Sep 18

Homework: Give It Purpose or Give It Death!

By:Jeff Zoul & Marcia Faust

homewoerk2“My daughter, Jordyn, is 21 and a senior in college. Marcie’s daughter, Valerie, is a 9-year-old third grader. In commiserating with Marcie about Valerie’s recent homework experiences, we realized that not much has changed in the quality of homework assignments during the 12 years that have passed since Jordyn finished, and Valerie began, third grade. Marcie became so frustrated with the inane assignments her daughter was expected to complete that she posted this video capturing her daughter completing a word search (38 minutes that neither of them will ever get back) on a recent evening:” To read further please click here:

http://jeffzoul.blogspot.com/2015/09/homework-give-it-purpose-or-give-it.html

Sep 18

How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With The Teacher

By: “Elissa Nadworny

parents“So you finally get the chance to meet one-on-one with your child’s teacher — now what?

Like a good Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference.

The Harvard Family Research Project’s Tip Sheet for Parents suggests reviewing your child’s work, grades and past teacher feedback. Ask your child about his experience at school and make a list of questions ahead of time to ask during the conference.Care.com — a website that matches parents with child caregivers — created a list of questions to print out and take with you.

A good parent-teacher conference, experts say, should cover three major topics: the child, the classroom and the future.

The Child

Most experts suggest telling the teacher about your child. Describe what they’re like at home, what interests and excites them, and explain any issues at home that may be affecting your child at school.” To read further please click here:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/17/440517796/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-10-minutes-with-the-teacher

Sep 18

How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

By: Terry Heick

tech friendly class“A little bit of technology doesn’t change much. Can make things a little easier by automating them. It could make a lesson here or there gee-wiz flashy, or even engage hesitant students. Tacked-on learning technology can do this.

But deep integration of technology–real at-the-marrow fusion of learning model, curriculum, and #edtech? That changes everything.

10 Ways Technology Has Changed Education: The Iconic Actions #edtech Should Disrupt

1. Giving letter grades

You may need appreciate the way gamification can improve the visibility of the entire learning process. You may dislike standards-based reporting, using labels like “proficient,” or grading with a 1-3 scale. You may not even like pass/fail.

This is okay. With technology, the name of the game is publishing. Sharing. Fluid documents and processes. Iteration. Reflection. Crowdsourcing. Digital communities. Authenticity.

You can still give letter grades–the parents will revolt and the children may be confused if you don’t. Give them whatever grade makes them feel better. But use technology to provide the kind of self-awareness and self-directed revision of work that a letter grade could never promote.” To read further please click here:

http://www.teachthought.com/technology/how-technology-has-changed-education/

Sep 17

Elementary Classroom: Making the Most of the First Month

By:MarkElias

classroom-to-classroom“Starting off school in the right way is important, as it is in many areas of life. Folks at Responsive Classroom have been studying this process in grades K–6 for years, and have compiled great advice. I’d like to share with you some essential ideas, from them, and from my own experiences in schools.

Setting Goals

The first month of school is about inspiration and security. It may sound like an odd combination, but it’s what kids need. Specifically, your first 30 days should explicitly address the following five things:

  1. Create a sense of belonging and purpose. Students are part of a school and a class that are special and for which students’ presence and attendance are important.
  2. Learn classmates’ names and something about them. Keep it simple and age-appropriate.
  3. Learn and practice some key routines. Routines provide reassurance and a sense of security for students. Take ample time to cover these and practice them. Remember, what is routine for you is likely still a source of apprehension for many students.
  4. Feel excited and motivated about what’s to come. Give kids a sense of how what they will learn will help them.
  5. Reassure and excite parents. Communicate to parents before and during the first week much more about the exciting things to come and your care for their children than about requirements and tests.” To read further please click here:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/elementary-classroom-making-most-first-month-maurice-elias
Sep 17

A warning about computers in the classroom

By: Erik  Sherman

ipad in class“When it comes to improving education, many have pointed to the importance of technology in the classroom. Using computers is supposed to make students more excited to learn, enable them to absorb concepts at their own pace and stay focused for longer periods.

