Pixar & Khan Academy Offer a Free Online Course on Storytelling It doesn’t take much to spark a good story. A tall man, a short woman, a setting that’s sterile to the point of soulless, and a couple dozen bananas… It practically writes itself! If you’re slow to recognize the potential in these extremely potent elements (culled from the above video’s opening shot), this free online course on storytelling, part of Khan Academy’s popular Pixar In A Box series, might help strengthen those slack storytelling muscles. 8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Are... Are you tired of delivering the same old lectures on the same subjects year after year? Are you using the same lesson materials over and over and wishing you could make learning in your classroom more interactive? While lectures and lessons can be informative and even “edutaining” when delivered with passion and good materials by knowledgeable experts, sadly many traditional lectures and lessons are boring, and even worse often ineffective. The good news is that the Web is loaded with great free tools that can enable teachers to bring a sense of fun and engagement to their lessons.
Desktop Timeline Software for Mac OSX, Windows and ChromeBooks What is TikiToki Desktop? TikiToki Desktop is a Mac, Windows and Chromebook app for creating interactive timelines.Here's some timelines you could make with TikiToki Desktop. Your family history Showcase your family history with a timeline packed full of photos and videos Evidence for legal case Provide an evidence trail for a legal casewith everything securely stored on your computer Resource for teachers Create a historical timeline and share itwith your pupils using our free viewer app. Keep track of a project Never miss a deadline again witheverything nicely organised in chronological order Time-based presentation Keep your audience intrigued by usingTikiToki Desktop as a time-based presentation tool
Take Polls in Your PowerPoint Presentation in Real Time - BetterCloud Monitor There are actually multiple options for this kind of technology, but the one we’re going to look at today is called Poll Everywhere. We picked this version because as we install it, you should notice that it has a free version, which is a great way to evaluate how well it will work for your presentations. In PowerPoint, go to the Insert tab and click on Store in the Add-ins group. Search for Poll Everywhere.
Kazakh Singer Rises to Stardom in China in One Day ASTANA – Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergenov beat his opponents Jan. 21 in the first stage of the popular Chinese show “Singer 2017” and instantly rose to fame in China. Kudaibergenov, 22, was invited by the organisers and is the youngest participant, tengrinews.kz reports. He performed the song “SOS d’un terrien en détresse” in French after which he rose to stardom in China in just one day. Chinese mass media writes: “China is shocked by Kazakhs,” while Kudaibergenov’s name has been discussed all over social media in China. Kudaibergenov’s manager Alpamys Sharimov told the media that the singer’s image has been changed to suit the show. School Start 1-6 Beginner, Elementary, Themes Related Page: My Book About Me Warm-up Welcome Back to School! – Animated Digital Card Funny starter welcoming you back to school (yr 1-4)Kid Snippets: “Back to School” Adults act to child voices. Funny if the students know the body parts (yr 3-5)Back to School – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (PARODY) A song to start the term with (yr 4-6) Songs and Rhymes
3 Minute Teaching TOOL-torials Be sure to share these great resources with your friends and colleagues! Access all of these videos in this YouTube Playlist How to Add “Time Tags” to Youtube Vids (so Viewers can Jump to Tagged Sections)It’s Super Easy to Create These Simple ‘Bookmarks’ so Viewers Can Pop to Different Section of Your EdPuzzle 3 Minute TOOL-torial Add Questions to Videos, Monitor Progress, etc. EdPuzzle is an awesome free tool that makes it a breeze to embed questions in YouTube and Vimeo videos.
Become a Google Slides Artist With These 7 Tricks - The Gooru If there’s one conclusion you’ll reach after reading this article, it’s that Google Slides has some tricks up its sleeve. Jenny Lee is a graphic designer at BetterCloud and the artist behind the 2016 State of Cloud IT presentation. She shared her top tricks in Google Slides that she used while building the 2016 State of Cloud IT presentation.
New Google Sites + Google Classroom - Teacher Tech New Google Sites is finally out! This is a great option for creating a class website and sharing resources. Since New Sites is essentially a new product it does not have all the features of Classic Google Sites, but be assured more features are coming. What I particularly like about using Google Sites is the easy integration with Google Drive. There are many excellent website choices including Wix, WordPress or Weebly but if you are a Google Classroom and Google Drive user, Google Sites might make the most sense. L.I.F.T. – an effective writing-proficiency and metacognition enhancer Many years ago, as an L2 college student writer of English and French I often had doubts about the accuracy of what I wrote in my essays, especially when I was trying out a new and complex grammar structure or an idiom I had heard someone use. However, the busy and under-paid native-speaker university language assistants charged with correcting my essays rarely gave me useful feedback on those adventurous linguistic exploits of mine. They simply underlined or crossed out my mistakes and provided their correct alternative.
12 Emerging Educational Uses of Technology That are the Most Exciting Right Now Well, it's that time of year again … the start of a new school year. With it often comes the irresistible urge to make another list, or even better … many lists! Lists help us to plan, and they can also help us reflect and assess. One list I really enjoy putting together as we head into a new academic year is an updated look at which educational uses of technology have shown the most promise over the last year. Which tools and techniques most excite me as I look forward to another year of striving for continuous improvement as a teacher, technologist, and #edtech advocate? And as different technology uses take the spotlight, which of them are standing out a little less?
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Step by Step Guide to Creating ... February, 2014 Since I posted about the " 20 online museums for teachers and students " I received several emails with links, apps, tools and more tips related to educational virtual field trips. One of the links I got included this wonderful guide I am sharing with you below created by Silvia Rosenthal from Langwitches. The guide is about how to frame a virtual field trip using Google Earth. Being able to frame your field trip enables you to take your students into an education virtual learning trip in which they will engage in authentic and experiential learning. Silvia used Tour of Jacksonville, Florida as an example of the virtual field trip you can create for your students. She also integrated some curriculum activities that go parallel with this virtual trip.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Word Swag- A Great App for Creating Poster Quotes and Educational Flyers July 19, 2015 A few days ago we posted here a collection of some excellent iPad apps students can use to add text to pictures. Today, we are adding another equally important app to this list. Word Swag allows you to design beautiful graphics and create amazing text layouts. You can easily stylize your images by adding text, background and different colour fonts. Word Swag is great for creating poster quotes to share with students in class. You can also use it to create educational flyers and announcements or to simply caption your memories.
6 Alternative Ways To Use Kahoot! in the Classroom, and Beyond - Kahoot! Forums A game of Kahoot! is typically initiated by educators as a way to gain rich insights about their classroom, through formative assessment or reviews. However, we are continually blown away by the huge number of alternative ways our community play Kahoot! to capture the hearts and minds of learners - with a focus on mastery and helping learners realise their deepest potential. As you may not have thought of these - we thought we’d share some!