Counting down the top 13 from 2013 (part 1)

As the year comes to a close, I thought I would take some time to review the top blog posts from 2013.  You may be wondering what constitutes a “top post.”  I examine views, likes on Facebook and shares on Twitter and through some comprehensive high-tech guesswork, I assemble a year-end list.  Here are posts 7 – 13.  Next week, I’ll share the top 6.  Enjoy.

#7.  Ban that student laptop?  From August 20, 2013, the post outlines research from Computers & Education which studied the effect of off-task laptop users on academic performance.

#8.  Screencapture your iPad with Reflector.  Written on October 15, 2013, the post reviews Reflector, an application which allows users to share their iPad screens.

#9.  Leadership lessons from a dancing guy.  Shared on July 23, 2013, the post features a video of a sole dancer who leads by example.

#10.  The Pillars of Flipped Learning.  From June 25, 2013, this post examines a report published by George Mason University that identified several critical components to Flipped Classrooms.

#11.  It’s not about the lecture but the learning.  Shared on January 8, 2013, this post analyzes the Flipped Classroom model and the need to focus more on students’ classroom activity than on the technology of lecture capturing.

#12.  Reaching all students through UDL.  This post, shared on August 6, 2013, outlines Universal Design for Learning and how it can inform the design of classroom instruction and assessment.

#13.  Critical friends for face-to-face and online teaching.  Posted on April 2, 2013, this post examines the need for Critical Friends who can give feedback on our teaching in face-to-face and online learning environments.

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