MERIT: Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology

This summer, I will be participating in a program through a local community college called MERIT. MERIT is “a research-based, educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum with student-centered, technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future” (McGriff, 2010). 

Similar to many of the ideas in Tony Wagner’s book, I hope that this program will give me many 21st Century Learning tools to use in my classroom. Even though the program hasn’t started, we have already had to complete a few assignments showcasing some great online tools.

Here are a few of my favorite:

1. Google Tools: The Google for Educators Site shares ways you can use the numerous Google tools in your classroom. They also have several webinars and project ideas.

2. TED Videos: Take a look at some of these great videos. Using the search feature, teachers can find inspiring talks by riveting speakers to address almost any lesson.

3. YouTube Videos: Although many people are familiar with YouTube, I have found some great videos which can help spice up any lesson. Here one of my student’s favorite videos which I used to help teach slope intercept form:

4. Next Vista for Learning: Here is a great, advertisement-free, video collection for teachers! I love how the videos are pre-screed and many of the videos are created by students!

5. Edtopia: Edtopia is another great resource to use in the classroom. It has a great search engine so you can easily find any lesson, as well as a blog and information on “schools that work.”

6. Classroom 2.0: Classroom 2.0 is a great social network for teachers. Although teaching can sometimes be an isolating experience, this website makes it easy for you to collaborate with teachers all over the world!

7. Lessonopoly: Lessonopoly is another great resources for teachers because it includes lesson plans, classroom management strategies and is also supported by the former State Superintendent. Check it out!

8. Curriki: Similar to Lessonopoly, Curriki is a non-profit organization built to help teachers share effective lessons.

9. Twitter: Not only can Twitter be a great way to search for effective teaching techniques, but it could also be a great way to communicate with your students!

I hope you can find some of these tools useful! If you’re interested in the MERIT program, click here!

McGriff, S. (2010, November 30). Kci merit program 2011. Retrieved from http://sites.google.com/site/kcimeritprogram/

Learning and the Brain: STEM Symposium Recap

We recently attend a STEM Symposium put on by California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. At this symposium one of the four speakers Anne Marie Bergen, who is currently a Teacher in Residence for the College of Science and Mathematics, Biological Sciences at Cal Poly.  During her speech, she shared with us some very interesting information about an organization call “Learning and the Brain.”  Below is some information about the organization, what they do, and how to get involved.

Learning & the Brain has been bringing neuroscientists and educators together since 1999 to explore new research on the brain and learning and its implications for education. These conferences and summer institutes bring cutting-edge neuroscience and educational research directly from the researchers themselves to educators, clinicians, counselors, speech-language and special education professionals to improve their practice. Research centers and labs at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins,and other leading institutes have joined forces with us to provide the latest findings and co-sponsor our efforts. Today, Learning & the Brain produces three multi-day conferences a year, a one-day symposium in New York City and three hands-on summer institutes. It also provides awards to upcoming and senior researchers in the field of neuroeducation through our ‘Transforming Education Through Neuroscience” award and the Learning & the Brain Foundation. In addition, Learning & the Brain sponsors the online Learning & the Brain Society and an online store.

If interested in attending a conference or learning more about this organization please click on the following link:

Learning and the Brain

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