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12 Digital Tools to Try in 2018. There are so many digital tools available today that offer opportunities for promoting student creativity, student voice, and expanding where and how students learn. I had my own list of the tools that I found made a big difference in my classroom, but decided to ask students for their input. Here is a list of tools to try in 2018. Each of these offer multiple ways for students to create, connect and engage in more authentic learning experiences. Promoting Connected Learners We were able to take our learning to a whole new level this year through Project Based Learning (PBL). 1) Edmodo: Virtual learning space, where teachers can set up a digital classroom to connect students with the resources they need, in a safe learning environment. 2) Flipgrid: Video response tool, which became one of the most talked about tools this past year after launching new features, making it even easier and more fun for students to share their ideas.

Tools to Engage Students in Learning 7) Kahoot! In the End. Chrome Extensions for EAL and Special Needs- and Everyone! Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level. In this blog post we will take a look at over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:Text to SpeechReadabilityReading ComprehensionFocusNavigation Some of the tools fit into more than one topic, but each is only listed once.

Certainly this list does not cover all of the useful web extensions available for struggling learners, but it is a great place to begin. In addition to the list of extension, I have also linked in the video and help guide from a webinar I did a while back on "Google Tools for Special Needs". Text to Speech extensions 2) Read AloudChrome web extension link This text-to-speech extension will read either the entire page or just the text that you have selected. Google Earth Across the Curriculum. Generation Global: How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy. The world and the people who work and live in it have become ever more connected as the internet becomes more accessible.

Yet despite the ability to connect and learn about happenings on the other side of the globe, many communities have become more polarized and entrenched in a particular worldview. As these trends emerge, teachers are looking for ways to foster productive dialogue skills in today’s students — the generation that will have to deal with complex, increasingly global problems. Activities that connect students to peers in other countries have become more common in classrooms because it’s now possible. Decades ago students might have had an international penpal, now they can easily have digital penpals or video conference with students all over the world. Teachers are using this new ability to connect to offer students of all ages authentic audiences to practice writing and language skills, but often the focus has been on younger children.

GGPC Global Projects. Why Your Students Should Blog: 6 Powerful Benefits. Skype in the Classroom - Virtual Field Trips. Technology Integration Matrix. Technology Integration Matrix. Curriculum – Applied Digital Skills from Google. Media & Information Literacy For Teachers (UNESCO) Stackup Online Reading. Hypothesis-annotate websites. Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text.

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. One of the most exciting shifts in the Common Core State Standards is the increased use of content-rich, informational text. Let’s think about this. As professionals, how often do we read texts that are outside of our comfort zone? Perhaps it was a legal document, a lengthy contract, or 16th Century prose. A lot of time, no doubt, was spent trying to decode the language used. Our human brain only has a finite amount of working memory available at any given time. And when we’re reading, our brain is either decoding or comprehending. Preparing our students to be college- and career-ready is our priority. Below, we share five sites that will help you find these texts with ease and even differentiate the same article for the different learners in your room. 1. Newsela supports differentiation through interest and ability level. 2.

4 Good Websites That Provide Educational Documentaries. Looking for some good websites that provide curated educational documentaries? The collection below features some of our favourite options. These are platforms where you can get access to a plethora of documentaries spanning different topics and subject areas. You can browse through categories, pick the ones you want and share with your students.

Documentaries come in with a short written synopsis and an embedded clip usually from popular video hosting sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. 1- Documentary Heaven Documentary Heaven features a wide variety of documentaries covering various topics. 2- Documentary Storm This is another good website that curate educational documentaries from different online sources. 3- Free Documentaries ‘ streams full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. 4- Documentary Addict Documentary addict offers a massive library of educational and entertaining documentaries embedding over 5000 online documentaries.

Newsmap: visual of top stories-sortable. How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic. Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom. Familiarize Students With the Infographic Concept Photo credit: After hearing all the buzz about infographics in education, I thought I’d experiment with the concept in my seventh-grade accelerated English class. For this process, I recommend NeoMam Studio’s “13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics,” which describes their efficacy in a visually compelling way that captivated my students.

Select an Infographic-Friendly Topic Photo credit: SomethingSoSam As EdSurge points out, good infographics start with an intriguing but simple “essential question.” Begin the Drafting Process by Hand Choose the Right Templates or Software Refine Content and Design. UDL Book Builder ™ Instagram for Teachers. If you already have a personal account and want to add another one to use professionally, go to your profile screen and click the Settings icon at the top right. Scroll to the bottom and click Add Account. Go through the steps of signing up. You may have to use a different email address from the one associated with your other Instagram account. If you are signed in to multiple accounts, you can easily switch between them by going to your profile screen and tapping your username at the top.

