Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bloom’s Taxonomy in Digital Interpretations

All years of me teaching the Methods of Teaching courses I gave an assignment to teacher candidates to create devices explaining their understanding of Bloom's taxonomy. There were quite a few interesting and creative ways expressing the meaning of the learning objectives' taxonomy of Bloom. Some students used an image of stairs, or a rainbow, or a pizza menue, etc. That was an unusual ways of them explain what Bloom's taxonomy means to them and how they will explain it to the parents in their classes or colleagues.

Bloom's taxonomy had some variations throughout the years, too. I follow Kelly Tenkely's blog posts from <iLearn Technology » where she shares her blooming peacock images:

 These are the levels of the original Bloom's taxonomy with the verbs for teaching objectives.

Below is the flower of the Bloom's taxonomy levels aligned with the digital tools and sites that can students help to express themselves on each level of the taxonomy. In her article Kelly adds the links to all the digital tools  she added to the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy flower.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century

KWL chart is an overused graphic organizer in schools.  I have been promoting KWHL chart that encourages students or learners to explain how they will go about finding what they want to learn. I have come across this article that offered a new version of the chart aligned with the demands of the 21st century learning --- KWHLAQ chart. Read the blog clicking on the link below to learn about the new style!

- Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century:

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

5 Great Sites for Student Stories' Animation

I get notifications from the different sites that I liked or subscribed to. Today I got an interesting tip ---- five great sites for animation. These sites allow for students to easily animate their stories.  We could have used these sites for the commercials in my Social Studies Methods class when the "companies" were selecting the tools for their ads in BizMovie Project. Oh well, next time! I need to explore these sites more. May be I can offer a workshop at the Literacy conference.
Here is the link to the post:
5 Great Sites for Student Animation:

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Deeper Learning and 21st Century Skills

How to create learning environment for instilling life long learning skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, often referred to as 21st century skills. Read more aout this in the following article.

Deeper Learning and 21st Century Skills:

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Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms | Edudemic

What school would you like to teach at? Do you have any dreams?
Read the article from Edudemic and may be you find some of your dreams implemented in Sweden School System...
Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms | Edudemic:

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Connected classrooms and teachers

In today's world we are all connected, we can exchange ideas, share our experience and concerns almost every minute. We are connected through so many ways, networks, media and devices.

Read about  and join the initiatives started by Youtube:

Twitter / milasunshine: YouTube Launches ‘American ...:

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cool Text-To-Speech Trick Tips from Tim Holt Think

I now own a MAC and cannot stop being wowed how muh you can do for empowering learning and teaching. I came across this blog post of Tim Holt about text-to-speech trick on Mac. I followed Tim's directions and it worked!
Read and tried it yourself!
Cool Text-To-Speech Trick - Holt Think: Ed, Creativity, Tech, Administration:

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Give UP Lecturing, Engage Students in Meaningful Projects with technology

This is my logo in my courses. I prefer engaging teacher candidates in the activities and projects that better them as people and provided experience in participating in meaningful events that they will use later in their own classrooms. That's what this article is about. Read it for yourself. | © 2010-2011 edtech digest.:

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Technology Bits Bytes & Nibbles | Another cool Thinglink example! Multiple Intelligences apps

Somebody has just shared with me on Plurk a resource for iPads -- iPad Applications for MultipleIntelligences. Fascinating. Schools now buy iPads and teachers can design activities to tailor them to all 9 intelligences. I am excited about this:
Technology Bits Bytes & Nibbles | Another cool Thinglink example! Multiple Intelligences apps:

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Top10 |

Top10 |  I heard about this site from my tech friends and decided to use it in my Social Studies and Teaching with Technology classes. I am curious to see what teacher candidates from these classes will think about and learn from this experience.

After I explored the site, I found out that first a teacher creates his/her account/register at TweenTribune Classroom, instantly receives a confirmation letter from TweenTribune with a temporary password.
Then s/he adds his/her students' names and TweenTribune generates students' names and passwords. The teacher will have to copy those and give out to his/her students.

The next step will be to assign students stories to read and write comments on them using the usernames and passwords provided by the teacher. Comments will be posted after the teacher approval.

I am planning to use this website when we discuss the methods of teaching history, aspects of working with the authentic materials in Social Studies classrooms.
That's what this site looks like:

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I love my Baba Mila because... by Aliyah Smirnova :: bookr ::pimpampum

it was fun creating a book with Aliyah on bookr, flickr's new toy

We can use this book on Aliyah's 5th Birthday on September 23d.