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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About via Edudemic Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect.

Trading Cards ReadWriteThink’s Trading Cards app allows kids and teens a unique way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids for school, or to create their own fictional world of characters. Create trading cards for any number of categories, including: Fictional personReal personFictional placeReal placeObjectEventVocabulary word Each category has specific guiding questions for creating a dynamic, information-rich trading card. Summarizing skills are critical as they drill down to the most important information to fit on the card. Tips to Help Promote A Love Of Reading - Qubo Though the development of reading skills varies from child to child, encouraging reading and creating a reading environment at home are important steps towards literacy. Here are some tips to help promote a love of reading: Read, read, read!

6 Tips for Getting Started with Google Classroom [infographic] Pinterest Google Classroom is a free application designed by Google to help students and teachers communicate, collaborate, organize and manage assignments, go paperless, and much more! This is the ONLY application that Google has developed specifically for students and teachers, and they want it to be your go-to assignment manager for Google Drive and beyond. Google Classroom is a very clean, easy-to-use application, but there are a lot of best practices you will learn along the way. I’ve put together some of the tips I have learned while using Google Classroom, and tips I’ve learned from other teachers. Set your classroom up for success and get ready to be amazed at the ease and simplicity Google Classroom brings to your workflow.

Community Connection It’s the Year of the Ram! If you were born in this or any Year of the Ram, you are sweet, gentle, and quiet, with a deep, introverted mind full of broad and whimsical thoughts. There’s a bit of confusion over the actual creature that defines this year, with the Chinese symbol yang (羊) merely identifying a “horned animal.” What do you prefer – a Year of the Ram? 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers The folks at the BOOK-IT! Program have given permission for Education World to reprint 25 great ideas from teachers -- ideas that are sure to get kids across the grades excited about reading. The BOOK IT! Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers Among all the links and downloads out there, it can be hard for teachers to know which ones work best. Google has made it easier by creating Google for Educators, which compiles some of the search engine's most useful features in one place. Whether you're teaching Spanish or social studies, mathematics or music, there's a free Google feature that will make your lessons more dynamic and your projects more organized. The lively, informative website offers step-by-step visual tours and even videos to help you get set up. Below are some of the most useful features that the site has to offer.

Use the Impossible to Fail Quiz to Give Students Instant Remediation Does your gut (and your assessment) tell you some students didn’t get it the first time you taught it? Would you like to give students remediation exclusively for concepts they don’t understand? Isn’t it impossible to deliver precise remediation to each student in your classroom? The solution to these challenges is the Impossible to Fail Quiz. Youth Services Librarianship - Programming and Reading Promotion for Boys This collaborative Wiki, created by a group of students from a section of LIS 506 in the Fall semester of 2011 and 2012, aims to address the many issues that libraries face in creating programs that will appeal to boys. In so doing, it is hoped that their interest in reading and their ability to read will also grow exponentially. Photo by Frank Serritelli Programming and reading promotion for boys is not necessarily the easiest task which any library can accomplish. The task may become a hurdle in the library field for many reasons.

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