Teacher Guides for Technology Over the last couple of months, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been working diligently on a variety of educational technology guides for teachers and educators. The majority of them have been posted here and, thankfully, have received a huge and unprecedented interaction from their readers. These guides come in very handy for every teacher looking to better integrate technology into his/her teaching. They are very simple,developed in a step-by-step process, illustrated by pictures, diagrams, video tutorials, and examples, and concluded with a webliography containing links to a variety of other websites relevant to the topic under discussion. Pedagogical implications are included in the review of the web tools featured in the guides.
A Short Overview of 12 Tools for Creating Flipped Classroom Lessons One of the most frequent requests that I get is for suggestions on developing flipped classroom lessons. The first step is to decide if you want to create your own video lessons from scratch or if you want to develop lessons based on videos that others have produced. In this post we'll look at tools for doing both. Technology Tools for Teachers Every year, so many new technology tools for teachers are launched into the market that it can be nearly impossible to keep up with them all. In order to keep you up-to-date with the latest and greatest educational tech tools, our team of edtech specialists has put together this list of the best edtech resources and technology tools for teachers. Clicking on the links below will take you to hundreds of apps, websites, extensions, and more. Whether you're looking for a specific tech tool or just trying to find something new and interesting for your class, we encourage you to browse around all of the different categories to see how many wonderful resources are available for your students.
My 35 Favorite Free Apps for Teaching Schools around the country are undergoing a digital transformation. With iPads and tablets showing up in classrooms with greater frequency, trying to figure out which apps to use can leave a teacher’s head spinning. Last year, when my school debuted an iPad lab, I was thrilled, but as it turned out, I barely used it. I shied away from this new technology (which is definitely not like me!) because I honestly had no idea how to make the most of the iPads in my daily lessons. Oh, what a difference a year makes! theclassroomblog - Examples of Classroom Blogs Here is a great list of classroom blogs organized by grade level and subject area: Examples of Educational Blogs: District Blogs: TechDossier- Middle and High School blog written by Patrick Higgins, Angela Davis, Brad Davis, Mike Gregory, Erica Hartman, Patrick Chodkiewicz, and Cathy WilleHyPE 2.0: Physical Education and Health blog written by Cathy Wille.The ITClassroom: Erica Hartman's blog about her classroom and her use of technology within it. David Gorecki's Blog: Where Dave writes about what is happening with his teachersMaryAnn Hyland's Poetry Blog Elementary
3 Great Google Drive Tools for Grading Assignments November 3, 2015 Below are three great tools to help you with creating, grading and distributing class assignments. While Chalkup is directly integrated with Drive, Flubaroo and Super Quiz are add-ons that you need to install on Google Sheets. 1- Flubaroo Flubaroo is a free add-on to Google Forms/Sheets which lets you quickly grade and analyze student performance on multiple choice and fill-in assignments. Within a minute you'll be able to: Get scores for each student, and identify students in need of extra help. View average score, and a histogram of scores.
3 Ways to Take Your Students Deeper With Flipped Learning Editor's Note: This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, Managing Director of FlippedClass.com and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network. Flipped learning is more than just an efficient way to teach. It is also an opportunity to take students to deeper levels of comprehension and engagement. UX to LX: The Rise of Learner Experience Design The term “user experience” or “UX” wasn’t always an overused Silicon Valley buzzword. Coined in the mid ‘90s by Don Norman, while he was vice president of advanced technology at Apple, it refers to an abstract way to describe the relationship between a product and a human. Back then, Norman argued that technology must evolve to put user needs first—the opposite of how things were done at the time. It wasn’t until 2005 that UX gained mainstream relevance: 42 million iPods were sold that year and the mass market experienced great design at scale. Not long after, run-of-the-mill software engineers—once in high demand—weren’t as competitive in the job market.
Learning Experience Design: An Overview and 11 of the Best Resources Human beings respond to experiences and learn from them. As eLearning designers, we need to think beyond modules and training sessions and instead create “experiences” for the learners. We have to get used to the idea that this is the era of the user, and we have to meet their needs. We have to STOP creating lessons that feel right to us. We have to STOP creating courses that are convenient for us to build. Learning Experience Design: A Better Title Than Instructional Design? How many times have you told people, “I’m an instructional designer,” only to be met with a blank stare? How many people are thoroughly confused about what we do for a living? Last month, Connie Malamed proposed a new name for the field of instructional design: Learning Experience Design or LX Design. This moves the focus away from “instruction” and more to learning. Instead of focusing on the instruction or the materials, our starting point is thinking about the learners and how they will experience what we design. Connie argues this may help us focus more on learning science as well as being deliberate about designing valuable experiences.
Making the Most of Your Flipped Classroom's In-Class Time For first-time flippers, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the initial challenges of planning and producing pre-class lecture materials, and lose sight of what that up-front effort earns you. When you walk into your flipped classroom, you’ll have a room full of informed students, ready to dig in and explore the day’s lesson together with you. This is arguably the element of the flipped classroom most essential to long-term success. Done well, the interactive class time you’ve cultivated by flipping will justify itself in improved student participation, interaction, and performance.
Free Technology for Teachers Contact me via email at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.comSpecial note for PR people: please take two seconds to use the search box on my blog to see if I've already written about the service you're pitching. It will save both of us a lot of aggravation. About the blog: The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms. In 2008 Free Technology for Teachers was awarded the Edublogs Award for "Best Resource Sharing Blog." In 2009 Free Technology for Teachers was again awarded the Edublogs Award for "Best Resource Sharing Blog" and was awarded the Edublogs Award for "Best Individual Blog."
Three Alternatives to Glogster This morning I received an email from a reader who was looking for an alternative to Glogster. For those not familiar with Glogster, it was a darling of the ed tech world about six or seven years ago when it empowered users to make free multimedia collages. Teachers everywhere had students making multimedia collages to summarize topics, events, and books.