5 Great Google Drive Video Tutorials for Teachers February19, 2014 Today I am sharing with you a slew of interesting Google Drive video tutorials that are created by Anson Alexander. I came across these tutorials while I was browsing through this wonderful site called Working at The Edge. I thought about tweeting this resource without having to post it here but I know 15 thousands of email subscribers to this blog will probably miss them. These tutorials will help you get to know some of the features and functions of Google Drive that you might probably be missing. Have a look and share with your colleagues. 1- Composing Google Docs 2- Sharing files and folders 3- Document Organization 4- Advanced sharing and permission 5- Third party apps
The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: Your (simple) Guide to Differentiated Instruction Don't forget to subscribe to my email list and follow my TPT Store. Please follow me on Blog Lovin' to receive regular updates on my new blog posts. No two students learn the same and every student enters the classroom with a unique set of skills and experiences. Additionally, every student has individual language skills, background knowledge, readiness to learn and other factors that make their learning needs different from that of their peers. Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching that requires teachers to consider the specific needs of each child in their class and designing instruction and a classroom environment that is on their level or compliments a specific learning style. Preparing to Differentiate Instruction When preparing to differentiate instruction you can follow these steps: Get to know your students. Providing Differentiated Instruction Instruction can be differentiated based on three general areas: Content Assessment
iMovie + iOS7 + AirDrop + App Smashing = Great Ideas from Greg Kulowiec! iMovie just got a major overhaul for iOS7. The interface is much cleaner in the new version, all of the editing options are much more visible, everything is possible with one tap – as opposed to the need to single & double tap in the iOS6 version. Below are a number of screenshots highlighting the new features in iMovie. There is also an extended video tutorial , or click HERE to watch the video tutorial if you can’t wait. While most of the features are exactly the same, the major changes include: Improved user interface It is much easier to split clips, pull out freeze frames, & generally edit clips selected for a project Slow Motion Slow down any video clip within a project New Transitions Fade to black & swiping transitions Double Video! Picture in Picture & Side by Side video is now possible! Audio Sound can now be extracted from a video clip & moved within a project. AirDrop Share both video clips and iMovie projects via AirDrop (requires iOS7 and an iPad 4th generation or iPad mini). iMovie:
The Habits and Philosophy of an Effective iPad Teacher I recently had the pleasure of connecting up with Richard Wells from Auckland, New Zealand through Twitter. He runs a similar iPad site: ipad4schools.org. I was very impressed with many of recent his info-graphics, and pitched him the idea to collaborate together on this poster. Despite the nineteen hour time difference, we were able to discuss our ideas about what it takes to be an effective iPad teacher. Expanding on a few of my points: Goals: Do not use an iPad in your lesson just for the sake of it. Creative: It is my ongoing goal to strongly propose that the iPad as a creation device as opposed to a consumption one. Beyond iPad: Despite both Richard and I being huge proponents for the iPad in education, it is not the only capable tool. if you already are passionate about other tablets, or know people who are, by all means go with it. To download a high-resolution PDF of the image, click here. Further Reading: Please check Richard’s post and poster on the “iPad First Five”.
A Comprehensive Guide to The Use of Edmodo with Students March 9, 2014 Edmodo is a powerful web-based platform that has a huge potential for us in education. The features and functionalities provided by Edmodo for teachers and students are invaluable and hence the importance of having access to a handy guide like the one below. This visual guide aims at helping teachers tap into the educational potential of Edmodo. What is edmodo ?Edmodo is a web-based platform that provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. How can I use edmodo with my students ? Place digital resources on edmodo for students to access or download,Create polls for students to vote online.Write short summaries of lessons for students who were absent from class (better yet: get your students to write the summary).Post homework information.What is it that makes Edmodo class a secure environment ? To create a group click on " Groups" then "create". Second way Creating a note: Creating a poll:
Ideas for supporting #TeacherEffectiveness with #EdTech - Domain 1 Technology provides teachers with a great way to provide evidence with artifacts of their effective practice. Across the country this has been a priority for schools that are incorporating a teacher evaluation based on the Danielson Framework for Teacher Evaluation. The model contains various components organized into the following four domains.Domain 1: Planning and PreparationDomain 2: The Classroom EnvironmentDomain 3: InstructionDomain 4: Professional Responsibilities This is part of a four-part series where I'll share some simple ideas for integrating technology into each component followed by a presentation you can share with colleagues. This presentation has examples of what this may look like in practice.
