10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017 Virtual field trips let you take students all over the world to unique experiences they wouldn’t get otherwise. Here are 10 to check out. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com) Go where the bus can’t: 10 virtual field trip ideas The school bus can only take students so far. Use these 10 digital tools to take them anywhere in the world without leaving the classroom. (Flickr / woodleywonderworks) Field trips are complicated.
Trading Card Creator The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject.
Why Do We Need Technology Integration? Technology is a ubiquitous part of children's lives. It is transparent. Most homes have connected computers or Internet-enabled devices. As prices of technology drop, computers and digital devices may replace television as we know it. When pioneering educational technology advocate Jan Hawkins wrote an essay for Edutopia in 1997, "The World at Your Fingertips: Education Technology Opens Doors," about how technology brings the tools of empowerment into the hands and minds of those who use them, she couldn't have known her words would be even more relevant today. Now, walk into a classroom. Shape, Position and Movement, Maths, Key Stage 1 - Interactive Whiteboard Resources Symmetry MatchingTablet friendly Symmetry matching game involving mirroring pictures, shapes and patterns along lines of symmetry. Symmetry SortingTablet friendly Sort the pictures, shapes and letters into symmetrical and not symmetrical sets. Sort the ShapesFlash
4 Great YouTube Channels That Provide Intelligent Content for Students April 5, 2015 For today’s post, we have curated for you 4 interesting YouTube channels to recommend to your students.These popular educational channels feature educative videos ideal for inclusion in classroom instruction. Students can use them independently to expand their knowledge and push the limits of their intellectual curiosity. The content shared on these channels is adequately challenging for students and will definitely benefit their cognitive growth and raise their critical awareness to a wide range of topical subjects. 1- Crash Course
Tozzl - Create a Multifaceted Message Board Tozzl is a message board platform that I just learned about this afternoon when its lead developer emailed me. My initial thought was, "I don't know that the world needs another message board tool." But as I explored it a bit I changed my mind. Tozzl allows you to quickly create private, password-protected message boards as well as public boards. 17 Free Tools for Creating Screen Capture Images and Videos When you're trying to teach people how to do something new on their computers having screencast videos or annotated screen capture images can be invaluable to you and the people you're trying to help. Here are some free tools that you can use to create screen capture videos and images. Vessenger, producers of a group messaging system, offers a free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen. The free program, called Snaplr, is available for Windows and Mac.
Best of the Best: Top 100 Web Resources for Educators Best of the Best: Top 100 Web Resources for EducatorsAn Internet Hotlist on Educator Websites created by Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library OutreachJunior Library Guild The BIGGEST List of FREE HOMESCHOOL LAPBOOKS - Ever! Homeschool Lapbooks Lapbooking in our homeschool is a creative way to flesh out homeschool studies. Most importantly making lapbooks in our homeschool is just plain fun! I know that moms who are new to homeschooling with lapbooks have questions about how to get started with lapbooks. I’m always interested in where to find free homeschool lapbooks.
Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development For a while there, the word “MOOC” seemed to be on everyone’s tongue. For many educators who had reached their saturation points, MOOCs were the education world’s version of a song you heard every single time you turned on the radio and little by little grew to hate. In the background of all this oversaturation though, MOOCs have actually been embraced by a lot of great schools and professors. And the courses now available include a number of subjects aimed directly at teachers. 3 Reasons to Consider Taking a MOOC Using Voice Comments with Google Docs for End of the Year Projects by @CTuckerEnglish I had a “just in time” professional development moment thanks to Jennifer Roberts and her video titled “Docs Voice Comments.” I wanted to share it with other educators as I know many of us are planning end of the year projects, assignments, and written pieces.
Weekend Website #110: 89 Resources for Teachers I know summer just started. You’re relaxing, reading the stack of books that collected on your nightstand, planting the flowers you were supposed to take care of in April, but, well, teaching came first. Bookmark this page and when you’re ready to look at some teacherly resources, come back. The 8 Steps of A Great Digital Storytelling Process March , 2014 Integrating digital storytelling requires more than just knowledge of the web tools to use for creating and sharing digital stories, the process if much more important. Helping kids and students learn through the use of digital storytelling entails the implementation of a well-paced plan that clearly outlines both the objectives and expectations behind this integration. Samantha Morra (Google certified teacher) has this wonderful visual on the process of digital storytelling. This process comprises 8 steps :