The Senior Project Grant Proposal is the capstone experience of all graduates of Boston Arts Academy. Each student creates an arts program that addresses a real community need, synthesizing knowledge and skills from both the arts and academic curricula. Often, students must act as entrepreneurs in order to succeed.
Technology has changed a great deal in the last 5-6 years and the skills we need have changed along with it. Although no one would use all of these technologies, we should be knowledgeable in what each of them is and how it could be/might be used in a classroom.
"One example of a resource created using hashtags is the sentence starter tweets I began under the tags #sentstartdecisions and #sentstarttree. I wanted to gather together ideas for sentence starters that can be used in the classroom. Each tag is specific to a topic or theme that gives other teachers a little bit of a focus for their contributions."
"Sophie is a multimedia authoring tool released under a creative commons license that holds a great deal of promise for digital storytelling in education. A free download is required to create and read Sophie projects. The idea of the book is the central concept. The creator can simply drag and drop components (text fields, comment fields, etc.) or resources (images, audio, video, etc.) onto a page. Objects and pages can all be resized. There is also a timeline feature that lets you start and stop audio or video as well as make any resource appear or disappear from the page. The comments component also merits special mention. While the book is downloaded to the readers machine, their comments can be read by anyone else who "opens" the book. It's a powerful concept combining an easy to use multimedia interface with the communicative properties of a blog."
"In education, we have begun to embrace the importance of such critical skills as creativity, collaboration, and communication. Empathy should be included on that list if we are to create the global citizens we hope our students will become. Global awareness and the ability for technology to bring the world into our classrooms is important, but only if we can use these tools to better understand ourselves and others.
Empathy enables students to integrate other people's perspectives with their own. It is the ability to identify with others and will become a crucial skill as the world merges into a global community. It builds bonds, develops leadership skills, and brings self-awareness to seek out meaning and purpose in our lives."
"At iNacol's recent online learning symposium, a panel of students explained how they felt about learning online. Here are some of the reasons these students shared to explain why they preferred this method of learning."
"Israel's Yad Vashem memorial, the world's largest collection of Holocaust documents, is teaming up with Google to make its photographs and documents interactive and searchable on the Internet.
The project launched Wednesday with a collection of 130,000 photos that can now be searched directly from Google, using standard keywords and other data that make it far easier than in the past to find the desired information."
"The Starter Sheets are resources for the classroom teacher. The intention of each sheet is to introduce a tool, technology or activity that could be easily adapted for use in the classroom. Each sheet is created to a template design and should have the following features:
* must be two pages * must have pictures that illustrate process and outcomes * process must be straight forward * must be simple to read and understand * must have clear benefits for the teacher in the classroom, the exemplar should be easy to adapt to a variety of classroom settings * must have an alternative - web based or application * must be linked to Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and Sensory learning styles using VARK"
A list of powerful tools, some very UDL-friendly ones, others are simply cool. I plan on exploring Animoto and Voicethread, but what is interesting is the template she used for evalutating resources...short, quick, easy to use. - post by Jim Batchel
The genre here is all M's: mix :: match :: mash :: manifest. The Digital Humanities seeks to play an inaugural role with respect to a world in which, no longer the sole producers, stewards, and disseminators of knowledge or culture, universities are called upon to shape natively digital models of scholarly discourse for the newly emergent public spheres of the present era (the www, the blogosphere, digital libraries, etc.), to model excellence and innovation in these domains, and to facilitate the formation of networks of knowledge production, exchange, and dissemination that are, at once, global and local.
"Ultimate Pen is a software only solution which creates a full screen, transparent window, allowing you to draw on top of most applications. Think of Ultimate Pen as an incredibly easy way to doodle on your computer screen."
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