While Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy has been altered and applied to many instructional applications, this graphic below is really useful and unique. In this version of Bloom’s Taxonomy by Allan Carrington, the Padagogy Wheel illustrates what iPad Apps can be used in each of the levels of thinking. Continue Reading…

preziI use Prezi in my classroom and I absolutely love this Web 2.0 presentation tool. Recently, Prezi released three new templates that are geared toward users that wish to create an online, interactive resume. Prezi calls them “Prezumes”.

While users have been building online resumes on Prezi for a while now, these three new templates look so much better than what was previously being used. Continue Reading…

Gradebook ProGradebook Pro is a iPad application that allows educators to manage their class on the go. This iPad app allows educators to record student attendance, grades, and performance in this one very effective  tool.

This app is perfect for educators that want to get away from traditional paper based gradebooks. Gradebook Pro allows educators to assign photographs of their students making it so much easier to learn names and record attendance. Not only can  Gradebook Pro track attendance and grades, behavior can be noted with options such as conduct and participation. Continue Reading…

ebooksFree ebooks for educators and students.

Teaching a course that does not use any textbooks is challenging for educators. You have to go out and search endlessly to find a quality source of information for your students to use in the course. Today’s classroom is growing less reliant on the traditional paper textbook and more schools are purchasing ebooks and other digital texts. Continue Reading…

educlipper eduClipper is a new “Pinterest” type of Web 2.0 tool that allows educators to collect content in a visual format and share it with other educators or even their students. The idea behind eduClipper is that teachers can have a resource that only pertains to educational resources and sites and not have to worry about some of the other “visual distractions” that can appear if they were using Pinterest. Continue Reading…

twitter logoWe all relate #hashtags to Twitter, but we can now see these hashtags being used with multiple social media sites. Hashtags are ways to “tag”or label posts with specific keywords. They allow us to organize and find information based upon the keyword we assign to the post or entry. Like our blogs use keywords for SEO, and how we use “Tags” to help our visitors find related posts on our blogs, #hashtags allow us to find tweets and posts on social media sites. It is a very powerful organizational tool indeed. Continue Reading…

history of education infographic

I really like Infographics. Especially ones that describe technology or history. Well this one is a history one. It is a very creative graphic that describes the history and the future of education.

Pay close attention to the information presented in “Where Education will be in 20 Years”. I totally agree with this but I know some will disagree or be a bit offended in how teachers’ roles will be seen as in the future. I just wish we could see where in this timeline Universities will begin preparing pre-service teachers to teach in online settings.

View the full Infographic here.

udemyWhile reading through my Twitter feed (hashtag #MOOC), I found a tweet about a website called Udemy. I had never heard of this site so naturally I wanted to check it out. An area of interest to me is continuing education and developing a PLN in which one can learn in a more informal setting. After signing up and reading through a ton of pages on their site, I see great value in what this site has to offer. Continue Reading…

How to Prepare and Moderate Online Discussions for Online Learning

Great article on moderating online discussions. This PDF file covers everything from asynchronous and synchronous communication to moderating and grading course discussions.

Source of this information: Contact North

Blended Learning Benefits

As I was reading through my Twitter feed, an article caught my eye. An article on Blended Learning. Blended Learning is very dear to my heart as this is what I do daily with my 9th grade students. I teach a course that requires students to work in Blackboard while still being available for more traditional face-to-face instruction. Continue Reading…

Ok, I’m going to have to admit it, I’m just now hearing about Khan Academy! Have you heard of this huge collection of FREE instructional videos? If you have, and you haven’t incorporated these videos into your class, your missing out! Continue Reading…

Personal Learning Network?  What in the world is that? That is exactly what I said the first time I saw this term or PLN. As I began a research project for a class I was taking, I began to see research articles mentioning this new term. All of these educated people with Doctoral Degrees and years of experience in the field were telling their readers to “Go Out and Build A PLN!”.  Continue Reading…

Teachers and students alike can benefit from using Prezi Presentations in the classroom. Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with Microsoft PowerPoint, but Prezi adds a few new dimensions that a normal presentation tool can not do.  Continue Reading…