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Preview or review for homework?

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For the last few weeks, the second grade team has been experimenting with flipped instruction: posting a content related video on their blogs and assigning it for homework BEFORE in-class instruction begins. Students make a comment on the post to show they watched the video. The team’s not doing it every week, but the word on the street is that parents and kids LOVE it; the team is noticing how it’s changing their instruction. How is…

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PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit

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PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit A repost from Edutopia APRIL 23, 2014 Both project-based learning and STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) are growing rapidly in our schools. Some schools are doing STEAM, some are doing PBL, and some are leveraging the strengths of both to do STEAM PBL. With a push for deeper learning, teaching and assessment of 21st-century skills, both PBL and STEAM help schools target rigorous learning and problem…

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Teaching our students online learning skills

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So much of what we have to teach, as educators, goes beyond the content of our academic discipline. Eric Hudson, Dean of Instruction at Global Online Academy, shares with us three ways GOA teachers are teaching online skills. Contact a PT Tech Integrator to learn more about how you can translate these ideas into your own teaching/learning environment and Blackboard. International Society for Technology in Education Standards (for Students): 1. Creativity and innovation Students demonstrate…

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Creating Learning Modules in Blackboard

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Blackboard offers the method Learning Modules for presenting course material in a linear fashion. Features include a Table of Contents and the ability to control the release of the material.  All types of content can be included and managed within a folder.  It provides a hierarchical structure and can be viewed sequentially or non-sequentially.  If sequential viewing in enforced, students view the Learning Module in the order in which the items are listed.  Students cannot…

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How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom

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How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom Reposted from MindShift | March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments Email Post Getty By Carl Hooker Between societal changes and technological breakthroughs, it’s become abundantly clear that the human brain is transforming the way it processes and learns information. While there are many discussions about whether or not this is good or bad for us as a society, it’s definitely a change. As educators, it’s our job to make sure that students (and adults) are learning….

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“It’s Complicated,” a new book by Danah Boyd

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(from http://www.danah.org/itscomplicated/) It’s Complicated the social lives of networked teens by danah boyd What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society…

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10 Ways to Teach Innovation

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  By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the box thinking. The burden of reinvention, of course, falls on today’s generation of students. So it follows that education should…

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