Tech Integration | Utilizing ideas

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It is so very difficult to keep up with all the tools out there! Often, we feel pressure to try them all, or worse, utilize them all. This is not the case. Continually learning about new resources and applying them when they are relevant to what we are doing is what is important. Possibly even more important is keeping an open mind to the new things that come our way and offering our students both choices and autonomy with these tools. There is a brief categorized list of tools available on the Tech Tools page.

Having said that, here is a great list of tools put out by Go Ed Online. Check it out and see if there is anything that inspires you!

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Mar/12

26

All About the Brain…

It all starts there and ends there doesn’t it? The brain. So, are we teaching to it? Here are some tidbits I have come across:

According to the iNACOL paper Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning, Tom Vander Ark who writes the blog for Getting Smart.com, and Chris Lema who writes 252 Basics Blog…

 

  • “Customized Pathways” – these are bridges that we can create between formal and informal learning that promote mastery.
  • Genetic predisposition together with learning experiences create classrooms of individuals with a range of differences.
  • The more that education provides opportunities for self-assessment and progress monitoring, the more that students are prepared to utilize these skills in life
  • “Sticky Teaching” focuses on using big themes and reinforcing them so the concepts last

Check out this great infographic by Chris Lema!

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Mar/12

19

Top Tools Explained

Micheal Zimmer from Hopkins County Schools has put together a really nice list of tools complete with explanations and tutorial information. Check it out!!

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Mar/12

19

Who are we teaching? Interesting Comparison

Mar/12

9

The Incredible YouTube

My observation of the availability of YouTube in schools has progressed from completely unavailable to school districts like Chicago Public Schools completely opening it up. (Article Link) A huge district has taken the leap for all to see. In a few years, it may be hard to imagine why it was ever blocked in the first place as 21st century thinking begins to dominate education. There are a lot of features available now that teachers can utilize. Here are a few of them:

YouTube.com/education – Content Area videos accessible to students with the agreement of the district. (Whole courses are available here!)

YouTube.com/teachers – More content for teachers to use and how-to videos for using YouTube and other resources.

YouTube also has lots of useful channels for content areas!! Here is a Diigo list of educational channels: Channel List

Teachers can also organize their resources by creating playlists for projects, units, lessons, etc. We can even create channels that include these playlists along with videos from other channels that we subscribe to and videos that we upload. Let’s talk about developing digital hallways for student work, sharing lessons…Let’s talk about using tools and being innovative with our resources.

Taken straight from the help section on YouTube…Here are some step-by-step guides:

Using Safety ModeMaking a PlaylistCreating a Channel

YouTube also has resources regarding copyright, including Copyright School. If you are interested in finding videos that are Creative Commons,  follow the instructions given in YouTube Help section or click here for a PDF version of it – YouTube & Creative Commons.

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