What’s Your Learning Style? – Interactive Quiz

What’s Your Learning Style? – Interactive Quiz

A lot has been written and passionately discussed on learning styles. From Cynthia Ulrich Tobias’s hugely popular book, The Way They Learn all the way through to dismissing and rethinking the concept all together. While learning styles continue to be a topic of hot debate, there is always value in a little self-reflection, not to mention a bit of Friday fun. Have a…

De-Grading Education: Replacing Grades with Mastery-Based Learning

De-Grading Education: Replacing Grades with Mastery-Based Learning

Author and educational strategist Elizabeth Wissner-Gross has something to say. Something that could ruffle your feathers. Something that could shake your very classroom foundations… She believes it’s time to end grading. In the below TEDx talk, Elizabeth discusses her experience with ‘grading on the curve’ and how she believes not only does this go against everything a…

Versatile and Free Teaching Resources from National Geographic

Versatile and Free Teaching Resources from National Geographic

Overview The National Geographic Society was founded in 1888 “to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge“. Its mission, to inspire, illuminate and teach is a very noble cause, and a cause that few National Geographic Channel viewers would be aware of. Staying true to its founding principles National Geographic has embraced digital extremely well and in turn provides a huge set of versatile…

Google Trends: A Captivating Way to Explore Data with your Students

Google Trends: A Captivating Way to Explore Data with your Students

Overview Did you know that Google receives and processes over 4 million search queries per minute? That is a giant shed load of queries! It is also a giant shed load of data that Google collects and makes openly available to us with Google Trends. An impressively simple gateway to exploring data with your students, Google Trends is an amazing resource that really does not get…

Why Technology Alone Won’t Reform Education

Why Technology Alone Won’t Reform Education

Dr. Madhav Chavan is a social activist, entrepreneur and the CEO of the educational non-profit, Pratham. He was also responsible for starting the Read India campaign, which aims to teach basic reading, writing and arithmetic to underprivileged children across India. With his diverse background and having studied and taught at universities across the United States and India, Dr. Chavan…

How Memory Techniques Can Unleash Children’s Love of Learning

How Memory Techniques Can Unleash Children’s Love of Learning

After reading a copy of the bestselling memory improvement book, The Memory Palace, IBM innovator and creative Kevin Aires became curious as to how these simple techniques could impact his own children’s education. Working with his daughter, Kevin found that not only did these techniques produce some amazing results, they also sparked a long lasting passion for learning. How memory techniques can unleash children’s…

How Students Can Access Thousands of Free Media Files: The Public Domain Project

How Students Can Access Thousands of Free Media Files: The Public Domain Project

Overview It doesn’t take a lot of digging to find free media online, but more often than not, although these assets may be free to view and often download, copyright and licensing rules can put some pretty heavy restrictions on using them. This is where sites like the Public Domain Project can be of huge value, providing…

Coding is the New Literacy – Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens

Coding is the New Literacy – Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens

There is no denying that coding is snowballing in importance across schools all around the world. Whether it’s Scratch, Programming Games or the Hour of Code, an understanding of software and the ability to code is fast becoming an essential skill for all 21st century learners. At a recent TEDx event in Jackson Mississippi, Professor Marina Bers discussed her research into the design and…

Using Google Forms to Reach Out to your School Community

Using Google Forms to Reach Out to your School Community

Overview It’s one of Google’s most versatile offerings and one that educators have found endless applications for. Google Forms can be used for anything from assessment to just-in-time learning.  In this module we want to focus on some of the out-of-classroom uses of Google Forms and look at how you can use it to communicate and learn from…

Amazing Virtual Field Trip Ideas with Google Street Views

Amazing Virtual Field Trip Ideas with Google Street Views

Overview We all know and love Google Maps. But did you know that the Street View Pegman has few more tricks up his sleeve? Google Street Views takes some of the most amazing Street View imagery, as well as user submitted photography, and turns it into a unique platform where students can explore every corner of the Earth in full…

Introduce Students to the Power of Crowdsourcing with Zooniverse

Introduce Students to the Power of Crowdsourcing with Zooniverse

Overview Creating real and authentic opportunities for students to learn goes a long way in inspiring an ongoing passion for education. Zooniverse is a fascinatingly special website that delivers these opportunities through a number of diverse citizen science projects, where students can participate and contribute to real research online. Using the power of crowdsourcing, students can help scientists explore deep space, find life on the…

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