Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fundamentals of Storytelling in Education – Free Online Course | Best Online Courses

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of oral communication and plays a very important role in education, particularly for younger children. Teachers and trainers who incorporate storytelling into their repertoire of teaching skills can enhance student engagement with almost any subject.

This free online storytelling course by the University of North Carolina will be of great interest to teachers and trainers who want to learn more about the effectiveness of storytelling as a tool that can enhance learning within the classroom.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Selecting a Learning Management System: Advice from an Academic Perspective

This article stresses the importance of involving all stakeholders in the selection process, offers a step-by-step guide to LMS selection, and enables readers to develop a customized list of LMS features that align with their institution's instructional and learning priorities.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer

These are project options and ideas for students working in our "Maker Studio." In STEM class students alternate working in the Maker Studio and learning in our STEM "Learning Lab." Maker Studio projects are also available for students in our after-school Maker's Club. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

15 Best New Writing Apps You've Never Heard of

Writing is a pretty low tech activity. All you really need is a pen. So you don't need any of the following apps. But want? That is a different story — Read on!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Great iPad Apps for learning Science Through 3D Technologies and Interactive Simulations ~ EdTech and MLearning

There are tons of iPad apps for making science learning fun and enjoyable.  Over the past few years we have reviewed and recommended some excellent science apps for both teachers and students ( check out this page to see some examples). However, today we are particularly highlighting apps that approach science through 3D technologies and interactive simulations. Students can use these apps to virtually explore different scientific phenomena (e.g human body, brain anatomy…etc) through stunning and interactive 3D graphics and animation

100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homeschool Scientist

Here's 100 Engineering Projects For Kids to get that them excited about construction, design, electronics, and more.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Connectivism: Learning as a Community - Designed 2 Learn | Learning To Learn | Collaboration

In a modern world where knowledge objects are ubiquitous and openly accessible, the roles of educators and learners must evolve to meet the growing needs of the resulting high-paced, digital society. Connectivism is an emergent, net-enabled learning theory that suggests the most important result of a learning situation is the ability of the learner to make connections between distinct ideas using social capital and the affordances of digital networks.


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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Connecting a Classroom: Reflections on Using Social Media With My Students

One year after implementing social media as a central classroom component, teacher Brianna Crowley and her students reflect on how to improve their efforts.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

What Baby George and Handstands Have Taught Me About Learning - Michael Wesch

"Failure is fun!" What a great lesson in learning from Michael Wesch, Kansas State University

9 iPad Apps that Assess Student Learning

"As an iPad Lab teacher, I work closely with the classroom teachers to deepen and assess their students' understanding of the material taught in the classroom—oftentimes, teachers ask that I spend additional time in the lab covering material that they've already taught.

The apps listed below are some of my favorite apps to use in these instances. Technology allows students opportunities to demonstrate and engage in learning in ways that go beyond using paper and pencil.

A tedious review session, suddenly becomes a something to look forward to. Completing a project that demonstrates the child's knowledge about a topic becomes a task to be enjoyed and flaunted.

Use these apps to take your classroom learning environment and assessment to the next level."

Thursday, September 10, 2015

10 sources of free interactive content for your class

Educators are creating lessons and sharing them online. Tap into great teaching resources with these 10 sites.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning

When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.

[Infographic] What University Can and Can’t teach you

Careers provider The Training Room has created the What University Can and Can’t Teach You Infographic detailing the skills you can learn at university, as well as what isn’t taught.

Is it worth going to university? Yes and no. You might come out with a hefty amount of debt, but you’ll learn some skills and make yourself appealing to employers. But it’s not for everyone. There are some things you won’t learn at uni and some valuable life lessons only the world of work can teach you – sitting in a lecture theatre definitely won’t give you the skills to run a successful business.
So, should you go? It’s up to you, but to aid your decision check out the What University Can and Can’t Teach You Infographic. Who knows, the choice you make might just surprise you.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Writing Learning Objectives For eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know - eLearning Industry

Having clear learning objectives for eLearning is also a great tool for building the structure of your eLearning content; knowing exactly what you want your learners to achieve helps you organize your eLearning material in a proper way so learning becomes as effortless as possible and thus more immersive.

All in all, there is no doubt that building clear learning objectives for eLearning is more than essential. But to develop them in the right way you need to know a few important things.

This article, shares the information you need to know about how to write effective learning objectives for eLearning so that you will be able to develop and use them to your advantage.


Teaching how to think is just as important as teaching anything else

A new paper on teaching critical thinking skills in science has pointed out, yet again, the value of giving students experiences that go beyond simple recall or learned procedures.

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