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Learning to Teach Online. Interactive book. A Good Free Web Tool to Create Classroom Posters. June 9, 2014 After we have learned how to create a classroom poster using Google Draw, I am introducing you today to another awesome web tool which will enable you to design gorgeous classroom visuals. This tool is called Pixteller . I have been tinkering with it for awhile and found it really worth using. This is particularly relevant for creating illustrated quotes and short posters for your class. Here is one I created for the purposes of this tutorial : Pixteller is completely free to use. There are actually two ways to creat a poster using Pixteller: The first method is to build it from scratch . Click on "create" button Set the image height Select the background you want by choosing from solid colour, Liniar Gradient, Circular Gradient, and Texture. You can also upload a photo and use it as a background. Click on "text" and type in your text.

Pixteller provides a gallery of different free icons to use on your poster. Click on "finish" and type in a title for your poster. Crossword Puzzle Maker | printable crosswords with images or text hints, crossword puzzles to print for kids. Great Tools to Create Classroom Multimedia Magazines and Books. May 28, 2014 Web 2.0 technologies have radically transformed the education landscape, shifting the concept of agency from the teacher and placing it in students hands.

Leaners now are empowered with a variety of tools to connect, create, share, collaborate, and negotiate meaning making processes in ways never available before. Instead of merely consuming what others have produced, learners actively take part in the production of new insights and through the affordances of new technologies they can collaborate and crowdsource support on a global scale. These new venues of learning have opened new communicational channels for students to use to access a larger audience. Their voice can now have a wider reach. It is this very idea of empowering students voice through the use of digital technologies that I want to draw your attention to in this post. 1- iBooks Author Using iBooks Author with students does require some extended training before students can feel comfortable using it. Great Tools to Create Classroom Multimedia Magazines and Books.

Wonderful Guide to The Use of Rubrics in Education. May , 2014 Rubrics are important elements in your teaching toolkit and there are a variety of ways you can use them to improve your teaching. Mia from Anethicalisland has this wonderful infographic that outlines some of the reasons to use rubrics, what they improve and how to use them in your class. What are rubrics ? Rubrics are scoring charts. They display what is expected of the learner for the assignment. Rubrics are used to assess the learner on several points. Learners can use rubrics as a guide to meet all the requirements for the assignment. Teachers should follow the rubric when creating and grading assignments. Why Use Rubrics ? | Make Kids' Books Online For Free! Teachers Easy Guide to Creating Quiz Shows on Google Drive.

January 3, 2015 Flippity is a powerful web tool that you can use with Google Spreadsheets to perform a variety of tasks. In the last post we published here we talked about how to use Flippity to create Flashcards and we visually demonstrated how teachers can go about creating their own flashcards using this tool. Today, we are sharing with you another great functionality provided by Flippity.

This time you will get to learn how to use Flippity to create a Quiz Show from a Google Spreadsheet. Click here to see a demo. Here is how you can make your own Quiz Show using Flippity on Google Spreadsheets: 1- 1- Click on this template and copy it to your Google Spreadsheet by clicking on "file" and " make a copy" 2- Now that you are on the copied version of that template, edit the text and type in the data you want to include in your Quiz Show. 3-Publish your sheet by clicking on "file " then "publish" 4-Copy the link under the link tab.

Excellent Rubric for Using Digital Portfolios in Class. December 22, 2014 Planning to integrate digital portfolios in your instruction? This list of tools is a good place to start with. It contains some useful web applications that you and your students can use to easily create e-portfolios. Using e-portfolios with your students has several educational pluses that include:

Excellent Guides and Tutorials to Help Kids Make Engaging Educational Movies. A Good Free Web Tool to Create Classroom Posters. Productivity 101: A Primer to the Getting Things Done (GTD) Philosophy. LIFEHACKER ARTICLES. Geek to Live: Take great notes Lifehacker notetaking. 10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout. "Why did I want to be a teacher? " We all face burnout, sometimes on a daily basis, and in my case, especially after fourth period.

Most of the time, we can pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and go back to the drawing board to try another strategy to find success with student learning. I have to admit that it is getting more and more difficult to make that transition back to a willingness to try again. I can't help to think students are more difficult than they used to be a few years ago, and pressures from accountability are becoming more oppressive. And of course, the pay for teachers is inadequate. With all of this we may ask, is it worth it?

Rather than provide a list of things to avoid, I would like to take a more proactive stance by sharing things that will help diminish burnout feelings and help you answer, yep, it is worth it. Step #1) Have Fun Daily with Your Students Share jokes, brief stories, puzzles, brain teasers, etc. Step #2) Take Care of Your Health. Seeing is Doing: 8 Creative Ways to Visualize Your To-Do List. A long to-do list can be overwhelming. Sometimes, you might want to take a step back and look at the day, week, or month at a high-level, visualizing what's coming up rather than just plowing through a list of to-dos. But that's not always possible with a traditional to-do list app that's text- and list-based. If you're craving something more colorful and creative—or something that gives you a higher-level view of what you have on your plate—a visual to-do list could be exactly what you need.

Below, you'll find seven different ways to visualize your to-do list, along with details on when each approach is most useful. 1. I'm really bad about creating to-do lists and then never actually using them. The problem: I never actually look through my to-do folder. Another thing I like to do is to write to-dos in the same notebook I use to take notes while doing research for articles I'm writing. Use a big sheet of paper and markers Use a whiteboard or chalkboard Use sticky notes 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. The Awesome Science of Mindmapping. The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips. Posted 08/20/2014 1:55PM | Last Commented 03/29/2016 9:48AM Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, having strategies for effective classroom management is essential for creating positive, successful learning spaces (and staying sane!).

