10 Excellent Social Bookmarking Tools for Teachers February, 2014 Social bookmarking is a new concept that has seen the light with the emergence of bookmarking services like the ones I cited below.Semantically speaking, ' social bookmarking' is made up of the the term " social " which is related to society and general interactions between people, and the verb " to bookmark " (used here as a gerund ending in ing) which has to do with recording and/or saving content for both later use and quick access. Weaving the semantic reference of the two words results in social bookmarking as we know it today : a collaborative and collective saving and sharing of web content.' Below are some of the best social bookmarking websites I would recommend to teachers and students. Have a look and let us know what you think of them on our Facebook page. 1- Diigo This is my favourite tool for socialbookmarking.
How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad Update: Some of the feedback we are getting (an example of which you can see below in the comments section) is suggesting you might need certain rights for this to work–namely access to Google Apps in Education, and District admin rights. We will update this post when we find out more specific information, but it seems that the majority of this workflow is relevant to simple access to Google Docs/Drive itself. Please share in the comments any experience you might have.) The idea of a paperless classroom is not new.
5 Amazing Ways To Collaborate With Another Class “Ms. Clark, when are we going to do that again?” Nothing makes me happier as an educator than hearing those words – and lately, I have been hearing them a lot! 8 Things Every Teachers should Be Able to Do with Google Docs Today I am sharing with you a little guide I have created specifically for readers of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Each time I write about Google Docs I get several emails from people asking about how to apply a certain tip. I know Google Docs keeps improving and adding more features to it but the basic features it started with are still the same. Just give it some time and play around its features and you will learn a great deal of new things from. Use the the guide below to help you better master Google Docs.
What’s In a Selfie? March 4, 2014 by tomwhitby Well, if you watched the Academy Awards last week, you witnessed the global impact that social media has in the world. Ellen DeGeneres was able to take a picture of a group of actors that, in the first half hour of it being posted, was re-tweeted 700,000 times, which temporarily knocked Twitter off the Internet. It has now become the number one tweet of all time. That is one example of the effect that social media is continuing to have in countries around the world. We should not lose sight of the fact that many, many people were following the Oscar show hashtag to share the experience of the program with others.
Schooled by Google: How Google Apps is penetrating education (infographic) More than 20 million students currently use Google Apps, and another 10 million are soon to join, thanks to a deal with Malaysia . As students and schools are increasingly storing more of their data and documents in clouds of Google’s servers, Backupify recently announced that it has tripled its education user base, with more than 40,000 new education users since January of this year. Schools are using the cloud-based backup service to ensure critical data is archived and safe, even if it would be accidentally deleted or lost on Google’s servers. Education is a notoriously slow adopter of technology, but Google Apps is growing quickly, if not virally, doubling over the last two years.
Using Google Docs For Setting Up Conferences With Parents I used to hate setting up conferences! Don’t get me wrong, I love meeting with parents, but I despised the back and forth trying to find the perfect time slot for each parent. With three boys and both parents working in our house I understand the difficulty in scheduling. Find facts and do research inside Google Documents Today we’re introducing the research pane—a new feature that brings the web’s wealth of information to you as you’re writing documents. The research pane taps into Google Search directly from Google documents, so whether you want to add a cool destination to your itinerary for an upcoming trip to India or you're looking for the perfect presidential quote for a political science paper, you don’t even have to open a new tab. You can access the research pane from the Tools menu by right clicking on a selected word that you want to learn more about, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+R on Windows or Cmd+Alt+R on Mac. From the research pane, you can search for whatever info you need to help you write your document. With just a couple clicks you can look up maps, quotes, images, and much more.
Eliminate Tech from the Education Discussion February 26, 2014 by tomwhitby After five decades of being an educator, I am growing weary of the constant discussion over the divide between education and technology. When will we reach a point where we will discuss Education, teaching and learning without having to debate technology? Four new ways to customize your Google Forms From classroom pop quizzes to RSVPs for your family reunion, you can use Google Forms in tons of different ways -- which is why it's important to be able to customize each form to fit your needs. Starting today, you’ll be able to take advantage of four new features to create your perfect form: progress bars, data validation, embedded YouTube videos, and custom messages. Guide respondents through your survey with a progress bar Sometimes it’s helpful to give respondents a sense of how much of a survey still needs to be completed, and now you can by turning on a progress bar in your form. To turn it on, just check the progress bar box in the Form Settings tab. Get results the way you want them with data validation Let’s say you’re using Forms to collect sign ups for an email newsletter.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Creating Classroom Infographics Using these 2 Awesome Google Docs templates A lot of teachers think of creating infographics as something highly geeky that requires sophisticated technology knowledge. The matter of the fact is all you need is a rudimentary net knowledge which, since you are reading this post, you already have . I have already reviewed several of the web tools that teachers can use to create infographics to share with their students and one of my favourite tools of them all is Google Draw. You can check this visual step by step guide to see learn how you can create a poster using only Google Draw. There is also another easy way to create a classroom infographic using Google Docs. This time we are going to use pre-made templates.
Back to School With Google Docs Last year all of the students in our school district received Google Docs accounts and I was kept quite busy all year getting students up and running and then finding innovative ways to use the tools for learning. Upon reflection,if I got the opportunity to do it all over again there are three things I would make sure to do at the start of the year to kick off Google Docs. 1. Encourage Teachers to Create an In Box with a Google Form One of the challenges of using Google Docs with a class full of students is in managing all those Google Docs. While it's fairly easy for students to learn to share their work with you, the clutter that ends up in your email box can be overwhelming.
Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends DreamBox Learning, Inc, in partnership with Getting Smart This paper provides a snapshot of some of the dominant trends in the ever-evolving blended learning landscape, and takes a look at how innovative approaches are boosting achievement in elementary mathematics classrooms. The most important trend we see is a shift toward placing students firmly at the center of the learning process, enabled by blended learning approaches, and as this paper will show, there are multiple reasons to adopt this new paradigm. A major influence that is driving this change results from acknowledging the reality of the way we live today. We can no longer ignore the ubiquity of technology—we must to welcome it into our classrooms and learning activities.