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Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers for 2015

Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers for 2015
Technology Evolves Quickly! When I started teaching in 2004, I used any/all available technology. I had an overhead projector and a CD player. Then I scored an InFocus machine and a laptop because no one else in the social studies department had use for it. Afterwards, I graduated to a SmartBoard and “hoarder of laptop carts.” Even when I was a “floater,” without my own classroom for several years, I would wheel my own teaching cart and two laptop carts to all of my classes- without missing a beat. Teachers have wonderful tech tools to choose from these days. All of the tech tools featured in this post are free, user friendly, and (likely) will be available on your school’s network. So, here are my top 25 picks for digital tools for the upcoming school year! For creating lessons to digitally share with students: 1. 2. 3. Instant polling: perfect for quickly checking for student understanding, collecting quick data, and engaging students. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Connecting Home and School 9. 10. 11.

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The Travelling Teachers: End of the school year - Some activities using digital tools (and revising grammar!) School is almost over... We've been working hard and now we need to relax! Let's think about the school year just spent together. What did I learn? Classroom Timers - Fun Timers We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section. These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-) History of Teacher Education and Teacher Training Home » Articles » History of Teacher Education and Teacher Training In Western European countries the teacher education began in the beginning of 18th century in Germany. It was represented in the form of seminars which prepared teacher for teaching. The first teacher training college was created in 18th century in France by Roman Catholic monk Jean Baptiste de la Salle.

8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. At the very least though, we can extrapolate from what these promising technologies and predict how schools will adopt them in time to come. However, just as the original intentions for new technology often give way to innovative and unpredictable usage, we can never be sure if a twist is waiting for these rising stars. Hiroshima International School Thousand Crane Club has a blog. Go there to see your cranes being delivered. Thousand Crane Club

65 Free Interactive Whiteboard Resources Interactive whiteboard resources are a great way for teachers to engage classrooms in learning. While many teachers are spending hours a day creating their own activities for their interactive whiteboards, there are tons of free sources to help teachers learn about and use IWBs with students to further their use of technology in the classroom. Here is a list of some great interactive whiteboard resources and activities guaranteed to stimulate learning: General Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers Use these effective classroom management tips to deal with difficult students...

Take a Risk and Find Your Voice as a Teacher Last year, I boldly introduced Twitter to my class of Pre-Service Teachers. Twitter Chats have been transformative to me, giving me access to expertise across a range of topics, as well as supporting, fuelling and inspiring me. Flame – PublicDomainPictures (Pixabay) So I was passionate in my desire to get my students all aboard the Twitter Express. To say they were surprised with my Twitter emphasis is an understatement. Google launches YouTube curriculum to educate students on digital citizenship (video) Google has developed an interactive curriculum on YouTube to support teachers in educating students on how to be safe, engaged and confident model netizens. The initiative is aimed at students aged 13 to 17 and will help them to develop digital literacy skills on YouTube that would be applicable across the web. A list of 10 lessons has been devised, in which students can learn about YouTube’s policies, how to report content, how to protect their own privacy, and how to be responsible YouTube community members and, in the broader picture, digital citizens. Each lesson comes with guidelines for teachers and ready-made slides for presentation.

12 Puzzle and Quiz Creation Tools for Teachers There are many different sites on the internet that allow you to create your own puzzles and games to use either directly in class, or which can be linked to/embedded into your VLE. I’ve been doing some trawling ahead of a training session I am running soon, and here are a few of the best ones that I’ve found. There are others out there, but the focus specifically for my session was KS4 and 5, so these links are aimed at older students.

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) and ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible. Dear Administrators, Can We Tear Down the Great Divide? Dear Administrators, I am not sure I am the right one to bring this up,in fact, I am not sure it is my place to start this conversation. Yet, this blog has offered me a voice that not all teachers have, a place to start a public discussion that is needed. That doesn’t mean I am the best one to bring it up, but here goes nothing. There has always been a divide between administration and teachers it seems.