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Brendan Murphy

There's no app for good teaching | ideas.ted.com - 6 views

  • Pedagogy and content, Mishra says, can’t be considered independently of each other;
  • using technology as a starting point, a way to introduce new experiences and modes of expressions.
  • Feedback, particularly how often and how it is given, is “massively underappreciated,” says Neil Heffernan,
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  • encourage risk and confusion
  • “Kids are resistant to having their fun space colonized by adults.” Rather, she suggests, look to “connect with kids’ interest-driven practices through sites and educational technology that are authentically tied to classroom learning.”
  •  help students see the relevance
  • They learn to teach well by co-teaching with another teacher and then adding to or sharing the lesson.”
Vicki Davis

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Students & Teachers Explain Benefits of MinecraftED... - 10 views

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    Awesome video and information about Minecraft and why it is so AWESOME. Watch this 7 minute video if you just don't get it! H/T Wes Fryer
Vicki Davis

Cool Cat Teacher - YouTube - 6 views

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    A simple video tutorial I created for my students including these essential questions:
    What is copyright? How long does it last? What are the kinds of copyright? How can I copyright my own work? How can I find works I can use freely? Do I still have to give credit for the work? How can i buy license for professional work? What are the penalties for not following copyright?
Vicki Davis

Copyright 101: A Simple Lesson in Licenses - YouTube - 7 views

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    A simple video tutorial I created for my students including these essential questions:
    What is copyright? How long does it last? What are the kinds of copyright? How can I copyright my own work? How can I find works I can use freely? Do I still have to give credit for the work? How can i buy license for professional work? What are the penalties for not following copyright?
Vicki Davis

Distracted to Learn? | Psych Central News - 6 views

  • It was as if those who were denied the same degree of distraction during testing as they experienced during learning suffered a disadvantage.
  • In the end it didn’t seem to matter what the distraction was during recall as long as subjects had had a distraction during learning. Everybody who had been distracted in both learning and recall performed better than those who were distracted while learning but undistracted during recall.
  • There just had to be the same degree of distraction at both times.
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  • Another task is to figure out what might be going on in the brain to allow divided attention to be a boost for recall, rather than a hindrance for learning
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    Surprising new research may rewrite learning theory as Brown University scientists contend that distractions do not necessarily impede the learning process of a motor task.

    Investigators discovered that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during learning the task, people performed as if there were no distractions at either stage.

    Thus, the real issue is that inconsistent distraction can impair our recollection of the task. As long as our attention is as divided when we have to recall a motor skill as it was when we learned it, we'll do just fine, say the researchers.
Vicki Davis

SortMyBox - Organize your Dropbox - 17 views

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    If you use Dropbox, this handy tool will create rules. So, for example, when a student turns in a video or anything into a folder and you don't want other students to grab a copy, you can set up rules in Sortmybox to grab the file and put it in a folder "to grade" for example. Or if a video is uploaded that is large, take it out and put it elsewhere. This is a handy assistant and organizing tool for anyone using Dropbox.
Vicki Davis

How a Tablet can make you a more effective teacher - 17 views

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    Video including 51+ ways to use tablets to be a better teacher that I gave for Microsoft this week - over 1500 people registered for this one. Great audience.
Vicki Davis

Resources | MailChimp - 6 views

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    If you're using Mailchimp (or even if you're not) these incredible resources from Mailchimp can help you work with your email list.
Vicki Davis

Cool Instructographics on Pinterest - 7 views

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    Instructographics are graphics that include instructions and they are very popular on pinterest. As teachers, we should be familiar with instructographics. Here's a board of great ones.
Vicki Davis

Annie Cushing's Must-Have Tools - 11 views

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    If you have a website of any kind, this must have tools list is an incredible list from Annie Cushing. It is a must bookmark and use gem.
Vicki Davis

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Helpful Google Forms Tutorials for Teachers - 9 views

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    Helpful Google forms Tutorials for teachers if you're wanting to learn how to do this. Great info from Richard Byrne.
Vicki Davis

Mac App Store - Microsoft OneNote - 1 views

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    Microsoft One Note on the Mac Store. It is free.
Vicki Davis

Classroom Authors - 10 views

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    "Students from all over the world can collaborate in their classrooms and at home to create and publish books using Classroom Authors web based publishing application."

    Very cool website -- this from the publisher "Our software was developed working with Colombia University Teacher's College and over 40 classrooms with the purpose of engaging students in the writing process through collaborative book publishing."

    This looks to be a very cool website and another way to have students publish books and have an authentic audience.
Vicki Davis

Game Mechanics | Gamification.org - 4 views

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    The mechanics of games that gamers use as they plan games and design them. I've learned about this from Ray Yan from Digipen in the Gamifi-ed OOC last week.
Vicki Davis

CO14: Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools that are changing how to teach Online Class by V... - 5 views

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    CO14 is happening this weekend and so many great people are presenting. It runs from February 7-9 and is free. My session is sharing how writing has been reinvented as I share the 9 tools that have changed how we teach forever (a sneak preview of my book coming out in May.) If you teach writing, work with curriculum or teach, feel free to join in. The session is at 8 am EST on Saturday morning, February 8. Anyone can join.

    Lots of amazing presenters are speaking so check it out.
Vicki Davis

Digital Learning Day - 2 views

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    An awesome PInterest Board by edutopia with resources you can use for Digital Learning Day. This is an excellent example of how you can use Pinterest Boards to share research and best practices.
Vicki Davis

Power House Education - 5 views

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    Interesting app called "Chronicle" for tracking and including artifacts for how students are learning and improving. With students turning in all kinds of documents and work, this is an intriguing way to track it.
Vicki Davis

Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Ce... - 12 views

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    A report by the US Department of Education Technology from February 2013 (anyone know why this is still a draft?) that shares how we should measure and promote non cognitive factors like grit, tenacity and perseverance. This is one paper to share and discuss.
Vicki Davis

Learning, Learning, Learning not Apps, Apps, Apps | dedwards.me - 5 views

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    Wise words about the purpose of tablets, ipads, and more from Daniel Edwards @syde06 from the UK. It is about people, pedagogy, and purpose... the apps come later.

    "The power of learning with new technology lies with the teacher and the ability to choose the appropriate tool for the right intention. Moreover, success directly relates to the relationships between learner and educator, and the learner and learning."
Vicki Davis

Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy | Edutopia - 8 views

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    What is 21st century literacy and how do we help students become better communicators?

    Rebecca Alber says:
    "In today's world, being literate requires much, much more than the traditional literacy of yesterday. According to the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), twenty-first century readers and writers need to:

    Gain proficiency with tools of technology
    Develop relationships with others and confront and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
    Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
    Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
    Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
    Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments"
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