“All students must change from one activity or setting to another throughout the school day. Transitions naturally occur frequently and require children to stop an activity or move from one location to another, and begin something new. Students with Asperger’s (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) often have greater difficulty in shifting attention from one task to another. This is due to a greater need for predictability, challenges in understanding what activity will be coming next, or difficulty when immersion in a favorite activity is disrupted.”To read further please click here:http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2015/02/difficulty-with-transitions-how.html
By: Mandy Morgan
“HIGHLAND, UTAH — Jackson Goeckeritz was just 10 years old when he decided to be a computer programmer.
Neither of his parents had much knowledge on the topic, so they enrolled him in a computer programming class at a nearby university, but it was too boring. Turns out, he had already learned all of the course material from YouTube.Jackson’s parents had also let their son watch videos from The New Boston, teaching him different aspects and techniques in computer programming with everything from Java to iOS development.”He has loved computers ever since he was a toddler,” said Kim Goeckeritz, Jackson’s mom. “(The videos) really helped him. I have absolutely no interest or expertise or anything in that, and my husband doesn’t really either. We needed something to help him with that.”The Goeckeritz’s are representative of millions of people who don’t just turn to the Internet as a resource for answers to questions, but prefer video streaming sources like YouTube, Vimeo and others to see with their own eyes people sharing their knowledge and skills through demonstrations or just talking.”To read further please click here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631523/21st-century-learning-How-online-videos-enhance-education-at-home-and-in-the-classroom.html
“My youngest son is about to finish his Reception year at school (Kindergarten). This makes him six months older than the iPad, the device that arguably made one-to-one implementations both possible and desirable. The problem with this is that, if you are looking to learn about how best to harness mobile devices to support teaching and learning, there is still fairly little to draw from, as the evidence base for these devices’ efficacy and impact – positive or negative – is still rather thin on the ground, given the relative youth of tablets and thin client notebooks (such as Chromebooks) as a form factor.Of course, we can triangulate good practice from what we know makes great teaching and learning, but probably the best resource for anyone tasked with looking into the viability and implementation of a one-to-one programme is the people who are already making it happen and who happily and selflessly share their experiences – successes and failures – online.So, whose triumphs should you be seeking to emulate and whose debacles would you be wise to avoid? Let’s take a look.” To read further please click here:
By: Leah Levy
“Podcasts have been around for a long time now, but they have only just begun to surge into mainstream popularity. That’s all thanks to a little podcast called Serial, a true crime program that reopened investigation into the murder of a high school student committed in 1999. With tens of millions of downloads, this podcast is officially the most popular of all time.
To those of us who are longtime podcast fans, the potential of the medium to both captivate and set minds whirring is no surprise. And it’s those two things that make podcasts pretty much the perfect medium for learning, whether in the classroom, at-home, or as student commute from sports practice to band practice to home
There are so many great podcasts out there, that we found we couldn’t narrow them all down into one article. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest podcasts to adapt for classroom and at-home learning within the fields of History and STEM, and we’ll follow up with other subjects in coming weeks.
Note: All podcasts listed for students here are best in a high school or higher ed setting. Some may be appropriate for middle schoolers or even advanced students reaching the end of elementary school, but they will need to be more thoroughly vetted by educators first.”To read further please click here: http://www.edudemic.com/learning-history-stem-podcasts/
“In a talk at the National PTA Conference in Charlotte, NC, Thomas Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for Alliance for Education, reminded me of what’s been bothering me for years. “We’re using 21st century tools in 20th century learning environments.” I’d go even further than Murray. As far as I’m concerned too many of our teachers are using 21st century technology with 19th century pedagogy with teaching styles and classroom management techniques that haven’t changed much since my grandparents were in school.
