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27 Meaningful (and Fun) Ways to Use Technology for Teaching and Learning

A Cavalcade of Inspiring Ideas for Kicking up Learning and Enhancing Engagement in Your Classroom! There are enough ideas, resources, and (mostly) free tools here to keep you exploring and learning all year long. Have at it! 1. Get Your Students Creating There is just no limit to the way that students can use the endless free resources available on the Web to create! 2. If there are devices at your student's disposal, using them to let students provide real time feedback has never been easier. 3. Collaboration is a vital 21st century skill, and collaborating via the web with your students can be free and easy! 4. 2015 was an awesome year for Augmented Reality tools for the classroom. 5. We've all heard the buzz about “gamification”. 6. The Maker Movement and Maker Spaces got a lot of attention over the last year, and deservedly so … when students create, they learn! 7. 8. One of the funnest ways to use collaborative tools in the classroom is to create with them! 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

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36 Resources for STEM Project-Based Learning Activities If you’re a teacher or homeschool parent looking for ideas for STEM project-based learning activities, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of terrific STEM project-based learning activities that can be tailored to meet your students’ needs. STEM, like PBL and inquiry-based learning activates critical thinking which you can read more about in our Ultimate Guide to Critical Thinking. 8 first projects to get students using technology The beginning of school is always a fun and crazy time. Kids are winding down from summer break (as are you) and schedules and classes are still getting settled. But with all of the business, setting the tone for a year of making with Wixie is important. Wixie might be just about the easiest tools for elementary students to learn! Wixie is open-ended which means you and your students still have to decide what to do! Here are eight ideas for first projects to get students using technology, including information about software skills they have to learn to complete them.

Calling All Teachers: Tell Us About a Tool That Works! To do amazing work, teachers need the best tools. Just as chefs use top-grade knives to create a delicious meal, or doctors rely on accurate, dependable medical equipment to care for patients, great teachers use high-quality tools and curriculum aligned to college- and career-ready standards to help their students succeed.

12 STEM Resources for Teachers According to the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) Coalition, there are 26 million STEM jobs in the U.S., comprising 20% of all jobs. By 2022, there will be 9.2 million new STEM jobs in the U.S. Despite the need for these workers, only 45% and 30% of high school seniors are prepared for college-level math and science courses, respectively. As the American K-12 system continues to look for ways to boost student interest and aptitude in STEM learning, technology is playing an increasingly pivotal role. “Rationally” Sketching Functions – App Lesson - App Ed Review Description: This app lesson will develop high school students’ knowledge and ability to sketch, plot, and understand rational functions. Instructional Objective: Students will be able to sketch rational functions, noting the x and y intercepts, asymptotes, and the locations of curves. Step 1: Students will watch this video in which the graph is sketched, solving algebraically the following: the x and y intercepts, horizontal asymptotes, vertical asymptotes, then sketching the curves using knowledge of end behavior in the Khan Academy app.

Elementary Lesson Plans - Technology Projects 4 Kids 1st GradeTraveling Through Time (PDF)Timelines are a great teaching tool. It helps take some of the confusion out of history. Using the template from Kidspiration, students will divide their timeline into three equal parts, past, present, and future. The picture that is created helps students see how transportation has evolved, changed and even overlapped through time. 3rd GradeHERE TODAY, GONE TO MALI (webpage)You are going to Mali! Well, not really, but you will need to pack a suitcase as if you were going there. 10 Collaborative Technology Projects Your Students Will Love! If your classroom is far from a 1:1 environment (more like 1:32), it can be hard to find great technology projects that really work. Here are some simple tech tools students can use to create awesome projects. Students can work together in cooperative learning groups or independently depending on your access to technology in your school district.

Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios More and more educators are discovering the importance of having their students build some form of digital presence. Blogging is an excellent way for students to create their own online space, but what do you call this? Simply a student blog?Digital portfolio?ePortfolio?Learning showcase? Internet Catalogue If you think you are beaten, you are; if you think you dare not, you don't; if you like to win, but you think you can't it's almost certain you won't. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can. "DON'T QUIT" Author Unknown

The Effects of Technological Changes on Education - App Ed Review Imagine going back in time, before the onset of the internet, and having to write a seminar paper for one of your university courses. Sounds easy? Well, think again. Nowadays, we take most of our technology for granted, but back in the day, you’d have to go through the whole tedious process of searching the university libraries manually, writing stuff down on a piece of paper, and then typing it all over again.

7 smart ways to use technology in classrooms istock Elementary school teacher Kayla Delzer’s students tweet, post on Instagram and watch YouTube in class. Here’s why she thinks all kids should do the same. Many schools and teachers have an uneasy relationship with technology: they decry its power to distract young people but see it as a necessary evil to be tolerated, or at least strictly limited. Fargo, North Dakota, third-grade teacher Kayla Delzer believes that technology can truly revolutionize education — but only if educators make wise choices about what is used and how it’s used (TEDxFargo Talk: Reimagining Classroom Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders). It’s way too late to try to keep tech out of classrooms — or children’s lives.

Pros & Cons of Using Technology in the Elementary Classroom Elementary Technology In a world driven by smartphones and other mobile devices, it's really no surprise that technology has found a home in the elementary classroom. In fact, according to a 2009 infographic published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 98% of elementary school teachers had computers in the classroom every day. Another 2012 infographic published by Everyday Family shows that 57% of kids under 12 have used a mobile device for educational purposes. However, as a new teacher, it can be hard to know whether or not this use of technology is warranted, or just a sign of the times. Pros

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