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Next Vista for Learning

Next Vista for Learning
Even though spring hasn't quite sprung yet, our spring contest, Super Thoughts, is here! With a deadline of Friday, April 25, there's lots of time for you to leap a tall building in a single bound and put your super thoughts into a video. The Super Thoughts Video Contest page comes to the rescue for all the details! Cool Designs now has some cool contest winners! The teacher winner is Crosswalk from Cove School teacher Erich Dressen in Oregon, USA. The collaboration winner is Allow Us to Illustrate, created by teacher Tricia Fuglestad and some Dryden Elementary School students.

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Try Presefy to Share Presentations to Your Students' Mobile Devices Presefy is a neat service that you can use to share your presentations to your students' mobile devices. Through Presefy you can control your slides from your computer or from the browser in your iPad, iPhone, Android phone, or any other mobile device that has a web browser. When you advance the slides in your presentation the slides also advance on your students' mobile devices. Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School Jane Mount/MindShift The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year. Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. While those things are important, Alan November, a former teacher-turned-author and lecturer says the most important ideas to hammer home will help students learn on their own for the rest of the year.

Top 9 TED Talks on Information Overload 1inShare We are living in age of Big Data.We are constantly inundated by all kinds of information and from different and varied sources. No human beings before us ever dealt with the this amount of information we are dealing with now.

Old Man River Project: GPS and Place-based Learning The National Geodetic Survey was formed by Thomas Jefferson in 1807 to survey the US coastline. Geodesy – a science that involves measuring changes in the location of points on the Earth’s surface, Earth size and shape. Uses fixed locations (benchmarks), stable structures (monuments), multiple points (datum), along with triangulation, trigonometry, & GPS.

Johnnie's Math Page - The Best Math for Kids and their Teachers -Hundreds of Interactive Math Tools, Math Activities, and Math Games Johnnie's Math Page is the site to find fun math for kids, math games, and even a little math homework help. Interactive math activities from across the web have been organized by topic to make math learning enjoyable and interesting. These activities have been chosen to represent the range of math learned from kindergarten to middle school. I have put together resources for middle school math. In the middle school math section you will find fantastic models for all kinds of algebra- from linear equations to quadratics.

The Best of Free Technology for Teachers - Survey Results Last week I posted a Google Form in which I asked readers of Free Technology for Teachers to vote for their favorite ed tech tools. At midnight last night I closed the survey and Google Forms compiled the results for me. Below are the tools that were the most popular in each category. Video creation: iMovie for iPad (free with new iPads) won by a slight margin over Animoto and WeVideo. Audio creation/ editing:SoundCloud came out on top.

How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing Asking if technology enhances learning is like asking if dogs are playful. Whether we're discussing tech or those furry mouth-breathers, the answer is the same: it depends on the situation. Here's a better line of inquiry: how do you coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies in order to positively influence academic achievement? The 10 Most Important Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers YouTube is packed full of educational stuff to share with students. It is usually our first choice when thinking about video resources online. It is true that YouTube interface is not student friendly particularly with the annoying ads and sometimes irrelevant and indecent content on the list of the featured videos but thanks to web technologies , we can now use these awesome tools to easily control the content that is displayed on YouTube and make it educationally relevant platform for our students. The other thing that YouTube offers for us in education and that is of high importance to teachers and educators is YouTube Channels. These are pages created around a certain topic providing different videos all related to the development of a certain cause. In this regard, I have went through some of these channels and compiled a list of some of the best ones that are useful for teachers.

21st Century Skills for Teachers: A Graduate Level Class Hello, learning network. I’ve been working on the early stages of designing a graduate level class that introduces teachers to the concept of 21st century skills and how to help students develop them. This evening I’ve completed the “design document” and I’ve decided to share it here in hopes of receiving feedback from some of you: 21st Cent Literacy Design Document

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