You already should be congratulated. As you're reading this you've proven two things. You are both keen on learning and actively pursuing your goals. The best part is you have now found the only course that takes both passion and activity and shows you how to use these to @CTIVATE your teaching with technology.
Master how to effectively teach with technology
In this course you will join me on a learning journey, and an actual journey (you'll see some of the wonders of Southern Africa as you learn), as you learn how to implement the unique @CTIVATED Classroom approach to teaching with technology.
Using technology in the classroom is not easy! I'm here to be your guide and not only help take away the pain, but show you how to transform your teaching with technology. We'll journey together using a unique model, arising from my PhD research, called the @CTIVATED Classroom model, that will show you how to systematically implement technology, effectively in your teaching.
I designed this course to be totally understandable by beginners. I know what it's like when you are faced with, not only the difficult task of teaching, but now having to make sense of technology too. I have also choosen tools that are both easy-to-use, and run in most browsers. This means you can use them on tablets (iPad etc), or on laptops, and often even on smartphones. It's all about easy to learn, easy to access, and plus all of the tools are free. Some have upgrade options, but you can do everything I show you in this course, for free!
So, what will you learn? Well I could go through, like many courses, hundreds of tools that you could use in your classroom. That would be OK. However, there are two problems with this approach. The first is that if we don't realise what is not right with how we currently teach, throwing technology at the problem is not going to fix it. Secondly, if we don't have a model on which we can hang our approach, we are not going to be successful. I will help you with both of these in this course, plus show you how to do it with many great tools.
I've spent over 20 years researching how to be effective with technology-based teaching. And I've messed up many, many times! I just never seemed to get it right. I would try one idea that I had read about, or I thought sounded good, and it would fail. I would then simply try another, and another. Sure the experience was great but it needed more. And so as part of my PhD research I undertook a unique journey into the world of my students. Over four years, and lots of pain, joy, and excitement I discovered something amazing.
I discovered that most of what I thought was right about teaching with technology was wrong. Yet amazingly I was not the only one making these mistakes. It seems most people are still doing it wrong. Just Google “Failed LA iPad program" and you will see for yourself. Over a billion dollars was recently wasted on Los Angeles schools where the best technology brains could not implement an iPad program. Why? Quite simply we are making the same mistakes over and over again when it comes to technology.
Our first mistake is that we think we can simply copy our old offline teaching approaches and implement them inside a digital world. Our second mistake is that we think that teachers should get advice for teaching from technology experts. Crazy! That's sort of like a wine farmer taking advice on wine making from a tractor manufacturer, just because they provide the tractors! And so when it comes to learning with technology, we need to turn to people with experience in education.
I am going to help you with both of these. Firstly we are going to explore together what the problem is with our current approaches to teaching and how we can address these in the online world. Secondly, I'm going to share my expertise, which is a PhD in Educational Technology with you, and more specifically, a model that has arisen out of my research that will both simplify and activate your technology-based teaching.
Using our @CTIVATED Classroom teaching model you will learn about the power of the five layers of the model. Each layer introduces you to a powerful pedagogy (teaching approach) that you can easily implement in your classroom. As you rise through the layers you will move your classroom from L@C (Lower @CTIVATED Classroom) to H@C (Higher @CTIVATED Classroom)…and after all, we all need to H@C teaching!
Most current approaches to teaching with technology are built on the Consumption approach. We are excited that we are using eBooks or using YouTube videos in our class. However, while these may be exciting, at a level, they are simply consumption-based, and have very little activity. We're not using the power of technology to transform how we teach.
The first layer of the @CTIVATED Classroom is Curation. Curation is where you gather content from multiple sites. This is something our students naturally do. In this section you will discover how to use curation to activate your students' learning experience. We will then explore some powerful tools that you can use to easily introduce your students to curation based learning.
The second layer of the @CTIVATED Classroom is Conversation. Conversation has been central to how learning took place for thousands of years. However after the invention of the printing press, about 500 years ago, teaching and learning changed. It became focused not on Conversation but on Content consumption. We read books and reproduce that content. However with the advent of social media the conversation paradigm has powerfully returned and is changing the face of how we connect. And now through the conversation pedagogy it will change how you teach. In this section we will look at some powerful tools like chatrooms that you can use to support the conversation approach to teaching.
