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10 Digital Tools for Teaching You Can Learn This Summer

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. 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. Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #1 – Google Drive I know, I know. Spend some time this summer getting to know Google Drive and I promise your teaching life will get just a little bit easier. Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #2 – Evernote As much as I love Google Drive for document creation, I love Evernote as the keeper of all things and my digital brain. Digital Tools for Teaching – Tool #3 – Kahoot!

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11 Quick and Amazing ways to use PowToon in your Classroom by PowToon! I recently read a study on creativity that blew my mind: “A major factor in creativity is education: not whether you had a “good” or “expensive” or “public” education, but whether you were encouraged to develop your creativity starting at an early age and continuing throughout your school years.” – Adobe.Inc We saw this first-hand, when Edson Tellez, a volunteer teacher in rural Mexico, wrote to us about how PowToon changed the way his students viewed the world, “they’re getting more creative, more receptive, and more dynamic in each class.”

SBS: First Australians EPISODE 6 - A fair deal for a dark race EPISODE 6 - A fair deal for a dark race | Sunday 16 May at 8:30pm 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. 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.

How I Use Flipboard as an Educator Educators / April 13, 2015 When Flipboard invited magazine readers to create their own magazines, I jumped on the bandwagon and immediately began compiling my own. Most of my magazines are targeted for the education field. I believe Flipboard is the perfect tool for educators to create magazines for themselves, their students and colleagues.

Teaching Methods Highlights Free Gift with Newsletter Sign-Up Do you receive our free newsletters? We send out seasonal content tie-ins, topical resources, and daily activities. Create and manage custom maps in Google Drive Google My Maps makes it simple to create, share, and publish custom maps online for a variety of business purposes—from publicizing a company’s location to mapping delivery routes and planning events. Now integrated with Google Drive, My Maps allows anyone to easily create maps with custom lines, shapes, and placemarks, to import geographic data (like addresses, places, and coordinates) into maps, and to share maps as they do other Drive files. Shared maps are subject to the same permission settings as other Drive files, allowing Apps admins to decide which groups of employees can share maps within or outside of their domains. Google Apps admins can turn the My Maps service on or off for their entire domains or specific OUs from within the Admin console (under Apps > Additional Google services). Note that these maps are only available on the web; they can’t be accessed offline and can’t be synced to an individual’s hard drive.

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. 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. What is it: Advanced graphing calculator that runs via the web.Who should use it: Anyone looking to do advanced mathematics or graphing equations on a Chromebook or in a browser window. The Curio Challenge — Redesign Challenge So I proposed something I titled then, “Curio-ed Convos” because at the time I was reading Brian Grazer’s A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life (a book I picked up because I was curious). I didn’t really even understand the idea at that time, I just knew I had a vision. I envisioned a way for teachers to systematize what they already did naturally to become better teachers, to follow their own curiosity to discover, share, and collaborate on new ideas. In 2015, this process is often a combination of the virtual and the personal.

Educational Transformation through Technology at MIT - TEAL In the late 1990s, educational innovations in teaching freshman physics, specifically a method called interactive engagement, were delivering greater learning gains than the traditional lecture format. These innovations were not lost on Professor John Belcher, teacher of first-year physics at MIT and one of the three principal investigators on the Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) project. Belcher was grappling with the mismatch between traditional teaching methods and how students actually learn. 7 Free Tools for Creating Your Own Machinima Films Machinima is the art of making movies with video game footage and assets, and it’s an exciting and growing medium for creative filmmaking. While you generally can’t get the visual quality of traditional Pixar-style computer graphics, you can nonetheless create some wonderful things with it. And, crucially, it’s something you can get started on right now with completely free tools, no special training required. Whether you’re making something as simple as a music video or as involved as a nine-hour epic fanfic starring Sonic and Master Chief, machinima is open-ended and flexible enough for you to make almost anything. Here are some great tools to get you started.

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. Goals of an IEP include can reading, numeracy, writing, higher order thinking skills, digital tech and social skills.