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4Teachers Comprehensive Guide to Using Skype in the Classroom Images are Screenshots via education.skype.com - The Skype name, associated trade marks and logos and the "S" logo are trade marks of Skype. The pioneer in internet VoIP calling and videoconferencing technology known as Skype has been revolutionizing the ways that many of us communicate. Whether it’s for personal interaction between family members and friends, or helping small businesses to reach out to a larger target audience, this popular technology, which allows for free or low-cost audio/video communications over the global Internet, has become a standard bearer for the future of telecommunications. Although Skype has been useful in many kinds of businesses, it has perhaps been most effective in areas like education, where person-to-person interaction is the fundamental basis of providing instruction to students. Chapter 1: Installing and getting started with Skype is generally easy, but there are some important steps users need to follow, including: Chapter 2: On Presentation Day...
Subtext VoiceThread in a 1st-grade Classroom Jennifer Orr: Here we've got George as our first picture. But look what we can do here, are you ready to see this? We can move the pictures around. It's not moving as easily as you'd hoped, huh? We've got George and George with his family and then we've got Ben. Student: I think we should put the battle first. Jennifer Orr: Why? Student: Because he battled first before he was president. Jennifer Orr: Okay. Student: Declaration of Independence first. Student: Because I think he did it first. Jennifer Orr: Okay. Students: No. Jennifer Orr: Do you think that was a really important thing he did? Students: Yes. Jennifer Orr: Come move it. So it’s kind of a neat thing to put after George. Jennifer Orr: And I wanted to spend the time sorting those images both to kind of make sure that they understood the difference between George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Jennifer Orr: Alright, in just a minute, I’m going to send a few of you off to record your thoughts. Student: This is George Washington.
K12 Online Conference 50 Ways to Integrate Technology - Ways to Anchor Technology in Your Classroom Tomorrow Using Free Websites as Learning & Teaching Tools 1. Have students use Spelling City to learn their spelling words, vocabulary words, or site words through games, practice, and quizzes. Spelling City is a free resource for teachers. www.spellingcity.com 2. www.brainpop.com 3. www.dovewhisper.com 4. www.flashcardexchange.com 5. people.uncw.edu/ertzbergerj/ppt_games.html 6. www.clustrmap.com 7. www.ustream.tv 8. www.fanfiction.net 9. www.ccmixter.org 10. www.toolsforeducators.com 11. www.animoto.com/education Share your ideas for integration on Animoto. 12. www.makebeliefscomix.com 13. www.wordle.net 14. www.surveymonkey.com 15. www.readwritethink.org/materials/timeline 16. www.kerpoof.com 17. classtools.net 18. www.buildyourwildself.com 19. www.freerice.com 20. www.fluxtime.com Using Free Websites for Management 21. www.myavatareditor.com 22. www.dropbox.com 23. www.evernote.com 24. www.superteachertools.com 25. www.sharinglinks.com 26. www.bighugelabs.com 27. rubistar.4teachers.org 28. fur.ly 29. www.jingproject.com
How To Improve Your Social Media Skills In 30 Minutes A Day Getting the most out of social media takes time and effort, right? Only if you let it. In fact, there’s a popular visual going around that was originally made for marketers but could just as easily be useful to teachers, students, and school administrators. Whether you’re a social media expert, beginner, or somewhere in between, this has some awesome tips to help you improve your social media skills and more. The tips are divided into particular social networks. Scheduling Messages Some of the biggest tips are really marketers-only, mind you. Talk To People Talking To You Another solid tip I see in the Pinterest section is to ‘engage with recent pinners’ which can be translated into ‘talk to people who are talking to you.’ What are some of your time-saving social media tips?
Why Wikis Still Matter Wiki is a Hawai'ian word meaning "fast" or "quick." As a technology platform, Ward Cunningham installed the very first wiki on the Web in 1995. That was two years before the word "weblog" was coined (and four years before that term was shortened to "blog"). The reasons to use wikis remain the same as ever: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Despite all the benefits of wikis -- from ease-of-use to collaborative workspaces, they're still viewed by some as confusing and unwieldy. With a wealth of other Web 2.0 tools, collaborative software, and content management systems to choose from, many argue that wikis are "passe." But in some ways, it just seems that wikis suffer from an image problem. Harvard's Nieman Lab recently looked at the successes of Wikipedia, asking why that project was successful while so many other collaborative encyclopedias have failed.
