Sustainable Modern Pedagogy or “Boutique” Solutions?

Written by Coby Enteen Our lives have changed drastically over the course of the last three of decades; job stability is slowly declining, manual labor is rapidly being taken over by machines, and the collective knowledge of the internet is […]

Moving from Independent Islands to a Nation State

Cross-Curricular Multi-disciplinary Learning: Moving from Independent Islands to a Nation State

Written by Coby Enteen The value of creating in-depth, meaningful learning experiences for students through a cross-curricular or multidisciplinary teaching approaches have long been justified; however the feasibility of teaching this way, is somewhat questionable.  This is due to a large degree […]

New teaching practices, should we really change the way we teach? Understanding The “Thawing Principle”

Written by Coby Enteen Every so often we are overtaken by new teaching practices and learning methods such as Flip Classroom, Project-based Learning, MOOC’s, Blended Learning and so on.  We often hear about them at conferences, from a school administrator or from fellow teachers and they make […]

Finding a Diamond in the Rough

By Coby Enteen Attending regional, national and international professional conferences are often times a confusing experience for educators, whom are sometimes overwhelmed by the sheer number and scope of technology solutions presented.  Vendors are trying to promote products and increase sales, […]

QBL – A Practical Solution to Teaching

By Coby Enteen Project-based Learning (PBL) has gained a great deal steam and has been adopted and implemented in many forms, over the course of the last decade.  Teachers invest endless hours in dissecting topics, planning activities, writing questions, organizing […]

 

The 50 Best Free Educational Apps from Google Play – OnlineDegrees.org

Don’t look now, iPhone Kool-Aid drinkers, but Androids are taking over. iTunes had a good run, but now is the time of Google Play, Android’s home for more than 600,000 apps. To help ease the transition back to school, we’ve combed through the pile to find the best educational choices, for everyone from Mother’s Day Out attendees to college seniors, to rock on a Galaxy, Nexus, or Droid.

The 50 Best Free Educational Apps from Google Play – OnlineDegrees.org.

15 Free Learning Sites You Haven’t Heard of Yet – Online College Search – Your Accredited Online Degree Directory

It can be hard to keep up with the ever-growing list of free educational sites out there, much less distinguish which ones will best meet your needs and help you learn skills you really need without shelling out big bucks. New sites are always being launched and even those that have been on the scene for a while sometimes don’t garner enough attention to make it onto your radar, often getting overshadowed by more high-profile sites. As a result, even those who are in the ed tech loop can miss out on some seriously helpful free learning sites. Here we highlight just a few of these under-the-radar free learning sites, that run the gamut from providing full degree programs to simple job-skill training tools, offering a little something for every kind of learner.

 

15 Free Learning Sites You Haven’t Heard of Yet – Online College Search – Your Accredited Online Degree Directory.

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What Works Clearinghouse

This guide offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students’ academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. The guide recommends that schools set a clear vision for schoolwide data use, develop a data-driven culture, and make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. The guide also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals.

 

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What Works Clearinghouse.

Mobile Learning: Resource Roundup | Edutopia

Mobile Learning: Resource Roundup | Edutopia.

From smartphones and tablets, to MP3 players and e-readers, today’s students have a variety of mobile technologies at their fingertips. Here’s a look at some mobile learning resources from Edutopia and around the Web.

The Different Uses of E-learning and M-learning

E-learning and m-learning have become extremely important buzz words of the education technology revolution; each characterising a whole raft of ideas and resources for the tech-savvy teacher. But the two terms are not always used correctly, with some confusion about the differences between them and where they overlap. And in more complex terms, thinking about the differences between e-learning and m-learning can be particularly useful for teachers who use technology in the classroom, as it can help them to pick out which techniques are best for which education scenario.

The Different Uses of E-learning and M-learning.

Power Searching with Google – Inside Search – Google

A free course to help you become a better searcher

Knowing how to find answers on Google is an important skill in today’s digital age. Taught by Google’s Search experts, this online class will help you search smarter, so you can find the information you need — even in the most challenging situations.

Power Searching with Google – Inside Search – Google.

MediaShift . Why Online Education Has Gained Revolutionary Momentum | PBS

The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country. With finances already tight and with a surge of movement toward online learning, universities are being forced to move quickly to change centuries-old models of learning. Terms like historicseismic and revolutionary now pop up in descriptions of the challenges that higher education faces in the coming years.

MediaShift . Why Online Education Has Gained Revolutionary Momentum | PBS.

An Open Letter to Tech-Fearing Teachers Everywhere – The Inspired Classroom | The Inspired Classroom

Quote #1: “The kids will learn technology whether we teach it or not, so why waste our time on it?”

I’m glad you brought this up.  I agree that it seems like our students are using technology even without our help – for example, we often see them texting on their phones once school is out, don’t we?  But there’s a big difference between knowing how to use technology for entertainment purposes and for educational purposes.  The New York Times went so far as to call this difference the “new digital divide.”  So you’re right that they’ll learn how to make Facebook accounts and watch YouTube videos without our help, but will they know how to use technology powerfully to enhance their education?  Without instruction in that area, I’d argue that many won’t.

An Open Letter to Tech-Fearing Teachers Everywhere – The Inspired Classroom | The Inspired Classroom.

Analog Toy Teaches Kids About Technology – PSFK

 

The ‘Tinker Tablet’ looks like the inside of a tablet, educating kids about what’s inside electronics.

By Emma Hutchings on September 7, 2012.

Analog Toy Teaches Kids About Technology - PSFK

 


Analog Toy Teaches Kids About Technology – PSFK.

The Benefits of Teacher Collaboration | District Administration Magazine

Teacher collaboration and professional learning communities are frequently mentioned in articles and reports on school improvement. Schools and teachers benefit in a variety of ways when teachers work together. A small but growing body of evidence suggests a positive relationship between teacher collaboration and student achievement.

The Benefits of Teacher Collaboration | District Administration Magazine.