“Pupils from Robin Hood primary school, Birmingham, worked with a film crew from the National College for School Leadership to express their desire to use their favorite technologies for learning in school.” YouTube.  We can become better teachers by using “Active Learning” to engage students with or without technology.

Here are three short videos to show you how to engage students with active learning.  This type of learning supports what we know about the brain and learning.

What is “Active Learning”?
This video explains active learning in the classroom and in an on-line class.  Notice the reference to the new Bloom’s and higher order thinking skills.  Educational pedagogy in action.

Tools to Encourage Active Learning
Here are some teacher strategies for active learning and listening you may already be using.

Active Learning in Classrooms: Everyone is engaged!
You’ve got to love the set-up of this room – very egalitarian.  There is no place for the teacher to sit at the front of the room behind a desk while the kids are working; it is learning space designed for collaborative, active learning and teacher-coaching.  Again, this reflects what we know about how students learn.

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About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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