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Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps
Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning. While the sheer number of education apps is still overwhelming, increasingly teachers have found what works for them and are sticking to them. “The conversations I had were radically different than they were a year ago,” said Michelle Luhtala, the librarian for New Canaan High School and host of an Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb. She tapped her professional learning network of educators, teaching all grades and located all over the country, to share their favorite tech tools. “A year ago people felt like it was this new thing that was so overwhelming,” Luhtala said, “and now it really seems much more comfortable.” Educators have become proficient with their favorite classroom apps and are getting more creative with using them to achieve teaching goals. Epic! Related:  Teaching

Connections Connections The Metropolitan Museum of Art Share Share Facebook Twitter StumbleUpon Email Chic Jared Goss “I can't explain why unicorns aren't chic, but they're just not.” August 31 Books Ken Soehner “I think it's going to be many years before there's a formal portrait where the sitter is clutching his or her Kindle or iPad.” October 19 The Edge Thomas P. “Sometimes it's easier to come to an object from the outside in.” September 28 White Andrew Bolton “I think even when it comes to pure abstraction I look at art and I see fashion. January 12 War and Conflict Dirk Breiding “One of the questions that doesn't seem to let me go is whether war is some kind of human condition.” February 23 Endings Chris Coulson “I like that moment in the movies when the screen goes black and you’re suspended between the world of film and the reality that’s going to return when the lights go up.” December 28 Interpretation Rika Burnham “I believe that I open the eyes of the people I teach, but I believe they open my eyes, as well.”

How Do We Know When Students Are Engaged? (Updated 11/2013) Educational author and former teacher, Dr. Michael Schmoker shares in his book, Results Now, a study that found of 1,500 classrooms visited, 85 percent of them had engaged less than 50 percent of the students. In other words, only 15 percent of the classrooms had more than half of the class at least paying attention to the lesson. So, how do they know if a student is engaged? Teacher-Directed Learning You will see students... Paying attention (alert, tracking with their eyes) Taking notes (particularly Cornell) Listening (as opposed to chatting, or sleeping) Asking questions (content related, or in a game, like 21 questions or I-Spy) Responding to questions (whole group, small group, four corners, Socratic Seminar) Following requests (participating, Total Physical Response (TPR), storytelling, Simon Says) Reacting (laughing, crying, shouting, etc.) Student-Directed Learning You see students individually or in small groups... Activity and Ownership

::WELCOME:: Events | Quality Matters 7th Annual Conference Wrap Up Thank You for Joining Us Deep in the Heart of Quality… Attendees We had two and a half days packed with great sessions, lots of interaction and great food. Many of you made new friends and explored San Antonio. Presenters We’d like to give a big thank you to all of the presenters who gave of their time and energy to share their ideas, tools, and resources. The Call for Proposals for 2016 in Portland, OR opens soon. Sponsors and Exhibitors Thank you also to the sponsors and exhibitors. Book Fair Donators The QM Gives Back Book Fair raised more than $6100 in proceeds and 275 books were donated to Dorie Miller Elementary School in San Antonio! Continue the momentum of your conference experience by exploring how QM can help with Course Reviews and Professional Development. 2016 QM Regional Conference Call for Presentations Submit by December 16, 2015 Share your experience in: Plan to Attend Registration: Opens December 16 Hotel: Grand Hyatt*

Blended Learning Workshop The application form for the Winter 2016 workshops will be available November 15. With support from the Office of the Provost, representatives from the Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment (CIIA), Academic Technology & User Services (ATUS), and Extended Education (EE) conduct these award-winning, intensive workshops to interested instructors entitled Blended/Online Course Development and Design. 5-week Blended/Online Intensive: (Jan. 11-Feb. 10, Mon./Wed. 3-4:30) Exploration of blended/online learning and Canvas tools, alignment of instructional objectives and technological solutions, assignments with rubrics/group/peer review options, online assessments, digital media creation, web conferencing, and lecture capture. 2-week Blended/Online Review: (Feb. 22-Mar. 2, Mon. Each successful participant will receive a stipend and a certificate of completion (see syllabus for additional information and requirements). Restrictions: Applicants must be instructors at WWU.