However, that may not be the case, according to a new study from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a global group with 34 member countries interested in progress and world trade. According to the OECD’s results, “students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in reading, even after accounting for students’ background.” And difficulty in reading could also hamper advancement in mathematics and science.

The self-described “first-of-its-kind internationally comparative analysis” of digital skills and learning environments found “no appreciable improvements in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science in the countries that had invested heavily in (information and communication technology, or ICT) for education.”” To read further please click here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-warning-about-computers-in-the-classroom/

 

 

Sep 17

The Benefits of Music and Music Therapy For Children With Special Needs

By: Kris Cullum

special needs“Music can be a motivating and fun way to teach all children and in particular children who have special learning needs. It’s unquestionable that through the medium of music many essential and enabling life skills can be learned and thebenefits that playing and learning music can have on a child’s growth and development are immeasurable.

All children have the same need to express themselves and playing a musical instrument can provide an outlet for creative and emotional expression. When we think of music we don’t often think of it as therapy. But it can be.

The playing of good quality percussion instruments during music therapy sessions can be of inestimable value for children who have difficulties in hearing, seeing, moving, thinking or responding. Each can experience the music in their own unique way. The music isn’t the goal of music therapy. Cognitive stimulation, self-expression, self-awareness. Increased motor movements are some of the goals that music therapy can focus on and the music itself is simply a tool to achieve these goals.” To read further please click here:

http://musicmyarts.com/the-benefits-of-music-and-music-therapy-for-children-with-special-needs/

Sep 16

The Classroom Video Manifesto: Resources, ideas and more

By: Matt Miller

VIDEO IN CLASS“Every day, millions of hours of YouTube videos are watched by its 1 billion users. Every minute, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube.

It’s no surprise that video engages students in our classrooms.

It’s in their pockets — on the mobile devices that many of them come to school with every day. (Or their parents’ devices that they love to use …)

It’s on their minds — the viral videos that “everybody is watching” are a common topic of conversation at school at ALL levels.

It’s on their fingertips — clicking “record” to save their moments, whether they’re publishing them or not.

Instagram – where many teens and tweens are posting videos and pictures — is growing by leaps and bounds. It has more users than Twitter as of the beginning of 2015. More than half of young adults (18 to 29) are on Instagram and a quarter of U.S. adults.”To read further please click here

http://ditchthattextbook.com/2015/09/14/the-classroom-video-manifesto-resources-ideas-and-more/

 

Sep 16

Twitter With Meaning? 5 Authentic Roles For Twitter In Your School

By: TeachThought Staff

teaching-with-twitter-fi“We’ve theorized before that learning through social networks is the future. Twitter in the classroom? This is also an idea we’ve covered in the past.

But what about a simple process for schools to use begin using twitter meaningfully? With that question in mind, and in conjunction with USC Rossier School of Education, we developed the following graphic. We kept it basic with 5 pathways: Resources, Student Learning, PLNs, Emerging Trends, And PD.

5 Authentic Roles For Twitter In Your School

  1. Find resources
  2. Develop Student Thinking
  3. Help Teachers Engage With A Global Professional Learning Network (See also 20 Ways To Improve Your PLN)
  4. Monitor Emerging Trends
  5. Find Professional Development

To read further please click here:  http://www.teachthought.com/social-media/twitter-with-meaning-5-authentic-roles-for-twitter-in-your-school/

Sep 16

A Look at Blogging in the Classroom as we Start a new School Year

By: Mike Wallagher

blog11“Blogs Seeing More Academic Use as ePortfolio Platform, and for Collaboration, Discussion, & Resource Sharing

In 2013, PBS.org reported that 74 percent of teachers agree that technology in the classroom helps motivate students to learn and allows teachers to reinforce learning concepts. Furthermore, 68 percent expressed an interest in having more technology in the classroom.

So where have the last two years taken us? Classrooms are becoming more and more technology focused. Online class enrollment, for instance, increased by 4.68 percent from 2013 to 2014. Previous research projected that at least 25 million students would be taking an online course by 2015.

With the rise of technology in the classroom, students are interacting with computers, tablets, and video chat software more than ever before, but there’s still one technology concept that is still working its way into the everyday classroom: Blogging. Read on to learn more about the state of blogging in the classroom in 2015.

