Saturday, February 27, 2016

HASTAC: Changing the Way We Teach and Learn

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists that are changing the way we teach and learn

Stewart-Marshall's insight:
An interesting community :-)

Shannon Mersand: 12 Questions (and Answers) about Makerspaces!

What is needed to start a Makerspace in a classroom or school?

Passion - You need to have passion and a belief in the educational value of maker-style projects.

Space - This can be a whole room or only part of a room.

Supplies - Start small with simple craft materials. Often sending a message out to colleagues and the community asking for donations of materials works well.

Storage - Create a place to store materials when they are not in use and student projects as they are being worked on.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic)

How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Building an effective learning environment - by Tony Bates

I was asked by the Chang School of Continuing Studies at Ryerson University to do a master class on this topic at their ChangSchoolTalks on February 17, based on Appendix 1 in my open, online textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age.

Monday, February 22, 2016

15 Useful DIY Professional Development Resources for Teachers | Edudemic

Teaching is a constantly evolving profession; new ideas and new techniques that may help you become a more effective educator are constantly emerging.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Learner Empowerment

A major theme during the Educon 2.8 conference in Philadelphia during the last week of January, 2016, was learner empowerment. Here is a Storify of tweets about empowerment from the conference:;; Highlighted Tweets include . . . The conference and Twitter discussions motivated me to write this post on learner empowerment. Thomas and Velthouse…


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make:

If you've ever wanted to know how the animators at Pixar do it, then you need to check out the Pixar in a Box classes from Khan Academy.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mapping the future: The future of education

How do we best educate the students of tomorrow? What we teach our children - and how we teach them - will impact almost every aspect of society, from the quality of healthcare to industrial output; technological advances to financial services.

Explore the Underground Railroad on iPads - Class Tech Tips

"National Geographic has tons of fantastic apps and The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom is a great choice for upper elementary and middle school students.  This interactive app introduces children to the Underground Railroad by placing them in first person experiences.  They'll have to make decisions on how to proceed from on step to the next while they learn about this period in history."


Saturday, February 6, 2016

When We Worry About Screen Time, Are We Worrying About the Wrong Thing?

The real question we should be asking is not just, how long are they watching? But also, what are they seeing? How is it affecting them? How does what they see challenge their existing beliefs? What sort of cognitive loads and higher order thinking skills do they volunteer themselves for with their online behavior? Do we want them being told a story from a book, or creating their own story in an digital universe where they're in control? Which one more naturally creates thinking habits and behavioral shifts and skill acquisition that they can transfer to the real world?

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