The third layer of the @CTIVATED Classroom is Correcting. We live in a world where we are used to things being correct. We can't make mistakes. That's how we teach. It must be right. However this is not where the power of learning lies. The power of learning lies in the msitakes ;-) we make. Wiki's are a prime example of this. They are environments where learning happens through a correcting process. This same power can be applied in the classroom. We will explore some powerful tools like Google Docs and others that will enable you to implement the power of a correcting pedagogy in your classroom.
The fourth layer of the @CTIVATED Classroom is Creating. Now we are really climbing up the layers and are getting close to the H@C (Higher @ctivated Classroom) layer. Creating is an extremely powerful way of learning, far more powerful than consuming, and technology provides amazing opportunities to learn through creating. In this section we will look at how you can implement a creating-based pedagogy in your classroom through creating videos, powerful animations and more. You will finish this section, really @ctivated!
The fifth and highest layer of the @CTIVATED Classroom is Chaos. This is a word that is not normally associated with education. What in the world has chaos got to do with the classroom? Sadly, not much. But in the @CTIVATED Classroom it has a lot to do with the most powerful pedagogy. Chaos is about sense-making, about learning to discern, about analysis, about resolving conflicts in disparate information, about the all-important C….Curiosity. We will explore some tools that support the pedagogy of chaos and its underlying driver, curiosity.
Finally we look at Edmodo. Edmodo is a great space where all of the pedagogies of the @CTIVATED Classroom can be implemented together.
Who is this course for?
If you are keen to implement technology in your teaching, or if you have tried and found it is not working, then this course is for you.
Why this course?
Quite simply it is the only course that uses the @CTIVATED Classroom model, which is based on proven research, and will transform how you teach with technology. Oh, and by the way, you will get to join me on a journey. Not only a learning journey, but enjoy a real journey as I record this course at some of the most amazing and beautiful place around southern Africa. After all, learning should be fun too!
What kind of materials are included?
The course includes everything you need. The lectures are professionally created, as people have come to expect from Teachernology courses.
How long will the course take to complete?
There are 8 sections to this course, and a total of 68 sessions. This is a comprehensive course, that takes you from nothing to having a powerful understanding of how to implement technology in your teaching. The lecture content is just under 7 hours, however there are many exercises in the sessions that you need to undertake. This is about you being an @CTIVE learner too, and I will be encouraging you to do this throughout the course.
My suggestion is that you do this course a section at a time. I suggest that each section (besides the first one which is mainly a seminar) be experienced over about a week. I suggest you set aside some time to watch a few videos and then undertake the exercises. I have kept the videos to approx. 10-15 min in length so you can watch one, think about it…then watch the next one or try the activity.
How is this course structured?
This is an action course, and the model you are learning is called the @CTIVATED Classroom model. So you are expected to be ACTIVE…in fact if you reach the end, you will certainly earn the badge of being an @CTIVIST!
The course is structured in the following way:
1. Section 1 – A Correct Digital Pedagogy - In this section you will learn about the copy/paste problem and the importance of a new approach, the @CTIVATED Classroom Model, for teaching with technology
2. Section 2 – @CTIVATED Classroom - Curation – Learn about the power of content curation to support the @CTIVATED Classroom Teacher, and the tools that enable you to teach through curation.
3. Section 3 – @CTIVATED Classroom – Conversation – It's time to talk, and even more importantly discover how to teach through the pedagogy of conversation, and the online tools that support this approach.
4. Section 4 – @CTIVATED Classroom – Correcting – Mistkaes ;-) are good...because that's how we learn, and this section will show you the power of learning through correction and the tools that support this pedagogy.
5. Section 5 – @CTIVATED Classroom - Creating – Creating is one of the most powerful ways of learning and this section will show you how to use tools to support a pedadgogy of creating in your classroom
6. Section 6 – @CTIVATED Classroom - Chaos – Chaos, information overload, or whatever we call it, is one of the most powerful teaching tools, and this section will show you how to use technology to support this approach.
7. Section 7 – Edmodo – Discover Edmodo, a free online space where all of the @CTIVATED Classroom approaches can be implemented in a single environment.
8. Section 8 – Conclusion – The journey is ended, the journey has begun...you're invited to join the Staff Room as an @CTIVIST!
