What would you like to be surprised by in 2013?
Our aim for using mixed devices was to challenge teachers and students to really integrate technology into their instruction and learning. By having multiple devices available, users are challenged to determine which device best suits their learning purpose, and teachers are also challenged to rethink how they are using technology. ~Nic Peachey
Instruction is clearly a socially structured communicative interaction in which the purpose of one communicator, the teacher, obviously, is to tell, show, arrange experiences, and give feedback so that the students learn new things that are consistent with the goals of instruction.
~LEARNING TRAJECTORIES IN MATHEMATICS: A Foundation for Standards, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction
Here is a great day before the holiday break activity from my daughter’s lesson plan book: Christmas Craft Ideas
This mobile device app. offers a new way to read the classic tale A Christmas Carol…
click here to learn more http://ow.ly/gajr5
For younger learners, here is an app for Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas Games
In the game, kids act as the red-nose reindeer, deliver presents by directing lights on top of the houses; in the meantime, they have to lead the sleigh flying through the sky dodging airborne obstacles. Kids can collect power-ups and upgrade Rudolph’s abilities.
click here to learn more http://ow.ly/g9lEp
Both of these resources arrive from the iGameMom blog…Thanks, Beth Cheng!
This infographic takes a look at the actual cost of the items within the heart-warming carol The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s very interesting and offers the opportunity to analyze our culture!
Classroom Applications: Students could:
1.) represent data in an Excel spreadsheet
2.) represent each item in a slideshow, Pinterest board, ScoopIt page
3.) recreate the “12 Days of Christmas” song in Rebus format
4.) create a “correspondent on the street” video asking people to fill in parts of the song
5.) compare the cost of items in a different country using currency equivalents
6.) create math story problems featuring items from the song
7.) rewrite the “12 Days of Christmas” song with items reflecting what’s popular in 2012
Click here to go to the infographic
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“What children probably need to hear most from us adults is that they can talk with us about anything, and that we will do all that we can to keep them safe in any scary time.”
Barnes & Noble is running a charity-related promotion this holiday season called “Buy a Nook, We’ll Give a Book.”
For every Nook purchased between now and December 25th, the company will donate one new print book to First Book, a non-profit that gives has given over 100 million new books to children who need them.
As a companion to its National Education Technology Standards (NETS), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) identified 14 Essential Conditions to effectively leverage technology for learning. To learn more visit Success at the Core here. Here’s a sample:
|Essential Condition (as provided by ISTE)|
Proactive leadership in developing a shared vision
for educational technology among all education stakeholders
| Empowered Leaders
Stakeholders at every level empowered to be leaders in effecting change
| Implementation Planning
A systematic plan aligned with a shared vision for school effectiveness and student learning