Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Reflection can be a challenging endeavor. It's not something that's fostered in school - typically someone else tells you how you're doing! Principals are often so caught up in the meeting the demands of the day, that they rarely have the luxury to muse on how things went. Self-assessment is clouded by the need to meet competing demands from multiple stakeholders.
In an effort to help schools become more reflective learning environments, Peter Pappas developed this "Taxonomy of Reflection" - modeled on Bloom's approach.
How useful is this model? Please share your thoughts
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The prognosis for iPad's use in the classroom is good, said Sandra Sutton Andrews, research director in the Applied Learning Technologies Institute at Arizona State University. "The concept is perfect for education--a lightweight computer, relatively inexpensive, capable of being used almost anywhere: in your hands, on a table, attached to a wall, built into a tabletop," she said.
Andrews's job involves investigating uses of technology in education--especially emerging technologies. She designs and conducts research, teaches university courses, and works with K-12 teachers to help assess and satisfy technology needs. One of her next anticipated projects is setting up an iPad laboratory for a deeper examination of features and benefits.
"Add to this the fact that creating apps [for iPad] is not difficult, and at that point everything changes in terms of possibilities," she said. "Educators are already finding new uses for the available free or inexpensive commercial apps and are creating new apps that teach, engage, and even collect data. What's more, the educators behind these apps are making their resources available at no cost to other educators."
- Good, some would call it excellent, color reproduction;
- Natural platform for e-textbooks;
- Large, 9.7-inch screen with 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution;
- 3G and WiFi for "always on" Internet access;
- Accessibility (support for closed captioning, voice over screen reader, full-screen zoom magnification, and support for nine languages, for example). (thejournal.com)
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
iPad has finally been launched by Apple this morning in San Francisco. This is a great device using the very successful touch technology. Makes surfing the net, watching and viewing all so easy. iPad also has its own version of iWorks - Pages, Keynote and Numbers to produce your own work.
Now the real fun will be to explore all the different ways we can use it to support learning. It can run all the iphone apps for a start, have some great tools of its own and who know what developers will come up with.