Two classes meet via Skype | DemystifICT Over the last semester, our school has been participating in a wonderful project called Crazy Crazes organised by Mrs Karen Stadler (@ict_integrator) of Elkanah House in Cape Town, South Africa. Schools all around the globe research the current crazes in their schools and share this information via a wikispace. My year 2 ICT class are slightly younger than most of the participants but I decided to join as the class were studying different countries with their classroom teachers and one of the boys is South African. The project has resulted in a whole lot of learning not only for the students but also for me as I have never used a wiki. I have also learnt to use Youblisher to showcase the students’ work about our town and school and VoiceThread to allow the other classes to hear us singing the National anthem. The highlight was today though when we Skyped Elkanah and shared information about ourselves. Like this: Like Loading...
How to choose the best Ed-Tech tools for Online Instruction How many ‘ed-tech’ tools are out there that can enhance online learning? I’d guess hundreds if not more. It’s almost on a daily basis that I come across a new educational technology tool. Before we move on – what is educational technology or ed-tech??? .. what ed-tech can do when used effectively is to create meaningful, engaging instruction that motivates learners and supports learning objectives of a lesson or course. In this post I’ll share how educators can use educational technology effectively with the aid of a five-step strategy. Examples of Educational Technology To set the context for the strategy, I’ll provide a few examples of technological applications that could be used in an online education environment, one is Jing, a screen capture and voice recording program, another is Voice Thread, a collaborative, multimedia slide show application in the cloud, and Google Hangouts, an interactive real-time communication application available though Google +. Like this: Like Loading...
4 Ways to Enhance Your Class with Google Hangouts If you are familiar with Google Tools, then you have probably heard of Google Hangouts or even used them yourself. Hangouts is Google’s video conferencing tool, and it’s an incredibly powerful way to engage with others. In addition to standard conference calls, Google Hangouts provide a broadcasting option called Hangouts on Air. This allows you to conduct your Hangout LIVE and record it to post on YouTube. You can participate in a Google Hangout from a web browser on your computer or use one of the free mobile apps for your Apple or Android device. It is important to note, however, that participating in a GHO does require that you enable Google+ (Google’s Social Media Service) and that you be at least 13 years old. If you would like a quick tutorial for how to use GHO, check out this great video from Google Gooru Google Hangouts can be a great tool for teachers to enhance their classes. Virtual Office Hours Students and teachers are busier than ever. Review Sessions
Calm Counter - Touch AutismTouch Autism Calm Counter is a visual and audio tool to help people calm down when they are angry or anxious. The app includes a social story about anger, and audio/visual tools for calming down. The app opens up to a “I need a break screen” that vocalizes “I need a break” when it is tapped. The screen then transitions to a red screen with an angry face and the number ten. With each tap the screen transitions to a calmer face and color. The app also includes a simple social story with line drawings about anger. The settings screen allows you to choose from male, female or no vocals for counting back from ten and for reading the social story out loud. Tried this morning! helpful – Good, my high functioning ASD child has little meltdowns and screaming episodes and he has used this and likes it he is counting backwards and breathing, learning word for word, I love the “I need a break” part.kezaw Similar Apps iPad / iPhone iPad
How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World I’ve been lucky to be a member of the Google Glass Explorer Program for the past year. I was excited to learn about how this technology could be advanced in terms of education and everyday activities… however it never dawned on me how much potential it truly had until I began the Explorer Program. Over the past year using Glass in class I have began to see the potential not only in education, but also for the everyday consumer. Right now Google glass is expensive and limited among education and consumers…but it is a technology that is moving towards being more cost efficient for all users. Introspection After watching Google Glass develop over the past two years I have been following the use cases, common practices, and fellow Glass educators; so I was able to get a better understanding of what Glass could do and how it can grab attention of students. So how does Glass fit into the education technology conversation? Glass in Action Glass in Other Classrooms
The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom July 25, 2014 Following the posting of "Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting. In fact, over the last couple of years I have reviewed several web tools and iPad apps that can be used in flipped classroom but the ones I am featuring below are among the best out there. 1- Educlipper Educlipper is a wonderful tool for creating video tutorials and guides to share with students. As a teacher you can create an Educlipper board for your class and share the link with them. Now that you have a shared space with your students, you can go about creating instructional videos using the iPap app of Educlipper. Pixiclip is another wonderful tool to create step by step instructional videos to use in your flipped classroom. 3- Explain Everything Knowmia Teach is a new free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. 6- Educreations