To reinforce his point, Murray showed pictures of typical secondary school classrooms taken in 1915 and 2015 and, in both cases, student desks were lined up in rows with the teacher at the front of the room. He also said that many schools still employ “top-down one size fits all” teaching methods where learning is based on how many hours kids spend in class rather than what skills and insights they acquire.”: To read further please click here: http://www.connectsafely.org/lets-not-use-21st-century-technology-with-19th-century-pedagogy/
By: Monica Burns
” Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning. Whether you’re teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must.Students who are “making” to demonstrate their learning can produce content that is shareable and valuable. Their creations can be geared toward a specific audience and viewed outside of the classroom. The sense of purpose that students have as creators can be leveraged to increase engagement and get learners of all ages excited about content.
There are a handful of dynamic iPad apps that can turn your students into creators. This doesn’t happen magically when they launch the apps. Combined with thoughtful planning, rigorous tasks, and clear expectations, your students can create powerful products that show you — and the world — what they’ve learned.” To read further please click here:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-apps-for-student-creators-monica-burns
By: Amy Fowell
“Using text-to-speech educational technology to help struggling readers is becoming more common in today’s classrooms.. However, some may feel that using this technology, which reads text aloud as students follow the highlighted text on the screen, is a ‘crutch’. Teachers, parents and even students themselves may see this not as a tool, but as cheating.
But recent light being shed on the question shows that not only is text to speech not a ‘crutch’, but it is indeed an invaluable tool to help students improve results and importantly, stay motivated.” To read further please click here:
“Google wants schools to take advantage of its Apps for Education suite of productivity tools and services, but it also recognizes that proper professional development is essential to enabling educators and transforming education. The company today announced the release of a free training platform that provides interactive lessons with a focus on how to successfully complete real classroom tasks and objectives using Google products.
The new platform is called Google for Education Training Center and builds upon a recent survey by the American Federation of Teachers which found that 71% of educators and administrators surveyed cited “adoption of new initiatives without proper training or professional development” as a primary source of stress in their work lives. The new tools are supposed to help teachers apply Google’s tools in the classroom and beyond.” To read further please click here:http://9to5google.com/2015/06/26/google-launches-training-courses-teachers-integrating-google-classroom/
By: Lisa Nielson
“Kids these days. They’re re-wired with a need for constant attention and engagement. They could never do what we did: Sit for hours locked in our room or under a tree with a single book.And that’s okay.Don’t knock em. Join em. Help em. Even learn from em.
Nearly 40% of parents say their child does not spend enough time reading for fun but when you take social media into account you realize that is simply not true. Today’s digital learners are not only reading like never before, they are writing too using social media. And that’s a great thing. More and more research shows this is an effective way to increase literacy among our youth.
“Last year, Microsoft expanded its Office 365 productivity suite with Sway, a service that gave users a simple way to create and publish content on the internet. The only caveat was you could only use it via a web app. As of today, however, those of you with aniPhone or iPad can start using Sway to build, edit and share a bunch of content — including, but not limited to, interactive reports, presentations and personal stories. It’s all free too, so there’s no need to worry about having an Office 365 subscription.”To read further please click here:
By: Maria Politis
“AR Tools are Being Used Today by Creative Educators in Fun, Innovative Ways, but few Know About it (yet).
Educators are always looking for new ways to enhance learning and expand the horizons of students in an engaging and interactive way. Gone are the days when class plans were based around exercises from a text book. The world around us is changing rapidly and even preschool age children are becoming more proficient with different types of handheld devices like tablets.
These devices are an integral part of more classrooms every day and are being used to complete homework activities, present projects, upload assignments and participate in classroom collaborations. Many school systems around the world are starting to move into the world of BYOD – Bring Your Own Device, which means that the tech we use in the classroom needs to work across multiple devices and platforms.Augmented Reality is an example of a technology that can make classroom learning more interactive and enriching.” To read further please click here:
By: Jeanette Oldham
“It’s a little boy’s school diary, and it makes heart-breaking reading.
