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Tools To Help Students Follow Their Passions

Tools To Help Students Follow Their Passions
When I was putting together my book, The Teacher’s Guide to Tech, I kept getting carried away with thoughts of how so many of the tools I discovered were so empowering. Not long ago, a person’s talents were limited by money and other resources. For instance: If a writer wanted to write a book, he had to get the attention — and the financial support — of an established publisher.If a guitar player wanted to record and distribute her music, she had to get the backing of a music producer.If a painter wanted to sell his art, he had to find a gallery to show it.If a filmmaker wanted to see her film come to life, she needed expensive equipment — and a movie studio — to produce and distribute it to the world. But that’s all changed now. All of it. Because now, technology can enable the most ordinary person to do truly extraordinary things. The game really is so different now, and anyone with the tools can play. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:25 — 58.5MB)

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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course? If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners.

Organize Your Time with Google Calendar Part 1 of the Teacher, Organize Thyself! Series Of all the things we need to organize, our time may be the most challenging. I have tried for years to figure out the best way to keep my schedule in order. CristinaSkyBox: Creating Websites When I began this blog, I had my (then) current students in mind as a potential audience. Since then, this blog has changed, gone through different phases, and it's likely that this may happen to everyone who shares in blog formats. For me, that is natural in the sense that blogs are organic, changing as oneself learns and grows professionally. As a result, I sometimes wonder what recommendations I could possibly give when others begin their own blog.

Five social media trends that will change marketing and business in 2016 Social media networks have taken the world and they have become an integral part of our everyday lives. There are more than 2 billion active social media users right now, and that number keeps growing as we speak. It has increased by 25% each year, which only shows that the popularity and the use of social media is definitely not going to go down anytime soon. The most interesting part about these platforms is that they have crept their way into business planning, thus becoming one of the most crucial marketing tools. This year, we will definitely witness the peak of social media use, and the number of users will absolutely keep increasing for years to come.

Lori's Latest Links: February 2012 Thought I would remind everyone about Photo Peach. What a great resource for making slideshows! So easy, students can use it to create products to show their learning without any trouble. Add assessment to your slideshow! You can add a Quiz to your slideshow by going to the Edit Caption and Photos option once you have your images loaded. CristinaSkyBox: Poster Projects I open my eyes wide and listen to the breeze, as I glide across this body of water. No one can stop me now! In the distance there is land. I am sure there will be blue and green parrots with long tails! Best of all, there will be sweet water streams to drink from .... The story could go on.

Social Media and the Loss of Curiosity by Alicia Wallace From MySpace and Hi5 to Facebook and Twitter, our relationship with social media has evolved over the past 15 years. Unfortunately, this may have led to the loss of curiosity and the devolution of our bonds with the people these platforms were built to connect us with, beyond the boundaries of time and space. Websites we once used to find and catch up with best friends from third grade and share photos from a good night out have become little more than tools of narcissism, news, and nosiness.

How to Get Started with Mobile Learning Infographic Mobile Learning Infographics How to Get Started with Mobile Learning Infographic How to Get Started with Mobile Learning Infographic Just like with any new project, a mobile learning implementation program needs a thorough assessment of the current training situation and the tools being used to deliver training. An initial needs analysis has to be conducted which broadly includes the following steps:

40 Most Popular Social Networking Sites of the World "Social networking" has been around forever. It's the simple act of expanding the number of people you know by meeting your friends' friends, their friends' friends and so on. In fact, many of us today use Twitter and Facebook to promote our existing and upcoming businesses. uk.businessinsider REUTERS/Robert GalbraithFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his keynote address at Facebook's f8 developers conference in San Francisco, California April 30, 2014 Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp, the company it bought for $19 billion (£13 billion) last year, has over one billion users, making it one of the largest communication apps in the world. In the post announcing the one billion user milestone, the WhatsApp team revealed an interesting insight into how people are using the service in 2016. "We are proud of this milestone, and we're humbled by the extraordinary ways all of you have used WhatsApp," the post reads.

5 Teacher Secrets for Managing the One-to-One Classroom Quick—What’s the most challenging part of classroom teaching? Chances are your first or second answer is classroom management and that’s in the ordinary classroom. With one-to-one classroom technology integration, classroom management takes on a whole new meaning. Not only must you manage between 20 and 30 students, their individual learning paths, and the classroom environment, but you must also help them to use technology tools in ways that deepen learning, enhance creativity, and maximize time on task whenever possible.