Why take this course?
If I am looking for an online course there are 2 main things I look for. Firstly, the qualification/experience of the teacher. Secondly, the ability of the teacher to teach/present.
1. My Qualification/Experience - I have a PhD in the use of IT for education. I've been involved in IT both as a university lecturer, IT consultant and entrepreneur for over 20 years. Yet it's more than this. You want to be taught simply and in an engaging way. I will lead you on this learning journey in the most engaging way possible – with high quality material, brought to you from some of the most beautiful places in the world.
2. Ability to teach - In addition to having been a lecturer for over 20 years I have spoken around the world to everyone from business leaders to politicians to teachers to children. But don't believe me, here are what some of those who have heard me say:
"Craig has the rare ability to engage personally with each member in his audience" (A. Byrnes, PDM Pty Ltd, Australia),
"Craig is a dynamic speaker, out-of-the-box strategic thinker and professional" (R. van Rooyen, Associate Partner, Deloitte)
“Mr. Blewett is a pleasure to take in. The excitingly focused style by which he speaks keeps you on the edge of your attention." (C. Stickney, USA)
“Craig is an experienced and highly competent teacher and presenter. He has the rare ability to convey innovative concepts in an engaging fashion that is packed with enthusiasm but also logic and balance." (Dr. Alleyne, UK)
"Craig is possibly on of the most interesting presenters I have encountered. His students love him and in public forums he is unequalled." (Prof. Maharaj, UKZN, South Africa)
"Houston, we have a problem…" and this time it's in our classroom. In this first session I get to meet you…or at least you get to meet me, I'll meet you later in our chat rooms, and I will set the scene for this exciting course on teaching with technology for teachers...Hmmm, that's a lot of T's ;-)
Billions of dollars are being wasted on technology in classrooms because we simply don't know what we're doing. In this first section you will join me in a seminar I've given to thousands of educators on developing a correct digital pedagogy. This is the most vital section of this course, because without this basis, nothing else works. So hold on to your seat because you are in for some mindblowing revelations on what's wrong with our teaching and how we can do it right.
There is a simple cause at the heart of all our problems with attempting to implement technology in the classroom. Yet amazingly most people have no idea of this problem. In this lesson you will learn about the copy/paste mistake…or if you want a big word to impress your friends...the skeuomorphic curse!
A paradigm is a way of thinking….and our teaching needs a massive paradigm change if we are going to use technology. We can't implement new approaches while still using our old paradigms. This lesson will explore the problem with our old paradigms and the exciting new opportunities for a mind-changing experience.
Principles sit on top of paradigms. Once we have a new paradigm, a new way of thinking, this should generate new teaching principles. Arising from my PhD research on teaching online, I will share with you fascinating, and surprising principles that need to be key to our use of technology in the classroom.
Yes! This is the key…New digital pedagogies…new ways of teaching with technology. In this fascinating section you will learn about four vital shifts in teaching that need to take place if we are going to be successful in using technology in our classroom. Shifts from content to conversation, from correct to correcting, from consumption to conversation and most surprisingly from control to chaos....amazing and powerful shifts that will change how you teach with tech!
The @CTIVATED Classroom Model. This model will change how you teach forever! This unique, yet amazingly powerful and simple model arose out of years of my PhD research into teaching with technology. The @CTIVATED Classroom is a model that shows you HOW to implement technology in your teaching. This first section has outlined the issues and why so many current approaches to using technology are failing. We have also looked at the shifts in pedagogy that we need to make. Now you will learn about the @CTIVATED Classroom - a dramatic departure from what we've always done, and an amazing way of implementing technology in our teaching. All the remaining sections are built on this model and will show you practically how to implement tools to address each of the 5 layers of the model - curation, conversation, correction, creation, and chaos.
Curation is the first layer of the @CTIVATED Classroom model. In this session you will be introduced to the power of using curation as in an @CTIVATED teaching appraoch.
Listly is a powerful tool that can be used for content curation. This session introduces you to Listly and how you can use it in your classroom to encourage @CTIVATED learning through the curation of content into a dynamic and shared list.
Listly - it's your turn. The power of learning both in your classroom and now is through activity. After all this is the @CTIVATED Classroom model. And so this lesson is about you and what you need to do…get @CTIVE!