VoiceThread Research Educators and Administrators contact us frequently for scholarly articles and studies that can be referenced in applications for educational grants or federal funding for VoiceThread. Here we endeavor to compile a list of these sources for research relevant to VoiceThread in K-12 Education. * Resource requires purchase for full text.** Resource requires institutional subscription or one-time purchase for full access. eBooks * Stair, K. (2013). Summary: Versatile, easy-to-navigate, and interactive, VoiceThread equips teachers to deploy numerous best instructional practices that engage 21st century students in rigorous literacy activities. Scholarly Articles ** Akasha, O. (2011). Abstract: The purpose of this workshop is to help K-12 teachers to understand some useful techniques in using the VoiceThread web 2.0 in and out of the classroom. Brunvand, S. & Byrd, S. (2011). ** Bush, L. (2009). Abstract: Today's classrooms are definitely changing. ** Carlson, D.L. & Archambault, L. (2013).
How It Works - Redefining classroom learning. Empowering instructors. Teaching Functionality Easy Lesson Plan Development Use the web-based app to build, edit and manage your lesson plans in our Show-Explain-Ask framework. Here you can infuse your lesson plans with media elements & videos (things you want to show), notes & examples (things you want to explain) and real-time assessments (things you want to ask). Project Project videos, images, documents, questions, notes, real-time scribbles/annotations and more to large screen surfaces using the built in projection feature. Broadcast Use the broadcast feature to send content & media, videos, assessments and more directly to student devices or pair it with the projection feature to engage students with multiple screens. Assessments Perform formative assessments in-class and gain real-time feedback on student & class comprehension. Annotate/Scribble Shared White boarding Create Activity Feature Administrative Functionality Classroom (or device) Management Automated Attendance Reporting Student Functionality Bookmark
Effectively Use The Top 4 Social Networks Have you ever wondered why you need to be a member of the top 4 social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the whole host of other social networking sites that your friend invite you to be a part of? Maybe you should only join Facebook. Or maybe Google+ would be the better option. Doesn’t everyone end up connected in all of the same places anyway? Well, the short version of the answer is no. But this handy infographic takes a look at who is using which social networks and for what.
Web-based Concept Mapping Tools for Learning | The Instructional Innovations Blog Do you use concept maps to show relationships among different topics/sub concepts in your classes? Or do you draw diagrams to brainstorm or organize your thoughts? Concept maps (similar to mind maps, topic maps, or semantic maps) are a popular education tool to represent relationships between different ideas by visually connecting links through arrows, lines, and labels. In addition to words and lines, maps can be color-coded and include images, photos, and hyperlinks to other websites to support messages. Common uses of concept maps are include outlining projects, communicating abstract topics, presenting ideas, brainstorming and organizing thoughts. Although proprietary mapping software has been in existence for quite some time (e.g., Inspiration), several different websites now provide interactive tools and interfaces to create these maps online – often free of charge and with an option to collaborate with others over the web. Minddomo ( Like this:
Backchannel in Education ? Nine Uses :: Agile Learning I wanted to share some additional thoughts on Cliff Atkinson’s new book, The Backchannel, and its implications for higher education. As I mentioned in my earlier post, the first chapter of the book is available online and provides a very clear introduction to the logistics and possibilities of the backchannel. What might the backchannel look like in educational settings? “The Twitter Experiment,” a five-minute YouTube video, shows how UT-Dallas history professor Monica Rankin used Twitter to facilitate a backchannel discussion. Purdue University has developed a system called Hotseat that facilitates backchannel discussion. (I’ve been meaning to talk about Hotseat here on the blog for a while now. What are some other ways that backchannel might function in educational settings? Notetaking: Students can take their notes during a class in the backchannel. That was fun thinking through these options!