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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers
February 2, 2016 Printing Press is a great web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with students in class to easily create beautiful newspapers, flyers and brochures. The tool is very easy to use and students will definitely love working on it. Printing Press provides multiple pre-made templates to choose from when creating a newspaper. To start using Printing Press, click on ‘get started’ from this page. Related:  för skrivande

Word Tamer Helps Students Write Stories Word Tamer is a neat site for learning the process of developing characters, settings, and plots in creative writing. Word Tamer is set up as an interactive journey through a carnival of literary devices. As students move through the carnival they develop characters, develop a setting, and develop a plot for their stories. At each stop in the Word Tamer carnival students can print out the words they have written. Along the way there are videos to help students understand the roles of characters, settings, and plot development in crafting a good story. Applications for Education I learned about Word Tamer from Kristen Swanson who noted that the narration and graphics make the site UDL-friendly.

Describing a Place | Teaching KIds to Write with Vivid Vocabulary “Descriptive writing is an art form. It’s painting a word picture so that the reader ‘sees’ exactly what you are describing.” ~Brenda Covert This post contains affiliate links. What’s the big deal about writing descriptively? Writers use this powerful method to make their pieces memorable—even brilliant—rather than dry and boring. Even if your child never aspires to write stories or poetry, description is a wonderful skill to develop. Describing a Place Vivid writing is especially important when describing a place — whether to describe a vista for a travel guide or flesh out a scene in a novel. Master storyteller Charles Dickens was also a master of using description to create a mood. It was a town of machinery and tall chimneys, out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever, and never got uncoiled. But your child doesn’t have to be a Dickens to add color, depth, and interest to his writing. Suppose he’s planning to write about a desert. Learn more here.

Reading (and Engineering with) “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” The Innovation Celebration at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA As the sun beamed down on the assembled school community, a kindergartner flew a tissue-paper kite across the field, while a freshman pushed third graders down the hill in a cardboard multiuse sled. In the midst of it all, a man from Malawi posed for photographs and autographed copies of his book for admirers. To celebrate and deepen this shared experience across our K–12 community, we created an Innovation Celebration, a day to meet the author and put the book’s themes of innovation and resilience into action by engaging in a variety of cross-divisional maker-style challenges. Finding the right read Wanting to tap into the energy around STEM, sustainability, and globalization, I had planned to use the newly released young reader’s edition of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind as the middle school summer reading title. William Kamkwamba speaks to students. Community Investment The Planning process It took a village

EduApp: Ulysses Writing App for iPad If you, or your students, write a lot, then finding the best tools to help the process is essential. Whether presentation is your focus, or the content of your writing, selecting the means can be critical. Whether you’re a novelist, a journalist, a student or a blogger – if you love to write and write a lot, Ulysses gives you a uniquely streamlined toolset, covering every phase of the writing process: – A powerful, yet simple text editor. – A familiar, no-nonsense text library. – A comprehensive and truly flexible multi-format export. Ulysses is said to have the best text editor in the world, and we didn’t believe this, as it’s quite a status to behold. And since Ulysses takes writing seriously, it does not stop at the editor. For us though, what sets this app apart from others, is the exporting. This is a pricey app -there is no denying that – and some students or educators will think this is beyond their means.

How Stories Change the Brain Ben’s dying. That’s what Ben’s father says to the camera as we see Ben play in the background. Ben is two years old and doesn’t know that a brain tumor will take his life in a matter of months. Ben’s father tells us how difficult it is to be joyful around Ben because the father knows what is coming. Everyone can relate to this story. A recent analysis identifies this “hero’s journey” story as the foundation for more than half of the movies that come out of Hollywood, and countless books of fiction and nonfiction. Why are we so attracted to stories? Why the brain loves stories The first part of the answer is that as social creatures who regularly affiliate with strangers, stories are an effective way to transmit important information and values from one individual or community to the next. Think of this as the “car accident effect.” To understand how this works in the brain, we have intensively studied brain response that watching “Ben’s story” produces. What makes a story effective?