Flipboard is a powerful curation tool that works on mobile devices and the web. This session looks at how to use Flipboard on your mobile devices in order to support content curation in the @CTIVATED Classroom
The previous session looked at Flipboard's mobile application, this session looks at their web app. This powerful web app can be used by students to curate content from all over the web into digital magazines. This is a powerful, yet simple way to support an @CTIVATED Classroom approach to teaching and learning.
Not only does Flipboard support curation as a pedagogy, it also supports conversation. While we explore many tools in the various layers of the @CTIVATED Classroom, these tools can also be used to support other pedagogies within the model. This session shows how Conversation as a pedagogy for teaching and learning is also supported by Flipboard.
This section has dealt with curation as a pedagogy for supporting @CTIVATED teaching and learning. In this final session we draw our thinking together and reflect on the power of using curation as a pedagogy.
Who doesn't like to chat? Especially over a good meal and with friends. Amazingly conversation as a teaching approach has been lost, yet is it one of the most powerful pedagogies available. What is really exciting is that social media has brought back the power of conversation. This session introduces conversation as a pedagogy within the @CTIVATED Classroom.
Tlk_io is a simple yet amazingly powerful web-based application for teaching through conversation. In this session we will explore how you can use this easy-to-setup, and easy-to-use tool to support conversation-based teaching and learning. The tool is free to use and runs on all devices that can access the web...let the conversation begin!
Let's watch this video and chat. What? That's crazy, we don't watch movies and chat - and that's the problem. Too much of our learning is based on the consumption of video content, and we think in this we are embracing technology effectively for teaching and learning. While there are some great videos, a video is nothing more than a recording of a lesson. Where the power of learning lies in the @CTIVATED Classroom model is not in the consumption of content but in the conversation around that content. In this session we will look at a powerful tool that lets you embed conversation and thinking directly into videos. Be sure to also look out for this topic picked up again inside the Edmodo section.
HipChat is a powerful and free app - web-based and tablets - that gives you many exciting opportunities to implement the pedagogy of conversation in your classroom. In this session I will show you how to setup and use HipChat to @CTIVATE your classroom through conversation, debate and a lot more.
Let's talk! We've explored in the previous sessions how learning happens in the conversation. So, what are you waiting for? It's your turn to get involved in the learning conversation. You can leap right in and say "hi" in our chatroom...also be sure to look out for a later section on Edmodo where we have another chatroom space where you can join us in conversation. "Hi, I'm Craig, and you are?...."
It's been great chatting to you...and the conversation is just beginning. In this session we reflect on how powerful conversation is as a teaching approach in the @CTIVATED Classroom. I hope you enjoy driving with me as we chat...I'm on my way to Cape Town, South Africa. Make sure you look out for the world heritage site, Table Mountain.
Why is it that we are so obsessed with things being 100% correct! Yet learning happens in the mistakes we make. In this next section of the @CTIVATED Classroom model, as we move up the layers, we explore correcting as a powerful pedagogy for teaching. In this session you will be introduced to the power of a correcting pedagogy and how we can use it for teaching and learning.
Read this article I wrote for The Conversation, which explores the pedagogy of correction in terms of Wikipedia and its impact on our society.
Correcting can be scary...because we don't like making mistakes. Yet what is amazing is that our students are more than happy to make mistakes and be vulnerable in online spaces. And so in this session we explore Padlet which is a shared interactive whiteboard space that can be used from Grade 1 to 100...It's a fantastic space to think, get it wrong, correct...and learn.
Correcting as a pedagogy is so powerful, yet so seldom used. In the @CTIVATED Classroom this approach is a key pedagogy in engaging our students. In this session we look at a practical example of using Padlet for correction in learning.
Google Docs has not only come to replace many of the wordprocessors we've always used but it has introduced a whole new way of interacting. One of the benefits of using this free tool is that supports a pedagogy of correcting. In this session we look at the basics of signing up and using Google Docs.
The previous session looked at setting up Google Docs, this session explores how to use Google docs to support a correcting pedagogy. Google Docs provides many of the features that would normally be found in wikis, which are built on a correcting pedagogy, but it is so much easier to use. Using this powerful tool we will look at how you can practically use Google Docs to support correcting as a teaching and learning approach.
