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5 Places To Find Free Educational eBooks. Hunting down classic literature and important manuscripts may mean more than a quick Google search for many of us. You may turn to paid sources like Amazon or even (the humanity!) Turn to printed books in your library. The horror! We kid. So what happens when Google, Amazon, and your local library come up short in your quest for free educational eBooks? The Harvard Classics Some of the most important works of literature are a part of the dozens of volumes available in The Harvard Classics.

Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free e-books (free epub books, free kindle books, read online, or download them). Bartleby The go-to source for the classics, features Gray’s Anatomy, the Harvard Classics (see above), the King James Bible, and just about every major publication you could ever require. OER Commons Open Educational Resources (aka OER Commons) boasts more than 40,000, well, resources for teachers. ICDL – International Children’s Digital Library. An Infographic Guideline For Making Good Infographics. 5 Fun Online Games that Disguise Important Lessons. Of all the impact education technology can have in the classroom, it is at its most powerful when students are enjoying themselves so much they don’t even realize they are learning! These brilliant online games each help students learn about important new skills, issues or ideas, but they are guaranteed to enjoy themselves at the same time!

1. Immune Attack An incredibly exciting and addictive game from the Federation of American Scientists, which students will never want to stop playing! Players navigate a ‘nanobot’ through the inside of the human body, exploring an environment of 3D blood vessels and connective tissue with the goal of saving an ailing patient. Alongside the excitement of the game itself, students will learn about the biological processes that enable macrophages and neutrophils – white blood cells – to detect and fight infections. 2. 3. This fun, free site boasts a simple but brilliant idea – it turns famous landmarks from around the world into jigsaw puzzles. 4. 5.

Student Interactives. ReadWriteThink has a variety of resources for out-of-school use. Visit our Parent & Afterschool Resources section to learn more. More Home › Classroom Resources › Student Interactives Engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun. 1 | Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing Story Map 2 | Grades 1 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing Plot Diagram 3 | Grades K – 5 | Student Interactive | Learning About Language Word Family Sort 4 | Grades K – 2 | Student Interactive | Learning About Language Construct-a-Word 5 | Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing Persuasion Map 2 | Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry Acrostic Poems 3 | Grades 1 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing 4 | Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose Comic Creator.

6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking. Critical thinking is a skill that we can teach to our students through exercise and practice. It is particularly a skill that contains a plethora of other skills inside it. Critical thinking in its basic definition refers" to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with evaluating information as well as evaluating our thought in a disciplined way ". All of our students think in a way or another but the question is , do they really think critically ? Are they able to evaluate the information they come across ? Are they capable of going beyond the surface thinking layer ? Critical thinking is part and parcel of what is called critical theory and hence critical literacy. 1- A Quick Guide to 21st Century Critical Thinking Skills for Teachers2- What Does Critical Thinking Mean in Education3- Great Critical Thinking Poster for your Class4- 7 Great iPad Apps to Improve Kids Critical Thinking5- A Clever Tip to Easily Develop Students Critical Thinking.

What Does Critical Thinking Mean in Education ? Critical thinking is an important skill in the 21st century learning. Education's overall goal is to produce students that will be able to think critically and not just take in things like a parrot. Of course thereis a bunch of other important skills out there but this particular one stands out from the crowd. The thing about ttis skill is that while almost all teachers agree upon its priority in education only few really know what it really means. Sometimes the lines between some technical temrs are blurred as is the case in the educational jargon when refering to critical thinking as synonymous with creative thinking, a blunder that is though seemingly unimportant yet it can make all the difference for experts. As teachers and educators , we do need to delineate the territory of each term and make sure they do not overlap.

Critical thinking has a multitude of benefits for us in education, here are some of them : Creative Web 2.0 Learning. Web 2.0 for the Under 13s crowd. Jul 05 As I lamented in my last post, many of the fabulous Web tools out there are restricted to users 13 and over. This limits what Elementary/Primary schools students can access online to create content to collaborate. To save others at school some time, then, I have compiled a list of popular/well known Web tools that can and can’t be used by children under 13 – 1), so we are legally covered in what we are allowing our students to use and 2), so they know what is available. Please note that generally the sites that allow for under 13s still ask for parental permission ( even Edmodo if you haven’t read the Terms of Use) so a solid school user agreement is needed to use these tools.

