Do We Still Need Libraries? | John Palfrey A post that dicusses one of the New York Times Room for Debate series: The future of libraries. The debaters include Luis Herrera, director of the San Francisco Public Library: Susan Crawford, visiting professor at Harvard Law School; Buffy J. Hamilton, a school librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia; and Berkman fellow Matthew Battles. All four of their essays are excellent. And each of them answers the “debate” question in the affirmative: yes, we do still need libraries.
How To Know If You’re Correctly Integrating Technology – Edudemic The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed. The TIM also associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells.
Six Traits for Identifying Complex Texts > Eye On Education The Common Core State Standards for Reading call upon students in grades K-12 to read and comprehend complex literary and information texts independently and proficiently. But before students can learn how to tackle complex texts, teachers must be able to identify texts that meet this challenge. In Big Skills for the Common Core: Literary Strategies for the 6-12 Classroom Amy Benjamin and Michael Hugelmeyer outline six traits that can be used to identify complex texts and the difference between informational texts and literary nonfiction.
Pitfalls of Using Wikipedia for Academic Research ”Wikipedia may be easy and fast, but its not a reliable source for academic research for a multitude of reasonsstarting with the fact that its intended to be used as an encyclopedia, not an academic resource.”
6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning “Critical thinking is a skill that we can teach to our students through exercise and practice. It is particularly a skill that contains a plethora of other skills inside it. Critical thinking in its basic definition refers” to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with evaluating information as well as evaluating our thought in a disciplined way “. All of our students think in a way or another but the question is , do they really think critically ? are they able to evaluate the information they come across ? are they capable of going beyond the surface thinking layer ? Can they make connections between what they learn and the outer world? Can they question the status quo of their knowledge ?”
Free Technology for Teachers: Crash Course – The Great Gatsby The video (part 1) by John Green who has started a new Crash Course series on English Literature. ”These videos won’t replace actually reading and discussing the works with teachers, but they can provide students with some help in understanding the major plot lines of The Great Gatsby.”