- Shakespeare’s antisemitic lines must be censored at times, says Rylance | Stage | The Guardian language Interesting piece from The Guardian. “The actor Mark Rylance has said he has to cut out parts of Shakespeare’s plays because they are antisemitic. The former artistic director of the Globe Theatre in London, who is starring in the BBC’s Wolf Hall, said: “I don’t think there’s pressure [to remove] the bawdy jokes. He’s bawdier a lot more times than people realise. “The pressures I feel are more for times where he will say something very antisemitic,” he said.”
- Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. – The Washington Post An interesting discussion about the print phenomenon. Different sources from textbook publishers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say that young people still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning. This is a bias that surprises reading experts when the same group spend so much of the rest of their time on-line. “A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.”
- Teaching Students to Determine Credibility of Online Sources (Free Student Handout!) | Secondary Solutions Ideas for a lesson, complete with handout, about teaching students about critically assessing the credibility of sources they find. It is aimed at secondary school students.
- The Gamification Guide for Teachers – eLearning Industry The Gamification Guide for Teachers. This site offers gamification guides for teachers to use. It includes a variety of instructional strategies that can be implemented through games in order to develop students learning and build their skills with some specific content in mind.
- 20 Top Pinterest Tips | Edutopia There are so many great things you can do with Pinterest. Vicki Davis explains 20 different ways to pinterest with students.
- Geocaching : How To Use Technology To Get Into Nature @coolcatteacher Vicki Davis discuses how Geocachin,g a new hobby that combines technology and nature, can be used for educational purposes.
- 10 Takeaways From Teens on Digital Media | Edutopia “The idea for the post came from a panel of teens who spoke honestly and candidly about their digital lives. At the conclusion of the panel, one teen commented that she was amazed to see people taking notes, that they’d listened to what she had to say, and that they’d even tweeted her comments. It was empowering for these teens to be heard and validated, and more amazing still, that they were being held up as experts on how youth are using digital media, even though, as this teen explained, “It’s just what kids do.””
- ‘Is Ofsted’s war on textbooks over?’ – Telegraph
- Fair use and transformativeness: It may shake your world — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch Joyce Valenza discusses Fair use and copyright and how a good understanding of the Fair Use guidelines allows everyone to use the best most appropriate material without sanctions. She also goes into some detail about transformative use and what that entails.
- Using Film to Teach Analysis Skills | Edutopia Interesting post that puts forward the idea of using film to make literary criticism stronger.
- Glean — Find the best videos in education for you This could be a very useful site if you are looking for online video lessons . – esp for flipped classrooms. Use it to search for video lessons in education, esp maths and science.
- Code Fred: Survival Mode is a free online game developed by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. The game helps players learn about the human body’s responses to trauma. The object of the game is to help “Fred” escape from the woods while he is chased by a wolf. To keep Fred running players have to pump blood, increase the flow of oxygen, and send adrenaline through Fred’s body. If a player doesn’t respond to the needs of Fred’s body fast enough, he will get caught by the wolf that is chasing him.
- StudyJams Human Body Study Jams are from Scholastic. There are six human body Study Jams; skeletal system, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, muscular system, and circulatory system. Study Jams are slideshows and animations that provide a short overview of various topics in maths and science. Some of the other sections in science include Plants, Animals, Ecosystem, Landforms, rocks and minerals, Weather and climate, Solar System, Matter, Force and motion, Energy, light and sound and Scientific enquiry. They offer photographs and some text with background music. There is a short test that viewers can take after watching the slides. These are like study cards. They may be a good starting point or could be used as a revision guide.
- Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free Apps and Sites for Learning About How the Human Body Works “Some apps, suggested by Richard Byrne, that might be appropriate for middle school anatomy and physiology lessons.”
- Marginalizing the marginalized with filtering – Home – Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog “By blocking social networking tools in our schools, to whom are we really denying access? All kids or only those who cannot afford home Internet access? Are we marginalizing the already marginalized in our society by preventing them from the only opportunity (in school) they may have to participate in a participatory culture by filtering?
- Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Audio Podcasting with iOS and YouTube
- Tales from a Loud Librarian: Creating Tools for Specific Assignments One teacher librarians account about how she supported a classroom assignment (on stem cells) using Livebinders.
- Word Map Very simple tool. Just type in a word and it will translate and pronounce the word in languages from all over the world.
- A look back at a record breaking year in digital reading (Infographic) | OverDrive Blogs An infographic from OverDrive that gives a visual representation of the amount of titles borrowed and what some of the most popular titles were that people checked out.
- 9 Learning Tools Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Use The 21st century teacher is in the critical spot–of mastering constantly evolving technology and digital learning tools–the same tools their students use every day. In this post 9 such tools are discussed. The list is not meant to be exhaustive or even authoritative and is subjective. As this is the 21st century, things will change but, here and now, the authors suggest that this is a fairly accurate litmus test of what the kinds of tools the average 21st century teacher can be expected to use and master.”
- Awesome Visual Featuring The 6 Types of Technology Integrators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning The Pencil Metaphor outlines 6 types of how people respond to technology. Similar to Rogers Theory of Diffusion of Innovation where people are out into into 5 categories based on their propensity to adopt a specific innovation. These are: Innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards.
- A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom “This post offers a framework that could support a teacher in a blended classroom in promoting student motivation. Largely through self-direction, and the idea of iteration.”
- An Easy and Quick Way to Grade Quizzes on Google Drive Using Super Quiz Tool ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning “Super Quiz is an excellent Google Sheets add-on that allows teachers to add some amazing functionalities to the quizzes they create through Google Forms. One example: when you create a quiz, you only need to complete it once with an answer key and all future submissions will be automatically graded according to the answers you provided. Another important feature of Super Quiz is that it enables you to get a break down of class understanding and a list of incorrect students’ answers for each question in case you want to stage an intervention.”
- A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning “An infogragphic to help explain the differences between formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment as assessment for learning and summative assessment as assessment of learning”Posted fromDiigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
This visual encyclopedia is created by the publisher Dorling Kindersley (DK).
We have bought and used many DK publications in our school library over the years. They have always been well produced, easy to use and a great place for younger students to find information about a new topic. When I learned about FindOut! I was interested to see what they were doing. It is new and in a Beta version at the moment, so somewhat limited but they have plans to grow.
It could be useful for younger students, students for whom English is a second language and special education students.
The site is very visual and easy to use and has clear categories as you can see below.
It also offers other sections:
- What’s New?
- Fun Facts
- Another section called My Space will also be added soon
Teachers may create an account and access a lesson planner. The DK Online World Desk Reference may also be of interest. You need to create an account to use it but it only takes seconds to do so.
The site claims to “explore topics in physical and human geography for every country in the world, and practices critical-thinking skills”