Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tip of the Week: Tools by Learning Objective: January 27, 2013

I thought I would share two great lists of web tools and apps that are based on Learning Objectives! Both of these lists were compiled by who states so beautifully: 

"Used wisely, technology empowers students to take responsibility for their own learning. In Leonardo’s Laptop, Ben Shneiderman provides teachers with a powerful framework, Collect-Relate-Create-Donate (CRCD), for designing student-centered learning opportunities using computers. In particular, Shneiderman’s CRCD framework emphasizes the importance of the social aspects of learning in generating creative work. In CRCD projects, students research information, work collaboratively to create a meaningful product that demonstrates their learning, and contribute that project to a larger learning community. Shneiderman designed the Collect-Relate-Create-Donate framework as a vehicle for preparing young people for a 21st century world where innovation, creativity, and collaboration will be more highly prized than retention and repetition.  In order to help educators integrate technology effectively, we have compiled a list of technology tools focused on learning goals consistent with the CRCD framework. Unlike other lists that promote “cool tools,” yet leave teachers wondering about purposeful educational integration, our list is driven by specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and community-mindedness. We hope you will find our list useful."


You'll find more lists and resources on this wonderful site, from great Science, Math, Assessment, Digital Storytelling, and so much more.. Check out the Tools for Teachers menu on the EdTechTeacher website.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Tip of the Week: What is 21st Century Teaching & Learning?: January 18, 2013

This week I thought I would share a couple of videos I often include in the online graduate courses I teach from time to time.  These are short, student/teacher created videos about the impact of technology in their respective worlds. I show these not solely for their entertainment value, but because they represent nicely the '21st Century" skills required by Common Core as well as state and national standards..

 “Every child in America needs to be ready for today’s and tomorrow’s world. A profound gap exists between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need for success in their communities and workplaces. To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by fusing the three Rs and four Cs.” (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration) 

Enjoy !

Engage Me!

A Vision of 21st Century Teachers

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tip of the Week: BASICS!!! and More!: Jan. 9, 2013

We all know teachers who are implementing things like: Web 2.0, 21st Century skills, Google collaboration, Glogs, Blogs, Wikis, iMovies, Digital Comics, Web Page creation, and more... all while making their Interactive Whiteboards sing!  Is that you?  Maybe..!?!?  Maybe not?  

Whether you are tech savvy or a novice, there is always something to learn, even for me.  I thought I would periodically share some resources and links that will help all of us with some of the 'basics.'  If you find them useful, please set these aside or bookmark for reference when you need them... 

The first link is from the "Dummies" book series fame..

Don't be offended by the title.. this site contains a ton of cool resources on everything from how to put your Mac to sleep, basic Internet tips, using iPhoto, iWork, basic troubleshooting and so much more.  I hope you will find this useful!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Post of the Week: iPads and Being Grateful: January 2, 2013

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful break.  Prior to vacation I created a 'wall (wisher)' asking folks to post a note about what they were grateful for in their lives. I'm re-posting the link because I think it is a nice affirmation about the good in our lives, and an opportunity to feel a little more connected with each other here in our Sudbury teaching community... Please take a moment to read these wonderful thoughts and post your own (you can be anonymous) !!  I Am Grateful For...

I'm also sharing some thoughts about iPads!  I'd be willing to bet that many of you either received or gave iPads this holiday, and I know many others have been getting them for use in their classrooms!  I hope you will all take a minute to read this short article on the effective implementation of iPads in the classroom. 

Please post your thoughts below ...  this IS a blog... :)  
More on this topic later..