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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.

Instagram for Teachers

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. TES resources: Find and sell teaching resources. Exploring Essential Questions with a Group of Objects. 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?

Exploring Essential Questions with a Group of Objects

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. Choose the right questions to guide your students' inquiry. Essential questions are the focus of the activity. Google Earth Across the Curriculum. Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments. 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.

Generation Global: How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy

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.

Technology Integration Matrix. The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students.

Technology Integration Matrix

The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below. We appreciate your feedback. Technology Integration Matrix. Using Bloom's with Technology. Field trips lessons. 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.

How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic

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: visual.ly After hearing all the buzz about infographics in education, I thought I’d experiment with the concept in my seventh-grade accelerated English class. I wanted to ease my students into the idea, so we first spent time researching infographics — what they are, how they work, and what kind of information is best conveyed by the medium. 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. UDL Book Builder ™ 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.

Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text

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. Newsmap: visual of top stories-sortable. MyReadingMapped™ Jeopardy game creator for teachers. Quizlet.

Quia. How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets. Fantastic Comprehensive List of Assessment Tools for Teachers. About ETR Community.

Fantastic Comprehensive List of Assessment Tools for Teachers

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:

Jane's Pick of the Day: 25 places to find instructional videos

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.

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

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?

Hippocampus: Homework and Study Help

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? Khan Academy. LearnZillion. 8 High-Quality OER Collections. 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. Educade. PBS LearningMedia.