But when it comes right down to it, most of us probably feel like making a good video on our own is too hard and too time consuming. Teachers, especially, have little to no extra time in their days to make room for extra stuff unless the tasks are easy and the results are rewarding.
This winter has been rough. If you live anywhere in the lower forty-eight states, you have probably been impacted in some way by the heavy snowstorms and extremely frigid temperatures that led to the coining of a new weather phrase: the Polar Vortex.
Snow, in small doses, is pretty and even kind of fun. Snow angels, snowmen, snowball fights, forts, sledding – snow creates many fun activities and fond memories.
But in large doses, snow becomes a menace. Everything is harder. Starting your car, keeping your driveway clear, driving safely, avoiding accidents, and getting to your destinations are all more difficult, even treacherous.
From New Jersey to North Carolina, schools all over the country have had their schedules interrupted by one of the worst winter seasons on record. And while kids get very excited about their schools closing so they can stay home, the excessive amount of snow days has led to some creative alternatives to try and reduce the amount of lost learning time and salvage student engagement.
Although it was written a couple years ago (February 2012), this article contains some really great points about teacher-parent communication that I thought we should review. Here’s a bit of a summary sharing what I gleaned from this article:
- “It’s not my fault my students don’t understand the material. Most of them don’t do the homework I send home,” says the teacher.
- “My kid’s teacher only lets me know what’s going on in class when my child behaves badly or gets a poor grade,” says the parent.
- “I had basketball practice after school and then I got home late and then the dog ate my homework,” says the student.
My last blog post discussed the ‘Hour of Code’ campaign, a movement designed to get both students and schools more interested in computer science by learning how to write code for the internet.
To follow-up with this discussion, check out this awesome infographic that features five very specific reasons why students need to learn how to write internet code. One of the most important reasons (in my mind) for equipping students with programming skills is point number five, which emphasizes that all projections point to major job growth in the field of computer science.
Campaigning for Computer Science
Last month, millions of K12 students learned computer code when they participated in the national school campaign “Hour of Code.” Supported by President Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, the campaign was developed to get students more interested in computer science.
Still a bit unsure whether the educational technology epidemic is worth all the hype? Check out this amazing infographic by edudemic.com that demonstrates how the appropriate use of mobile apps really can improve learning and student achievement.
All aboard the Virtual Education Express! This train is gaining speed and momentum, and you don’t want to be left behind. The vast majority of teachers, students and parents believe in the positive impacts of using educational technology. This interesting infographic by Education Week highlights the specifics of how teachers, students, and parents think technology and virtual learning contributes to student success.
The ways we communicate with students, and the methods by which students communicate with each other, have changed greatly in the last 100 years. From filmstrips in the 1890s to smartphones and tablets in the 21st century, classroom tech tools continue to evolve and change the ways we communicate.
This steady progression of innovation (demonstrated in the infographic below) reminds educators that teaching tools should be adapted and modernized to stay relevant to students’ learning preferences and digital expectations.
The Christmas season is upon us and with it that lovely, hard-earned, holiday break teachers everywhere are celebrating. While on vacation, it’s customary to give the mind a rest from the usual tasks and academic information that must be absorbed, which is why I won’t interfere with your “relaxation mode” by writing a formal, adult-sounding, academic blog post.
In the spirit of fun, I thought it would be nice to hear from the kids for a change. Let’s face it. As adults, we get most of our information from, well, other adults. Sometimes we need a fresh perspective from a different source.
The following infographic was made by kids (the first of its kind) in celebration of National Library Week. Titled The First Infographic Made by Kids, over 1,000 student surveys of K-5th graders were completed to obtain this information, which includes their favorite stories, what they want to learn more about, and how technology is used in their education.