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John Evans

The Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator - Envato Tuts+ Course - 0 views

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    "This course will give you a solid introduction to Adobe Illustrator and walk you through the fundamentals of it. At the end of the course you will be comfortable with how to use the program and hopefully inspired to learn more about it."
John Evans

Learning and Sharing with Ms. Lirenman: Show What You Know with iPad: Using an iPad to ... - 3 views

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    "I'm often approached by educators looking for the best iPad app.  While my students have their favourite go to apps, what works for my students may not work for theirs.  In fact even my own students can't decide which app is best because each has their own preference depending on what they are trying to do. It's far less about the specific app, then what that app can do to show learning.

    For me, the beauty of the iPad and more specifically the apps available for it, is that it allows my students to create, and show their learning in ways that work best for them.  For this reason I have created an iTunes U course titled Show What You Know with iPad: Using an iPad to Create and Self Assess in the Early Years.  This is a free course but does require an iOS device to access it through iTunes U . It can be downloaded onto  an iPod, iPhone, or iPad."
John Evans

Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom - 0 views

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    "Over the past decade, maker-centered classrooms and making-centered learning have become increasingly popular - young people (and teachers and parents alike) have greater opportunities to build, hack, redesign, and tinker with a variety of materials, in school- or community-based spaces, design thinking and engineering programs, and Maker Faires.

    Maker-centered learning not only offers opportunities to learn about new tools and technologies, it requires certain thinking skills - such as navigating uncertainty, adaptability, collaborative thinking, risk-taking, and multiple-perspective taking - that are critical to engaging and thriving in a complex world.

    Drawing on research from Project Zero's Agency by Design project, this course offers classroom teachers, maker educators, administrators, and parents an opportunity to explore firsthand maker-centered learning practices and the opportunities they afford. Discover what kinds of tools might best support this kind of teaching and learning, and examine the benefits (to both young people and facilitators) of engaging in this work. Through hands-on, collaborative activities, consider how maker-centered experiences might fit into your own contexts."
John Evans

Google Offers A Free Online Computational Thinking Course for Educators ~ Educational T... - 2 views

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    "Google in collaboration with representatives from leading educational and scientific platforms have put together this free online course entitled 'Computational Thinking for Educators' introducing teachers to the importance of computational thinking. The course is particularly intended for educators working with students between the ages of 13 and 18 who are interested in enhancing their teaching with creative thinking and problem solving.'"
John Evans

Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students - 3 views

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    "Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students"
Sheri Oberman

Analyzing the Social Web - 4 views

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    Analyzing the Social Web - a text book for social network and social media analysis.
John Evans

The 1-hour crash course on integrating project-based learning - Daily Genius - 3 views

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    "One of the biggest learning trends you should know about is project-based learning. Basically, students are given a task and allowed to work in groups to deliver solutions to a problem. This is an applicable methodology in science, technology, math, arts, etc. You name it, project-based learning could likely be used.

    But how do you get started with a new way to teach? That's a major question that often stops teachers right in their tracks. It's hard to switch up what's been working in the past. It's impossible to figure out how to integrate a new classroom structure in the small amount of time available to educators around the world.

    In an effort to help solve this issue, our friends at EdTechTeacher have created what's essentially a crash course in project-based learning. The video is about an hour long and is by Suzy Brooks, a third-grade teacher in Massachusetts."
John Evans

Educational Technology Guy: Some ideas for Course Management Systems and Apps - 1 views

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    "There are a lot of course management tools available for educators, including Blackboard and PowerSchool, that allow educators to do attendance, grading, post and organize resources and lessons, and interact with students. Many of them cost money. Moodle is free, but you have to pay to host it somewhere, or host it yourself. There are some great, free alternatives available. Here's a list, in no particular order."
John Evans

Life-Long-Learners - 0 views

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    "For me DS106 was an amazing learning experience. I enrolled in this free, online Digital Storytelling class, hosted at the University of Mary Washington, in the Spring of 2012. Jim Groom and Alan Levine (aka "cogdog") were the instructors who introduced me to a completely new style of authentic learning."
John Evans

Instructure Launches Minecraft MOOCs for K-12 -- THE Journal - 0 views

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    "Even young kids have gotten very adept at Minecraft, so it can be quite intimidating for teachers," said Jason Schmidt, an instructional technologist for Bennington Public Schools who will teach the four-week MinecraftEdu MOOC, in a prepared statement. "If I can help get teachers over that hump, imagine how delighted students will be to have a learning environment tailored to their interests for a change."

    The other, Minecraft for Educators, "is a course for teachers who are wishing to gamify their learning experiences and deliver a unique pedagogy that will engage, enthuse and keep learners coming back for more," according to information released by the company. Both MOOCs are available through the Canvas Network. Minecraft for Educators will start January 26, 2015 and run through March 9.

    The company has also released a Minecraft app to allow students to submit assignments to the Canvas learning management system from within the game. Using the app, students can tag what they've made in the game for their teachers to visit, upload books they've written in game directly to the speed grader or use the game's circuitry tool to complete assignments that will be automatically graded. A video demonstration of the app is available at YouTube.

    Other MOOCs for teachers in the suite include:

    Digital Literacies 1;
    Digital Literacies 2;
    Five Habits of Highly Effective Teachers;
    Teachers without Borders: Educating Girls; and
    Tinker, Make and Learn.
    Among the other MOOC offerings in the new suite is a course designed specifically for parents, Parenting in the Digital Age, which aims to help them address issues such as cyberbullying, digital citizenship, exposure to inappropriate content, media literacy and screentime. Taught by Andrew Swickheimer, director of technology at Noblesville Schools, the self-paced course opens September 22.

    "Parental involvement in K-12 education has one of the biggest impacts on a child's commitment to learning," said Jared Stein, vice pres
John Evans

Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign - Edudemic - 2 views

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    "For years, it has been no secret that many students who start post-secondary education programs drop out early. To address this issue, many schools and institutions decide to redesign their courses with the hope that students might gain a greater feeling of success, continue with their chosen program and graduate.

    When considering courses for redesign, many questions are asked but the most important is this: "What data should be considered to ensure our course redesign efforts are successful?" Data metrics like grades, attendance or participation rates are obvious considerations. These can be reliable metrics in driving decision-making. However, I recommend also considering student feedback, faculty load, student experience, and assessment performance as additional data points which can better inform decisions that directly impact the course redesign process."
John Evans

The Minimalist's Guide to Creating a Class or Course Web Site (with Weebly!) - 1 views

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    "Educators are increasingly turning to technology to improve their teaching, communication and organization skills. Having a web page to use to deliver and organize content and make it easy for students to work, communicate, and stay connected outside of class hours is essential in this modern age.

    One free application for creating web sites for courses that is hugely popular with teachers is Weebly.com."
John Evans

Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPhone and iPad: A Free Online Course by Stanford | Open Culture - 0 views

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    "FYI: Apple officially released iOS7, the latest operating system for the iPhone and iPad, on September 18. Almost simultaneously, Stanford began offering a course teaching students how to design apps in the new environment. Although the course is still in progress, the initial video lectures are now available online, you guessed it, on iTunesU.

    This course, along with other top-flight coding courses, appears in the Computer Science section of our big collection of 775 Free Online Courses, where you'll also find courses on Philosophy, History, Physics and other topics."
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