Friday, August 22, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Learning to Change, Changing to Learn

This video discusses the notion that schools should no longer be "industrial-type" settings where we produce students who are able to complete those routine tasks required of a factory worker. The 21st century is in need of students who are able to infuse complex tasks with creative solutions.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kids' Vid

Kid's Vid is an online resource that gives teachers and students the tools necessary to implement video production in the classroom. Their mission is to offer teachers and students assistance in enhancing learning through the power of digital media. This website has some useful tools that you will want to check out.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Technology In The Classroom - Listen To Your Students!

Have you ever asked your students how they like to learn?

Many times we are so overwhelmed with mandates and quotas that we forget to listen to our clients, our students.

This video titled, Wisdom of the Young, has real students discussing their preferred method of learning. This video is housed on You Tube, so you may not be able to view it if you are on certain school campuses. Please take some time to view the 55 second clip. Although it is short, it sends a powerful message.

If you are interested in using videos to enhance learning, here is a list of the 100 best YouTube videos for teachers. There are some videos that are appropriate for student viewing, and some that are catered for teachers. The section on technology can help you learn to use technology both in the classroom and on your own time more effectively.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Building Academic Vocabulary

Teaching specific academic related vocabulary can increase comprehension by 35%, according to Robert Marzano. This school year, Arizona House Bill 2064 indicates that all SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) classrooms must dedicate an hour of instruction to vocabulary development each day. Robert Marzano and Debra Pikering's book, Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual, is a good resource for how to implement vocabulary instruction. There are also some great online resources that can aid in your planning of this instructional segment. One in particular that I like is Building Academic Vocabulary.


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