10 sites for creating digital newspapers I came across an interesting list on one of the blogs I follow. They found 10 sites that will help you create and or distribute a digital newspaper. (It's worth noting that I'm using a pretty broad definition of newspaper here.) Issuu - One of the most popular and successful online digital magazine creators/publishers around, with a very nice user interface.Yudu - Upload a document or PDF to create an online magazine that can be emailed our or embedded into a site.Openzine - Very user friendly site with an abundance of templates and layouts to create a professional-looking magazine and share online.NewsCred - Create a terrific looking online newspaper in 5 minutes, similar to Openzine.Scribd - A very popular Web 2.0 site for creating online content and publishing.Fodey - A fun site to create a newspaper and then download to print out or put on a blog or site.Zinepal - A great way to bring the news to students by "clipping" online articles. via TechLearning
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. How is it that this online Post-it board can make your day? Control Alt Achieve: Using Google Keep for Grading Comments in Docs One of the great features of Google Docs is the ability to leave comments in the margin. This is a useful way to provide helpful feedback to students when grading their work. You can offer suggestions, point out areas that need correction, highlight great work, and even provide links to additional resources or videos. As great as that is, one of the challenges has been getting easy access to your list of comments.
PeerGrade.io - Better Peer Feedback This is a guest post from Nateil Carby. In preparation for our Fall Break (Monday, October 9th), I asked my students to craft an argumentative essay about Columbus Day. The writing prompt was, “Should we celebrate Columbus Day or not? Be sure to cite textual evidence from BOTH passages to support your claim.” Students read two articles from our Performance Assessment Workbook about Columbus Day and then they used those sources to write their first draft.
Video games help calm kids before surgery - Health - Children's health TRENTON, N.J. — Letting children play video games on a Game Boy in the operating room before undergoing surgery can help relax them better than tranquilizers or holding Mommy’s hand, researchers say. Doctors found that allowing children a few minutes to play the games reduced their anxiety until the anesthesia took effect. Freedom Homeschooling Virtual field trips allow children to visit places around the world without ever leaving their homes. Through virtual field trips, they can visit other states, countries across the globe, and even other planets. This allows children to experience places they wouldn’t get to see otherwise. Virtual field trips are also great for when you can’t get out due to illness or can’t afford to travel. Here are several free resources your family can use to take virtual field trips. Free Virtual Field Trips
The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom July 25, 2014 Following the posting of "Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting. In fact, over the last couple of years I have reviewed several web tools and iPad apps that can be used in flipped classroom but the ones I am featuring below are among the best out there. 1- Educlipper Educlipper is a wonderful tool for creating video tutorials and guides to share with students. As a teacher you can create an Educlipper board for your class and share the link with them. Now that you have a shared space with your students, you can go about creating instructional videos using the iPap app of Educlipper.