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Pinterest: Educational Technology. Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything. Introduction to Teaching with Technology Course. The First Step In EdTech Integration? Connecting With Students - The First Step In EdTech Integration?

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Connecting With Students by Rachelle Dene Poth You can always find a lot of discussion about the best ways, tools, and ideas for integrating technology in the classroom. Educating yourself about the tools available and best strategies for integrating technology into the classroom is important to stay up to date with your profession. What Edtech Can You Trust? Today's children are in school during an exciting nexus of education, technology, and neuroscience research.

What Edtech Can You Trust?

The surge of neuroscience research, illuminating types of experiences that best support joyful and successful learning, has merged with the rising tide of technological advances. The resulting abundance of computer learning games, websites, online programs, apps, and other edtech products is stunning, but also challenges us to evaluate what are the best products for our students' needs.

In the booming business of edtech "brain-booster" products, where claims are made without any formal guidelines, caution is required when assessing the research pronouncements in product literature and on websites. Is it really "proven by brain research" and "confirmed by evidence-based outcomes"? If so, what does that mean, exactly? An Edutopia community member recently asked: The Need for Common Research Standards Education lacks the same inherent structures that promote similar scrutiny.

Edutopia. 25 Tips For Teaching With Apps. 25 Tips For Teaching With Apps by Terry Heick We’ve done tips in the past for teaching with tablets.

25 Tips For Teaching With Apps

Cetis - expert advice on educational technology and standards. An Excellent Free Guide on How to Select and Evaluate Educational iPad Apps. December 21, 2015 Apps in the Classroom is an excellent short guide from Apple to help teachers explore, choose and integrate iPad apps in their instruction.

An Excellent Free Guide on How to Select and Evaluate Educational iPad Apps

More specifically, the guide features five key considerations teachers should take into account when evaluating and selecting educational apps to use in class. These are: engagement, developmental appropriateness, instructional design, motivation, and accessibility. Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps. Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps by TeachThought Staff Not all apps are created equal.

Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps

Not all teacher planning and instructional design are created equal. Mash the two, and we’re beginning to see the opportunity for some real disparity. In response, we’ve taken the popular SAMR model and use it as a framework to understand how to better teach with apps. This post started as a look at “app workflow”–the patterns of student and teacher interaction, the movement of learning artifacts, the visibility of quality criteria, assessment results, and so on, but we thought it might be better to start with some concrete examples of the movement from basic technology integration–in this case, apps–to that which redefines the learning process entirely.

Build your tech skills for the classroom. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) This interdisciplinary journal aims to focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing elements of technology enhanced learning.

International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET)

So it aims to bridge the gape between pure academic research journals and more practical publications. So it covers the full range from research, application development to experience reports and product descriptions. iJET is an Open Access Journal. Readers don't have to pay any fee. Only registration is necessary. Vol 9, No 6 (2014) Best Ed Tech / Resource Sharing Blog 2014.

EduTech Wiki. Wikispaces. Social Media Secrets From the Experts. 7 Ways You Can Use Texting to Your Advantage in the Classroom. If you were to take a glance around a classroom in which no smartphone policy has been set, it would be easy to conclude that texting at school is nothing but a distraction.

7 Ways You Can Use Texting to Your Advantage in the Classroom

Just look at all of those bent heads and rapidly moving thumbs! Take a look at the caliber of those texts — “wat r u doing l8er” — and it would also be easy to assume texting will one day bring about the end of literacy and analytical thought, if it hasn’t already. This may be true — and it may also not be. The studies in this area are even newer than texting itself, and results are mixed, with one study indicating that texting makes students worse in one academic area while another study finds the opposite. Let’s take a closer look at the good and the bad of texting, as well as at a few ways you can harness the benefits for the good of your classroom.

Photo credit: Gordon Mei. Can Texting Help With Spelling? Online Tools There are a growing number of resources that can help you use texting in the classroom.

Can Texting Help With Spelling?

Here are some of our favorites. polleverywhere.com Lets you create easy polls that you can text to students and then immediately view the results. Perfect for quizzing science facts or responding to literature. studyboost.com Enables students to answer and discuss topics of your choosing inside or outside of class, all via text message. clickerschool.com Turns any phone or tablet into a clicker-style student response system that can accommodate both multiple-choice and short-answer questions. cel.ly Facilitates group texting and allows you to curate responses (so you can push Brenda’s answer to everyone, for example, but not Johnny’s). The average American teen, you may not be shocked to discover, texts a lot: 3,339 messages per month, according to a recent Nielsen survey.