15 Little-Known Ways Google Can Help Teachers And Students From Boolean search strings to grammer checks, Google can help both students and teachers. There is a little-known area of Google that focuses on helping just these users. Google has been making big steps towards helping higher education these days ( Google Voice Now Free For .edu Emails ) but this area, known as Google For Educators, has been around for about a year and is slowly gaining momentum in terms of popularity. Google Book Search Google Book Search allows you to search the full text of our large and growing index of books, from popular titles to old, out-of-print and public domain volumes, to find pages that include your search terms. Google Book Search can enhance your lesson plans in all kinds of ways, by enabling you to search for, and helping you locate, countless volumes you might not have been able to find any other way. Google Book Search will also enhance your students’ research by allowing them to access information from thousands of books with one quick search.
Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use. All Things Google: Google Maps Labs At the recent THATCamp Southeast, I had a chance to teach a hands-on session for building interactive, geospatial timelines. The timelines are powered by some very amazing code that originated at MIT’s SIMILE Project that has since become an open-source “spin-off” know as SIMILE Widgets. What’s great about these timelines is that they are lightweight and the data that powers them can live in a Google Docs spreadsheet. That means that you can have multiple people contributing information to a dynamic visualization. My timeline assignment (adapted from one that Jason wrote) gives my students an opportunity to do something different in an English classroom setting, and most of them find that it’s fairly straightforward. Google Labs are experimental features that Google tries out on a number of its different services. To access Labs in Google Maps, simply click on the gear in the upper right corner and choose “Maps Labs.” Have you been using the features in Google Maps Labs? Return to Top
Timeline Portfolio Timeline is a jQuery plugin specialized in showing a chronological series of events. You can embed all kinds of media including tweets, videos and maps, and associate them with a date. With some design tweaks, this will make it perfect for a portfolio in which you showcase your work and interests. The HTML Timeline comes with a light colored theme by default. First, let's look at the basic layout of the page: index.html <! In the head section, we have the plugin's stylesheet - timeline.css, and styles.css, which will hold our customizations. When we call the plugin, it will search for a div on your page with the ID of timeline. <div class="container main" id="timeline"><div class="feature slider" style="overflow-y: hidden;"><div class="slider-container-mask slider-container slider-item-container"><! As we will be modifying the CSS of the timeline, the fragment above will give you a better idea of the customizations. The jQuery The init method takes single argument - the data source. The CSS
Learning Theory - Constructivist Approach - Students, Knowledge, Development, and Vygotsky Constructivism is an epistemology, or a theory, used to explain how people know what they know. The basic idea is that problem solving is at the heart of learning, thinking, and development. As people solve problems and discover the consequences of their actions–through reflecting on past and immediate experiences–they construct their own understanding. Learning is thus an active process that requires a change in the learner. A constructivist approach to learning and instruction has been proposed as an alternative to the objectivist model, which is implicit in all behaviorist and some cognitive approaches to education. History of Constructivism The psychological roots of constructivism began with the developmental work of Jean Piaget (1896–1980), who developed a theory (the theory of genetic epistemology) that analogized the development of the mind to evolutionary biological development and highlighted the adaptive function of cognition. Constructivist Processes and Education
Media and Technology Resources for Educators February 27, 2014 We are thrilled to announce the release of our entire Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum as a set of eight interactive, multimedia iBooks Textbooks, available for free in the iBooks Store... read more March 31, 2014 Imagine … a school district that is teaching Digital Literacy and Citizenship lessons to 28,000 K-12 students, with 1,800 trained teachers. Categories:
Part Sixty-Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly Here’s the latest installment in my series on The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly. As you may remember, in order to make it on this list, the web tool has to: * be easily accessible to English Language Learners and/or non-tech savvy computer users. * allow people to create engaging content within minutes. * host the user’s creation on the site itself indefinitely, and allow a direct link to be able to be posted on a student or teacher’s website/blog to it (or let it be embedded). * provide some language-learning opportunity (for example, students can write about their creations). * not require any registration. You can find previous installments of this series with the rest of my “The Best…” lists here. You might also want to look at The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2010 and The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2011 and The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — Part Two. Here are the newest additions:
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