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Classkick - Helping Teachers Be Awesome. Mote | faster, friendlier commenting. GOA's Designing for Online Learning | video walk-through of course. SAMR: A Powerful Model for Understanding Good Tech Integration. The biggest obstacle to teaching online probably isn’t the technology. Teachers seek out educational technology, in fact, because it “can have considerable positive impacts on student performance,” according to a 2016 study—improving test scores and allowing teachers to assess student achievement more efficiently. The big problem is how to integrate it: Beyond the sheer number of tech tools available, the same researchers identified “inadequate professional development and training” as the primary obstacle to using technology productively in classrooms.

Understandably, the emergence of the coronavirus has dramatically accelerated the process of integrating edtech, as educators around the country race to get online as fast as they can. But as many of our teachers have noted, the current state of K-12 online learning is more like triage—a form of crisis management—and not at all like skillfully managed distance education. It’s tempting to think of SAMR as a mountain to be summited. Reading Across the Curriculum - Actively Learn. PDFs for Notability. ConferApp - A Note-Taking App for Teachers | iPhone + iPad.

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Photo editing 101: Master the layer mask. Remember the last time you gave your walls a fresh coat of paint? You probably used a roll of blue or beige masking tape to cover the baseboards and windows so you wouldn’t get paint on them. Masking tape’s digital equivalent—called a layer mask—is a timesaving feature in Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements (version 9+), and the affordable yet powerful Pixelmator. Here’s a quick primer on how to use this great tool in your digital image editing program of choice. Masking basics Layer masks make for a far more flexible editing experience because you’re hiding pixels instead of erasing them. You can perform all manner of non-destructive techniques with layer masks. iStockphoto/Andrew Rich #16815876 Note: You may not realize it, but many apps use automatic masking in their effects tools to change part of a photo instead of the whole thing.

Add a layer mask The resulting mask looks like a white rectangle in your Layers panel and serves as a miniature representation of your document. Teachers Say Tech Helps Student Writing, But Encourages Shortcuts - Digital Education. UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false UserType: anonymous DisplayName: TrialsLeft: 0 Trials: Tier Preview Log: Exception pages ( /edweek/DigitalEducation/2013/07/teachers_say_digital_tools_hav.html ) = NO Internal request ( ) = NO Open House ( 2014-04-22 10:09:52 ) = NO Site Licence : ( ) = NO ACL Free A vs U ( 2100 vs 0 ) = NO Token Free (NO TOKEN FOUND) = NO Blog authoring preview = NO Search Robot ( Firefox ) = NO Purchased ( 0 ) = NO Monthly ( a3880c76-8a6c-c86e-7dda-ba46896b0839 : 3 / 3 ) = NO 0: /edweek/finding_common_ground/2012/08/how_to_get_kids_to_work_as_a_team_if_the_adults_around_them_cant.html 1: /tm/articles/2008/09/10/01tln_jolly.h20.html 2: /ew/articles/2011/07/29/37nair.h30.html.

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might be more difficult because of it. Living rooms, dens, kitchens, even bedrooms: Investigators followed students into the spaces where homework gets done. Pens poised over their “study observation forms,” the observers watched intently as the students—in middle school, high school, and college, 263 in all—opened their books and turned on their computers. For a quarter of an hour, the investigators from the lab of Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills, marked down once a minute what the students were doing as they studied.

A checklist on the form included: reading a book, writing on paper, typing on the computer—and also using email, looking at Facebook, engaging in instant messaging, texting, talking on the phone, watching television, listening to music, surfing the web. Related.