Sunday, December 29, 2013

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

11 EdTech Bloggers To Follow in 2014

by Amy Wilson


"Looking for new ideas for how to use technology in your classroom in 2014?  Looking for colleagues to inspire your practice? Ideas to help integrate technology into your lesson plans? Look no further. One of the things we love most about teaching in the age of technology is the ability it gives educators to share innovation in the blogosphere and Twitterverse.  Connected educators can now share what's working (and not working) in their classrooms across the globe, quickly and easily. 


"Here are some of the educators whose blogs and tweets we’ll be keeping an eye on in 2014."

Why Successful People Have So Many Groups Of Friends - While ideas may appear to be only in your head, it turns out they’re super social: Darwin talked about evolution for decades before publishing the Origin of Species. And while it might be you that gets the promotion, it’s your connections up, down, and across a company that predict performance. Why? Because ideas are like germs: they don’t diffuse through populations of people at random; they make their way through networks –that is, the relationships you have with people and the connections they have with others.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

5 Powerful Assistive Technologies Being Used In Classrooms - Edudemic

One of my relatives is an elementary educator in a public school. The town she teaches in is well-known locally for having heavily integrated classrooms and offering a lot of help to students with differing abilities.

The world’s first School in the Cloud opens in the UK | TED Blog

Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud. A look at it and what happens there.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Can an App Change How Students Prep for College Admissions?

Prepify is a free, cloud-based software program that offers lessons in how to take standardized college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.

While there are similar programs already out there — most notably Number2and INeedAPencil — Prepify differentiates itself by adapting to students’ progress in real time. If someone taking a Prepify lesson gets a question correct, it will then show him or her a more a difficult question. But, if the test-taker gets something wrong, the user will be directed back to more remedial work.

Prepify, which is still in the development stage, has tested the program on about two dozen kids, with each averaging up to a 100-point improvement on each of the three segments of the SAT.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Education Administration PhD - Online Masters and PhDs

An education administration PhD will help you to progress your career in school or college management and administration. This page provides information on what is studied in these education degrees and where you can study them online.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Education Administration Masters - Online Masters and PhDs

Education administration master’s degrees, (and variants such as education management master’s or educational leadership master’s) are designed for careers in elementary and secondary school administration, college administration, and educational supervision, management and leadership. Many colleges and universities offer these masters programs online. This page provides information on what is studied in these degrees and provides links to where you can study them online.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

10 best children's maths apps for iPhone, iPad - iPad/iPhone - Macworld UK

Getting the kids to want to learn can be tricky, especially when it comes to maths. But numbers don't need to be boring, as demonstrated by these 10 maths apps for children.

Tony Bates: Look back in anger? A review of online learning in 2013

Well, where did 2013 go? It seems like only last week I was writing the 2012 review! This year, I did better with my predictions for 2013 in my Outlook for Online Learning in 2013, as we shall see.

Masters Degree Early Childhood Education

Online early childhood degrees prepare you for jobs in education and administration related to children from birth to age eight. 

This page provides information about masters degree early childhood education programs, what is studied in them, where you can study them, and more ...

Georgia Tech Designs Its Udacity Pilot to Avoid Failure - G.P. (Bud) Peterson, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, is determined not to become the next casualty of a failed MOOC experiment.Mr. Peterson saw what happened at San Jose State University earlier this year: An experiment with Udacity, a company that specializes in massive open online courses, turned into an embarrassment for Mohammad H. Qayoumi, San Jose State’s president, after its first run, in the spring semester, produced underwhelming results.

Friday, December 13, 2013

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought

Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, early results for such large-scale courses are disappointing, forcing a rethinking of how college instruction can best use the Internet.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter time large motor play for the preschool classroom

In the winter time, we have a lot of requests for indoor games and large motor activities.  While we try to get outdoors, even for a small amount of time each and everyday, Midwest winters can be frigid forcing our time outside to be limited.

10 iOS-Friendly Toys for Kids - Your children love your iPad , but if they're spending too much time glued to the screen, it might not be the kind of play that will benefit

TESOL Masters - Online Masters and PhDs

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), is a program in education, and as the name suggests, it is a specialization in the teaching of non-English speakers. 

Find out more about these programs and where they can be taken …


Friday, December 6, 2013

Online Early Childhood Degrees

Early childhood education is usually taken to be the education of children from birth to age 8. .Early childhood degrees prepare you for jobs in teaching and administration related to this age group. 

This site provides information about online early childhood degrees, what is studied in the programs, where you can study them, and more ...

A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students ~ TeachThought

"Though some have criticized the real value of MOOCs, it is undeniable that these courses give students the capacity to learn at a level never before made available to them. It may not be perfect, nor at times pretty or easy, but it is a step forward towards the ultimate goal of providing a quality education to not only the lucky and privileged, but to all who seek to better themselves through learning.

"Below is a list of courses from various MOOC providers, separated by subject areas that are increasingly valuable in today’s society. Also included are courses that educators can use to improve their own teaching methods, skills, and facilitate a more effective learning environment in their classrooms."

via The Committed Sardine

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Microsoft picks up the tab for Office 365 for many students

Who doesn't love a freebie? While everyone loves getting stuff free of charge, there's no group of people that probably appreciates that more than students.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

5 Free Online Courses Designed For Teachers - E...

We're all looking to boost our skills a bit. Especially if we're teachers looking to take advantage of new resources. These free online courses are worth trying.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Free Technology for Teachers: Six Web Adventures In Science

"There are six adventures in the series including the CSI adventure. Each of the adventures is appropriate for middle school or high school use. In each adventure students take on the role of scientist to solve a crime, conduct experiments, and learn about scientific methods and processes."

Top 10 Amazing iPad Apps for Children with Autism

I must admit that apps for autistic learners are really scarce and hard to find. So I've done some research and found ten great ipad apps your child can use to learn.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Google Presses Forward: The Changing Landscape of Youtube Comments

After releasing the statement in September’s blog post, YouTube has recently integrated its comments with Google+ so that any comment posted on a YouTube video will automatically come from and be linked to your Google+ profile. This has certainly been a controversial merge of the two networks to say the least, causing outrage and anger amongst thousands of users. 

Who’d be a School Leader? Current and Future Challenges

Strong school leadership is viewed as especially important for the regeneration of failing schools. Below, Peter Earley draws upon recent research into school leadership in England to discuss some of the challenges faced now and in the future, and presents key messages about how school leaders should work to ensure improved school performance.

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