Asked to describe how his week in the classroom makes him feel, Alex Walker, 11, writes the same word against every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning: “Sad.”
The diary offers a poignant insight into the bright schoolboy’s academic struggles during his time at Moor Hall Primary in Sutton Coldfield.
He suffers from severe dyslexia, which has restricted his learning to such an extent that experts say he currently has the reading and writing age of a five to six year-old.
His loving mother Julie, wants him to receive specialist teaching from at Maple Hayes in Lichfield, which has had spectacular results with children with dyslexia.
But Birmingham City Council’s Education Authority had refused to even statutorily assess Alex for an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan to put additional support in place, which could include funding the school placement which costs around £13,000 per year.
It claimed the youngster was making good progress in state education and wanted to place Alex at mainstream Arthur Terry Secondary School from September. It was only after campaigning mum Julie contacted the Birmingham Mail that the authority performed an astonishing U-turn within 48 hours – and has now agreed to statutorily assess the youngster.” To read further please click here:
By: Simon Julian
“In the not too distant future, England will be the first of many countries to begin introducing computer programming and coding classes to primary and secondary schools.
In this new system, students will be taught basic coding as soon as they enter school (at around 5 years old) and will continue to learn until their GCSEs are completed, when they can choose whether or not to pursue it further.
Breaking down the English experience
The English curriculum will be split into a number of key stages.
By the end of key stage one, students will be able to create and debug a variety of simple programs. Also, by this stage, they will know how to “safely and respectfully” make use of technology. They will also be encouraged to grow their ability to think logically and to use logical approaches to solving problems, notably a key area that many western curriculums don’t really cover at this stage of children’s learning experiences.” To read further please click here:http://www.sitepoint.com/teaching-kids-to-code/
By: Nick Tutola
“If you’re like me, you have grown tired of seeing the same scenario playing out over and over again in yourmath class. A student who is obviously struggling to grasp a new concept blurts out the question: “why do we have to learn this anyway?.” This question is usually immediately followed by the statement: “this is stupid.” The student then slouches over puts their head on the desk and you are left to attend to a situation in which you are struggling to reactivate the learner to try to complete the problem. After some pleading and motivating talk, the student reluctantly re-engage themselves in the task only to meet another difficulty a few minutes later and the scenario is played out again.” To read further please click here: https://intoedupassion.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/the-need-for-authenticity-in-math-class/
By: Alice Keeler
“One thing I love about Google Classroom is it’s simplicity. Almost any teacher can be up and running with a blended classroom in 30 minutes. However, Google Classroom is not a learning management system (LMS). You are not able to reuse classes and parents can not view the stream of assignments. When creating assignments the directions space is not a rich text editor. This means you can not bold text, change font size, insert images or embed video.
I recommend you create your directions in a Google Doc and attach it as the first asset in Google Classroom. This has many advantages.
Directions created in a Google Doc can be inserted into any Google Classroom assignment. They can be used semester after semester.” To read further please click here: http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/06/22/google-classroom-writing-assignment-directions/
By: Mark Anderson
“More than 15 million ebooks have been made with Book Creator for iPad and Android, and now the popular classroom app is receiving a Windows makeover and will be available on desktop devices for the first time. The developers are making the app free on the Windows store for a limited period following the launch.
Book Creator for Windows takes a blank-canvas approach to creativity that makes publishing and sharing ebooks easier than ever. With a simple and intuitive design, people of all ages can create their own international standard ePub files, and with a couple of clicks can become published authors.
“Book Creator for Windows provides a single ebook app to use across three platforms,” said David Fuller, principal education consultant at Tablet Academy. “The app has proven to be a popular and versatile ebook creator on iOS and Android devices, and I recommend all educationalists with Windows tablets to include it as a must-have download.”” To read further please click here:
By: Sam Patterson
“I believe in the power of play in education and the last 2 years spent teaching tech in grades K-5 have really cemented the belief that there are at least 9 app features that should be considered before it enters the classroom environment. I clearly see how well-designed playful lessons support student empowerment and knowledge creation.