Some of the sites are not US based so are not bound by COPPA and CIPA regulations. The difficulty with some sites’ policies is that they don’t all state emphatically that Under 13s are not allowed. Contact sites if you are unclear what their policies are saying. Creative APP-titude: iPad Multimedia Tools for Creativitity. 5 Steps to Raising a Creative Child. APIs & Developer Products. Students Learning From Their Blogging Buddies. Posted by Mrs Kathleen Morris on Tuesday, March 27th 2012 I seem to be continually uncovering more and more benefits to educational blogging. Aside from the advantages that I’ve shared here and here, having your class involved in the educational blogging community allows students to learn from and with their peers from all around the world.

In my class we often use our blogging buddies’ posts as inspiration for classroom activities, and as role models for high standards of work. One such example was the readers’ theatre activities that we were doing last week as part of our CAFE reading program. Throughout the week, we read a range of readers’ theatre scripts and used the posts on Mr Salsich’s Classroom Blog and 4T’s Classroom Blog as inspiring models. We published one of our own performances on our class blog here which hopefully continues the cycle of sharing. There have been many other instances when my students have learnt from their blogging buddies. Best Practices For Writing For Online Readers. I have less than 30 seconds to capture your attention with this post, so here goes: if you read some, most or all of the next 750 words or so, you will know how to write Web copy that is more useful to readers of your blog or Web site.

As we reported yesterday visual content is continuing its steady rise in dominance over written content. But that doesn't mean we should give up on good writing: if anything, it means we need to think harder about how we write for online readers. Online Readers Are Different Seems pretty obvious, right? But the fact is, many of us still write the same way online as we do for books, magazine articles and other long-form and traditional print mediums. With offline readers, we can take our time and develop points with long blocks of text and narrative, and with fewer visual elements.

In Plain English, Please Your writing - offline or online - is effective when readers take away your message. Best Practices Write compelling but clear headlines: Don't get cute. Blogging - Adding images and attribution : Challenge Yourself to Blog.


Teaching with Technology - Using Technology to Support Critical Thinking. Twenty Everyday Ways to Model Technology Use for Students. I wanted to post a list that talked about how to "use" technology in the classroom, but I found myself revising that word "use" to the more general word, "model. " The reason I did this is because so many teachers believe that if students aren't actively sitting in front of the computer screen themselves, then clearly technology is not being used in the classroom.

This myth can be a gatekeeper of sorts for many teachers, and I wanted to create a list that both gives advice on how to "use" but also acknowledges that in simply modeling the use the of technology, the students are also learning to use it in an indirect way. It's all about Think Aloud, that age-old trick of simply narrating everything you are doing as the wiser, more experienced brain in the room. Narrate your decisions and your rationale and you will be teaching your students how to make good decisions online and off. Good behavior online is trickle down, after all. Model it, live it, talk about it. . #1. . #2. . #3. . #4. . #5. . #6. 5 Awesome Things You Can Do With an IPad and an LCD Projector.

Global Collaboration in Kindergarten. Map of the classes we connected with through twitter and postcard exchange Here are three projects that I participated in last year that helped connect my class to the outside world. The map above represents the connections we made through these projects. I hope you will consider joining these projects or sharing this post with others that might.. Kindergarten Around the World is a twitter-based virtual exchange project, allowing young students to experience and explore a way of life different from their own, by building a relationship with a class of similarly-aged children. It was piloted using 8 classes in 2010-11, and grew to over 50 classes in 2011-12.

Kindergarten Postcard Exchange- Fairly simple, you are paired with 5 other teachers and you send one postcard a month to those friends. Skype Play -The purpose of this #Kinderchat PlayProject is to play in real time with other children in other places. Know of other great projects? Like this: Like Loading... Managing ICT as a Change Agent in Schools. Technology Integration Matrix. 14 Edtech Integration Tips & 20+ Resources for the School Year. 4th post in a new series: PLN Tips 4 Teachers and Goal 17: Integrate Technology Effectively of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates I have been integrating technology with students since 1997.

I remember some of the first technologies I used with students were a TV/VCR, cassette recorders, cameras, polaroids, large video cameras, large desktop computers, microscopes, telescopes, the Internet, a transparency projector, and a video projector. Now I use iPads, mobile phones, iPods, digital cameras, and still the Internet.

