links for 2011-01-17

  • Subject matter experts know their subject matter.  That’s why they’re called experts.  But they don’t always know how best to teach what they know, especially when it comes to elearning.
  • Basic in design, the site is rich with lessons, worksheets, calculators, and more. Its focus, obviously, is on algebraic equations, and this overview of algebra is a helpful place for struggling students to begin. -Instructify
  • The checklist presents best practices in online teaching. Included are essential ideas for all online instructors during all stages of an online course.What do you do before the class starts?What should be accomplished during the first week of class?What expectations should be met during the class?How do you make the most of your last week of class?Each stage includes checklists for: Managerial ExpectationsSocial ExpectationsPedagogical / Instructional Design Expectations.Technical Expectations
  • If you are dealing with equations, formulas and conversions, then you should be trying out Microsoft Mathematics. Microsoft Mathematics is a tool designed to offer users a graphing calculator capable of plotting both in 2D and 3D, but also offering equation solving capabilities along with step-by-step instructions of the process. It is specially useful for students to get school work done quickly and easily. The tool is available for download free of cost. With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.It comes as a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator. Mathematics 4.0 also comes with a friendly graphical user interface and Microsoft has carried the popular ribbon interface to this tool as well. -LifeRocks2.0
  • The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells.

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