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Ving – The Content Management System Educators Have Been Waiting For. Make web pages easier to read. Designing web pages is a skill and an art.

Make web pages easier to read

However, some of this skill and art can either be lost on our students or end up being a distraction and reducing focus. Students are exposed to online learning at ever increasing rates. So, more web pages to comb through and distractions to get them off task. However, I’ve found a tool that eliminates all distractions from a web page so students can get right to content. Readability is a Chrome extension that clears out all the “noise” on a web page: navigation bars, headers, colors, and ads. Voila! Kenny Silva teaches eighth-grade English language arts, US history and technology at Easterbrook Discovery School in San Jose, CA. Tech Tips is a content collaboration between SmartBrief Education and GreyED Solutions.

Like this article? Bloomin' Apps. Using Collaborative Competition to Promote Vocabulary Study. A MiddleWeb Blog Teacher dream: “Can we do this again?”

Using Collaborative Competition to Promote Vocabulary Study

“This rocks!” “We are the vocab queens!” Believe it or not, you don’t have to shake me and wake me from a lovely dream of students begging to review vocabulary. I have a love-hate relationship with teaching vocab, as you might have noticed in last month’s post, “We Grow by Embracing Our Teaching Mistakes,” which was, in large part, about how I had gotten the vocabulary instruction all wrong the year before. 5 (Arguable) Assertions About Academic Websites. I’ve worked on enough academic website projects to know how little I know about creating websites.

5 (Arguable) Assertions About Academic Websites

Having worked on a new or redesigned academic website is not the same as having web expertise. Eight Great Apps for Educators to Create, Display and Share. Nancy White/Flickr By Kathy E.

Eight Great Apps for Educators to Create, Display and Share

Gill, PBS MediaShift For educators looking to integrate iPads, iPods and other mobile devices, here are eight must-have apps that will make life easier to do things like move files, capture lectures, read PDFs, and much more. 1. COPY, Freemium. 5 Ways to Use StumbleUpon in Education. Whether you’re a StumbleUpon aficionado or have yet to get to grips with this awesome content discovery site, keep reading, because it has the potential to be of real benefit in your classroom.

5 Ways to Use StumbleUpon in Education

Whilst StumbleUpon isn’t the content discovery powerhouse it was back in January 2011, it’s far from had its day. It’s a powerful, user-friendly, educational tool that can help you become inspired, plan lessons, and connect with your students in a way that’s significant to them. Fourth after Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for social media referrals, StumbleUpon provides a more focused way of browsing the Internet for useful, relevant material than relying on the attention-vortex that is Google.

Just tell it what your interests are, and voila, it serves up a healthy helping of websites, photos and videos.

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Socrative. 6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 201 6. About a year ago, I published an e-book called the Teacher’s Guide to Tech.

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 201 6

Over the last month, I have been updating it for 2016, adding over 30 new tools and refreshing the information I had about the original ones. I have to say, the 2015 version was excellent, but now it’s SO MUCH BETTER. (To take a peek at the guide, scroll to the bottom of this post.) In the process, I discovered some tools that I absolutely fell in love with, and I wanted to share them with you here. Each of these tools can make your teaching more efficient and effective, and your students’ learning deeper and more engaging. Let’s take a look. 10 Favorite Educational YouTube Channels. YouTube is a powerful resource for teaching and learning – if you know where to look.

10 Favorite Educational YouTube Channels

This list of must-watch educational YouTube channels are perfect for finding video clips to share with students in class or in a flipped learning environment. As opposed to an individual video, channels are created by individuals and organizations and are full of related content. You’ll also find resources for educators to help boost content knowledge and introduce teaching strategies. Mobile app available to teach students driver education. Teens in Ohio have a new driver’s education alternative.

Mobile app available to teach students driver education

On Thursday, Texas-based Aceable launched a mobile app that will allow driver’s education students to opt out of sitting in a classroom to fulfill their 24-hour instruction requirement to take the exam for their Ohio license. “Research shows that teens spend at least 3½ hours a day on mobile apps. We’re just meeting them where they’re already spending their time,” said Blake Garrett, CEO of Aceable. Classroom Bridges. Welcome!

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You've come to Classroom Bridges! If you are looking for other classrooms to connect your students with around the world, then you're in the right spot. Telestory Lesson Ideas for Moviemaking and Digital Storytelling. Digital tools can help students demonstrate their understanding and apply what they’ve learned in engaging, real world contexts.

Telestory Lesson Ideas for Moviemaking and Digital Storytelling

What I love about the Telestory app from Launchpad Toys is how students can quickly and easily become creators. Although there are other apps that let you create a book trailer or share a special moment (see my list of digital storytelling tools below!) , one of my favorite ways to use Telestory is to create news reports. Students can use the playful news report feature to share what they learned about a topic.

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers. News-O-Matic Free Pilot Program for Teachers and Students. News-O-Matic is a terrific resource for students and teachers. With five new articles available each day at multiple reading levels and in Spanish, this literacy solution is a must-have for teachers looking for high-interest informational text. The folks at News-O-Matic are offering a free pilot program for teachers and their students. You can now sign up and try News-O-Matic for 30 days to see if it’s the right fit for your classroom.

