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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.

SimCityEDU Is Coming Soon To A Classroom Near You Remember SimCity? Me too. I loved it. I adored it. I learned about both urban planning AND how to defend myself against giant monsters that suddenly appear from space. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that Electronic Arts is developing SimCityEDU . SimCityEDU will fit into the U.S. Details are still scarce at this point but the screenshot above via The Verge should whet your appetite like it did mine. **Want an early look? Online Speech Bubble Photo Editor - Create comic strips with 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?

Class Buddy: Student planner PanPlanner is a partner in this smart phone’s era that can change your lifestyle! By looking at today’s schedule organized in a simple way, changes in life will begin. Plan today. And double-check the schedules that you have completed. With a sense of achievement, you will look forward to another day. When we were planning days on paper and barely managing time, Franklin Planner was a big help. You can do many more things together rather than doing it alone. It is difficult to satisfy the needs of everyone in their schedule management. [Important Features of PanPlanner] ❖ Memo- Just by assigning a date on the memo allows it to be changed into a schedule, and for a schedule that you can’t complete, deleting a date of a schedule will transform it into a memo. - Images and maps can be attached in a memo just like the schedule. - Various categories such as a diary, to-do, information and so on can be added, edited for usage.

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