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The Top 3 iPad Apps for Learning A New Language June , 2014 Language learning is one of the key academic areas that can be readily boosted by the use of a variety of iPad apps. These apps will allow you and your students to learn a new language and improve your communicational skills in the target language using different activities, games, and practices. The app store is teeming with language learning apps but the best three I would recommend are the following: 1- Duolingo Duolingo is a great web tool and mobile app for learning a new language. 2- Busuu Busuu is a powerful iPad app that combines vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension tests to boost language learning. 3- is a great web tool for learning a new language.

Can Parents Protect Their Kids’ School-Collected Data? Katie Hiscock Gone are the days when parents could tuck all their children’s homework in a drawer or rest assured that their child’s complete records were under lock and key, on paper, in the school’s main office. For the past few years, most American public schools have been moving student records online and many teachers have been assigning homework online. Children are logging on to school assignments in class, at home and on the go, generating a deluge of data. With all this accumulation of data comes a distinct feeling of consternation on the part of some parents. The thought of losing control of a child’s personal information can be unnerving. But some parents who work in the tech industry have more comfort with the idea of online data. It’s futile to try and keep track of student data according to Simon Jones, a father of three and a marketer in Burlingame, Calif. Laws Protecting Student Data Neither FERPA nor the PPRA is airtight. How Parents Can Protect Their Child’s Data Related

Are Classroom Decorations Too Distracting For Young Students? Big Ideas A peak into many kindergarten classrooms across the country will reveal teachers trying to make classrooms feel warm and inviting by plastering the walls with colorful decorations and fun patterns. But could this effort to make school a welcoming place for its youngest students actually be hurting their ability to learn? “A new study looked at whether such classrooms encourage, or actually distract from, learning. Related Explore: distraction, Kindergarten, research

Nik's QuickShout: Multiple Media Search I have to say that I think Spezify has just become my favourite new search engine. I think this is a really great search engine to use in class with students or to get them to use. It's really simple. It displays all results as images and it searches a wide range of multiple media sources such as video, image Twitter etc, not only text. To make a search you just type in your key word and all the results start to appear as images. If you click on the small spanner icon at the top right you can adjust the setting. There is a safe search option here which is on by default, so that's handy. As I said I think this is a nice search engine to use in class on IWB / data projector or for students. Related links: Best Nik Peachey

Books - Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning by Fridolin Wild, Paul Lefrere & Peter Scott Language Cloud 5 Excellent Free Interactive Tools to Boost Students Learning June 12, 2014 Read Write Think is a must have resource for teachers. It provides a variety of lessons, interactives, calendar activities, printables, diagrams and many other teaching and learning materials for free. I have been using it and recommending it for my fellow teachers for few years now. Read Write Think arranges its materials into different categories searchable by grade level (k-12), resource type (classroom resources, professional development resources, parent and after school resources), Learning objectives ( collaboration, comprehension, critical thinking...etc), and by themes( Arts, Careers, community…etc). Going through the materials of this website, I selected for you the 6 most popular learning activities and tools used by teachers on Read Write Think. 1- Story Map This tool generates a set of interactive graphic organizers to help students in prewriting and postreading activities. 2- Plot Diagram 3- Trading Card Creator 4- Theme Poems 5- Profile Publisher

Handy Resources and Checklists for Implementing 1:1 in Your School June 13, 2014 After posting "What Teachers Need to Know about 1:1 Vs BYOD" I received a couple of emails from some educators asking about more resources to help their schools better implement a 1:1 technology program. My number one go-to place for materials concerning the designing and implementation of any 1:1 program is called 1-to-1 Essentials. 1-to-1 Essentials Program is created by Common Sense Media and comprises some great resources and materials that will provide you with the guidance you need to proactively address issues related to the implementation of a 1:1 program in your school. Phase 1: Envision This phase helps you set up a clear vision of your 1:1 program. Phase 2: Communicate This is the communicative phase where you get to learn about the different ways and strategies to train and inspire teachers and keep families in the loop on what to expect from your program. Phase 3: Implement The third phase is about implementation.

Curriculet Curriculet frees up my time outside of the classroom - no more collecting reading questions, trying to spot-check them, giving points for writing something down, whether or not they actually did the reading or understood it. - Jessica Rice, English Teacher at Summit Preparatory High School With Curriculet, I can not only change our reading instruction on a classroom level by flipping the instruction, but also influence reading instruction on a departmental level by encouraging the department to expand the curriculum: we can read MORE in less time with Curriculet. - Kate Baker, English teacher at Southern Regional high School I cannot WAIT to share this with my colleagues. This is going to revolutionize the way I can teach info texts, short stories, and excerpts from novels! - Morgan Toal, English teacher at Lakewood middle school

New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers) June 11, 2014Google Educator Groups (GEGs) is a new project launched by Google yesterday.This project aims at bringing the benefits of technology to schools, classrooms and communities across the world through the collaborative work of a community of passionate educators. GEGs is a place where educators, principals, school administrators, professors, teachers, students, and anyone else interested in using Google Products to help people learn , get to meet and collaborate with each other . Google Educators Groups allows participants to "to pick up new creative ideas from one another, and to help each other best meet the needs of their students with Google solutions. GEG activities take place both online and offline. It’s easy to get involved in GEG.

A Wonderful Copyright Flowchart for Your Class June 11, 2014 Today, I am adding another wonderful work in this direction. This work is realized by Silvia Rosenthal and Meryl Zeidenberg. Most of the readers of this blog know Slivia (editor of the popular blog "Langwitches") for I have shared several of her works in the past. Silvia is definitely one of the tech gurus in the field of Ed Tech and I always find quality and depth of thought in her works . Silvia has also recently published a great article entitled" Blogging As Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning" which I highly recommend for you. Source: Langwitches Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers Michelle Luhtala/Edshelf With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country. “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. 30Hands allows a user to make pictures, annotate them, record a voice explainer and then packages it all into a video. Adobe Voice is a recently released education product from Adobe that allows students to narrate a story over an array of digital images. Book Creator is only available for iPads, allowing kids to easily create their own iBook by importing images, multimedia, text, and audio. Tellagami is a tool to share quick animated messages. ExplainEverything is another tool for creating video like tutorials. Symphonizer is great for music classes.

With iPads, a New World of Music for Kids With Learning Challenges Jason Haughton sings an original tune composed by the PS 177 Technology Band. Eric Westervelt By Eric Westervelt, NPR There’s a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren’t merely novel and fun. In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. “I’m Tobi Lakes, I’m 15 years old. Morning sunlight pushes through large, old windows into the school’s well-worn and empty-seated auditorium. “I’m very good. As rehearsal heats up Tobi takes the lead on rock guitarist Jeff Beck’s version of Puccini’s “Nesun Dorma.” “The first note of the second line please,” he tells them. A New Look