70+ ways to start using ICT and multimedia in the classroom Five Questions For The (Technology) Leader As I am have been transitioning into a Technology Leadership role I have been thinking a lot about how to lead and drive real change in an environment where the pressures are clear. Technology is often seen as another thing. "I don't have time to worry about technology. I have to get my kids ready for the test," is something we hear all the time. So, each day I ask myself 5 questions that help me focus my vision and goals for what I am trying to do. 1) Where are we, as an organization going? 2) What are we doing to carry out our mission? 3) What are we doing to make learning better for kids? 4) What connections can we make today? 5) What am I going to do to be better for kids? Everyday is chance to do something great.
The Best Free Task Management Tools for Teachers While reading The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption , a great book which I will review in the Book Review section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning as soon as I finish it, I got the idea of compiling a list of some of the best task management tools that can help you effectively manage your tasks online and stay organized. Check out the list below and share with us your suggestions : 1- Free Time Management Tools Talking about task management is inherently talking about time management and the list of tools I compiled in this article will provide you with the necessary tools to manage your time online. 2- Free Sticky Notes tools Sticky Note tools are also very important elements in managing your task online and organizing your infrmation, links , resources, and online data. 3- Free Note Taking Tools Check out these 9 free tools that you can use to take notes online. 3- Workflowy 4- Tasskr 5- Trello 6- Any.Do 7- Thought Boxes 8- 42 Tasks 9- Todoist 10- Lazy Meter
30+ Creative Studio Backdrop Ideas for Photographers on a Budget You are here: Blog Home » MCP Thoughts » 30+ Creative Studio Backdrop Ideas for Photographers on a Budget There are dozens of incredible backdrop companies in the marketplace now. When I first started shooting, you pretty much were limited in studio to heavy muslin backdrops or large paper rolls. For newer photographers and for those on a budget, we created a list of things you can use for backdrops in your studio, Big thanks to all those who contributed on my Facebook. Image by Tashana Klonius Designs Ideas for backdrops to use inside your home or studio: Now it is your turn. Previous Post: Which Photoshop Actions Recipe Do You Prefer?
What To Expect From Education In 2013 Guessing what the future of education holds is equal parts logic and guesswork. The logical part is simpler–take current trends and trace their arc further, doing your best to account for minor aberrations. If the majority of public education in the United States is waist-deep in adopting new academic standards, it doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict they are going to have a strong gravity about them in the education at large. What’s Certain In 2013, a theme that is absolutely certain is disruption. Some of that disruption will be through technology, some of it decay of existing power-sets. In 2013, those trends will continue, along with some new ideas as we begin to demand more than feel-good potential out of learning experiences for students. What To Expect From Education In 2013 1. As technology improves, increased access and diversity are two changes you can be certain of. 2. 3. 4. 5. OCW and MOOCs, in one way or another, are changing the way we think about learning. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
8 Great Free Templates to Make your Presentations more Engaging Creating PowerPoint presentations is not only about assembling data and sharing it into slides, the secret of presentations lies in the way this data is constructed and presented to the reader. The feel and look of a slideshow can either make it engaging and motivation-arousing or turn it into a dull and attention deterring piece of media. As teachers, our biggest challenge is to get students engaged and hold their attention as long as possible and the inclusion of presentations in our lessons could help us achieve this goal provided these presentations are well constructed with clourful and eye catching templates. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already shared with you 6 awesome free templates and today we are adding another 9 great free office themed templates that you can dowload and use on your PowerPoints. All thanks and gratitude go back to Rapid E-learning for his efforts in coming up with the list. 1- Multi-layout Overhead Office Template Download it Here
First-Time Yearbook Teacher Has Success! As some of you may know, I took on my school's yearbook class this year in addition to teaching my other classes. It has been both a fun and frustrating experience. I know I've learned a lot--probably more than my students, actually! Anyway, our yearbook is almost finished (we just have one more file that a senior editor needs to upload on Monday), and I am experiencing a great feeling of accomplishment and pride for my little staff. Our theme was Technically Speaking, and we really took that theme and ran with it. The actual cover looks way cooler than this--this is just a small file drawing of it. Our pages themselves look like internet sites, except for our first and last pages, which look like a computer desktop and the infamous "blue screen of death."
11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning by Katre Laan from myhistro.com The rise of technology used in classrooms has made learning much more interactive. The emergence of iPads to browser-based tools in project-based learning, take teaching to a new level in the 21st century. Even the current trends in education include the use of new technology, from collaborative projects to blending traditional textbook teaching with innovative tools. For students, the core aim of project-based learning is to put theory into practice and gain new skills throughout the process. A major advantage of digital tools used is better engagement in the classroom. Browser-based tools and several apps used in education are especially useful for researching, storytelling and collaborative video making. Handy mobile devices allow students to be inspired when outside classroom by creating and sharing ideas and creations instantly. Here is a mini guide to some of the project based learning tools. 1) Mindmeister 2) Glogster 3) Myhistro 4) Pixton 5) Animoto