How Does #Edchat Connect Educators August 7, 2012 by tomwhitby For educators who have been connected since the early days of social media, it is difficult to understand the reason people would ask, “What is #Edchat?” We must remember that many educators using social media for professional reasons have joined only recently. The idea of using social media for professional reasons is a relatively new concept. One would hope that it is having a positive effect because the Department of Education declared August Connected Educators Month. #Edchat began on Twitter three years ago. The popularity of Twitter for many is a result of its simplicity: Tweets are limited to 140 characters, so the writer isn’t required to say much. Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell), Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) and I (@tomwhitby) created such a chat to focus on topics for educators. The power of the hashtag was still developing in those days. There are about 70 education chats working for specific focuses. Like this: Like Loading...
15 Great Google tutorials for Teachers Google has made several inroads into education. Over the last couple of years, Google has been providing services , most of which are free, to educators and Google in Education is a living example. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning deeply senses the huge potential of Google for teachers and hence has been posting tutorials and guides on the effective use of this service in education. The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students, and The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools for Teachers are but some of the prominent posts we have shared with our readers before. Today we are adding another resource which contains video tutorials about some of the important Google services that teachers can use in their daily endeavour. These video tutorials cover the following topics : The first four tutorials are articles and the rest are videos.
Free Preschool Concept Worksheets. Welcome to tlsbooks.com. On this page you will find lots of worksheets to help introduce different concepts such as up and down, happy and sad, ordinal numbers, and much more. Teachers and parents have found these worksheets to be very useful and kids think they're fun! In order to view and print these preschool worksheets you will need to have Adobe Reader version 6 or later. You may print our worksheets for your own personal, non-commercial use only. Feelings / Opposites Happy and Sad Stars - Identify and count the happy and sad stars on this cute worksheet. Opposites / Size Big and Small Worksheets 3 and 4 - Students will practice pencil control and follow directions. More / Less Sea Creatures More or Less Worksheet - Color the group of sea creatures in each box that has more. Same / Different The Different Shape - Color the shape that is different. Ordinal Six Birds - This worksheet incororates first and last, ordinal numbers, position, and colors. Position / Size Did you know that . . .
80+ Google Forms for the Classroom Google Forms is a great tool and I hope to use it more throughout this year. Take a look here for a more detailed introduction and guide to using and creating a Google Form – this was written prior to Google bringing forms into the NEW menu. I have created example forms for each of the different topics, follow the links in each of the ten sections. With help from a Googler I have included a link so that you can get your own copy of the form – click on the appropriate link and it should open in your docs home. 1 ) Get to know your class Use this form to gather some indication from your new class about their likes and dislikes, their favourite lessons or after school clubs they enjoy. 2 ) Emotion graph An emotion graph is a simple line graph comparing a range of happiness to sadness against different points (time) in a story or film. 3 ) Spelling test 4 ) Comprehension questions 5 ) Weekly reading record 6 ) Maths data handling 7 ) Guided reading record 8 ) Prior learning assessment Tom Barrett
Google Drive and Docs for Teachers 2012 How to Create a Learning Culture in Organizations Several excellent blog posts have recently come to my attention that, when combined, provide a how-to for creating a learning culture in organizations. One of these posts appears in Jane Hart’s blog, Learning in the Social Workplace. Structured learning experiences (e.g., training) and informal learning experiences (e.g., communities of practice)Helping workers learn continuously on the jobPeer-to-peer learning that is “lite on content and rich in interaction”An integral part of everything that is done in the organization, supported by technology and social networksManaged by learning professionals who facilitate both formal and informal learning experiences Hart writes further that learning professionals should, therefore, take on a new role, that of “Enterprise Learning Community Managers.” Quayle offers some specific ideas for sustaining learning and change, such as: Do your homework on your employees. Jarche observes that learning organizations have these three characteristics:
