Posted on June 22, 2015 by Rhondda
It is the end of Semester 1 and our 2 week holiday period is almost here. Many of the boys have been asked to read over the holidays and classes have come to the library for them to find something.
We have e-books as well as hardcopy books. Many of our boys like the later and subject matter and the cover play a part in their choice but for some it is the size of the book (number of pages) that is the deciding factor. We often explain to these boys that if the book does not interest them then the book will be too long whatever the length. It is with these thoughts in mind that I came across the following infographic.
It is an interesting take on recommending reading material and is based on the “average” person’s reading speed (300 words per minute) and the number of words in the novel. Of course reading difficulty would also come into play so it offers only a rough guide to the times suggested but I thought it might make an interesting talking point if i showed it in the library.
Please include attribution to PersonalCreations.com with this graphic.
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Rhondda
The following infographic is worth a look and it is only a snapshot it could lead on to more discussions about what the data actually means to particular situations.
The Menco company has developed in China and seems to be interested in many aspects of education. The people involved who are listed have interesting educational histories. Their rationale:
We asked over 100 European and North American teachers to rate their interest in today’s Educational Technology trends. With the coming launch of menco.io, you’ll be able to explore these trends and more, and discuss how they will shape the culture of learning around the globe.
So what results did they get from these teachers? Of course interest doesn’t give any specifics nor detail about what they are doing. Does interest lead to action? And I would say it is today’s education, not the education of tomorrow.
What information is the infographic giving us?
- Web-based Tools For Education – 90.9% of teachers are very interested or interested and another 8.1% are somewhat interested this. Only 1% are not interested or only might be interested.
- Online Educational Resources – 94.1% teachers are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, only 1% not interested or might be interested
- Digital Literacy – 95% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 4% might be interested, 1% not interested. This is the field I am the most interested in and one that many of those working in school libraries have been most involved in.
- Personal Learning Networks – 96% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 3% might be interested, 1% not interested. This would be an area that i would like some further discussion about. Are the teachers building their PLNs and/or are they educating their students about how to best utilize these opportunities for educational purposes.
- Blended Learning – 96.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2.1% might be interested, 1% not interested.
- Social Media In Education – 96% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2% might be interested, 2% not interested. An area that seems to be in constant change with many new things being developed all the time.
- E-Moderation – 91.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 1% might be interested and 6.9% not interested. I need to better understand this area and have only read a few pieces about it.
- Mobile Learning – 91% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2% might be interested, 7% not interested. further discussion about what individuals and their schools are doing about m-learning opportunities and if they are going down the BYOD pathway would be an interesting follow-up.
- Digital Games In Education – 85.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 9.9% might be interested and 4% not interested.
- Interactive Whiteboards – Although overall 81.3% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested there does seem to be a move away from this form of technology as 27.7 only might be interested, 12.9% might be interested and 15.8% not interested.
I am often looking at research or data collected about technology uses in schools or educational fields. Most of the things I find are from the US or to a lesser extent UK or Europe. China has increasing the links between our two countries. Why are Australian teachers not being surveyed? Who in Australia is trying to gather this type of information? If someone is collecting data, why are we not seeing it shared?
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Posted on November 12, 2013 by Rhondda
Posted on September 10, 2013 by Rhondda
snopes.com: Urban Legends Reference Pages Snopes is a good reference tool for any kind of urban legend or hoax. Search by keyword in the search field or browse the archives, arranged in categories like “Crime,” “Embarrass” and “Quotes.”
Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] #edtech #edutech This offers a visual overview of Blended Learning. It is a good resource to assist in developing a sound understanding this phenomenon. Covers: what blended learning is, why it’s spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms.
Free Technology for Teachers: Three Mobile Blogging Activities for Students Another great post from Richard Byrne that offers ideas and links for teachers who want to create interesting and dynamic experiences for their students.
Different forms of Blended Learning in Classroom – EdTechReview™ (ETR) Post including infographic trying to explain blended learning: What is blended learning, what are its different forms, why i it spreading, and how does it work in real and virtual classrooms.
