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Education Technology. Edutech for Teachers. TheTechSpec Blog. Blog - Office of Educational Technology. Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom. The EdTech Roundup - Home. 5 Tech Tool Combinations for Taking Your Class Global. Few students in the United States today have any memory of a time before the Internet.

With a world of interactions (both good and bad) a mere click away, it is crucial to prepare our students for a connected existence that values respect, awareness, and collaboration with others from diverse backgrounds – in essence, to make truly global citizens. How can it be done? By harnessing the power and design of many familiar apps and websites, teachers can bring this global diversity and collaboration into their classrooms.

In fact, by simply pairing a few tried and true tools with new or more obscure apps, you can deftly combine curriculum-based and global learning. Let’s take a look at a few online application pairings that will help your students learn how to communicate on a global scale in multiple modalities while building their 21st century technology skills. 1. If you don’t already have a classroom Twitter account, you should create one today. 2. 3. 4. 5. In Short. Learn Moore Stuff | Laura Moore-NEISD Instructional Technology Specialist. 15 Unique and Creative Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom –

Here are some great new ideas to use your iPad in your classroom, K-12 and beyond! The iPad, as we all know, is a great tool for education. We are hoping that you can use at least a few of these new and creative ideas. This post is a collaborative piece that was created with the help of two respected educators: Jonathan Wylie, a Google Apps Certified Instructor and Instructional Technology Consultant from Iowa, USA. Meg Wilson, an Apple Distinguished Educator, special education teacher and technology specialist from, Connecticut, USA. 1.

With this app, and the help of a dedicated, or DIY, mount you can use your iPad as a document camera, annotate over anything you set under the camera, and even record what you show. 2. You can create 3D models of anything in your classroom simply by taking pictures of it using this innovative app. 3. Quizlet is a completely free resource that allows you to create flashcards for your students. 4. 5. Have lots of interesting photos to share? 6. 7. A. B. Using Apple Teacher for Professional Development. What does it mean to take ownership of your professional development? In a previous post, I included tips and strategies to help educators grow their knowledge base. Self-paced learning activities provide a way for teachers to work through a certification or badging program at a tempo that works with their schedule and interests. Badging Programs Aren’t New Professional development sites like SimpleK12 let teachers earn badges for watching a certain number of webinars or engaging in their communities.

Both Google and Nearpod have certified teacher programs. Google Certified Educator exams let teachers demonstrate their proficiency in using G Suite tools. Programs like these help educators understand not just the nuts and bolts of a particular tool, but how to use it to reach their instructional goals and meet the needs of students. Apple Enters the Badging Game In addition to these programs, Apple Education introduced the Apple Teacher program in 2016.

How It Works. 7 Online Tools to Make Custom Learning Games (No Coding Required!) By Elizabeth Kahn It is a fact that even in the 21st century, students need to study and review information they’ve been taught in class. In fact, many scientific studies have asserted that learning doesn’t take place without repetition. Study guides created by the teacher or student in the form of lists may help when a student is preparing to take a test but may not be the best route for learning. There are many digital tools that allow teachers and students to create games to make the repetition of information fun, rather than a chore. The librarian and classroom teacher can make a great team when planning and executing lessons where the students generate games for study review in any content area and across grade levels. Flippity Flippity offers several opportunities to design learning games with a Google spreadsheet.

Digital Jeopardy There are several ways to create digital Jeopardy—including tools like Flippity. More: How Gamification Helped More Than 10,000 Students Improve Reading.

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- How Does iPad Workflow Fluency Look in Kindergarten. 3 Comments February 5, 2013 By: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano Feb 3 Written by: 2/3/2013 4:58 PM ShareThis Recently, I tried to explain to a teacher from another school how we are trying to use iPads BEYOND apps. There is nothing wrong with using apps for isolated skills practice, such as multiplication, spelling, memorization, taking digitized quizzes or substituting otherwise traditional analog activities. I have shared last week, how our first graders are showing first signs of fluency when working with the tools at their disposal.

We chose four apps (Doodle Buddy, Skitch, iMovie, ExplainEverything) to introduce our 5 and 6 year olds to the workflow: import>create>save>share As we were using the above apps, we continue to ask and reflect: How is the app used to directly support curriculum content? What are some of the workflows your students are becoming fluent in? Cross-posted on