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6 Digital Tools To Engage Students - 6 Digital Tools To Engage Students by Rachelle Poth Are you looking for some new ways to keep students engaged through the end of the school year?

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Here are 6 tools that I have found to be quite helpful as this school year winds down. More importantly, these are also some of the student favorites, in no particular order. Recap 2.0 Recap 2.0 is a Question and Answer platform available on Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones and Android devices, which can be implemented right away and is easy to use. Students can submit questions and receive direct feedback from the teacher, parents can receive feedback by email through Recap, and there are many other features available for assessment and classroom management. In a Recap Journey, teachers create a multi-step path for students. In my experience with the Journeys, I had students explore Spanish-speaking countries and included different links for them to explore more based on their own interests.

Flipgrid A grid in my case is one of my Spanish classes. STEM & Maker Space - Virtual ​Library. 22 Ways To Use Twitter For Learning Based On Bloom's Taxonomy. 22 Ways To Use Twitter For Learning Based On Bloom’s Taxonomy by TeachThought Staff In 2012, one of the first posts we created was a “twitter spectrum,” an image that clarified different ways that twitter could be used in the classroom in (hopefully) authentic ways.

22 Ways To Use Twitter For Learning Based On Bloom's Taxonomy

TeachBytes has followed that up with an excellent graphic of their own that uses a pure Bloom’s Taxonomy approach. The specific ideas range from “remix trending tweets with video and music” to creating concept maps showing the relationship between tweets. We must admit to going back and forth over the exact fit of a social media platform like twitter in a formal (or informal) learning environment. Unless you’re using it as a cultural survey of sorts. As with all things, sweet spot matters. Top 10 sites to help students check their facts. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Here Is An Excellent Tool for Creating Visually Appealing Presentations, Newsletters and Interactive Reports. 12 Virtual Field Trips You Don't Want To Miss! – Create-abilities. Schools are so lucky these days.

12 Virtual Field Trips You Don't Want To Miss! – Create-abilities

We have millions of dollars to use, para-educators in every classroom, the most up to date technology and full parent support. Wait....I'm being told that none of what I just typed is true. Hmmm... so now what? If you were like my school, money was tight, parental support was limited, and technology was a foreign word. (I finally was able to upgrade my overhead projector with the transparencies about two years ago. Because of tight funds and the inability to fly my students across the country to view some of the things we learn about, I really liked the idea of virtual field trips. The 7 Wonders of the World: panoramic views that you can click and drag for 360 degree views.

Google Art Collections: Google has taken 1,000's of art pieces from 17 museums around the world and compiled them into one place. Google Sky: A really fun one! Smithsonian: Museum of Natural History: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Smithsonian Museums! Rare Book Room: I like this one. Mt. 17 Formative Digital Assessment Tools That Help You Know Students. A big benefit of doing formative assessment properly is that we get to know our students really well.

17 Formative Digital Assessment Tools That Help You Know Students

But why is this important? It has to do with the fact that teachers don’t actually create learning, but rather encourage and facilitate it. Only learners create learning, but teachers guide the process by responding to student performance. 8 Things To Look For In Today's Classroom - 8 Things To Look For In Today’s Classroom by TeachThought Staff What are the kinds of things you should look for in today’s classroom?

8 Things To Look For In Today's Classroom -

The common response often begins and ends with technology, but as we’ve discussed often, it’s not about the technology. To a point, illustration-guru Sylvia Duckworth repackaged ed leader George Couros’ take here by visualizing on the kinds of things you might notice in a modern classroom. Control Alt Achieve: 4 Fun Literacy Activities with Google Docs. Google Docs is a great word processor, but is much more than just that.

Control Alt Achieve: 4 Fun Literacy Activities with Google Docs

Although we can certainly use it to type up a report, take notes, or write a story, we can also get creative with the features and functions built into the program to make some fun learning activities. Recently I did a video training webinar where I took a look at four creative ways to use regular Google Docs features in new fun ways to practice and develop literacy skills. These include: The highlighting tool for the activity "Improve Reading Comprehension with Google Docs Black Out"The special characters tool for the activity "Emoji Learning Activities with Google Docs"The word count tool for the activity "Have Students Write Better by Writing Less with Google Docs"The header tool and hyperlink tool for the activity "Choose Your Own Adventure Stories with Google Docs" See below for the full 1-hour training video, as well as resources, ideas, and templates for each of the four activities.Training Video (1 hour)

A Big List of 50 Must-Try Online Teaching Tools. Having a database of useful online teaching tools is a great practice for every teacher.

A Big List of 50 Must-Try Online Teaching Tools

After all, you can’t do everything on your own and there are many developers out there who want to help you. The tools below were made for educators—and in many cases by educators—to help them with many aspects of classroom teaching. Now we bring them to you. 8 Teaching Tools for Lesson Planning Lesson planning can be tough, so why not make it easier? Teaching Content Curation and 20 Resources to Help You Do It - InformED. At St.

Teaching Content Curation and 20 Resources to Help You Do It - InformED

Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, Dr. How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs. How Thoughtful Technology Integration Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs by Jackie Gerstein For specific training and professional development around technology integration, contact TeachThought Professional Development to bring Jackie Gerstein and other TeachThought professionals to your school today.

How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students’ intellectual and cognitive development. Too often individual learner’s needs do not enter into the equation of their educations. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a useful model for educators to use to help insure that they are addressing more of the whole child. Applying Abraham Maslow’s theory of a pyramid-shaped hierarchy — physiological needs, personal safety, social affiliation, self-esteem and self-actualization — to education is an ideal way to assess lesson plans, courses and educational programs. Biological and Physiological needs – air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sleep, etc.


The Padagogy Wheel developed by Allan Carrington. It Is Not About the Apps, It Is About The Pedagogy The Padagogy Wheel is designed to help educators think – systematically, coherently and with a view to long-term, big-picture outcomes – about how they use mobile apps in their teaching.

The Padagogy Wheel developed by Allan Carrington

The Padagogy Wheel is all about mindsets; it is a way of thinking about digital-age education that meshes together concerns about mobile app features, learning transformation, motivation, cognitive development and long-term learning objectives. The Padagogy Wheel is not rocket science.