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Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. - Bajak, A. (2014) In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I talk about how even the best lectures aren't fair for the majority of students in our classes. They simply aren't brain-friendly if the lectures are over 10 minutes and students are not actively involved either by taking notes, using a backchannel, etc. It's actually natural for us to want to share what we learned the last 4 or more years in college with our new audience of learner, especially if we are inspired. I've lectured before and felt I inspired people. However, I've been trying to make even my keynotes and presentations more interactive with demonstrations, backchanneling, and a few activities. The idea is to change things up at least every 10 minutes so that you can awaken your learners' brains. My art history teacher was a master at this. She'd throw in a funny image to make us laugh, then we'd move on. Try any of the ideas listed below to spice up your lectures and if Read full article »

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Newsworthy! Learning as Reporters & Journalists

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. - Joseph Pulitzer The best kind of learning motivates you to question, explore, make it your own, Read full article »

Digital Ways to Celebrate December Holidays

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. - Hamilton Wright Mabie Students are excited about the holidays and celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or their school break. Get them learning and celebrating with digital devices, web tools and apps. Students can write digital stories with Read full article »

Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. - Peter Drucker A year ago, I created a technology course on Moodle for Spanish teachers as part of the Ministry of Education of Spain. The teachers are very new to web tools, developing Personal Learning Read full article »

Making an Impact with Problem / Project Based Learning

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. - Einstein Our learners are creating, inventing, and problem-solving with digital devices in order to change the world. Unfortunately, too many students who transform the world often do it outside of school, on their Read full article »

Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! I've been quite blessed to travel to over 20 countries and help teachers integrate technology even in places with very little funding. You can watch a video of me helping students in Ogulin, Croatia to get an idea of what this looks like in action. Often, we are not fortunate Read full article »

Creating Digital Books to Help Others: 20+ Apps, Tools & Ideas

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! During one of my teaching internships, my mentor had us create books we read to children from the Boys and Girls Club. I still have my construction paper book with my poor drawings. My artistic abilities didn't matter to the kids who were just excited to have someone spend time Read full article »

31 Days of Digital Goodies

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar One way to engage students is to create interactive digital calendars. December is the month for advent calendars, so I've created the Digital Ideas 2014 Advent Calendar to give you a hands-on example of how this works. Throughout December, you will discover free web tools, apps, and resources by clicking on each day in the Read full article »

This Year be an EduHero!

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. - Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Our world is full of hero potential waiting to be motivated, supported, and skilled. Teachers hold the key to unleashing that potential, yet many are wounded heroes themselves. According to Teachers Count, the average teacher impacts Read full article »

The Conversation We Need To Have With Leadership

This post is part of Scott McLeod's Leadership Day 2014 PD should give your Ts a GEM: it should "Grow You", "Engage You", and "Mean something to you" — GNichols (@Think_teach) August 6, 2014 Mission: Value Your Time This year, many of us will spend hours in school meetings feeling demotivated, bored, unappreciated, and stressed. We will spend a lot of time resenting our colleagues Read full article »

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by PlatoIncluded in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well. Read full article »

6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources

Part of the Byte-sized Potential and Mobile Learning categories The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. - Yousuf Karsh Most of our students love learning and creating even if they do not express this in our classes. Millions around the world read, create, produce, direct, summarize, translate, edit, and share outside of learning institutions everyday on their mobile devices or through Read full article »

Byte-sized Potential: Can Compassion & Citizenship Go Viral?

Part of the category, Byte-sized Potential The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential. - Steve Ballmer A thousand Read full article »

Digital Poets! Web Tools, Apps, & Lesson Ideas

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” by Robert Frost April is National Poetry month. I invite you to consider the possibilities of teaching with poetry. Poetry makes content come alive, because the poet has a deep connection with the subject matter. Poems can help students see what they consider a boring or Read full article »

Gamify Learning: 20+ Resources

“Games are an extraordinary way to tap into your most heroic qualities.” - Jane McGonigal, Author of Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World People enjoy playing video games. People worldwide spend about 3 billion hours a week playing them (McGonigal, 2011). When we play video games we learn, build, collaborate, problem-solve, explore, discover, Read full article »

Be Inspired! Free! Online! #RSCON5, Sun. Apr. 6

Join us this Sunday, April 6th! Professional Development in your PJs. Only 4 hours. You can even join our Technology Smackdown and present your favorite web tools or apps. Find all the web room links here. Just click on the green links on this page and a Blackboard Collaborate room will popup. Check your time zone here, Bit.ly/rscontz46. If you enjoyed Read full article »

Passion, Potential, & Heroes That Fail Us

“The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer Passion Some of you have heard my story. Read full article »

Cultural and Language Struggles: Interview with a Teacher in Honduras

Natelee with a student This is part of the World Education Blog's #TeacherTuesday project in which they share interviews with  teachers from around the world. Stay tuned for the next interview which features a teacher who ran secret schools during the Taliban's era in order to make sure girls could continue their education. You will find these interviews posted under the Read full article »

This Week’s Reboot (3rd Edition of the TRC Newsletter)

This is the 3rd issue of the new Teacher Reboot Camp eNewsletter. In this issue find free apps, web tools, resources, lesson ideas, professional development opportunities, and more.  Be inspired by the latest Edugems, discover a few of the top posts at Teacher Reboot Camp, and keep posted about The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators and the Reform Symposium Free E-Conference. You can subscribe for free at https://tinyletter.com/shellyterrell. Read full article »

Reblog? Vine? Memes? Sharing Bite-sized Narratives

"The most important thing any teacher has to learn can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners." - John Holt Sharing the Narratives of Our Lives: Meaningful Learning with Mobile Devices from Shelly Terrell The way we learn, share, and communicate has been impacted by mobile Read full article »

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