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ReadWriteThink Educator Review What's It Like? ReadWriteThink is an online resource that contains lessons, interactive activities, and printables to help kids improve their reading and writing skills. From the IRA (International Reading Association) and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), the site serves language arts teachers from Pre-K through 12th grades. The site is organized into the sections Classroom Resources, Professional Development, and Parent & Afterschool Resources. How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School There are lots of great learning opportunities when you use green screen effects in the classroom. I’ve written about some of those before, but almost all of them involved green screen movies. What about green screen photography? Is that possible on an iPad? It is, because there’s an app for that.

The 5 Steps of Effective Technology Integration - Getting Smart by Dave Guymon - edchat, EdTech, education In schools, districts, and departments of education alike, a trend toward integrating technology into the education process is on the rise. One could argue that it always has been. But with the proliferation of Internet access in school buildings and the ubiquity of mobile computing devices, educators are taking note and beginning to consider new ways they can include these tools into their classroom instruction. The formalized field of educational technology is still in its infancy. As a result, professional development and training practices are still being refined. As they are teachers in many school districts are choosing to lead their own technology integration through experimental applications with their students and curriculum.

30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students I’m always excited when I’m using Padlet. Is it the interface, the way everything is designed, its purpose or the fact that I’m organizing things smoothly? I don’t know. It just makes me happy. And today I’ll try to make you happy as well. Digital Citizenship: Making the Online World a Better Place Starts With You! Your students were born into a digital world. They are digital natives who turn to technology to ask questions, solve problems, and conduct most aspects of their daily lives. Just as we teach children to be good citizens–following rules of society–we must also educate and model good digital citizenship. Safe and responsible use of technology is a major component of a digital citizenship curriculum, as is understanding how technology can contribute to making the world a more positive place through collaboration, creation, and communication. To help support your curriculum, BrainPOP offers a Digital Citizenship Unit consisting of topics ranging from Digital Etiquette and Cyberbullying to Information Privacy and Social Media. Using BrainPOP’s Make-a-Movie, Make-a-Map, and Creative Coding tools in any of these topics, students seamlessly apply what they learn while allowing you to authentically assess their understanding.

50+ Favorite Elementary School Apps - by TeachersWithApps Rounding up the best and favorite elementary school apps is not an easy task, the market is saturated and there are so many standouts that cover the gamut of grade levels. Obviously, one of the first considerations we focus on when writing a review is, of course, the learning potential of an app. Another important aspect is the shelf life – how long will the app be useful and stand up to the test of time?

Two Browser-based Noise Meters That Show Students How Loudly They Speak Earlier this week on iPadApps4School.com I featured an app called Too Noisy that shows students how loudly they are speaking. The app measures the volume of the noise in a room and displays a meter indicating whether or not the the room is too noisy. If you don't have an iPad, you can find the same basic features in the following browser-based tools. Bouncy Balls shows students the volume of the noise in your classroom by displaying a set of colorful bouncing balls. The higher the decibel level goes, the higher and more frequently the balls on the screen bounce. To use Bouncy Balls simply go to the website, click "begin bouncing," and then click the microphone icon to allow the site to access your computer's microphone.

15 Sites That Show You The World in Real Time What if you could see the whole world as it is right this moment? It would certainly put things in perspective. Once you see the world through the lenses of these web sites you’ll realize just how vibrant and alive it is every single nanosecond. The statistics of it are amazing, and seeing them actually happen is even more amazing. The following 15 web sites allow you to experience the entire world as it happens, through multiple perspectives. What happens on the internet in just one measly second?

Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students publish writing safely online. Students exercise digital citizenship within a secure classroom blogging space. It also suggests ways to use Kidblog such as: Science Notebooks, Global Pen Pals, Digital Portfolios, Creative Writing, and Book Clubs. by katherineking2 Mar 19

Site for classrooms to have a book talk with technology after reading in a book club together. Controlled environment for safety within the school setting. by kristiweber5 Oct 26

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