Google has a huge suite of tools that can be used for free and are very powerful for teaching and learning....if we use them in a new way. We cannot simply continue to use these powerful tools in support of our old teaching approaches. In this session we look at how Google Sheets can be used to work collaboratively and support a pedagogy of correcting...and creating...and chaos...and conversation...Wow. There is so much you can do, if you build your teaching on the @CTIVATED Classroom model.
It's your turn. Throughout this course we are discussing the @CTIVATED Classroom model, and core to this is activity, not just consumption. And so this is your turn to show that you are @CTIVATED, that you are not just sitting there consuming these videos. This is where the real and meaningful learning happens. So, get @ctive.....
Wow, this is unique. Allourideas is a survey tool that has reimagined how we do something we have done for hundreds of years. What is truly amazing about this is that this tool shows the power fo correcting at work. In this session you will be introduced to this free, amazing, creative tool.
Correcting is powerful as a pedagogy because we don't always know everything and in our mistakes is where learning happens. This powerful tool, AllOurIdeas illustrates this in regards to surveys. In this session I will show you how to set it up and how it can be used to support a pedagogy of correcting in the @CTIVATED Classroom.
It's over to you. Don't be afraid...because this is where learning happens. Be prepared to try and fail. Be prepared to make mistakes, because that is where we learn. In this session it is your opportunity to learn through correcting...find out what you need to do, and don't forget to share!
Correcintng...I mean Correcting is such a powerful pedagogy in the @CTIVTED Classroom. We have seen some amazing tools that allow us to embrace the pedagogy of correcting. Correcting is a part of our natural life, surely it should be a part of our teaching and learning. In this final session we ponder on the power of correcting as an approach.
We are really scaling the heights of the @CTIVATED Classroom model now as we reach the second to highest level of our model, the pedagogy of creation. In this session we will explore creating as a teaching and learning approach and how powerful it is and also how easily we can implement it in our classroom. Get ready to become creative!
The world is full of videos. Many teachers use powerful videos from YouTube, Khan Academy and others to support their teaching. However we are missing out on something even more powerful...creating videos for learning. While watching videos can be useful, it is based on a pedagogy of consumption. Our @CTIVATED Classroom is about activity, because that is where learning happens. And so in this session you will be introduced to how you can use videos creation as a powerful tool in your @CTIVATED Classroom.
Mindblowing, fun, easy...and highly @ctive. That's what this session is about. Here you will be introduced to Powtoon, a fantastic tool that reimagines how we present content. Powtoon is about creating content in a new digital way. Learn how to use it in your classroom to engage your learners in creating...and they are guaranteed to not only learn but to have fun learning too!
Powtoon is a powerful tool that will engage your classroom in one of the highest levels of the @CTIVATED Classroom model - creating. In this session we explore Powtoon's Simple Mode, which will allow your students to create these animations within a few minutes...after all we live in a society that wants to see results quickly, and you won't be disappointed!
In the previous session we looked at Powtoon's Simple mode for creating animations. In this session we look at Powtoon's enhanced mode which allows you to do a whole lot more...and it is still simple. Learn how to use Powtoon to engage your students in a @ctivated style of learning as they create content rather than simply consume it.
Your turn to do, and this you are really going to enjoy. Now you get a chance to create, to empower yourself as an @CTIVATED learner....I'm looking forward to seeing what you do...and don't forget to share!
Say something about yourself...but say it in style, by creating an animation. Watch me as in just 5 minutes I create an amazing animation that introduces me. This is an example of something that your students can easily do when they engage with creating as an @CTIVATED classroom learning approach.
It doesn't get more "Easelly" that this ;-) That's the name of the tool we will be using in this session. Easelly is a great online tool that allows you to explore the pedagogy of creating by creating infographics. Infographics are hugely powerful as they enable you to condense content into a visual representation. In this session we will look at how easelly you can do this.
What is really exciting about Easelly, is that not only does it support the pedagogy of creating, but it also has built in support for working together and hence also supports the pedagogy of conversation. On this session we will take a look at Easelly and it's group learning feature.
