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Free ibooks in the apple store

1. Explain everything: formative assessment and screencasting. Reshan Richards.

2. Technology classrooms. Rowan University.

3. Using technology in the classroom. Jordana  A. Lynde

4. Changing student engagement with the iPad. SBB Team

5. Reference guide for students 1:1 iPad program. SBB Team

6. Lecturing with an iPad. Perry Samson.

7. Ipads in the classroom. Annalissa Kelly

Blended learning assessment.

Evaluation and assessment is one of the tasks in teaching that may neglected, but it is actually, in my opinion, one of the most important in teaching and learning.

I guess that it is important to use new tools to assess online, and to think again in how we are evaluating our learners. The document on “Education for a digital world” has very important points to consider to be able to start  online assessment.

http://www.colfinder.net/materials/Education_for_a_Digital_World/Education_for_a_Digital_World_complete.pdf

This material is available and it is very interesting related to this topic.

Blended learning

Comments  on chapter 2 of Blended Learning.

Blended interactions.

The chapter mentions how different authors define the teacher or the learning environment.

1 Studio or atelier learning.

2. Network  administrator.

3.Concierge

4. Curator.

The chapter mentions the two main forms of communication asynchronous in which the person is not subjected to a schedule, and the synchronous which provides a sense of community.

It talks about “techno expression” which are the different activities that the students do in order to participate in the course.

It recommends that the assignments encourage expression.

from: https://blended.online.ucf.edu/blendkit-course-readings/

Blended learning

Even though Blended learning may seem pretty new, long before the internet, in remote areas in Mexico a program called ( we still have it) “telesecundarias” ( something like tv middle high school) was instituted for the benefit or communities which could only have one teacher or facilitator. And it functions as follows, subject teachers make recordings of the classes and then these classes are broadcasted on a special tv channel for the “telesecundarias”, so I guess it was kind of blended learning. Any way my point is and referring to the reading, blended learning has advantages and disadvantages, some are in favor and others do not. I like to try new things, in fact I began reading about it about 2 years ago. It is difficult to make changes because it involves preparation, planning, knowing to do things differently. I guess that a good starting point is to start with one activity and then add more.

Canvas

Canvas has many moocs  (massive online open courses)  I have taken  “How to become a dynamic educator” , Now I am taking “Task-based language teaching with digital tools”  and I am already registered  for another that begins next week. They are very well organized and provide links and  material to read which is very interesting.

 

https://learn.canvas.net