I was fortunate to start off my official teacher training at a hands-on science and history museum. Maybe you’re new to integrating technology or just need a few pointers. More Tips & 20+ Resources Tip: Assess if you need to use the technology. Tip: Have a back-up plan in case the Internet doesn’t work. Tip: Avoid the pitfalls! 50 Ways to Integrate Technology - Ways to Anchor Technology in Your Classroom Tomorrow. Using Free Websites as Learning & Teaching Tools 1. Have students use Spelling City to learn their spelling words, vocabulary words, or site words through games, practice, and quizzes.

Spelling City is a free resource for teachers. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Share your ideas for integration on Animoto. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Using Free Websites for Management 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. Technology That "Actually" Works. Skyping is the Next Best Thing to Being There. Tech for Teachers Skyping Is the Next Best Thing to Being There Jason T. Bedell ASCD Express's Tech for Teachers column, by guest columnist Jason Bedell, uses both text and a tutorial video to encourage teachers to bring web technology into their practice in simple but meaningful ways that can contribute to student engagement and learning. Over the last few years, Skype has become one of those indispensable apps I install on every computer, smartphone, and tablet that I use, because it lets me easily communicate with people all over the world.

Accessed on the web, the free Skype program allows you to make video or voice calls to other Skype users—no matter where they are located. Skype can be installed on pretty much everything. Guest Speakers for Professional Development There are numerous ways you can integrate Skype to support and enhance classroom learning. To locate guest speakers, I generally use Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media outlets. ASCD Express, Vol. 7, No. 12. Thinking Tools. Critical thinking web. Critical thinking. Critical Thinking.

Six Vintage-Inspired Animations on Critical Thinking. Create interactive flash tools / games for education. Patterns: Learning, Thinking, Creating. By Kevin Washburn, on January 10th, 2012 It seems contradictory. The brain seeks and sees patterns, but when asked to find patterns, many people become uneasy. (Shelley Carson suggests that up to 80% of people find this type of thinking “uncomfortable.”1) This conundrum is the result of effort. When the brain instantly sees a pattern, it seems like a new insight has been sparked. When the brain has to search to find patterns, the rationalization begins. Patterns and the Brain “Patterns” was a major theme at the November Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston. Patterns are the cement of memory. Patterns and Teaching While interesting or even good to know, what do these research-based conclusions about patterns mean for education?

Students need to learn how to dig deep and recognize patterns. Searching for and identifying patterns across disciplines should be a common classroom practice. References Images. MathsNet and NRich Maths 3D shape resource heaven. MathsNet have a wonderful collection of 3D shape resources at this webpage. There are a variety of interactive applets that cover 3D shape topics including nets and 2D views of 3D shapes. My particular favourite is ‘Building Houses 2′ where pupils have to build the 3D shape by using the 2D views given. They score maximum points by using the minimum number of blocks possible. By clicking and dragging on the 3D view pupils can spin their construction around in real time to help them with the task. Building Houses 2 Interactive Applet NRich Maths have a superb and challenging activity based on 2D views of 3D shapes called The Perforated Cube.

UPDATE: MathsNet seems to be history, but the same links are available from this site: Real World Math - ideas for using Google Earth in math class. Web 2.0 Tools for Schools. Free Online Tools to Create Infographics. 50sites ver3. Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized) Essential Tech Tools for NEW and Experienced Educators. Exploratree - Exploratree by FutureLab. Teaching-with-Technology - Promotingthinking. Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything. It Is Not About the Gadgets - Why Every Teacher Should Have to Integrate Tech Into Their Classroom.

Creating Infographics. Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom. Effective Digital Learning. Notetaking Apps - a comparison of some popular ones. Crocdoc – Collaborative Document Editing. 12 Puzzle and Quiz Creation Tools for Teachers.

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Top 100 Learning Game Resources. 28 free apps for teachers - Education. E-learning tools. Spider Scribe - Mind Mapping with Images, Maps, and More. 18 Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students. What Is Successful Technology Integration? 10 Great Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers. EduClipper: The Pinterest of Education. Three Habits for Optimal Brain Health | The Science of Learning Blog. Blooms-quick sheets. «Free digital tools in Blooms. Bloom’s Taxonomy Re-imagine & Digital Blooms: different ways to approach learning. The Best Videos For Educators In 2011.

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