It is impossible to envision what the future classroom would look like, but this post explores what is possible with technology that is already here today and focussing specifically on teacher collaboration and sharing. I will lay my cards on the table at the start and declare my bias for Microsoft technologies. Therefore, this article will unashamedly speak mostly of these tools that I think are awesome, along with other tools that maybe aren’t out of the Microsoft suite.
Teacher collaboration and sharing: The technology is already here with Skype, Twitter, Yammer, Facebook, Pinterest, Email and Pinterest.… Visit the author's original post
As many of you know, I have been working on my PhD in Individualising instruction for all learners. As part of this, I had to complete some qualitative data (Interview) analysis. I initially did all of this in Microsoft Word. All was fine, but I was struggling when it came to identifying themes. Upon concluding a Bing search, I learned that the recommended software for such a task is NVivo. I downloaded NVivo 10 and completed the relevant updates. It is an amazing piece of Software, but it has taken me about 3 hours to master. … Visit the author's original post
We sit the students down in their seats; they cannot talk. What follows is a polite and almost choral Good Morning Mr./Mrs. Xu. The teacher speaks for about 10 minutes (or more if it is a “boring” teacher) and then from time to time asks that question that only he/she knows the answer to. Of course, because no-one answers, the kids don’t understand that concept. The “obedient” students sit down at their desks (without talking) and are promptly ordered to open their textbooks to page 56 where they are to “learn” about indices, Rome, or if they are really lucky they will watch a video lecture.… Visit the author's original post
According to the Arafeh, Levin, Rainie, & Lenhart (2002), teachers today have not learned to change their teaching practices to depict the way students today learn naturally. Not only are students entering a different world, they are learning differently. With the focus not on whether the answer is correct or incorrect, the teacher needs to avail students to the opportunities to think abstractly and look for both a variety of answers, along with a variety of ways to arrive at a successful answers. … Visit the author's original post