Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How to get feedback without the i-clicker

Poll everywhere is an easy to use web-based application for polling an audience. You type a question, open the poll, and begin receiving responses. This application could be used in large classrooms similar to i-clicker . Students would either need their cell phone to send a text message or their laptop to submit a vote. The following video provides a demonstration of its use. You can also visit their website (Poll Everywhere) for more information.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Will Richardson talks about learning

Will Richardson wrote the book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom (Amazon Link). Here he talks about the importance of these tools to learning.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

EDUCAUSE Top Teaching and Learning Challenges with Technology

EDUCAUSE just released their top five challenges in teaching and learning with technology. The identified the following:

1. Creating learning environments that promote active learning, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and knowledge creation.
2. Developing 21st century literacies (information, digital, and visual) among students and faculty.
3. Reaching and engaging today's learner.
4. Encouraging faculty adoption and innovation in teaching and learning with IT.
5. Advancing innovation in teaching and learning with technology in an era of budget cuts.

Full article: The EDUCAUSE Top Teaching and Learning Challenges 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

History Engine

The History Engine is an educational tool that gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work—researching, writing, and publishing—of a historian.
This tool won the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration.

Science Commons

Making the Web Work for Science.
"Science Commons designs strategies and tools for faster, more efficient web-enabled scientific research. We identify unnecessary barriers to research, craft policy guidelines and legal agreements to lower those barriers, and develop technology to make research, data and materials easier to find and use."

Friday, February 6, 2009

Bill Gates talks at TED

Bill Gates talks about how he is attempting to change the world. He talks extensively about education and his ideas on how to improve teachers.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Master Teacher Presentation - 2009

It was an honor to be invited to present for the 2009 College of Business Master Teacher Initiative. I gave a presentation about connected learning and the importance of building one's Edgility. I have included the SlideShare presentation (see below) and a link to the MediaSite recording. Feedback is always encouraged.

View more presentations from JimFolk. (tags: connecting learning)

MediaSite Recording