Getting Started Guide - Blogger Help Blogger Getting Started Guide How to publish a blog post How to create and edit pages Manage comments on your blog Import and export your blog Welcome to Blogger! To start using Blogger, simply sign in with your Google Account. Create a blog To start a blog with Blogger, visit the Blogger homepage, enter your username and password, and click Sign in. Pick an address (URL) and a blog title. Back to top Dashboard Your Dashboard, as always, is your starting point. Writing a new post: Just click on the orange Pencil icon on your Dashboard to access the Post Editor. Note that the Earnings tab will only show if AdSense supports your language. Overview On the Overview tab, you can see your blog’s activity, news and tips from the Blogger team, and recent Blogs of Note. Write your post Once you've signed in to Blogger, you'll see your dashboard with your list of blogs. Click the orange pencil icon to write a new post, and enter anything you want to share with the world. Add an image Add a video Customize
Love Language: The 5 Love Languages of Children iMOM » Tweens » Relationships » Child » Love Language: The 5 Love Languages of Children Storybooks and television tell our children that love is a mushy, wonderful thing that’s all butterflies and romance and rainbows. But as adults, we know that loving others—whether a spouse, a family member, a friend or simply your neighbor—is more often an exercise in self-sacrifice and putting others first. Dr. 1. For children who understand this love language, physical touch will communicate love more deeply than will the words, "I love you," or giving a present, fixing a bicycle, or spending time with them. 2. 3. If quality time is your child's primary love language, you can be sure of this: Without a sufficient supply of quality time and focused attention, your child will experience a gnawing uneasiness that his parents do not really love him. 4. Most children respond positively to gifts, but for some, receiving gifts is their primary love language. 5. End your day: Talking with your child...
Ways to use QR Codes in the Elementary Classroom and Using Google Docs to Create Them “Traditional thinking is all about ‘what is’. Future thinking will also need to be about what ‘can be’” By Edward de Bono Quick Response codes also known as QR codes are similar to barcodes. When you scan QR codes using apps such as i-nigma or scan with your smartphone, ipad and computer (if you have a web camera) it links information to you. The information can be text, videos or websites etc. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. To start putting some of these great ideas into practice in your classroom, you can use QR creators such as Kaywa, QRStuff if you just want to create one QR code but I like using Google docs when creating multiple QR codes quickly. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. =image(ʺ 7. 8. 9. I would love to here how you have used QR codes in the classroom! Like this: Like Loading...
10 ways to eliminate the distractions around YouTube videos Posted by admin | Posted in Character Education, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, video | Posted on 13-06-2012 Tags: classroom, clea.nr, clean video search, distractions, dragontape, education, kick youtube, learning, movavi, safeshare tv, saveyoutube, videos, viewpure, youtube, youtube for schools, youtubexl, zamzar What it is: YouTube is a truly wonderful learning resource. What isn’t so great: all of the garbage that can come along with it (i.e. advertising, comments, related videos…in short-distractions). YouTube for Schools- This is a YouTube that has been created just for schools. How to integrate less distracting YouTube videos into the classroom: This one is really a no brainer: want to use YouTube? I find that students head to YouTube (even before Google) when they want to learn something new. Tips: Always try these tools out at school BEFORE using with students.
Listening strategies: Active listening | Hacking Chinese - 揭密中文 In previous articles we have already looked at two kinds of passive listening (the first article was about background listening , the second about passive listening in general ). Now, the time has come to look at active listening, which is what I think at least traditionally is what people mean when they say that they’re practising listening ability. Active listening simply means that you actively engage all your faculties to try to understand and process the language you hear. In this article, I will do two things. If you want to skip the discussion about active listening and dive straight into some real exercises, click here to scroll down . This article is part of a series of articles focusing on listening ability, please read the introduction here . Image source: sxc.hu/profile/amiroff Introduction Problem analysis Background listening Passive listening Active listening (this article) Listening speed Deliberate practice and i+2 Diversify your listening practice </b>*} That isn’t the case.