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Connecting dots for digital learning and teaching

Connecting dots for digital learning and teaching

Before You FB, Instagram, Text, Tweet or Blog: THINK as a reminder to stop and think before posting something on Twitter, FB, via text, or blogging. With the recent popularity of Instagram {which I big puffy heart love!} I decided it was time to update it! Before You Fb Txt Tw or Blog2 I also made them into a page of bookmarks so you can easily share them with your students! Zondle learning games Check out this video by the creator of Zondle... Zondle describes their app this way: "Zondle allows teachers to create or set questions that students can play in over 40 games". These games have been created with serious brain research in mind to create the maximum learning for the fun (you can actually read the research on their website if you are so inclined). In a nutshell, this is what I've been experiencing: The verbiage is British English so it sounds a bit weird in some places. It is primarily web-based but it does have android and iPad mobile versions with somewhat limited capability. The Fuzzball Fling (think Angry Birds) is my students' top choice of game. While they are described as appropriate from pre-K to Higher Education. There is an Edmodo Zondle-users group at this link and a Google form for suggesting changes. By far, my best experience with Zondle has been using the Team Play option. For the shear volume of choices, Zondle is in a category alone.

Inquiry-Based Learning - About Us Top 20 LiveBinders you should not Miss Digital bookmarking is a pivotal learning skill. It does not only allow you to organize your information into one single platform accessible from anywhere with an internet connection but can also help you in your professional growth. Web2.0 technologies have made it way easier for us to control and curate the content we come across online. I definitely believe that without the power of bookmarking we would never be able to manage the huge influx of information Internet provides. Allow us to collect, aggregate, curate and bookmark links to resources we want to read later onLet us share resources we have collected about a topic with colleagues and studentsHelp us gather and organize web contentLet us develop our personal learning networks Allow us to create a community for sharing resources in our school or work environmentHelp us grow professionally and expand our focused knowledge I am also recommending the following bookmarking tools for you :

iTeach Let’s Cut to the Common Core! Hi Friends! I’m just here very quickly to tell you about a new feature I’ll be starting on my blog called, Let’s Cut to the Common Core! I’m nowhere near being an expert on the Common Core; however, I WILL share any resources that I’ve found or made with all of you. All of the Common Core resources on my blog are linked to this button so that you can quickly find them. Today, I’m sharing some picture books I use to teach each first grade Common Core Reading Literature standard. I also provided you with Common Core graphic organizers that go with each standard, as well. For a detailed list of all of the picture books I shared above, click on the link below. What books do you use to teach the Common Core standards?

Techie Teacher Best Websites from FETC 2013 By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki The Florida Educational Technology Conference for 2013 was held this past week in Orlando, Florida. FETC is a leading K-12 education technology conference with an international reputation. Here are some of the best websites we learned about at FETC. You can find all of these listed together at: or at the individual URLs indicated below. Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Rubistar Rubistar is a free tool for creating rubrics. Shelly Terrell’s Bringing Your Textbook to Life! neoK12 This website offers free videos, lesson and games aimed at K-12 students. Carbon Like this: Like Loading...

Flipping with Kirch Technology Generating Work Flow in 1:1 iPad Classroom <img src=" class="headimg wp-post-image" alt="bmcldrev" title="" /> I’m finishing this first full quarter with the 1:1 iPad classroom but apps do not hold attention spans this time of year. With April, love springs to life in all of its awkward forms. <img src=" Tips, Tricks, Tools Archives | Always Prepped Blog Always Prepped Blog This was taken from an infographic found here. However, we included direct links to Amazon for you, if you’re interested in purchasing a book or two (or three, etc.). Below are the 51 best books for teachers: 1. The First Year Teacher’s Survivor Guide. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 101 Great Classroom Games: Easy Ways To Get Your Students Playing, Laughing, And Learning. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 99 Ways To Get Your Kids To Love Reading: And 100 Books They’ll Love. 38. 39.

Creative Class Starters | rajhill You’ve planned an exciting lesson for tomorrow! You’re ready! But there is just one thing. class. Story Starter Give the students a lead in line using your favorite song lyric or a scary story starter.Concentration Review Have the students partner up with a game of concentration. Like this: Like Loading... Teach2Connect | Learn. Teach. Connect. I am thrilled that for the first time in many years I will have the entire month of July off from school. When I’ve been asked “what are you doing this summer?” my response has been “read, sun, and pack. “We are moving a few miles away in August so that is why “pack” is an answer. So what shall I read? Professional Reads Mindset, Carol Dweck I started it months ago and put it down for Lean In, but I am fascinated about how this book can help us re-think how we perceive ourselves, others, and our ability to learn. Creating Innovators, Tony Wagner The children I teach are no the same as the children my teachers taught (aka, me). Now You See It, Cathy Davidson After hearing Dr. Reality is Broken, Jane McGonigal I am not a gamer. How Children Succeed, Paul Tough The “it” book from last fall, I’m excited to read the actual thing. Rewired, Larry Rosen The generation we teach is immersed in the digital world, for better or worse. Want some more ideas for professional reads? Non Fiction Unbroken Fiction

What's Happening? Ready to share some STEM Capers at this event! On an energy scavenger hunt! 7th graders work in teams to deepen their understanding of energy conversion. Knox Middle School 8th graders work as Disease Detectives solving outbreaks! Students compared a variety of water samples to determine the concentration of particles contained in each sample and how they might affect the quality of water. Partners collaborate as they determine the pH of their unknown water sample while deducing the types of organisms that might thrive in that environment. 8th graders at West Rowan Middle School hunt for macro-invertebrates during their water quality lab. Students are stronger when they collaborate and solve problems together. Problem solving can be challenging and fun! Second graders learned how to use several science tools during their investigation of matter. Mr. Faith Elementary's 2nd grade worked with temperature probes to better understand transfer of energy. A cool physical change on a hot day can be fun!