We all have a creative spirit. There is something powerful about creating. There is something powerful about looking back at an artefact that you've made...whatever it may be. And so in this final session in this section we look back at the powerful pedagogy of creation, and it's role in the @CTIVATED Classroom.
This is one word you would never expect to be associated with a classroom - yet it is one of the most powerful pedagogies around. I have placed it at the top of our @CTIVATED Classroom model because of what it does for learning. Yet amazingly it is most likely the least adopted pedagogy. This is not about a class running wild, but rather a student experience where learning happens in disorder, in conflicting opinions, in over-abundance of information...essentially in the real world. In this session we introduce the powerful pedagogy of chaos.
Let's get chaotic...and let's activate learning. It's time to move out of the controlled teaching approaches that we often use. In this session we look at a great tool, Stoodle that allows your students to express themselves in not only creative way, but in a chaotic interweaving of creations and conversations. Stoodle allows you to bring together the powerful pedagogies from all the layers of our @CTIVATED Classroom model.
We're talking chaos, we're talking Stoodle...a powerful online application that you can use in your classroom to engage them in the most powerful of the @CTIVATED Classroom model's pedagogies...chaos. In this session we continue our journey as we explore how you could use Stoodle to support a pedagogy of chaos, curiosity and a lot more.
Now it's your turn to embrace the chaos...embrace the learning...It's your turn to become an @CTIVIST! Come on, leap in and see what you can produce...and don't forget to share it with us, because learning happens in the chaos, but it also happens in the conversation.
Low tech - High Chaos, and loads of curiosity too. QR Codes are an amazing way of implementing the pedagogy of chaos in an @CTIVATED Classroom. But what is especially exciting is that they are so low tech you don't even need an internet connection for the students for some aspects of it. In this session we introduce the exciting possibilities of using QR Codes for inspiring curiosity and learning through chaos.
In this session we explore how easy it is to get started with using QR codes for leraning and supporting the powerful and exciting pedagogy of chaos in the @CTIVATED Classroom.
Setting up QR codes is just so easy. This is what makes this tool such an amazing way of implementing teaching and learning with chaos. Come on, give it a try and see how easy it is.
Check out these amazing examples of how you can use QR codes in your classroom. In this lesson your curiosity will certainly be ignited as you see how you can use this great tool to implement the powerful pedagogy of chaos in your classroom
You know you want to! Come on, it's your turn to embrace the chaos in a new and exciting way. It's your turn to see how amazing it is to learn in this highest of the @CTIVATED Classroom methods.
It's chaotic, but it's ordered. It's the most powerful of the pedagogies in our @CTIVATED Classroom. In this final session in this section we look back at how we can use chaos to insight curiosity and a whole lot of @ctive learning. Come on, let's make more @ctivitsts out of our students.
All the previous sections have been explaining many powerful tools that you can use to @ctivate learning in your classroom. We have explored the @CTIVATED Classroom model and the pedagogies of curation, conversation, correcting, creation and chaos. In this section we look at a single environment that enables you to activate many of these pedagogies in a controlled space. While no single environment has it all, Edmodo provides a powerful conversation-centric space where you can easily experiment with @ctivated teaching and learning. In this session you will be introduced to Edmodo as a Social Learning Network.
We kick off our learning journey about Edmodo, the Social Learning Network with a brief tour. So grab the popcorn, and sit back...at least for a bit, because your turn comes soon, and see what Edmodo has to offer.
So the first step is to Sign Up...obviously. I will lead you through these steps...BUT there is more. In this session you will be invited to join our special Tech4Teachers Group. You can see this as our staff room. A place to chill out, say hi, ask questions, share things you've learned, or just sip virtual tea and listen to what others are doing. So make sure you get on inside, because we are looking forward to welcoming you in the staff room.
Once you have joined Edmodo...and our special Staff Room for teachers just like you (see the previous session), then it's time for you to setup your own classes. That's what we cover in this session. It's your turn to get @CTIVE...afterall you are a ninja on the @CTIVTED Classroom scale by now if you've been through all the previous sessions!
Sometimes life does not make sense, especially when you come from, tens, hundreds...I'm not sure how old you are...of years teaching in a traditional way. And so while Edmodo is so simple to use, and loved by students, it can be a little backwards to us. This session should clear that up.
