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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom
I spend a great deal of time on the go. From working with all the schools in my district to traveling to far off lands to work with teachers, I sometimes feel like I am disconnected from my learning. And that bums me out! There are a few apps (and some sites too) that I rely upon to keep me updated with whats happening and to teach a me a thing or two as well. Here are a few of my favorites. Zite-A lot of folks reading this have probably heard of Zite.

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Middle School Math Blogs Twitter – Follow @jreulbach Check out the fabulous middle school math teachers below! These teachers believe in the #MTBoS gift culture community as promoted by Dan, Kate, Sam, Fawn, Megan and every other math teaching blogger that I follow. Brainfriendly learning methods, tools, environments and communities. How much can we actually teach students for exams without being exam-oriented? Wherever we go in professional development the reality of teaching to the test always crops up as something to avoid or get around somehow. Yet, we want our students to achieve high standards and we want them to have qualifications. For me, it’s a matter of teaching BEYOND the test. ********************************************************** Exposing them to real English before they ever see exam-type structures, whilst getting them used to such structures in fun, stress-free environments is a great way to raise competency well before exam deadlines loom ahead. This is a topic I wish to expand upon and develop through my blog in upcoming features.

Presenter - Prowise Prowise Presenter is screen-independent cloud software that you can access anywhere, such as at home or at work, and from every type of a notebook, tablet, PC or digital board. Matt Gomez Blog Toontastic App Is Now FREE Google has acquired one of my favorite storytelling apps and it is now FREE (was $9.99) If you don’t already own this app grab it and get those kids creating. Listed below are a few posts I have made previously about the app and you can read about the announcement here.

University of New Haven : Integrating Instructional Technology Into the Classroom Introduction Teaching and learning can be enhanced through the effective use of technology. This section opens with links to websites that provide teaching strategies, examples, and information for using technology in teaching all disciplines, followed by a link for courses in the sciences. Next, mega-sites on technology in teaching provide articles, research reports, teaching strategies, and examples of technology integrated into courses. The concluding sites focus more specifically on course development incorporating technology and the use of specific teaching strategies, such as active learning with technology, clickers, and the Internet. Specific Teaching and Learning Strategies Using Technology

Sylvia Guinan, Author at Official WizIQ Teach Blog in Teaching Online, Various A Teacher For All Seasons What is a teacher for all seasons? PS 151 New York City uses EasyTech with ELL students Gordon Graham has spent nearly two-thirds of his 14-year teaching career in New York City’s highly diverse PS 151 , a K-5 elementary school located in Woodside, a community in Queens. In that time he has seen his school’s diversity grow with the number of immigrant families from all over the world, and with that, a significant increase in range of student abilities. Woodside was once the American hub for newly arriving Irish immigrant families. Now the numbers of immigrants from dozens of other countries has grown, creating a school comprised of a rich mix of families from Greece, Russia, China, Japan, many Hispanic nations, as well as a large African American population. This provides the teaching staff with enormous challenges, not the least of which is that most students arrive with little or no English-speaking skills. For Graham, the school’s educational technology specialist, computers become the “universal language” for his classroom.

What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like: Inquiry Posted 05/12/2015 12:23PM | Last Commented 06/03/2015 4:10PM Continuing to follow up the post 10 Signs of a 21st Century Classroom… Incorporating inquiry into courses is one of the areas that I personally struggle with the most. Inquiry has many meanings, but I’m going to define it as a student directed, interest driven approach to new knowledge. It is a natural style of learning. When we were children, we found out that fire was hot by touching a stove, not by taking notes over the phenomenon.

SuperBetter: Show Me the Science! Looking for the research behind SuperBetter Chief Creative Officer Jane McGonigal’s SXSW, Games for Health, Games for Change, or TED Global talks? Good news: You’ve found it! Haven’t seen any of these talks yet? Technology Integration Ideas that Work Technology has become integrated in the classroom in so many ways, that we often don't even think about how we are using it. The Education World Tech Team offers lessons and activities to help educators make better use of technology tools for instruction, and to help students improve their technology skills within the context of the regular curriculum. Included: Integration activities that utilize the Web, PowerPoint, Excel, digital photography, SMART Boards, and more.

Larry Ferlazzo’s English Website There are many pages on my main website, and they have nearly 8,000 categorized links appropriate for English Language Learners. The best place to start exploring is the Main English Page. You can read an overview about each section of my website on the Teacher’s Page. This page also has many links specifically useful to teachers. You can also go directly to each page of my website: English For Beginners and Early Intermediate Using Digital Tools for Differentiation Direct Address to this Page: Anyone who has worked in education for any length of time knows just how important it is for teachers to create differentiated classrooms. If schools are truly working to ensure success for every student, learning experiences need to be customized and aligned to student interests, needs, and unique learning styles. The challenge, however, rests in making differentiation manageable. While few teachers doubt the importance of differentiating, many struggle to make customized learning spaces a reality. In this February 2012 Alaska Staff Development Network webinar, sixth grade classroom teacher, blogger and educational technology author Bill Ferriter will introduce participants to a range of digital tools that can be used to (1). provide structure for differentiated classrooms and (2). differentiate learning experiences by student interest.

Let’s not use 21st century technology with 19th century pedagogy Technology may be changing but classrooms and teaching methods are pretty much unchanged since this picture was taken (Creative Commons image) By Larry Magid In a talk at the National PTA Conference in Charlotte, NC, Thomas Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for Alliance for Education, reminded me of what’s been bothering me for years.

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