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10 Tools Every Teacher Should Master This Summer

10 Tools Every Teacher Should Master This Summer
According to Common Sense Media, 95% of teachers agree that using technology increases student engagement and 92% of teachers want to add more technology to their classroom. We at Getting Smart are still basking in an ISTE afterglow… we’d like to share 10 great tools that we were introduced to there and the reasons they are so worth taking the time to master this summer. These are the tools that will transform your classroom in the fall because you will notice the definite threads that run throughout all these applications… real-time, collaborate and creative! Those words together are sure to build a lot of excitement around exactly how educational technology is developing and transforming what school looks like! 1. LiveSlide – Ever have trouble getting students to pay attention and participate during class? 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Related:  Flipped 311 PHILOSOPHY

Five Ways to Visually Explore Wikipedia Wikipedia is one of the first places that students often go to get some background information on a topic they're researching. Besides just going to and entering a search, there are some other ways to explore the content of Wikipedia. Here are five ways that students can visually explore Wikipedia's content. Wiki Mind Map is a resource for visually exploring Wikipedia. Wikihood is a neat way to explore the world in your web browser. Wiki Field Trip is a neat website for exploring Wikipedia entries about places around the world. The Full Wiki offers an interesting mash-up of Google Maps and Wikipedia entries. One of the standard layers in Google Earth is the Wikipedia layer.

Nik's Learning Technology Blog Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity 1Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA2Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Universita di Padova, Padova, Italy3Department of Statistics, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA4Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA, USA5Consciousness Research Laboratory, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA, USA A recent meta-analysis of experiments from seven independent laboratories (n = 26) indicates that the human body can apparently detect randomly delivered stimuli occurring 1–10 s in the future (Mossbridge et al., 2012). The key observation in these studies is that human physiology appears to be able to distinguish between unpredictable dichotomous future stimuli, such as emotional vs. neutral images or sound vs. silence. This phenomenon has been called presentiment (as in “feeling the future”). In this paper we call it predictive anticipatory activity (PAA). Received: 16 January 2014; Accepted: 27 February 2014; Published online: 25 March 2014.

Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review In this excellent 3 part article series, Principal David Mahaley shares lessons learned from the 1:1 iPad program that he has overseen in his role as Principle of The Franklin Academy. David has written several excellent articles for EmergingEdTech, and is the author of the eBook Teaching and Sharing with the iPad: Instructor Quick Guide. I am delighted to publish this series of posts in which he shares the perspective of the Administrator, the Teacher, and the Student, after nearly 3 years of experience with integrating the iPad into the Academy’s curricula. – KW The Franklin Academy, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, completed its third year implementing iPads into the instructional environment. The Administrator We find that the demands of the education system to teach 21st Century Skills challenging when student access to the tools of technology is limited. Lesson 1 – Its About Workflow & Connectivity, Not Apps Lesson 2 – Staff Development & Support Lesson 3 – Be A Model Print This Post

Classroom Aid | Game Building Resources The best FREE resources of game building for teachers and children: Building games for teaching Teach with Portal – Today, innovative educators are finding ways to incorporate Portal™ and Portal 2 into their classrooms—helping teach physics and critical-thinking skills. Machinima (from Knowclue’s wiki) – Film making in virtual worlds can have many roles in education from digital story telling and making documentaries by students in the K-12 classroom to creative expression in the Arts to training farmers about climate change in developing nations. ClassTools – Over 20 free web tools for teachers … create quizzes, diagrams, and educational games, you can host them on your own site free of charge (licensed under creative common). … plus no log in. Purpose Games is a free service that allows users to create custom games, share, and play. Parade of Games in Powerpoint was developed by faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. GameSalad is the democratization of game creation.

8 Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day And How To Prevent Them 12.3K Flares 12.3K Flares × Get ready to have your mind blown. I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make all the time. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible decisions. Especially as we thrive for continues self-improvement at Buffer, if we look at our values, being aware of the mistakes we naturally have in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Regardless, I think it’s fascinating to learn more about how we think and make decisions every day, so let’s take a look at some of these thinking habits we didn’t know we had. 1. We tend to like people who think like us. This is called confirmation bias. It’s similar to how improving our body language can actually also change who we are as people. Confirmation bias is a more active form of the same experience. 2. 3. 4. Well, no. 5. 6. 7. The lesson here?

Käänteinen luokkahuone Käänteisen luokkahuoneen malli pähkinänkuoressa Oppilaat valmistautuvat tunnille katsomalla videon, kuuntelemalla podcastin tai lukemalla artikkeleita.Materiaaliin tutustumisen jälkeen oppilaat reflektoivat oppimaansa ja kehittelevät kysymyksiä itselle epäselvistä kohdista aiheeseen liittyenOppilaat jakavat kysymyksensä sosiaalisessa ympäristössäOpettaja katsoo kysymykset läpi ja painottaa tunnilla aikaa näihin ongelmakohtiin ja tehtävien harjoittelemiseen ja soveltamiseen.Tunneilla opettaja esittää kysymyksiä ja ongelmia joita oppilaat ratkaisevat yhdessä.Opettajan tehtävänä on tarkkailla ja tukea ryhmiä ja yksilöitä tarpeen tullen. Opettaja voi toki halutessaan varioida mallia tilanteen ja resurssien mukaan. Esim. pyytämällä oppilaita vain katsomaan tietyn videon ennen tuntia ja muuten pitäytymällä perinteisessä tavassa. Khan-Academy: Videot oppimisen mullistajana Khanin toiveena on globaali maailmanlaajuinen luokkahuoneympäristö netissä. Kokemuksia videoiden hyödyntämisestä opetuksessa

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The brain mechanism behind your inner voice Corollary discharge plays a central role in our motor system. It allows us to correct motor errors before we have committed them and it allows us to prevent confusion between self- and externally-caused sensory events. Dr Mark Scott How can we ‘hear’ ourselves speak even when we are not speaking aloud? Research published this month suggests that the same mechanism that means we cannot tickle ourselves is responsible… The study, which appeared in the Association for Psychological Science’s journal Psychological Science , involved two experiments aimed at testing the role of corollary discharge in participants’ experiences of inner speech. We are all familiar with the phenomenon of hearing our own voice inside our head despite not saying words out loud, but it has gone largely unexamined and unexplained until recently. "I suspect inner speech has not been a popular research topic for several reasons," Dr Scott began. Preventing confusion Development of consciousness?