About The Edublogger Research

If you sought definitive feedback on how many classrooms, teachers, and students currently use blogging, the question would probably yield few well researched statistics. The concept continues to emerge and not a lot of research has been done on the subject.Edublogs, a leading educational-oriented blogging platform, however, is one institution that has researched the topic.”To read further please click here:

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/09/the-state-of-blogging-in-the-classroom/

Sep 15

12 Emerging Educational Uses of Technology That Are Most Exciting Right Now

By:Kelly Walsh

technologggy“As we Enter a new School Year, Which Uses of Technology Hold the Most Promise to Impact Learning?

Well, it’s that time of year again … the start of a new school year. With it often comes the irresistible urge to make another list, or even better … many lists! Lists help us to plan, and they can also help us reflect and assess.One list I really enjoy putting together as we head into a new academic year is an updated look at which educational uses of technology have shown the most promise over the last year. Which tools and techniques most excite me as I look forward to another year of striving for continuous improvement as a teacher, technologist, and #edtech advocate? And as different technology uses take the spotlight, which are standing out a little less?So, looking back and thinking forward, here are a dozen instructional uses of technology that are the most compelling right now. Some of these are BIG ideas, driving real change in our classrooms and schools, and some are simpler concepts that are making small but meaningful changes in how we engage our students on a day to day basis.

Augmented Reality

AR is just so much fun and comes in many different flavors.” To read further please click here:

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/09/emerging-educational-uses-of-technology-most-exciting-now/

Sep 15

Getting real about grit: 6 things every teacher needs to know

By: Angela Watson

grit““Grit” is a huge buzzword right now that’s used to refer to perseverance and resilience. Many schools are rushing to adopt grit curriculums and character education programs so they can teach their students about how to put in the effort and determination that’s needed in order to be successful.

But here’s the thing about grit. I’ve done a lot of research on this topic, and I’ve seen grit get a lot of pushback because it’s been misused and misinterpreted. And while I believe in the value of teaching grit to students, I think we as educators have the responsibility to be informed about what being “gritty” really means, and what it doesn’t mean.

 

Let me first define what grit is NOT.

1. Grit is NOT an excuse for giving boring, inauthentic assignments.

We can’t photocopy a stack of multiple choice worksheets and call that our lesson, and then accuse students of not showing enough grit when they’re disengaged. We can’t fill the school day with busywork and rote learning and then blame kids’ lack of growth on the fact that they didn’t try hard enough. Grit is not supposed to be a guilt trip that places a burden on someone to complete meaningless tasks.

Grit is about persevering toward goals that we care about. We have to give kids real problems to solve. We have to make their learning matter in the real world. Yes, they need to take the responsibility for learning, but we have to give them things worth learning about. We have to empower them to take on student-led projects, and teach them how to take ownership of their learning.” To read further please click here:

http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2015/09/getting-real-about-grit-6-things-every-teacher-needs-to-know.html

Sep 14

Distance learning taps in to virtual reality technology

By: Lucy Jolin

untitled“Eddie Chauncy is no stranger to traditional universities – he already holds a degree in English literature from Cambridge. But 20 years after first graduating, when he realised that a knowledge of psychology would benefit his career as a business and finance trainer, he chose to study with the Open University (OU).

“I knew the OU from when I was a kid and I used to watch the maths lessons on TV,” says Chauncy, who graduated from the OU with a psychology degree in 2012. “I’d recommended it to one of my delegates and when I got home that night, I thought: why don’t I make a life change as well? My children were coming to the end of their schooling and my son was doing A-levels, so I had to be around to support him. I also had to earn a living. So it was the only option that worked. It was a wonderful experience and really helped me move forward with the kind of training I could offer.”

Distance learning is a much better fit for people like Chauncy, says Julie Stone, director of online learning at the University of Derby, points out. “Online learning offers a number of benefits that face-to-face campus based studies can’t – namely around flexibility,” she says. “People can learn at a time and place that suits them, fitting study time around work and family commitments. Few mature students can commit to fixed campus-based lectures week in, week out and technological advancements have enabled people to gain a respected education through online methods.””To read further please click here:

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/19/distance-learning-taps-in-to-virtual-reality-technology

Sep 14

70 Practical Things Every Teacher Should Know

By:Terry Heick

teacher“Recently I found out that my best friend is in school to become a teacher.

