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12 Rules For Flipping Your Classroom So, you want to begin flipping your classroom. Here are 12 quick rules (tips, really) to help you get started. Below are 12 simple rules to follow when flipping your classroom: To flip or not flip… That is the question. Peace Day Lesson Plans: Activities, Ideas, and Group Project to use for September 21 Teaching Resources and Fun Activities for Peace Day Welcome my Peace Day Lesson Plans web page for teachers. The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, is celebrated on September 21. This day is dedicated to peace, or specifically to the absence of war. Classroom 2.0 Join us on February 27th when we will be hosting an "Open Mic" show on the topic of “Using Games in the Classroom." We are using an "Open Mic" format for this show and hope you will be as excited about it as we are. We love the Open Mic format because it provides a way for all of our participants to be actively involved in the live show. For this show there will not be a guest presenter, but we are inviting all of you to join us and take the mic to engage in a conversation or share in the chat about your favorite classroom games as a teacher. Paula Naugle will facilitate the sharing and lots of great ideas will be coming from the participants.

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies Listen to this article as a podcast episode: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:22 — 53.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | The Whiteboard Blog The Edtech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers Here’s a shortlist of 5 essential web-based tools that every teacher should have in their edtech arsenal. There are many more I’m sure but for this list I’m sticking to tools you can access via a web browser, rather than apps. There’s another blog post brewing for essential iPad apps for teachers, but that’s something for another day. The tools in the list below can all be accessed by a simple classroom... Read More

Flipping With Interactive Video Through TED-Ed Flipping the classroom requires students to gather information outside of class, generally through reading or watching recorded lectures. As flipping the classroom gains momentum, instructors are increasingly looking for ways to engage students in online content so that students will be prepared and ready to participate in class. The material presented must not only provide the necessary background information for the classroom activity, but it must interest the students as well so that they actually engage with it. After all, the flipped classroom model doesn’t work if the students don’t come to class prepared with the knowledge they’ll need to participate. Video is a popular method of presenting content online, and TED-Ed is offering a way to turn TED Talks and YouTube videos into an interactive teaching opportunity. TED-Ed Lessons provide pre-made interactive videos, with the added advantage of allowing the instructor the ability to modify them to fit their own teaching style.

15 Great Free Android Apps for English Language Learners Below is a set of some important Android apps that you can use with your students and kids to help them learn a new or foreign language. 1- Listen and SpeakThis is an awesome Android app that helps language learners improve their foreign language learning using a set of predefined templates of how words should be pronounced and understood. 2- Busuu Busuu is a leading community of language learners online. I often log on there and help students with their English grammar and I love the interaction and cooperation of the members of this community. It provides extensive vocabulary practice and comprehensive audio visual learning material with photos and recordings by native speakers.

10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015 2015 is the year the focus will finally turn the corner by organizations in education and the business world to get it right: it is about the learner. It is not about calling it “Personalized Instruction” or “Personalized Education.” It is not about the technology, the curriculum, or instruction. It is about the learner making learning personal for his or herself.

16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology. Today's job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the evolving digital economy. What skills will be needed most? An analysis of 213 studies showed that students who received SEL instruction had achievement scores that averaged 11 percentile points higher than those who did not. And SEL potentially leads to long-term benefits such as higher rates of employment and educational fulfillment.

11 Quick and Amazing ways to use PowToon in your Classroom by PowToon! I recently read a study on creativity that blew my mind: “A major factor in creativity is education: not whether you had a “good” or “expensive” or “public” education, but whether you were encouraged to develop your creativity starting at an early age and continuing throughout your school years.” – Adobe.Inc We saw this first-hand, when Edson Tellez, a volunteer teacher in rural Mexico, wrote to us about how PowToon changed the way his students viewed the world, “they’re getting more creative, more receptive, and more dynamic in each class.” The mind blowing fact is that developing creativity is the number one determining factor in the overall success of your students! Even if you teach in the most affluent school, with the most high end gadgets - your students are still only as good as the instructions given to them.

3 Ways to Flip the Classroom I’ve always been tickled by our industry’s obsession with buzzwords and trends. There have been many in my 30-plus years in this industry. My one pet peeve with all this is that we often “brand” first and “define and refine” second. This has gotten us into trouble a few times. Setting expectations and boundaries for learning efforts too early can slow down adoption and inhibit growth. Many a great idea or method has taken way too long to develop because we jumped to an early assumption regarding its preferred or most effective format.

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