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Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT

Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT
Every day, people around the world communicate, connect, and learn digitally on the go. Our students spend hours with their devices and digital tools. Imagine if some of that time was spent learning your content. Imagine your students learning by creating, playing, translating, editing, curating, researching, and brainstorming digitally on cell phones, mobile devices, laptops, tablets, iPads, Chromebooks, and consoles. Learning to Go is a collection of lesson plans, resources, handouts, and tips for teachers wishing to incorporate mobile devices, cell phones or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) into their teaching. Related:  Community Building Activities

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well. Icebreakers Here are a few of the ideas I talked about during my presentation: Mobile Show and Tell– Divide students into small groups (3 to 5 students). Challenge: Try any of these icebreakers with your students to motivate them to share throughout the year.

Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 13): Shelly Sanchez Terrell: 9780998570549: Books Voicethread 4 Education - home How to Make a Dream Collage Dreaming is a means of dealing with difficulties, something that saves us from depression and desperation when we enter a losing streak. A person without a dream does not live, but exists and has no goals. However, fulfilling a dream takes more than desire only. It’s important that a person clearly understands what he or she wants to get in the end or, speaking in scientific terms, is capable of visualizing the goal. So if you want to know what goals you are pursuing, you may want to create a photo collage of your dream. A dream collage is a type of image or composition that depicts you in your desired reality. You can create a collage of your dream with your own hands by pinning photos to a sheet of paper and signing them. Creating a collage of your dream in Photo Collage Maker is really easy. To create a dream collage, you will first need to create a list of desires it will reflect. Once you are done with the wish list, you can start looking for the right photos. Liked this article?

Voki Talking Avatars Voki is an application that lets you create personalized avatars to use on your wikis, blogs or websites. You can also e-mail these wonderful characters. This free web 2.0 tool is a great way to motivate learners of any age, because they are very interactive and provide various options for students to customize them. Below,you can see examples of vokis that were created by kindergarten kids!! You can also have a dialogue between Vokis. One of the best ways I like to use Voki avatars is to have students develop characters for digital storytelling projects. More great Voki links from

Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT eBook: Shelly Sanchez Terrell, John Spencer: Kindle Store Video Video Projects for Digital Learners "Humans are incredibly visual and powerful, moving images help us find meaning… [and] video helps capture and contextualize the world around us." - Dan Patterson Some of the most popular apps and social networks (Periscope, Instagram, Youtube, etc.) make it easy for anyone to quickly produce, publish, and share their videos. Chances are your students have already produced their own videos and shared them with the world. Tips Before your students begin creating their videos make sure they consider their audience and know their camera settings.Introduce students to the Rule of Thirds.When I’ve had students create videos, the process generally includes getting them to brainstorm; create, gather, and/or remix content; record; edit; and produce or publish the video somewhere.Storyboards help students brainstorm the characters, dialogue, plot, setting, props, background music, and special effects for their video projects. Bookmarks

10+ Getting to Know You Activities for Teens & Adults “It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.” ~ Milton Olson If you like these ideas, take one of my courses or check out my books. Ask me about training your teachers,! Many of us are beginning new classes with new learners. Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning, The 30 Goals Challenge, or Learning to Go. Getting to Know You Activities 1. Each student tells a favorite food, place of travel, or whatever you choose to have them answer.The students record these answers or write them on a piece of paper. 2. Divide the class into 2 rows and seat them across from each other. 3. Students divide into small groups of 3 to 5Students choose pictures from their mobile devicesThey explain the meaning behind the picture 4. 5. Divide the class in a circle or have them sit on pillows on the floor.Students tell truths and a lie about themselves.The other students guess which is the lie. 6. 7.

Ed Tech Sites Sites & Resources for Educational Technology Free Tech for Teachers [ written by Richard Byrne ] Free Tech for Teachers is an outstanding resource which provides an enormous list of free classroom tech resources. The site is broken down into a variety of sections and provides advice on everything from starting your own class blog to implementing a 1:1 iPad or Android initiative in your school. Edudemic [ tips for students & teachers ] Edudemic is a powerhouse of an ed tech website. Edutopia [ technology integration ] Edutopia is a site that all educators should be familiar with. Big Deal Media Big Deal Media saves educators hours of research and thousands of dollars while identifying top-quality resources and OERs for schools and classrooms. GetEdFunding GetEdFunding is a curated collection of thousands of grants and awards that grows by the day, all selected through the prism of relevance to today’s educational institutions. The Essential #Edchat Resource Guide

Cultivate Relationships Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, November 16th 2012 Goal 21: Cultivate Relationships of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” ~ Galileo Classrooms are communities. For goal 21, I would like to encourage you to try one getting to know you activity with your students. Short-term- Have your students participate in at least one getting-to-know you activity. Long-term- Try incorporating team building games and exercises as well as icebreakers in your curriculum regularly. Resources Important News Lisa Dabbs and I have decided to change the hashtag to #30GoalsEduWe are focusing on 1 to 2 goals a week.Check out my Pinterests for other posts with this goal or ask me to add yours! Challenge: Cultivate relationships in your classroom by having students participate in getting to know you activities.

A Beautiful Beginning: 10+ Tips & Resources for Creating a Safe Classroom Environment “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” Goethe For many of us, the first day of our new classes is right around the corner. For many students starting classes is frightening. Tips for Creating a Safe Environment I hope the following tips and resources will help you in creating a safe environment for your learners. Tip: Let Them Know You Believe in Them All students should feel they can succeed in your classroom and that you aren’t holding their past against them. Greet them at the door with a smile, handshake or hi-five! Tip: Surround Them with Motivation When our students walk in the classroom, they should feel inspired to learn. Post motivational posters around the classroom.Write a quote on the board each day they walk in the room. Tip: Establish the Ground Rules for Respect Tip: Build Relationships Students need to feel like they can approach you with problems, questions, and ideas. Have them interview you!

We Aren’t a Class, We Are a Community! 8 Ways to Get Children Excited about Learning with You! “If you think of learning as a path, you can picture yourself walking beside her rather than either pushing or dragging or carrying her along.” ~ Polly Berrien Berends The first month of school is critical for laying down the foundations for a successful learning journey with children. During the first month of school, we need to make connections with learners and welcome them into our community. Let Your Actions Speak Volumes Stand by the door and give high fives, hugs, or handshakes and offer a big smile. Create a Class Theme Think of a backstory that will frame what you want to accomplish with the children this year. Change Your Terminology In my classes we don’t complete “homework”, we have “missions”. Kids have negative connections with certain words and when they hear them they turn off. Help Them Find Their Genius Each child should walk into your classroom knowing they have a clean slate. Establish Relationships I Can In the “I Can” activity learners sit in chairs in a circle.