Last week I sent everyone the results of our student technology survey. Today I came across a fascinating article that can help inform our analysis of this data. UCLA recently did a study on the effect internet use has on our brains that seems to support some of our findings. A lot of this data proves things we already knew, namely that engaging students in projects that require higher-order thinking results in greater student achievement and more cognitive growth. However, this also means we need to keep this in mind when we are designing learning activities and assessments for our students. One general area that this study finds very positive benefits with is student blogging and website building which is a rather low-impact activity we can integrate into many of our classes. In this screencast I talk through the findings from UCLA, contrast them with our school's survey results, and show where you can go to get students involved with blogging or building websites. If you are interested in integrating this into your classroom don't hesitate to ask for assistance.
The Colonialism of Michelle Rhee or TFA v BoA by Ira Socol at Sped Change
Crossing America: An Education by Ira Socol at Sped Change
These horses are out of the barn by Doug Johnson at Blue Skunk Blog
Readin', Writin', and Creatin' by Barry Bachenheimer at A Plethora of Technology
Designing Education 3.0 - fascinating projection of the future of education
k-12 Online Conference Schedule - This is a free online conference
Memoov - Animation Studio online - Free online tool for making animations
Homepage - Creaza - Collection of powerful online tools. Includes movie editor, audio editor, concept-mapping, and cartoon building applications.
The Differentiator - interesting teacher tool for generating higher-order student projects.
gazelle.com - Site that will give you money for your old electronics and computer equipment or recycle it for free.