46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences). The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world. So if you want to try to make infographics–or better yet have students make them–where do you start? Ed note: The original list has somehow become corrupted, so we’ve substituted the following list–only 36 tools, but the best of the bunch–visually, pikotchart, easely, etc.
Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons Illustration by Brian Stauffer Back in 2007, two high school science teachers in Woodland Park, CO, decided to try a “crazy idea.” “We said, ‘What if we stopped lecturing and committed all our lectures to videos?’” Flipping the classroom lets school become a place for talking, doing group projects, and getting individual help from teachers—and lets home become a place for watching instructional videos. Aside from the technology involved, it’s not necessarily a new idea. Ideally, flipping the classroom gives kids “a personalized learning experience,” says Wade Roberts, CEO of Educreations, which makes a free iPad app that more than 150,000 teachers are using to make interactive video lessons. Making class time count Librarians help teachers flip the classroom—and the media center. “The idea is to use technology to make sure that the time in the classroom isn’t spent on lecturing. Of course, just because a librarian or teacher posts a video doesn’t mean students will watch it.
The Teacher's Guide To Flipped Classrooms Since Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams first experimented with the idea in their Colorado classrooms in 2004, flipped learning has exploded onto the larger educational scene. It’s been one of the hottest topics in education for several years running and doesn’t seem to be losing steam. Basically, it all started when Bergman and Sams first came across a technology that makes it easy to record videos. They had a lot of students that regularly missed class and saw an opportunity to make sure that missing class didn’t mean missing out on the lessons. And voila: a movement began. A 2014 survey from the Flipped Learning network found that 78% of teachers said they’d flipped a lesson, and 96% of those that tried it said they’d recommend it. What is a flipped classroom? Once a new idea becomes a buzzword, pinning down the definition can become a tad more challenging. That gets the idea across, but it’s a bit of a mouthful. The Benefits of Flipping Your Classroom 1. 2. 3. The Backwards Classroom 1.
Laura Candler's Poetry Page Welcome to the poetry page on Teaching Resources! Here you'll find graphic organizers, books, printables, and other resources to help you introduce your students to the power of poetry. Featured Poetry Freebies Laura's Poetry Ebooks More Free Poetry Resources If you have problems viewing or printing the files below, please read the Helpful Hints on my Adobe Acrobat Reader Help Page. Featured Book: Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher Poetry Matters is the most amazing book! Poetry Books and Resources from Kristine O'Connell George Kristine O'Connell George is another favorite children's author and poet. Several years ago, I was honored to have Kristine share resources and teaching tips with my followers in a guest blog post on Corkboard Connections called Falling In Love With a Poem. Common Core Poetry Book Recommendations for Teachers Digital Poetry Lesson Take a look at this engaging lesson by Scholastic Teacher Christy Crawford: Digital Poetry - Make Words Zoom and Fly Across the Room!
¿Le damos la vuelta al aula…? The Flipped Classroom Seguro que has leído en algún artículo, o en algún tweet, la expresión Flipped Classroom, que atendiendo a la traducción literal sería algo así como la clase del revés. Bueno, lo que nos faltaba …poner a los alumnos boca abajo y que en ese momento llegara el mismísimo Inspector Zito The Flipped Classroom es un modelo de trabajo en el aula con el que están experimentando algunos docentes. Si bajo la estructura tradicional el tiempo que estamos en el aula, especialmente en los niveles superiores de secundaria y en enseñanza superior, se dedica a explicar la materia y acercar al alumnado a las ideas fundamentales de cada unidad didáctica, mientras que las tareas se hacen en casa, bajo la estructura que propone la ‘clase del revés’, es precisamente al contrario: en casa los estudiantes acceden a los contenidos mientras que las tareas se desarrollan en el aula. Los docentes tienen más tiempo en el aula para trabajar con cada estudiante, conocer mejor sus necesidades y sus avances. 1. 2. 3. 4.
