10 Powerful Twitter Tools for Teachers Professional Development There is nothing that beats the power of Twitter when it comes to growing professionally using social media. I have written a lot on this topic and my master thesis is buzzing with all kinds of academic evidence that support my claim. You might be thinking why Twitter is making such a big fanfare in the world of academia. The answer is simple: it works. related : 12 Ways to use Twitter for Professional Development One of the powerful features I like the most about Twitter is the ease with which you can set up a PLN.
10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship 10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-07-22 YouTube has a firm place in the current classroom. Education Week Published Online: February 8, 2012 Published in Print: February 8, 2012, as A Thirst for Research Features Experts say virtual education is largely understudied, and that is a significant problem given the increasing popularity of this form of education A flurry of reports and high-profile news articles over the past year has cast doubt on the effectiveness of online education, and raised concerns about the rapid growth of virtual education across the country. Quick and Easy IF Formulas for Grading Google Forms I recently led a Google Docs session at Whittier Christian High School and was asked to provide a quick demo video illustrating the way I used formulas (and in particular the IF formula) to grade a quiz made using a Google Form. Apparently my explanation plays well face-to-face but considerably less well from memory. ;) For this video I cut right to the chase and did my best to explain the IF formula for beginners… while keeping under a 5 minute time limit. I hope it’s helpful for you and your colleagues and I hope you’ll let me know what you think. Incidentally, there was a minor error in one of my formulas at the end, but I fixed it live rather than record (yet another) take.
Coggle - A Simple Mind-Mapping Tool Last week I shared a presentation about mind maps, timelines, and collaborative brainstorming. Shortly after sharing that presentation I learned about Coggle. Coggle is a new, collaborative mind-mapping service that is very easy to use. To create a Coggle mind map just sign-in with your Google account and click the "+" icon to start your mind map. 100 High School Teacher Blogs To Start Reading No matter what grade you teach, high school teacher blogs are some of the most important resources for teachers and school administrators. They feature insight, in-depth discussion, and usually quite a few bits of humor and personal experiences. What could be better? The following list courtesy of Online Degrees should get you more than started on finding some fascinating new educators to add to your RSS reader! Confessions from the Couch - This history teacher and cheerleading coach uses her blog to discuss her thoughts and opinions on the state of education in America’s urban schools. Recommended posts: “Problems of Urban Education ” and “ Bellwork Success .”
The Person Doing the Work Is Also Doing the Learning Whenever I design lessons, conversations, professional development, or a conference session, I ask myself the following question: Who's doing the heavy lifting here? If the design requires me to do an extensive amount of talking, showing, and prompting, then I'm likely minimizing the retention and learning for the participant. In short, if I'm doing the work, then I'm also doing the learning. (Hat tip to a great teacher in Toledo who always says that!) My students should be the ones doing the work; I should be guiding the experience. Is technology and the internet reducing pupils' attention spans? A growing number of books, including The Shallows, argue that the internet and digital gadgets are making it harder for us to concentrate. The Pew Research Centre in America recently surveyed almost 2,500 teachers and found that 77% thought that the internet had a "mostly positive" impact on students' research work, while 87% felt modern technologies were creating an "easily distracted generation with short attention spans". But could this simply be the latest variation of 'the Elvis Hypothesis' – because something is new, popular with young people, and challenges existing hierarchies and traditions, it must be bad? Although some UK teachers might be inclined to agree with their American counterparts when faced with a class of restless smartphone-enabled year 10s, there appears to be no conclusive evidence that pupil attention spans are declining. Sue Honoré, an independent learning consultant who co-authored the 2009 report 'Generation Y: Inside Out' with Dr.
Larry Ferlazzo, Teacher Email Newsletter Sign-Up And Site Blog Information Sign-Up for Email Updates From My Blog! This website is frequently updated so I have a daily blog where I highlight "Websites of The Day." You can sign-up to receive free email updates from my blog by going there and clicking on the "Feedz By Email" button. You can also sign up for the RSS feed from my blog (Click here to show you how). Web 2 Tools by Task Avators: Build your Wild Self - create a self portrait and learn about the animal parts incorporated into your avatar. Mikons - where people communicate through visual symbols, logos, icons, or avatars to tell a story Voki.com is a web application that produces animated characters to which you can add your voice (or anybody else’s). Blogging / Bookmarking Tools: 43Things - share your list of 43 life goals/priorities