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Could This Digital Math Tool Change Instruction For the Better? Math instruction can be the most resistant to changes in pedagogy — even schools that have had success with project-based learning or inquiry-centered approaches can struggle to teach math in ways that help students understand the rich connections and complexity of the subject. That’s why some educators are excited to see Desmos — an ed-tech product best known for offering an online graphing calculator — adding features that promote inquiry. Recently, Desmos has been building out its platform to offer customizable lessons. Led by Chief Academic Officer Dan Meyer, a former math teacher who left the classroom to pursue a PhD in math education, Desmos has been using its platform to model how technology could change pedagogy.

What Teachers That Use Technology Believe - What Teachers That Use Technology Believe by Terry Heick What do teachers that use technology believe (as it pertains to teaching with technology)?

What Teachers That Use Technology Believe -

This will read a lot like a pro-education technology post because it (more or less) is. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Here Is An Excellent Google Drive Tool for Creating Rubrics. October 31, 2015OrangeSlice:Teacher Rubric is an interesting Google Docs add-on to use for creating rubric selections and converting the Analysis or Holistic rubric into a percentage or points grade.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Here Is An Excellent Google Drive Tool for Creating Rubrics

This app, according to its developer, comes to fill in the grading deficiency in Google Classroom and Docs. As he stated, ‘Google docs and Classroom are fantastic applications to create, distribute and receive submitted assignments from students. However, the grading process seems to bring the efficiency to a screeching halt.

Where can the grade be placed so it stands out from the assignment? How can rubric selections be made easily? The strength of Teacher Rubric is that it makes grading super easy for teachers by ‘eliminating repetitive clicks, presenting the rubric selections in an easy to use format and presenting the final grades in a consistent, professional format. Give OrangeSlice:Teacher Rubric a try and share with us your feedback. 11 of the Best Back-to-School Apps for Teachers. Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers.

With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold.

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country. “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. 6 Futuristic Google Tools That Feel Like Science Fiction. Self-driving cars, Google Glass, and virtual reality headsets, it is no secret that Google builds products that seem to be pulled straight from the imaginations of science fiction writers.

6 Futuristic Google Tools That Feel Like Science Fiction

But did you know there are futuristic Google technologies you can use right now for free? We’ve put together a list of six free and ready-to-use tools that will make you feel like you just got out of a time machine. From sending links via sound waves to navigating outer space from your desktop, we are truly entering a new era of technological progress. Join us and explore the future now. 1. Emailing a link to your office neighbor is so 2014.

A Design Make Playground for Learning. 5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive. Guest post by April Smith One of my goals at the beginning of this school year was parent engagement.

5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive

In the past, our school has sent home between 3-5 flyers every week trying to get parents involved, with little success. I was frustrated with how much work I was putting into communicating with the parents, only to not hear anything back. I needed something revolutionary to engage the parents. Many of our parents work long hours and often don't even see their kids in the evening to gather all of the flyers we're sending home.

5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive. 6 Must-Have Back to School Apps. When you pen a story about school children and technology, this is typically the spot where the writer goes on about how kids used to walk uphill in the snow, lugging a bag overflowing with heavy tomes, so on and so forth.

6 Must-Have Back to School Apps

But the reality is that older people need to get with the times just as much. These six apps can help students of all ages make the best of the opportunities that today’s mobile devices provide. From homework trackers to ways to chat with classmates, you can do it all with your Android or iOS device. Well, everything except for taking tests — so be sure to study. Brainscape Flashcards are a staple of studying. Sharing capabilities help the app work for study groups or teams, and cross-device syncing means you can pick up on a tablet where you left off on your phone. Augmented Reality. 21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year. The Past mixing with the Future #selfie A new school year always brings about new ideas and hopeful ambition for teachers.

21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do This Year

However, it’s almost 2015. Gone are the days when we can use the excuse that “we don’t do technology”. Part of being a teacher in the 21st century is being creative in integrating academics and learning into student’s digital lives. 50 great apps for teachers. How to clean your Mac: 3 best apps to remove clutter. Got an Apple, Mac or iOS tech question?

