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Anne Bubnic

Messaging Shakespeare | Classroom Examples | - 0 views

  • Brown's class was discussing some of the whaling calculations in Moby Dick. When one student asked a question involving a complex computation, three students quickly pulled out their cell phones and did the math. Brown was surprised to learn that most cell phones have a built-in calculator. She was even more surprised at how literate her students were with the many functions included in their phones. She took a quick poll and found that all her students either had a cell phone or easy access to one. In fact, students became genuinely engaged in a class discussion about phone features. This got Brown thinking about how she might incorporate this technology into learning activities.
  • Brown noticed that many students used text messaging to communicate, and considered how she might use cell phones in summarizing and analyzing text to help her students better understand Richard III.

    • Effective summarizing is one of the most powerful skills students can cultivate. It provides students with tools for identifying the most important aspects of what they are learning, especially when teachers use a frame of reference (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001).

    • Summarizing helps students identify critical information. Research shows gains in reading comprehension when students learn how to incorporate isummary framesi (series of questions designed to highlight critical passages) as a tool for summarizing (Meyer & Freedle, 1984).

    • When students use this strategy, they are better able to understand what they are reading, identify key information, and provide a summary that helps them retain the information (Armbruster, Anderson, & Ostertag, 1987).

  • To manage the learning project, Brown asked a tech-savvy colleague to help her build a simple weblog. Once it was set up, it took Brown and her students 10 minutes in the school's computer lab to learn how to post entries. The weblog was intentionally basic. The only entries were selected passages from text of Richard III and Brown's six narrative-framing questions. Her questions deliberately focused students' attention on key passages. If students could understand these passages well enough to summarize them, Brown knew that their comprehension of the play would increase.
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  • Text messaging is a real-world example of summarizing—to communicate information in a few words the user must identify key ideas. Brown saw that she could use a technique students had already mastered, within the context of literature study.
  • Brown told students to use their phones or e-mail to send text messages to fellow group members of their responses to the first six questions of the narrative frame. Once this was completed, groups met to discuss the seventh question, regarding the resolution for each section of the text. Brown told them to post this group answer on the weblog.
    Summarizing complex texts using cell phones increases understanding.
Zaid Ali Alsagoff

101 Free Learning Tools - 142 views

Dear All, I have updated my list of free learning tools, and made it more visual: "Let's explore the idea that there is at least one excellent free learning tool (or site) for every learning prob...

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Vicki Davis

TweetDeck - 0 views

    Neat program for twitter users.
    Cool application for twitter.
    Cool application for twitter that makes it easier to use. I really like it! It is another adobe air application which means you can use if offline too!
Vicki Davis

» An Open Letter to Teachers Bud the Teacher - 0 views

    Great reminder to educators about teaching.
    Bud's open letter to teachers is phenomenal and real. It is a great reminder for those getting started in the school year! Wow!
Eloise Pasteur

Clark Aldrich's Style Guide for Serious Games and Simulations: A Taxonomy of Interactivity - 0 views

  • Many conversations around interactivity in formal learning programs rests on the tools. Does WebEx allow polling? Can you have threaded conversations in Second Life? What if you gave keypads to members of an audience? And those are all good questions.

    But at the same time, we need to nurture cultures around interactivity that are independent of any technology. We need vocabulary and expectations around interactivity itself.

    Here's a suggestion, hopefully useful in practice if not in theory:

  • Level 0: The instructor speaks regardless of audience.
  • Level 1: The instructor pauses and asks single answer questions of the students.
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  • Level 2: The instructor tests the audience and based on the collective response, skips ahead or backtracks.
  • Level 3: The instructor asks multiple choice questions of the audience, where a student might have the opportunity to defend different answers, or the instructor asks real time polling questions for data.
  • Level 5: Students engage labs or other activities and create unique content; however, most solutions will fall into fairly common patterns if done enough times.
  • Level 4: Students engage labs or other activities that have a single, typically process solution, such as putting together an engine.
  • Level 6: The students engage in long, open ended activities, such as writing a story or creating and executing a plan, and where the class "ends up" is unpredictable.
  • Culture, not Technology

    But again, while technology examples are included, all of this can be done in a traditional classroom.

  • The implication is not that Level 6 should always be used. Most programs will start ideally at Level 1, and then transition to Level 3, 4, 5, or even 6 as quickly as possible.
    A discussion of, and model for how interactive your classes are - with a bias towards technology but the feet firmly in teaching in general.
Vicki Davis

Siemens interview on connectivism - 1 views

    Video interview with George Siemens about connectivism.
    This is an enjoyable interview video w/ George Siemens about connectivism. I love seeing their faces, it makes it more personal
Vicki Davis

Helcat Rants and Ramblings » Ready, Set, GO! - 0 views

    Elizabeth Helfant from MICDS in St. Louis, MO has an amazing post outlining their school's transformation. Julie and I spent time there this summer giving them a "crash course" in flat classroom. The teachers are impressive as is the leadership of Eliza
    Elizabeth Helfant outlines the changes at her school as they implement 1:1 laptops. The change and plans are comprehensive and stunning, from altering the work day and school year, to integration of technology.
Vicki Davis

Download details: Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office - 0 views

    If you run Microsoft Office 2007 and you are a teacher, you simply MUST download this learning essentials 2.0 set of tools. From periodic tables to all sorts of things, it is really cool. I'm going to email it to my teachers now.
    The must download pack of goodies for Microsoft Office 2007 for educators. Periodic tables, etc. I don't know why I missed it.
Vicki Davis

GIMP - Windows installers - 0 views

    If you want gimp for windows, this is the page to get it from. Gimp is a powerful open source alternative to PhotoShop.
    Powerful open source alternative to photoshop.
dolors reig

FOC08 (1): Del grupo a la comunidad, principios básicos. | El caparazón - 0 views

    Os dejo hoy un resumen de la Primera Unidad del Curso de Facilitación de Comunidades Online en el que participo, considerando que puede ser de utilidad a diversas disciplinas, desde la educación al márketing social.

    El curso se desarrolla en inglés (paso a traducir este mismo artículo) pero he creído que a algunos lectores podrían seros de interés algunas de sus conclusiones. Lo iré haciendo al finalizar cada unidad. Se trata de un ejercicio de síntesis y aportación personal. Podéis ver las fuentes teóricas de las que parto, las que matizo según mi experiencia, al final del artículo
Ric Murry

Studeous | The Free and Easy Way to Manage Your Courses Online - 0 views

shared by Ric Murry on 05 May 08 - Cached
    Learning Management System, free, in beta
Vicki Davis

Twittering, Not Frittering: Professional Development in 140 Characters | Edutopia - 0 views

    Suzie Boss writes a comprehensive overview of the growing use of twitter in education. I find it so interesting that many of the complaints about twitter are also the initial complaints I heard about blogging. This is a very nice overview of twitter for those who are wondering "what is the fuss?"
    Overview of the use of twitter in education from edutopia.
Vicki Davis

Baptism by Fire: 100 Essential Tips and Resources for Student Teachers | Smart Teaching - 0 views

    Great post giving an overview of some great posts and information on teaching.
    This extensive post has some amazing resources and links and is great for student teachers as well as for all of us. I enjoyed reading this and following some links. This is a great one to share in schools of education.
Vicki Davis

Twitter Blog: Changes for Some SMS Users-Good and Bad News - 0 views

    If you are using twitter and SMS in any other country other than Canada, the US, and India, you need to read the twitter blog update on sms changes in these areas!
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