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TechSmith is thrilled to announce that we've acquired Knowmia's suite of technology products. We’re so happy to have Knowmia as part of our family of solutions for educators and learners of all ages. But you may be wondering, what's Knowmia? That’s a great question. Knowmia consists of both an online platform and a mobile component. TechSmith will continue to support current Knowmia users, and we'll also be incorporating Knowmia technology into our other learning solutions. Part III: Teaching resilience: Attention SmartBlogs. “Squirrel!”

Part III: Teaching resilience: Attention SmartBlogs

In addition to its other endearing qualities, Pixar’s 2009 animated feature “Up“ introduced the world to Dug, a golden retriever with definite attention challenges. 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students. My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom.

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. When Bell-Ringers Go Bad: My Quest to Deepen Start-of-Class Activities. Published Online: January 15, 2014 By Kim McCready.

When Bell-Ringers Go Bad: My Quest to Deepen Start-of-Class Activities

Anxious Students? Amping Up May Be Better Than Calming Down, Study Finds - Inside School Research. Strategies For Engaging Students. 5 Ways to Make Your Classroom Student-Centered. Mobiles in the Classroom Interview. Jennifer Carey is the Director of Educational Technology and High School History Teacher at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida.

Mobiles in the Classroom Interview

She graciously granted me a 30+ minute interview via Skype on the topic of cell phones in the classroom. To further engage myself with this week's theme of cell phones in the classroom, I conducted the interview and typed up this blog post on my cell phone (#bonuspoints @teach42). I did, however, record it in GarageBand on my MacBook Pro so that I could go back if I missed anything. I'll have to look into a good mobile phone recording app. The reason I chose Ms. The first question I asked was, "What prompted you to try using cell phones in the classroom? " Ms. I took this break to ask Ms. The next question was regarding school policy. My next two questions were about student and parent response to using cell phones. I then asked Ms. The final question I had planned was about the evidence that Ms. I ended the interview by asking Ms.

Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction. An expectation of the Common Core Learning Standards is that teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all children.

Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction

This includes special education and general education students, as well as English-Language Learners. Students Set Goals by Del Siegle. Click for video about student goals. goals An ancient Chinese proverb notes that no wind is favorable if one does not know to which port one is sailing.

Students Set Goals by Del Siegle

Goals provide a standard against which students can gauge their progress, and setting goals can have a substantial impact on student self-efficacy and achievement. Setting and measuring goals is probably the most effective classroom modification teachers can make to increase student confidence. When students achieve short-term goals, they gain an initial sense of self-efficacy for performing well, which is later substantiated as they observe progress toward longer-term goals. Smaller can be better When it comes to goal setting, smaller is better. Research on Goal Setting Ronald Taylor (1964) compared the goals of underachievers and achievers. Robert Wood and Edwin Locke (1987) found a significant relationship between goals and self-efficacy: Students with a stronger sense of efficacy also set higher, but reachable, goals.

Well-Behaved Students and Engaged Students Aren't the Same Thing - Rules for Engagement. Strategies For Engaging Students. Special-Needs Students Gain Workplace Experience. Seven Ways to Use QR Codes for Your Business. Are you familiar with QR codes?

Seven Ways to Use QR Codes for Your Business

You’ve probably already seen them around—those quirky squares with the intricate black and white design inside. The design is actually a matrix code that stores a lot of a large amount of information in a small, square space. When scanned, it quickly and accurately decodes that data such as URLs and text (hence the acronym “QR” which stands for “quick response”). With the advent of smart phones and barcode-scanning apps, resourceful marketers began using QR codes (also known as 2D barcodes) as a portable way to promote their businesses. QR codes often pop up in ads or other types of marketing. Get creative with your codes Despite their high-tech nature, it’s easy to create your own QR codes and place them on almost anything. Anti-Bullying PSA Project [LESSON] Response: Student Engagement "Requires A Conversation" - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do.

Among the many challenges teachers face, often the most difficult is how to engage students who seem unreachable, who resist learning activities, or who disrupt them for others.

Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do

This is also one of the challenges that skilled teachers have some control over. How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives.

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all part of a larger goal to help students connect to social and cultural spaces. And it’s part of what defines “participatory learning,” coined by University of Southern California Annenberg Professor Henry Jenkins, who published his first article on the topic “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture,” in 2006. His work sprang out of the desire to understand the grassroots nature of creativity, how projects are being shared online and what an increasingly networked culture looks like. “PLAY describes a mode of experimentation, of testing materials, trying out new solutions, exploring new horizons,” Jenkins said. Related.