5 Fantastic Apps for Digital Storytelling on iPads This is a guest post from Samantha Morra of EdTechTeacher.org Computers, and the digital tools on those computers, brought video editing to the classroom years ago. As those tools became easier to use, more and more students were given opportunities to share and demonstrate knowledge using video. iPad continues to transform the process by integrating the key elements of digital storytelling - capturing photos, videos, and audio - all in one mobile device. Through apps, iPad provides a variety of options for how to compose or combine those key elements to create an effective demonstration of learning. Digital storytelling is a powerful tool in the classroom. So, grab your iPad and check out some of the best free apps for digital storytelling: With Tellagami, students can create quick animations that liberate them from the physical world and remove concerns about appearance and general physics. ScreenChomp is an awesome way to use screencasting for storytelling with our youngest learners.
Coding Across the Curriculum "I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think." - Steve Jobs The above quote is on the homepage of the coding website Tynker. Coding, formerly known as programming (I still remember teaching myself BASIC on my Commodore 64 back in the '80s!), has once again returned to classrooms nationwide. A range of high-profile individuals, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Dr. Computer Science Education Week The Hour of Code will take place during the week of December 9-13, which happens to be Computer Science Education Week. A Brief History Nonetheless, Papert's vision is still strong today. From Logo to Scratch A direct descendent from Logo is Scratch, also from the MIT Media Lab. Last year, my sixth grade social studies students remixed and "modded" (modified) existing Scratch games, and some even created brand new Flash-based video games. Scratch 2.0 has a "See Inside" feature that enables remixes of projects.
online teacher training for using ICT in education How to work with screencasting tools www.teachertrainingvideos.com uses Camtasia for making the training videos. I also use JING for making short videos. If you look at the menu on the left-hand side, you can see a complete list of the screencasting tools that I have worked with and made videos for. Here are a few of my favourites. Camtasia 7-Two sets of videos All the videos I have made on this site use Camtasia 7. SnagIt SnagIt is not free but it is a very reasonably priced option for creating screencasts and it also allows for doing much more. SnagIt part two ScreenR A simple screen cast tool that works on the web. ScreenCast-o-matic Another free screen casting tool that does not need any download and allows you to record quite long videos. Russell Writes in the Teacher Training Journal
Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes! Let’s start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids. Scaffolding and differentiation do have something in common, though. So let’s get to some scaffolding strategies you may or may not have tried yet. 1. How many of us say that we learn best by seeing something rather than hearing about it? Try a fishbowl activity, where a small group in the center is circled by the rest of the class; the group in the middle, or fishbowl, engages in an activity, modeling how it’s done for the larger group. 2. Ask students to share their own experiences, hunches, and ideas about the content or concept of study and have them relate and connect it to their own lives. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Quick Edit iPad Videography - Storychasers Workshop Curriculum YouTube for Education Resources Quick Edit How-To / Tutorials Quick Edit Video Examples Project 1: Parody Student Expectations Video With your iPad, record video Interviews with at least 5 other people who answer the question BACKWARDS: What are your most important expectations for student learning in your classroom?Edit and publish the video to your YouTube channel using the YouTube Capture app (free)Examples: Teacher Video, Administrator Movie, When I Become a Librarian MovieShare your project back with our class by emailing the link to your project to: email@example.comView others' projects (and yours) on Project 2: Storychaser Interview Video With your iPad, record video Interviews with 3 - 5 other people who answer an open-ended interview question. Check out participant videos linked on ipadmediacamp.posterous.com. YouTube Comment Moderation It is VERY important to turn comment moderation ON for each YouTube video you upload.
10 Ways To Use Offline iPads In Education Just about every article on using iPads in education involves one key feature: connectivity. Whether it’s wi-fi or cellular service, being connected to the web is by far the most important feature for iPads in the classroom. Otherwise, it’s just what the tech-bloggers call a ‘brick’ and is essentially worthless. Not really. As you probably guessed from the title of this post and the visual I spent way too much time making below, there are plenty of ways to use iPads that have little to no connectivity. See Also: 17 Real-World Ways iPads Are Being Used In Schools Note: since you need to be connected to the web in order to set up your iPad, I’m going to assume you were connected at one point and that you have the ability to download an app that can be used later. How do you prefer to use your iPad when there’s no connection to the web? Click the image below for full-size or click here to download it as a PDF Use Google Earth in offline mode to go on virtual field trips.
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