Digital Storytelling is a fantastic way to encourage students to develop products relating to the creative thought process while using problem-solving and language skills. Storybird is a great platform for this type of creative expression, especially for the primary grades. It allows the student to choose a theme consisting of a set of images and embed them in the pages of the digital book. The story is then saved on the website and can be shared with the class.
More on digital storytelling: A Wonderful Visual Outlining The 7 Steps of Good Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
By now, you’ve probably read enough to be convinced that it’s worth trying games in your classroom. You understand that games are not meant to be robot teachers, replacing the human-to-human relationship. Games are a tool that teachers can use to do their jobs more effectively and more efficiently. Games provide a different approach to developing metacognitive skills through persistent self-reflection and iteration of particular skill sets. Games offer experiential contextualized learning through virtual simulation. Games can also offer an especially engaging interdisciplinary learning space.
Read More: Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started | MindShift.
Some highlights that should be noticed are:
- 93% of students use study apps
- 70% of students study solo during exams
- 59% of students use a mobile phone to study
- 42% of students have as favorite place to study their bedroom30% of students prefer to use Google Drive.
via The Modern Student Learning Life Infographic.
Written by Coby Enteen
Edcanvas is a phenomenal web tool that allows teachers to create multimedia rich lessons and share them with their students. These lessons can include YouTube videos, slides, files, text, and images which you can download either from the web or use the ones you have in your computer. I am really pretty amazed with the ease of use of this platform and the user friendly interface it has. I have experimented with it in a high school setting and the results were amazing! It can even be used for higher-education and distance learning.
More about Edcanvas:
via Edcanvas Easily Create Rich Multimedia Lessons for your Class.
Yesterday, I saw this article in the MIT Technology Review about a solar-powered tablet experiment in Ethiopia that seems to contradict some of what are widely considered by U.S. educators the key steps to successful implementation of a new technology: the devices are being handed out to children with absolutely no instruction or teachers.
via Tablets, But No Teachers – Digital Education – Education Week.