In school, you’re learning all about fish. Would you rather look at, hold, and examine an actual fish to determine its species or would you prefer to read a textbook about a bunch of different fish?
Sliminess factor aside, I’d vote for seeing the actual fish.
The students in science teacher Michelle Underwood’s class feel the same way: They love the hands-on projects — fish study included — that Underwood has worked into her classroom, they said in a video. A self-described convert from “death-by-Powerpoint” lecture style teaching, Underwood now embraces collaborative project-based learning to increase the depth of her students’ understanding and ensure their sustained interest. She brings everything from animals, to computers, to video equipment into her classroom to facilitate engaging lessons.
According to the educators at Edutopia, George Lucas’s educational foundation, Underwood has the right idea. Project-based learning, as opposed to textbook-based work, helps students retain more material and better develop the ability to self-direct, said an article by the Edutopia staff. Hands-on activities provide students opportunities to experiment with technology and witness real-world connections to the information they encounter in the classroom, the article said. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, edtech, education, edutopia, George Lucas, IVC, TelePresence, videoconferencing
The City of Stockholm is one of the most knowledge‑worker intensive cities in the world, and is home to world-leading financial institutions and high‑technology companies. Cisco’s Smart+Connected solutions are helping the City of Stockholm make connected learning access available throughout its schools.
Teachers are able to access the Learning Management System anywhere on school premises over their WLAN and have their own virtual classroom. Students not only benefit from direct access to materials, but also the two-way flow of assignments and feedback. Outside lessons, students are also able to access the Internet and sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which are expected to add new dimensions to learning.
Learn how the City of Stockholm is making connected learning a reality and driving student and staff success as a result. To read more on Smart+Connected Communities, visit http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/smart_connected_communities.html
Tags: 21st century skills, Borderless Networks, edtech, education, Smart + Connected Communities, Stockholm, Sweden
Remember when the principal used to come into your classroom? Though he or she was only there to observe your teacher, if you were like me, you immediately started running through the day and whether you had littered on campus or let a curse word drop. Total reflex action, then you promptly swallowed your gum and dropped the note you were writing (translation for anyone under 25—text message you were sending) and sat up straight in your chair.
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Tags: edchat, edtech, Education Week, Rick Hess, teacher evaluation, TelePresence
Have you ever explored one of the first rockets to launch into space? You haven’t? Then what are you waiting for? Go to the New York Hall of Science!
Oh, you don’t live in New York. No problem, the museum will come to you through one of its Telepresence virtual tours.
With Cisco TelePresence, the Hall of Science takes remote visitors all around its museum floor. People in places like Sacramento, California; Seattle, Washington; St. Joseph, Michigan; Ontario, Canada; and Mexico City, Mexico have gone to the Hall of Science to dissect cows’ eyes, learn about the phases of matter, and study the science of sports—and they haven’t set foot on an airplane.
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Tags: Cisco, edtech, education, Google, New York Hall of Science, TelePresence, virtual fieldtrips, virtual visits
When you hear the word “classroom”, do you think about four walls? Desks and chairs? Maybe you are old school and still imagine a green chalk board – well, those days are over, now it’s more likely to be an interactive whiteboard, right?
If your idea of a classroom is the traditional, you need to check out Charles County Public Schools in Southern Maryland. In 2010, the district introduced telepresence, installing three completely equipped rooms to service the community’s students and teachers. All of a sudden, the classrooms lost their walls, and prior geographic and instructional limitations ceased to restrict learning.
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Tags: Charles County Public Schools, classroom technology, College of Education Towson, Duke, edtech, Kaplan, Nicholas School of the Environment, TelePresence