Open source project to combine solar panel + tablet computer + speakers + SlideSpeech content to deliver off-line, off-grid interactive presentations at classroom-volume powered by sunlight. Kit costs under US$300. http://code.google.com/p/slidespeech-solar
My students are my district's pilot program for using iPads in the classroom. When Apple introduced iBooks author, I reinvented a project that I had assigned in the past and it turned out to be outstanding. Using iBooks Author, I was able to have students each create a chapter of a book that was compiled and shared with the class and their parents. This technology enabled students to really bring mathematics to... more »
Not all digital content is created equal. Engagement and motivation need to collide with standards, curriculum priorities, assessment, sound instruction and feedback.
I just helped write a grant through the MSET organization for money for a Mimio Teach Interactive System. It's an interactive whiteboard without the board. A magnetic bar is placed on any magnetic surface and comes with an interactive pen that works with your computer to make it function. I am excited to use it with my Geometry unit I'm about to begin. Through the software and learning community I've found plane and... more »
Allow students to bring their own mobile learning devices to school to help personalize learning. Work with local Internet service providers to create affordable opportunities for students to get reliable access at school and at home.
Technology is most appropriately used for the hardest to reach learners: those outside of schools or served by poor quality schools. The US Census Bureau reports that 41% of the working age population has no more than a High School level education: http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf
New high quality text-to-speech voices allow computers and mobile devices to deliver interactive, takling tutorials. Wikipedia has shown how reference material can be authored collaboratively. Now we need to collaborate on learning materials. http://slidespeech.org
We are presenting our 3D virtual environments to CAA2012 as a potential tool for recreating archaeological reconstructions. We have a 3D test environment running at present at http://wa692.avayalive.com When you click on this link you will be asked to download a plugin (agree to ActiveEx control) and you will appear in the environment as an avatar. This environment will allow for the simultaneous entry of 30 avatars.... more »
Spellathon provides a new free resource for teachers and their students to practice English spelling in the class room and at home in a fun and engaging way.
Spellathon is also the biggest, best and most exciting global sponsored spelling competition ever. All Schools, Colleges and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students!
I use Google Earth as the learning platform for math activities and lessons. My website, RealWorldMath.org provides teachers with lesson resources that promote active learning and constructivism. The best thing about this is that with Google Earth I can easily connect with ideas from other subject areas such as Science or History. By presenting ideas in a virtual world setting, students can see the relevance of ideas... more »
Use Edmodo not just in the classroom but for collaborating amongst teachers and across schools within the same district. I am an K-5 Tech teacher and am spearheading this initiative within the elementary. I maintain the student pages as well teacher page. This way I can keep teachers in the loop but constantly updating on new websites they can use in the class and letting them know how their students are doing in my class.... more »
The Need To Transform K-12 Education As President Obama recently told Congress and the American people, "In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity -- it is a prerequisite. Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that... more »
Create a website interface where students in all parts of the country can discuss, question, and introduce ideas based on science and math in the everyday world. Many students think that science and math education ends where the walls of the classroom meet. This would create a virtual community of student STEMiticians discussing ideas about the world that is happening around them daily. Many students never see things... more »
Students of all ages with Asperger excel at computer skills. A learning platform that is digital based continuously provides the intellectual stimulation, high graphic content and leveled learning that fits their learning patterns. Previous "under performers" are showing rapid growth, mastering of concepts, skills and memory. Digital based learning models also provide individualized learning at the student's level, thus... more »
An electronic scheme of work to replace the familiar paper course planning grid. It is called a learning portal and topic by topic promotes and supports self paced and independent learning. Visit www.collegenet.co.uk to view an exemplar.