5 Good Resources for Teaching and Learning About the American Revolution Today is Patriots' Day. Here in Maine as well as in Massachusetts and Wisconsin it's an official state holiday. The day commemorates The Battles of Lexington and Concord. As a New Englander this is a good day to review some good resources for teaching and learning about the American Revolution. Teaching American History has a series of interactive lessons about the American Revolution that are suitable for middle school and elementary school use. The lessons are divided into three chronological sections; 1775-1778, 1778-1781, and Treaty of Paris 1783. America, A Narrative History is a text published by WW Norton. Pictures of the Revolutionary War is a compilation of images about the Revolutionary War. Crash Course has a ten part series on U.S. Keith Hughes offers Colonialism for Dummies as part of his series on U.S.

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5 EASY Techie Tools for Social Studies Projects - The Techie Teacher Are you looking to spice up your Social Studies lessons this school year? No iPads? Then here are 5 EASY technology tools you could use with your students using laptops/desktops. #1 Scribble Maps When I think of Social Studies, the first visual I see in my mind is a MAP. I think I can thank my 6th grade Geography teacher for that. My entire 6th grade binder was filled with about 1,000 paper maps...uhhhh! There is an option to sign in but you don't have to. You could even use the pencil tool to draw out different geographical regions you are studying: There are a lot of other really cool features to this site but let's continue keeping it EASY today :) #2 Powerpoint/Keynote These programs have A LOT more power than creating slideshows. The students clicked on the middle of the boat and dragged their cursor (that displays a line) to their final destination. ReadWriteThink also has an EASY Timeline Maker that you can add images to!

Protagonize: Collaborative creative writing community - fiction, poetry, stories, and great reading! 8 Excellent Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers 1-TikiToki TikiToki is a great application for multimedia timelines making . It allows its users to create stunning animated timelines. TikiToKi is very easy to use and above all its basic version is completely free . 2- Time Glider This is a web tool that lets you create, collaborate on, and publish zooming/planning interactive timelines for free.It is like Google Maps but for time. 3- OurStory Ourstory enables you to write stories, tag friends, and add media to collaborative timelines either privately or in public. 4- Capzles Capzles is a web tool I have reviewed here a couple of times. 5- Read Write Think Read Write Think has a beautiful timeline tool that allows users to add project labels and easily create timelines. 6- Xtimeline Xtimeline is a free web-based timeline that you can use to easily create and share timelines with pictures and videos. 7- TimeToast TimeToast is another great tool that allows you to create timelines and share them on the web. 8- Dipity

Comic Master Makin' It Merry Looking for a few making projects to celebrate the holiday season? Check out these merry finds to add some holiday cheer. For Meghan Trainor, it’s all about the bass, but I think it’s all about makin’ it merry with animated GIFs! I made my first animated GIF for Twitter. Step 1 Open Google Slides Under File >Page Settings >Pixels Set 400 x 400 Create your first slideChoose a background colorAdd your content: I drew lights and added clip art snowflakes and a text box with HappyDuplicate your first slideI changed the coloring of the lights and switched out the word “Happy” for “Holidays,” but used the same text box. Step 2 1. (Click on <Select a File) Find your Google Slide Presentation and click select This will save the three slides as a .png. 2. 3.Download this file. Step 3 Go to gifmaker.me Upload your folder with your three .png files On the left side, set your Canvas Size to 400 x 400 Set your animation speed (I used 750 for the blinking lights) View the GIF or Download the GIF.

Interactive Storytelling for English Exams | EslbrainEslbrain How much can we actually teach students for exams without being exam-oriented? Wherever we go in professional development the reality of teaching to the test always crops up as something to avoid or get around somehow. Yet, we want our students to achieve high standards and we want them to have qualifications. For me, it’s a matter of teaching BEYOND the test. ********************************************************** Exposing them to real English before they ever see exam-type structures, whilst getting them used to such structures in fun, stress-free environments is a great way to raise competency well before exam deadlines loom ahead. This is a topic I wish to expand upon and develop through my blog in upcoming features. Here is the recording of my presentation: Here is the powerpoint to go with the presentation: The Art of questioning: One thing I wanted to develop further was the art of questioning. I love this quote about ‘minds-on’ learning by Neil Stephenson at www.teachinquiry.com by

Two Simple Timeline Creation Tools That Are Frequently Overlooked This morning I answered an email from a reader who was looking for a suggestion for a timeline creation tool. My recommendation was to try Timeline JS which is my favorite tool and is featured in my Teaching History With Technology course. But there are many other ways to create timelines. Browse through Microsoft's templates gallery and you will find an entire section devoted to making timelines in PowerPoint and in Word. Google Slides also has timeline templates that your students can use.

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