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5 Strategies for Building a Powerful BYOD Classroom. Photo credit: Barrett.Discovery via photopin cc Moving to a Bring Your Own Device school or classroom is a major transition.

5 Strategies for Building a Powerful BYOD Classroom

I’ve heard many horror stories of monumental failures from first-year BYOD teachers, and most could have been avoided with some simple planning. For a balanced and healthy classroom, it’s important to unplug occasionally. It’s one thing to tell your students to bring their devices one day, so the class can engage in a text messaging activity using Celly, only to return to standard class activities the next day. However, entering a new school year with the intention of using mobile devices daily is entirely different and requires careful planning for success. CSER Digital Technologies: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Learning Area - Course. 10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers with Technology – From Beth on Edudemic. EdTechTeacher’s Beth Holland co-led the Teaching the Elementary Grades workshops this summer as well as a variety of iPad workshops.

10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers with Technology – From Beth on Edudemic

As a result of those sessions, she has started working on the concept of leveraging iPads, Interactive White Boards, and other mobile technologies to create Centers of Learning. Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers for 2015. Technology Evolves Quickly!

Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers for 2015

When I started teaching in 2004, I used any/all available technology. I had an overhead projector and a CD player. Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level: Specific Traits to Look For. Codecademy School Computer Science Curriculum. The Key to Coding – Part 1. Today’s blog is a guest post from the amazing Kim Vernon, who blogs at www.missICT.com.

The Key to Coding – Part 1

Kim is Head of Integrated Technologies for Infant students at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she has been teaching overseas since 2008. Kim is a Google Certified Teacher and has a Master of Education. She has recently begun to share her knowledge and skills by speaking at regional and international conferences. For more, follow Kim on Twitter. In this Part 1 of a 2 part blog series, I will be looking at coding and the theory behind the ‘why’. So why coding? If we are to be completely honest with ourselves, the concept or theory behind computer science in the curriculum is not new, well not within Early Years Education.

Our young learners spend every day solving and overcoming problems and obstacles. And this is where coding fits in. Computer programmers spend time solving many of our daily issues using digital code. How to get started with coding in the classroom - Daily Genius. This probably isn’t news, but coding isn’t just for geeks anymore.

How to get started with coding in the classroom - Daily Genius

Computer based jobs are growing at a rate estimated to be about 2x faster than other types of jobs, and it is estimated that there will be a million more jobs than there are students to fill them by 2020. Currently, less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. Hour of Code. Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level: Specific Traits to Look For.

Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers for 2015. Top 10 Free Web Tools for the Classroom - The Hoggatteer Experience. 25 MORE Ways to Become a Tech-Savvy Teacher. iPads and IEPs. (image from The time for reviewing IEP targets is rolling around for me and so I got to thinking about the apps that I use for my students who have additional support needs.

iPads and IEPs

Goals of an IEP include can reading, numeracy, writing, higher order thinking skills, digital tech and social skills. As with pretty much everything else in ed there are plenty of apps that can significantly enhance learning experiences for these students. In many cases, using tech can make tasks easier and allow for creativity and lots of inquiry. In my experience, some apps can allow these students to excel in an area that they previously struggled to display their comprehension. When choosing the an app consider the following: The specific needs of the student as identified in their own IEP – not all apps are suitable for all studentWhat the app is for – is it essential? Just as IEPs are individual, so too will be the apps that suit the goals of each child. Kidrex.org - Poster by zana.thiele72. 15 FREE Awesome Chrome Extensions for Educators - More Than A Tech. What is it: Really sleek bookmark manager.Who should use it: Students or teachers looking to save more than just the bookmark, but the content itself with collections, tags, smart search, and more.

15 FREE Awesome Chrome Extensions for Educators - More Than A Tech

What is it: Browser based image editor with a wide variety of tools, filters, etc.Who should use it: Anyone looking to do advanced image editing on a Chromebook or in a browser window. A Short Guide to Taking Screenshots on Your Laptop and Tablet. Visual aids can be very helpful when you're introducing a new website, app, or software to students or colleagues.

A Short Guide to Taking Screenshots on Your Laptop and Tablet

Being able to take and send a screenshot is also helpful when you're trying to explain a problem to your tech support person. Here's a short guide to taking screenshots on your iPad, Android tablet, Windows computer, Mac, or Chromebook. Chromebook: A quick search in the Chrome store will return a bunch of options for taking screenshots on a Chromebook. Of those results there are two options that I have used and recommend. Diigo's Awesome Screenshot tool and TechSmith's Snagit. 10 Digital Tools for Teaching You Can Learn This Summer. You’ve reached the time of year that EVERY teacher dreams of from the first day of school: summer break.

10 Digital Tools for Teaching You Can Learn This Summer

Now, as you pack your bags and head for that beach vacation and some quality “you” time… Don’t forget that another school year is quickly approaching. Yes, you should take some time off, but you should also prepare for the new year by learning some new tools. Trust me, you’ll have plenty of time to finish that pina colada in your hand… Each of these tools can help you in some way in the classroom, whether it’s just getting organized or making assessments easier and data more relevant.