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12 Tech Tools That Will Transform The Way You Teach!

12 Tech Tools That Will Transform The Way You Teach!
In a Simple K12 blog post titled “17 Signs Your Classroom is Behind the Times” they provide a list of things that characterize a classroom that has fallen behind. Number 16 lists a variety of technology tools that every educator should know about. As I read the list, I realized that although many teachers are interested in and excited about technology integration, they are too busy to explore all the new technology tools available online. This blog post is dedicated to all of the overworked teachers who just don’t have the time to seek out this information. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. [Note: StoryJumper is another online digital storybook maker worth checking out!] 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

25 Best Websites for Teachers 1. Best for Young Readers: The Stacks At The Stacks, students can post book reviews, get reading recommendations, play games based on the latest series, watch "Meet the Author" videos, and more. It's like Facebook for reading and it's safe for school, too. 2. Use Scholastic's Book Wizard to level your classroom library, find resources for the books you teach, and create reading lists with the click of a button. 3. With hundreds of lessons for every grade level, you're guaranteed to find a colorful idea for your class, such as the "Chinese Dragon Drum" for Chinese New Year or the "What Do You Love?" 4. Establish a morning routine with Scholastic's Daily Starters — fun, fast math and language arts prompts and questions, including Teachable Moments from history and Fun Facts, such as "Before erasers, people used a piece of bread!" 5. 6. Add the beginner's version of the Wordsmyth widget to your toolbar, and students can look up new vocabulary no matter where they are online. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Learn Scratch with Super Scratch Programming Adventure Super Scratch Programming Adventure. Update: There is a new version of this book, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! , to go with the updated version of Scratch. We downloaded Scratch for free a couple of weeks ago to let kids have something fun and easy to start learning programming. Scratch is a beginner computer programming software that has a drag and drop interface, and gives fast results without any prior knowledge. The description from the Scratch website is: “Scratch is a programming language learning environment enabling beginners to get results without having to learn syntactically correct writing first. I ordered Super Scratch Programming Adventure! from Amazon, based on its fantastic reviews, to add an element of structure to their learning. IrishWrath, with his companion Titan. IrishWrath, age 13, is not really into programming, but I think it’s important to have a basic understanding of code so I’ve put coding as one of his subjects this term. “It’s a comic, enough said.”

Realm of Racket Realm of Racket The people at no starch press were kind enough to give us a review copy of Realm of Racket: Learn to Program, One Game at a Time! This is a coding book presented in coding style with plenty of recursion. It’s written as if the reader were a computer compiling and running the content. The style begins on the title page with the author listing in a list, complete with parenthesis and follows through with side notes scattered throughout the book in the style of Racket comment syntax. #| Just like this one …they even throw in a different font to nerd up the text just that little bit extra |# There are eleven authors credited in Realm of Racket, which you would expect to result in a mishmash of styles and opinionated banter. In the author Matthias Felleisen’s own words “The author team really consists of eight students and two ‘old’ people: David Van Horn and myself. As with the Land of Lisp the content is presented in the form of games.

Python for Kids: Teach your Kids to Code in Python. Python for Kids: Teach your Kids to Code in Python. IrishCyborg has really gotten into programming. He likes to play with Scratch, having learned a lot from Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program By Making Cool Games (Review). , but it was basically a repeat of Super Scratch Programming Adventure and a lot less fun. and Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming. When Python for Kids came IrishCyborg dived in. Python for Kids is broken into three parts. Learning To Program. Most chapters ends with some colourful puzzles that logically build on one another, to re-enforce your child’s understanding. Jason, the author, has a great sense of humor, and writes in an easily accessible style to a child, yet still interesting enough for an adult to read. Rocket © IrishCyborg Here is what IrishCyborg(11) said about Python for Kids, I loved the “quirky” and full colour illustrations. I am delighted with Python for Kids, another No Starch Press book that hits the mark.

Engaging reluctant boys to write through the local schools football league For over 4 years I have been the league secretary for the Urmston and District Primary School Football league. Since taking over the role, I have restructured the league so that 13 local schools complete all their fixtures which has seen a massive increase in participation and seen more children and schools playing football. The way the league now works is that a host school welcomes two other schools and plays 3 games of 20 minutes. As the league has been successfully running in this way for 3 seasons, I wanted to try and use it to inspire more of the reluctant boy writers to become more motivated to write. On our school blog, I have included a page for the league which includes an updated league table. Each week, I give a child from my school team the responsibility of writing a match report on the games. It has truly been an inspiring approach and through the use of Twitter some children have had feedback from some of the best football journalists in the world.

50 Impressive iPad Apps to Fuel Lifelong Learners | TeacherTime123 From Long after degrees have been conferred and careers have been launched, many folks just can’t seem to quit school. For them, life provides an overstuffed cornucopia of educational opportunities that don’t necessarily require hefty loans and navigating different professorial strategies. Those with a lust for learning who happen to also enjoy testing the limits of what the iPad offers definitely don’t have to worry about finding resources to pique their fancy. History and Geography Language, Reading, and Writing British Library: Treasures HD:Access some of the world’s rarest and most influential manuscripts from anywhere thanks to the British Library’s seriously cool high-def app collecting some of its most memorable holdings.iTranslate:Lifelong learners who want to pick up a second, third, or fourth language will get quite a bit of use out of this handy app helping them with their vocabulary in more than 50 tongues! Open Source and General Learning Reference

Bloomin' Apps This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place.Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Android, Google and online tools and applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite online tool, iOS, or Android app with others. Cogs of the Cognitive Processes I began to think about the triangular shape of Bloom's Taxonomy and realized I thought of it a bit differently.Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes in and out of the each level as they acquire new content and turn it into knowledge, I created a different type of image that showcased my thoughts about Bloom's more meaningfully.Here is my visual which showcases the interlocking nature of the cognitive processes or, simply, the "Cogs of the Cognitive Processes". IPAD APPS TO SUPPORT BLOOM'S REVISED TAXONOMYassembled by Kathy Schrock​ Bloom's and SAMR: My thoughts

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