50 really useful iPad 2 tips and tricks An absolute gem of an article by John Brandon and Graham Barlow from MacLife on 30th March over at TechRadar. This is going to become my iPad manual from here on in. Customised iPads for all Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting By Nik Peachey In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on podcasting, a downloadable lesson plan, a video screencast tutorial and a printable how-to guide. Using web-based audio for speaking and listening skills Although the term podcasting may be new to you, and the idea of using a computer to create digital audio for speaking and listening tasks for students may seem difficult, in fact it’s very easy – you can create podcasts in just a few minutes using a range of free websites and software.
10 Tools Every Teacher Should Master This Summer According to Common Sense Media, 95% of teachers agree that using technology increases student engagement and 92% of teachers want to add more technology to their classroom. We at Getting Smart are still basking in an ISTE afterglow… we’d like to share 10 great tools that we were introduced to there and the reasons they are so worth taking the time to master this summer. These are the tools that will transform your classroom in the fall because you will notice the definite threads that run throughout all these applications… real-time, collaborate and creative! From Blacksmiths to Blackboards elcome to a virtual village modelled after those found throughout Quebec's countryside during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At the end of the 19th century, thousands of villages dot the countryside of Quebec, principally along the St Lawrence River and in the Eastern Townships. Large or small, these villages have many of the same basic characteristics that are shown in this virtual village. The general storekeeper, the priest, the school teacher and the various craftsmen represented here provide essential goods and services that help bind their communities together.
25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy 25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom’s Taxonomy While critical thinking is a foundation rather than a brick, how you build that foundation depends on the learning process itself: exposing students to new thinking and promoting interaction with that thinking in a gradual release of responsibility approach. Question stems can be a powerful part of that process no matter where the learner is.
App Building Tools for Teachers and Students There are one or two tools that allow teachers or students to create apps for Mobile Devices - the first that I was aware of was probably Wix Mobile. Wix Mobile is based on HTML 5 and is designed to simplify the creation of mobile websites, Wix Mobile provides a set of templates specifically designed for optimal display and performance on smartphones and tablet devices. There is also iBuildApp. iBuildApp provides a simple and inexpensive way to build, test, track and update a native iPhone/Android, web app or even iPad apps that supports text, RSS feeds, images, audio, and video, and much more. You can create a free app for your school, department, college or friends within a very short timeframe. Appsbar is a robust yet easy-to-use app builder.
Unleash Your Genius with Mind Mapping Image via Wikipedia Mind mapping is a powerful and underutilized whole brain system to solve problems, make decisions, develop plans, accelerate learning and communicate effectively with others. It’s faster, more fun and covers more bases than traditional outlining methods. Mind mapping is widely acknowledged as being developed by British psychology author and brain researcher, Tony Buzan. His mind mapping contributions are an integrated approach, combining key words, visual images and symbols into a free-flowing “tree” emanating from a central idea, concept or subject area. 8 Lessons Learned on Differentiating Instruction My differentiation journey began in 2004 when my principal asked me to attend a weeklong summer conference on differentiated instruction. I was eager to please my principal so I quickly accepted her offer. I was also extremely curious about how I, one person, could possibly address the individual needs of 100 students. By the end of the conference, I was totally overwhelmed with information: flexible grouping, assessment, inventories, tiered lessons, Carol Ann Tomlinson. My real work, though, didn't begin until after the conference, when I was expected to start using the training I'd received.
Language Arts Games - Grammar, Punctuation, Capitalization, Vocabulary Sheppard Software's Language Arts page features a variety of games for different grade levels. Elementary students (and anyone who needs a refresher) can play the animated grammar and punctuation games, which review basic punctuation and grammar concepts. This section is continually being refined and expanded, so check back often! Middle school, high school, and adult learners can review their SAT and advanced vocabulary through the SAT Words and Vocabulary in Context games.
iSequence In an effort to incorporate the iPads into small group intervention stations for middle school math, I spent a few hours collaborating with Cheryl Mutz, an NEISD district Math Instructional Specialist, to create an apptivity to support the study of sequences in 8th Math. The intervention apptivity would be used in a small group setting (two students to an iPad) and the students would have 30-45 minutes to complete the task. iSequence: Terms and Rules Resources: I have included a iCardSort_Sequences_TaskCard (task card) and iCardSort_Sequences_Recording Sheet (recording sheet).
Text to mind map There are several programs that allow you to produce a mind map, concept map or network from some structured text. Click on the images to see full-sized versions. Text2mindmap 20 Amazing iPad Apps for Educators When one looks at how technology has changed education over the past decade, one can’t help but be blown away by the sheer number of iPad apps for educators that have absolutely flooded the electronic marketplace. There are so many iPad apps for teachers released every month that even the most plugged-in educator would have a difficult time processing and utilizing them all. Luckily, when teachers are looking to learn how to use iPads in the classroom, they need to look no further than TeachHUB magazine and TeachHUB.com -- an educator’s primary go-to resource when researching iPad apps for teachers and iPads in the classroom. Read on to learn about TeachHUB magazine and TeachHUB.com’s updated list of the hottest iPad apps for teachers and iPad apps for education, destined to forever alter your curriculum landscape, organized here by subject. Scroll down for an index of many of TeachHUB's helpful iPads in the classroom app reviews and more of the best usage of iPads in the classroom.