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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know about

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know about
March 23, 2015 Over the last weekend, we spent sometime curating what we think are some of the best Chrome apps and extensions for teachers and students.Our selection is based on the reviews we have been posting here over the last couple of years and is also based on criteria such as popularity of the apps, its ratings...etc. Of course the list is no way comprehensive and there are tons of other apps to be included here but for brevity and practicality purposes we limited our list to the titles featured below. Have a look and share with your colleagues. 1- Google Classroom “Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organize their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.” 2- ClassDojo 3- Google Keep 4- Glogster Edu 5- Sketchpad 6- VoiceNoteII: Speech to Text

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5 Free Apps that Every Chromebook Classroom Needs - Insight ON - Insight ON With a little over 30,000 apps in the Chrome Web Store, finding good education apps can be daunting. So, what makes an educational app stand out? A great app: Meets student needsIs simple to useIs visually appealingProvides opportunities for students to grow in a particular areaIs open-ended Let’s look at a few good examples: 1. Video Playlist: Classroom Management Creating a positive classroom culture can be a challenge, but it’s a crucial element in making a class run smoothly. In the video “New Teacher Survival: Classroom Management” featured below, Dr. Jackie Ancess of Columbia University says you want a classroom to be an “orderly and safe space so that the kids can learn what you want them to learn.” Often this means setting (and enforcing) standards for appropriate classroom behavior. Identifying expectations for students and holding them to those expectations gives them a sense of stability and increases class unity.

Formats Audio Recording Recorded Audio Books are human voice recordings that are provided to AIM-VA students through Learning Ally , formerly known as RFB&D. While most of the books are audio only, a select number of books have been converted to the Voicetext format; which provides highlighted text to be followed while the audio is played. Download Learning Ally Sample 10 Presentation Tools for Students If you have sat through one too many bad PowerPoint presentations or seen too many posters thrown together at the last minute, it’s time to change how your students put together their presentations. With these 10 presentation tools for students, you will significantly reduce the amount of boring presentations you have to sit through. These tools will encourage your students to be creative and think critically when they plan their next presentations. Animoto Create slideshows set to music with Animoto.

50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners 50 Animation Tools & Resources For Digital Learners by Lisa Chesser, A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of control explains the economics of oil production in the Sudan to students in Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Riyadh. That is education and animation working together to teach students everywhere, everything they ever wanted to know. Educators need only utilize the tools available, most of them for free. Some of the animation links catalogued here will give educators very basic tools and histories of animation while others have the animation already created and set in motion, it’s just a matter of sharing it with students.

10 Resources for Setting Up Your Classroom Given how much time teachers spend in their classrooms, it’s like a home away from home. This year, design a classroom that is comfortable, inspiring, and promotes learning. We’ve curated a list of resources with ideas to make this process fun! 5 Must have Chrome Extensions for Every Teacher January 16, 2014 Google announced yesterday the launch of Chrome 32 which is the newest update to Chrome in months . This update is available for Chrome users in Mac, Windows, and Linux. Some of the main features that came with Chrome 32 include tab indicators, a new look for Windows 8 Metro mode, and automatic blocking of malware downloads. I have just updated mine and I am still tinkering with it. If you want to install Chrome 32 make sure you close all the tabs open on your browser because it wont work unless you turn them off. As you probably know by now, there is a section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning entitled " Educational Chrome Extensions " where I review and recommend chrome extensions that have some educational value for teachers and students.

9 Chromebook apps every teacher needs If you’ve got a Chromebook for the first time it can be difficult to know what apps are available and even how you install them. Luckily there’s a well curated Web Store that you can install many free apps. On this page I’ve gathered together a selection of Chromebook apps that are perfect to get your started with your new Chromebook. How to install apps on your Chromebook or Chrome browser You can browse and install apps onto your Chromebook from the Chrome Web Store. Just like the iPad App Store there is a huge range of free and paid for apps, including many designed specifically for education.

10 Mac Tips Every Teacher Should Know about July 9, 2015 Mac is an incredible piece of gadgetry and an ideal companion for teachers. It has tons of features and functionalities that can make your digital life way easier and more productive. To help you make the best of your Mac, we are sharing with you 10 essential and probably basic tips. Check out the resources at the end of this post for more advanced tips. 1- Take A Screenshot Skitch is an excellent app to use with your Mac for taking screenshots and annotating them. However, if you want a simple and easy way to grab a screenshot of your Mac these key combination will do the job.

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School Jane Mount/MindShift The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year. Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. While those things are important, Alan November, a former teacher-turned-author and lecturer says the most important ideas to hammer home will help students learn on their own for the rest of the year. “The name of the game is to find the right information with the right question,” said November during a workshop at the 2014 gathering of the International Society of Technology in Education in Atlanta. The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school. There are lots of apps, and these are just my opinion based on what I've used with my students or successfully tested. Formative Assessment

Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes July 10, 2015 Minecraft is an immersive learning environment that has started as a game about creating, exploring and managing resources before it becomes one of the leading educational learning platforms for students. A few days ago, Microsoft, Minecraft’s parent company, announced the release of a new website, Minecraft for Education, geared towards providing teachers with a forum where they can share their ideas about how they use Minecraft in their teaching. ‘Minecraft in education is a way to teach, learn and inspire. It’s students visiting ancient civilizations to create and play out their own stories. It’s exploring mathematical concepts like perimeter, area, and volume by breaking and placing Minecraft blocks. It’s practising collaboration, problem solving, digital citizenship, and leadership skills through creative thinking and innovative design.

A List of Some of The Best Photo Editing Tools Photos and images are great multimedia tools to incorporate into your classroom teaching. Students attention and curiosity are easily arisen when graphic content is involved. So to help you prepare teaching visual aids to include in your classroom, Here is a set of useful and free photo editing tools that you can use very easily. With these tools you can add your personal touch to your photos and make them even more engaging. Click on any link to read more about the photo editing tool .

How To Run Android Apps in Chrome Browser with Google ARC Last year at Google I/O developer event, Google launched a limited beta "App Runtime for Chrome" (ARC) project, which now expanded to run millions of Android apps within Chrome browser. Google has released a new developer tool called App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) Welder that allows Android apps to run on Chrome for Linux, Windows, and OS X systems. App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) was an early experiment specifically designed for app developers, but now anyone can download it. Google Chrome's ARC Welder app can now run any of your favorite Android apps like WhatsApp, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, all from your Chrome web browser.