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Teacher's Guide to Creating A Connected Classroom June 6, 2014 A connected classroom is a learning environment that is open to the outside world. One in which students get engaged in real life authentic learning that starts within their classroom and extends to reach other global learners. With the widespread of internet connection and web 2.0 technologies, creating a connected classroom becomes way easier than any time before. But before we delve into the web tools to use to open the doors of your classroom to to a global audience, let me first share with you some of the academic pluses of using a connected classroom approach. What is a Mystery Skype/Hangout ?

The Best Tech Tools for Teachers Members of the Education World Tech Team reveal the best technology tools for teachers. Included: Suggestions for using those tools in and out of the classroom. We asked members of the Education World Tech Team to tell us about the technology tools they find most useful in their professional lives and about the technology -- hardware, software, programs, applications, Web sites-- they use most often and most successfully with their students. This is what they said. 16 Websites to Teach and Learn Vocabulary There are now several web tools that are really great in teaching vocabulary and that you can use with your students in the classroom. We have curated a list a list of some of the best web tools to teach vocabulary. Check them down below.

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas Although students are evermore connected to the social web, many of these networks remain out-of-class digital playgrounds where students congregate. In a 2014 survey of 1,000 teachers, just one in five said they use social media regularly with students. Of course, it can be a challenge to incorporate social media into lessons. How information and communications technology (ICT) can connect children from around the world How can ICT help children learn about people from other cultures? Teacher Wilma Gordon has this week won an eTwinning European prize for an online school project which joined together primary school pupils from around Europe. Here, she explains the benefits of using ICT in the classroom and tells us about some useful tools. What role did ICT play in the success of the project? The schools involved used a variety of ICT tools. eTwinning provides an easily accessible platform for sharing materials and ideas.

Mystery Skype Jobs Created by My Students My students during a call Last year was my personal best for Mystery Skype. We did one almost every week, and by we I mean my incredible students. They took ownership and pride in ding the calls quickly, professionally, and efficiently, and I often stood back in awe watching them unfold.

50 Fab Apps for Teachers Less Is More You don’t need a one-to-one classroom (one device for every student) to integrate tablets into instruction. Whether you have one tablet or five, possibilities for teaching with them abound. Single Tablet Top Facebook Pages for English Language Learners Facebook can be an excellent resource for ESL students! Did you know there are Facebook pages just for students who are learning English? In this article, we list and review some of our favorite Facebook pages for English language learners. To view and "like" these pages, click on the links provided. If you are a teacher, check out our Top Facebook Pages for English Language Teachers.

edutopia Creating Social Media Guidelines A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom, by Vicki Davis (2014) Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use. For the second half of the discussion, read this post by Ben Johnson: "Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning?" Classroom Challenge: Be virtually everywhere for your students with Tellagami Have you ever wished you had a little helper to teach your students in ways that caught their attention, if only to break things up a bit? What if I told you that little helper existed, and it was, well, you…? Tellagami is a free mobile app (iTunes) (Google Play) that allows you to create a 3D-like speaking avatar to present information to whomever you’d like, then save the presentation to share anywhere, any time. There are a variety of ways to use Tellagami to support your curriculum, many of which will be covered here, along with a challenge for your class…

Great Mystery Skype Questions to Get You Started My students have grown into being quite good Mystery Skypers but it has taken them most of the year and many practice calls. One thing they have really worked on has been the act of asking great questions so we thought it would be nice to offer up some great sample questions for when you get started with Mystery Skype. However, the best way to grow is to not follow a list but instead discuss throughout the year what the best questions are for your class. For the USA Tools for - Board Game Maker, printable board games, 100% customizable Tools for Educators offers to use as resources for lessons, lesson plans and printable materials for English classes . More game board options listed below! The board game maker is a worksheet wizard that allows you to

47+ Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom . However, many teachers cannot access YouTube in their classrooms. That is why I originally wrote what became one of the most popular posts to ever appear on . That post is now fourteen months old and I've come across more alternatives in that time.

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