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Blended Learning in the Mix: The Proactive Teacher

In a blended learning environment, the need to plan and develop thoughtful units of instruction has emerged as one of the most critical factors in creating a successful instructional program.
When creating units of instruction, focus on larger themes and big-picture concepts. Too much emphasis on small skills and minutiae will have you feeling like you are drowning in apps, digital content, and 25 individual student learning paths and lesson plans. Reflect on your blended learning philosophy and evaluate its presence in your unit design. If you find you’re not using the tool in the manner that you initially intended, make adjustments.

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Blended Learning in the Mix: The Proactive Teacher

In a blended learning environment, the need to plan and develop thoughtful units of instruction has emerged as one of the most critical factors in creating a successful instructional program.

When creating units of instruction, focus on larger themes and big-picture concepts. Too much emphasis on small skills and minutiae will have you feeling like you are drowning in apps, digital content, and 25 individual student learning paths and lesson plans. Reflect on your blended learning philosophy and evaluate its presence in your unit design. If you find you’re not using the tool in the manner that you initially intended, make adjustments.

image via flickr:CC | queensu

How To Choose A Learning Game

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.
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How To Choose A Learning Game

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 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)
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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?

  1. Open a new window or tab and type in about:config
  2. Search for browser.newtab.url
  3. Change the value (double-click on it) to the new page
  4. Test it by opening up a new tab
  5. 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)
Share iPad-created eBook with DropBox

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.

Share iPad-created eBook with DropBox

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.