Not all digital content is created equal. Engagement and motivation need to collide with standards, curriculum priorities, assessment, sound instruction and feedback.
The non-profit Khan Academy offers free world-class online learning for K-12 Common Core subjects. I ran across this outstanding technology web-based resource today while researching open courseware and was astounded at what is being offered free to anyone. It is so compelling I just needed to share this website with other educators and students who may not be aware of its potential for advancing global learning to anyone,... more »
Right now there are lots of useful sites but little reliable guidance for educators and students regarding which are the best. We need a reliable, stable web presence that reviews and ranks online materials for learning.
Reading is essential, but should be adapted to modern supports and experiences the children are used to. I developped BookMovie for my daughters as part of text2tablet initiative.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbp5z_iyacI
We should adapt the reading experience to our time.
Combining face-to-face, synchronous on-line, and asynchronous on-line into one class to provide the best of both environments.
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 »
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 »
Allow students to bring their cell phones into class and use them as clickers to encourage participation and monitor performance
Cutting edge science and creative work is not far from the sandbox. Curricula at all levels can be informed by and inform cutting edge research, and the internet can be a conduit for communication between University and corporate research and schools. We might be surprised by what we learn from younger students.
Claire Janisch's Biomimicry project is a good example: http://goo.gl/H7fuI
Related to "lectures at home, homework at school," it's not that hard to make tests a web-based experience that's more-or-less cheat proof. This also opens up the idea of online certificates for course credit like the Mozilla Badges project http://goo.gl/BMW4N
Since change is difficult, and many schools do not have the resources, nor do all teachers have the training or the confidence to incorporate technology in their classrooms, why not choose JUST FIVE Web tools or tech software resources every school must have NOW! For example, we have established that all American schools have at least one or more computers because our society entered the digital age decades ago. Education... more »
There are thousands of free online educational tools, but teachers do not have the time to find them all. I created this website to connect teachers with free, kid-safe educational tools: http://edutechdatabase.wikispaces.com/
The tools are categorized by grade level, subject, and standards.
Explanation and reflections on this project may be found at: http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/blog_jon_orech/digital_citizenship_reflections
How do we meet the needs of Americans who can't or won't attend school as a place? Illness, frequent relocation, emotional issues, poverty, addiction, age; there are so many barriers to learning when access to education is reserved for those who can be in certain buildings at specific times. Asynchronous distance learning may be the answer. Migrant students would have a stable sequential experience, high school students... more »
By creating labs in a virtual world, we can open access to students who must take courses online. By offering synchronous instruction, even distance students get a complete lab experience in which they can interact with their instructor and classmates. Our community college is doing this successfully.