Thursday, July 30, 2015

This article has great resources for teachers to use in their classrooms- along with great ideas for using them. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Strategies for using, sharing Open Educational Resources


Open Educational Resources include public-domain and open-licensed textbooks, lesson plans and other media. Educators can access such materials, modify them and then share the resources with others. This article offers suggestions on where to find OER materials and best practices on using and sharing them. Edudemic (7/27)Bookmark and Share

Monday, July 27, 2015

This Hechinger report takes a close look at the best application of blended learning - with some cauions. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.


Expert shares pros, cons of blended learning

                                                                                                                    
There is an increasing need for better "curation" of education technology as
educators adopt blended learning programs, according to Shawn Rubin, director of blended learning for the nonprofit Highlander Institute. In this Q&A, Rubin explains the benefits of blended learning, but reminds educators that technology is just a tool -- not a substitute for great teaching. The Hechinger Report (7/9)Bookmark and Share

Friday, July 17, 2015

Here is a great resource on interactive books and how they are impacting reading. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.


How interactive books are transforming reading

Interactive books
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Multimedia online novels, e-books, touchable TV and transmedia are some of the terms used to describe an emerging trend of interactive, clickable books. The medium increased student engagement in a New Jersey elementary school, where the librarian describes the reading experiences as representing "the world the kids are growing up in." The Hechinger Report (7/15)Bookmark and Share