Create understanding

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Image : The Rapid e-learning blog

The performance based e-learning approach is how you create understanding and a way forward. Not just for students but for yourself as a teacher as well. I have written regularly about creating the create content – share – get feedback – grow content approach which is the tried and true method of the internet.  Personalised learning is possible with technology and so everyone can be included in the learning loop and the content exploration loop. Students can explore their learning and knowledge in different ways and so , as long as the feedback loop is there, teachers can see more easily whether students are progressing in their skills and knowledge. Students can give feedback too which will enable teachers to deliver content in a more accessible way.  The Rapid e-learning blog explains performance based learning clearly and gives some good tips. it is important that students can see evidence of their learning. it is important that they can put those new skills to the test. Christopher Pappas has also written a very good post on the elearning Industry site:

The Ultimate Performance-Based eLearning Guide For Instructional Designers

Again it is a very clear explanation of how to go about using technology and teaching guidelines in order to achieve  sound performance which can be further enhanced and encouraged.

Google Translate for Teachers

Lex Prin is very popular on YouTube and he only put this clip up on 23/9 and he is already getting to his 50,000 views. Living proof you can teach, learn , share and connect from anywhere , even your car. We have mobile devices and connectivity. The thought , though, you could use your mobile phone to rewrite and filter your thoughts into something which is more socially acceptable is a great one. One we all wish for. Teachers are not  the only people employed in a position where they have to sometimes rephrase what they are thinking to couch it in a more dulcet way. Why can’t our phones do this for us? Why isn’t there an app for that? We have all sorts of apps for productivity, time management, learning, skills development. We now need apps for personal and social capability! I thank the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia for sharing this video on my Facebook feed this morning.

History apps

Titanic There are some really good histoy apps around for iOS. Some of them may well have Android versions if you check. HistoryApps has a number of freed educational history apps which seem to be for younger children or those young at heart. TechRadar recommends apps for an older age group but most of them seem to be paid apps. There are two free ones , though, which are well endorsed: National Geographic’s Titanic and Streetmuseum’s Londinium. Timeline Eons is another really good free app for history. eLearningIndustry has free apps for teaching American history.

Pixntell

Pixntell has been around for a while but apps like this one probably need to come back into fashion again. The world has moved from an event driven approach to a narrative constructed one. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and then gadgets like action cameras are all about recording your own narrative. The belief is that everyone has a story to tell and so short videos are now the thing. Pixntell is a free app which easily converts images into a quick video which you can share. It was designed as an educational app but we really have moved on to anywhere anytime learning and so it’s an app for anyone. There is a small fee in terms of an in app purchase to remove the watermark.

iPad magician

The world has moved on. Magicians have always been there and held everyone in their thrall. They have always been dramatic and had some interesting props. The next generation of magicians can just sit there and talk with an iPad. They are not only a productivity tool anymore. They can create illusions and we now have people who understand them so well they can manipulate them in magical ways. Wouldn’t that be a fun way to teach in class?! You can find Simon Pierro on his iOS Magic channel on You Tube.

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