Top 100 Sites of 2011 1/12/2012 By: The time is finally here for my annual list of favorite sites of the year. This year I decided to up my post to the top 100 instead of 25 because of the number of sites that I reviewed and the popularity of the post. I tried to cover a wide range of sites, from flash-card creators to digital storytelling, and of course social networks, which really stood out in 2011. 2012 Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference - August 20 - 24 We are pleased to announce the Learning 2.0 Conference, a worldwide virtual event, August 20 - 24, 2012 (until the 25th in some parts of Asia and the Pacific). This free conference is being held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of five days. It is being held in conjunction with Connected Educator Month, and will include an all-day virtual unconference on Monday (SocialEdCon online!)
The 55 Best Free Education Apps For iPad Finding apps isn’t difficult. Finding education apps is only a bit more challenging. Finding free education apps is also possible. Finding free education apps worth downloading is a different story entirely. The following is our list for the 55 best apps for learning we can find.
Popular Technology Resources for Reading & Language Arts (K-12 Women's History Month Women's History Month (March) is here! Make sure you have the materials to help you explore the varied lives and contributions of amazing American women, from historical figures (Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman) and the Women's Suffrage Movement of the 19th century, to the artists, athletes, politicians, scientists, and inventors of yesterday and today! Videos Interested in using different types of media in your classroom?
Resources & Tools Grants NEA Foundation Grants The NEA Foundation's Innovation Grants provide an opportunity for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty to develop and implement innovations that significantly improve student learning. Innosight's Michael Horn on How 'Blended Learning' and Technology Can Bridge the Education Gap - Arabic Knowledge@Wharton Michael Horn sees the Internet providing access to a range of products and services that will help improve the way people can learn. While adult education is where on-line learning initially got its start, Horn predicts that half of high school courses in the U.S. will be taken online in less than a decade. Horn co-wrote the bestselling book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen. He and Christensen later co-founded The Innosight Institute, a non-for profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. In the future, Horn predicts the majority of students will be engaged in what he calls "blended learning" where they'll learn online with control over the pace of their learning in schools with teachers providing guidance.
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How to Teach with Technology: Language Arts Check out these tips from students and educators for high tech teaching: Video Dialogues "I think students would retain a lot more information if they made a video about the person they're studying or created an instant message dialogue in which they imagine a fictional conversation between characters, as opposed to just taking a test or writing an essay. "If every class could use some type of blog or Web page, students could post their questions and the teacher would be able to respond for the whole class to see. A Tale Of Three Teachers The young teacher started right off making a rookie mistake in the opening minutes of his first class, on his very first day. “How many of you know what a liter is?” he asked his high school math class. “Give me a thumbs up if you know, thumbs down if you don’t.”
Transforming schools with blended learning Blended learning—which combines face-to-face classes with online courses—is quickly gaining ground in education. In fact, some studies suggest that blended learning, also called hybrid learning, offers a better academic experience than pure brick-and-mortar classes or online-only courses. Whether students are out of school on extended absences, want to enroll in a higher-level course not offered in their local district, or need to recover academic credits, blended learning offers flexible solutions and different scenarios for students and teachers alike. With the generous support of Connections Learning, we’ve put together this list of stories from our archives, along with other relevant materials, to help you best determine how blended learning might meet the needs of your school or district. —The Editors
Tech Tools by Subject and Skills Every year, so many new technology tools for teachers are launched into the market that it can be nearly impossible to keep up with them all. In order to keep you up-to-date with the latest and greatest educational tech tools, our team of edtech specialists has put together this list of the best edtech resources and technology tools for teachers. Clicking on the links below will take you to hundreds of apps, websites, extensions, and more. Whether you're looking for a specific tech tool or just trying to find something new and interesting for your class, we encourage you to browse around all of the different categories to see how many wonderful resources are available for your students. Also, if you have a tool that you'd like to see added to the list, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.