50 Fab Apps for Teachers Less Is More You don’t need a one-to-one classroom (one device for every student) to integrate tablets into instruction. Whether you have one tablet or five, possibilities for teaching with them abound. Single Tablet • Independent reading Load up your tablet with books in a reading app. Allow students to check out the tablet for the day or week for in-class use, just as they would a book from the class library. Have students sign a contract that they’ll handle the tablet properly.
10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. Emulate four classic drum machines in your browser Last week we were making acid house in our browsers, now we have the HTML 5 Drum Machine Emulator. Created by developer Jamie Thomson, the emulator lets you select from five different kits, including Roland’s iconic TR-808 and TR-909, the Linndrum, Elektron’s Machinedrum, and an acoustic drum kit for those who like things a little more natural. As well as adopting the look of the drum machine it’s emulating, the app works pretty well too.
Free English Grammar Exercises and Quizzes Grammar Exercises Here are all the English grammar exercises on the site so far. Be sure to check my 'what's new' page to see when I put up new ones. Lesson Plan: Updating Orwell's '1984' Overview | How does George Orwell’s vision of technology and its uses in “1984” compare with today’s reality? How have concerns about privacy and freedom expressed in the novel been manifested in the contemporary world? In this lesson, students compare and contrast the world, people and technologies of “1984” with those of today and create a treatment for a modern film, print or stage adaptation that revolves around current technologies. Materials | Full text of “1984,” computers with Internet access, software for podcasting and projection equipment, copies of the handout “1984” vs. Today (PDF), video cameras and film-editing software (optional) Warm-Up | Give students the following list of words from “1984”:
100 Search Engines For Academic Research Back in 2010, we shared with you 100 awesome search engines and research resources in our post: 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars. It’s been an incredible resource, but now, it’s time for an update. Some services have moved on, others have been created, and we’ve found some new discoveries, too. Many of our original 100 are still going strong, but we’ve updated where necessary and added some of our new favorites, too. Check out our new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for. Quizzes Based On VOA Programs There are 102 multiple-choice quizzes. Other VOA Sections: America - History - Mosaic - People - Places - Quizzes - Studying - Words - RSS - More Quiz yourself on English grammar and vocabulary while reading scripts from VOA Special English.Not only can you practice English, but you can learn many interesting things while doing so.
Standardized Tests 14 September, 2014 Photo Credit: Alberto G., via Flickr Voice 1 Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Ryan Geertsma. Project Based Learning Introducing an irresistible project at the beginning of a unit of study can give students a clear and meaningful reason for learning. Plus, they end up with a product or result that could possibility make a difference in the world! In project based learning students are driven to learn content and skills for an authentic purpose. PBL involves students in explaining their answers to real-life questions, problems, or challenges. It starts with a driving question that leads to inquiry and investigation.