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The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Google Reader

The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Google Reader
Love it!? Hate it!? Doesn’t really matter what you think of the new Google Reader interface….. What does matter is they’ve changed some of the Google Reader functionality educators like to use. So here’s my essential guide for what educators now need to know about using Google Reader. Click on the following links to learn more: Intro to RSS and Google Reader One of the smartest things you can do is learn how to use RSS well if you plan to work online with your students. RSS isn’t dead, isn’t hard to learn and is an essential time saving tool for reading latest students’ work in one location quickly. RSS is an acronym which stands for Really Simple Syndication. In simple terms, RSS is a simple and effective way of keeping in touch when new information is added to a website without having to visit the website to check for new updates. The most common RSS reader used is Google Reader. How it works is you subscribe to your favorite website using the RSS feed in Google Reader. Please note : 1. 2. 3. Related:  robertpjames

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. The Top 10 Digital Learning Apps Teachers Can Actually Use (By a Teacher Who Actually Uses Them). 2012 has been an amazing year for my growth as a professional. The main catalyst of this growth was when I started engaging with like-minded educationalists around the world on Twitter in January of this year. In particular, I learnt about new methodologies like brain-based learning, flipping the classroom and a variety of technology-based teaching aids. The area I explored most fervently was the bewildering array of educational software and apps for learning. Keep in mind that these are applications I have actually used, and my analysis is based on my own experience in applying these in my own classroom context. Ready? 1. Edmodo is a safe and secure social networking platform for students, teachers and parents. But the best thing about Edmodo is the ability it gives you to create and award badges to students for doing great things. 2. I like Pinterest mainly for how effortlessly I can create of boards and add pins even on an iPad. 3. 4. 5. Goodwill Community Foundation. 1. 2. 3. 5. 6.

Lights, Camera . . . Engagement! Three Great Tools for Classroom Video How many times have you thought to yourself, "In what way can I spice up this unit and make it student-centered?" One great way is to let your students be creative using video. With all the tools and technology available, making videos is easier than ever for you and your students. Recently at the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference, Becky Ellis, Greg Kulowiec and I presented three different ways you can use video with your students in the classroom. Below is the slide show we used to introduce these tools: There are plenty of ideas and resources available through the links we shared. 1. Step A: Sign Up Animoto is an easy-to-use website where you and your students can create 30-second videos for free. Step B: Try It Yourself, Then Show Your Students The great thing about Animoto is that all you have to do is follow the easy steps they provide. Step C: Share with Your Classes Students really enjoyed watching and presenting their videos. 2. Shoot the video. Step A

Historypin | Home The Teacher's Corner - Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities - Nightly Picture Match Picture Match is designed to give new readers practice with identifying beginning-letter and short- and long-vowels sounds through a simple, fun game. Updated in 2008, the game features all letters of the alphabet. In the beginning-letter sounds section, a picture of an object (for example, a car) is displayed, and students are prompted to choose the letter that corresponds with the first letter of the word. In the short- and long-vowel sounds sections, students are prompted to choose the vowel that corresponds with the word. If students choose the correct match, they get words of encouragement and a new picture. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Gingerbread Phonics "Run, run, as fast as you can." Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson Phonic Generalizations in Chrysanthemum Students learn about word families by reading Kevin Henkes’s book Chrysanthemum, identifying words with certain vowel pair endings, and reading words with similar endings. ABC Match Word Wizard Puzzle Me Words

How Japanese Kids Learn To Multiply – Amazing, No Need to Learn Japanese Thank you to everyone who has shared this post! Before we discuss this great method of multiplying numbers, if you are after a great power point slide show to use in the classroom to improve times tables and multiplication skills then you will find this useful. If you enjoyed using the resource above then make sure to check out the games and tricks available to help develop, practice and learn times tables skills. I came across this method though a Japanese friend and it shows how Japanese pupils learn to multiply in maths lessons at a young age. The great thing is that you do not need to learn Japanese to master this method, all you need to do is to be able to draw and count lines and dots. You actually multiply without actually multiplying! The Japanese method has proven very popular from the retweets and the feedback I have received from fellow practitioners. How Japanese Kids Learn to Multiply Video Tutorial Five Examples of the Japanese Multiplication Method

Education Podcast Network 30+ Google+ Accounts and Communities to Follow More professionals are making use of Google+ accounts and communities for its ease of usage and integration with Google Apps. We also see Google is providing more services for education, including the Google Course Builder on which Google offers its Power Search MOOC courses.(new course will start in this week) OnlineUniversities.com had pulled together a recommendation list of Google+ accounts and communities around EdTech and education topics, you might find something useful for your interests. Udemy : Udemy represents education of the people, by the people, offering a community platform for building online courses. Ian O’Byrne : Ian O’Byrne teaches and researches educational technology. EdTech : This new group brings together education professionals, students, technologists, and more to discuss technology in education. Tyler Gayheart : Tyler Gayheart works at the University of Kentucky, finding ways to use modern technology to address age-old college issues.

400 FREE Writing Worksheets As ESL teachers, we’ve all had those students who do great on their grammar exams, speak up confidently in class, and are always first to raise their hands for activities - and yet, when it comes time for a writing assignment, they can barely squeeze out a few short sentences. This can be frustrating for the student and teacher alike - but it’s the symptom of a problem that’s well-known in every teaching community: Speaking and writing are two very different skills. As with any new skill, practice is key - but students who have trouble writing aren’t usually keen to take on even more writing practice. BusyTeacher.org is your number-one stop for exactly those kinds of assignments. The writing worksheets here on BusyTeacher.org will help familiarize your students with all the sub-skills involved in writing - from choosing a topic and constructing that first paragraph, all the way to writing movie reviews and short poems.

Abolitionist Speeches by African American Women The first thing that I would do is talk to students about the 19th-century voice and that the 19th-century voice is really quite different from the 20th-century voice and that it takes a while to get used to it. And then to move on from there and to say, okay, well what can I do with this unfamiliarity? And just to, you know, read the passages over to maybe look for the personal voice. You know, we all want to know "I the speaker," what makes this Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's speech as opposed to anybody else’s. But then to realize that part of the 19th-century voice is the omission of the eye, of the personal, and that Truth is in fact much more exceptional in that way than Harper. One thing that you can do, and this involves more primary research, you can go and look for other versions of the speech. So one can go and do kind of this kind of mined archives, find other speeches and do this kind of comparative work.

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