What are some of the best uses for mobile devices in the classroom PhoneDog Media ExclusiveDownload iM5, now available in the App Store and Google Play. iM5 is a PhoneDog Media backed Social Platform to inspire real-life action through the crowdsourcing of ideas. See the video Like it or not, it's that time again. Not every campus or professor allows devices in their classrooms, but for those who can get away with using an iPad or smartphone during a lecture, there is a laundry list of practical uses for mobile devices. Over the years, I have logged many hours with tablets and smartphones in classrooms. Note taking This one is pretty obvious. I have always preferred Dropbox. There are hundreds of little, finishing touches you can put on your note taking style, all of which can make your life easier. Taking pictures of assignments, diagrams Has drawing diagrams bogged your down? Lest we forget that tablets have cameras, too. Setting reminders for important dates Recording lectures Textbooks, of course Further reading
10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics ? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever. Below are my two favorite infographic-making web 2.0 tools that I highly recommend. Click the name of each tool to learn more! Visual.ly One of the more popular ways to discover infographics, Visual.ly actually just launched a design overhaul of their website. Dipity Want to get a beautifully simply visualization of data over time? Easel.ly I absolutely love Easel.ly. Venngage Venngage (likely named for Venn diagrams) is a double threat. Infogr.am One of the most simple tools, Infogr.am lets you actually import data right into the site and then translate it all into useful visualizations. Tableau Public Photo Stats This one’s an iPhone app that’s worth trying out. What About Me?
Free Teacher Resources for Core Subjects Here is my annual list of my favorite online teaching resources, divided by subject. Some of these might be old, or shared elsewhere, but I wanted to go ahead and share some of the ones that were added to my Diigo library recently. Free Teacher Resources for English Qwickstory and Zopler are websites for Collaborative Story Telling. Just Free Books is a website that provides a search engine to find free eBooks. Readilicious is a wiki dedicated to providing resources for helping elementary teachers implement various reading activities. Memrise is a website for helping students learn vocabulary and create a memorable dictionary. Here are some useful links to hope your students comprehend this difficult... Here are a few components of Finland's current education system structure and... March into this collection of weather lesson plans for primary grades and you... All across the nation, school, teachers, students, libraries, and families... Free Teacher Resources for Math
45 Simple Twitter Tips Everyone Should Know About Are you a tweetin’ teacher? Do you rely on tweets for your extended PLN ? Whether you use the service or not, there’s a whole world of information being shared and you should start taking part. But if you’ve been too nervous or unsure about HOW to actually use Twitter as efficiently as possible… the wait is over. It’s an elegantly organized set of infographics detailing the step-by-step process of using Twitter and making it work for you. Key Questions Answered Did you know SEO played a role in your Twitter profile? View Tips As Slideshow Photo Effects and Photo Editing with One Click - BeFunky.com
Thousands of Video Lessons on Every Subject Using Wall Wisher in the Classroom On Friday I ran a short workshop about using online tools to brainstorm with students. One of the resources that I shared and had folks try out was Wall Wisher. Although not the most robust tool for brainstorming, Popplet is currently my favorite, Wall Wisher is easy to use and seemed to be a hit with my audience. For that reason I'm re-running a couple of posts about using Wall Wisher in the classroom. Today, I showed my special education students a short (18 minutes) video about cultural changes that took place in the US during the 1920's. At first my students were a little unsure of what Wallwisher is all about, but they quickly figured it out and they all enjoyed the class. For those who have never tried Wallwisher before, it is very easy to use. Also from April 2010.Tom Barrett has a slideshow about Wallwisher in his Interesting Ways Series.
Tech E Teacher Tools - Tech E Teacher - 4 QUICK & EASY Tips to Tech-Up Your Teaching As the summer is quickly coming to an end and emails from my principal are beginning to make their daily appearance in my inbox, I got to thinking of ways to help newly hired staff get in the 'KNOW' as quickly as possible. Rather than send out another email that might not see the light of day, I am posting my 4 QUICK & EASY Tips to Tech-Up Your Teaching right here in hopes of reaching beyond the confines of my own school, district, city and state. Get on the road to becoming a connected educator: 4 quick and easy tips Sign up for Twitter (if you already have an account, let me know and I will follow you. "Tech Up Your Teaching" and becoming a connected educator doesn't mean you all have to be the techEteacher on your campus. We need to get on the top of our game Administrators and coaches are not excluded. Use resources when you are given themBuild upon your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) to better expand your knowledge baseImplement one new idea you have learned from your exploration
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