5 Excellent Rubric Making Tools for Teachers June 18, 2016 Rubrics are scoring charts used to assess and evaluate a particular learning or teaching activity. As is explained in this guide, rubrics are helpful for both teachers and students: teachers can use them when designing lesson plans and grading assignments; students can use them to make sure they meet the learning expectations and requirements of an assignment or project work. Rubric making should not be a complicated task, it should only speak to the core requirements of a given task while channeling focus to the learning outcomes. There are a wide variety of web tools and mobile apps teachers can use to create rubrics. Below is a collection of some of our favourite applications.
Collaborative Learning Collaborative Learning Building a Classroom Community Collaborative Learning Collaborative Activities Getting Everyone Involved Building a Classroom Community You will find that each of your classes carries its own dynamic and its own personality. Sometimes this will be good, sometimes it will be very frustrating. Your responsibility as an instructor is to do what you can to create an environment in which the students can learn together. Learn from FC The idea of the flipped classroom materialized in 2008 with two Colorado chemistry teachers, Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann. In the subsequent four years, many teachers have adopted the practice, resulting in flipped classrooms that increase in number every year. But in education, four years is a mere blink of an eye in terms of measuring something’s worth. Is the flipped classroom working? According to a survey of 453 flipped educators conducted last June, 88% reported improved job satisfaction, and of those, 46 percent reported a significant improvement. Well, that’s outstanding to hear that teachers are happier with their jobs, but what about the students?
How to Create an Open Online/Blended Course Using Google Retrieved from: I have been challenged to rethink my online and blended course learning design – so I chose to examine what I could do (and any educator could do) in Google. I added “open” because I have yet to figure out all the privacy features with these tools. Often within a district, the lead administrator can set these tools to public or private. Since I am not using Google Apps for education, and just using Google Apps, all of my suggestions are open (This also means that some Google+ Apps can only be used for participants aged 13+)
Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! 19 Great Web Tools and Mobile Apps for Creating Interactive Timelines July 11, 2016 Besides posters and infographics timelines are great learning tools to help students visualize their learning and enhance their overall comprehensibility. Timelines can be incorporated almost in any subject area and can be used to teach a wide variety of topics from historical events to bibliographical information. Web technologies have immensely facilitated the process of creating a timeline and anyone can quickly design an interactive timeline in few steps. The chart below features a collection of some of the best timeline creation tools to use with students in class. We arranged these applications into three main categories: iPad apps, Android apps and web-based tools.
Web we want About the Web We Want For many young people in the early 21st century, their online personality, social interactions and activities are as important as their life in the physical world. Teachers, therefore, need to recognize this and help young people make the most of the opportunities online technologies and social media offer to develop key competences – and, crucially, become reflective and responsible citizens. The Web We Want, launched on Safer Internet Day February 2013 by the Insafe network*, aimed to do this. Created by young people for young people, the book aims to explore rights and responsibilities and encourage reflection on their and peers' behaviour.
5 Learning Ideas for Flipping Buoyed by the confidence of the ‘flipped’ class results I have started the new academic year with fresh ideas for my classroom activities. These five examples were relatively well received by students. Having already assessed their holiday work 16-year-old students were asked to take part in a little experiment. They were allowed to ask any question they wanted of the teacher so long as they passed a Socrative quiz halfway through the lesson and completed an exit ticket. To help the lesson flow all students were asked to write three questions down on separate pieces of paper and they were themed to ensure a modicum of value – Education, Specific to Holiday Work and Anything Goes. Questions were then pulled out of a hat and discussed in groups or with individuals as appropriate.
ACPratas's LiveBinders Shelf Author of binders: ACPratas Email this Shelf Post to Twitter or Facebook Embed this Shelf To email this shelf, click in the box below which will select the shelf url for copy and paste: Share this Shelf Embed a Public Shelf on Your Website: 3 x 3 binders on the shelf: Google Released A New Educational Tool to Wirelessly Share Computer Screens in Class July 17, 2016Google Cast for Education is a new Chrome app from Google to help teachers and students wirelessly share their computer screens from one Chrome browser to another. The app is still in beta version and is available only for Google Apps for Education users. The way Google Cast works is very simple: teachers install the app on their devices then install the Cast feature in Chrome for students. The Cast feature will be available by default to all Chrome users in the upcoming release expected by the start of the new school year. Once Chrome Cast is set up on the computer that is connected to the classroom projector, ‘Teachers receive casts through the Cast for Education app, and students share their screens using the upcoming version of the Cast feature in Chrome.’ Students can share their casts to the whole classroom through teachers computers.
Cooperative Learning SOS: 5 Questions to Ask When Cooperative Learning Isn’t Working Cooperative learning can be a powerful tool for energizing a classroom, motivating students, and raising achievement. However, it’s not always easy to get kids to work together effectively. After a particularly chaotic lesson, you might even get so frustrated that you’re tempted to give up completely and assign seat work for the rest of the year! If you feel this way, don’t give up just yet! I’m grateful for the extensive cooperative learning training I received from Kagan, but I’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t easy at first. Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms' Posted by Andrew K. Miller on Sep 4, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments This post originally appeared on Education Week.
oppia - Tool for creating interactive educational content Oppia is a versatile tool that enables non-technical users to create interactive online educational activities (called 'explorations') that give immediate and personalized feedback to learners. These explorations are incrementally improvable by the community, and embeddable in any webpage. Oppia is free and open source software. It is released under the Apache License 2.0.
The Aesthetics of Game Art and Game Design The Aesthetics of Game Art and Game Design By Chris Solarski What can we learn from the techniques of the Old Masters to help us create more varied and emotionally meaningful gaming experiences?