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 . . .
Educational Technology Guy: 52 Google Docs Secrets for Students Google Docs is one of my favorite resources for myself, other teachers, and students. I use it constantly and when I share it with other teachers, friends, or my students, they are usually impressed and start using it too. There are tons of features and functions in Google Docs that make using it extremely useful and effective as an educational tool. The fact that it's free, online, and collaborative make it great for students. The folks over at OnlineColleges have come up with a list of 52 Great Google Docs Secrets for Students. If you use Google Docs, or are planning on using them, this is a great list of resources and tips. Related: Google for Educators Resources - tips, using in education, resources, training, apps, and much more. my other favorite resource: Evernote for Education - resources, tips, ideas and more Presentation on Google for Educators Why I use Google's Products as an Educator (and how) Google for Educators- Resources for using Google in School:
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...
Las mejores aplicaciones Android vuelta... Seguimos con nuestro especial vuelta al cole con aplicaciones para sacarle provecho a nuestro Android. En los últimos días hemos visto traductores de idiomas, herramientas para gestionar nuestros horarios y suites de ofimáticas para tomar apuntes y llevar siempre a mano de documentos. En esta entrega hablaremos de los lectores de ebooks. Aunque las pantallas de los smartphones y tablets no son las mejores para leer tampoco son malas y para utilizar a ratos es una buena opción. Por ello os traemos una recopilación con los mejores lectores de ebooks para Android. GO Book Los que conocéis un poco el mundillo de Android sabéis que Go Dev Team tiene bastante experiencia desarrollando aplicaciones de todo tipo y hace poco se animo con un lector de ebooks . La única pega de esta aplicación es su escasa compatibilidad. En el Android Market | GO Book Moon+ Reader Hablemos ahora de una aplicación ya clásica para Android: Moon+ Reader. En el Android Market | Moon + Reader Aldiko Book Reader FBReader
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.
Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas Since attending the Google Teacher Academy in April, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about each Google application. The result? I am realizing how little I actually knew about these tools and how tragically I was underutilizing them! So, in this blog want to share some information on basic functionality as well as fun ideas for using Google Docs (now Google Drive for some of us) with students. Back to Basics Let’s start with a definition, Google Docs “is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files — all online, and all for free.” Types of Docs: Documents Documents are a free online word processor. Click here to check out “Google Docs in the Classroom” a resource created by CUE and WestEd for Google. Forms “Collect RSVPs, run a survey, or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Use forms to: – Collect student data & get to know them better