What does this have to do with App features? when you see my list of must haves you will see I am looking for ways to build more play int learning and make the time with tablets more seamlessly social.
There are so many places where you can learn about play, reward, engagement, and how it relates to gaming. If you are looking for someone to make you a believer, check out Jane Mcgonigal.
Once the power of play is visible, the challenge is getting the learning goals met, harnessing the energy of discovery and play, while also keeping the environment social. Luckily this is not a challenge teachers have to meet alone.” To read further please click here: http://www.teachercast.net/9-app-features/
“As many of you will know, every aspect of my teaching is completed in some form of digital manner. This includes everything from attendance and assessment, to resource creation and collaboration. However until recently there was one aspect of my teaching, that I still used paper for and regardless of the systems I trailed, nothing could sway me over to making the jump.
What was I refusing to do electronically?…..Well the answer might surprise you…… It was…… Lesson Planning.
Now the reason behind my refusal to switch, was purely based on my belief that there simply wasn’t a tool out there for me that included the features I needed. So after literally two years of planning, thinking, testing and consulting with other teachers I have finished work on an app that Im safe to say has resulted in me moving to a pure paperless existence has just been released.
Introducing Easy Planner
After two years of planing and development, my award winning Easy Planner app has finally been released. Essentially Easy Planner is a powerful lesson planning tool for the modern day teacher. Designed to work on ANY device with an internet connection. Plan all of your classes with ease with an intuitive interface designed to make lesson planning quick and efficient. Its also FREE.” To read further please click here: https://thepegeek.com/2015/01/ultimate-lesson-planning-tool/
“There are many differences between learning children and learning adults. The Andragogy, the science of teaching adults, brings to the table principles of building competencies that are hard to implement in schools, such as self-motivation, goal orientation, ability to share experiences, and others. These differences were well described on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning website here.I will not discuss these differences in this article. I would like, however, to share with you some ideas on using 4 learning methods, which are usually considered as basic in kids-related learning, in an eLearning environment.
Workbook is a space where activities are organized for practicing things. In each workbook you are given a structured material that helps you master a subject as you are usually guided from easy to difficult exercises deliberately, influencing your competencies. Workbook is an interactive tool – its main purpose is not to transfer knowledge, but to practice it through exercises. You are doing this in a kinesthetic way; you fill in the blanks, draw, erase, cut and paste, place stickers, etc. The workbook is also well-designed, with all golden rules of information architecture (contrast, flow, hierarchy, unity, proximity, whitespace, etc.) taken into account. >It is not only educative, but also fun to use.” To read further please click here:
By: Lisa Englard
“So, how did your students do? I worked with a group of sixth-grade students who have experienced a fairly typical K–grade 5 math education, with emphasis on procedures and skills and some routine applications sprinkled throughout. They were immediately intrigued and engaged with the Animal Cracker Fundraiser task.
The students did a lot of noticing and wondering, and they proposed many good questions. They were also on target with determining the needed information to answer the question we had settled on. But after that, they struggled. I was hoping that students would recognize that they could use the ratio concepts they had learned to figure out how to split the 715 cookies (11 cookies per serving 65 servings) into two groups with a 4:9 ratio. A few did realize that the contents of one small bag and one large bag would total 13 cookies and that 715 ÷ 13 = 55. But they were unsure what the 55 represented and needed some help to reason that this was the number of small and large bags that could be made. When they reached Act 3, they quickly realized that the discrepancy between the 55 bags and the 49 bags in the picture was due to the “about” 65 servings on the label.” To read further please click here:
By: Andrew Robertson
“Often homework and other projects with require students to do their own research and collate information from a variety of sources in order to complete an assignments to their best of their capabilities. With OneNote you can conduct research in a variety of ways – from any device.
