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The best learning games are always fun. Try playing them yourself and see if you enjoy them. No matter how advanced your understanding of the subject matter, a good game should still be fun. I’ve understood algebra and number partitions for decades, but “DragonBox” and “Wuzzit Trouble” are still challenging puzzlers that I like to fiddle with on long airline flights. All good games offer challenges in intuitive ways. In fact, this is the reason games work so well for learning: Players are intrinsically motivated to identify and succeed at understanding the game’s mechanics.
How do I transform my class from being driven by me to students wanting to take ownership?
While there are many ways to take notes, Cornell Notes are among the most useful for pure academic study, but they’re also a bit complicated. Simpler forms like combination notes are easy to explain and use, but lack the depth a form like the Cornell System has.
Todd Nesloney shares how to make your flipped classroom work for students who don’t have internet access at home.
How do I change the new tab or new window page in Firefox? Or, how do I setup the startup page to the new tab page?
- Open a new window or tab and type in about:config
- Search for browser.newtab.url
- Change the value (double-click on it) to the new page
- Test it by opening up a new tab
- You’re done - close about:config
A couple of options you can use, manually type in:
- google.com (or any URL/webpage)
- about:home (Firefox default homepage)
- about:newtab (sties most visited)
- about:blank (blank page)
Teachers in my “Mapping Media to the Common Core: Part 2″ course this semester have learned how to create enhanced eBooks on their iPads using the fantastic app, “Book Creator” by Red Jumper. In this post, I’ll describe how you can share an eBook created with Book Creator via a free DropBox account and the DropBox app, along with a free KidBlog website and the KidBlog app for iPad.
Firefox doesn’t get enough love these days, but it’s still the most customizable browser around thanks the numerous options in about:config. Here are 10 under-the-hood Firefox tweaks you should try out.
Also, check Speed Up Firefox BY Enabling Its New HTTP Cache
Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class.
A new study—conducted by Mueller and Oppenheimer—finds that people remember lectures better when they’ve taken handwritten notes, rather than typed ones.
The offering is aimed to provide the novice Twitter user a general overview of the social media tool, as well as “hand hold” participants through the basic steps of registration and initial connecting to the greater education world. The hashtag #Nt2T is embedded throughout the course with an aim to connect educators and parents to a growing community that’s working to become better social media users while modeling transparency, professional reflection and lifelong learning for kids.
Find this free five-part Series, Twitter 101: An eCourse for Educators and Parents, here. Below is an overview of what participants can expect to learn.
image via flickr:CC | LauraGilchrist4
We cannot let testing shorten the learning time of our students. The testing process itself is time consuming enough without it signifying the end of learning for the year. The last two months must be as exciting and engaging as the first month. Let’s do it!
No one ever stops to consider the consequences of running a successful brand Tumblr. Followers. Engagement. Riches. Anyway, here are a few simple tips from the experts at americanexpress.
Try these three simple ideas as a starting point for using your own IWB in a more dialogic way:
1.) Display an open-ended prompt or picture to stimulate whole class discussion. Start by asking a really general question such as “Why is that on the screen” or “What meaning could this image have for the lesson we are doing at the moment?”
2.) Ask students to discuss their ideas publicly. Students can compare and contrast different perspectives by sharing them using the IWB (writing or drawing) and talking them through. They might be primed for this by first making notes on mini-whiteboards.
3.) Get students to build on each other’s contributions. Students can be asked to come up to the board in turn to add or move objects around, explaining their reasoning as they do so. This will create a collective object that builds on previous contributions.