Educause* regularly publishes new “7 things you should know about…” While developed for higher education many of the topics covered, especially those in the Learning Technology Topics series, are very relevant for those of us working in secondary and even primary years. From the site:
Use these quick reads to get essential information on emerging technologies and practices, including potential implications and opportunitities. These resources are great to share with teams or faculty considering a new technology.
The seven things are always answers to these questions:
- What is it?
- How does it work?
- Who’s doing it?
- Why is it significant?
- What are the downsides?
- Where is it going?
- What are the implications for higher education?
and come as a downloadable Pdf or ePub file. Some issues also include a podcast about the topic.
Recent topics have included
- 7 things you should know about games and learning
- 7 things you should know about competency-based education
- 7 things you should know about gesture-based computing
I highly recommend having a browse at Educause, you never know what you might learn!
*EDUCAUSE is a US nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology.
The 2014 Winter Olympic games begin in the early hours of tomorrow morning – time to find some interesting activities for the classroom.
From NBC Learn comes The Science of the Olympics NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, unravels the physics, biology, chemistry, materials science and math behind the Olympic Winter Games. There are 16 short videos, complete with transcript and activities, on topics including Competition Suits, Figuring Out Figure Skating, Aerial Physics, and The Science of Skis. There’s something here for all year levels.
The Australian Olympic Team have Winter Games Lesson Plans suitable for the primary levels and there’s also the opportunity to Chat to a Champ via video conferencing (or view the previous chats that have already taken place).
Teacher Vision has printable resources, activities, worksheets, reference materials, and lesson plans designed to help students learn about: the history of the Olympic games; Olympic symbols and traditions; Sochi and Russia; security concerns, and all about the sports that feature at the games.
Edutopia has put together a resource round-up focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.
Larry Ferlazzo posted Best sites for learning about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and has just followed up with Sochi Olympics Resource Update