By Matt Reed
On Joshua Wyner’s new book.
Source: Inside Higher Ed Blogs
By Tara Jeffs
The sandbox of today has gone digital and is filled with dynamic touch screens that permeate the play area with brilliant colors, music and animation. These devices provide opportunities to increase engagement, participation and social interactions. Parents, educators and related service providers seek out activities that ensure young children can reach their potential. The brilliant colors and unique interface of today’s technologies offer young learners the opportunity to explore and learn in brief-yet-powerful, on-demand learning intervals with increased focus and motivation.
With National Poetry Month just a few weeks away, you may have already started planning. Exposing our students to the powerful words and images of Maya Angelou’s poetry builds their skills in reading, character education, vocabulary, civics, history, and humanity. Deeply exploring the topics and themes found in Angelou’s poetry can be inspiring to students, and even life changing.
In this talk I examine the transition from the idea of the massive open online course – MOOC – to the idea of the personal learning environment. In the process of this discussion I question what it is to become ‘one’ – whether it be one course graduate, one citizen of the community, or one educated person. I argue that (say) ‘being a doctor’ isn’t about having remembered the right content, not about having done the right things, not even about having the right feelings, nor about having the right mental representations – being one is about growing and developing a certain way.
INTED 2014, Valencia (Keynote) March 10, 2014 [Comment]
Poor bandwidth means a leaan newsletter, but here’s a book on MOOCs that you migth want to read. (I’m in Valencia where I gave a talk today.) “Unlike accounts in the mainstream media and educational press, Invasion of the MOOCs is not written from the perspective of removed administrators, would-be education entrepreneurs/venture capitalists, or political pundits. Rather, this collection of essays comes from faculty who developed and taught MOOCs in 2012 and 2013, students who participated in those MOOCs, and academics and observers who have first hand experience with MOOCs and higher education.”
Being a mentor teacher to a teaching candidate is quite a privilege and honor, as you are integral in nurturing and helping that new teacher to reflect and improve upon his or her instruction. I recently reached out to fellow mentor teachers and asked them about their advice and best practices, not only for teacher mentors, but also for new teachers in the field. Here are some great quotes and points from these practicing mentors.
By Todd Finley
Planning a unit of instruction demands skill and mental exertion — a fact that is not apparent to parents and legislators who believe that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) tell instructors how and what to teach. Despite advocacy groups‘ arguments to the contrary, the CCSS is, for the most part, a destination, not a roadmap.
Source: Zaid Learn
It’s not quite the same as licensing the content for reuse, of course, since the user has to be online to view embedded photos, and the photos are send froma Getty server, which means that websites can ensure speed of delivery, and that the Getty server logs all transactions. But hey, since so many people make use of online images in this way in any case (yours truly included) it’s a welsome development, and dare I say, the de facto standard operating procedure for the use of web media (indeed, Getty may be getting ahead of the curve by allowing this use, which implies that it could refuse permission, rather than simply accepting the default premise that anyone can embed web imagery.