David (I call him Gravy. Or Big Bear. Long story.) kept this one quiet–had no idea until he was already in school and taking classes. To be fair, we’re not 17 anymore. I’ve known him for 30 years, and it’s easier to hang out at 15 than 40. Life slides right on by.

This is a second (or third) career for him having spent most of his life doing craftsmanship of various kinds. He told me some of the things they’re studying in his teacher prep program, and he asked me if I thought it was valuable. Certainly having a solid base in theory makes sense, but the interviews he was doing with educators–“Why did you become a teacher?”–seemed only vaguely useful to respond to the demands of his newly-chosen craft.

In response, I created a list of random things teachers have to know in order to survive. I’ve written lists like this before, as well as lessons on teacher survival. I’ve written about How To Burn Yourself Out As A Teacher. Some of these ideas overlap, but the big idea of this list is to show the wide range of things teachers have to know that are actually practical. Useful. A daily matter of survival. The hammers and nails and screwdrivers and saws and ladders of teaching.

So, to the list. I didn’t get too Terry Heick with it. Kept the talk about wisdom and students-as-human-beings, and thought, and learning models, and compelling technology use, and play, and self-direction, and inquiry to a minimum. The rule here is day to day practicality.

There are 70. Why 70? I don’t know. I had 40 and they kept coming. I stopped at 68, but then had two more. So it’s 70. That may be too many. That in and of itself may reduce the practicality of this list. Maybe numbering things instead of waxing on poetic will help there. I may add more. Add yours to the comments below.”To read further please click here: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/70-practical-things-every-teacher-should-know/

 

Sep 13

Go where the bus can’t: 10 virtual field trip ideas

By:Matt Miller

cde“Field trips are complicated. Messy. Full of lots of work — and lots of paperwork.

Thankfully, these days, you don’t need a bus, a bunch of permission slips and an adequate number of chaperones to take students to a magical learning experience.

They’re out there for the taking, they’re free, and sometimes they’re instantly available — on demand.

Take your students on a virtual field trip instead. In many cases, you’ll still get the “oohs” and “ahhs” as well as the interaction and personalization. When I present to teachers and show them some of these ideas, the gasps of fascinations and murmured whispering is audible.

Get that reaction out of your students, too! Here are 10 ways to bring a virtual field trip experience to your classroom in several different forms.”

To read further please click here:

http://ditchthattextbook.com/2015/09/10/go-where-the-bus-cant-10-virtual-field-trip-ideas/

Sep 12

Using OneNote and Windows tablets in a classroom for students with autism

By:Alexis Parker

autism2“I am a special education teacher for kindergarten through 5th-grade students who are highly impacted with autism. While every person with autism has a variety of talents and challenges, many of the students in my classroom face similar challenges—specifically in the areas of behaviour, communication and fine motor skills. Six of my students exhibit behavioural challenges when presented with tasks they don’t want to do. Seven are either non-verbal or have limited verbal skills. A few of my students are beginning to use alternative communication devices. Two of my students are able to reproduce letters of the alphabet, two can copy letters given an example, and three can trace letters.

Behaviour, communication and fine motor deficits make it extremely difficult to evaluate what information a student has gained. In a typical classroom, you can assess a student’s understanding of the lesson by asking the student a question, and the student can verbally respond. Or given a worksheet and pencil, a student with typical fine motor skills can complete the worksheet to show understanding of the material. These approaches do not work with my students.” To read further please click here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2015/09/11/using-onenote-and-windows-tablets-in-a-classroom-for-students-with-autism.aspx

Sep 12

7 important YouTube Tips for Teachers

By: Med Kharbach

youtube2“YouTube is undoubtedly a great source of educational video content to use with students in class. whether you are looking for subject specific content or generic insights elated to professional development and teaching, YouTube’s video library has you covered. YouTube is also a versatile video editor where you can create and edit your own videos. It actually provides all the editing features you would normally find in a pro video editing software and all for free.

