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What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. It starts with a game of Robot Turtles, a board game by Thinkfun that’s being used at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Ill., to teach kindergarteners the basics of coding. “It helps explain the step-by-step nature of coding,” says Todd Burleson, resource center director for this Winnetka Public Schools District 36 elementary school. Top EdTech Update EdTech Learning Content for Week of Mar 03 - Mar 09, 2018. Instead of doing the traditional lecture, engage students actively with Pear Deck.

Top EdTech Update EdTech Learning Content for Week of Mar 03 - Mar 09, 2018

Ask questions. Students answer. Everyone wins. The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so. Done poorly, it can be an uninspired stream of facts, delivered in sit-and-get style that get forgotten quickly. On Flipboard. The Kids' Guide to Google Search. Control Alt Achieve: 5 Fantastic Word Cloud Tools for Chromebooks. Word Clouds are a favorite tech tool for classrooms.

Control Alt Achieve: 5 Fantastic Word Cloud Tools for Chromebooks

You input are large passage of text, and then a shape is created from the words, with the more frequent words displayed in a bigger font size, and the less frequent words shown smaller. This can be a great tool for many classroom activities: On Flipboard. EdTech Websites by Category. Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom. Do you like apps?

Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom

Do you use them in the classroom? Not every district, school, or parent has the ability to support apps in the day-to-day learning environment, but for those that can, there are some fun, effective, tried-and-true apps that can make a tremendous difference in the lives of diverse learners. Many states now require incorporating technology into standardized testing, so the number of systems with the ability and willingness to support apps and software is also increasing. Many teachers and parents enjoy apps just as much as students. Naturally, the apps that are optimal for student learning are those so engaging that students forget or never know that these things were designed as educational tools. Staying on Track. Need Help Beginning a Blog? Blogging has become an important part of my teaching practice.

Need Help Beginning a Blog?

Prior to blogging, I frequently neglected the reflection phase of learning. Now, blogging creates a space for me to reflect on what I am doing, what is working, and how I can continue to improve. Writing my blog has also become a vehicle to share my work with other educators and build an invaluable personal learning network. I know many teachers are curious about blogging. Some teachers are interested in blogging for themselves while others may want to get their students blogging and writing for an authentic audience. The Cult of Pedagogy Classroom. Learning - Chat. EdTech Websites by Category. On Flipboard. 7 Tips for Teaching Students How to Recognize Bias in an Era of Fake News. In today’s environment, media literacy is more important than ever.

7 Tips for Teaching Students How to Recognize Bias in an Era of Fake News

“Legends Of Learning” Is New Game-Based Site That Lets Teachers Create Free Virtual Classrooms. Legends of Learning is a new site that provides custom-built games organized by learning objectives.

“Legends Of Learning” Is New Game-Based Site That Lets Teachers Create Free Virtual Classrooms

Teachers can create “playlists” they want their students to access and then monitor their progress. They only have science-related games right now, but plan on adding more related to other subjects soon. DriveSlides by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler. On Flipboard. 16 Good Apps to Use with Google Classroom. March 24, 2017 Google announced yesterday that Google Classroom is now open for users without G Suite for Education accounts.

16 Good Apps to Use with Google Classroom

With this new update Classroom will be available for more teachers and students. We have already published a wide variety of materials, tips and guides on how to make the best of Google Classroom in teaching and learning, check out our archive to learn more. Today. we are sharing with you some of the applications that work with Google Classroom. The Education Technology Dictionary. 20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps. We have now been Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for three years, and boy, do the students bring it.

20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps

They bring it all! We have iPads, Surface, iPhones, Droids, Chromebooks, Macs, and PC laptops. Here's my current thinking. Please share yours in the comments section below. Note Taking. 7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology. 7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology by TeachThought Staff Ed note: This post has been updated with an updated visual from Sylvia Duckworth, who took our graphic from alwaysprepped.com (now getalma) post and created the above visual.

7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

It is also sporting a new title, as the “habits of” is a trademarked term. As such, the new graphic and phrasing appears below. New literacies 21st century position statement. 10 Questions to Ask Before Installing a New Educational App. School leaders don’t have to look hard to find popular educational software applications: Best-of lists written by teachers, technology vendors and industry thought leaders clutter Twitter and the internet at large.

10 Questions to Ask Before Installing a New Educational App

Some schools and districts find these resources helpful, but the wealth of recommendations can lead to choice overload. And because many district leaders lack the technology expertise that would guide them through the selection process, schools often end up with apps that don’t meet the needs of teachers and students. The U.S. Department of Education hopes to solve this problem by creating an online tool that will help decision-makers design a scoring rubric specific to their school or district’s needs. This type of resource would make it possible to base decisions on evidence, rather than “marketing hype or the buzz among a small group of peers,” states a 2015 post on the Education Department’s Homeroom blog.

Putting a Focus on Media Literacy in the Digital Age. For K–12 students, there has never been a time in their lives when information wasn’t just a Google search away. But does that mean that these digital natives are savvy when it comes to knowing what information to trust? The answer is overwhelmingly no, reports Stanford’s History Education Group (SHEG) in a 2016 study. “Our ‘digital natives’ may be able to flit between Facebook and Twitter while simultaneously uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting a friend,” reads the study. Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class! Blender.org - Home of the Blender project - Free and Open 3D Creation Software.

GreatGoogleDriveAdd-onsforTeachers.pdf. “Spiral” Looks Like A Great Site Where Teachers Can Set-Up Free Virtual Classrooms. Spiral lets teachers create free virtual classrooms where students can create collaborative presentations, view and respond to presentations, and/or watch YouTube videos with easily-created teacher questions. It has other features as well. 10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try. Google Classroom’s basic features are powerful.