20 Ways to Keep Your Students' Attention As the end of the year approaches, it can be more and more challenging to keep your students' attention. Brain Breaks are important, but there are plenty of things you can do within a lesson to keep kids from day dreaming...or worse yet, nodding off. Here are some ideas:Desk Switch: Students have ten seconds (count down from ten) to find another desk to sit in that is in a different part of the room than his or her normal desk. Students stay in that desk for the rest of the lesson. Why? Did you get a new idea? 50 Little-Known Ways Google Docs Can Help In Education 5 Ways To Be A Better Public Speaker 7.16K Views 0 Likes If you've been asked to speak at a conference or host a seminar, you may be shaking in your boots. Not only is the thought of speaking in public nerve-wracking, but being in charge of a seminar that no one wants to at... My 10 Favorite Learnist Boards Of The Year 2.66K Views 0 Likes I wanted to take a moment and share my favorite Learnist boards from the past year.
Building the Culture of an Empowered Mindset Towards Technology Innovation Reading Without Tears: Use the iPad to Encourage Reluctant Readers By Emily | October 18, 2012 | 2 comments If your child has a meltdown when it’s time to “drop everything and read,” consider using the iPad to build good reading habits and to help your child find content that interest him. Of course parents can tell a child that “there’s no iPad until you’ve done your reading.” And, there are many, many high-quality kids book appsavailable that encourage children to read, for some kids reading remains a chore. Look for apps which, while they aren’t books, still require reading. Let your child watch BrainPop with the mute button on, so he has to read along on his own. Make reading more like a game. Work more reading into a child’s play time. Track a child’s progress. Do you have a reluctant reader at home? Photo courtesy of Flickr user Creative Donkey.
8 Must-Have Google Chrome Apps For Students The Internet is an irrefutable source for information and a necessity for all students. But between social media sites, an endless number of news sources and viral videos, it’s almost too easy to be distracted when taking notes in class, studying for a final, or writing a paper. However, with today’s technology, students can take control of their browser by using customizable web apps and extensions to stay on task. Web apps offer a personalized browsing experience for you and your needs. Google’s Chrome browser has effective web apps to help students create a focused, more productive and intuitive way to study while online. Below are some of the top web apps for students looking for helpful tools to focus while online, as selected by Google’s Chrome Web Apps Guru, Rahul Roy-Chowdhury. StayFocusd – StayFocusd is a productivity extension that helps you focus on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites.
7 Steps on How to Use the New Edmodo Edmodo recently released a new look for their website. Many times when a website changes there’s a ton of confusion about old features, new features, and where everything is now located. Not with Edmodo! The simple and clear design makes it easy to navigate between all of the tools. So there shouldn’t be too much confusion for existing users, and teachers who want to learn how to use Edmodo for the first time are met with a sleek and simple interface. Here are a few videos on how to navigate the new Edmodo site, and how to use the basic features for anyone interested in learning to use Edmodo in the classroom. 1. The first and most simple skill with Edmodo is creating an account. 2. After creating an account, the next step is to create a group. 3. Posting notes to the group feed inside Edmodo is the easiest way to get the discussion going within your virtual classroom. 4. Let Edmodo be your virtual library! 5. 6. Get yourself and your students organized with the Edmodo planner. 7.
Excellent Audio Recording Apps for iPad The huge importance of iPad as a learning and teaching device lies in the fact that it can be used as a fundamental media production tool with students inside the classroom. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been tapping into some of the areas and ways teachers and educators can use iPad both constructively and productively. We have , for instance, reviewed apps for video creation , apps for storytelling, reading apps, apps to improve writing, and the list goes on. Today, we are providing you with another great set of iPad productive apps but this time for recording and generating audio clips and messages to share with students . 1- AudioBoo Audioboo is an application for recording and sharing your voice with the world. 2-`iTalk Recorder `` iTalk Recorder is a full-featured recording app with a streamlined and intuitive user interface. 3- Mobile Podcaster 4- iPadio `` Broadcast, record, play back and share high quality audio up to 60 minutes in length. 5- Voice Recorder HD
10 Killer Google Chrome Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts As Google's Chrome browser celebrates its second anniversary, we thought it appropriate to commemorate the occasion with some handy tips and tricks. Here are 10 tried and tested hints that will help you to get the most out of Chrome by taking advantage of some of its more functional tools and time-saving setups. Read through the suggestions below and let us know which ones you'll be trying out, or any tricks we haven't included, in the comments box. 1. Open Multiple Pages on Startup Rather than just one trusty homepage, you can get Chrome to open several pages as it starts up, giving you instant access to whatever sites and services you prefer to start your day with. It's easy to setup. If you click "Add" it brings up a list of recently browsed sites to choose from, or you can manually enter a URL in the box at the top. Now, the next time you fire up your browser, those pages will be automatically loaded in the order in which you entered them, saving you some precious time. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
The Beginner's Guide to Evernote If you've felt the crush of information overload and wanted to get organized, it's time to check out Evernote. The cloud-stored notebook has a strong presence as both a computer and mobile app, along with a web platform, so you can access one organized Evernote account from all kinds of places. Evernote just celebrated its five-year anniversary, too. It's a testament that neither the service nor your data are going anywhere. Using Evernote can be intimidating if you're just starting out, though, so Mashable created this guide to getting the most out of cloud note-taking. Setting Up Evernote is available for free for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and Windows Phone. With your free account, you are permitted 60 MB of uploads per month, with each month rolling over on the 13th. Notes and Notebooks Once you've created your account, Evernote will set up a notebook with your username. To create a Note, just click "New Note" on Evernote's top taskbar. Notes have a few extra features, as well.
