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Technology Instructional Strategies for Pre-K and Kindergarten. The Best Interactive Web Tools for Educators. Most of us are working at full capacity, and keeping up with technology can feel like one more chore on the to-do list.

The Best Interactive Web Tools for Educators

Still, learning your way around a few of the best Web tools is worth your time. Innovative teachers are frequently using intuitive programs and websites that are easy to learn. These web tool can save you a lot of daily hassles that you might not even realize you have been tolerating. Whether you want to move the class newsletter online or try out a flipped classroom, we’re sharing the best sites to do it.

Sharing and Collaborating The Internet was invented to foster communication. Google Docs First of all, you never have to hit “save” in Google Docs. Google Forms Whether you want to send a quiz to your students or organize a field trip, Google forms can help you distribute and gather information. WordPress Create a class website or blog on this free, easy-to-use site. EduBlogs Set up blogs here for yourself or your students, and you can control the safety settings. EdX.

Classroom Technology. 21 Must-Read RSS Feeds. Last week after my post about the Free Technology for Teachers FriendFeed room, I received a couple of comments and emails asking me if I would post a list of some of my favorite websites.

21 Must-Read RSS Feeds

Here are my 21 must-read RSS feeds. These are the RSS feeds I check first whenever I've been away from my computer for more than twenty-four hours. These lists are arranged alphabetically only because my RSS reader is also arranged alphabetically. Feeds directly related to education:A Geeky Momma's BlogDangerously IrrelevantiLearn TechnologyInstructifyIt's Not All Flowers and SausagesLarry Ferlazzo's Websites of the DayMoving at the Speed of CreativityNebraska Change AgentThe English BlogWelcome to NCS-Tech Feeds targeted toward the tech early adopter audience:Ars TechnicaCenter NetworksCNET NewsGoogle Earth BlogGoogle LatLongKiller StartupsMashableRead Write WebThe Official Google Blog Three feeds that don't exactly fit in the tech or K-12 category:Daily Writing TipsOpen CultureSeth Godin's Blog.

ECE Technology: 10 Trending Tools for Teachers. Kids are crazy for technology!

ECE Technology: 10 Trending Tools for Teachers

And it’s important to provide early learners with time to simply play, create and use their imaginations. However, teachers must also ensure that students learn to use current technology in this constantly-evolving world. Integrating technology, when done well, not only reinforces key technical skills children need to thrive in the 21st century, but it also increases student engagement and enhances learning. Listed below are 10 trending tech tools that early childhood teachers can use to attain better outcomes in the classroom. 1) Interactive Websites: There are a TON of engaging websites for early learners that reinforce key academic concepts. 2) Enriching Apps: School iPad carts are available to many teachers for use in classrooms, while other schools have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. 6) Digital Storytelling: Several websites encourage children to tap into their creative imaginations to produce digital stories online.

Michelle Smotzer (@MichelleSmotzer) Tech Savvy on Pinterest. Social Media: The Free Beginner's Guide from Moz. Chapter 1 Introduction What is social media?

Social Media: The Free Beginner's Guide from Moz

"Social media" is a way for people to communicate and interact online. While it has been around since the dawn of the World Wide Web, in the last 10 years or so we've seen a surge in both the number and popularity of social media sites. It's called social media because users engage with (and around) it in a social context, which can include conversations, commentary, and other user-generated annotations and engagement interactions. Publishing content has become exponentially simpler over the last several years, which has helped skyrocket the use of social media. For businesses, the shift in web consumerism and accompanying rise in social media brings both opportunity and responsibility.

Michelle Smotzer's Blog. Welcome to StoryPlace! What Every New Media Specialist Needs to Know. These 10 tips can help your career get off to a great start Illustration by Steve Wacksman It’s not easy being a media specialist, especially if you’re new to the profession or you’ve switched schools and you’re suddenly the new kid on the block.

What Every New Media Specialist Needs to Know

Let’s face it, many administrators and teachers don’t understand what we do. And like it or not, we’re still battling that age-old stereotype of the school librarian as a little old lady with a bun who shuffles around shushing people. How can you help others see that you’re a creative, computer-savvy information specialist who works hard to collaborate with students and teachers? Take a deep breath! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 100 Best Blogs for School Librarians. School librarians have much more on their plates than just managing books, often spending a great deal of time educating students and teachers, learning about and implementing new technology, and reading up on the latest new releases for young adults and children.

100 Best Blogs for School Librarians

It can be a lot to keep up with, but luckily other librarians are sharing their wisdom, experience, and expertise via the web. We’ve brought together 100 excellent blogs written by teachers, librarians, tech experts, and book lovers that can act as amazing resources for any school librarian. This is an update of our previous list, as technology has changed, new voices have emerged, and some previously great blogs have gone dormant, making it necessary to revise and re-curate our selections. Hopefully this list will be as useful to those in library and education fields as the first.

Librarian Blogs Here you’ll find some amazing blogs written by librarians at all kinds of institutions. Free Range Librarian: Librarian K.G.