Thinking in the 21st century is just different. That doesn’t mean we’re all suddenly omnipotent cyborgs, nor does it mean we’ve all become mindless social media addicts that spend our cognitive might tapping, swiping, and drooling on our smartphone and tablet screens.
Attention parents: If you’d like to see your kids do better in school, have them close their books, set down their pencils and go outside to play. That’s the latest advice from an international group of experts who studied the value of exercise in school-age kids.
Why are you using technology? Or more importantly, how are you using technology to better the learning in your classroom and/or school? If you are like me, then you’ve had your fair share of technology screw-ups. Projects that didn’t make sense (but used the tech you wanted to bring in).
If we were really serious about educational technology, we would…
No word of a lie, there are thousands of things a teacher should know. We expect them to be experts in the field. We require them to reach and stretch our children more than parents can. Such a tall order is what you embrace when you decide to become a teacher.
June 18, 2016 Here is an excellent short guide on concept mapping created by the folks over at Lucidchart (a popular concept mapping tool). The guide covers almost everything you need to know about concept maps including definitions, key features, theoretical foundations, how-to instructions, use cases and history.
The digital content they consume, who they meet online and how much time they spend onscreen – all these factors will greatly influence children’s development.
One of the main 21 st century components that teachers want their students to use are higher-order thinking skills. This is when students use complex ways to think about what they are learning. Higher-order thinking takes thinking to a whole new level. Students using it are understanding higher levels rather than just memorizing math facts.
Here’s a unique challenge for this blog: give new teachers inspiration in light of today’s digital practices. I remember being a new teacher and feeling totally overwhelmed. There is so much to be said, and I can’t possibly touch on everything.