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99 Mind Mapping Resources, Tools, and Tips So, there you are staring at that black sheet of paper again. Or perhaps it's a black Word document on your computer screen. Whichever it may be, it's obvious you're about to take notes for that big essay assignment or group project, and you're not too excited about getting started! That's where a different kind of note taking comes in to play, one that is actually fun to do and will also help you to understand your notes better. It's a technique called mind mapping, and is based around a strong visual method of taking notes.

16 Classroom Tools Teachers should Know about Integrating technology into our classrooms is a must in todays education. Our students are digitally focused and unless we speak digital with them our communication will be a complete fiasco. I know some of you are new to the concept of digitising a classroom and others are well experienced and have already been using some technology with their students, be it a beginner or advanced user , the following tools are of great help and , if you are not going to use all of them now, you should at least know about them. 1- Engrade It is the number one online gradebook in class management system with more than 2,410,506 members . Engrade is completely free and is a great way to post class information for students and parents .

9 Amazing Word Cloud Generators For The Classroom …Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 3 Welcome to a series of posts devoted to the use of Word Clouds. I know you will find new information… whether you are a seasoned user of word clouds, or brand new. I am certain you will enjoy reading about these nine amazing Word Cloud Generators. In the last two posts you already discovered 12 Tips in Using Wordle and 108 ways for educators to use word clouds in the classroom. There will still be more in this series including: An Amazing Word Cloud Generator That Is Not Wordle… Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 4Beyond word clouds… cool sites and applications to integrate word clouds… Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 5

Rubrics for Teachers - Assessment A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, cooperative learning, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects. Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics Wiki Rubric Criteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions. Blog Rubric Assess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs. Twitter Rubric Assess learning during social networking instructional assignments.

5 Free Online Tools to Create Your Own Infographics Infographics and data visualizations have become incredibly popular ways to impart information while keeping your audience engaged. As a result, a slew of user-friendly, free online applications have been created which enable users to create their own information graphics. Here are five such tools that I think are particularly valuable: Wordle - Create beautiful and fully customizable word clouds with this free tool. 11 Free Mind Mapping Applications & Web Services Mind mapping is a way of taking notes, capturing ideas, exploring concepts and breaking down information into a more readily understood format. It’s a place where visual representations and written representations of things merge to create something that is more natural to the mind; it works with and represents the way we think, where as paragraph-based text is not representative of the thought process at all. There are a million and one uses for mind mapping.

10 Great Free Google Forms Every Teacher Should Be Using Today's post is about a great work that has been done by our colleague Tom Barret. He has created awesome example forms for different topics. He has also made all these forms available for us to download and use with our students. To download any of the forms below, make sure to visit Tom's original post. 1- Get to Know your Class InfoGraphic Designs: Overview, Examples and Best Practices Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. They are also used extensively as tools by computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians to ease the process of developing and communicating conceptual information. They can present a rich amount of information without intimidating you.

National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore Introduction The National Institute of Education, Singapore is one of the leading teacher preparation institutions in the world, and has been an integral part of Singapore's education system since it was first established as the Teachers’ Training College in 1950. NIE provides pre-service teacher education, provides ongoing professional development to existing teachers and school leaders, and conducts extensive educational research that loops back into our continual programme review and enhancement process.

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