Using videoconferencing to connect your class to the world When Tim Berners-Lee first set out to create the World Wide Web in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he had no real intention of changing the way that the world interacts with information and individuals. His goal was simply to give the multinational scientists that he was working with at CERN — a physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland — an opportunity to easily communicate regardless of the types of operating systems and computers that they were using in their home countries. It wasn’t long, however, before he realized that his invention had the potential to break down the kinds of barriers — geographic borders, time and place, cultural misunderstandings — that have always kept the world separated. As he imagined in a 2005 interview, “I’d like to see [the World Wide Web] building links between families in different countries… to allow us to browse people’s websites in different languages so you can see how they live in different countries.” Introducing students to recognized experts
11 Great Apps to Enhance Your Evernote July 25, 2014 Evernote is a powerful note taking web tool and mobile app. It is definitely an elemental component of teachers workflow. I have been using it for a few years now and I just can't live without it now.Evernote enables you to take notes in both text and audio format. With the growing popularity and widespread of Evernote, there appeared a wide variety of applications that can enhance your productivity and expand your Evernote experience. 1- EverClip2 EverClip 2 is the easiest way to clip things on mobile to Evernote Open EverClip in the background, switch to any app, copy something you like, and it will automatically be imported to EverClip. This app aggregates information from across the web (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Evernote, email, calendar, and contacts), and intelligently surfaces helpful insights. Postach.io is the easiest way to publish the thoughts you're already capturing in your Evernote. StudyBlue is your digital backpack.
Twice: Two Way Interactive Connections in Education. Your One Stop Source For K12 Videoconference Info 27 Classroom Management Strategies To Keep Things Fresh 27 Classroom Management Strategies To Keep Things Fresh Classroom management is as much about instructional design and relationships as it is rules and discipline. Though there are certainly exceptional situations, in general the more you’re having to hold them under your thumb, the more likely it is adjustments are necessary elsewhere. We recently shared on of Mia Macmeekin’s graphics–one thematically similar–when we published the visual “27 Ways To Respond When Students Don’t.” A nice follow-up to that collection are the following strategies that you can add to your teacher tool-belt. Oh–and check out our two favorite sets of classroom rules while you’re at it. 27 Classroom Management Strategies To Keep Things Fresh
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10 Benefits Of Blended Learning For Teachers [Infographic] - Blended learning–the mixing of eLearning and face-to-face learning–is a natural response to the growing accessibility of eLearning, and the continued need for a human component, and the existing infrastructure of countless brick-mortal educational institutions. In fact, blended learning is as much as compromise as it is an experiment to see how well this whole learn-by-computer thing works. But while much attention is given to the impact on students and academic performance, little thought is given for how it impacts teachers as professionals. The following infographic does exactly that, offering up 10 perceived benefits of blended learning on the teaching profession, including better information, team teaching, more time with students, and expanded opportunity for leadership.
Presentations Over the course of the Global Education Conference 2013, I was lucky enough to attend several fascinating sessions and keynotes which helped me better understand the work I do … As a global educator, I learn within, from, and with… Tagged with: #globaled13, conference, global collaboration, global education, learning, Malala, presentations, professional development, stories Posted in #GlobalEd13, Anne Mirtschin, Global Classroom, Heidi Hutchinson, Julie Lindsay, Presentations, Tatyana Chernaya It is hard to believe that we’re embarking on the third year of our #globalclassroom journey, but here we are. With our formal launch at #globaled13 (and repeat webinar the following day), Global Classroom 2013-14 is officially under-way. It looks… June / July 2013 is set to be a very busy month, with #globalclassroom Lead Teachers presenting at several major international conferences – in the United States and Qatar. “ A small group of thoughtful people can change the world.
8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom 8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom by Lila Daniels, onlineschools.com Teachers think about a lot during the course of a school day — from planning lessons tied to the core curriculum to making sure Jimmy gets home on the right bus. One thing teachers often do not think about is saving themselves time, but they should. You may feel like it’s just one more thing to add to your plate. Here are 10 ways to save your valuable time: 1. Organized correctly, technology really can make your life easier. The major difference between the two is price. 2. Learning management systems are a good way to employ a blended learning strategy. Search YouTube for dozens of videos on blended learning topics, including tutorials, discussions and real-life examples. 3. Some teachers harness the power of lesson planning sites to save time. 4. We’re not talking about your actual, physical desktop. Use a system that makes sense to you. 5. 6. Not all solutions are technology based. 7. 8. Teaching Time