Recent Articles on Educational Technology

Screenr | Capture and Record Your Lectures

Upside Down Instruction or the Flipped Classroom is gaining in the education community. The reason for it’s rise in popularity is due largely as a result of increased student understanding and better test scores.

Knewton.com provides an excellent overview of what a Flipped Classroom is and why it is becoming the new norm for teaching and instruction.

Recording your Lecture

In order to create a Flipped environment, you must be able to record your lectures or instructional information for the students. This seems daunting, but it really is quite simple and can be done easily with a little practice.

The online tool that I recommend for this is called Screenr. It is straight forward, provides the tools necessary to create a solid lecture video for your students, Screenr hosts the video on their site, and… It’s FREE!

Take a look at the short video below and then click on over to Screenr and begin playing with it – it is actually a lot of fun!

6 Reasons Kids Should Blog

Originally posted @ MindShift by Tina Berseghian on 30-Aug-11

In the digital age, kids need to have an understanding of what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. They need to learn the technical how-to’s, as well as a more global comprehension of how to navigate the online world. To that end, Melbourne educator Jenny Luca made a commitment to help her students start blogging and to create ePortfolios. Here are five reasons why, at her school, these skills are now a high priority. Continue Reading…

What is 21st Century Education?

What is 21st Century Education?

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national  organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global  economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation).  While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school. Learn more about the Partnership and the Framework for 21st Century Learning.

Building Student Community and Collaboration Online

Originally Posted By Andrew K. Miller and published @ The ASCD Community Blog
14-JUL-11

This one is for my online and hybrid teachers or any teacher who has used technology but has found it difficult to foster collaboration and community.

First and foremost, even though many have been trained not to, your students can collaborate. In fact, students might not know they’re already collaborating; my WoW students (World of Warcraft) consistently collaborate to solve quests and gain experience.

The online world of education can be a lonely one, and until collaborative projects  and assessments become the norm (they are not now), it will remain a challenge to leverage community and collaboration online. Here are some tips: Continue Reading…

The Disruption of Blended Learning

The following Article is a reprint from THE Journal | Transforming Education Through Technology

By David Nigel | 07/06/2011

Blended learning isn’t like other technology-driven movements in education. It isn’t about supporting current instructional models. In fact, just the opposite, according to researcher and education analyst Heather Staker: It’s about eliminating the “monolithic, factory-based architecture of today’s school system” altogether.

Staker is the senior research fellow and project manager for the education practice at the Innosight Institute. In “The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models,” she and her team of researchers identified models for blended learning based on 40 existing programs and concluded that those models are “disruptive” in the way they bring innovation to schools. That is, they transform even as they improve teaching and learning.

“Disruptive innovations bring accessibility, affordability, and customization to sectors that before were complicated, expensive, and standardized,” Staker told THE Journal. “Blended learning could bring a much more personalized, student-focused experience to brick-and-mortar classrooms across America.”

In this interview, Staker also expanded on what such transformation could mean for both students and teachers and on what policymakers need to do to maintain the momentum blended learning has experienced in K-12 education to date–or risk it being co-opted back into the current “flawed” education model. Continue Reading

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