Is the test dead? Or, are computer facilitated assessments still useful? Moodle’s quiz/test engine is one of the most dynamic and powerful platforms available to educators. Created through a collaborative, open-source, worldwide effort, educators can administer multiple choice tests, fill in the blank, drag & drop, short answer, etc and have the computer grade all … Continue reading Is the test dead? Moodle & Domains of Knowledge
The textbook is a peculiar knowledge artifact according to Dr. Cope at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: For efficiency's sake, it summarizes the world; it is synoptic. There is no need for learners to discern what is more or less relevant knowledge, because this has been decided for them. One author or group of … Continue reading Can blogs kill textbooks?
How can we have students meaningfully engage with content that is being created in real-time? How can we create spaces where students feel comfortable asking peers probing questions on critical issues? One solution: Carefully structured online spaces that provide live peer commentary and anonymous discussion. Verso is just one of many tools such as Todays Meet, Google Classroom, Moodle … Continue reading Students’ Anonymous Debate: Trump vs Clinton
Tools that improve upon the traditional lecture are abundant in today's edtech landscape. These tools can be categorized as follows: (1) Improving real time lectures (2) Flipping the class to allow lectures to be seen anywhere at anytime. Both types of types of tools make lectures more responsive and could be important starting points on … Continue reading Improving the Lecture?
As we try to predict what learning and schools will look like in the future, we must consider how we can better prepare teachers for facilitating this type of education. Although there are many important purposes of schooling, two of the most important are preparing citizens who can contribute to society and developing workers who … Continue reading The Future of Teaching
First, let me start with the most promising aspects of Microsoft’s vision for technology's role in improving how people live and learn in the future. Technology will allow people to: easily and more immersively connect with experts around the world. pursue more meaningful projects for authentic audiences spend more time with the people around … Continue reading Microsoft’s Classroom Utopia
Too often, especially technology enthusiasts like me, are excited to try the latest new feature our favorite website or app offers. Whether it is interactive multi-player review games on Quizlet & Kahoot or "advanced differentiated" digital reading programs, we're always looking for ways to engage our students and improve their learning. Technology can play a powerful … Continue reading Form should fit Function