In this presentation you’ll find 25 tips for managing your classroom. They were contributed by educators from Edutopia’s community in response to a discussion by blogger Larry Ferlazzo asking users to share their most valuable classroom management advice. Without further ado, here are the Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips: Each classroom is different, so please come back and share what you've learned and what works for you! NOTE: If you're having trouble viewing the presentation, click here to view it directly. Designing-new-literacies-tolisano.jpg (JPEG Image, 1024 × 768 pixels) Assessment Design: A Matrix To Assess Your Assessments.

Assessment Design: A Matrix To Assess Your Assessments by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education On Rigor, Language, & Verbs Rigor is not established by the unthinking use of Webb or Bloom or other verbs. Here, for example, is a widely-findable chart I found on the NJ Dept of Education website, in which Webb’s rubrics have been turned into a leveled chart of supposedly-appropriate verbs: A moment’s thought after looking over these verbs should make you say: Huh? Take “predict” for example. In summary, just throwing some verbs around as starters for “rigorous” tasks is not enough to address the first bullet concerning the challenge of the task.

Piktochart: Infographic and Graphic Design for Non-Designers. Piktochart. 7 Things To Remember About Classroom Feedback. Help Students Curate Content with the Blog Reader Feedly. The 6 Levels Of Bloom's Taxonomy, Explained With Active Verbs. 5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do--And Don't--Learn. 5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do–And Don’t–Learn by Charlie Chung, Class Central There has been a large body of work in neuroscience, psychology, and related fields offering more and more insight into how we learn. Below are five of the top tips from Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, who has faced her own learning challenges (failing middle and high school math and science classes), and has made a study of the latest research on learning.

She is also offering a free online course, Learning How to Learn, which starts August 1 on the Coursera platform with co-instructor, Prof. Terrence Sejnowski, a computational neuroscientist at UC San Diego and the Salk Institute. 5 Practical Learning Tips Based On Neuroscience 1. The advice to get enough sleep before an exam or important performance is age-old, but it is not often accompanied by a strong rationale of why this is important. 2. 3. 4. Many students re-read a text to try to reinforce the content. Getting Organized.

Organization Tips from Mrs. McDavid I have had many teachers stop by my room to ask how I keep things so well organized. I have had other teachers to ask if I would consider teaching a staff development course at our school to help teachers become better organized. Truly it's the small details that make the biggest impact. Materials You Will Need ~ Back to the Top ~ Purge Unused Materials and Non Essential ItemsAs teachers we tend to hoard materials and supplies that we think might come in handy one day.

Organizing the Teacher's DeskThe teacher's desk can become a dumping ground for paperwork, papers that need to be filed, correspondence from the main office, items that need to be read or evaluated, and papers that need to be held for future reference. The first thing you need to do in order to organize your desk is categorize the type of paperwork that crosses your desk: The next step is designating an area to file your paperwork. My personal favorite is the metal desktop sorter. Why (And How) Teachers Are Using Twitter. How to implement blended learning - MySMARTSpaces. This interesting infographic from Digital Learning Now gives a comprehensive overview of how to implement blended learning.

Blended learning brings together digital learning with traditional school learning, giving students greater control and designed to make students - and schools - more productive. While that description might make it seem easy, you have to make sure you implement it carefully and at the right time. You need to create the right conditions, develop a strategy, make sure you have the right infrastructure, and work on it constantly. It's important to integrate technology effectively and make sure it supports the teaching methods you're already using, and that there is ample support and communication throughout the process. The infographic recommends starting with your learning goals, deciding on platforms and content second, and then finding the appropriate devices. We particularly like some of the drivers of blended learning the infographic highlights: Get involved:

How to Use Your New iPad without Training. 30hands Introduces a Pro Version. 3. #EdchatDE Summer Special. Copywrong. Sketchnotes and Visual Thinking. Copywrong. 21 Good iPad Apps for Teachers of High School Students to Try This Summer. Each day this week I have shared a selection of apps appropriate for various grade ranges. On Monday I shared 21 apps for Pre-K through 2nd grade. On Tuesday, I shared apps 3rd through 5th grade students. Wednesday’s list featured apps for grades six through eight. Today’s list is for 9th through 12th grade. If you would like a copy of this slidedeck, open the slide editor (gear icon) then select “make a copy” from the file menu. You will need to sign into your Google Account to make a copy. Tags: free ipad apps, high school, language arts, Math, science, social studies.

Gamification. My Ideal Teacher Bookshelf. It was about this time last year that I came upon a beautiful book in our local public library. It’s the kind of book that captures you with its cover, draws you in by the concept, and makes you feel like you are immediately among friends in this world of bibliophiles. Titled My Ideal Bookshelf , it surveys all kinds of authors, asking them, “What 12-15 books would make it to your ideal bookshelf?” The compelling quality of the book is that as you read, you can’t help but start envisioning your own ideal bookshelf. As I read, I realized that it’s not as easy as it sounds. There are the books that come to mind right away, but then you start to think more deeply and remember the reads that had a nuanced effect on you or map to a certain time in your life. Sarah’s Ideal Bookshelf for Professional Reading (In no particular order. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life , by Parker Palmer Since the first time I read this book, it’s been a compass for me.

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