Given the growing educational potential of YouTube, we have created a section in this blog where we share a plethora of resources to help you make the best out of this platform in your own teaching. And in Today’s post  we are featuring more interesting tips to keep in mind when using YouTube :” To read further please click here:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/09/7-important-youtube-tips-for-teachers.html

Sep 12

The app that lets you create Khan Academy-style videos in 60 seconds

By: Peter West

engaging students“How flipped educators can create video tutorials a la Khan in no time flat

Blended learning and flipped learning just got a whole lot easier.

Anyone can now create learning resources for students in little more time that is required for a normal explanation of a topic.

  • Recording solutions to math problems — almost as quick as solving the problem on paper.
  • Highlighting important text, and explaining concepts along the way — a breeze.
  • Sketching, labelling and explaining diagrams with audio annotation — child’s play.
  • Providing personal feedback on a student’s work — super simple.
  • Taking a photograph of anything – an art work, an experiment, a building – and then drawing on it while explaining concepts — quick and easy.The recordings can then be played on virtually any device, and are easily placed in a LMS or OLE (Online Learning Environment)Thus, almost anything that I would normally write on paper to explain to a student I now do on my computer (a pen-based Windows tablet — in my case a Surface Pro 3). The time overhead is minimal, and students can replay the explanation whenever and wherever is needed, as many times as is needed.”To read further please click here:

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/09/10/app-snip-khan-402/

Sep 11

Facebook enters classrooms, offers personalised training

By:indiatoday.intoday.in

facebook-icon-140x140“A small team of Facebook engineers has been working together with a group of local educators on a project that’s going to reshape learning through technology.

The Facebook team has chipped in to help create a classroom experience that is centered around students’ ambitions at Summit Public Schools, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox wrote in a blog post recently.

These schools have taken a very different approach to learning. First, the classroom is not for lectures. Content and assessments are delivered online through teacher-created materials, and classroom time is reserved for teacher-led real-world projects and collaboration.

Second, the learning experience for students is completely personalized to them and they move along at their own pace.

Students start by working with teachers to set long-term goals (e.g. “become an investigative journalist”, “go to a state school”, “learn to code”) then lay out a plan to achieve them over the course of many years.” To read further please click here:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/facebook-enters-classrooms-offers-personalised-training/1/467044.html

Sep 11

Smartphones in the classroom: a teacher’s dream or nightmare?

By: cnc.ca

mlearning“When students return to class this fall, a majority of them will be toting something that teachers themselves are still learning to deal with: a mobile device.

Whether it’s a smartphone, tablet or laptop, survey after survey shows more and more — and younger and younger — schoolchildren have their own computing devices and are taking them to class.

A report last year found that just among Grade 4 students, 25 per cent had a cellphone; for high school students, close to 90 per cent have smartphones.

School districts once tried to fight the trend. The Toronto District School Board, Canada’s largest, banned cellphone use in class from 2007 to 2011. New York City had a cellphone-in-school ban for years.” To read further please click here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/smartphones-in-the-classroom-a-teacher-s-dream-or-nightmare-1.3211652

 

Sep 10

Publish Student Work with Scribblitt: Online to Hardcover Books

By:Monica Burns

scribblit“Digital storytelling is a topic that I’m passionate about and there are fantastic tools to get students writing on mobile devices.  Scribblittprovides tools to young authors like Story Starters to get the creative juices flowing and a Planning Tool to help with the writing process.  Kids can access a unique Illustration Tool to create professional images, and have the ability to upload scanned images or photos to their writing.

