Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves Editor's Note: This piece was adapted from Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond by Larry Ferlazzo, available March 21, 2015 from Routledge. My previous post reviewed research on extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and described the four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance. In this post, I'll discuss practical classroom strategies to reinforce each of these four qualities. Autonomy Providing students with freedom of choice is one strategy for promoting learner autonomy. Educators commonly view this idea of choice through the lens of organizational and procedural choice.
Quizalize - A Fun Quiz Platform Quizalize is a newer quiz game platform that reminds me of Kahoot. Like Kahoot, students play your quiz games on their laptops or tablets by going to the Quizalize website then entering their names and a class code. Students are awarded points for correctly answering questions quickly.
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. Teacher Uses LEGOs To Explain Math To Her Schoolchildren. Absolutely brilliant!! LEGOs are an awesome childhood toy that many children love to play with, but did you know that there is also an educational/developmental way for teachers or parents to use them. Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, uses them to explain fractions, squares and other mathematical concepts. Absolutely brilliant!! “In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative,” she writes in an article for Scholastic that goes more into depth about these bricks’ potential uses. Please SHARE if you think this is a great idea to improve our children’s skills !
Sparkol The magic of VideoScribe is now mobile. Create your own whiteboard videos with VideoScribe Anywhere. Download the mobile/iPad app free today: Made by Sparkol Whiteboard videos look great. 25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers. For teaching students how to present, create and code TED-Ed More than 250,000 teachers use TED education tools to spark student curiosity and explore presentation literacy skills. “TED-Ed is an outstanding resource in my classroom,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Jennifer Hesseltine.
Europe Code Week 2015 - Resources and guides EU Code Week is a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week Ambassadors. Anyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a #CodeEU event and add it to the codeweek.eu map. To make organising and running coding events easier, we have prepared different toolkits and selected some of the best lesson plans, guides and other resources. Presentations and toolkits Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Comprehensive Collection of Som... 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.
Pilot by Waverly Labs lets you listen in your own language International communication can sometimes be difficult if you don’t know the local language. Sometimes even communicating here at home can be difficult, with so many languages being spoken. Waverly Labs aims to change that, with their in-ear headset called Pilot. Pilot is worn by two people who don’t speak the same language.
screencastingedu - Screencasting Tools Screencasting Tools - Wikipedia: Comparison of Screencasting Software - My Tool Comparison Handout for these listed resources and more CompareTools.pdf Browser-Based Tools Screencast-o-matic ( One of my favorites in this category. An account (free) is not necessary, but allows you to save/store/download/share your screencasts if you make one.