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Top 10 Education Tweets of the School Year So Far. The top 10 education tweets of the 2015 school year so far include lots of sketchtnotes. Sketchnotes! Educators love them. SAMR, growth mindset, new tools, blogging, and back to school were hot topics for my PLN. How encouraging it is to see educators taking the little time we have to reflect, learn, and challenge one another to be more. A big shout out to uber sketchnoter Sylvia Duckworth! She has graphics in 7 of the 10 top Tweets! How were the top education tweets selected? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning (an article I wrote for Edutopia with a Sketchnote by Sylvia Duckworth) 7. 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win 8. 9. 15 Things Every Teacher Should Try this Year 10.

Note: This is a blog post I wrote on sketchnoting. Bianca 'Jim' Hewes sur Twitter : "Download the Digital Australia 2016 report looking at demographics, play habits, behaviours and attitudes. Free ebook: “The Digital PIRATE,” tech and PIRATE teaching. So, I made something for you. I hope you like it! Dave Burgess’s book “Teach Like a PIRATE” has been an eye-opener for me and countless other teachers around the planet. The book demonstrates how to use passion and the art of performance to create unforgettable learning experiences. It includes my favorite part, hooks — practical ideas you can implement in class immediately that can boost student engagement.

I took on “The 30 Day Pirate Challenge,” where I tried to incorporate something from the book each day to engage, inspire and entertain my students. As I dig deeper into the book, the techie teacher geek in me keeps asking, “How could technology take these ideas to the next level?” Or, another way to phrase it: “How could I become a digital pirate teacher?” After some brainstorming, I’ve compiled 20 teaching ideas that incorporate an engagement hook from “Teach Like a PIRATE” and a free digital tool.

Tech integration + PIRATE teaching = exciting learning! 2. 3. Related October 20, 2014. GeekyAusTeacher : Which digital teacher are you? ... Mrkempnz : Integrating technologies in... 20 Great Websites For Elementary Educators. Teacher | Online publication for school educators | ACER. A new study has found 'text speak' - such as shortening words and leaving out punctuation - does not have a negative impact on the development of children's grammar and spelling. Primary, secondary and university students copied all the text messages they had sent within a two day period, exactly as they'd written them, and sat formal tests of grammar and spelling.

They repeated the same process 12 months later. Researchers at the University of Tasmania and Coventry University in the UK analysed the relationships between the texts and the results of the formal tests. The study, published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, found there was no evidence that breaking grammatical rules in texts was related to children's understanding of written and spoken grammar. '[This finding] ... adds to the growing body of evidence that there is no need for panic about the effects of textism use on the language skills of children, adolescents, or adults,' the researchers say.

8 Great Free Technology Posters to Hang in your Classroom. So you want to start your next school year with a great new look for your classroom ?. A look that will be technology enhanced ? Well, we have suggestions for you: Technology posters . Posters are a great way to catch students attention and stimulate their learning drive . When used on the classroom wall for everyone to look at whenever they are at your class, then you can have better chances that students will grasp what those posters communicate to them. Yesterday as I was working on Teachers Definitive Guide To Google Search Skills I stumbled upon a great resource full of posters that teachers can use in their classroom. Make sure you share with your colleagues 1- Google Scholar Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 2- Google Book Search Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 3- Google Search Tips Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 4- Google Quiz Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 5- Google Web Search Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 6- Google Quiz Answers 7- Google Earth.

7 Awesome Visual Alternatives to Google Docs. You don't need a degree in rocket science to know that visually organized data appeals more to students than plain text-based scribble. The visual stimulus is quickly captured by the brain and requires way less processing to understand and code it than written text. As teachers, we need to capitalize on this and try to include as many relevant visuals as possible. One way to do this is to use these visual alternatives to Google Docs. The web tools below have almost the same collaborative features Google Docs provide and they also have an added feature which is that of capturing and organizing data visually.

Check them out below and share with us what you think of them. If you have other suggestions, please let us know. 1- Padlet Padlet is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. Stixy is another great tool that lets users create their own notes and stick them to a clipboard and also share them with others. 7- Spaaze. 101 Recommended Educational Web Tools.

Classrooms are fundamentally changing right now. You may not see it or even feel like it’s happening anytime soon. But the simple amount of web tools out there designed to genuinely improve education is astounding. With so many tools, it’s hard not to feel like technology is banging on education’s door louder and louder. In an effort to showcase some of the best web tools for teachers, many people put together lists, slideshows, and presentations detailing what they think are the most important or best. This presentation from Eric Schreefel at GoEdOnline is one of the most robust and useful lists around. I clicked through all 101 web tools for teachers and found at least a dozen I had never heard of. 1. 4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning. The 4 Stages Of The Integration Of Technology In Learning by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us.

