This blog is where I post a collection of numerous tech tips, tricks, and tools for teachers as well as other educational technology specialists. I also post articles that I have come across, along with my input, on best methods of integrating technology into the classroom as well as managing technology in schools.
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I came across this blog post today. It was originally posted during teacher appreciation week. This educator has spent over 39 years in education. On a side note, I am currently finishing my 5th year in education.
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This is a very interesting article from Time magazine. It is predicted that the U.S. is going to be facing a teacher shortage. The idea that the U.S. may be facing a potential teacher shortage, or that teachers are consistentlyundervalued, probably wouldn’t surprise anyone who follows today’s education news.
Are there lessons we have already learned from a similar prediction in the 1960s?
The video below was shot with time lapse photography. Each still image used in this video is over 80 megapixels each.
This video was shot in 10328x7760 resolution. Also known as 10k. To give you an idea of how big this resolution really is see these pictures below.
4k Video Compared to Previous Formats (8.29 Megapixels)
4K (2160p) - 3840 × 2160 Ultra High Definition
1080p - 1920x1080 - Full High Definition
720p - High Definition
DVD - 640x480 - (480i or 480p) - Standard Definition
VCD - 352x240 Video CD (released in 1993),
The current best home video standard in place today (in May 2016) is 4K. This is 2.5 times higher resolution than 4K. At the time of this article Sharp has released an 8k television, but with the hefty price tag of $133,000 and with little to no 8k content available.
For more information on 8k see: http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/17/technology/8k-tv/ or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8K_resolution
8k Video Compared to These Formats (33.18 Megapixels)
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"How can we use this for differentiation? Though it has tremendous impact at the higher levels, the flipped classroom can be used for differentiation to reach all students who need additional resources. RtI is a perfect opportunity to allow the flipped classroom to flourish. Here, we identify areas of weakness through target-based evaluations and improve those skills as students relearn content. I recommend an exit-slip or other formative assessment to ensure mastery. This truly allows educators to pinpoint areas of weakness and work at an individual’s specific needs. If you have laptops, you can have students move around to different stations while monitoring student progress."
Student Testimony on the Flipped Classroom
Autodesk Sketchbook Summary: Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art Pros: Impressive brush selections, professional tools on an easily accessible tablet screen. Cons: There’s a learning curve for kids not already familiar with professional-level digital art tools. Bottom Line: Gives students easy access to professional tools for creating digital art. See it in action
The article linked above shows some good points about when technology can be misused in the classroom. There are ways to avoid these common pitfalls when implementing technology into the classroom. It helps to not forget the golden rule:
This article starts out with a starts out with a statement that I have long believed is eventually going to happen in education.
What will disappear from classrooms in the next 12 years?"1) Whole Class Instruction/Direct Instruction - In what universe does standing up in front of 30 people to “teach” something make any sense?"
From the 1950's until the early 2000's, education technology integration practices were mostly geared toward making the technology fit into already existing teaching practices. Lectures turned into videos or filmstrips and chalkboards became marker boards or overheads, even smart boards. However the teaching practice stayed the same. All students were required to focus all of their attention on the same thing, at the same time, and follow along at the same pace. There were some alternatives for …