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This afternoon through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page I received a request for some free whiteboard apps. All of the following seven tools can be used to draw and type on a whiteboard in your browser. With the exception of PixiClip all of these tools can be used collaboratively for brainstorming sessions. While PixiClip doesn't allow for collaboration it does have a voice-over capability. Sketchlot is a free collaborative whiteboard service that works on any device that has a web browser. Seven Free Online Whiteboard Tools for Teachers and Students Seven Free Online Whiteboard Tools for Teachers and Students
Get the seven steps (and a roundup of valuable resources) you need to help bring social media in your classroom. Produced in collaboration with Facebook. Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't. That said, there is no silver bullet for administrators; every school, district, and state has a different set of circumstances.

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School
Resources for teaching safety online Resources for teaching safety online It can be risky to leave students totally alone to develop internet behaviours. Kathleen Morris highlights a range of resources which can help teachers support students to be savvy online. The internet has always been an evolving medium, however, the rate of change is becoming increasingly rapid. This means children are faced with more challenges in navigating their online world as both consumers and producers. Teachers and caregivers are also challenged as they seek to find the best way to guide children on their journeys. While all teachers would agree that addressing internet safety in the classroom is important, many are unsure how to get started.
When I received the invitation from the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, I decided to completely upgrade two seminar workshops. Dr Ian Green from the School of Education here at Adelaide and I have used Padagogy101 (introduction to iPad in HE) and Padagogy201 (more advanced use for L&T) to train over 600 faculty from universities in Australia. For Singapore, Ian wasn’t going to be with me and I was solo, as well I needed a better way to leave resources in place for people to revisit. However I was completely surprised at what else happened. During my research I saw lots of great work done by others using Bloom’s Taxonomy including the Revised Taxonomy which has now become the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.

Allan's Blog

Allan's Blog
10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For Digital Tools Mobile devices in education are becoming more ubiquitous. Technology has been used in the classroom for decades now. 10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For
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13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About Digital Tools padlet.com Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring.

13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About

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K-W-L Creator Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit Making It Visual for ELL Students: Teaching History Using Maus Spark the engagement of English-language learners or reluctant readers with the graphic novel Maus.
36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do

36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do

What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do? That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation. I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36. 36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do
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9 TEDTalks by impressive kids Few scientific papers are written in crayon and begin with the words, “Once upon a time.” But then again, few scientific papers are written by a group of 8 to 10-year-olds. In this adorable talk from TEDGlobal, neuroscientist, artist and educator Beau Lotto shares why he thinks children have an edge when it comes to scientific inquiry — they are able to celebrate uncertainty and ask wonderful questions. An experiment is actually a form of play, says Lotto, who invited a group of 25 students from a small school in the UK to make a useful contribution to science by asking a question of their choice. The question the students came up with: can bees think like human beings? Student Amy O’Toole joined Lotto on stage to explain the experiment, which tested whether bees could solve a puzzle and learn to fly to a specific color of flower in a specific pattern.
Recently I attended an online seminar with Howard Rheingold, an advocate of using technology mindfully. As the session began, Howard directed participants towards a shared note taking space set up using the Meeting Words site. As the session progressed participants added notes in the shared space. They pasted in links mentioned by Howard, made their own notes and shared ideas. It was an interesting addition to the session and means that there is now a lasting record of the seminar. Meeting Words works in a similar fashion to the shared document editor in Google Drive. Interactive writing and note taking with Meeting Words

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test. It is amazing how technology has changed the whole world giving rise to new forms of education we never thought of.
Make a digital mural with Mural.ly Mural.ly is an interesting new site that lets users create a digital mural using images, videos, web pages and diagrams sourced from any website. While there have been other sites that have similar features to Mural.ly, it is definitely worth a look as it combines a number of great features from other web tools. At first glance Mural.ly looks like a cross between Glogster and Wallwisher (which recently changed names to Padlet). You can pin items to a large virtual wall by either uploading the items, entering the url of the item or dragging the item into the Mural.ly window. You can also search Google Images from within Mural.ly, and connect your Google Drive account to add items from there as well.
What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013? It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn permanently. 15 Examples Of New Technology In Education 1. Flashnotes 15 Examples Of New Technology In Education
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