Category Archives: creativity

TED-Ed: Build or share video based lessons

Have you ever found the perfect Youtube video to illustrate a point in class? Has a TED Talk inspired you and you want to share it with your students? Do you want to take it a step further?

TED has an excellent online tool called TED-Ed that allows anyone to choose, share and expand on video content from Youtube, TED Talks or other TED-Ed lessons. Using the lesson builder, you can add review questions, follow-up readings and even group discussion topics.

TED-Ed makes it easy to leverage online video content in a quick and easy format. You can take a tour of the lesson builder at http://ed.ted.com/tour

Tyler Heaton

Submitted by Tyler Heaton
Educational Consultant – Technology

 

Horizon Report 2014 is out. Is the UofL keeping up with the trends?

If you are not familiar with the Horizon Report, it is a report on new trends, challenges and technologies in education. The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE work together to output this report every year. They follow trending strategies, technologies, and even challenges in the education sector. Not only is the report a wealth of information, but these two groups provide a forecast about which trends or technologies will be upon us and how far away they are from appearing in our educational institutions.

You can download the report in it’s entirety here.
http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed

Below is a brief over view of the trends that were identified in the report. These trends are often looked at as future trends, but often times they are considered future trends because we are seeing the changes occur in our educational environments already. It is important to keep that in mind as we read these trends and evaluate our own institution. Identified with each key trend below are examples of what the great teaching community here at the University of Lethbridge is already doing to address some of these trends.

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Teach, Click, Learn: Classroom Response Systems

From hand raising to popsicle sticks, clickers to smartphones, classroom polling is an effective way to gauge students understanding of the material, to generate classroom discussion, or even to give one shy student an opportunity to voice their opinion.

While the technology has evolved from coloured popsicle sticks to Classroom Response Systems, the pedagogical principles of student polling have remained the same. Instructors today have many options for gauging understanding on the fly in the classroom. Continue reading

The Possibilities of Multiple Intelligence

Dr. Howard Gardner speaks about The Multiple Intelligence Theory in the videos below. A few highlights of these

Human beings have very different kinds of strengths and it is important in how we learn. We can assess and teach people in different ways to enhance their learning experience. Teaching one way to all students is looked upon as an unfair education.

Everything can be taught in more than one way. There are 8 intelligences but that does not mean we need to teach in 8 different ways, but rather that there are multiple ways to teach and instructors and students can benefit from trying different teaching approaches.

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