A menu appears and you can tap the account you want to switch to. You have the option to make an account private. Smithsonian Learning Lab :: Discover. Create. Share. Exploring Essential Questions with a Group of Objects | Smithsonian Learning Lab. By: Tess Porter, Educational Technician, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Trying to brainstorm your next Learning Lab collection, but not sure where to start? With a particular topic in mind, creating a large collection of objects and grounding them in a few guiding questions can be a great way to create a simple, investigative, multi-disciplinary, evidence-based, discussion-sparking collection for your students. This method is flexible, can be used with a wide variety of topics, and works best in a collection containing 20–50 objects.

In this post, I'll describe some basic guidelines for creating a collection using this method, as well as examples of collections that I and other educators have built to inspire your own. In this method, collection resources serve as sources of evidence for students to use in building a response to the essential question. This method is flexible, and there is no one right way to build a collection using it. Primary Images: Jeopardy game creator for teachers. Quia. How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets. Fantastic Comprehensive List of Assessment Tools for Teachers.

About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation. YouTube Channel: CrashCourse educational videos. Top Documentary Films - Watch Free Documentaries Online. The best free cultural & educational media on the web - Open Culture. Educational NEoK12: Videos and Games for learning.

Jane's Pick of the Day: 25 places to find instructional videos. Recently I have received a number of emails asking about places that offer free instructional videos (on all subjects), so I thought I would put together a posting of the main ones that I know about: 5min Life Videopedia - instructional and how-to videos Academic Earth - Thousands of video lectures from the world's top - next generation TV networkGoogle Video - videos on all topics Graspr - The instructional video network Howcast - How-to videos iCue - A fun, innovative, learning environment built around video from the NBC News ArchivesInstructables - Make, HowTo and DIY iTunes U - Faculty are using iTunes U to distribute digital lessons to their students, e.g Stangord, Trinity College Dublin, etc. OpenEd: Lesson Plans, Assessments, Videos, Games. Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup.

Resources by Topic: OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses -- free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Why are OER important? High-quality OER can save teachers significant time and effort on resource development and advance student learning inside and outside the classroom. Further, open sharing of resources has the potential to fuel collaboration, encourage the improvement of available materials, and aid in the dissemination of best practices.

For more about the potential of OER, check out "5-Minute Film Festival: Why Open Education Matters," by Edutopia's VideoAmy. Getting Started Sharing Resources The nonprofit Creative Commons offers free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that allow you to specify which rights to your works you want to reserve and which rights you'd like to waive. Quality Considerations With all the promise of OER, some challenges remain.

PowerMyLearning Educational Games & Learning Activities for Kids. OER Commons. eChalk: Teaching resources for interactive whiteboards and data projectors. Hippocampus: Homework and Study Help. Can I take a course at HippoCampus for credit? How do I enroll in a course at HippoCampus? Are there any fees to take your courses? How do I make a comment or ask a question? How do I get individual help with my homework assignment? What are the preferred texts? Do I need to purchase all the texts that are listed? How can I use HippoCampus in my classroom? How can I use HippoCampus in my home school? Can I use the resources you have available for my homeschoolers?

Do you know of any wet lab resources to accompany HippoCampus content? Is there a script, app, or something that can be used to track student use of HippoCampus? Can I share my customized HippoCampus content (such as Playlists) with my fellow teachers? Can I download the video? Can I change the size of the video window? Why won't the Environmental Science animations play? What if my page scroll bars or "submit" button are not showing? I can't find closed captioning.

Where does the content from your site come from? No. Yes, in multiple ways. Khan Academy. LearnZillion. 8 High-Quality OER Collections -- THE Journal. Resource Spotlight 8 High-Quality OER Collections Finding high-quality open educational resources used to be a challenge, but a number of curated OER collections have made the task much easier for educators. Here are eight sources that can help. 1. CK-12 Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers free, standards-aligned content in STEM subjects, including digital textbooks and simulations.

The content reportedly works across all platforms and devices, including iPads, Chromebooks and Android tablets. CK-12 also offers tools to help teachers flip their classroom by creating groups, assigning content and monitoring achievement through a teacher dashboard. An interactive simulation of centripetal force from CK-12. 2. Founded by Sun Microsystems more than a decade ago, Curriki became an independent nonprofit in 2006 and is one of the first sources of open educational resources for the K-12 community. Its corporate sponsors include AT&T, Chevron, and Oracle. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Educade. PBS LearningMedia. Smithsonian Teaching Resources. TES resources: Find and sell teaching resources.