Coding is the buzzword in education right now. It seems that every school, teacher and student that wants to be seen as getting our children ready for the future are coding.
Many educators are still unsure of this. One reason for this hesitation is that many teachers themselves don't know how to code. I genuinely believe that coding will be the next universal language. Students don't have to become programmers when they grow up, but if they understand how it works, it will allow them to seek and take on different opportunities when they appear later on in life.
Snapchat is one of the fastest growing platforms of social media in the world for people between the ages of 13 and 25. Almost all of your students are on this form of social media, so should you be too?
Snapchat has a bit of a bad reputation as the sexting app. Rightly or wrongly, this stigma has stuck. However this is not the case at all with this formal social media. You need to see it for what it is and it is a communication tool that allows the user to make short videos and send photos which are temporary.
If you are looking at bringing social media into your classroom to engage your students, then Snapchat needs to be considered if only for the sheer volume of young people using it.
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) are one of the most simple but yet most versatile learning tools you can use in your classroom!
With most education departments having access to GAFE, staff and students have access to the range of tools and cloud storage which will make it a lot easier to collaborate in real time.
These tools go beyond your basic Word documents and PowerPoint presentation, You are only limited by your imagination in how you implement these tools in the classroom.
The most trending topic in education right now is Coding. It is seen, rightly or wrongly, as the next universal language that students will need to know if they are to be successful in the future.
Coding develops fundamental skills in students such as creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking. These are some of the key elements that our students require to be 21st-century learners.
You do not need to understand coding in order to teach it. Below are some great Coding Apps that can be use on iPads to teach coding in the classroom. These are not the only apps you can use. If you have any other favourites, please share your suggestions in the comment box below.
The scope and range of technology which is now available to use in the classroom is unbelievable. As we move forward in time, the range and options that educators will have will continue to grow exponentially. Some educational settings have chosen purely an iPad path, others have decided to go down the laptop route while some have combination of different devices for different purposes and uses.
The study below shows interesting results in preferred devices in the classroom, but what is intriguing is the list of "hated" technology from and educators perspective.
It is not about what technology is best to use in the classroom, but rather about how you use technology in the classroom. Technology is only a tool, a vehicle for students to create and learn. Teachers and educators need to focus on what is effective and efficient in integrating technology into their classroom.
Studies reveal that the majority of the worlds population own personal device. This includes mobile phones, iPads, tablets and other hand-held pieces of technology. Students are starting to own their own pieces of technology from a younger age these days.
There is a fear or misconception that if young people spend too much time on their personal devices, their learning capacity is reduced and they become self indulgent in reading things that only interest them. It may seem that way, but actually with the ease of access to information in society these days, young people are only reading and viewing media out of curiosity because they have the capacity and capability to do a quick search and inform themselves immediately.
If we allows students to bring their personal devices into the classroom, then we can also bring their curiosity and make learning a normal part of their daily process.
Hands up if your school is heading down the path of 21st Century Learning but you have no idea how to do this in your classroom.
You see pictures online of all these classrooms with fancy Google like furniture and you think, hey this looks pretty cool but how could this work in my classroom with the students in my class? On top of that, you think to yourself, is this just another phase that will die out with time?
Most schools these days are heading down the path of creating 21st-century learning environments throughout the whole school. What constitutes and determines that you have a 21st-century classroom environment? Do you need to have all of the elements in order to be considered a 21st-century classroom environment, or can you only have a few things ticked off on that list? Look closely at the list below and see how many of these things that you actually do in your classroom and determine for yourself whether you have a 21st-century learning environment or are you just a pretender?
Data is the big buzzword in education right now. We are instructed to collect “data” in so many different ways and are meant to use it to better engage students and differentiate their learning. But how do you collect data? There are so many ways in which to do this, ranging from official Department channels (every educational department has its own methods), observing student learning, and assessing both with paper and in digital formats. There is no one correct way to collect data, instead you must find what works best for you and your students. Check out this list of highly engaging assessment tools that you may wish to use in your classroom.