The difficulty is that eLearning encompass a wide variety of lessons, activities and teaching styles. There is not a single right or wrong way to integrate technology into your teaching. However, there are some models that teachers have developed and proved to be effective. One of them is the Station Rotation model.
Using Technology In The Classroom
"Can we listen to music, please?" Teachers are getting confronted with this question more and more, but what is the correct answer? Let's examine the arguments for and against allowing earphones in your class and look for some practical guidelines to help you manage earphones in your class.
I don't say this easily, but Google Forms changed my life. Since I came across Forms 3 years ago, it has saved me hours and has taken the sting out of a lot of admin tasks. Over the past four years, I have introduced hundreds of colleagues to the magic of Google Forms. Here are my step-by-step instructions to not only create a form but to make a quiz that gets marked automatically.
I like the theory behind a flipped classroom, but I have not yet come across a situation or topic where I thought a flipped class would be appropriate. Until I tried it with grade 11 geometry...
A very simple investigating trig graphs using Google Sheets to allow learners to try plotting the graphs using different intervals.
Like most things in life, the ideals of eLearning is a long way removed from the realities. Things like technology saving you time could not be any further from the truth.
This is one of my most popular classroom activities. It includes a template with more than 50 writing prompts that will get your learners writing every week. Dit sluit ook 'n Afrikaanse weergawe in.
I collated a cheat-sheet with all the most commonly used terms, abbreviations and lingo when it comes to eLearning.
Four years ago our maths department created a shared Google folder for all our resources. Today we have the most fantastic collection of maths resources, suited to our needs, right at our fingertips. Since we started, this Google has introduced Team Drives which make it even easier and better. A Team Drive is a must-have for every department.
After another parents evening where I could not put my hand on the evidence that little Johnny does not do any homework, I decided to create a straightforward Google Form to keep track of homework, and it works like a charm.
The introduction of personal devices changed the way we manage our classrooms in a big way. Lots of teachers find the idea of personal devices very intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips from teachers who have been there.
Email has changed the way in which we communicate. And in schools specifically, giving both staff and learners email addresses is a gamechanger. But with it, it has brought the problem of how to keep up with your mailbox. Here is some practical tips to stay on top of your email.
Welcome to Butterfly Classrooms
A record of using technology in the classroom.
Here you will find lots of tips and ideas for any teacher that want to ensure that their classroom is still relevant in the 21st century. As well as my personal reflections, experiences and the lessons I learned.
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Just because kids know how to use Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, doesn’t mean they know how to use technology to enhance their learning.
Training should be something you can use on Monday, not someday!
We need to make the positives so loud that the negatives becomes almost impossible to hear.
Shifting education begins with teaching students how to learn, instead of what to learn.
Don’t ask your students to learn, if you are not willing to continue learning yourself.
I am not a fan of technology.
I am a fan of pedagogy, of understanding how people learn and the most effective learning methods.
But technology enables some exciting changes.
Donald A Norman
In practice established curricula and teaching methods remain in place under a thin coating of technological glitter, and available technology is often underused and poorly integrated into classroom practice.