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Today’s Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: The underlying theme of all of my ideas, of all of my blog posts is about setting up the conditions where learners’ choice and voice flourish. I have come to believe that the only real education is one that fully embraces learner choice and voice. All instructional practices in this era of learning should revolve around learner choice and voice: Word Clouds for Kids! ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games. ABCya’s award-winning Preschool computer games and apps are conceived and realized under the direction of a certified technology education teacher, and have been trusted by parents and teachers for ten years. Our educational games are easy to use and classroom friendly, with a focus on the alphabet, numbers, shapes, storybooks, art, music, holidays and much more!

Irregular verbs - past simple tense Irregular verbs are probably the most important verbs in English. There are quite a lot of them and they are very common. However, for many ESL and EFL students they are very difficult to learn. AEM: Open Educational Resources (OERs) Open educational resources (OERs) are defined by UNESCO as "teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." Strengths of OERs include that they are flexible, cost-free, and easily shared. By Andrew Hashey and Skip Stahl

So you have a Twitter account. Now what? Listen to an extended version of this post as a podcast: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:14 — 28.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | I hear it all the time: “I have a Twitter account, but I don’t really know how to use it.” Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum I spend a lot of time looking at different web-based tools and apps and thinking about if and how they can be used for learning. Sometimes it takes some thought and at other times it’s really obvious. With Phraseum it was instantly obvious that this was a really great tool for learning. Phraseum allows you to collect words, phrases and sentences from anywhere on the web while you you browse and organise them into social phrasebooks. Phraseum is a browser-based tool which can be activated from your browser toolbar. Simply create an account and then drag the ‘Clipping button’ bookmarklet to your favourites bar on your browser.

Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup An educator's and parent's guide to websites, blogs, articles, and videos that provide information and tools related to understanding, selecting, and assessing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials. Getting Started Whether low-tech, high-tech, or somewhere in between, assistive technology and related services play an important role in reducing barriers to learning for students with a variety of special needs and challenges. Listen to parent Jeanne Dwyer, as she discusses her experiences using technology to help her son build independence, in this video from the Maryland State Department of Education: For Educators

QR Codes Can Do That? There are tons of quick and easy ways to integrate technology into your instruction -- with powerful results. I've been a fan of Quick Response (QR) codes in education for years and even wrote a book all about how they can be used to promote deeper learning in your classroom. When speaking to teachers about these black-and-white squares, it's so much fun to see the "aha" moments as we explore different ways to use scannable technology in the classroom. This list of five things that you may not know about QR codes contains some simple ideas that definitely pack a punch. Cambridge English Readers 19 January 2017 By Nastya315120StudentGood morning and I love my life so far away and I love my love love my best friends love my life and my love for 18 January 2017

Kickoff Panel: Personalized Learning Date(s) and Time: October 2, 201307:00 pm - 08:30 pm EST Provided by: Connected Educators Description: It was a key theme in CEM 2012, and if anything it’s a bigger topic this year, influencing pedagogy at every level.

A Twitter Abbreviation Guide To Make Sense Of All That Crazy Talk A Twitter Abbreviation Guide To Make Sense Of All That Crazy Talk Twitter is a wonderful platform to engage, lurk, socialize, read, distribute, share, or otherwise “do something” with ideas and content. Part of what makes it so useful is its 140 character limit. This requires users to be succinct in each tweet, which in turn has encouraged a bit of ingenuity on the part of the users, often in the form of acronyms and other abbreviations that can make things get confusing in a hurry. In response, we’ve created a list of abbreviations to make sense of all that crazy talk. That is, until it changes again.

50 Of The Best Free Apps For Teachers 50 Of The Best Free Apps For Teachers by TeachThought Staff What are the best free apps for teachers? That’s a pretty general and subjective idea. The best for them as human beings–health, finances, and entertainment? Using Google products – Accessibility – Google In this section, we go over the accessibility features of our products for 2 groups of people: If you notice information that’s missing, have questions or feedback, or want to offer other ideas for ways people with disabilities can use Google products, we want to hear from you. Information for blind and low-vision users Note: We’ve created an Administrator Guide to Accessibility that explains best practices for deploying Google Apps to support users’ accessibility needs.

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