A Walk in the Clouds (A Teacher’s Perspective on Cloud Computing)

Teacher Editorial | By Shelley Grey-Sortland (BOLT student)

Head in the Clouds
Cloud computing is one of the emerging education technologies that is impacting teachers and learners, inside and outside the classroom. But what is this ‘cloud’ anyway? Essentially, cloud computing means “storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive” (Griffith, 2016). The image below illustrates how a variety of devices can be used to access a myriad of applications on the cloud. So if you are using the Web to access your data or your programs then you are taking a walk in the clouds!

cloudcomputing
Title: Cloud Computing
Creator: Sam Johnston
Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cloud_computing.svg
Copyright Information: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Using OER for Project Based Learning

Teacher Editorial | By Janet Remus (BOLT student)

The Problem

Today, educators are constantly told that they need to employ teaching strategies that are more engaging and applicable to their students’ lives beyond the classroom.  Using worksheets and lecturemobile-phones are practically considered taboo, as we move from teacher-directed approaches to learner-centred approaches.  Project Based Learning (PBL), which the Buck Institute for Education defines as “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge” seems to offer a great alternative to traditional teaching methods.

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