News-O-Matic is accessible from all devices, including web browsers, Chromebooks, iPads/iPhones, Android tablets/phones, and Kindle Fire. Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts. It is quickly becoming a non-negotiable for all classrooms to leverage social media in order to communicate with families and other classrooms—thus engaging others in the daily lives of students. While simply posting “fun” photos is a start, this novelty wears off quickly, and as a result, we must think more critically about how we communicate via social media. As a second grade teacher who facilitates a student-centered classroom, I now believe our use of social media is an opportunity for students to partake in the type of learning in which they can thrive and shout their story to the world. 1. Genuine Digital Citizenship Opportunities. How to Use Padlet to Manage Tasks. SocrativeVideos.

Socrative Tutorial 2015 NEW. Quizizz Tutorial. Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes. Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers. 10 Types of Infographics: Which Works For You? Do you have your next big infographic idea but know how to get it on paper? Do you have all the data you need but aren’t sure how to visualize it? Creating a really cool, memorable and–above all–shareable infographic comes down to investing the necessary time and attention in all the steps that lead up to an awesome data visualization.

Bad Infographics: 11 Mistakes You Never Want to Make. In an increasingly visual world, bad infographics have become the bane of the Internet. Just ask users who are bombarded on a daily basis with everything from poorly designed visuals to flat-out inaccurate data visualizations. This pandemic has gotten so bad that up to 95% of infographics from unknown sites have distorted the truth or just plain lied.

It’s ruining the Web–so much so that users have gotten better and better at spotting misleading data as soon as they see it. Take a look, for example, at this infographic (click to enlarge). How to Create Infographics. Whether you’re a marketer, entrepreneur, writer or educator, odds are that you’re itching to create some awesome visual content–something that will really impress your audience–but just don’t know where to begin.

Apps Are Free for a Reason. Mobile Tech. Counting Down EdSurge's Top Ten S’Cool Tools of 2015. With the winter holiday celebrations come those familiar “Top Ten Lists.” Top ten films of 2015. Voxer Versatility: New Ways to Communicate. Communication, of course, is at the heart of successful relationships. In Hamlet, Shakespeare encouraged us to be active listeners when he said, "Give every man thy ear, few thy voice.

" Yogi Berra noticed the need for sincerity when he said, "It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. " Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, believes that "communication is the most important life skill. " As educators, we know it is at the heart of what we do. When we fail to communicate, isolation increases, understanding decreases, and conflicts and confusion fester. 3 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning. Seven essential mobile apps for students. Time to crack open those books, sharpen some pencils, and buckle down for another academic year.

We're feeling the school year begin in our house, where soon, long nights of football practice will give way to homework time, often with the aid of some useful apps. 6 of The Best Web Tools for Creating Educational Video Tutorials. Literacy in the Digital Age: 9 Great Speaking & Listening Tools. Editor’s Note: Teaching Channel has partnered with Student Achievement Partners on a blog series about digital literacy tools and their effective use by educators. The majority of the tools mentioned in this post and the four earlier posts in our series, transform the student experience from passive consumers of information to active creators of content, employing multiple English Language Arts standards and skills along the way.

Explain Everything™ Interactive Whiteboard. Instant screencasts: Just click record. Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software – Canva. OBTA Cool Tools - J & J Technologies. Building Your Digital Toolkit: 6 Must-Have Apps for Every Teacher. Explain Everything™ Teachstars - Free classroom sites, online gradebook and fun tools for teachers. Nearpod Blog. Guest post by Eoin Lenihan & Jennifer Williams. Credly. Jeopardy Rocks - Jeopardy game creator for teachers. Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers for 2015.

CrazyTalk Animator 2 - 2D Animation Software & Cartoon Maker. Glogster: Create and Explore Educational Content Online. Trello. Makes it easy to work in groups. Make a Comic.

Beautiful web-based timeline software. Trello. Explain Everything™ Lists made easy + social + fun! HelloSlide - Bring your slides to life. Online voice recorder. QR Code Generator – create QR codes for free (Logo, T-Shirt, vCard, EPS) SimpleMind for Android™ DROPitTOme - Securely receive files from anyone to your Dropbox. New Research Reports on What Tools Help Teachers Use Games in Class.

Make Your Images Interactive - ThingLink. Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes. Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. Pear Deck. Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes.

7 Ways Students Use Diigo To Do Research and Collaborative Project Work. 10 Twitter Classroom Ideas for Exciting Learning. 10 Best Apps for Travel Junkies. App Smashing For Educators: Leveraging Tools To Maximize Communication. PROGRESS 2015: Social media in school - News - The Independent - Massillon, OH. Plickers - Clickers, Simplified. 7 Ways to Create and Deliver Online Quizzes. Virtual Field Trip Apps and Websites.

Education Week. Zaption - Interact & Learn with Video Lessons. The top 50 apps for creative minds. Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds.