20 Awesome Google+ Tips for Teachers Given the importance of Google Plus and its promising potential as an educational social networking website for educators and teachers, I am adding here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning another article for teachers to discover more about its hidden secrets. Just to put you in the picture, we have started a series of posts on the the topic Educational Social Networking. We have already published three parts namely : We are actually working on more parts to add to this series. Whether you have been using Google+ for long time or you have just started , the following tips will help you better maximise the potential of this social network both in your classroom and for your professional development. Each of the tips below are based on articles from a variety of online sources namely Mashable, Chronicle, Appsusergroups, Hackededucation, Geekestry, Theatrprof, and many more. 1- Use Hangouts for Teaching Hangouts is a great service offered for free by Google+. 5- Crossposting updates
Google Docs Introduces New Sidebar Research Tool Google has quietly released a new research tool which sits on the sidebar in Google Docs. The tool allows users to “learn more information about the topics in [their] document,” bringing research inside the authoring environment. As you can see in the screenshots below, the tool helps users find things like famous quotes to bolster their writings with new content. The different types of results include: “web results, images, quotations, maps, reviews, and more.” From Google: The Research tool will appear along the right-hand side of your document. It’s worth noting that the tool is quite similar to the Zemanta WordPress plugin, in that it allows users to easily search and add content to their posts without switching tabs. This new feature is showing up for us right now, but don’t fret if you can’t see it immediately — Google is known to roll things out slowly. Most importantly, this addition seems to echo Google’s efforts to integrate its products more seamlessly together.
- 30 Online Multimedia Resources for PBL and Flipped Classrooms by Michael Gorman 1 Comment May 28, 2012 By: Michael Gorman May 28 Written by: 5/28/2012 12:30 AM ShareThis Welcome to the another in a series of PBL Mania Posts here at Tech & Learning. In this PBL Mania Post I explore Online Multimedia Resources. WGBH Teacher Domain - Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. PBS Teachers – Launched within the last year, PBS Teachers is an awesome place for all kinds of educational multimedia. The Khan Academy – At Khan, students and teachers are encouraged to “Watch… Practice… Learn almost anything for free”. YouTube – Let’s not forget YouTube and its amazing searchable collection. Thinkfinity – This site is worth an entire write-up in itself and will provide a wealth of activities for PBL products. NeoK12 - Take a look and you will find a vast collection of resources and Web 2.o tools that might fit into any lesson. PicsForLearning - Not everything has to be video.
48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-12 school year, and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures. Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness. Happy summer! 1) Magic Tree House If your students like The Magic Tree House series (and let's be honest, who doesn't?) 2) Toporopa Can't afford that summer vacation schlepping around Europe? 3) ReadWriteThink Printing Press ReadWriteThink creates a lot of great educational resources. 4) Spell With Flickr Spell With Flickr is a simple site that allows you to enter any word, and will then create a photo representation of that word using pictures from Flickr. 5) Freeology 6) Tagxedo Tagxedo is a Wordle-esque site that allows students to create beautiful word clouds. 7) Learn Your Tables 8) Virtual Sistine Chapel 9) Cool Math
Rapid e-learning : Tout pour séduire XEnvoyer cet article par e-mail Rapid e-learning : Tout pour séduire XEnvoyer cet article par e-mailRapid e-learning : Tout pour séduire Vite fait, bien fait ? Permettant au formateur de produire rapidement des modules, et à l'apprenant de les assimiler dans des délais là aussi très courts, le rapid e-learning apparaît comme une solution idéale pour l'apprentissage de savoirs précis et circonstanciés. Deux idées ont présidé à l'apparition du rapid e-learning en 2002-2003. Mais très vite, le concept de rapid e-learning a recouvert une autre réalité. Un nouveau mode d'apprentissage qui s'inscrit dans un secteur florissant. Pour autant, le rapid e-learning n'est pas exempt de défauts. Aujourd'hui, les outils du rapid e-learning sont le plus souvent utilisés par des agences, à partir d'un cahier des charges précis. Le rapid e-learning concerne deux types de sujets, précise l'expert. Premier facteur, les outils en ligne sont faciles d'utilisation. Rapid e-learning ou serious game ?
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
With Its New Google+ iPhone App, Google Finally Gets It Right Some people just love Google+ and others just hate the company’s efforts to create a social network and a social layer across all of its services. Google itself seems to be pretty happy with the results it is getting from Google+ so far – or at least that’s what the company is saying publicly. No matter your overall feelings about Google+, though, Google’s new native Google+ app for iPhone is worth a look, especially because it’s hopefully just a first glimpse at what more of Google’s mobile apps will look like in the near future. So far, the Google+ mobile app was adequate but nothing to brag about for Google. For the most part, it worked (though it did crash at times) and gave you access to Google+’s most important features. The latest redesign, however, suddenly makes the app one of the more interesting social networking clients on the market today. Just compare the new Google+ app to something like Currents, Google’s once-hyped Flipboard competitor.
20 Must-See Facts About The 21st Century Classroom The Current State Of Technology In K-12 7.62K Views 0 Likes What is the next device most students will soon purchase? How many schools have a digital strategy? Find out in the current state of technology in K-12. 8 Great Sites for Reluctant Writers 8 Great Sites for Reluctant Writers 1. Storyjumper Storyjumper allows you to create online books using a plethora of characters, scenes, and props. Teachers can, for free, create classes to register students so they each have their own account. 2. ReadWriteThink creates a lot of great educational resources. 3. Kerpoof is an online story and comic-creator which allows students to create comic scenes and stories, as well as animated movies, cards, drawings, doodles, and pictures. 4. Story Starters is a fun activity to inspire students to write. 5. My Storymaker allows students to create a story book with fun characters and settings. 6. Part of the larger Scholastic site, Writing With Writers provides an excellent resource for writing. 7. Zoo Burst is a digital storytelling tool that allows you to create lively 3-d pop-up books with sounds and actual pop-up effects when you turn the page. 8. Like this: Like Loading...
Paintmap | Painting-sharing community, painting the world. How Google Drive just ate SkyDrive’s lunch Today’s debut of Google Drive is case-in-point why you never show your hand first. Yesterday Microsoft detailed plans for SkyDrive, aimed at giving Redmond a leg up in the competitive cloud storage space. Today’s Google Drive announcement blows SkyDrive out of the water. Even though Google Drive offers two less gigabytes of space (5GB versus 7GB for SkyDrive), the tie-ins with other Google services are the difference. For example, Google takes Google Docs and incorporates it into Google Drive. Google Drive also offers drag-and-drop integration for both the Windows and OS X, and mobile access through individual apps for iOS (once the app is available) and Android, just like SkyDrive. Google makes everything that you upload into Drive searchable. The only place Microsoft bests Google Drive is on extra storage. Not to be outdone, Google offers additional capacity upgrades of 200GB to 16TB, ranging in price from $9.99 to $799.99 per month. Bottom line?
8 Crucial Resources For Flipped Classrooms Have you “flipped” yet? My colleagues have this week; it’s PSSA week in Pennsylvania (PSSAs are standardized tests.). That’s not the flipped I meant, however. YouTube This might be the most popular tool teachers have used for flipped instruction. You don’t have to establish a class list to allow for student discussion. Other services, such as those that approximate a LMS, require a lot of preparation before a teacher can use it. You can edit the video online (somewhat). Evernote Tutorial as a Cartoon Trim and stabilize Swap audio tracks Change the look of the video (for instance, make it look like a cartoon) Add annotations Add captions Download the new version of the video for offline use It’s easy to share with colleagues, friends, and professional development organizations. I would assume that teachers might want to share their videos with other teachers or use them when they present at professional development conferences. Edmodo, Moodle, and Schoology Edmodo Schoology iPad Apps
62 1st grade websites These are my 62 favorite first grade websites. I sprinkle them in throughout the year, adding several each week to the class internet start page, deleting others. I make sure I have 3-4 each week that integrate with classroom lesson plans, 3-4 that deal with technology skills and a few that simply excite students about tech in education. Here’s the list: Do you have any to add? To sign up for Weekend Websites delivered to your email, click Weekend Websites here and leave your email. Follow me Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. Like this: Like Loading...
Google Drive and Dropbox Cloud Storage Services Compared Can new kid on the block, Google Drive, take on Dropbox, the current king of file syncing? Check out our Google Drive vs. Dropbox comparison to find out how the services compare. Google finally launch their much-anticipated Google Drive cloud storage service, which holds up to 5GB of data for free and adds extra storage to your Gmail account. Let me show you whether the new cloud storage service can compete with the more traditional cloud storage and sync service Dropbox in a feature-for-feature competition. We’ll look at storage, price, features, apps, and third-party support. Storage and Price Both Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free account, Google with 5GB and Dropbox offering only 2GB. Google Drive will work with multiple devices The monthly cost for upgraded Google Drive accounts ranges from $2.49/month to nearly $800/month. 5GB – Free25GB – $2.49100GB – $4.99200GB – $9.99400GB – $19.991TB – $49.992TB – $99.994TB – $199.998TB – $399.9916TB – $799.99 Winner: Google Drive Features Apps