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.
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!
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
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
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.
Students use 1:1 technology to enter "Learning Hot-Spots" that allow for virtual face time classes, online curriculum, and assisted lab/testing environments so students can create, participate in, and graduate from a program that gears them towards success in post secondary... more »
Retention of this understanding was the important component of the project, and a second approach was used by having the students... more »