I’ve started experimenting with this mind mapping tool which is now available through Google as an app. This is a very simple tool which can be easily used and manipulated to gather your ideas with students. Once you get the language of the tools you can follow keyboard shortcuts to add new nodes to your maps.
You can also use MindMup from the URL http://www.minmup.com I’ve connected mine to my google account so that I can then save directly to my Google Drive, otherwise it’s saved to the cloud and you need to keep track of your URL location.
Once you have finished creating your mind map you can then export to various formats (including as an image or table).
What I like most about this tool is the simplicity. I will be teaching my students how to use this tool and incorporating it into some pre assessment and post assessment work.
It’s simple really, expectations and research based teaching practices. This infographic demonstrates:
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The world of technology in education moves at an extraordinary pace. I came across this slideshare presentation today and have found so many new an interesting ideas. It’s long but worth the browse.
What do you think? Have you found something new?
I love Twitter! It is one of the most amazing source of information for 21st Century educators. Twitter is a social media tool where users can send short messages (up to 140 characters) into the Twittersphere for others to read. Tweets are usually hashtagged (eg. #education #ICT ) to allow people to search for topics. You can follow people and see their tweets and they can follow you. I follow many different people and hashtags. Edudemic, Cybrary Man and OzTweechersPLN provide a quick guide to educational hashtags for teachers. While the Index to Educational Twitter Hashtags is another great place to start out.
TWEETING IN SCHOOLS
There are many reasons why we should tweet within schools but there are also concerns that are raised by some who believe that social media is not suitable for children. In my opinion social media can be successful in schools as long as it is used properly, like all teaching strategies used in schools. I’m sure we have all seen teaching strategies and methods that make us cringe because they are not being used properly of safely. Social media is the same. Use it within the guidelines set out by your school and it can be a phenomenal tool.
The following are some articles which highlight some of the positive and negative reasons for the use of social media in the classroom:
Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom
Social Media in the K-12 Classroom
Twitter in My Classroom
Social Media Belongs in the Classroom
WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER??
Like all social media you can choose your privacy settings… You can protect your tweets so that only your followers can see what you have written, this may be one way of protecting classroom privacy. If you are tweeting as a classroom then all tweets should be approved by the teacher before adding to Twitter. Or use a safer option like Twiducate this site has greater security options available and is specifically for schools and classrooms.
Educational Origami is a wiki I found on Scoop.it. The main focus of the wiki is all things Bloom’s and learning in the 21st Century. The philosophy behind the site is to share the best educational practice for the 21st century. It is full of very useful and well researched content. For me this site shares an amazing amount of knowledge and strategies for the 21st Century Teacher.
It’s important to remember that educational pedagogies in the 21st Century are continually changing and updating. The diagram below taken from Educational Origami highlights and summarises the pedogogical appraoch of 21st century teachers.
21st Century Pedagogies
The changing context and nature of education this century has forced teachers to become more creative and critical of the strategies they use in the classroom. ICT is an essential part of education today and as such has become a focus of professional development. Educational Origami is taking this idea and running with it. The thinking behind Traditional vs Digital Practice is an excellent summary of what has changed in the last 20 years. I certainly suggest spending some time in this section of the wiki to give you a huge repository of strategies and ICT tools for use in the classroom.
I’m still exploring this site as it is extensive! It will certainly give me something to think about during this summer break and also give me a huge amount of new information.
The huge world of 21st Century Pedagogy… Where are you at?