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10 Teacher Tools to "Techify" Your Classroom

10 Teacher Tools to "Techify" Your Classroom
By Bethany Petty The classrooms of today have the potential to look vastly different than those of the past. Many teachers have access to a vast array of technology tools that can be used in the classroom to increase student engagement. Sometimes, however, the world of educational technology can seem daunting and extremely overwhelming—especially for newcomers. Use this list of teacher tools to “techify” your lessons one step at a time. Each one has the potential to enhance your classroom biome and get students excited about your content. Padlet $45/year after 30-day free trial This is a collaborative tool that can be used in virtually any classroom. I love to use Padlet to encourage the backchannel while my students view content-related films. Kahoot Free Toss out your PowerPoint Jeopardy template and try Kahoot instead. The competition between students can be tense at times, but students are reviewing content and staying engaged, which is amazing to see as a teacher. Heads Up Screencastify

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The best tools for your paperless classroom Whether you’ve had a paperless classroom for awhile, have tried to go paperless but have made it only halfway there, or if you’re just taking your first baby steps into emptying your classroom of its paper piles, selecting tools that will take the place of your papers. If you’ve already gone paperless (or partly paperless), you’ve likely already tried out a few tools or more, to varying degrees of ease and success. Part of the issue may be offerings – there are about a bajillion (yes, that’s a real number, and it is a really really big number). How do you decide which of these tools, nearly all of which are marketed as a ‘must’ and the ‘best’ for your classroom, will work well and be worth your time and effort? You have other people try out the apps for you, and recommend the best ones.

10 Ways to "Googlfy" Your Classroom By Bethany Petty Google has taken the world of educational technology by storm with its fantastic suite of tools for the classroom. These tools provide seemingly endless possibilities for teachers to enhance the learning environment and increase student engagement. Below are 10 great ways to “Googlfy Your Classroom” and use these tools to their fullest extent. 11 Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom The use of technology in the classroom is becoming more mainstream than ever. From using it as a way to gain resources and inspiration for lessons to leveraging the relationships with others in your Professional Learning Network (PLN) to find pen pals for your students, the benefits of using technology in and for the classroom are plentiful. However, it is also important to remember that access issues and outdated technology can create issues when integrating it in lessons.

Tech Tools to Make Your Life Easier in the Fall By Thom Gibson During the summer months, in an effort to avoid feeling overwhelmed two weeks before school starts, I usually make time each week of the summer to work on plans for next school year. This involves reading books on pedagogy, revising curriculum, and researching various tools that may make my life easier—I’m sure it’s the same for you. Here are a few of the best tricks and tools I’ve discovered in summers past that have made my life more manageable when back to school comes around. Planboard: Keep all links, resources and lessons plans in one place. 10 Great iPad Apps for Learning English March , 2014 Over the last couple of weeks I received some requests for featuring a list of iPad apps for ESL learners and I never had time to compile it till tonight. Below are some of the titles I would suggest you try out with your students. Again, I included only the ones I believe are worth the mention here. Enjoy 1- Kidioms

5 Tools Tech-Savvy Teachers are Using for 21st Century Learning By Troy Lambert Great teachers at schools everywhere are taking advantage of technology to become leaders in the evolving educational field. The traditional school system was set up to teach kids about the workplace of their future: the bell system taught them about factory whistles and lunch and recess taught them about rigid break and meal times. However, kids now need to be prepared for an entirely different kind of workplace, one filled with open spaces and focused on employee collaboration. Not to mention the tech skills most employees are now expected to have. Tech-savvy teachers are becoming leaders in education, developing and implementing programs that duplicate this evolving work environment—with technology at the center of it all.

A Wonderful Chart of Educational Web Tools to Use in Class September 22, 2014 Here is a wonderful chart featuring a plethora of diverse tools arranged according to the task they are to perform. From web tools to create digital quizzes to note taking and brainstorming tools, this chart is definitely a must have. The only inconvenience I see in it is that the web tools mentioned are not hyperlinked so you need to Google them yourself to access them. I am not really sure who has created this chart. 50 Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners 50 Animation Tools & Resources For Digital Learners by Lisa Chesser, A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of control explains the economics of oil production in the Sudan to students in Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Riyadh. That is education and animation working together to teach students everywhere, everything they ever wanted to know.

A Set of Educational Web Tools You Might Not Be Aware of June 7, 2014 From elementary school to college, students of all ages have a growing pool of educational tools available to them. Here are a set of tools you might not be aware of, and have been recommended by students to their teachers. A student planner that also tracks how long assignments should take, based on teacher estimates and classmate feedback. This free website helps students write science or lab reports using scaffolds for each step of the writing process. An iOS app designed so early childhood to elementary school students have an easy way to publish a online journal. Web 2.0 teaching tools to enhance education and learning — Edjudo 3D Projects Alice – Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment (free) Blender – Excellent open source 3D content creation suite (free, must install) PhotoSynth – A Microsoft web application that takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around in.

Become a Google Apps Ninja It looks like word finally broke on Twitter yesterday about a project I’ve been working on for about 5 or 6 weeks at my school. It started as a “I wonder what would happen if….” project and has turned into a pretty awe inspiring, self-motivated, get-out-of-their-way, dare I say fun project. When I was going through the process of becoming a Google Apps Certified Trainer I was taking the required tests on all the Google Apps. The tests run on Google’s own system and once you press start you have 90 minutes to finish. Google also gives you all the training materials which are public and anyone can learn from. So I did what any cheating student would do.

The Top Tech Tool Infographic Nowadays, there are numerous platforms, web tools and apps that can be utilized to engage students in the learning process. Although this can be a good problem to have, choosing the right device and corresponding resource to meet educational needs can sometimes be an overwhelming task. But thanks to Clay Reisler, a technology integrator at the Pulaski Community School District in Wisconsin, teachers can easily locate a variety of tools for classroom use by referring to the infographic shown below. This super cool visual provides 18 concepts such as Audio Recording, Book Creation and Interactive Posters as well as suggestions for which tools within each category can be utilized with the iPad or a Chromebook/Laptop.

TPACK Explained – TPACK.ORG Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) attempts to identify the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge. The TPACK framework extends Shulman’s idea of Pedagogical Content Knowledge. The Seven Components of TPACK At the heart of the TPACK framework, is the complex interplay of three primary forms of knowledge: Content (CK), Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK). The TPACK approach goes beyond seeing these three knowledge bases in isolation. The TPACK framework goes further by emphasizing the kinds of knowledge that lie at the intersections between three primary forms: Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Technological Content Knowledge (TCK), Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK), and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK).

My 35 Favorite Free Apps for Teaching Schools around the country are undergoing a digital transformation. With iPads and tablets showing up in classrooms with greater frequency, trying to figure out which apps to use can leave a teacher’s head spinning. Last year, when my school debuted an iPad lab, I was thrilled, but as it turned out, I barely used it. I shied away from this new technology (which is definitely not like me!)