Sunday, August 9, 2015

Good Reads by Hayley Hutchinson, Tom Whitby, Mary Stemier and others

Use Blogging for Reflection and Assessment
Initially, I asked students to find additional resources to share. But no matter how much I stressed that they should be compelling, I often got links to bad websites. That prompted me to ask students to share something new that had not been mentioned in class, such as a video, a picture or any tidbit of information (properly cited, of course). Suddenly, instead of giving me links to websites that they might not have even looked at, students were sharing content that expanded on class discussions.

Is Isolation in Education A Choice?
The real game-changer for collaborative learning is technology. With the introduction of social media applications, we have the ability to connect with anyone at anytime. . . . What that means in terms of education is that educators are only isolated by choice. As I have said in the past, any educator has the right to choose to live in a cave, but they don’t have the right to drag students in there with them.
Here Is How to Use iPad As A Document Camera in Class
An interesting way to use iPad with students in class is through turning it into a document camera. The concept is very simple, you use your iPad as a mirroring device to project documents to a bigger screen. The whole class will be able to follow with you as you go through the document. For this to happen, you will need to connect your iPad to a projector either through a VGA Adapter Cable or wirelessly using a third party app.

'Flipped' Classrooms Help Students Become College-Ready
“The more instruction can be personalized using these technologies, more students will be successful because they are getting something that’s tailored to their individual learning needs,” said Thomas Arnett, an education research fellow at the San Francisco- based Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. “Over time, I think we’ll see these models will actually get a lot better at helping students master the skills that they need to master, and that will drive a lot of adoption.”

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New
These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career.

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