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Guided Reading Choice Board - 1:1 Classroom With second quarter in full swing, and a new reading/language arts curriculum, I am excited to update my post from March on Guided Reading in a 1:1 classroom. My enthusiasm and passion continues to grow knowing the students I teach have limitless possibilities. I am able to individualize and differentiate instruction for each child in my classroom. My fourth graders and I have recently updated our 1:1 iPad Menu in Guided Reading. We have discovered some amazing apps to use with our district curriculum and Daily Five, which we have actually changed to Daily Six.

Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st-Century Classroom Increasingly, educators are acknowledging and welcoming the relative advantages of social media into the teaching and learning process. From creating school Facebook pages to connecting students with experts via Twitter, social media has taken root as a legitimate classroom learning and communication tool. The highly linguistic nature of social media allows us to create and consume ideas and information unlike ever before. shoeless learning spaces total learning: shoeless learning | superclasses | rooms within rooms | write-on surfaces | toilets | schools-within-schools | sound | learner led | science spaces | phones: how young? | tiered seating | little details | flat screens | rule of 3 |. . . . ©professor stephen heppell

Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom While for some teachers, iPads in the classroom are already a familiar part of everyday life, as of Pearson’s 2014 Student Mobile Device Survey, only 16% of students attended schools that provide tablets 1:1. For all the news stories and chatter in the educational industry about using iPads in education, many teachers haven’t gotten a good look at just what the technology can do for their students. But there’s reason to believe that could well change in coming years.

Self-regulation technique helps students focus in class At Cindrich elementary school in Surrey, B.C., 10-year-old boys are putting themselves to bed earlier, an enthusiastic girl in Grade 6 takes herself for a run when she’s feeling hyper, and a diminutive boy who is still learning English tells his teacher he will do better work if he sits on a special cushion. It is all part of self-regulation, a philosophy of education that is moving into public schools in British Columbia. The Surrey School district is the largest of six districts in B.C. that has taken it on, almost out of self-defence.

Setting Up Digital Workstations Encouraging Choice, Collaboration, and Fun! - give away at the bottom of this post - Have you ever ran out of time when teaching a lesson? Ever wish there was just twenty more minutes for your students to extend a lesson with an engaging game? Try utilizing existing tools in your classroom to set up digital workstations that allow for differentiation, collaboration, choice, and active engagement. A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers Everyone tells stories: journalists, politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs. Conveying information in a coherent and compelling way is vital to success in the real world, and it’s our job as educators to prepare our students to share their ideas in effective ways. We used to do this with papers, posters and dioramas, but digital tools at our disposal now allow students to create authentic stories that allow for audience interaction and a wider impact on the world. Here are some tips for transforming storytelling assignments in your classroom, no matter what subject or grade level you teach.

Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: English I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? To begin with, I don’t lecture. My students don’t take notes, at least not in the traditional sense, and we don’t read a novel and simply answer the questions. How Teachers Will Start the Learning Revolution A couple of days ago, Miami-Dade County’s Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, wrote an impassioned call to action for our schools to embrace the needs of today’s learners and today’s world. He explains, "Children are not widgets, and schools cannot be assembly lines of knowledge." I commend him for this stand and also for the great work so many other districts are doing to build next generation learning opportunities. Developing 21st century learning is a challenge every school and every district must now confront. We have reached the convergence of three critical factors: 1) the world and workforce demands new skills, 2) many of our students have already embraced a digital world already there, and 3) the technology and tools required are now widely available. This is truly an exciting time in education.

186 Videos that will make you go Huh, Whoa, Wow, Ahhh, and Ha-Ha – Blogush Follow @paulbogush An updated version of this post is here 286 Videos Four years ago I wrote a post simply called 99 Videos that will make you go Huh, Whoa, Wow, Ahhh, and Ha-Ha. I decided to reincarnate that post because many of the videos are no longer on the internet, some of the sites have gone under, and I have always wanted to get to an even 100. Videos play an important role in my class (well not so much this year, because of something I can’t write about here, but they will continue again next year They serve as much more than a time filler (ok maybe sometimes), they are played for more than just cheap laughs (although I am a big fan of cheap laughs), and they all usually have some point to them (maybe the snoring dog video has no point). Yes conversations can bond people, yes sharing personal stories can create a common bond between people…but so can video if used carefully and purposely.

Back to School Selfie Adventure for Your Students! Part of the Effective Technology Integration tips category! In a few weeks, school starts again. This is the best time to begin connecting with students and getting them to connect with their peers. Try something new this year! Get students to talk about themselves by presenting selfies they have taken as part of a mission you have sent them on. First, get students to watch the video, Around the World in 360° Degrees, and reflect on it.

Curriculum Search Skip Navigation A-Z Site Index UEN » Curriculum Search » Curriculum Search - UEN iOS Skills & Pedagogical Frameworks - Summer 2015 - Atlanta - iPad Classroom Socrative Space Race ONE person from each group go to b.socrative.com/login/student and enter room 989898. Socrative Resources Supporting Learning with Text-to-Speech As a group, we are going to turn on both Speak Selection and Speak Screen (see video tutorial in slides below for more information). With iPad, ANYTHING that is text can be heard!

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