Scribblitt lets kids publish their own 8″x 8″ hard cover, perfect bound book  from their online creation.  It takes about 2 weeks to receive their book and worldwide shipping is also available. Scribblitt donates a book to a child in need through The Molina Foundation for every book published through their site.” To read further please click here:

http://classtechtips.com/2015/09/09/publish-student-work-with-scribblitt-online-to-hardcover-books/

Sep 10

Digital vs Digitized Learning

By: Tim Clark

digital textbooks“As teachers begin to shift toward greater personalized learning experiences for students, their initial steps build upon what they already know from face-to-face instruction. Districts usually provide teachers with easy to use Learning Management Systems (LMS) that can facilitate new learning opportunities with technology. However, the greatest potential of learning with technology tools is that teachers and students can transform the traditional learning environment, processes, and products. Just providing teachers with an organizational tool, such as an LMS, will not lead to transformative practices. Teachers need on-going support if they are to truly transform their classrooms into ecosystems for digital age learning.” To read further please click here:

http://byotnetwork.com/2015/09/08/digital-vs-digitized-learning/

Sep 10

A Look at Blogging in the Classroom as we Start a new School Year

By:Mike Wallegher

blog“In 2013, PBS.org reported that 74 percent of teachers agree that technology in the classroom helps motivate students to learn and allows teachers to reinforce learning concepts. Furthermore, 68 percent expressed an interest in having more technology in the classroom.So where have the last two years taken us? Classrooms are becoming more and more technology focused. Online class enrollment, for instance, increased by 4.68 percent from 2013 to 2014. Previous research projected that at least 25 million students would be taking an online course by 2015.With the rise of technology in the classroom, students are interacting with computers, tablets, and video chat software more than ever before, but there’s still one technology concept that is still working its way into the everyday classroom: Blogging. Read on to learn more about the state of blogging in the classroom in 2015.” To read further please click here:

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/09/the-state-of-blogging-in-the-classroom/

Sep 09

How Virtual Reality Can Close Learning Gaps in Your Classroom

By:Casey Sapp

vrr“Virtual Reality (VR) may be the type of educational breakthrough that comes along once in a generation, heralding a tectonic shift toward immersive content for teaching and instruction.

By presenting a complete view of the world in which it is situated, VR  offers a new opportunity to close some of the pedagogical gaps that have appeared in 21st century classroom learning. These gaps stem from the fact that curriculum and content in education have not caught up with rapid technology advancements.

Below I introduce three of these gaps and how they might be addressed by virtual reality content soon to be produced and distributed commercially. Put aside, if you will, considerations of budget and adoption that accompany any new technology entering the education world. (That’sanother article.)” To read further please click here:

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-09-07-how-virtual-reality-can-close-learning-gaps-in-your-classroom

Sep 09

The Power of Keeping Your Cool

By: Rebecca Alber

teacher arguing“Many of us have done it. After losing patience, we’ve become a bit snappy with a room full of students or raised our voices a level or two higher than we should have. It happens. The longer you teach, the more probable an incidence (or two) becomes.

Responsive, Not Reactive

Once a teacher loses it with a class or student, it takes some time to rebuild that feeling of safety and trust within those four walls, so it’s wise to avoid heading in that direction early. If you are a new teacher, it’s important to develop good habits around routinely using a calm and appropriate voice level with your students. (We’ve all heard the explosive teacher down the hall in another classroom. It’s not pretty — and far from conducive to learning.)

When you feel on edge, here are some ways to be responsive rather than reactive:

Sep 09

The Online Teachers’ Guide To Difficult Students

By: Liz Hardy

disruptive studentsAll online teachers will meet a difficult student now and then. We know this comes with the territory. But an unpleasant exchange can still be surprising – and even distressing.It often happens as you’re working through your emails, replying to students who are making good progress and who appreciate your guidance. Suddenly, you open an email that’s surprisingly brutal. In a matter of seconds, that one message blots out all the positive conversations you’ve just had. It’s like a black cloud over the sun.And it does more than ruin your mood. An email from a difficult student often takes a large chunk of time to address, and might even make you secretly doubt your competence.The damage needs to be contained before it affects your state of mind – or your productivity. Messages like these need to be dealt with quickly and professionally.

The 4 Common Behaviors Of Difficult Students

Online teachers will be familiar with many of these student behaviors. Here are some practical strategies for dealing with each of them:

  1. Lack Of Basic Manners.
    Depending on your student demographic, you may find that some students talk to you like they’re texting a teenage friend.” To read further please click here:http://elearningindustry.com/online-teachers-guide-difficult-students
Sep 09

Hands-up just part of ways to get children to engage, teachers say

By: Javier Espinoza

handsup“Schools across the UK should bring back the practice of asking children to put their hands up to answer a question, the Government’s recently-appointed school behaviour tsar has said.But teachers have warned hands-up should be just one element of a wider strategy to get pupils to engage in the classroom.

