Administrators can create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium.
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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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Before you sync your iCloud or reinstall your apps, you need to lock down your iPhone or iPad. Here are seven important tweaks (and more) you can set to bolster your privacy.
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.
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