BlendKit Course | Blended Learning Toolkit Introduction The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning developed by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and available for self-study or for group use. Periodically, these materials will also be used as the basis for a facilitated open, online course. The goal of the BlendKit Course is to provide assistance in designing and developing your blended learning course via a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and practical step-by-step guidance in helping you produce actual materials for your blended course (i.e., from design documents through creating content pages to peer review feedback at your own institution). Course Components/Navigation Course Home | Schedule | Learning Activities | DIY Tasks | Readings | Blogging | Badges | Recordings | Stories Your BlendKit Stories Download Map of BlendKit Course Materials During 2015 BlendKit2017 Enroll Now Register for BlendKit2017! Organize a Local Cohort Recording Make It Better

Why you should care about gamification in higher education New studies, data reveal that gamification is more than just a fad; helps students later in careers Gaming in education has, for the most part, been a K-12 trend, with its popularity relegated to supplemental learning for elementary school students. But gamification, from its implementation at MIT to its praise from the job industry, has much more serious implications for college students—and perhaps it’s time higher education got serious about incorporating game design. Today’s course design is under incredible pressure from popular practices favored by students—practices like the inclusion of interactive mobile technology, blended learning, Flipped Learning, and the integration of peer community forums—and according to experts, understanding the reasons why students prefer these methods of instruction can be gleaned from taking part in gaming. These statistics alone show that there has to be something about the way games are designed that people find appealing.

Books and Other Materials Published with Digital Commons | Digital Commons | bepress UNF Yearbooks University of North Florida Faculty Monographs Utah State University Babson College Yearbooks Babson College Pitzer Faculty Books Claremont Colleges Historical Medical Books University of North Texas Health Science Center China in the Early 20th Century Trinity College Football Programs, 1924-1964 John Carroll University Zea E-Books University of Nebraska Lincoln Brockport Bookshelf The College at Brockport Northern California Innocence Project Publications Santa Clara Law School Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn by Eduardo Briceño This article was first published in the Mindset Works newsletter. We can deepen our own and our students’ understanding of mistakes, which are not all created equal, and are not always desirable. After all, our ability to manage and learn from mistakes is not fixed. Here are two quotes about mistakes that I like and use, but that can also lead to confusion if we don’t further clarify what we mean: “A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing” – George Bernard Shaw “It is well to cultivate a friendly feeling towards error, to treat it as a companion inseparable from our lives, as something having a purpose which it truly has.” – Maria Montessori These constructive quotes communicate that mistakes are desirable, which is a positive message and part of what we want students to learn. Types of mistakes The stretch mistakes Stretch mistakes happen when we’re working to expand our current abilities. The sloppy mistakes

12 Rules Of Great Teaching - 12 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. So I thought I’d gather twelve of them to start with. 1. This is how great things are built. 2. Learning models, for example, are the new teaching strategy. Traditionally, teachers focus on “strategies” to “teach.” But the modern approach should have as much to do with what students access, when, how, and why as it does with “what students do in the lesson.” 3. Your students, first and foremost. 4. If you can’t make them curious, teach something else. Taskmasters seek compliance. 5. Teaching is a craft. Not only does this keep things fresh for students, but it keeps you sharp and relevant as an educator as this big world keeps on turning. 6. Know that it’s okay to think technology-first. 7. Technology. 8. When explaining, less is more. 9. Know the difference between confusing and complex. 10. 11. Be unpredictable.

Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals never stop learning new techniques and strategies to hone their craft and remain on the cutting edge in their field – and so, too, do teachers. Teachers should consider the concept of “lifelong learning” and a few reasons it’s a great frame of mind for educators to have. What Is a Lifelong Learning Mindset? Image via Flickr by duane schoon According to Gerhard Fischer, director of the Center for LifeLong Learning & Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, “lifelong learning is an essential challenge for inventing the future of our societies; it is a necessity rather than a luxury to be considered … It is a mindset and a habit for people to acquire. Why Should Teachers Adopt a Lifelong Learning Mindset? 1. 2. In her Edutopia post, Heather Wolpert-Gawron explains that to fully adopt a lifelong learning mindset, teachers must understand the ways in which it benefits their career and themselves. 3. 4. In Short

online learning insights | A place for learning about open, online education Hot Potatoes Home Page News - 12/06/2013 Dr. Stan Bogdanov has published Hacking Hot Potatoes: The Cookbook, available in paperback, PDF and ePub format. What is Hot Potatoes? The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Downloads Download Hot Potatoes for Windows from here: Hot Potatoes 6.3 installer (Hot Potatoes for Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista, version 6.3).Hot Potatoes for Linux users running Wine (version 6.3). Download Java Hot Potatoes: Download Java Hot Potatoes which will run on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux or any computer running a Java Virtual Machine. When you first start up Hot Potatoes, it will ask you for your user name. If the presentation of this site appears compromised (strange alignment, small text), the most likely reason is that your browser is not compliant with these current standards.

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