Now this is great. You can get other teachers to help you on your courses. What a great way to share the load, to share your learning, to have conversations. In this session I will show you how to add co-teachers to any course.
Videos...I love them and hate them. We have talked about how powerful videos are in other sections. There is no doubt of their power in our lives today. Just look at Youtube. However the problem with video is that it is about consumption, and that is not where the power of learning in an @CTIVATED Classroom lies. It lies in creating, conversation, etc. However Edmodo allows you to not only share videos - and there are some great resources out there - but it allows you to engage your students in a conversation around the video. Now that's @ctivated learning.
Edmodo as a social learning space is just the tip of the iceberg. You can add thousands of apps to your space. In fact in the next session we explore a great app for making video more engaging. In this session we will look at how easy it is to add apps to Edmodo. This will make you 'appy, for sure!
We've spoken both in this section and in others about the strengths and weaknesses of video. There is lots of great content on video, but the weakness is that video is passive. It is based on content consumption. Everything you have learnt in this course in the @CTIVATED Classroom is about being @ctive. And so when it comes to video we want it to be active. In this lesson we look at Educanon - which was also covered in the conversation section - as a powerful app that allows you to engage your students ina conversation around the video content.
Come on, admit it. You enjoy some hints and tips. Well then, if you do, you will enjoy this section. There are so many amazing things you can do Edmodo, so I decided to pack them all into this section. So watch and learn and enjoy and grow and of course....become @ctive!
Check out this video, created by the good folk at Edmodo, that shows you a great example of how you can implement Edmodo for teaching science...the possibilities are endless. All it needs is an @CTIVATED brain and an @CTIVATED Classroom!
You don't want to miss out. We are chatting, hanging out together, sharing stories, asking questions, saying "hi"...or whatever else you want to do in our official Edmodo group...made just for you. So watch this session and find out how to join our special Edmodo group for teachers using technology to @CTIVATE their classrooms!
Wow....Wow....did I say "wow"?
What a journey. If you've been through all the lessons on this course you most certainly will have shifted your teaching into a new realm. You are officially now an @CTIVIST of the highest order. Sure, it's a process. Sure, the learning continues...we talked about that. However by now your paradigm, your core teaching principles will have shifted. And even more exciting you have seen and experienced practical tools that came help you implement an @CTIVATED Classroom model. So, in this conclusion we look back and see where you've come from and what you've learned. Wow!....OK, I already said that ;-)
The future looks amazing. We've looked back, and now we look forward to an amazing future where we continue to learn through the conversation and engagement of the @CTIVATED Classroom.
A printable chart of the @CTIVATED Classroom model, which you can hang proudly on your classroom wall, because by this stage you are a certified @CTIVIST.
Craig is a dynamic international speaker who has been involved in business, I.T. and education for over 20 years, with his PhD speciality being in IT and learning. He has taught and inspired everyone from politicians to corporate leaders to parents to children, all around the world. In addition he has published numerous books and research papers on IT, and launched many successful businesses both offline and online.
Craig is not only pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning, he has pushed the boundaries of physical endurance having run over 30 marathons (42km/26mi), 8 Comrades Marathons (90km/56mi). For Craig, life is about living it to the full!
Craig's passion is to creatively inspire people, whether through his work with disadvantaged communities in Africa or through his seminars to international leaders. Join Craig, one of the world's foremost authorities in online learning, and not only will you learn amazing things, you will be inspired by his creative and engaging approaches.
If you want to find out more about Craig then visit his website below.
What people say about Craig
- "Craig has the rare ability to engage personally with each member in his audience" (A. Byrnes, PDM Pty Ltd, Australia),
- "Craig is a dynamic speaker, out-of-the-box strategic thinker and professional" (R. van Rooyen, Associate Partner, Deloitte)
- “Mr. Blewett is a pleasure to take in. The excitingly focused style by which he speaks keeps you on the edge of your attention.” (C. Stickney, USA)
- “Craig is an experienced and highly competent teacher and presenter. He has the rare ability to convey innovative concepts in an engaging fashion that is packed with enthusiasm but also logic and balance.” (Dr. Alleyne, UK)
- "Craig is possibly one of the most interesting presenters I have encountered. His students love him and in public forums he is unequalled." (Prof. Maharaj, UKZN, South Africa)