for how you can incorporate QR codes in your classroom, too! Enjoy!
Hi, my name is Nancy Alvarez from www.teachingwithnancy.com. Tabitha was very kind to invite me to write a post on her blog about QR codes. I was a classroom teacher for 13 years and have served as an instructional coach for the last three years. I absolutely love embedding technology into lesson to engage learners. I call it T.I.M.E. Technology Integration and Meaningful Engagement.
I recently attended a huge technology conference in
We all want to be creative. We want to inspire creativity in our students. We want to teach material in creative ways that get students engaged and excited (without reinventing the wheel, of course!). But sometimes, creative just isn’t happening. When you can’t think of anything new, or anything that you deem ‘creative’ or ‘more interesting’ than the basics, it can be frustrating. I so often hear the advice to ‘just let it happen’. Which is, of course, even more frustrating! It isn’t always just that easy!
The handy infographic below details some simple ideas to stimulate creativity. It encourages you to do them every day. I see the idea of the graphic as sort of a mindset refresh – train yourself to be creative, and be
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