Technology can be used in the learning process in a variety of ways. Some are supplementary, serving the original design of the classroom and usually automate some previously by-human task or process–grading multiple choice assessments, searching for a source of information, or sharing messages and other data across large groups. But fully integrated and embedded in the learning process, technology can be transformative–and disruptive. Scaffolding the learning of anything unfamiliar–somehow–is a way of supporting the learner and setting them up for long-term independent success. Should elementary school be stage 1, middle school stage 2, and so on? Should all learners begin a school year at stage 1 and move as far as they can towards stage 4? Can a planned learning experience be evaluated using this framework in mind? Teachers Manuel to A Paperless Classroom. So how about having a paperless classroom ?

Some say this is over-hyped at best, an outright fad at worse. Well let's get down to it and see what it all takes to do it. Like it or not technology is becoming a big part if not of our teaching then definitely of our students learning. Now digital textbooks are everywhere and the number of school districts adopting iPads as learning tools in classrooms is exponentially increasing.In fact we can make our teaching more effective using the same technology our students love.

In this regard I have crafted this little guide to help you better integrate technology into your teaching and drive paper away from you classroom, opps I mean most of it . 1- Have a Classroom Blog /Websites/Wiki/Portal We can not talk about going paperless without first setting up a virtual space for our class. 3- Use web tools to increase productivity Here are some examples :

New Pedagogies For The Digital Age. 8 Great Avatar Creation Tools for Teachers. Avator tools are like the comic tools I have covered in an earlier post before, they both involve the use of images but in a funny and joyful way. Of course these tools can be used for a variety of educational purposes with our students in the classroom. Let us first see what is an avatar ? An avatar is a figure or character that you can create and customize the way you want. You can use this character to interact with other friends online . Why avatars in education ? A group of students in a history class could create an Avatar for different people in history (i.e., President of the United States, Governor of Alabama, African American students and families, White police officers, and Classroom teachers). Here are some of the best web tools to create avatars : 1- Voki This is a web tool that allows you to easily create speaking characters and customise them the way you want before sharing them with others 2- Build your wild self 3- DoppelMe 4- Frenzoo 5- Gavatar 6- Clay Yourself 7- Toy Creator.

Quozio - Make Beautiful Quotes | Digital Citizenship K-6. Blog. Having been born into technology our kids are shaped by that technology, and incorporate that technology daily into their leisure, friendship, and learning. Not so for adults. We are novices in the digital age. Interestingly, the overarching emphasis in the new Australian curriculum in relation to technologies is the development of knowledge, understanding and skills to engage purposefully to help create socially responsible and sustainable patterns of living. So apparently we understand this. Or do we? In this era of mobile devices, multimodal access and communication we really do want out students to be aware of the social, cultural, legal, environmental and ethical issues.

Today's students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and explore. But how cyber smart are you? How well do you understand the ethical and personal dangers? Today's students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and explore. Then move onto other resources. The rules of engagement.

TeacherKit - Duplicate Class. 70+ ways to start using ICT and multimedia in the classroom. Thinking Tools | Teacher & Student Planners. Technology is a Tool. The 3 Tech Ninjas. Back to school doesn't have to mean back to homework. Help Your Child Succeed in Our Digital World | Our Kids Blog. Digg Emaildigg Email With all the talk of “Bring Your Own Device” and the burgeoning educational apps available, digital literacy continues to be a vital element of both the formal and informal curriculum.

Teachers and parents can model safe and efficient digital literacy skills for children. What is Digital Literacy? Digital literacy is a blanket term understood to mean the ability to use, apply and think critically about how to use technology and the internet to navigate through one’s real and digital lives. As educators it is something we teach through direct instruction, but also through good modelling as well. How Can Parents and Educators Model Good Digital Literacy Skills? There are abundant resources to help educators and parents develop their own digital literacy skills. Learn Google! However, one of the most immediate and important resources for our students is to help them navigate around the most popular search engine in use, Google.

Related: What is Digital Literacy? What Students And Parents Think About Mobile Technology. Look around at any restaurant or mall and it’s easy to see: adults are always connected to their mobile devices. But as this technology becomes even more ingrained in our lives, what can we expect for our children? Studies show that – used wisely – technology can be an important part of their everyday lives as well.

