Using student response systems to enhance formative assessment (Includes training video)
When better to find out whether your students understand what they’re learning than during the lesson you’re teaching it? In this article and included training videos, Chris Thomas explores the potential of two free student response systems and how they can be used in the classroom for immediate feedback, correction and more.
ELU 47: Technology Update
1. Vivitek D860-series projectors 2. OnePlus One Smartphone 3. iPhone 6 Smartphone 4. Vodafone Smart Tab 4 Tablet
Teaching code the easy way: Codio investigated
From life-changing technologies to socially revolutionary applications, code is the centrepiece for industry as we know it today – it is vital that we equip the next generation with the skills to compete in a global marketplace. Freddy May, Digital Entrepreneur and Managing Director of Application Craft UK, has made it his mission to help teach the world to code. Here he discusses how Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) can be used to reduce stress for teachers keen to meet the demands of the new computing curriculum - and we look at his free ‘open-source’ global web-based software development platform: Codio.
Skype in the school classroom
Teachers the world over would unanimously agree that they need more time and more resources – and technology is making this possible. With the explosion of the internet, eBooks, online learning resources, courses and communication tools, more children are being afforded access to educational opportunities than ever before. And one of the most popular communication tools now being used in schools is Skype…
Empowering children to overcome the culture of fear
Though children are statistically safer than ever before, parents and teachers also seem to be more fearful for their children’s and students’ safety, particularly when it comes to the relatively unchartered territory of the internet. Keir McDonald, Chairman of EduCare, looks at how we can empower children with the e-Safety skills needed to overcome the culture of fear.
3DVWs: Three-dimensional virtual worlds to support teaching and learning activities
Rapid advances in technology are reshaping education. During the past decade, educators from a variety of backgrounds have started using online three-dimensional virtual worlds (3DVWs) to support their teaching and learning activities. Here, Amir Ghapanchi and Reza Ghanbarzadeh discuss 3DVSs in distance education and e-learning.
A comparison of academics’ and students’ usage of Twitter in academic contexts
The emergence of social media as a new channel for communication and collaboration has led educators to hope that they may enhance the student experience and provide a pedagogical tool within Higher Education (HE). This research by Edge Hill University highlights the wealth of opportunity in social networking sites (SNS); for shared academic knowledge, distribution of information, dialogue amongst peers and academic networking.