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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology. The choices are endless. 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers. A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-12 school year, and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures.

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness. Happy summer! 1) Magic Tree House. 30 fun and safe websites for kids. Photo: iStockphoto 1.

30 fun and safe websites for kids

A Mighty Girl Your go-to site to find empowering and inspirational books, toys and movies for girls of all ages. Founded by two American women who were tired of searching for the right gifts for their nieces, A Mighty Girl puts all their girl-powered picks in one place. 2. Art Games This delightfully interactive and fun website is hosted by Buffalo, New York’s Albright Knox Art Gallery. 3. 4. Read more: Are you a digitally savvy parent? 5. 6. 7. 10 Creative Online Presentation Ideas For eLearning Professionals. New Advanced Placement Computer Science Course Planned for 2016.

41 Websites for Teachers to Integrate Tech into Your Classroom. 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. You can also see Sylvia’s tutorial on sketchnotes here. In most ways, teachers that use technology in the classroom aren’t much different than those that don’t. Any teacher worth their salt assesses, and then revises planned instruction based on data from those assessments. They manage their classroom in a way that works for them, create a positive learning environment, and (great teachers especially) collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to make sure every humanly possible attempt is made to meet all students need.

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area. 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area Reading is reading.

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does. Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features. Social Studies content can be an interesting mix of itemized information, and traditional paragraphs/imagery. Literature? This all makes reading strategies somewhat content area specific. But if you’d like to start with a basic set of strategies, you could do worse than the elegant graphic above from wiki-teacher.com. For related reading, see 50 of the best reading comprehension apps, different ways your school can promote literacy, or how reading in the 21st century is different. Hot Topics.

SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0. Evolution, in its broadest sense, serves as a force to help humans move towards a better way of living given the current times or Zeitgeist.

SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0

It follows, then, that the education field should evolve as new opportunities and forces emerge and present themselves. But in general, this is not the case. From the Time Magazine article, How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century There’s a dark little joke exchanged by educators with a dissident streak: Rip Van Winkle awakens in the 21st century after a hundred-year snooze and is, of course, utterly bewildered by what he sees. Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet. The Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration was developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally.

Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet

These materials were prepared as part of the Department of Education's International Education Initiative. This guide is designed for online access. On every page, teachers will find many projects and suggestions to begin or expand classroom projects that reach across the globe. Free Online Courses: Top 50 Sites to Get Educated for Free. Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids? Do you think you’re creative?”

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent. Author Jonah Lehrer recently discussed the implications of these sobering statistics for education in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. In a talk and question-and-answer session he participated in at the Commonwealth Club in Palo Alto, California, last month, Lehrer talked about why children lose their playful sense of creativity as they get older, and how we can help them hang on to it.

How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology. During one of our last leadership team meetings this past school year, we reflected on our use of digital portfolios to house student work.

How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology

We had a lot to celebrate: We had found a digital tool to capture student learning, Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app. No one felt much pressure to be the best at using technology. Parent feedback, although limited in the initial stages of this project, was very positive. Things were looking up going into the fall. But a variety of concerns were also shared. Creating a Tech-Savvy Kindergarten Classroom. Education World: What Five-Year-Olds Can Do with Computers. How Can Technology Be Beneficial in a Kindergarten Class? Course Hero: Transforming Education with Technology. What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom.

Exciting new approach to classroom learning! Microsoft Educator Network.