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Making Sense of Makerspaces
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In this issue: Great Finds at GaETC
Each year the Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC) takes place, offering educators of all levels of experience the opportunity to learn more about the ways to include technology in their classrooms. Some sessions focus on digital tools, while others focus on strategies to better leverage technology to enhance learning. Below are five ideas shared at GaETC that we thought you would find useful as well.
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November 13-17, 2017
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The Maker Movement embraces innovation, creativity, and learning to improve our communities and create a better future. Tinkerers, educators, parents, and professionals are included, because we are all Makers. That includes you. What will you make?
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A professional learning network is a vibrant, ever-changing group of connections to which teachers go to both share and learn. These groups may reflect common values, passions, and areas of expertise. Teachers build PLNs the same way they build any network: by investing time to find and connect with people they trust, who have shared interests and passions.
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Analytics in Education: Educational Data Analytics technologies are now considered as useful to overcome practical barriers for sustainable and effective data-driven decision making in teaching and learning. They can be classified in3 main types, as follows:
Teaching Analytics refers to methods and tools that enable those involved ineducational design(Instructional Designers and/or educators) to analyse their designs in order to reflect on and improve them prior to the delivery to the learners.
Learning Analytics has been defined as “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs”.
Teaching and Learning Analytics, which combines Teaching Analytics and Learning Analytics to support the process of teacher inquiry, facilitating teachers to reflect on their teaching design using evidence from the delivery to the students.
The Evolution of Teacher Roles: After decades of relatively unchanged form and function, the job description of a teacher has undergone some significant transformations in a short period of time. The traditional "stand-and-deliver" method of instruction is being pushed out by the coach approach.
Today’s teachers are trending in the direction of mentors and coaches for their students, overseeing activities and providing assistance when needed, but not the helicopter oversight that was once an expectation. Teachers are lecturing less and consulting more, encouraging students to discover and explore their passions in a more flexible manner.
Right now, you have students. Eventually, those students will become the citizens -- employers, employees, professionals, educators, and caretakers of our planet in 21st century. Beyond mastery of standards, what can you do to help prepare them? What can you promote to be sure they are equipped with the skill sets they will need to take on challenges and opportunities that we can't yet even imagine?