How to Connect With Other Teachers in the Social Age In the 2012 Primary Sources Survey conducted by Scholastic and The Gates Foundation, teacher respondents claimed to spend only about 4% of each day collaborating with colleagues, while 44% of teachers surveyed responded that they would like that collaboration time to increase. Traditionally, the teaching profession has been an isolating one—if you’re not spending every minute at school teaching classes, tutoring during your breaks, or covering someone else’s class, then you’re likely spending that time disciplining, administrating testing, or scrambling to the microwave to reheat leftovers during your 15-minute lunch break. In addition, as state and district mandates swing from one end of the pendulum to the other, teachers are so completely overwhelmed with trying to follow all of the rules that they are left with no time to develop themselves and their practices.
Multipurpose Monday: A Motley of iPad Bingo Cards I stumbled upon an iPad Bingo Card a few weeks ago in a discussion thread. If there was one… I assumed there had to be more… After a few minutes of Google searches, I had collected 8 of these little gems! 21 Things 4 iPads: iPad Bingo iPad Bingo Cards for Professional Development: In an effort at brevity with this post, I have curated all 8 into a new Pinterest Board entitled iPad Bingo. ETWION #AER Twitter Chat #AER Twitter chat will take place on the last day of the learning event Augmented eTwinning Reality, on MONDAY 13 October, from 8:00 -9:00 pm (check your time zone here). Who are the moderators and what is their role? The moderators of the #AER Twitter chat will be your LE hosts - @BartVerswijvel and @abfromz. Keep an eye on their tweets. The moderators will post questions during the #AER Twitter chat.
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Guided Reading in Google Apps for Education This week I am giving some guest bloggers the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences. This is a post from Trevor Krikst. The ability to link various documents within Google Apps makes it ideal for a digital Guided Reading program. Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator We all know that education budgets are getting cut more and more, and that meaningful professional-development opportunities have unfortunately become a bit of an oxymoron in education. Not only can being a "connected educator" help change that, but it can also provide you with ongoing inspiration and support. I'd even go as far to argue that being connected will be the most impactful thing you can do in your career. So with all of that said, I'd like to provide you with these ten tips on how you can get connected -- starting tomorrow. 1.
Login to your Symbaloo The Benefits Of More Symbaloo PRO for education: Share webmixes with students and colleagues and utilize customizable options that are not available on free accounts. A simple landing page on your domain can link to different webmixes categorized by subject, grade, school, or anything else you can think of! Your custom domain 4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model The days of talking at students are finally over. I recall many a college class filled to the brim with students feverishly taking down notes, as our professor talked at us. Sounds familiar?
dokuwiki DokuWiki is a simple to use and highly versatile Open Source wiki software that doesn't require a database. It is loved by users for its clean and readable syntax. The ease of maintenance, backup and integration makes it an administrator's favorite. Built in access controls and authentication connectors make DokuWiki especially useful in the enterprise context and the large number of plugins contributed by its vibrant community allow for a broad range of use cases beyond a traditional wiki. Get started: Why DokuWiki? 20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas. Google Apps is beginning to revolutionize education. With its highly collaborative, online/offline format — and its attractive price tag (free!) — many schools, businesses and other organizations are ditching their expensive, clunky software for this powerful suite of tools.
Don't Like Facebook? Alternative Social Networking Sites There are hundreds of social networks, including quite a few 10 million + member networks. Different countries and regions have their own popular social networks (Qzone and WeChat in China, Cyworld in South Korea, Mixi in Japan, etc.). In the Western world, there are several alternatives to Facebook: LinkedIn: A professional social networking site with approximately 347 million users worldwide. Good for maintaining professional contacts with colleagues, clients, and others, LinkedIn can also be used for finding jobs and recruiting employees. Twitter: While smaller and more narrow in focus, Twitter is hardly an also-ran.
Authentic Audiences “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The idea of “When I Grow Up” pervades our educational culture. Even in elementary school parent conferences, a child’s declaration to pursue a future profession is often one of the first things parents choose to share with teachers. Pricing Basic Limited Free