Teaching and Learning with Technology

Archive for January 2012

A few 21st Century Technology Tools

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The following link opens a blog containing a list of tools of the 21st Century you can explore: 21st Century Technology Tools.

Explore a few of the tools, return to my blog, and write a post on whether you currently use or plan to use any of those tools. If you currently use a tool, share your assessment about how it enhances the process of teaching and learning.

If you plan to use a tool in the future, share how you envision using it in your classroom.

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January 25, 2012 at 4:14 am

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Editing Movies with Windows Movie Maker

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You can create quick movies using Windows Movie Maker. if you have a digital camera, you can tape short video clips and upload the to Window Movie Maker. You could also upload pictures and crate a slide show with transtions and video effects. ou could also add audio if you would like to incorporate a narration of each slide and create a story.

See the following tutorial demonstrating the steps on how to create and edit a movie.

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January 25, 2012 at 3:54 am

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The Flipped Classroom Approach

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A few faculty and I are testing if the flipped classroom approach canenhance learning. Instructors teach one class section using the traditional approach and the other section using the flipped classroom approach. One of the instructors tested those classes last Fall and she found significantly higher levels of student engagement.

See the video for an overview of the flipped class approach.

See also the video on the four stages of the flippled classroom.

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January 25, 2012 at 3:47 am

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Initial Thoughts about how the Read/Write Web is affecting Teaching and Learning

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I am fascinated to see the ways Web tools are rapidly evolving, allowing to create learning activities that facilitate active learning, collaboration, and critical and creative thinking. Before the Web 2.0, there was the Web 1.0, which allowed for a more passive approach to teaching and learning. Teachers and students were passive consumers of information, and if they wanted to change something, they had to contact the Website administrator and wait for changes to occur.

Web 2.0 tools allow for a more creative and active approach. Teachers and students can not only acquire information, but also create and share it. This type of tools can be accessed anytime and from anywhere, allowing for more flexibility and mobility.

I think that the Read/Write Web will continue to make a great impact in the way I teach and relate to my students and colleagues.  I also believe that when the Web 3.0 becomes more accessible will affect the way we teach and learn even more. Designing virtual learning environments that simulate real life situations and allow students to be play active and different roles in those situations will be more possible with Web 3.0 tools.

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January 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

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