Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Help your child get inventive with these resources


scienceDo you have students who love inventing, experimenting, and computing? Then check out my article on Answers.com which features quality, free or inexpensive places you can turn to help your students discover, explore, and develop his or her inner inventor. 

Visit "Help your child get inventive with these resources
to find out about more about resources like Super Awesome Sylvia, Tynker, and Makey Makey.  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning

“The only difference between smartphones and laptops is that cell phones are smaller, cheaper, and more coveted by students” (Richtel & Stone, 2009). Students, parents, teachers, principals, and elected officials know it is time to lift restrictions and embrace these tools for learning. Below is their wisdom and the research to support it.

Students
  • In general, 95% of teens use the internet and 74% are “mobile internet users” (Pew, 2013).  With or without us, students are using cell phones for learning despite the perception by some parents and teachers that cell phones are distracting to kids. A national study shows that 1 in 3 middle schoolers are using their devices to complete homework and learn better (Tru, 2012). 
  • "... with cell phones tucked in the book bags and pockets of three-fourths of today's teens, many high schools are ceding defeat in the battle to keep hand-held technology out of class and instead are inviting students to use their phones for learning" (Malone & Black, 2010).
  • Nationally, just over half (52%) of teachers of upper and upper-middle income students say their students use cell phones to look up information in class, compared with 35% of teachers of the lowest income students (Pew Research Center, 2013).  
  • More than half of the world’s population now owns a cell phone, and children under 12 constitute one of the fastest growing segments of mobile technology users in the U.S. according to the The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop (Shuler, 2009).  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The hottest posts everyone's reading

Here’s the roundup of what's been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there's something that looks of interest to you.  If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment.

Entry
Pageviews
Mar 19, 2014, 
4011
Mar 23, 2014, 
3222
Jun 13, 2013, 
2511
Mar 16, 2014, 
2370
Jul 15, 2010, 
1621
Mar 26, 2014, 
1594

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Ways to use social media to spice up your next museum trip



It’s not uncommon for today’s children, brought up in a fast-paced, digital world, to become bored and uninterested when visiting cultural institutions. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Sometimes the first step to enjoying art is to look forward to a museum visit as something that is fun. Social media can provide a great way to engage young people during a trip to museum, landmark, or other cultural institution. At the same time, it might just connect them to a new community of others who share a love of arts and culture that they didn’t know they had.



Here are some fun and innovative ideas for teachers and parents to try on their next field trip.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

#BYOD Management from the experts: @mluhtala @jksuter @hobsonjill

Listen as bring your own device (BYOD) experts discuss best practices for classroom management.  Special guests Jill Hobson @hobsonjill, Michelle Luhtala @mluhtala, and Jason Suter @JKsuter all currently work in BYOD environments and share insights about the following topics:
  • Getting started with byod management.
  • Preventing distraction. 
  • Fostering trust in students who are using their own devices.
  • The role of students in classroom management.
  • Explaining this will work to administrators.
  • Getting parents to support responsible use.  
Watch the video below then check out the collection of Tweets on Storify filled with insights and resources.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

The hottest posts everyone's reading

Here’s the roundup of what's been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there's something that looks of interest to you.  If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment.

Entry
Pageviews
Mar 19, 2014, 
3940
Mar 23, 2014, 
3047
Jun 13, 2013, 
1713
Mar 16, 2014, 
1375
Mar 9, 2014, 
1256
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