60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom 60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom by TeachThought Staff Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. It may not be as forward-thinking as we’d like here at TeachThought, but Google Classroom excels in providing solutions for a broad swath of teachers who have a variety of expertise and comfort level with education technology. Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students Image courtesy of OZinOH Welcome to my list of webtools that don’t require student registration. This started off as a simple curation for myself and has ballooned into something that I never thought would get this big. And it is still growing.
GAfE – electronic playground I have played around with Google Calendar a bit, and found it to be a really great tool. During my time working in Helsingborg I was asked to participate in a group, whose purpose was to improve the communication between the support organisations in Helsingborg, and the schools. We were asked to do a quick solution until our major work was done. As all people in our municipality use Google Apps for Education, the choice was quite easy – a shared calendar. However, I was quite worried about all the people in Helsingborg’s municipality, who were supposed to be able to add events in the calendar, and mess things up… The solution… – a Google Form, communicating through API to the calendar.
17 Fantastic Infographic Generators! Data is crucial. However, displaying a chunk of plain data can be monotonous. Infographics visualize plain data and make it visually more appealing. Data turned into infographic has a higher potential to go viral and be effective. A Comprehensive Collection of Some of The Best Google Drive Add-ons for Teachers and Educators January 4, 2015 Google Drive has proved to be an indispensable tool in teachers digital toolkit. It provides everything teachers need to write up a document, create a quick presentation or spreadsheet and design beautiful visuals and drawings, creative possibilities in Google Drive are endless. Additionally, Drive works across different devices and platforms so you can easily continue working on your documents anywhere you go and without even the need for Internet connection.
3 Great Free Resources to Download Music and Sound Clips to Use in Class Presentations and Video Projects October 13, 2014 When working on multimedia projects in class, students will definitely need to have recourse to a wide range of resources such as images, video clips, audio and musical recordings to mention a few. Of course the web is the ultimate storage room where students can access these materials. However, there are regulations and copyrights that students have to abide by when using digital resources. In this regard, EdTech and Mlearning has already compiled a list of some of the best places where students can get free images, and today I am sharing with you a similar list but on music and sound recordings.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teachers' Top Educational Chrome Apps in 2015 July 16, 2015 Over the last weekend, we spent sometime sifting through our Chrome extensions archive and curated for you the list below. We singled out the the apps that have been most popular among teachers and educators during the first six months of this year. The apps cover a range of themes from tools to enhance your productivity and help you stay focused to add-ons for annotating and editing PDFs, you will definitely find something to use in your teaching. Enjoy
20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas. Google Apps is beginning to revolutionize education. With its highly collaborative, online/offline format — and its attractive price tag (free!) 10 lifesaving websites for ESL teachers Lisa has asked me for some recommendations regarding useful sites for EFL teachers and I’m happy to make a little compilation of the places I visit most often to find ideas, inspirations, betimes lesson plans if I feel exceptionally lazy (The Liberation of the Garden Gnomes by Peter Vahle is just shiny!) and share them with you. So, here we go – my ten favourite websites: Hope you’ll like my choice and give these sites a go. I must admit, my life as a teacher is WAY easier thanks to those wonderful people contributing there, but I also appreciate their influence when I see my own teaching style spiced up with different inspirations and ideas – I feel motivated to change, experiment, develop, to make my classes as interesting as I can. Enjoy the recommendations I’ve shared and if you know some interesting sites, please, share them with me as well.
Create your own iPad keyboard for less than $10! One of the more common complaints among iPad users is that the keyboard is awkward to use. Apple offers a wireless keyboard solution at the prohibitive price of about $70 plus shipping but you can actually create your own simple iPad keyboard for less than $10. You need two simple components: A USB camera connection kit (see left). An Excellent iPad App for Taking Notes and Annotating PDFs is Now Free (Was $6) October 12, 2014 Margin Note Reader is definitely a must have app for teachers, educators and more specifically for student researchers. The app is free now for a limited time (used to cost $6). As always, when I say free I mean in the iTunes store here in Canada and the USA, not sure if it is free in other corners of the world. Margin Note Reader allows you to annotate and take notes on on the margins of your PDFs, ePub and saved documents. You have the choice to use three different note taking styles: handwriting, typing, and highlighting. The power of Margin Note reader for student researchers like myself is that it lets you pull out citation, summary and mind map altogether so that you can easily quote articles while doing your research writing.