Media and Technology Resources for Educators February 27, 2014 We are thrilled to announce the release of our entire Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum as a set of eight interactive, multimedia iBooks Textbooks, available for free in the iBooks Store... read more March 31, 2014 Imagine … a school district that is teaching Digital Literacy and Citizenship lessons to 28,000 K-12 students, with 1,800 trained teachers. Categories:
Archived Events-RED Events Implementation Webinar 10 TITLE: Financial Implications & Impact of Technology-transformed Schools DATE: June 12, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 9 TITLE: Transformational School Leadership for the Digital Age DATE: May 15, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 8 TITLE: Teaching and Learning in the 1:1 Environment DATE: April 17, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 7 TITLE: Standards and Curriculum DATE: March 13, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 6 TITLE: Device Selection for 1:1 DATE: February 13, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 5 TITLE: Creating the Appropriate Infrastructure for 1:1
ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons! New Tool Helps Teachers Find the Best Tech Summer's here, which means it's time for holidays, beach days, cookouts, and camp. But for many of the country's dedicated teachers, it's also time to start planning for the next school year. This week, thousands of teachers and administrators are in San Antonio, TX for the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. We're taking this opportunity to announce our new online resource for all K-12 teachers called Graphite. We're really excited about Graphite and the support it gives teachers to discover, use, and share the best tools for learning.
Coggle - A Simple Mind-Mapping Tool Last week I shared a presentation about mind maps, timelines, and collaborative brainstorming. Shortly after sharing that presentation I learned about Coggle. Coggle is a new, collaborative mind-mapping service that is very easy to use. To create a Coggle mind map just sign-in with your Google account and click the "+" icon to start your mind map. After entering the main idea of your mind map you can add branches by clicking the "+" icons that appear next to everything you type. To re-arrange elements just click on them and drag them around your screen. Coggle is a collaborative tool. Applications for Education The problem with some mind-mapping tools is that while robust in features they don't have intuitive interfaces which in turn causes students to struggle with the process and lose the flow of the brainstorming process.
The 7 Characteristics of Teachers Who Use Technology Effectively I just came across this awesome graphic shared by our colleagues in teachthought and I found it really interesting. The graphic features 7 habits of the highly effective teachers using technology. Even though the habits mentioned are generic , they still reflect part of the digital behavior teacher should embrace when using technology in their class. What is really interesting in this graphic is that all of these 7 habits are also the same features we find in people with " growth mindset ". If you still remember the comparison we have made between growth and fixed mindsets and we said that teachers with the growth mindset are more open to embrace change, take risks, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as the path for mastery , and find lessons and inspiration in the success of others. Without any further ado, I ll let you go through these 7 habits and don't forget to let us know what you think of them. Priginal source of the graphic is always prepped
Web 2 Tools by Task Avators: Build your Wild Self - create a self portrait and learn about the animal parts incorporated into your avatar. Mikons - where people communicate through visual symbols, logos, icons, or avatars to tell a story Voki.com is a web application that produces animated characters to which you can add your voice (or anybody else’s). Blogging / Bookmarking Tools: 43Things - share your list of 43 life goals/priorities Corkboard - create an online corkboard to collect images, text, video or even music Delicious is a social book-marking site which allows you to access your book-marks from any computer. Diigo allows you to access and share your bookmarks from anywhere. Digg - social bookmarking Ecto - blog management tool which allows for features driven offline blog prep Edmodo is a micro-blogging service (like Twitter) for teachers and students. Edutopia - Empowering and connecting teachers, administrators, and parents with innovative solutions and resources to better education. Comic and Animation:
Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days School is just about to start, or has already started, and you have been armed with iPads for this year. Whether your students will be 1:1 or you have access to a handful of shared devices, the expectation now exists that these tools will be put to good use. So now what? How do you get started? What can you do in the first five days of school to get going on the right foot? 1. Students will be excited about using iPads from the beginning. Shaelynn Farnsworth (@shfarnsworth), a high school English teacher from Iowa, provides her students with a set of expectations on the first day of school. Third grade teacher Suzy Brooks (@SimplySuzy) writes: I am committed to teaching students the value of these expensive tools, and how important it is to take care of them. To provide her elementary students with a concrete representation of responsibility, she created iPaddling licenses last year. How do we represent ourselves online? 2. 3. Teacher Activities Student Activities 4. 5. All about Gage
The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. Advice to New Technology Coaches Many schools will be receiving new technology in a few weeks, and they'll need a plan for supporting and coaching teachers through the process of using this new technology effectively in their classrooms. This week I received an email from a friend and fellow educator who was seeking ideas for a new technology coach position at her school this fall. Here are three pieces of advice I gave her. 1. Define the Coach's Schedule It is really difficult trying to coach teachers in between periods, on your prep time, or before or after school. 2. A technology coach is not there to come in and say, "We're all doing this now, so listen carefully." 3. Before everyone goes and downloads a million apps or gets too excited about bright and shiny technology, it's important that teachers really think about whether bringing that app into the classroom will enhance or transform the learning. Those three suggestions to my friend aren't the only sources of advice.
Home of free rubric tools Welcome to iRubric iRubric is a comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool. Designed from the ground up, iRubric supports a variety of applications in an easy-to-use package. Best of all, iRubric is free to individual faculty and students. iRubric School-Edition empowers schools with an easy-to-use system for monitoring student learning outcomes and aligning with standards. Click. Finally, spend more time teaching and less time grading. Build, Assess, Share, Collaborate. "Use rubrics like never before." It's Free. I just click on the box under each one of these,... and it does all the math for me. "Free? Individual educators and students can use iRubric and a hundreds of other free RCampus features at no charge. iRubric Enterprise Edition "Monitor student learning outcomes the efficient way." The iRubric Enterprise Edition empowers schools to take their assessments monitoring to the next level. We provide flexible licensing and hosting plans that meet your needs.
Coming to a school near you: Google launches Android app store for education Google already reaches millions of students through its Apps for Education classroom tools but, at its annual developer conference Wednesday, the tech giant said it’s making an even bigger push with Android. Starting this fall, it plans to offer teachers across the country an education-focused Android app store, called Google Play for Education, which has been in pilot testing with various schools. “There’s a big part of all of our lives – and the lives of our kids – that mobile technology hasn’t touched. When I visit my kids’ classroom, it looks pretty much like it did when I went to school,” said Chris Yerga, an engineering director at Google. “Google Play for Education was built from the ground up to meet the unique content needs of educators.” Through the new store, teachers will be able to search for educator-recommended apps appropriate for their grades and subjects. Ahead of the launch this fall, Google said it would start accepting app submissions from developers this summer.
Using technology to enrich kindergarten conversations SmartBlogs One of the most wonderful things about working with 5- and 6-year-olds is their ability to talk and communicate how they feel, their opinion, their ideas and what they understand. They have an amazing ability and willingness to communicate. The communication is spontaneous, contagious, fun and so important as we begin to learn together. Their language is encouraged, enriched and enhanced through authentic opportunities to engage. When thinking about communication I am also thinking about the importance of having many opportunities for my students to have conversations inside and outside of the classroom. I am also thinking about the tools we have available to broaden and deepen our audience and getting exposure to the idea of perspective and the role it plays when sharing ideas and opinions. Conversations are ongoing, interactive; they reflect what you understand and are thinking as well as what you might be curious about. Twitter Google Hangout Padlet How does this happen?