Canva for Education - Lesson Plans Incorporating Visuals Across the Curriculum Canva is a nice tool for designing infographics, collages, flyers, and slides in your web browser or on your iPad. I've been a fan of the service since it launched. In fact, I like it so much that I became an unpaid advisor to them when they started thinking about developing resources specifically for teachers. The new Canva for Education site features eighteen lesson plans written by Vicki Davis, Steven Anderson, Terri Eichholz, and Paul Hamilton. Check out the Canva for Education page to find all of the lesson plans and tutorials on how to use Canva. Educational technology This article or chapter is incomplete and its contents need further attention. Some information may be missing or may be wrong, spelling and grammar may have to be improved, use your judgment! 1 Introduction Educational technology, sometimes shortened to EduTech or EdTech, is a wide field. Use of technology is principled: Technology means the systematic application of scientific knowledge to practical tasks. In this short introduction we will try to give a preliminary definition of the field. See also: 1.1 Other definitions Educational technology is a very wide field. Technology means the systematic application of scientific or other organized knowledge to practical task. 1.2 Incomplete definitions Technology that is used as tool in education ... it's not just technologyUsing multimedia technologies or audiovisual aids as a tool to enhance the teaching and learning process. 1.3 Terminology issues Educational technology is a field. Google trends, "educational technology" vs. some other 10 Links
Five Ways Students Can Share Videos Without YouTube It is not a secret that I enjoy helping teachers learn how to use video creation tools with their students. Creating videos is a process that students enjoy because the final product is something that they can share with a potentially large audience. Teachers like video projects because students get engaged in developing and sharing their best work. At the end of the project there is always a question of how to share the work. If your school doesn't block it, YouTube is a good way to share (depending on your situation you might make the videos unlisted instead of public). Google Apps for Education users can have students upload their videos to Google Drive and then share them just as they would share any other file in Google Drive. One of the many features of Padlet is the option to upload files to any note on a Padlet wall. Dropbox users can utilize DropItToMe to have students upload video files to a Dropbox folder.
Chart students’ growth with digital badges By Kristin Fontichiaro and Angela Elkordy 2/26/2015 Topics: Gamification, Assessment Remember turning in your grades at the end of the school year? Did Zack’s B in geometry tell you enough about his mastery of the Pythagorean theorem or the area of a rectangle? What about Grace’s state test scores? Did they fully represent who she was as a critical thinker and creative problem solver? K-12 educators, particularly at the secondary level, are considering these questions and asking if today’s scoring metrics are able to provide a robust picture of who our students are and what they can do. Educators are hopeful that a flexible assessment model called digital badging is a way to bridge these gaps and describe student attributes that are currently left unacknowledged. What is digital badging? Digital badging recognizes learning and growth wherever it happens and helps people connect their accomplishments across institution types. Badges unpacked There are many free systems to choose from.
10 Free Math Games Your Kids Should Be Playing The mere mention of the word “mathematics” is enough to strike fear into the hearts of adults around the world. For thousands of people, the thought of doing annual tax returns, applying for a mortgage, or even just helping children with their homework can bring them out in an episode of cold sweats and get them running for the nearest calculator. Luckily their are phone apps to help adults improve, but the long-term solution appears reasonably obvious; children need to be engaged with maths from a young age, making use of tools, games, and apps that make the process of learning arithmetic fun rather than an arduous task. Here we look at some of the best games to help children learn mathematics in a fun way: Fraction Flags (Ages 7-9) Fractions can be a fiendishly difficult aspect of maths – they form a key part of basic algebra and underpin a surprising number of real-world situations. The beauty of the game is that it doesn’t really feel like you are working with fractions at all.
Students most effectively learn math working on problems that they enjoy, not drills or exercises Students learn math best when they approach the subject as something they enjoy, according to a Stanford education expert. Speed pressure, timed testing and blind memorization pose high hurdles in the youthful pursuit of math. "There is a common and damaging misconception in mathematics – the idea that strong math students are fast math students," said Jo Boaler, a Stanford professor of mathematics education and the lead author on a new working paper. Boaler's co-authors are Cathy Williams, cofounder of Stanford's YouCubed, and Amanda Confer, a Stanford graduate student in education. Curriculum timely Fortunately, said Boaler, the new national curriculum standards known as the Common Core Standards for K-12 schools de-emphasize the rote memorization of math facts. While research shows that knowledge of math facts is important, Boaler said the best way for students to know math facts is by using them regularly and developing understanding of numerical relations. Role of the brain
3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching During the summer, you'll want to improve your teaching and lessons, but how do you decide where to start? Your students! I use these three ways to get feedback from my students on my lessons, activities, and what I can do to improve next year. Collecting Input First, I’m trying to identify my awful lessons or units so that I can rework them over the summer. Second, I want to understand firsthand what kids love and what they hate. 1. I end the year with students in a circle. I'm so proud of what you've done this year and how you've improved. First of all, what did we learn that you loved this year? What were the things we learned that you liked the least? So what is the most boring thing we did the whole year? Is there anything you wish we'd had more time to do? Was there anything you wish we'd done more of? How about ______? My final purpose is a quick review of what we've learned. 2. Is there something you wish I knew about this class that would make me a better teacher? 3.
