27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking
Publishing student thinking can be among the most powerful ways to improve learning. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that the “threat” of publishing moves the lodestone from the classroom to the “real world.” This, of course, changes everything. Note that publishing finished products and the thinking process itself are two very different things–and the idea here is to publishing the thinking itself:”
Why (And How) Teachers Should Start Using iTunes U
iTunes U is a little discussed gem that more K-12 schools should be taking advantage of. This post provides examples of how teachers are using this as a means of publishing.
ThinkB4U offers interactive videos to educate viewers about things like protecting online reputations, avoiding scams, research and critical thinking, and responsible text messaging.
Animated explanations of topics in technology and science. Some of their offerings are videos and some of their offerings are interactive animations.
Redefining Technology with Instruction (RTI) – ECISD Technology
This site has some useful videos on the SAMR model of technology integration.
How to Write a Strong Opinion Piece
Good checklist for writing a strong persuasive/opinion piece for your blog or newspaper.
How To Connect With Digitally Distracted Students – Edudemic
Inforgraphic sharing ways to connect with students who may be distracted digitally.
Creating infographics | screencast tutorial on Vimeo
This video walks through two infographic creation sites: easel.ly and infogr.am
Lincoln Learning Hub
The official DreamWorks companion site to Lincoln, the movie. There are four main features of the Lincoln Learning Hub. Those features are a timeline, What Would Lincoln Do, Team of Rivals, and Who’s Who of Congress.
The End of the University as We Know It – Nathan Harden – The American Interest Magazine
Interesting article on the current state and future of higher education in a technology-rich era. How will this effect the K-12 sector and their efforts to prepare students for “college and career readiness”?
12 Digital Tools To Implement Exit Slips – Edudemic
Some tool suggestions for taking exit slips to the next level. Also includes some information on different kinds of exit slips: document learning; emphasize the process of learning; evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.
The Sky’s the Limit: 16 Must-Read Quotes from Michael Fullan’s Stratosphere
I enjoyed reading these quotes from Fullan’s book. I do find it rather interesting that he is only now advocating what has been obvious to many of us for years.
Interviewing for the Principalship: Nine Possible Questions – Wilmington, NC, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post – A Professional Networking Community for Educators
Interesting questions for leadership/principal interviews. I think the APPROACH section of each question is interesting. Just make sure that when you answer the question, it’s from the heart and not just blowing smoke/telling the interviewer what you think they want to hear.
To Sell Is Human – Actionable Books
What is your Pixar pitch?
Every Pixar movie follows the same pattern. Since they’re the only movie studio in history to turn out 100% hit movies, it’s worth analyzing.
Once upon a time there was . . .
Every day, . . .
One day, . . .
Because of that, . . .
Because of that, . . .
Until finally, . . .
You can fill in the blanks from every Pixar movie you’ve seen. This 6-sentence format gives you the power of story within a concise, disciplined format.
Take an hour and work out your Pixar pitch for whatever it is you spend your time moving folks to do.
Improv 101: The Key to Thinking Fearlessly | Big Think TV | Big Think
Leaders need to react less quickly, stop and say, “Yes…and…” “Yes” means accepting a certain idea or situation at face value. The “and” part involves taking that idea and building onto it, whether that involves taking the idea apart or approaching it from a different angle. Kulhan says this approach creates both openness (“Yes”) and a bridge to your thoughts (“and”) that will foster creativity and fearlessness, eventually leading to innovation.
Does Music Make You Smarter?
An interesting infographic about intelligence and music listening/performance. I’ve never really bought into the argument that music makes you smarter. It’s the old case of causation vs. correlation.
10 Steps to Build Support for Blended Learning
This article provides a foundation for leaders interested in moving toward a blended learning environment. The author outlines a series of 10 steps from modeling mobile technology leadership in meetings to developing a three-year budget. The article has embedded resources for just about every step.
Online Learning: A Manifesto
This is a valuable article because it outlines a pedagogy of online learning, focusing on the MOOC (although the ideas are easily applicable to other kinds of online learning). Too many online learning opportunities are attempts at recreating a face-to-face environment. The author provides ideas to break that thinking through the focus of good pedagogy.
Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY] – The Tempered Radical
This is an excellent real-world example of content curation using Scoop.it. The teacher explains the purpose of the curation and provides a link to the criteria for a good source and a good collection.
A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories – Edudemic
This infographic is a good start to understanding the basic components of and seeing the relationships between various learning theories – behaviorism, constructivism, cognitivism and connectivism.