In a traditional classroom, when a teacher asks a question, “Who can tell me … ?” usually four or five hands go up. The teacher will call on one student, and perhaps on another few to see if their answers agree with the first, but the teacher will have no way of knowing what is going on in the heads of the other 20 students.
The kinesthetic teacher has a different approach. “Show me … ” Twenty-five students are being asked to respond physically to the question: Show me what comes first, the comma or the closed quotation mark. Show me if this is a series or parallel circuit. Show me an animal that lives in the rainforest; show me how the character feels just before the story’s climax. Immediately, all of the students respond, and their learning is made visible. They have to think about what they are going to do, and literally take a stand. If they want to change their answer, they don’t have to erase anything, they just change their pose. Rather than calling attention to the “mistake,” the focus is on the “re-take,” which lessens the fear of failure that is so prevalent among students today—and teachers can give immediate feedback to students (formative assessment) rather than waiting for a weekly or unit test.
Lesson idea? Hacking the planet!
the challenges of the connected future are less technical and more legislative, political and philsophical. The shift from a generation that started out un-connected to one that is growing up connected will result in conflicts, disruption and eventually the redrawing of our societal expectations. The human race has experienced these shifts before — just not at the speed and scale of this shift.
Thanks to feedback from my last post, I have modified the proposed description of patterns for students engaged in MOOCs. I also want to introduce a graphic to visually represent these patterns.• I have removed the language comparing passive…
A nice Website providing simple 2 page guides on a variety of web 2.0 tools and how you could use them in your classroom.
This week’s highlighted tools have a theme: they all can be used by learners to showcase their talents. Whether it be for project-based learning or building a personal portfolio, they all allow creativity to shine.
- Present.me - Have you ever wanted to record both your slides and yourself…
Some nice newbies!
I hate headlines like this for two reasons:
- They perpetuate the lie that there’s a silver bullet to fix every problem with our education system.
- They raise educational technology up as a superior solution to the human element of teaching, which encourages educators to scorn rather than embrace it. This makes my job substantially more challenging.
Will educational technology be part of the solution to the problems in our current education system? Absolutely.
Do they offer exceptional and new value by promoting expression in ways that weren’t possible even ten years ago? Absolutely.
Will an iPad, or any technology for that matter, replace the value of pedagogy, instructional design, classroom management community, respect, or the ability of a competent educator? Absolutely not.
Technology is a tool. An incredibly effective tool when used intentionally by someone who comprehends the science and art of teaching and learning. But a tool nonetheless, not a replacement for effective instruction and guidance.
And I do believe some of you are on my lawn.
Ha ha! Nice one WS.
This amazing page includes tutorials, lists of apps and materials, app evaluation guides, classroom uses, professional development activities, and more.
Kathy Schrock is awesome. Google “Bloomin’ Apps.” She has a huge list of iOS and Android apps organized by Bloom’s Taxonomy :o)
New communication standard allows for data transfer through the human body.
A new communication standard developed by Microchip Technology allows secure, bi-directional data transmission through a human body.
At this stage, the technology uses a small device similar in size to a garage door opener which the user carries close to their body, for example in a pocket. It then sits ready to transmit data through the body when the user touches a base unit, which could for example be hooked up to a door handle. A secure key transmitted from the device in the users pocket and through their body into the door handle could then unlock the door.
One day it could be easy to see the technology built into a smartphone carried in a users pocket, allowing a wireless link from the phone to a headset, or for a file or virtual business card to be transmitted when shaking hands.
Drones set for large-scale commercial take-off
Hundreds of small commercially operated drones could soon take to Australian skies under a radical new set of rules proposed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Melbourne this week.
Under a new weight class system, prospective drone entrepreneurs with craft weighing 2 kilograms or less could take off after completing nothing more than an online application form.
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Challenge of the Day: Model a River!
Geologists often use scale models to understand the behavior of physical things. Create a table top experiment that demonstrates a geological event taking place using a simple white plastic deep paint tray liner, regular play sand, and water. Position the pouring of the water entering the tray and create sandbars and channels for your model river. This project solves a Challenge for the Geologist Skill.
Great, fast read. Here’s the beginning:
I work with teachers who don’t like to look stupid in front of their class. This makes sense in their subject area. But with technology, if they are avoiding looking stupid by because they don’t know how to use it, chances are, they are looking pretty silly to their students already.
Here’s an example. A high school social studies teacher needs his students to work with the language of the Gettysburg Address in a way that will engage them, and to have them study the famous words and become very familiar with them by repetition. His instincts tell him that if each student had to create a video documentary of them speaking the entire address, clearly, it would accomplish his goal. But, since he doesn’t know the first thing about video production, he won’t do it until he knows more about video. But, try as he might, he doesn’t ever seem to get enough time to learn video production with the crazy amount of different online sites he’s told to use by the school for grading, testing, and helping him do his job, (although nobody asked him if he wanted that kind of help, but that’s another blog post).
Take a deep breath and let go : )