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?
5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology "I'm not very tech savvy" is the response I usually hear from teachers that struggle with technology. Whether it's attaching a document to an email or creating a PowerPoint, some teachers really have a difficult time navigating the digital world. As schools around the globe begin to embed the use of technology in their learning environments, these teachers can be left feeling frustrated and marginalized by the new tools they are required to use but do not understand. The school where I teach is currently within its post-BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) implementation age. We started with a small cohort of tech-savvy teachers to pilot a BYOD program with selected classes. If you plan on introducing a new technology or are embarking on the mighty task of becoming a wireless BYOD school, here are five tips to help your teachers still struggling with technology. 1. Integrating technology can be very stressful for educators that aren't familiar with it. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Why use iPads & Other Technology in the Classroom as Learning Tools? Why use iPads & Other Technology in the Classroom as Learning Tools? Posted by Ashley Wainwright on Thu, Mar 07, 2013 @ 11:42 AM Technology is woven into just about every aspect of our lives. Today’s schools have the opportunity to integrate mobile devices like the iPad in the classroom to open up a whole new world of engagement, personalized learning, and collaboration in the classroom. So here are some of the top reasons why your school should integrate technology in the classroom: Improved Collaboration-One of the characteristics of the modern classroom is collaboration and having technology in the classroom helps to empower and develop that. Here’s what students are saying about using technology in the classroom: Here’s what the teachers are saying about using technology in the classroom: Classroom technology like iPads and smartphones is vital in getting students involved with learning in the world they exist.
18 Snapshots Of iPad Integration You know from experience that when you enjoy a subject, learning about that subject is easier, more fun, and you retain the information longer. Getting kids to enjoy learning is more productive to education efforts than spending more money, lengthening school days, you name it. This is the reason many educators are excited about the possibilities inherent to the iPad. More than 600 school districts in America have brought iPads into the classroom. Motion Math in Class: An assistant professor of education at USC’s Rossier School oversaw this study looking at whether having students play a learning game to teach them fractions increased their knowledge. Oklahoma State University iPad Pilot Program: OSU experimented with iPads in five classes in the fall of 2010. This is a cross-post from content-partners at onlineuniversities.com
16 Ways Teachers Use Pinterest February, 2014 Pinterest is a visual bookmarking platform that has gained so much in popularity within the educational circles.Tons of teachers are now using it to organize, curate, and share teaching and learning materials. Pinterest has also made it easy for users to interact with the content they read via adding comments, liking , and joining others Pinboards . There are several ways you can leverage the power of this platform in your classroom. You can, for instance, create a Pinterest board for your class and invite students to share resources relevant to what they are learning. And if you are not yet familiar with how to create a Pinterest account or you want some more ideas on how to use it in your teaching, I would recommend the following posts: 1- Educators Guide to The Use of Pinterest in Education 2- Teachers' Visual Guide to Creating Pinterest Boards for The Class. 3- 30 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest. source :
Exploring the impact of Apple's iPad on schools & schooling. - Part 1 Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr: Lexie Flickinger By Matt Levinson As schools get ready to deploy iPads this year, each one is scrambling to figure out how to develop an efficient and effective system that works. Without professional development and a set plan in place, educators in individual classes might be stumped by how to set up iPads for different uses. To that end, here are some ideas about how to put a system in place for iPad use in classrooms:
9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive March 8, 2014 Today I want to introduce you to some basic features integrated in Google Docs and which your students can use to help them with their research projects and also boost their collaborative workforce. 1- Research feature While composing in Google Docs students can very easily conduct a research on any highlighted word or phrase without having to change tabs or open new windows. To do this, they simply highlight the phrase they want to research and right click on it then select "research". A window pane will be displayed on the right hand sidebar with the search results of their query. 2- Search for scholarly articles and images Besides doing a web search for their queries, students can also search for images, scholarly articles, and quotes related to the phrase or word they highlighted. 3- Commenting Using the comment feature provided by Google Docs, students will be able to leave feedback on each others work.
10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic Mobile Learning Infographics 10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic By 2015 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices.In 2012, 65% of workers declared their mobile devices to be their “most critical work device.”65% of information searches started on a smartphone with 64% of these searches continued on a PC or tablet.99% of mobile learners believed the format and presentation enhanced their learning75% of mobile learners praised the convenience and time management benefits46% of mobile workers would pic a smartphone over a tablet or a laptop as their favorite device45% spend less time in training with no lost of comprehensionMobile learners study 40 minutes more each week by studying everywhere they go.Users studying on mobile devices are 3 times more likely to track their progress.Students with smartphones are twice as likely to study between 6am and 8am. The Why Consider M-Learning Infographic was created by Michaels & Associated Learning Solutions
Map: Back-To-School Drives 100+ Huge iPad & Tablet Deployments My kids returned to school this week. They attend a suburban elementary school built only one year ago. Everything there is beautiful and state-of-the-art - with the glaring exception of its computing technology. Not only does the school still use computer labs, but they run an outdated platform, as I discovered after quizzing my son: Me: "Do you know what operating system the PCs in the computer lab run?" Him: "Umm, I think it says XP when I turn them on?" Me: "What?!? Him: "Wowwwww, that is old." My mind reeling, I quickly decicided I needed to: a) get involved in the PTA RIGHT AWAY; b) find out what schools are moving forward, not backward, towards tablets and e-textbooks. Through the magic of Google, I found more than 120 130 schools, school districts, and colleges and universities that are deploying tablets to students for the first time this fall. Credit: ShutterStock.com Still, I've done my best, and have created a map in Google for you to browse.
Lessons These lesson plans were perhaps the most popular activity for last year's Digital Learning Day. The links provide a ready-made activity that you can use with your students on Digital Learning Day and beyond. You will see that each lesson includes a full lesson plan and a short video introduction from the Digital Learning Day teacher who submitted the lesson. If you plan to use a lesson on Digital Learning Day in your classroom or school, make sure to add this activity to our map. Visit the toolkits for more lesson plans, tools to use, and tips from teachers in specific areas! I Am Malala In this innovative lesson plan, students explore the power of social media in calling for change, while also improving their understanding of various cultures and social issues that impact other parts of the world. Video Introduction Lesson Plan Activity Rubric Inquiry-Based Research This great lesson has students practice online research skills by playing timed trivia games. Video Lesson Plan