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Students brains are being digitally rewired…

What should educators do about it? Or rather, how should educators adapt to the current (and future) generations?

See what Phillip Zimbardo, a psychologist and professor at Stanford University, has to say about how each generation/culture’s perspective on time impacts its thinking about the role and purpose of education…

For a nice summary of the video, make sure to stop by David Bill’s blog–Thoughts on the Converging Worlds of Education and Technology.

Anna

P.S. If you are pressed for “time,” start at minute 6 of the video above!

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Shmoop: CliffsNotes with panache!

I’ve blogged a bit about Shmoop in the past (see: Essential Web Tools for Teachers and Students and Shmoop will make you a better lover…). Check out why the Shmoop study guides and new Economics section are so great in the screencast below! The tool I used to make the screencast was Screenr–a fabulous, new and EASY tool that lets you record your screen and post videos to Twitter, Facebook, your classroom blog and more in a snap!

Anna (@bon_education)

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Students speak out: What does it mean to be a 21st Century Learner?

Recently, while reading Bill Boyd – the Literacy Adviser, I came across the video below in which students from Ringwood School discuss what it means to be a 21st Century Learner.  What they say is actually very much in sync with the vision I hear adults at edtech conferences (such as ISTE) discuss all of the time. Now, the trick is how do we get large systems of schools to move swiftly in this direction! If you know of a school (or district) that embodies the vision painted below or that uses technology in creative and innovative ways, I welcome you to post a link to its website in the comments section of this blog so that other LIP readers can learn and discuss.

To learning in the 21st Century and beyond!

Anna

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What Pac-Man can teach educators about learning…

How do I get someone to learn something that is long and difficult and takes a lot of commitment, but get them to learn it well? -Dr. James Gee

Good question! Take a look at the Prezi below for inspiration – a beautiful narrative in both content and form by Maria Andersen! To make your own Prezi, visit Prezi.com!

Another great weekend of digital exploring!

Anna (@bon_education)

Easy Screencast Tools: Jing and Vodpod

more about “Curriki Summer of Content 2010“, posted with vodpod
This afternoon I spent some time playing with the free versions of Jing (a screencast tool) and Vodpod (a great website for aggregating your favorite online videos and for converting them into formats that can be embedded in your own blog). As a way to test how both services work together, I put together the above video on the Curriki Summer of Content.
If you’re looking for a tool that allows you to easily create and share screencasts via URL, Twitter, Facebook, your classroom blog and more, make sure to visit Jing’s homepage to watch their quick video tutorial. Since I do a number of technology workshops, I plan to use Jing as a tool for creating video tutorials that I can email students in advance that way I can focus on more advanced and interesting topics during face-to-face sessions.
As of today, Jing videos are not directly exportable to WordPress.com blogs. So, if you use the tool with WordPress, make sure to use Vodpod to publish your screencasts easily to your blog!
Happy screencasting! And, don’t forget to apply to the Curriki Summer of Content.
Anna

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A Time to Reflect: Teaching with Technology in the UAE

Last fall the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research approached me about working with them on the creation of a 21st Century Teaching Scholarship program for teachers, as well as the build out of an online portal for Ras al Khaimah educators to exchange ideas, lessons and best practices in English and Arabic. I welcome you to listen to my podcast reflection above to learn about the program, the amazing work and collaborations of educators in Ras al Khiamah and my post program reflections.

I would like to thank the Foundation for providing me the opportunity to create and teach a program for such passionate educators.

To global collaboration and education!

Anna

Founder, Bon Education

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What makes learners tick? The science of motivation…

When it comes to your classroom, is autonomy, mastery and purpose the rule of the learning game?! Take a look at the video below to see what really drives people…

Thanks to Brian Kuhn for commenting on my post “If 12-year-olds ruled the world, what would school be like?” which led me to his blog post “This is your brain on technology,” which led me to the Wired magazine article, “The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains,” which led me to another Wired article, “Cognitive Surplus: The Great Spare Time Revolution,” which introduced me to Daniel Pink and his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which inspired me to check Audible (shipping of books to Dubai is expensive!) to download it in audio format so that I could listen to the book on my run, which led me to lots of thinking about my own motivation and that of my team, which led me to notice my friend Sid‘s Facebook post about the video above!

Another day, another digital journey…

Anna

@bon_education

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