5 Digital Tools For The Flipped Classroom Hafsa Wajeeh, dtopgadgets Have you “Flipped your classroom” yet? The flipped classroom is a useful technique that has moved lectures out of the class, and onto digital media. A number of tools are available that can be used to record lectures, including YouTube, Edmodo, Schoology, and Moodle. 1. The first tool is Panopto. If you are a teacher and you are using Panopto, you don’t have to worry about uploading your lectures because it is integrated to a Course Management System, Canvas. Panopto is as useful for students as it is for teachers. 2. Tegrity is another great tool that is used for flipping the class. To use Tegrity, you don’t have to change your teaching style. As a student, you have freedom to find a specific portion of a lesson, bookmark it, and you can also send electronic questions to your teachers. 3. Screencast-o-matic is a tool that helps a teacher in recording everything they do does on their computer. 4. 5. Image attribution flickr user flickeringbrad
5 Steps to Create Stunning Slideshows with Audio Using YouTube The first thing that comes into your mind when you want to create a slideshow is using one of those popular web tools such as Google Presentations, Sliderocket...etc; there is, However, a very easy, simple and quick way to create stunning slides from pictures and photos using just YouTube. Since its last upgrade, YouTube has introduced a set of very important tools that are integrated within users accounts and are completely free to use. These tools are meant to enhance users productivity by giving them access to all the services they might need while working on their videos. Using YouTube to create photo slideshow is quite easy and students will definitely love to work on it. 1- First you need to be logged in to your YouTube account. 2- Select " create " under photo slideshow 3- Select the photos for your slideshow. 4- You can always add more photos by clicking on " add more photos "
Pros and Cons of The Flipped Classroom The flipped classroom has been gathering steam for a few years now. The premise: watch videos of instruction or lecture at home, and do the “homework” with the teacher in class. The Flipped Class: What it is and What it is Not In reality, there isn’t a whole lot of philosophical or theoretical information that I believe I can personally share that will be cutting edge, or not met with a new debate. The Flipped Class: What Does a Good One Look Like? So instead of telling you what a flipped classroom is and what a flipped classroom is not, I decided to go to the specialists, the teachers in my district, to find out how the flipped classroom is, or is not, working for them in their actual classroom. A simple note sent to the staff began a wave of information that I’m excited to share. Classroom management tips to get parents more involved in your classroom. Today we honor the unsung heroes of the teaching profession, the fleet of... Tips to help you discover how to motivate students. Positives:
5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers Have you been thinking about flipping your classroom this fall? Flipping can let you make the most of face-to-face time with your students. Rather than taking class time to introduce content and using homework to review concepts, flip the process so that students gain basic knowledge at home and then create, collaborate, and make connections in school. Creating video used to be out of reach for most teachers. 1. Flipping is not an all or nothing deal. Tip: With elementary students, and even middle school, begin by creating centers in your classroom where students can experience the process of learning by video with your support. 2. There really is a difference between talking at your students and talking to them. Tip: When using video and screencasts, think about the modalities that they afford – moving pictures, drawing, type, audio, and your own persona. 3. Pay attention to import and export issues with your video creation tools. 4. Tip: Don’t be afraid to abort mission! 5.
Iroquois WebQuest Welcome to the Iroquois WebQuest ! Your task is to follow the links below to gather information about the Iroquois, the Native Americans who once inhabited most of what is now New York State. As you visit each site you will be searching for the answers to a specific set of questions. Record your answers in the graphic organizer packet you will be given. Who are the Iroquois? Organizer 1 : Go to The Iroquois of the Northeast . What did the Iroquois call themselves? Organizer 2 : At the same site , follow the link for THE THREE SISTERS. What were "the Three Sisters?" Organizer 3 : At the same site , follow the link for IN THE FOREST. What were the roles of men in Iroquois society? Forest and Clearing Organizer 4 : Find out about Iroquois homes and answer the following questions. What was an Iroquois home called? Organizer 5 : Explore an Iroquoian village and answer the following questions. Why were villages built on plateaus? The Iroquois Confederacy Return to our first site .
The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con In 2012, I attended the ISTE conference in San Diego, CA. While I was only there for about 36 hours, it was easy for me to pick up on one of the hottest topics for the three-day event. The "flipped classroom" was being discussed in social lounges, in conference sessions, on the exhibit floor, on the hashtag and even at dinner. People wanted to know what it was, what it wasn't, how it's done and why it works. Others wanted to sing its praises and often included a vignette about how it works in their classroom and how it transformed learning for their students. Still others railed that the model is nothing transformative at all and that it still emphasizes sage-on-the-stage direct instruction rather than student-centered learning. What It Is The authors go on to explain that the model is a mixture of direct instruction and constructivism, that it makes it easier for students who may have missed class to keep up because they can watch the videos at any time. What It Isn't Why It Works
How Flipping The Classroom Is Working In Turkey I’ve seen flipped classrooms in many countries. It’s one of the biggest trends in education right now. Flipping the classroom and making the teacher more of a moderator than a lecturer has proven to be an exciting new way to get schools and students excited about learning. In a rare look, we now have a glimpse at how flipping the classroom is working in Turkey. The video details how students felt about homework prior to flipping, what happened when the classrooms were flipped, and if it all worked out. There is also a feature of the flipped classrooms in Turkey where students have a formal role as leaders.
10 Creative Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning The following post was co-authored by EdTechTeacher’s Beth Holland & Tracy Sockalosky. When we think about the tools and resources that benefit all learners, certain key attributes come to mind: multiple modalities, scaffolding, communication, collaboration, and support. While there are hundreds of tools and devices available, we have found 10 strategies to maximize the learning possibilities through creative uses of All Things Google . 1. Google Docs At its most basic level, Google Docs provides students with a foolproof means to access their work from any device. On a deeper level, working in shared Docs also creates an almost real-time feedback loop. Docs do not have to be used only for assessments. 2. Imagine having the ability to know your students’ comprehension level before they walk into class or immediately after you introduce a new concept. 3. What if your students could hear your thoughts as you read their work and provided input? 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
The Flipped Class as a Way TO the Answers One common criticism of the the Flipped Class is that it really isn’t that big of a change. A recorded lecture is still just a lecture. Instead of students sitting in a room and hearing a “boring” lecture we bore them at home. There really isn’t anything revolutionary about a video lecture. If all the flipped classroom is lectures at home and homework in class, then yes–I agree with the pundits: The Flipped Class is just window dressing on a broken system. I believe that the flipped class is NOT the answer to today’s educational problems. However: I do believe that: The Flipped Class is a way TO the answers. I have seen countless teachers who have STARTED with the traditional flipped class. Aaron Sams and I only spent one year flipping our class in a traditional manner. For those teachers who are already using one or more of these deeper teaching pedagogies, you should not flip your class. For these teachers, we want to help them move to deeper learning strategies. I hope all is well.