Games, Contests & Puzzles: Entertaining Ideas for Educating Students Teachers can take heart in the good news that students are likely to make meaningful progress toward instructional goals when they engage in regular drill, practice, and review of academic material. Instructors must also face the bad news, though, that students often find such activities to be tedious and unmotivating. One powerful strategy that successful teachers use to lend interest to academic drill, practice, and review is to structure these learning opportunities so that they contain elements of 'fun.' Read on for some ideas on how to adapt common games to promote student learning, to change quiz formats to make them more enjoyable, and to introduce other classroom activities that educate students in an entertaining manner. Games Students (Will Want to) Play(adapted from Maguire, 1990) Magazine Scavenger Hunt. Password: Academic Edition. The teacher puts together a list of course-related terms that students should know. The student reads the word on the slip. Review-Question Bingo.
30 Old PC Ads That Will Blow Your Processor | Information Technology Schools Posted by admin in technology Mar 31st, 2010 Many people today either are too young to have ever seen some early pc’s or have forgotten what they looked like and how much they cost. Today we complain about the cost of a laptop running 2Ghz with 4GB ram for a cost of $ 400.00, however it wasn’t that long ago that laptops and pc’s were priced quite a bit higher. 10MB Drive for $ 3398.00 Today you can get a 1TB drive for $ 85.00 1TB is about 100,000 times larger than 10MB — This is an early Laptop, with 64K of memory Today laptops have 2 to 4 Gig of memory 4GB is about 64,000 times larger than 64K — Here are two disk systems, 80MB for $ 12K and 300MB for $ 20K Today you can get a DVD that holds 4Gig for $ .75 each A 4GB DVD is about 14 times larger than a 300MB Disk — Here is a 16K RAM Memory Card, $ 495.00 Today you can get 4GB RAM for $ 99.00 4GB Ram is about 256,000 times larger than 16K — This is an early modem, delivering 4800 BPS Modems today deliver 56K 56K is about 12 times faster —
CristinaSkyBox Google for Educators - Resources for using Google in school I am a huge proponent and user of Google tools, both for myself and in my classroom. Here are some great resources for educators who want to learn more about using Google's many tools in their classroom. Last week, Kathy Schrock posted a great interactive image of Google tools listed by Bloom's taxonomy levels. Google for Educators Mind Map is an interesting site that has resources for educators for using Google tools in the classroom. Google For Educators - Google's official page for educators. Google Accessibility - Google's page with tips, links and resources for using accessibility features in Google tools. Google List of Tools - this page has a listing of the major Google tools available. Google Tools for Schools - tutorials, links, resources, and tips on using Google tools in the classroom Google Tutor - how-to's, tech tips, and more on Google tools Guide to Google for Educators - free 33 page guide on Google for Educators from Richard Byrne.
Concordia Kansas Public Schools - FUN SITES This Web site was designed using Web standards. Learn more about the benefits of standardized design. Quick Links Main Navigation Top Front Page > Elementary School > Fun Sites > Working... by Krystal Breese Click on your grade to see some the websites we are using in the Tech Lab as well as in your classroom. Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade Edmodo Lifecycles More Lifecycles Dance Mat Typing Create an Alien Gamequarium Share on print Share on facebook Share on twitter More Sharing Services 1 2013-14 District Calendar Concordia Elementary School1500 East 9th St.Concordia, KS 66901 785.243.8853Fax: 785.243.8856 Login © 2014 Concordia Public Schools, USD 333 Accessibility Privacy Pledge Powered by OCS Mobile Translate this Page Back To Top
How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom Ben Jackson is a writer and app developer living in Brooklyn, NY. He likes clean typography, dirty language, strong coffee, apple pie and comfortable chairs, and he writes about his obsessions at 90WPM. As the post-PC era moves from interesting theory to cold, hard reality, one of the most pressing questions is: How can we use tablets, and especially the iPad, to help people learn? Most of the focus has been on ebooks replacing textbooks, a trend fueled by Apple’s recent updates to iBooks. Specifically, the company released iBooks Author, a tool for creating immersive ebooks on the desktop. Plus, the new iPad is now the first tablet with a retina screen, making reading and watching multimedia on the device even more enjoyable. But technology is only as good as the system it’s applied to. Not Just a Textbook The iPad (not to mention the iPhone and iPod touch) is a personal, mobile computer capable of performing tasks unthinkable 10 years ago on a high-end desktop. Low-Budget Alternatives
