The 10 Most Asked Questions About Genius Hour and 20% Time Projects – A.J. JULIANI How do I get started? Lucky for you there is many teachers who have already jumped into Genius Hour and 20% Time Projects. Even luckier is that they have shared their experiences online, in books, in interviews, webinars, and in courses. I offer teachers a free four-part mini-course on Genius Hour and 20% Time (you can check it out there). I’m also teaching an online course this upcoming Fall Semester for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. If you want to see exactly how to get started, and then be walked through the process by me and other teachers taking the course, check it out here and pre-register before it is too late.
Technology and Interactive Notebooks – Teaching Without a Quill This is 100% inspired by Ditch the Book writer Matt Miller using sketch notes and incorporation of technology. Go check him out if you haven’t already. Now, on to what has worked in my room.. Student’s need to use both the PENCIL and the COMPUTER. A Handful of Ideas for Using Tellagami In School This is a guest post from Samantha Morra at EdTechTeacher.org Tellagami, a free iOS app that lets you create short animated movies called "Gamis," is one of my new favorite animation apps to explore. Although the site promotes the app as a way to send greetings and messages for use within social media, I see it as a great tool in the classroom.
Birds-of-Paradise Project: Events & Resources Ed Scholes (left) and Tim Laman at work in a New Guinea treetop. Photo by Tim Laman. Visit the Birds-of-Paradise Project Website Discussion Questions and Projects for Use With Any Film that is a Work of Fiction Note: In some of the questions we have used the term "major characters." Before asking the questions, have the class identify the major characters. In addition, these questions can also be limited to one or more characters. Characterization is delineated through: (1) the character's thoughts, words, speech patterns, and actions; (2) the narrator's description; and (3) the thoughts, words, and actions of other characters. tech-knowledge-y-rocks - 16 Edtech Tools to Check for Understanding Skip to main content Make the most out of any wiki by using our free sister product, Blendspace by TES, to create interactive lessons and presentations! guest Join | Help | Sign In tech-knowledge-y-rocks Home
Word Clouds Revisited! 35+ Activities, Web Tools & Apps – Teacher Reboot Camp “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” – Maya Angelo In November, I spent the month training teachers around Venezuela to integrate technology in the classroom. One of the most practical and favorite training sessions was introducing teachers and professors to teaching with word clouds. Many teachers around the world have yet to be introduced to the power of word clouds for vocabulary, reading, and writing instruction. Word clouds make integrating technology to learn cost-efficient and easy. Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence David, A. & Glore, P. (2010). The impact of design and aesthetics on usability, credibility, and learning in an online environment. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 13(4), DuCharme-Hanson, R. & Dupin-Bryant, P. (2005). Course planning for online adult learners.TechTrends, March/April, 49(2), p. 31-39. Ice, P., Curtis, R., Phillips, P, & Well, J. (2007).
Presentation Ideas Have you ever wanted to put multiple photos on one slide, or use really creative, design-heavy slides in your Haiku Decks? Maybe you’d like to build some flowcharts, use icons to illustrate your ideas, or apply interesting and colorful filters to your background photos. If any of the above sounds intriguing to you, read on — we’re about to show you how. What the flip? Exploring technologies to support a flipped classroom by @katessoper A flipped classroom is one where the lectures become the homework and the traditional homework tasks take place in the lesson time. This enables students to attend sessions with an understanding of the subject and to conceptualise and build upon it through doing exercises in class, with you, as the tutor, on hand to answer questions and explore the topic in more detail. This moves the tutor from the “sage on the stage, to the guide on the side” (King, 1993). This is a re-blog post by Kate Soper and published with kind permission.
Webster's Visual Dictionary A dictionary with a new point of view that catches the eye and enriches the mind. 20,000 terms with contextual definitions,developed by terminology experts; 6,000 full-color images of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life; One essential reference. The Visual Dictionary is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work. The Ultimate Guide To Using iPads In The Classroom How Students Benefit From Using Social Media 14.60K Views 0 Likes A lot of criticism has been leveled at social media and the effect it has on the way students process and retain information, as well as how distracting it can be. However, social media offers plenty of opportunities for learning and interactivity, and if you take a moment to think about it, it's not too hard to see how students benefit from using social media. 100 Web 2.0 Tools Every Teacher Should Know About 44.24K Views 0 Likes
Infograph/Poster Making – Teaching Without a Quill Have students make info graphics and posters quickly and easily using this wonderful website! Piktochart has pre-made backgrounds, fonts, and layouts that make designing an info graph on what you are teaching simple. Or, have students show what they know after a unit or a lesson by creating their own piktochart. Check the screencast below to get a brief introduction to how to use Piktochart. Also below are some of my students work using Piktochart infographs. Students in my class have used Piktochart to make an infograph on the Electoral College, an infograph on the differences between Federalism and Anti-Federalism, and a poster to join the Federalists!
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