PLN Activity: Twitter 2

PLN Activity: Twitter 2

This tweet talks about 3 essential benefits of teaching with technology. This includes “personalized learning “, “happy students” and “more time in a day”. Personalized learning is achieved through the use of Fishtree, an innovative platform to prepare lessons using exciting resources, and tweak it to meet student’s individual standard and needs easily. I am a huge believer of teaching according to one’s ability and needs, and technology has allowed me to step one step forward towards that.

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PLN Activity: Twitter

PLN Activity: Twitter

Below are some cool tweets about Educational Technology and 21st Century learners. Have a look! 🙂

This tweet directs to a blog post that is very well-written and useful for teachers teaching in the 21st Century. I love the idea of “Inquiry-Based Learning” where everything starts with a question. It is a good reminder for teachers that they should focus on students, not merely transmitting the knowledge. Allow students to do projects and learn in the process is essential – as they immersed to problem solving, discovery, collaboration activities during the process which is also authentic to them.

The tweet has information on the tech, app or websites that teachers can try out in their classroom with their students. It makes perfect sense for our digital citizen to use these tools in their learning these days.

This tweet is interesting to read as it tells the thoughts of students using iPad in school. It is also noted that iPad is a valuable technology in classrooms as it provides many educational apps.

and… Here is a post that every of us agree, I believed:

Weekly Challenge #4 – Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

Weekly Challenge #4 – Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

THE DOCUMENTARY:

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/88156606-82dc-4c6e-bdc0-65cf0dc37692/digital-media-new-learners-of-the-21st-century/

In this PBS documentary, many insights into the educational values of technology in classrooms and programs are presented, which could transform completely from what classrooms used to look like. As a 21st Century educator, one should be aware that the most important thing for kids growing up today is the love of embracing change. Teachers are here not to teach information, but how to trust the information you found, because if you can feel confident doing that, the world is yours.

A new concept as documented at Quest to Learn was that “we don’t sit in front of textbooks, we learn through gaming”. I love how the school was innovating education, by having the basic classes of a school but use a different naming system to make kids feel the reasons behind their learning. Another thing that is discussed is the power and importance of play or game design. It points out that teaching game design in schools teaches you to attack a complex problem into smaller pieces, and it also makes you think on many different levels at once, in which I strong agree.

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PLN Activity: The World Needs All Kinds Of Minds TED Talk

PLN Activity: The World Needs All Kinds Of Minds TED Talk

Temple Grandin’s argument on “The world needs all kinds of minds” is indeed an inspiring and exciting claim. She argues that we all think differently, referred as “different ways of thinking”. Some people do not think well with language, but good at thinking in term of pictures, as one. I like the use of the metaphor: “Animals refuse to move towards a waving flag and most people fail to see the problem caused by the flag” to illustrate that the Autistic mind is a mind that gives extreme attention to details, while a “normal” mind is one that gets the general picture, ignoring the details.

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PLN Activity: Teachers Need Real Feedback TED Talk

PLN Activity: Teachers Need Real Feedback TED Talk

Feedback is an interesting thing: we all want it, but we don’t want to give it. How many times you have been asked to ‘give me some feedback, students?’ by the teacher at school? Well, I have a rich experience of that. Most of the time was because of a complete silence that we as students, were not paying any attention to the teacher’s instructions. Yes, without feedback, a teacher would have a hard time – not just to move on from the lesson, but most importantly, to improve the teaching quality of the class.

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Recalling my experience, my secondary/high school never implemented any measures that allow students to give feedback to the teachers’ teaching. It was not until University that we are given surveys to ‘rate’ the performance of the instructor and also the design of the course content. To me, it was extremely a good tool because I personally take it quite seriously. However, sad story short, a lot of the students hate filling out evaluation forms. All they want to do was to fill out them as quickly as they could and leave the class. Although it was a way of getting feedback, it is clear that we were not doing enough. Read more