Heart of the Heartland « Ted Landphair’s America The United States is finally getting around to building a memorial to Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Kansas lad who became one of our greatest heroes and most popular presidents. But there’s a problem. It’s the Kansas part, even though Eisenhower said, in a 1945 speech in his hometown after leading Allied forces to victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, “The proudest thing that I can say today is that I’m from Abilene.” According to the Eisenhower Memorial design, a statue of Ike as a Kansas country boy would appear somewhere in these trees. Some Eisenhower descendants and art critics complain that the design of the planned memorial, by modernist architect Frank Gehry, portrays Ike as a country bumpkin — a “barefoot boy from Kansas” — while relegating his distinguished military and presidential leadership to a row of background tapestries. Poor Kansas. Kansas is smack in the middle of America, all right. Only it wasn’t jingling much anymore. They are decently buried . . . But towns die
$59 Adapter Connects Apple TV Any AirPlay To Virtually And Display System Kanex adapter and Apple TV bring AirPlay to virtually any venue AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring add a lot of value to the second and third generation Apple TVs. Paired with a recent iPad or the iPhone 4S, an Apple TV can instantly become a gaming solution and a theater for home movies – and will be amazing when combined with Mountain Lion when it ships this summer. AirPlay also turns that Apple TV into powerful and extremely portable presentation system that’s a great fit for the classroom or the board room. The only challenge is that the Apple TV’s only output option is an HDMI port, which can be a big problem for connecting to older display technologies including many projectors and computer displays – a problem solved by cable and adapter maker Kanex. Kanex today announced its new ATV Pro adapter designed for the Apple TV. The device also works great for existing presentation solutions in classrooms, conference rooms, and other venues that don’t include HDMI support.
10 Professional Development Books for Teachers With Just One iPad, Teachers Improve Classroom Lessons Contact: Katie Neal, email@example.com, (336) 758-6141 Newswise — Winston-Salem, NC, Jan. 4, 2012 - While K-12 schools around the country search for funding to provide iPads to every student, an education researcher in North Carolina has found that even a single iPad can make a huge difference in the classroom. The results of her experience with student teachers at Wake Forest University appear in the December/January issue of Learning & Leading With Technology, the magazine of the International Society for Technology in Education. “Because they’re truly part of the digital generation, our pre-service teachers and the K-12 students they teach have a natural aptitude for tablet devices,” said Kristin Redington Bennett, an Assistant Professor of Education at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Though iPads can cost more than $500 with 3G access and a budget for apps, Bennett said, “Don’t discount the device because of its price. Comment/Share
Digital Storytelling Project Examples - iPad Multimedia Tools App Smashing! Using multiple apps to create stories! Book Trailers by using middle schoolers using Puppet Pals, Toontastic, iMovie, and more! Talking Book Characters by middle schoolers using FaceJack, Tellagami, PhotoSpeak and more! ChatterPix Kids: The Angels Speak! Talking Snowmen - combination of snowmen created in the Drawing Pad app with animation added with ChatterPix, by 2nd graders Write About This: 30 Hands: Explain Everything: All about Bats - kindergarten drawings using the Hello Crayon app, narration added with Explain Everything. At the Pumpkin Patch - kindergarten drawings using the Hello Crayon app, narration added with Explain Everything. Adobe Voice: Public Service Announcements on Technology and Self Control - by 6th graders
Easily Create Your School's Mobile App This increased home Internet access by way of mobile phones should encourage us to solicit data from our own school families on how they are choosing to communicate via mobile phone for personal day-to-day tasks and relationship building. Soliciting feedback from families Create a brief two-minute home-technology survey that allows parents to provide information about what device(s) they use for what purpose. School-family engagement teams can then take this information and embed communication opportunities based on where parents are most comfortable. Exercise hard-copy and electronic survey options. There are plenty of online survey tools including Polleverywhere.com, Surveymonkey.com and Zoomerang.com. Choosing the right app-maker Any customizable app is going to cost the school and/or home and school association money to build and host. Like everything else in education, there are no one-size-fits-all approaches that you can hang your hat on. Knapp’s family engagement app Moving forward