SoundCloud+QR Codes=A Gallery of Students' Voices - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 - Email Share February 15, 2013 - by John Hardison 15 Email Share For a multitude of reasons, teaching in today’s time is nothing short of exciting. Not too long ago, a few clicks of the mouse had me calculating how I could improve an already-strong lesson plan. The equation? SoundCloud + QR Codes = A Gallery of Students’ Voices. The Foundational Lesson Plan I try my very best to never put the cart before the horse. For one of our recent classroom assignments, students needed to demonstrate mastery of certain poetry terms and genres of American Literature by writing their own songs. The Problem We are absolutely blessed in Studio 113 to have a mini-recording studio with a microphone and Peavey mixer that run through a desktop computer equipped with Mixcraft 6 . The Solution SoundCloud is a website that allows creators to upload their songs, podcasts, and other sounds to share with the world. The Process The process is an absolute blast to watch. The Gallery Walk
PE - Games Teaching Ideas Catching Balloons - Help younger children with their co-ordination by using balloons in your PE lessons. Hoop Activity - A very enjoyable activity which encourages children to co-operate in order to complete the task. Through the Hoop - A fun team-building game which involves trying to climb through hoops! Hop in a Hoop! - A fun game involving lots of hoops and plenty of teamwork. Untying the Knot - Get your children to tangle themselves into a knot, and then ask them to untangle themselves! <A HREF=" Bark Ball - A simple, yet exciting, team game. Don't miss our special Football themed resources! Tennis:
How to Create Your Own Free iPad Templates for Keynote The recent update to Keynote, brought the ability to import presentations complete with master slides and preset styles. So, this got me thinking. How could I take advantage of this new feature? Well, here is a simple, but straightforward way to do just that and create some free iPad templates for Keynote to supplement the 12 themes that Apple gives you as a default on the iOS version. Start by opening Keynote, or PowerPoint, on your Mac/PC and choose a template for your presentation. Repeat for as many templates as you would like to bring over to the iPad, and organize them by creating a folder for these new templates, like in the image below. Now, these aren’t new templates in the strictest sense of the word, because once you start editing one of these, it will automatically save your new content, so here is what you need to do. Rename your newly duplicated presentation by tapping the name under the thumbnail and then open it when you are done. Like this: Like Loading... Related
Penjaskes is olahraga An iPad Workflow for the Classroom Using Google Drive & Pages, Keynote or Numbers The Google Drive iPad app is not yet all that we might want it to be, but it is definitely moving in the right direction. A recent update included the ability to create and edit spreadsheets, but it also added something equally useful – the ability to upload files from other apps to Google Drive via the “Open in” function. This creates some useful workflow options for teachers who want to assign, receive and grade student work on the iPad. Here’s how it could work. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Easy, right? How could teacher quickly collect all the Google accounts of the students in their class? For more info on a Google Drive iPad Workflow, see The Paperless iPad Classroom with the Google Drive app which goes into the concept in more detail and offers more options. Like this: Like Loading... Related The Goodreader iPad Workflow Solution At a workshop today, I got talking to a High School teacher (@MrsMoses227) who uses the Goodreader app for her iPad workflow solution. In "Google"
5 Presentation Tools To Captivate Every Student Creating a presentation that keeps a captive audience engaged is tough. Creating a presentation that keeps distracted students engaged is a much harder task again. Whether your are demonstrating to a class or presenting at a conference, keeping an audience focused on your content is more challenging than it used to be. Children and adult audience members alike, now have glowing distractions in their pockets and are expecting the instant gratification that comes from the Internet generation. Text on slides no longer has the appeal and will easily lose the attention battle to a Facebook update or a new cow on FarmVille. Here are a few tools that will help you enthrall your audience and keep your presentations on the entertaining side of educational: SlideRocket is a hosted web app designed to take presentations to the next level with graphical prowess and multimedia integration. There are a number of real benefits in using a web based Presentation tool such as SlideRocket.
Education Quotes Annie Dillard:I would like to learn, or remember, how to live. Plutarch: The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited. Aeschylus I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship. B.B.King: The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. Heinrich Heine If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world. George Iles: Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student. Anthony J. Euripides: Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future. Walt Disney I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained. Confucius: Learning without thought is a labor lost, thought without learning is perilous. Denis Waitley: All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners. Greek Proverb: All things good to know are difficult to learn. Ray LeBlond: You learn something every day if you pay attention. H.G.
How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology A common question that we hear from teachers about integrating technology into their classrooms is, “how do I know if I’m doing it right?” We love to hear this question because that tells us that the teacher is starting to analyze and evaluate how they are integrating technology and are looking for a way to gauge their effectiveness. We feel that the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) best addresses the question of “doing it right.” According to the Arizona K-12 Center at Northern Arizona University , “the TIM is designed to assist schools and districts in evaluating the level of technology integration in classrooms and to provide teachers with models of how technology can be integrated throughout instruction in meaningful ways.” There is more than one version of the TIM but the one that we most commonly refer to with our staff was produced by the Arizona K12 Center at NAU. What is The Technology Integration Matrix? Download PDF of the Technology Integration Matrix
Primary Tech Free Technology for Teachers 5 Resources to Help Students Learn About Income Taxes Today is the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Post Office. Why? Because tax returns have to be post marked by today. If you're looking for some resources for teaching about taxes, take a look at the items below. This morning's episode of CNN Student News has a short segment on income taxes. For high school students, college students, and adults CNN's Explain It To Me video about the "Buffett Rule" explains why sometimes the super rich don't pay as high a percentage of their income in taxes as the rest of us. From time to time we all wonder where our tax dollars go. Another place to see how tax revenue is distributed is What We Pay For. The IRS website, Understanding Taxes, is a good source of lesson plans and individual learning materials about taxes and budgets.
Utilizing Technology in Grade One to Help With Literacy Learning I have had access to several iPads and computer technology for almost ten months now and in that time a lot has changed in my classroom. Technology - whether an iPad or a desktop computer - is just a tool my students use to show and share their learning. My planning revolves around learning out comes and not specific websites or iPad apps. Here are some ways my students are using technology for their literacy learning but I want to be very clear that we also have literacy learning with out technology too. In my room it's about meeting my students individual needs in the best ways I know how. The British Columbia Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for Language Arts are broken into Oral Language, Reading and Viewing, and Writing and Representing. Oral Language (Speaking and Listening) My students listen and talk a lot in my classroom. We also use Skype/Google Hangout/Face Time for video conferencing to authentically practice our speaking and listening skills. Writing and Representing