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Whether you’re new to education technology or a seasoned professional, there’s always something new to learn when it comes to edtech. There’s a new app or tool announced just about every day. Lucky for you, sites like Edudemic try to keep their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in this space. Sometimes though, teachers and administrators come together and assemble an incredible resource that’s able to benefit any educator at any skill level in any grade. From novice to expert-level tech integrators, there’s an e-book of particular note that you should check out.
In late July I decided to join Twitter . To be perfectly honest with you I had no idea what I was supposed to do when I got on there but I heard so much about it I thought it would be a worthwhile experience. The only concern was that we have so many distractions already in life that I wasn't sure that I needed to add one more the list. I consider myself fairly technological, and given the amount of time I spend checking e-mail I know that I am "connected." I have a "Smart" phone, IPod, IPad, laptop and I created my own website. For a long time I thought Twitter was a venue for celebrities to Tweet their every move, so it wasn't anything that interested me but I figured I would give it a try.
As educators, most of us are familiar with the dreaded School Improvement Plan (SIP). Every few years each school is required to create an extensive, detailed document that outlines its plan for constant improvement until the next document is due. In the interim, success on reaching goals is evaluated, documented, and sent off to the central office. As any teacher who’s been involved in this process can attest, creating this document can be extremely labor intensive. My personal experience participating in our school’s last SIP committee was no different: Reams of data had to be collected and analyzed. Goals had to be pinpointed, voted upon, and revised.
Why spend money on expensive multimedia tools when you can use comparable alternatives for free? They may not be an exact replacement, but how can you argue with the price? PHOTO EDITING: Photoshop Free: Splashup Photoshop may be the industry leader when it comes to photo editing and graphic design, but Splashup, a free online tool, has many of the same capabilities at a much cheaper price. Splashup has lots of the tools you’d expect to find in Photoshop and has a similar layout, which is a bonus for those looking to get started right away.
The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 — So Far | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...I usually just do a year-end list on Web 2.0 Applications For Education and many other topics, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to start publishing mid-year lists, too. These won’t be ranked, unlike my year-end “The Best…” lists, and just because a site appears on a mid-year list doesn’t guarantee it will be included in an end-of-the-year one. But, at least, I won’t have to review all my year’s posts in December… As usual, in order to make this list, a site had to be: * accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users.
3D Projects Alice – Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment (free) Blender - Excellent open source 3D content creation suite (free, must install) PhotoSynth - A Microsoft web application that takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around in.
A rewarding and very enjoyable morning with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils of St Silas Church of England Primary School with their teachers, teaching assistants and visiting colleagues from neighbouring schools: Windmill Hill Primary, St Patrick's Catholic Primary, Woolton Primary, St Anne's RCP, St Charles Catholic Primary, Windsor CPS, St Nicholas Catholic Primary, Kingsley CPS, Pleasant St Primary, Forefield Infants, Bedford Primary School, St John's RC Primary, Greenbank Primary, Smithdown Primary, St Michael in the Hamlet Primary, Norman Pannell Primary, Holy Family Catholic Primary, Farnborough Road Infants and Belvedere Preparatory School. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>