Technology-Rich Learning:Students First, Not Stuff

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For us teachers and education leaders, this moment of rapid and radical technological change is not what we signed up for, is it? A trillion web pages; a billion smartphones; movies, TV shows, newspapers, and novels on demand, wherever we are, whenever we desire; near ubiquitous courses and coursework, with teachers, tutors, and technologies that let learners of any age learn whatever they want, whenever and wherever they desire. “Always on” access has created an abundance of learning potentials that scarcely existed even a decade ago.

CERT‘s insight:

The spirit of technology use, and being ‘NetSmart’ as Howard Rheingold puts it lies with the people and the ways in which the tools are exploited. It is rather useless to force an educator to “use the interactive whiteboard”. It is certainly not going anywhere near the “technology-rich learning”. To be able to start getting a glimpse at what it really means to teach with technology we have to change our way of teaching completely and focus first on our learners and on the activities that learners can do. I keep emphasising, technology is not about maintaining teacher control, but it is of giving the learners the freedom to learn, unlearn and relearn.

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

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First and foremost, student writing is improving by leaps and bounds. When I read their blogs (which, by the way, are mature, insightful, funny and engaging), I don’t find myself pulling my hair out over the careless mistakes they make in formal papers. Not every post is perfect, but the majority are well written and free of grammar and usage issues that I am so familiar with seeing in their other work. If they become sloppy, all I need to do is politely comment about it on their blog, and I don’t see it again.

 

CERT‘s insight:

If used correctly blogs are a great way to engage students with content which goes beyond textbooks. When setting up your own blog, remember that discussion and communication should be kept at the centre of your focus! Do not be afraid to create stimulating discussions with your learners, and letting your learners voice their thoughts about the subject. 

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10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom

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10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom

CERT‘s insight:

Try to experiment with different teaching methods, try exploring the depths of your learners acquired skills and competencies! Do not be afraid of losing control, nor that you will not be giving enough to your students. A person learns so much more by doing than just by sitting and listening! 

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Digital Storytelling Web Tools with Storybird Highlight | Digital Learning Environments

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CERT‘s insight:

Digital Storytelling is a very interesting aspect that can easily integrate with creative writing as well as other curricular-based topics, especially for the younger learners. Use of technology is not just limited to tools but it’s how you use your teaching time to maximise the learning time of learners, in class and beyond. 

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Teachers Flip for ‘Flipped Learning’ Class Model

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When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he’s already learned the day’s lesson — he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework.

So without a lecture to listen to, he and his classmates at Segerstrom Fundamental High School spend class time doing practice problems in small groups, taking quizzes, explaining the concept to other students, reciting equation formulas in a loud chorus, and making their own videos while teacher Crystal Kirch buzzes from desk to desk to help pupils who are having trouble.

CERT‘s insight:

I would also suggest taking a look at the Khan Academy (http://www.khanacademy.org/) to see how the flipped classroom can actually work in a curricular setting. The Khan Academy website has thousands of videos to choose from for teaching and learning.

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The Learning Tools Directory – a practical guide to help you choose tools for your practice

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Are you feeling rather lost on the subject of use of digital tools and technologies for teaching and learning?
Do you feel like you don’t know from where to start looking for tools that you can use? Don’t know which tools would be good or maybe not so suitable for your needs?

Well, we recommend this site from the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies that contains a whole list of tools that can be used with student learners between ages 5-18. — This is a top recommendation to all those who wish to start implementing more digital practices in the classroom!

To all those who wish to follow Jane Hart, the woman who founded the Centre in 2005, these are the links to all her social profiles and networks: Twitter : @C4LPT  |  Facebook page :  C4LPT  |  LinkedIn : C4LPT  |  Google+ : Jane Hart