How to clean your Mac: 3 best apps to remove clutter

We have the answer. This time we take a look at some good options for helping you remove unwanted files from your Mac. It's not necessary for everyone, but if you want some help cleaning up your Mac, these apps will help you cut through the clutter. Question Just wondering - can you guys can tell me what program you would recommend to clean a cluttered Mac? Answer For the most part, Macs are pretty good at not leaving behind a lot of clutter, although when you uninstall or delete apps, you might want to double-check the Application Support and Cache folders in your Library folder for any lingering unwanted files. . • Daisy Disk: This app gives you a detailed overview of the files on your Mac, and can aid you in finding disk-hogging files and apps that could be removed. • Clear Disk: Lets you easily clean and remove temporary files, redundant system files, and apps that you don't often use.

Got an Apple tech question? Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens. Getty By David Price Along with Google search, Wikipedia has become the first point of reference for most of us.

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

Wikipedia’s first incarnation, Nupedia, relied upon the authority of academic experts to provide quality control for Jimmy Wales’ first attempt at an online encyclopedia. After months of peer-review, only a handful of articles had appeared on Nupedia. DML Hub. Have Students Create Infographics Using Google Draw. For a presentation I am giving at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention April 26th, I needed to figure out how to do Infographics using Google tools.

Have Students Create Infographics Using Google Draw

I’ve long been a fan and user of Google Draw, but I have not tried to actually make an infographic before. Beyond Minecraft: Games That Inspire Building and Exploration. By Tanner Higgin, Graphite The success and popularity of Minecraft in and out of classrooms is no surprise. It’s one of the best examples of the potential of learning with games because it embraces exploration, discovery, creation, collaboration, and problem-solving while allowing teachers to shepherd play toward any subject area.

But Minecraft is not the only game of this kind. Take a look at some of these. 1. TCEA 2015: How to Inspire a Love of Big Data. When they're learning new things, kids and adults often ask, “I don’t get it. When am I ever going to need to know this?” Data is no stranger to this kind of thought. When we are presented with mountains of data, our eyes tend to glaze over. But data isn’t going anywhere. Every day, more and more data is collected, and it's coalescing into Big Data. YouTube downloader tool - Fastesttube! Engage your Science students with Google Drawing - JoeMeza. Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level: Specific Traits to Look For. Kids create stop motion videos in class. (Brad Flickinger/Flickr) “They don’t live in Saskatoon!” A seventh-grade girl says vehemently. She’s working with her class to figure out where another mystery class is located somewhere else in the world. The two classes are competing to figure out the other’s location first.

It looks like fun and students are certainly engaged in the project. “They were practicing important skills, asking questions, problem-solving,” said one teacher. Gizmos! Online simulations that power inquiry and understanding. How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets. For Teachers, Wired Classrooms Pose New Management Concerns - Education Week Teacher. Published Online: October 14, 2013 Students at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science in the District of Columbia put laptops away after class. Teachers are finding that technology-infused classrooms require a new layer of management techniques and procedures. —Swikar Patel/Education Week. How Google Has Changed Student Research. You know how some days, you feel older than others? 10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs.

Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. Clarifying the Blurred Lines between Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship. Teaching and Modeling Good Digital Citizenship. 10 Lessons Teachers Can Learn from YouTube’s Popularity. Gangnam Style. How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD. Life Transforming Hidden OS X Features Save Tons of TimeDzineblog360. 6 Email Share. Possible Worlds Creator: Our Games Are for Play, Not Assessment.

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10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education. Digital Tools Every year Project Tomorrow conducts a massive survey of students, parents, teachers and administrators to get a sense of how educators are using technology in and outside the classroom. Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans gave a preview of the 2013 Speak Up Survey earlier this week and Chris Riedel from T.H.E Journal was there to capture it. The report provides a good snapshot of the country with over 325,000 students surveyed. In recognition of Digital Learning Day, check out the trends that students say are influencing their school experience. 10 Major Tech Trends in Education/T.H.E. Related. Let's describe the whole world! 26 Websites that will make you a Genius. Websites Educational.

1. Khan Academy. Best Use for iPad? Simulating Hard-to-Find Experiences. Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus. Science, Math, and Fan Fiction: What’s Worth Learning? The 101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet. Ten Free Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom. Students’ use of laptops in class lowers grades: Canadian study. Classroom Technology – Turning our Kids into nerds. Are kids really motivated by technology? Free Document Conversion Network: PDF, Excel, Word, Text, ImagesInfographic: Get More Out Of Google. 10 Google Services That Don’t Get the Limelight They Deserve. Perform Everyday Tasks for Free.