Tom Bennett has suggested that teachers asking pupils to raise their hands if they want to answer a question should be back in fashion following thebanning of the practice in some schools altogether.

Mr Bennett told the Sunday Times that for the last decade “hands-up has been going out of fashion” because it is perceived as a way of encouraging “only certain children to answer questions in class”.

But he added: “Teachers can use their common sense. They are perfectly at liberty to ask a child who does not have their hand up to answer.

“Quite frankly, if you have a teacher asking the same one boy in the class to always answer questions, that is a bigger problem even than using lollipop sticks.”” To read further please click here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11850350/Hands-up-just-part-of-ways-to-get-children-to-engage-teachers-say.html

Sep 09

Teacher’s Guide on How to Create Forms Using The New Google Forms

By: Med Kharbach

google forms“Google Forms is a powerful tool with huge educational potential for teachers and educators. Besides being free and easy to use, Forms works across different devices and is seamlessly integrated with other Drive services such as Docs and Spreadsheets. As a teacher, you can use Forms for a variety of purposes including: planning an event, making surveys and polls, creating quizzes, collecting feedback and other information from students and many more. We have already posted a step by step guide on how to create a form from scratch but since then Google Forms has witnessed some major updates with the addition of some amazing features most important of which is the last update a few days ago. Therefore, we deemed it important to revisit this guide and update you on the different features you can use to create a form in the Google Forms.

1- Create a new form
There are two ways to access Google Forms and start creating a new form:
A: Head over to docs.google.com/forms and click on the plus button in the bottom right. A new form will automatically be opened.” To read further please click here:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/09/teachers-guide-on-how-to-use-new-google-forms.html

Sep 09

The Problem with “Formative Assessment Tools”

By: Ross Cooper

assessment“It started with generally clunky and overpriced “student clickers” by such brands as SMART Technologies and Einstruction, and over the past few years it has transitioned into slick apps likeSocrative, Kahoot!, and Plickers. Time and time again we have seen these apps demoed during professional development sessions and written about on websites and blogs. Nevertheless, we need to be careful that we do not prioritize technology over pedagogy by referring to these apps as “formative assessment tools” when they are anything but.

When James Popham defines formative assessment, he states:Formative assessment is a planned process in which teachers or students use assessment-based evidence to adjust what they’re currently doing.

In other words, if teachers or students are not leveraging results/data (from Socrative, Kahoot!, Plickers, etc.) to then differentiate instruction or learning, the app inspired dog and pony show does not qualify as a formative assessment.” To read further please click here:  http://rosscoops31.com/2015/09/07/the-problem-with-formative-assessment-tools-part-1-of-2/

Sep 08

5 Easy Ways to Make Awesome Videos and Images Quickly

By: Justin Pot

videoss“Stop making memes: they haven’t been funny for years, and using them makes you seem out of touch at this point. Besides, there are way more creative tools out there for creating pure doses of Internet-related delight.

Today Cool Web Apps and Sites brings you five simple tools that let you quickly create something awesome to share with friends, loved ones, and even mortal enemies. Let’s get started.
Crumbles (Web, iPhone): Random Movie Characters Read Any Sentence
We begin with perhaps the easiest way to make a video that I’ve ever seen – all you need to do is type a sentence.” To read further please click here:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-easy-ways-make-awesome-videos-images-quickly/

Sep 08

School websites failing to reach parents

By: ukeduchat.com

edtech (1)“Research shows schools failing to grasp lessons of the digital revolution which offers them powerful tools for reaching and engaging parents.Schools invest in building and maintaining websites as well as online portals to engage parents yet as far as parents are concerned they are not fit for purpose. And, given the virtually universal use of social media by parents, very few schools exploit these free tools effectively to engage parents.The research report “Structure and function of school websites: The key to driving parental engagement in the digital age” is free to download and includes valuable recommendations and advice to address each of the findings. ” To read further please click here:  http://ukedchat.com/2015/09/05/school-websites-failing-to-reach-parents/