Below you will find the interactive OneNote tutorial all about adding content to your notebook from external resources.With OneNote it’s easy to source content from webpages. If you find a useful passage of text, image, diagram, video or quote, you can simply copy and paste it into your notebook, and OneNote will provide a link to the original page.This is incredibly useful for when you need to cite your references and sources.A great way of getting images and diagrams into your notebook is to use the Send to OneNote tool, which allows you to take screen clippings and paste them directly the page or section of your choosing.” To read further please click here:
“In our Smart Parents series, we have been sharing stories about how parents are empowering their students and co-creating learning with their students.
A learning plan is a document that a student and a parent and/or teacher co-create that is guided by student interests and has details (and accountability + next steps)
Beyond noticing and encouraging your child’s interests, there are questions and conversations you can have at home so that your students can build, drive and own their learning:
Early Childhood Learners. The brain is developing so rapidly, and children have a natural and innate curiosity that parents can activate.
Encourage your child to ask you questions. If appropriate, answer their questions with questions of your own. Example: “Dad, what’s that?” “It’s a water drain. Why do you think we need to drain the water from the tub?” Taking the time to interact and allow them to build language is key with early childhood learners.” To read further please clicck here:http://gettingsmart.com/2015/06/learning-plans-the-what-when-why-and-how-to-do-them-well-2/
By: Peter Paccone
“I’m a San Marino High School (CA) social studies teacher who has increasingly sought to connect students in my US Government, World History, and US History classes with the “world-at-large” using video conference technology.
Over the past twenty-four months of experimentation, I have learned that video conferencing technology can provide any/all students with a highly rewarding, innovative, and engaging experience that empowers them to connect to their own learning process. My students connected via video conference with:
- People in the news
- People discussed in our textbook
- Book authors and/or journalists
- Museum curators and/or staff
- Subject matter experts
- Students from other schools
- Adults willing to hear student end-of-term presentations”
To read further please click here:http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/using-video-conferencing-technology-collaborative-learning
By: Katie Dunn
“Twitter can be an immensely useful tool for teachers, regardless of the subject or age range of students you teach. There are tons of Twitter Tips out there, written for new users and seasoned veterans. There are too many lists to count that enumerate great accounts to follow, chats to participate in, hashtags to check out, and more.
But if you don’t know the basics, Twitter can be an overwhelming world filled with tons of uncategorized, unfindable information. The handy infographic below covers the A-Z of Twitter, ensuring that brand new users will have all the information they need, and veteran users may learn a thing or two, too! Is there something important that you think the graphic has left out?”To read further please click here: http://dailygenius.com/26-ways-to-use-twitter/
By: James Gill
“I began my journey in Office 365 because I had a vision. I wanted to move my students’ work online because it would improve some things in their practice and allow me to improve some things in mine.
I wanted students to be able to work online so that they could access their work from both school and home. Ideally they could access it anywhere. I wanted to take advantage of spellcheck for my many students for whom English is not their first language. I wanted to make editing their writing something that could be accomplished easily, especially for my students with learning disabilities. I also wanted to make it possible to take advantage of the many resources on the Internet, while at the same time teaching students how and why they need to cite their sources.
But in order to accomplish this I had to tackle a few questions:
What do I do when not every kid has a device?
What do I do when not every device is the same?
I began the year by having students bring their devices. It had to be a device they were allowed to bring to school on a regular basis, and their parents needed to sign the BYOD permission form. What I got was a lot of different devices. Some brought laptops, both new and old. Some brought iPads, including a few iPad mini’s. There were two Microsoft Surface 2’s and a few Samsung Galaxy tablets. One girl could brought her phone.” To read further please click here:
“Thousands of educators throughout the U.S. are embracing 3D printing as a new way to teach 21st century skills and prepare students for the jobs of the future. Taking the first steps to introduce students to 3D printing, however, can be challenging. MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, conducted in-depth research this spring to better understand how to help educators incorporate 3D printing in classrooms. The research shows that acquiring 3D design skills is a major hurdle for educators and there is no single resource to address this need.
