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70 Tools And 4 Reasons To Make Your Own Infographics

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.

10 Herramientas para utilizar YouTube con fines educativos Por Miriam Schuager / 27 de diciembre de 2011 / Fuente: Wwwhat's New Si eres un educador sabrás que una de las mejores herramientas que contamos en la web es YouTube. Ya que contar con una plataforma de videos accesible hace que la enseñanza pueda ser más didáctica. TubeChop, Snipsnip y Splicd son tres diferentes servicios que nos ayudan a editar los videos que escojamos, recortando solo aquellas partes que son de nuestro interés. Por otro lado, si lo que necesitamos es visualizar videos con nuestros alumnos en tiempo real estando en distintos lugares, podemos utilizar Watch2gether. Una herramienta más compleja, si deseamos insertar un video en nuestro blog es Embedplus. En otras ocasiones, necesitamos combinar varios videos y crear uno solo, para ello contamos con DragonTape. Un servicio web que me gusta muchísimo es WeVideo, que nos permite editar un mismo video en tiempo real de manera colaborativa con diferentes personas.

Teaching Creativity – The Case for Mind Mapping If thinking is about making connections between pieces of information, then creative thinking is making the connections that no one else has seen. However, when we tell students to find relationships between seemingly disparate ideas, we often get blank stares—why? According to thinkers like Ken Robinson, it’s because our education system kills creativity. From the moment they lift a pen, students are taught to think linearly. It is no wonder that students can’t make connections between ideas when they reach college. We have strong evidence that Da Vinci, Descartes, Darwin and virtually every other iconic thinker traversed disciplines and distant plains of inquiry to reach powerful insights. Teaching Mind Mapping? I believe they can, particularly if they get access to helpful technology. Back in the 1980s, I became familiar with old fashioned mind-mapping back, and I used it to analyze and prioritize personal projects. And students value this too. About Jane Karwoski, PhD Print This Post

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. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

How To Use Blogs In the Classroom Blogs may be great educational tools and they give students complete freedom to publish content on the web, but if you don’t know how to effectively implement them into the classroom, they’re only as good as wadded up balls of paper in the trash. With the inception of Common Core standards and The No Child Left Behind Act, all educators require teaching literacy across the curriculum. Getting kids to write, especially the weaker writers, can be a challenge in itself but getting kids to write about math can be even more challenging – unless you use blogging as your literacy tactic. Blog writing is informal, unlike academic writing, which may be intimidating to some, if not all, of your students. What is a Blog? Blog is short for web log. Blogs are written on all kinds of topics from A to Z. How can Teachers and Students use Blogs? Teachers can use blogs to publish assignments, resources, and keep students and even parents up to date on class events, due dates, and content being covered.

Super Resources Introducing Glogster Glogster [31UGEB] Glogs: a Timeline Tool: and More Ideas: great example of a Glog: Book “How to Use Glogster” (141 pages.) Things to think about: What makes a good poster? Other Possible Tools: Are you Curious? Engage: Meet RoVen. Explore: In small teams, drive the rover and calculate the distance traveled in a particular amount of time. Elaborate: Using Create A Graph, develop a digital graph of data to display results. Evaluate: Gallery walk. 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

How To Make Your Own Educational Video Games Ever tried out a video game that’s left you a bit underwhelmed? What about when you invite students to play a video game and it not only falls flat but it actually distracts from learning? That probably wouldn’t happen if you could design your own educational video games. That’s where Gamestar Mechanic comes into, well, play. How Gamestar Mechanic Works Play and Learn Go on Quests that power up your game design skills and let you earn items you can use to make your own games Take Courses Take game design courses with professional instructors and get feedback on your designs from game industry pros Make Your Own Games Make original games with a powerful, easy-to-use design tool and a library of hundreds of sprites Join The Community Publish your games and connect with a community of over 250,000 designers whose games have been played over 5 million times Here’s a bit about Gamestar Mechanic and how it works. The Video

Classroom Freebies Too: Classroom Management Idea Our first grade team met with our kindergarten teachers for a sharing session. They had just attended a Nellie Edge seminar and came back with a wealth of ideas. This one's such a simple classroom management idea, but I think it's so USEFUL. Have students leave a "reserved" sign to save a place or materials they are using. This works well at center time, math time, or any other time when students are using materials and temporarily leave an area. I created Reserve My Spot! Download the packet HERE.

What If We Flipped Online Learning? If you’re an online student, taking an online course (perhaps at Modern Lessons or Khan Academy or Coursera or, well, the list goes on…), or simply looking into putting your lectures online, there’s something you should know. People are already considering what flipped online learning might look like. It’s a thought that’s being passed around some social media circles that I follow and illustrated in the below infographic. In short, flipped online learning would involve a larger focus on the student producing the learning materials and having an online instructor be more of a ‘guide on the side’ as it were. Essentially, it could be a never-ending class filled with a seemingly infinite number of lessons. Source: An Ethical Island

A History of Timelines & 5 Tools to Make Your Own Through Brain Pickings I discovered a neat set of timelines called the Cartographies of Time. The Cartographies of Time are historical map and timeline mash-ups. I've embedded one of my favorite images from the Cartographies of Time below. The Cartographies of Time made me think that it would be fun to have students create their own creative timelines like this one drawn as dragon, but if you would like to have your students create a more "traditional" multimedia timelines, I have a short list of good tools for that too. Better World Flux allows users to create animated visualizations of development data. Using XTimeline students can collaborate, just as they would when making a wiki, to build a multimedia timeline. Using the annotation and spotlight tools in YouTube's video editor your students can create a sequence of educational videos in a "choose your own adventure" style. Time Toast is easy to learn to use.

10 Minutes to Make – Impact – Priceless (The ease/reward of a unit slideshow) | Language Sensei As Foreign Language teachers we are continually focussing on teaching in ‘context’. It is the link between the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ that really helps to deepen both the learning (and the will to learn) within our students. One of the ways that I have started to experiment with setting context is through visuals – visuals from the target language country. So I hit the search engine – and looked for images – images of Japanese people doing, experiencing some of the activities that I knew were going to come up from my students – and also things specific to Japan. Quite quickly I had a set of 10-15 images that suited what I needed. I put the slideshow on ‘loop’ so that it played continuously as my students entered the room – and settled at their tables. Quick and easy to make – and a great (and easy) way to both set the stage for learning – and spark discussion. Colleen

10 Free Web Resources For Math Teachers And Students Time for some math. You either love it or hate it, but it makes the world go round. For me, math was always a struggle. I wanted to love it, but the numbers swirling in my head never seemed to straighten themselves out for the test. But maybe that’s just it–”the test.” Integrating math, math apps, project-based math, and math applications in society … the United States’ STEM initiative is important. What Can a Math Major Do? Professor Jim Olsen answers this question in style . Math Videos That Make Math Make Sense This very popular Learnist board has resources designed to dig in and get to the heart of making math understandable. Math Induction Coach Alicia Sullivan put together this list of math resources she loves. Math Playground Who doesn’t want to go to the Math Playground? BBC Skillswise This learning board links to adult math resources as taught by the BBC . Math/Maths Digital Education Resources When Am I Going To Use This Stuff? Math Games Make Math Fun! Grade 9 Math Mr.