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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. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Related:  Flipped 3

Nik's Learning Technology Blog SimCityEDU Is Coming Soon To A Classroom Near You Remember SimCity? Me too. I loved it. 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 70 Tools And 4 Reasons To Make Your Own Infographics Infographics are everywhere. Some love them. Some hate them. But however you feel, it’s fun to learn a little bit in a short period of time. Most are made so you can quickly grasp the key concepts behind them. Why Should Classrooms Use Infographics Before we dive into the list, let’s talk about WHY you might want to make an infographic: 1) you run a blog or website that you want to display visually-engaging information and grab the attention of your readers. 2) you want to grab the attention of students by boiling down theories and content into key concepts that can inspire more in-depth learning. 3) you’re a student who wants to show off your understanding of concepts by analyzing, digesting, and then remixing it all into an elegant infographic. 4) you’re a teacher who wants to get students engaged and doing new projects. What Makes A Good Infographic? Tools To Make Your Own Infographics These tools are just the beginning.

AppShed - Build HTML5, iPhone and Android apps online for schools, education and business 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. 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. ❖ Share Schedule - The registered schedule can be sent to a friend through SMS.

Raki's Rad Resources: Top 10 Reading Websites for Elementary Students There are so many great websites out there for Elementary students that I decided to put together some Top 10 Lists for websites to use in the upcoming school year. For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting lists of sites to use for various subjects. Be sure to see the post I wrote about organizing websites, if you need a way to keep track of all of these. And feel free to leave a comment with any additional sites that might help everyone with this week’s subject – Reading. 1.) Storyline Online - This great website has famous actors and actresses reading quality children’s fiction. 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) For more resources to integrate technology into your classroom, check out my Technology Integration Kit. Top 10 Writing WebsitesTop 10 Math WebsitesTop 10 Science WebsitesTop 10 Social Studies WebsitesWebsites to Teach Typing SkillsWebsites to Create Videos

I'm a "Learner First" in a Whole New World Charles E. Gramatges has recently been appointed Head of Middle School at St. Thomas’ Episcopal in Houston, Texas. Until very recently, he was a middle school mathematics teacher at St. by Charlie Gramatges One of the biggest fears I have as I move into my first full-time administrative role in a school is being ready to handle the unexpected. That’s a pretty comforting statement. This fall, I will begin the academic year in a new position, as Head of Middle School at St. As I try to wrap my brain around the monumental change that is taking place in my professional life, I’ve been thinking back on my year as a participant in Powerful Learning Practice’s Connected Learner Experience and what the most important first steps in this new leadership role might be. The task of leading an entire division can seem insurmountable; there are so many areas on which I can focus. As I read that last paragraph, it may appear that I’m having a mini-panic attack. I can do this. About the author

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. It’s eye-opening to see how video games can be used in amazing and unexpected ways to help educate our next generation. You’ll find the beginnings of an engaging set of lesson plans, created by teachers, using the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker. 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. Others