Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Course Hath No Bottom: the 20,000-Person Seminar

This is a great discussion of MOOC's and the learning pedagogy and it's successes and failings to date. How might we improve?


Friday, January 23, 2015

Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional

From the Washington Post

 January 16

Arne Duncan is U.S. education secretary.

On consecutive days this week, the United States was introduced to two very different visions for its most important education law. Quite soon, Congress will choose between them, and while the legislation could move fast enough to escape wide public notice, its consequences will be profound.  (please see article for complete post)

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of their responses suggested that: .....

Monday, November 17, 2014

70+ Web Tools Organized For Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

The number of web tools currently available to teachers, administrators, and students is downrightabsurd. You can’t swing an iPad without hitting a free web tool looking to revolutionize your classroom. Luckily, there are a few brave souls out in the world wide web attempting to organize the chaos a bit. We like to take our best shot here at Edudemic but also like to showcase some of the great organizing done by others. One of those fabulous organizers is Phillippa Cleaves (@pipcleaves – worth following!) from Sydney, Australia who built the Prezi you see below. In the presentation, Phillippa outlines which web tools you should check out for each part of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. It’s a daunting task to try and figure this kind of stuff out so I hope you’re as grateful as I am for Phillippa’s hard work. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and thank her by the way!

The web tools are all listed (and clickable!) in the below presentation. Be sure to click on the above-right chart to get a sense of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy a bit more as well. Always useful for a refresher!

NOTE: You can click on any of the web tools listed in the presentation to go to their respective website. You can also zoom in and out using your mouse scroll wheel. Great for making sure you don’t click on the wrong image. Easy as that!



Image source: http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom’s+Digital+Taxonomy

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

50 Resources For Teaching With iPads


A Collection Of The Best Resources For Teaching With The iPad
by TeachThought Staff
So we thought we’d start an ongoing collection–that is, one that is updated to reflect trends and changes–of the best resources for teaching with the iPad.
This will include resources from all of the best sources, from Apple’s own stuff to TeachThought to edutopia to MindShift to DMLCentral to Jackie Gerstein and more. We can update it, or make it a wiki to crowdsource the process, or you can add suggestions in the comments below. Based on the activity of the comments, and the sharing of the post, we’ll decide how to handle it moving forward.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

How Virtual Reality Meets Real Life Learning With Mobile Games


Participatory games let students see archival footage of events that happened in the places where they stand.(Rosenfeld Media/Flickr)
Participatory games let students see archival footage of events that happened in the places where they stand. (Rosenfeld Media/Flickr)
The buzz around games and learning has mostly focused on how educators can learn from game structure to create engaging learning experiences. Or else, educators are experimenting with video games meant to help students practice academic skills. Less attention has been paid to a niche of mobile gaming seeking to bridge the gap between the screen and the real world — pervasive gaming. .....

Chromebook Resources


Interested in Chromebooks? Intel has collected amazing resources by wonderful educators that share the wonderful things that can be done with Chromebooks in the classroom. If you visit intel.com/ChromeEdu, you will see information from Erin Klein, Lisa Neilsen, Viki Davis, and more.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

12 Roles For Google Drive In The Classroom

The technology formerly known as Google Docs continues to offer opportunity for teachers attentive to its potential.
Google Drive, as we’ve taken a look at before, supports collaboration in the writing process by allowing writers to offer ideas and feedback during any stage in the writing process. Easy sharing, one-click digital portfolios, and even the possibility of real-time peer-to-peer interaction makes it a powerful tool for budding writers.

321 Free Tools for Teachers—Free Educational Technology

Would you be interested in the ultimate list of free tools for teachers? At the following post you will found 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in 18 educational technology categories. Enjoy!