We all love apps, but what is the relationship between app usage and how students learn? I set out searching for the answer to this question and came across this Infographic. It shows why students enjoy their mobile devices and the apps empowering their learning process. There has been a rapid growth in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement and the adoption of mobile devices at all levels in education.
Apps allows to do things that were impossible 10 years ago and open new doors for students to explore their creativity and curiosity. There are many benefits to using all these technological advantages to engage students. We must also remember that, at the end of the day, we as educators must be able to connect with students on a personal level. Regardless of the technology meaningful relationships and the human touch will always trump any device when it comes to promoting student success.
Provided By: OnlineColleges.net
The new academic year just begun, and many of us are already scouring the Internet and its many App Stores in search for the next “It” app we can use in our classrooms. I am in favor of teachers doing this because most educational apps are great sources of information and come loaded with multimedia features that enhance the delivery of your subject.
I always get asked to recommend apps and am hesitant to do it because what might work for one educator might not be the right solution for another. With that in mind, the guys over at AvatarGeneration have developed a pretty awesome infographic to give you a feel for the current state of educational apps on the iTunes walled garden; by their count there are over 121,000 educational apps when you combine both iPhone and iPad apps. This number alone is a justification for pause, and the main reason why I suggest starting out small and taking the time to further research apps for your subject in order to see if it meets your needs.
The one thing we should keep in mind though is not to think of apps as bells and whistles, but resources that could further help with the engagement of our students. If you are thinking about integrating apps into your teaching curriculum start with one or two apps for your subject. This will serve you well during the experimentation process and help you manage the flow of information generated by students using the apps. I would also recommend keeping a list of what worked and what didn’t as this will help you narrow down the search for specific features you might be looking for in future apps. So go ahead have you pick and enjoy the thrill of the hunt for educational apps.
Here is a great infographic about the different learning styles and how all of our students learn in a different way. This in my opinion should be at the center of our teaching style strategies. One of the many things I do before sitting down with faculty (my students) is to figure out which is the best way for me to transmit knowledge to them in a way that fits their learning style. I spend time getting to know the person as an individual in order to figure out what makes them tick. This approach has worked for me many times before, and it could work for you as well.
Infographic courtesy: OnlineCollege.org
This morning while doing my daily brain workout, I came across this story. After reading it I though about how much effort is being put into promoting the Flipped Classroom concept as an alternative teaching method. I was then thinking we should do the same to promote teaching innovation and reward teachers who come up with great ideas.
That brings me to Mr. Josh Hoekstra, a history teacher at Rosemount High, a school in the suburbs of Minneapolis who came up with a great idea. He basically takes the kids love of sports and turn it into History Madness, a bracket style competition that fosters learning history, develops critical thinking skills, and promote collaboration amongst his students. He was featured in a CNN article yesterday, and is now selling a Teach with Tournaments book to teach others his methods.
This post is not technology related, but it is one of my personal pet peeves, as more, and more of our students are having problems with spelling. The writer caught some flak in the comments so he posted an update to the initial post. Just for the record I am not a Grammar Nerd, I am very proud to be all Geek, Check it out! — http://bit.ly/LknV93
Great article about the rise of online education in the K-12 sector and the many challenges faced by online educators across the United States.– http://ow.ly/bIhaY
Reframing Failure for Learning — http://ow.ly/byG5K
How to provide a great, lower-cost education — http://ow.ly/bs4Xj
The end of Liberal Arts Education? — http://bit.ly/XVS3tx via The Journal