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One of the federal requirements we face in public schools receiving E-Rate is the teaching of Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety to students. This is a solid guide to introduce and begin Digital Footprint discussion.
A collection of a student’s work specifically selected to tell a particular story about the student
do you want it to highlight or celebrate the progress a student has made?
Do you want the portfolio to capture the process of learning and growth?
do you want the portfolio to showcase the final products or best work of a student?
Their portfolios often tell compelling stories of the growth of the students’ talents and showcase their skills through a collection of authentic performances.
Students are not regularly asked to examine how they succeeded or failed or improved on a task or to set goals for future work; the final product and evaluation of it receives the bulk of the attention in many classrooms. Consequently, students are not developing the metacognitive skills that will enable them to reflect upon and make adjustments in their learning in school and beyond.
Here is the site for you when having studnets watch YT videos or other videos. http://www.videonot.es
You can watch video and take notes at the same time to the right of the video. All notes are synchronized to the video and save to gdocs.
I have just began testing this recommendation by Richard Byrne on Free Technology 4 Teachers. But in the time I have taken to test the web resource, I have found it to live up to the billing of syncrhonizing notes to the video. Now the video used was from YouTube and the site does have an option for other videos. So, I will be looking further into what other video sources it will work with while synchronizing one’s notes to Google Drive.
I realize this post from Nik Peachey is dated November 2011 but it does still connect with learing in 2013. I find some of the recommended sites valuable options for those of us that facilitate online courses whether it is for K12, post secondary, or graduate students.
Among the 10 tools listed by Nik I am most interested in reviewing vyou.com and tricider.com. Here are Nik’s descriptions for the two sites:
You can use Vyou embed a video booth that students can go at any time of day to ask you questions. The video booth gives the impression that you are always available and builds some presence on your course. The messages students send you are delivered to an inbox and you are notified so that you can answer them. Vyou also has a very handy mobile app so you can answer the questions where ever you are on your iPhone or other mobile device.
Tricider is a great tool for crowd sourcing opinion. You start with a single question problem and then you or your students can add possible solutions to the problem. Students can also add some pros and cons to the solutions and vote on the ones they prefer. These can be embedded into webpages and can give far more structure to online discussion than things like threaded forums which often become garbled and confusing.
In looking to continue the improvement of my own classroom instruction, whether it be with pre-service students or professional development sessions, I am always looking our for insightful Blooms Taxonomy approaches. This post from Learning Solutions Magazine contains a well constructed event map. Within the map one will find knowledge components mapped to presentation types that are then matched up with procedural and declartive assessment methods.
This new twist by Wikispaces looks quite promising when it comes to a more interactive and learning management type of environment. Wikispaces Classroom allows for the integration of News Feeds, Projects section, Assessment piece, and more. For those of us already using Wikispaces we can migrate our current wikis into a Classroom format by completing the process through the settings area.
Finally, be sure to visit the Wikispaces blog daily and further details and assistance is shared regarding Wikispaces Classroom.
Appolicious, the app search and discovery portal which helps users find new mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android, is today launching a new service today aimed at parents, teachers and others in search of the best educational apps.
Dean Mantz‘s insight:
The apps are broken down by curriculum area as well as by education levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. Each reviewed app is scored on the following details:
Integration is the equivalent of putting your toes in the water. Infusion is wading. Immersion is swimming. There’s still a lot of integration going on in schools under the guise of 21st-century preparation.
With technology immersion, the instruction and the assessments naturally and authentically involve technology at all times, as if it were the new pencil or a piece of paper.
A list of free apps recommended by the STaRT Education Department
Dean Mantz‘s insight:
How many times you have said that you wish you could do something with a mobile device and another person responded with "There is an app for that"? Well, Gary Toews’ slideshare provides a well organized listing of 100 free education focused apps that are broken down by grade level and an overall app rating. The one app I plan to checkout is "Stop-motion Camera".
TeachThought has provided another resourceful post that should be included in all pre-service, new, and veteran teacher pedagogy toolkits. The staff has compiled 14 Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters that included a wealth of definitions and verbage. Be sure to checkout the Blooms Infogrpahic that identifies in-class instruction and shares various assessment ideas.
Finally, consider printing out the Blooms chart that has a mixture of questions that are appropriate for each level.