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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Creating A Beautiful Classroom Infographic in A Matter of Minutes. April 28, 2015 Piktochart is one of our favourite web tools for creating posters and infographics.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Creating A Beautiful Classroom Infographic in A Matter of Minutes

We have reviewed it here in EdTech and mLearning in several posts in the past.And since then, Piktochart has added some really cool features and functionalities that make it super easy for users to easily design and share visually appealing infographics. The video we have for you today will walk you through the process of creating a beautiful infographic in less than two minutes. You can also check this page for a selection of video tutorials on how to use the different features provided by Piktochart. 10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know. Pre-assessment is a powerful instructional tool.

10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know

Conducted prior to new learning experiences, the process empowers students as much as it empowers teachers. I became acquainted with pre-assessment during the early years as a classroom teacher. This was when differentiated instruction felt new to everyone. PLN Starter Kit. Being a Better Online Reader. Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers.

Being a Better Online Reader

Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. Giving Students Meaningful Work:Even Geniuses Work Hard. Moving From Decoration to Documentation. I've been thinking a lot about first impressions lately and about what our physical spaces say about the work that goes on in the library.

Moving From Decoration to Documentation

Five conversations to avoid this year. This post has been languishing among my drafts for over a month.

Five conversations to avoid this year

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My Big Fat Secret to Holding Kids Accountable for Reading. “Does he really want us to read every day?”

My Big Fat Secret to Holding Kids Accountable for Reading

My Big Fat Secret to Holding Kids Accountable for Reading. What Does "Gamification" Mean? 6 Learning Methods Every 21st Century Teacher should Know. After writing about the 14 techy concepts every teacher should know about, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is providing you with a list of learning methods together with their definitions.

6 Learning Methods Every 21st Century Teacher should Know

Knowing about these methods and employing them in your classroom will definitely make a difference in your teaching practics. Check them out below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy1-Inquiry-Based LearningThis is a learning process that is based on inquiry or asking questions. Through asking challenging questions learners get intrinsically motivated to start delving deeper to find answers for these questions and in doing so they are exploring new avenues of knowledge and insight.As you can see in the graphic below inquiry-based learning is a cyclical learning process composed of many different stages starting with asking questions and results in asking more questions.

Watch this video learn more about inquiry-based learning 1. _May_June2012. Lesson Plans. Art & Culture » Find lesson plans related to different media, including architecture, music, and visual arts, as well as subjects, including anthropology, philosophy, folklore, and more.

Lesson Plans

Foreign Language » Find lesson plans related to ancient languages, including Latin and Greek, as well as modern languages, including Spanish, French, Russian, and more. History & Social Studies » FREE/copyright clear sites for pictures and photos. Absolutely free stock photos websites. The web is awash with free stock photo websites.

Absolutely free stock photos websites

Some are generic submit-your-own sites such as photo monolith Flickr, whereas others cater for specialised niche markets such as high quality travel photos, landscapes, people and macro photography. Many stock image providers such as Istockphoto.com charge per image download. However there are some hidden gems that offer absolutely free stock photos in return for the publicity generated. Most other stock photography websites fit somewhere in between. Photos free for personal and commercial use. Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit.

Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology. The Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools in the United States, have now been adopted by 47 of the 50 states in the U.S.

Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology

This makes them the pre-eminent source of what is being taught in the vast majority of public schools in America. Much has been made in the blogosphere and across social media of the changes compared to former academic standards that were dictated at a state level. Reactions usually involve the added demand these standards place on text complexity and general rigor. WES Media Center Infographic - Reflective Practice. My snapshot of the current school year isn't focused on circulation statistics, but my accomplishments and objectives for the remainder of the year. We often overlook the importance of reflection, focus on what our students are reading, and fail to plan beyond the required classroom lessons. This leaves little time and energy for growth, sharing and development of ourselves and our peers, which results in a lack of creativity and focus.

What is PBL? Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. In Gold Standard PBL, Essential Project Design Elements include: Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills - The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and self-management. Challenging Problem or Question - The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.

Sustained Inquiry - Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information. Authenticity - The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives. Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment. 5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards. The following blog post was written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davis. To read more newsworthy blog posts from Eye On Education, subscribe to our Insights eNewsletters . At the NCTE convention in November, everyone was buzzing about the Common Core State Standards .

Differentiation - tools, tips and resources. Differentiation is an important aspect of education.