A while back, I read an article that someone had posted bemoaning the fact that the big keynote speakers were going around talking about the change that’s necessary in schools with no sense of what reality is or how it could play out in the classroom.
Starting with this issue of Professionally Speaking, the magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, that’s about to change.
Those of us who pay dues to the College of Teachers receive a paper copy of the magazine but there’s also an electronic version for the masses to enjoy.
The latest issue launches a new column called "Tech Class" and kicks off by highlighting four Ontario Educators and some of the areas of innovation from their classroom. Recognized in this inaugural column are Danika Barker, Kent Manning, Mali Bickley, and Charles Corradini.
In the column, discover concept grasping, mayhem, social issues, and how to engage without taking notes. And, all done with real Ontario teachers using commonly available technology tools! In other words, the concepts should be easily replicable.
To quote the journal, "Every issue, we will show you how a real teacher is using technology to enhance learning in his or her classroom — along with practical, step-by-step instructions should you wish to do the same."
This should be an exciting column highlighting some of the cutting edge classrooms throughout the province. I’m looking forward to future editions.
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Use the creative writing prompts and creative writing ideas to create stories, poems and other creative pieces from your imagination. The writing prompts can even help you come up with creative content for blogs and blog stories.
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NASA – Station Spacewalk Game
Welcome to the International Space Station (ISS), Astronaut. In Station Spacewalk Game you’ll experience the thrill of conducting NASA repair work on the International Space Station.
Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement | Edutopia
As a teacher, my goal was to go home at the end of each day with more energy than I had at the beginning of the day. Seriously.
Now, as I travel the country coaching teachers on how to successfully use project learning, my goal remains the same. And I try to teach educators the strategies they need to achieve this goal in their own classrooms.
edulicious – edulicious – FV #26 – Extreme Makeover: Teacher Edition
This recent article over on GOOD Education made me think a lot about the symbols we use to define teaching. To illustrate, try this… what visual symbols pop into your head when you think about teachers and the teaching profession?
Stuck In Customs HDR Photography
Everything you wanted to know about HDR
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: Connected Learning: Reimagining the Experience of Education in the Information Age
Connected Learning: Reimagining the Experience of Education in the Information Age
Don Cherry joins Twitter
Don Cherry has found a new outlet for his observations on the sport of hockey — Twitter.
The LMS as a mixing panel for social learning » Cat’s Pyjamas
I have a hard truth to share with you. Our learning management systems are letting us down. They are not getting the job done.
Apps in Education: iPad Apps that work with Smartboards
iPad Apps that work with Smartboards
The iPad looks amazing when projected onto a large screen. The students in a 1 to 1 iPad classroom gets to see the apps at work. Have a look at the list below to see if any of these might be useful in your classroom. If you have others that should be added to this list please leave a comment with the name of the app and we will add it to the list.
Learn about CC during Open Education Week – Creative Commons
As most of you are undoubtedly aware, next week, 5-10 March, is the First Annual Open Education Week – a time set aside each year to celebrate and raise awareness about open education and open educational resources (OER).
Is Online Instruction Better than Offline Instruction? « Language learning for kids
A recent study indicates that online learning is as effective as, if not more, than traditional face to face instruction.
The Seven Myths of Mobile Learning: Float Mobile Learning
If there was one takeaway from yesterday’s Mobile Learning Conversations webinar on the Seven Myths of Mobile Learning, it’s that there are more than seven myths of mobile learning.
Gary was up-front in stating that the myths discussed in Wednesday’s session were borrowed from Robert Gadd and his wife. Robert posted variations of these mobile learning myths at Learning Solutions Magazine. Almost two years have passed since that article was posted, but our panel of mobile learning experts – Jeff Tillett, Dr. Gary Woodill, and Chad Udell – realized that the learning community as a whole is still addressing these issues today. The following list is the myths that were the cornerstones of the conversation:
Innovation Hot Spots: Detroit | Inc.com
Home to a burgeoning concentration of tech start-ups and incubators, Detroit’s “Webward Avenue” is not just a street–it’s also a movement. Can it transform Detroit?
Virtualizing the Science Lab with Late Nite Labs | Inside Higher Ed
Now sure, manipulating objects via a website isn’t “hands-on.” But there’s actually a lot of content in a Late Night Labs lab that you wouldn’t find in a typical college lab — E coli samples, for one thing. There’s equipment, too, that many schools and students might not have access to.
How to Give Effective Presentations: 21 Tips | Inc.com
Here are 21 ways to make certain that your presentations hold your audience’s interest–and help them make the decision you want them to make.
Getting ready for iPad deployment: ten things I’d wish I’d known about last year « Darren Coxon
When making the move towards using mobile devices in the classroom, there are a number of practical considerations to bear in mind. This article will draw on the experience we have had this year, in implementing an iPad 1 to 1 scheme with our 6th form. We’ve made many mistakes, and I hope have learnt from them. In the spirit of collaboration, I will share some of them below, in the hope that other schools learn from both what has worked, and what hasn’t.
Microsoft Flight For Windows Now Available For Download, And Is Absolutely Free! | Redmond Pie
Here’s a tidbit of news that’s been lurking behind the shadows of today’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server 8, and Visual Studio 11 announcements: Microsoft has just made Microsoft Flight available for download.
Connected Learning Infographic | Connected Learning
Connected Learning Infographic
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