Monthly Archives: September 2013

How To Teach Critical Thinking Using Bloom’s Taxonomy – Edudemic

You can now easily integrate Bloom’s Taxonomy into the teaching of critical thinking skills in your classroom using a fabulously simple chart!

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Exploring Curation as a Core Competency in Digital and Media Literacy Education, Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2013


“In today’s hypermedia landscape, youth and young adults are increasingly using social media platforms, online aggregators and mobile applications for daily information use. Communication educators, armed with a host of free, easy-to-use online tools, have the ability to create dynamic approaches to teaching and learning about information and communication flow online. In this paper we explore the concept of curation as a student- and creation-driven pedagogical tool to enhance digital and media literacy education. We present a theoretical justification for curation and present six key ways that curation can be used to teach about critical thinking, analysis and expression online. We utilize a case study of the digital curation platform “Storify” to explore how curation works in the classroom, and present a framework that integrates curation pedagogy into core media literacy education learning outcomes. “

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology

Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 3 people & 3 ideas for using Twitter to share, discover, & connect with students

Twitter ( is a great tool for sharing, discovering, and connecting with others who care about the same ideas and information. You can use Twitter right on your phone without downloading any software and even with just one teacher cell phone per class, contributions can be made and modeled anywhere, anytime. Twitter has become such a popular tool because it asks one question, “What’s happening?” Answers must be under 140 characters in length and can be sent via mobile texting, instant message, or the web.

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Harvard plans to boldly go with ‘Spocs’

Harvard develops the next big thing for online learning. Is this the real deal?

Enter the Spoc. And the clue is in the “small, private” part of the name. These courses are still free and delivered through the internet, but access is restricted to much smaller numbers, tens or hundreds, rather than tens of thousands.

It means a selection process for applicants and the capacity for a more customised experience. Looking further down the track, it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine fees and course credits.

Harvard and University of California, Berkeley, part of the edX online alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are among the universities beginning to experiment with this more refined model.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Small Personalized Online Classes (SPOC) are nothing new.  I’ve been teaching them since the turn of the century.  The twist is that world class schools like Harvard and Berkeley are toying with offering education to a non-traditional group of students who might not otherwise be admitted to these exclusive schools. 

(As a Berkeley Grad I’m glad to see CAL making this move!)

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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

“The difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning is a crucial one, in many ways indicative of an important shift in education.

Traditionally, tests have told teachers and parents how a student “does,” then offers a very accessible point of data (usually percentage correct and subsequent letter grade) that is reported to parents as a performance indicator.”

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