Check out the infographic below to see how mobile technology is integrated into the lives of even the youngest kids. Over 1/2 of children under 12 who use iPads use them for educational purposes. 10% of children under 1 use mobile technology, 39% of kids age 2-4, and by age 5-8, 54% of kids are using mobile technology. The majority of parents now agree that technology can be used for educational purposes, and they’re no longer as opposed to its use as they once were! Zeitgeist.

Untitled. Digital Storytelling with Voicethread (and How to Do It Offline) As regular readers of this blog will know, I love doing things in class that are simple yet productive and full of student-generated content. It might be something like a drawing activity that leads into a whole series of other tasks, a couple of everyday items as the basis of discussion, or, as featured on my recent guest post on Teaching Village, a basic digital camcorder and some very creative young minds.

Another simple but effective web 2.0 tool I really like using is Voicethread. I love the interactivity it offers with different people able to leave messages on the same presentation slide as well as the option to combine images or text with audio or video comments. At the start of the school year, I was asked at work if I knew of any ways to make the activities we do for the school wiki more interactive and Voicethread was the first thing that came to mind.

“Great - do it” they said. “Sure,” I replied. . (..pause..) “Isn’t there a way to do it without all that?” 12 Must Bookmark Sites for Teachers Always Prepped Blog. The amount of online tools available can seem overwhelming Below are 8 must bookmark sites for teachers (we did the research, so you can spend more time teaching!) : Common Core Help: CommonCore Website - Look up all of the standards, as well as, look at various resources.P21 Toolkit - Comprehensive Toolkit to Implement The Standards Lesson Planning: ReadWriteThink - Great resources for lesson plans. Personal Learning Network/Professional Development: Twitter (only if you participate in the various Education hashtags)Claco – The Premier PD website for TeachersEdmodo – There are some great communities on Edmodo to connect with other educators Websites/Blogs: EffectiveTeachingPD – Julie Adams writes some great content about teaching/PD.

Looking for some tech tools? What are your thoughts? Beautiful classroom reports, designed to save teachers time. Professional Development / Training. Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology. I had never been to an "unconference" before, but when I heard the organizer of SocialEdCon Unconference introduce the event, I knew I was in for something new: "Write your ideas that you want to discuss on the top of the poster board.

Each of you can look at all of the ideas and put check marks beside the ones that interest you, and then that will drive the topics that we discuss today. " I leaned over to my husband, Brad Flickinger, an "unconference expert," and whispered that I'd love to learn more about educating teachers about technology. He told me to go up and write it down. Fifteen minutes later after the milling crowds of educators thinned out from around the poster boards, I saw my idea surrounded by checkmarks.

I gulped! I was here to learn from others -- not lead a session -- but I jumped into the deep end of the pool of unconferencing. What Did I Share? 1) Show, don't tell. 2) Teach with TV. 3) Be "liked. " 4) Chirp about your accomplishments. 5) Blog about it. How to Plan a Virtual Field Trip. Part 1… Creativity In The Digital Classroom… Over 40 Resources… Are They in Your School? A List of Great Checklists Every Teacher should Have. Inquiry Teapots.. Indo Style | The Learning Journey. 35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy.

Top 10 Mistakes When Using Technology. Become a Tech Savvy Teacher by 2014: A 12-Month Plan. Ten Terrific Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools. See The Good: A 365 Photo Project. Five Questions For The (Technology) Leader. Welcome to DART Connections - bringing the world to your classroom. Kidzcanfilm.wikispaces. Kidzcanfilm - Apply Flick-It-On! 2013. How Cloud is Changing the Classroom | Online Backup Magazine. The Power Of The Lurker. How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom? | Infographic. “Stoodle” Could Be The Best “Virtual Corkboard” Site Out There. Tech Minions- An authentic opportunity for kids with a passion. The 10 biggest edtech trends of 2013 and 2014. Rules of Engagement; or, How to Build Better Online Discussion | Online Learning.

Tech 4 Change. Awesome Timeline On The History of Classroom Technology. 157 of the Most Useful Websites on the Internet. Blooms Digital Taxonomy v2.12. 20 Web 2.0 Sites that does not Require Sto. Free Slideshow and Collage Maker. Strategies for Making the Most of Mobile Learning Tools in the Classroom. How to Set Screen Rules That Stick. ICT Bingo for teachers! | salwal's stuff.

Coggle - A Simple Mind-Mapping Tool. One way to grow a networked teacher, is to grow a networked learner #pln. ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons! 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About. 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About. Automatic Group Maker. Technology Explained - ABC Technology and Games.

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