iPads in Guided Reading Before a class set of iPads I was differentiating my literacy centers for guided reading. Here were some of literacy centers and how I differentiated them: 1. Word Study--At the beginning of the year, it is beginning sounds. As the year progresses it is ending sounds, short vowel sounds, blends, digraphs, long vowels, irregular verbs. I made copies of the CD's or tapes so I would not use my originals in tape decks (so little hands would not ruin the tape by pushing record). Now, I use iPads during guided reading. Here are some of the apps I use. I am working on incorporating Raz-kids where the students will also be assigned leveled books based on their guided reading.
Google Docs secrets: 20 power tips Help If you haven’t looked at Google Docs recently, now’s a good time to check it out. The office suite, which works entirely within a browser window, has slowly but steadily continued to evolve into a highly usable set of free tools. The lineup has come a long way since Google bought the collaborative Writely word processor in 2006. We’ve taken an extended look under the hood of Google Docs and uncovered 20 tips for getting more done by exploring some of the less obvious features in its word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software—with a few hints for Gmail, too. 1. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to search both Gmail and your list of Google documents at the same time? Scroll down until you get to the Apps Search entry; there, click Enable, and then click the Save Changes button at the top or bottom of the list. 2. 3. In the resulting dialog box, click the All Items tab. 4. To lose the toolbar and use your entire browser window for editing, select View and then Hide Controls.
10 Best Free Screen Recorders The best free screen recorders available out there have been listed by us below. You’re probably here because you want to prepare a presentation for the boardroom or class. Or you may want to create a ‘How to’ video on installing or playing around with software. 1. We’re going to start the show with a Krut which has been programmed using Java, meaning you won’t need to install the file after you download it. So you will be able to avail of an audio clip in WAV encoding, a MOV video file which does not contain audio and a MOV movie which has both the audio and video. 2. The second option in this free screen recorders collection is one which has been designed especially as presentation and tutorial creation software. You can also choose to litter your project with titles, boxes, explanations, buttons and so on and so forth. 3. You can export videos in AVI, WMV, FLV, WebM and MP4 formats and images in JPEG and PNG. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10: For Mac users – Conclusion:
How To Safely Clean Your Tablet Or Smartphone's Touchscreen Cleaning a smartphone touchscreen is simple. You don’t need a special cleaning kit or cleaning solution to safely clean your tablet or smartphone’s touchscreen – you can do it with materials you probably have on hand. However, you do need to know what to avoid – many common types of cloths and cleaning solutions can damage a touchscreen. Once you understand what to do and what not to do, you can safely clean a smartphone or tablet’s touchscreen in just a few seconds, removing the build-up of oil, dust, and other grime that can accumulate on these devices as we rub our fingers over them all day. What Not To Do Before we go over a quick and easy method to safely clean your device’s touchscreen, let’s cover some things you should never do to clean a smartphone touchscreen: NEVER use harsh chemicals, including Windex, anything with ammonia, or alcohol-based cleaners. This process will be different if you have a screen protector on your screen. Get a Microfiber Cloth Why a microfiber cloth?
25 Things Teachers Should Know About Gamification Gamification has been a big buzzword in education in recent times. Using game-style methods to incentivize students to get their learn on can be fun and effective teaching and learning methods.Take a look at these 25 things that all teachers should know about gamification. See Also: The 100-Second Guide To Gamification In Education From the most simple questions (like, ‘what is gamification, anyway?) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Dr.