Education Update #18

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Online Learning Communities: Why Students and Teachers Need Them

As our society travels further into the Age of Information, we tend to forget how to teach our children to be lifelong makers and learners. Since learning is really a communal activity, community-based education can help children unleash their inner creativity. So, how can online learning communities benefit teachers and students?…read more

How To Cite Social Media Using MLA and APA

YouTube has progressed beyond cat videos. Twitter is more than just sharing what you’re eating for dinner. All of the major social networks are keystones of our online life and make up a big portion of who we are. So it’s no surprise that there are now guidelines on how to cite social media using the MLA and APA standards. In fact, I’m surprised it’s taken this long to see this topic hit the mainstream….read more

How to Effectively Use the Top Social Networks

Whether you’re a teacher, student, entrepreneur, CEO, or just someone looking for some tips … this is the ultimate guide for you. Consider it a social media cheat sheet that you’ve always wished you had ever since you started using any of these social networks….read more

The A to Z Guide to Twitter for Teachers

Getting started with Twitter is not as easy as you may think. Twitter can quickly feel overwhelming and hard to monitor. For a busy teacher, that means you have absolutely no spare time to spend monitoring your feed. That being said, there are a lot of reasons to at least give it a try. The potential connections are worthwhile in themselves….read more

The 50 Worst Synonyms in Fifty Shades of Grey

Remember grade school, when you wrote papers and used big words because you thought that meant you were smart? And now when you look back on those papers, you cringe a little? Well, not E.L. James! The Fifty Shades of Grey author loves her a fancy synonym. And since you probably missed most of her obvious Thesaurus.com moments by skipping to the sex parts, Vulture compiled a list of them for you….read more

A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy

The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information. That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation are necessary just to reduce all the noise and establish the credibility of information. There is also the matter of utility. Evaluating information depends as much on context and circumstance as it does the nature of the data itself….read more

The Newest Apps To Make Videos In The Classroom

In education, perhaps one of the least utilised talents of iOS hardware is creating exceptional video. While it’s not uncommon for teachers and students to use iPads to create videos, creating stunning videos that are compelling, well-produced, innovative, truly social, and/or something worth sharing with the world isn’t so easy. Here are 22 apps we’ve handpicked as powerful teaching and learning tools to work with digital media in your classroom….read more

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does….read more

Social Media Made Simple: Free tech to help you get more from your lesson plans.

Thanks to physics teacher Michelle Gould Burgess’ seamless integration of social media into her lesson plans, her students are busy launching marbles out of a catapult instead of listening to a lecture. For last night’s homework, they read Gould Burgess’ blog, watched her lectures via podcast— including a “bonus trigonometry podcast”—and they’ve stored their assignments in Google Docs. Gould Burgess teaches in a “flipped classroom,” so her students complete their “lower-level thinking” for homework, and engage in “higher-level thinking,” like the marble and catapult lab, in the classroom….read more

Kinesthetic Learning: Moving Toward a New Model for Education

How do people learn? Research has found that it is our learning process, not our intelligence, that is the most important factor in determining our abilities — making it vitally important to examine how we teach our students. So we must ask: how are we most effective at learning and retaining information? Is it when we are hearing, seeing, doing, creating, or some combination of the above?..read more

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