The 9 Best Web Tools Teachers Will Use This Year Clear communication with students and their parents is one of the primary goals of every teacher. Start this year with just that by using a variety of tools to share your plans and expectations for the coming academic year. In past years I have used a number of these assets but I have not as clearly organized them as I have this year. For this year’s bunch I have gathered the most important items into one single web page of my classroom website, New Students 2013-2014. I’m hoping that by conveniently placing this information in one place my students and parents are more likely to use the provided references. The following is a list of free online tools that I have incorporated (or plan to) for this year’s class. I have embed a welcome board via Padlet for students to post their introductions. Socrative is quickly becoming a force in the education world. It takes just minutes to create a poll and embed it on your website. I’ll bet a lot of your already know about this great service.
15 Resources: Prepare for Cultural Diversity in Class A person’s culture deeply impacts his or her way of thinking and learning; that presents a special challenge to educators because modern classrooms often have a beautiful mishmash of students from different backgrounds. How can you adapt and demonstrate cultural awareness in your teaching? The following resources may help. Pursue a Multicultural Mindset The most diverse cities in the U.S. have fairly equal numbers of Hispanics, whites, blacks, and Asians/Pacific Islanders. In August 2014, Edutopia updated its list of cultural diversity resources for teachers. Connect With Students of All Backgrounds After you have a well-rounded idea of what it means to have a culturally diverse class and the attitudes that should come along with it, it’s time to formulate specific strategies that aim to ensure that every student in your class derives the most benefit possible from the information you present. In Short
6 tips for making the most of PBL Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part blog series from the co-authors of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. Do you have an idea for a project-based learning (PBL) experience that you think your students will love? Maybe the project idea was sparked by their questions. Perhaps it relates to a hot topic that you know they care about. Pondering that question will prompt you to consider what you hope to accomplish with this project. The early planning stage is time for you, as the project architect, to focus on the big ideas. For starters, you might skim the standards for your grade level and ask yourself, What do these add up to? Once the project’s big ideas come into focus, you’re ready to look for more specific learning objectives. Here are six suggestions to help you make the most of the learning opportunities in PBL: Start with your learning goals.
Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills I've been trying to use Google Docs to good effect in my ninth grade history classroom. It's a critical tool in that it lets me see the students puzzle out answers to their questions (especially with a heavy reliance of the "see revisions" function). I've viewed classroom technology as the means to sharing knowledge, in addition to acquiring or manipulating it. Yet I find that not only has the computer itself become something of a distraction, but the students aren't making enough use of the tech’s "share-ability" -- that is, they struggle to work effectively together on it, and to have their ideas cohere in an intelligible way. It occurred to me that co-editing in a Google Doc is a skill that itself needs to be taught and practiced before it can become effective in the classroom. I also started thinking that perhaps one fault of technology is that it brings the world to the student, rather than spurring the student to get up out the chair and go find it. The Power of Post-it Notes
5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher. Why Formative Assessment Makes Better Teachers Formative assessment is done as students are learning. Here's what happened in my classroom. "We've got this, it's easy," they said. I looked at the other students and asked, "Do you have this?" They nodded their heads furiously up and down in a "yes." My teacher instincts said that everyone knew it, but I decided to experiment. I was floored. I taught for another few minutes and gave them another problem. But the end result was not what you think. I am sold. Good teachers in every subject will adjust their teaching based upon what students know at each point. Formative Assessment Toolkit Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each tool. 1. Socrative can be used for quick quizzes and also on the fly, as I've already shared. 2. 3. 4. 5.
All Fun & Games? Understanding Learner Outcomes Through Educational Games Over the past several years, there has been tremendous interest among educators in the use of digital games as serious learning. Advocates of game-based learning for K-12 students cite the value of digital games to teach and reinforce skills that prepare students for college and career, such as collaboration, problem solving, creativity, and communication. Not as often discussed is our ability to use students' in-game actions as evidence for the assessment of skills and knowledge, including those not easily measured by traditional multiple-choice tests. The Potential of Games as Invisible Assessments Traditional assessment methods often require teachers to interrupt classroom learning and administer tests. Invisible assessments such as games provide teachers, students, and parents with immediate feedback about progress, enabling them to make timely adjustments to teaching and learning approaches. Game or Gamification? A Look Toward the Future
The Stereotypes That Distort How Americans Teach and Learn Math Speed doesn't matter, and there's no such thing as a "math person." How the Common Core's approach to the discipline could correct these misperceptions. Mathematics education in the United States is broken. Open any newspaper and stories of math failure shout from the pages: low international rankings, widespread innumeracy in the general population, declines in math majors. We need to change the way we teach math in the U.S., and it is for this reason that I support the move to Common Core mathematics. I have spent years conducting research on students who study mathematics through different teaching approaches—in England and in the U.S. One of the reasons for these results is that mathematical problems that need thought, connection making, and even creativity are more engaging for students of all levels and for students of different genders, races, and socio-economic groups. For example, consider the following two published test questions. 1.