By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A growing number of teachers are incorporating social media into their lesson plans—and I’m one of them.
It’s been great to see students really embrace some innovative ways of expression through apps like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress—creating and curating images and ideas while interacting with their world outside of the classroom. It helps us teachers break down classroom walls and class-time barriers as students learn and reflect by using tools on their mobile devices.
Here are some great ways to use social media in the classroom:
By Koreen Pagano | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Have a message you want people to associate with your product, organization, or educational experience? Consider using characters to strengthen the lesson.
When we associate what we’ve learned with a strong character—say, Smokey the Bear or even Darth Vader—we learn better.
At the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas this week, I’m presenting several sessions on immersive learning and how interactive characters have incredible potential to teach.
By Jethro Jones | Friday, October 24, 2014
It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is cooling—and that means parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner.
Regardless of what format your school uses, parent-teacher conferences can be difficult when you have a student who’s struggling in one way or another; they’re hard for both the parent and the teacher.
Here are some tips to make sure conferences go smoothly for both parties.
By Starshine Roshell | Friday, October 17, 2014
Ever wonder what it’s like to record a course at lynda.com?
Flying out to our seaside California studios from his Pennsylvania home, first-time author Karl Kapp was surprised by the overt friendliness of the staff, the exotic afternoon snacks, and the intense recording pace (he shot 29 videos in a single day!). So surprised, in fact, that he blogged about it.
During the five days he spent recording his new course, Gamification of Learning, Karl learned a lot about lynda.com that you’d never know just from watching our videos.
Here’s what surprised him most:
By Jethro Jones | Friday, September 26, 2014
Like most teachers, you probably send out a classroom newsletter each month, right?
They’re popular tools for communicating with students and parents—but they’re typically not very exciting. Use these tips to make your teacher newsletter newsworthy this school year.
By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Online education has boomed this past decade. Students around the world—such as Masters Students in the Johns Hopkins School of Education—can now attend classes while sipping a latte in the campus coffee shop or anywhere else they can access the Internet, as a bulk of their classes are now online.
The downside, of course, is they may never meet their fellow classmates.
While online education is making learning more accessible, it can also alienate students from their peers. These virtual classrooms often lack academic conversation, collaboration, and debate—all of which push student thinking, and are an important part of the learning process.
Here are three ways to foster collaboration, encourage student-to-student interaction, and create a classroom community with your online class.
By Jethro Jones | Sunday, September 14, 2014
Are you interested in learning and becoming a better teacher? Twitter chats are one way to focus your learning and get tons of information in a very short amount of time.
You might even get so much information that you can’t get through it all. That’s OK! Take what will help you become a better teacher—and then share with others the tools and tips that worked for you.
By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 02, 2014
As a college student, I learned to wrap my textbooks covers with a brown paper bag in order to keep the book looking new. This is a skill my own children will never learn.
They will never wait in line to sell back a 40-pound stack of books, and won’t have heavy boxes of outdated editions to move out of their dorm rooms.
The textbook is quickly becoming extinct. Emerging is a new wave of classroom technology that’s redefining what school looks like, and how we learn.
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