Bloom’s Taxonomy Apps- A Great Resource Section for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning A post that offers variety of iOS apps that correlate with the different levels of Bloom’s thinking levels. This is a very useful resource from the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning site.
Ultimate Guide to Google Hangouts – Martin Shervington “Getting yourself set up on a desktop or a laptop. Download the app for your system and ‘Hangouts’ that you have ‘open’ will now be on your desktop instead of appearing within the browser. iOS – http://goo.gl/h3glR Android – http://goo.gl/g61QW Chrome App – http://goo.gl/cr3XE You can also move them around the screen as well. Handy. (Thanks Laura Manach for the links) Tip: use a Chrome extension for more flexibility”
ACTFL 21St Century Skills Meet Technology Infographic In well designed infographic that lists some of the possible applications that could help foster skill development in today’s language learners specifically but could also apply to other areas.
Media History Digital Library – Online Access to the Histories of Cinema, Broadcasting & Sound The Library is a massive archive of documents about the history film, television, and radio. The library can now be searched and the documents viewed online through MHDL’s new site called the Lantern. On Lantern you will find reviews and critiques of movies, books and playbills, many periodicals about the movie, television, and radio industries. Your search can be refined according to date, language, and publication type. You can also browse through collections curated by MHDL.
How Do Rubrics Help? | Edutopia Whether you are new to rubrics of have been using them for some time this short article will be useful in creating rubrics and using them effectively.
Educational Leadership:Informative Assessment:The Best Value in Formative Assessment This short article offers educators a valuable introduction to formative assessment, which the authors also call assessment for learning. It offers insights into the value for students and the importance of feedback.
What Are Formative Assessments and Why Should We Use Them? | Scholastic.com Judith Dodge explains formative assessment and offers 25 quick formative assessments for educators use. “Formative assessments are ongoing assessments, observations, summaries, and reviews that inform teacher instruction and provide students feedback on a daily basis. The time they take from a lesson is well worth the information you gather and the retention students gain.” Continue reading
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Posted on July 30, 2013 by Rhondda
Top Five Literacy Infographics | USC Rossier Online A post that honors National Library Week. USC Rossier decided to highlight five interesting infographics that also promote literacy. Although the examples have their information from US sources they are interesting and offer visual summaries of library and reading statisitics.
49 Breathtaking Libraries From All Over The World Amazing library spaces from around the world. Some governmental, some public, some academic, some religious.
Cyberbullying A very comprehensive infographic looking at many aspects of cyberbullying. Understanding what it is, how to teach it, what parents can do, what students need to do. Offers links to other resources.
9 Wrong And 8 Right Ways Students Should Use Technology | Edudemic ” Technology is a tool. It’s not a learning outcome. Too often do we get distracted by all the activities and action we can perform with an iPad or some other device. We can post to Edmodo! Make a Prezi! Post to Facebook! All exciting things, to be sure. But these are not actually learning outcomes. You could have a 1:1 iPad classroom where your students create a bazillion (it’s a word, I swear) presentations all about how much they’re learning. “
Colorful Connections: The Maze Runner Series | The Hub A look at books in the Maze Runner series, including The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure. Some of the main categories of the stories were chosen along with a discussion about how the theme was expressed differently or similarly in each book. Finally each section was colour-coded. Also recreated as a Venn diagram.
Tearing Down the Schoolhouse Walls | EdSurge News
A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning “A good infographic here that clearly and simply explains Creative Commons and how it works, It visually captures the main concepts of CC for better student understanding.” Continue reading
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Posted on July 18, 2013 by Rhondda
I came across this via my pinterest account. I loved the humourous way it defined readers.
It is great fun, as well as being quite a detailed infographic. The creator has described and classified different reader species. They range from readers who preserve books so carefully they seem almost untouched or the compulsive book buyers to those who really hate reading. As you go through you will probably see yourself, your family and your friends. I found that I fitted a few different species types but is all the more fun.
I am thinks that maybe I could do something with our students with a digital survey of wuestions that help pinpoint their own species here.
Please include attribution to Laura E. Kelly with this graphic. (Click to view at original large size.)
Visit Laura-e-Kelly.com for more about books, reading, and authors.
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