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Helping Students, Teachers and Parents Use the Internet Effectively

Helping Students, Teachers and Parents Use the Internet Effectively
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Learning Historical Research - Home William Cronon (Photo by Rees Candee) Welcome! We've designed this website as a basic introduction to historical research for anyone and everyone who is interested in exploring the past. Whenever you frame a question with reference to how things have changed over time, you commit yourself to doing historical research. All of us do this all the time, but not everyone thinks very carefully about the best ways of finding information about the past and how it relates to the present. The website is divided into two major sections: The first surveys essential stages of the research process. Individual pages are designed to be read from beginning to end, and the pages about the research process follow a logical order that mimics the phases of working on a historical project. Almost any question you can imagine asking about any topic will become more intriguing if you consider the ways in which the subject you're investigating has changed over time. Return to Top of Page Note-taking keywords

8 (free) websites to create cool student projects online Creating an online project is a great way to help students to demonstrate that they have learned something. Below you will find 8 websites that offer great options for any teacher and all are free to use. The first five have screenshots of examples that I created. Fake Movie Poster Creating a movie poster is a great school project. Photovisi Here is another website to create great poster projects. Be Funky This site is better known for its photo editing but it also allows users to create photo collages. Poster My Wall Yet another terrific site for creating poster projects for the classroom. is a fantastic online tool that appears to be intended for business but would work really well in the classroom. Word Draw is a site that offers free professional looking templates for newsletters, flyers, labels, and resumes. These templates can also be utilized for a class newspaper, projects or even reports. With Picovico, you can turn simple photographs into cool videos.

Icebreakers Volume 5: Getting To Know You Activities | Ice Breakers | First Day of School Activities One of Education World's most popular features returns this year with 19 new getting-to-know-you icebreakers for the first days of school! It's time to make a fresh start. You've done some summer reading on classroom management, and you're eager to try out some new ideas. You've learned from past mistakes, and you look forward this year to avoiding those mistakes. Most fun of all, the opening days of school are an opportunity to get to know a whole new group of kids! What will you do during those first few days of school? For the last three years, Education World has presented a new group of getting-to-know-you ideas -- or icebreakers -- for those first days of school. Opening-Day Letter Write a letter to your students. Stringing Conversation Together Cut string or yarn into pieces of different lengths. Animal Groups On the first day of school, gather all the students from a grade level in a large common area. A Tangled Web Gather students in a circle sitting around you on the floor.

Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Teacher Resources, and Rubrics from 10 Great Search Engines for History Teachers Use the LUNA Browser to check out David Rumsey’s Map Collection with more than 30,000 images, searchable by keyword. Find excellent sources for women’s history with the Genesis dataset and extensive list of web resources. Get access to historical military records through Fold3, the web’s premier collection of original military records and memorials. Use the Internet Modern History Sourcebook to find thousands of sources in modern history. Use the history guide from the Library of Anglo-American Culture and History for a subject catalog of recommended websites for historians, with about 11,000 to choose from. History Buff offers an online newspaper archive, reference library, and even a historical panoramas section in their free primary source material collection. University of Houston’s Digital History database offers a wealth of links to textbook, primary sources, and educational materials in digital history.

10 New Educational Web Tools to Try Out March 8, 2014 Once every two weeks I feature here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning a list of some of the new educational web tools I have been bookmarking. These are basically tools other teachers and edubloggers have reviewed in their websites and blogs and which I think are worth sharing with you and keeping you posted about the latest in the world of educational technology. 1- Exam Time ExamTime is changing the way students learn by providing free study tools for students and teachers. Mathsframe has more than 190 free interactive maths games. 3- Screencastify Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) for Chrome. 4- Shareor Shareor, a free social networking platform for teachers is an initiative designed to simplify communications between teachers. 6- Wonderville is the flagship product from Learning Core. Explain3D is system of interactive 3D simulations helping people to learn how things work. 8- Framebench

bloomsapps Using Blooms Taxonomy in education is a highly effective way to scaffold learning for the students. With the recent popularity and pervasive nature of iOS devices in school districts it is essential for educators to understand how to implement Blooms in the classroom using the apps that are available. While this list is by no means fully comprehensive, it will assist educators in getting started when implementing iOS devices in the classroom. This site will change almost daily as it will be updated with new and exciting apps! If you find any that you have worked with in your classroom please email or tweet @bloomsapps or @dmileham75 with your suggestions. Thanks for checking the site! Two Links to some iTunesU courses relating to iOS Integration: 1 iPad by Erie 1 Boards of Cooperative Educational Services ( Movie Making\Digital Storytelling Camera to PDF Free - cool little app that turns your device into a scanner.

October 22, 2014 ICT Literacy - Web Wednesday April 16, 2014 21st Century Interdisciplinary Theme According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, schools must not only focus on mastery of core subjects, but also promote understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into those subjects. One of these themes is environmental literacy, which includes knowledge and understanding of the environment and the circumstances and conditions affecting it. It also involves investigating and analyzing environmental issues and making accurate conclusions about effective solutions. Bring Earth Day to Life Planning for Earth Day (April 22) 2014 is well under way around the world. Also find Clue into Climate, a free downloadable student workbook exploring fundamental science concepts through the lens of climate science and the use of digital media resources. Become Environmental Stewards In 1970 more than 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day. Survive and Thrive

Google Web - A Scholar's Guide to Google Advanced SearchingTips on conducting advanced web searches using Google, including using operators not readily available from the Advanced Search Page. Google users can conduct advanced searches in two ways: 1. By using the search engine's dedicated Advanced Search page 2. Advanced Search Page Google's Advanced Search screen (shown below) allows researchers an easy way to refine a query by filling in special fields or using a series of pull-down menus. In addition, users can use the Advanced Search page to limit their search by Language, File Format (Ex. .pdf, .ps, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .rtf), Date (Ex. only return web pages updated in the last 3 months, 6 months or year), Occurences (Ex. only return results where the search terms occur in the title, text, URL, etc.), Domain (Ex. only return results from a particular site or domain that you select), Similar (Ex. find pages similar to the page you specify), or Links (Ex. find pages that link to the page you specify). Alternate Query Types 1.

Resonate : Case Study: General Electric Comstock delivered the presentation featured on the next few pages to persuade her sales and marketing team that “growth in a downturn” is possible (notice the contrast even in her title). She wanted to move her team from the defeatist mindset of a downturn (what is) to believing they could innovate in a downturn (what could be). It’s common for her presentations to address the theme of navigating through the tension of innovation. Comstock sprinkles her communication with personal stories of risk, frailty, and victories, which makes her credible and transparent. She once even shared how previous GE CEO, Jack Welch, called her only to hang up the phone mid-sentence. When Comstock called his assistant, she was told, “He’s teaching you a lesson—that’s how you come across sometimes.” Comstock is a natural at communicating contrast. Growth in a Downturn? © 2013 Duarte Press, LLC.

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