To fill that gap, MakerBot today published a handbook designed to provide educators with a wide variety of ideas, activities and projects to get started with 3D printing. Titled MakerBot in the Classroom: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Design, the handbook includes an introduction to 3D printing and a range of hands-on 3D design lesson plans.MakerBot in the Classroom is available as a free digital download for registered MakerBot customers and a sample project chapter is available free to anyone who registers on MakerBot.com. Additionally, MakerBot launched a newMakerBot Education Resource Center with further ideas and resources to support the integration of 3D printing in the classroom, such as real-world MakerBot stories, videos, challenges for teachers and students, and more.”To read further please click here: http://www.teachthought.com/maker-movement/21500/
““You don’t want to be in 4J, you’ll get dyslexia.”
This has been the standing joke in our staffroom for years, owing to the teacher’s over-zealous approach to diagnosing any child not brilliant at reading as “dyslexic”. She’s a great teacher who is passionate about children and who gets good results (which could be why she needs to find a reason for anyone not making the grade under her watchful eye). However she is a labeller – one of the many idealistic adults who can’t bear to believe a child is less than perfect unless it’s because there’s something wrong with him or her that’s nobody’s fault.
The range of options available to the discerning child-labeller is growing: social issue, learning difficulty, behavioural need, obsessive tendency, food intolerance or – my all time favourite – being “on the spectrum”. As a teacher I find this immensely frustrating for a number of reasons. First, the diagnosis is often performed by someone with no skills, qualifications or expertise – a well-meaning colleague, an over-concerned parent, a kindly friend. The only requisite is that they have access to the internet or have seen a TV programme about the condition in question. Second, it is upsetting and insulting to people who battle with genuine problems that others casually assign themselves and – most of all – because we as teachers are increasingly forced to pander to them.” To read further please click here:http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/jun/20/secret-teacher-too-quick-label-children-arent-perfect-adhd-dyslexia
By: Suzie Boss
“Visit elementary classrooms across the country and you’re likely to find plenty of students studying state geography and state symbols. But how often does the learning stop with memorization, recall, or perhaps a short-term activity? How many students get a chance to think critically and apply their understanding? Years from now, what will stick with them from their state studies?
To see how a traditional unit can be remodeled into a more authentic project that leads to deeper learning, consider how third grade students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport, Rhode Island, spent this school year.
During a lesson on state symbols, students raised an interesting question: Why doesn’t Rhode Island have an official state insect? After all, 46 other states do.” To read further please lick here:
By: Gail Robinson
“When the 24 third-graders in Morgan Mercaldi’s class arrive at the Jackson Avenue School every morning, they take their iPads out of their backpacks and put them on their desks. The tablets will remain there, or in hands and laps, until the children put them in their packs to take them home.
Last year Mercaldi had her students stash the iPads away when they weren’t using them. But she has abandoned that. “Putting them away serves no purpose. We use them constantly,” Mercaldi says.
Mercaldi’s class in Mineola, N.Y., is in the fifth year of a district initiative that now provides iPads to all students in grades three through nine. At Jackson Avenue, which houses the third and fourth grades, all 417 children, including those in special education, have their own tablets, and they spend about 75 percent of their instructional day on the devices, more than many other schools that have embraced digital learning.” To read further please click here:
By: The GDC Team
“Welcome to the official guide to technology and learning by Edudemic! This part of Edudemic is meant to offer you, the teacher, some of the best and most popular resources available today. We’ve combed through hundreds of resources in order to narrow down our guides into something easy to read, easy to use, and easy to share.
Below are links to the guides we have made so far. They’re always a work in progress so be sure to let us know if we missed something or if you have more resources you want us to call out in the guides. We’re always looking for the best and most useful resources so don’t be shy, share!” To read further please click here: