Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) Blog I am grateful for… With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am taking some time to reflect on just how very fortunate I am. Since becoming a connected educator in 2011, my learning world has expanded beyond my expectations and then some. I know that many of the successes our school is experiencing would not have been realized without this support. Here are a few people and groups that have recently made an impact on my professional and personal life. I am grateful for my All Things PLC (#atplc) Voxer group. read more Upcoming free webinars: Peek inside the Life of a Connected Learner Peek inside the Life of a Connected Learner Spend an hour chatting with us and find out about our unique brand of coached, team-based professional learning and how to learn like connected learners do – through action research, lesson plan studies, virtual classroom visits, and more. All the Connected Educator Month events you won’t want to miss October 8-14 It’s here!
A Turn to Learn: September 2012 This idea is actually a gem that one of my students thought of a few years ago! One of my classes' favorite YouTube videos was this one... "If You're a Boy" from Harry Kindergarten. Well... my kids were chatty one day and I said "If you're a boy zip your lips." One of my girls said "If you're a boy, a boy, if you're a boy zip your lips!" When my kids get chatty, all I do is start to sing the song! If they're extra loud, I have them do actions that will get the other students attention (e.g. ones that make them move more or make more noise) such as: pat your legs, jump up and down or clap your hands. If there's only one or two students chatting, I usually do more silent action, such as zip your lips, fold your hands. I actually also use this to get my students to clean up at the end of their writing period. How do you get your kids to quiet down!
The Cornerstone Guidelines for Online Teaching Success Years ago at a faculty meeting Larry Ragan, PhD, director of Faculty Development for Penn State’s World Campus, was trying to soft-sell the idea of performance expectations for online faculty. He didn’t want the discussion to be misinterpreted as an indictment against their teaching style, but he also saw an opportunity to share proven practices for improving the online teaching and learning experience. Finally a senior faculty member grew tired of the tip-toeing around the subject and said, “If you don’t tell us what is expected, how will we know what to do to succeed?” The faculty member’s point was well taken, and over the years Ragan and others on various committees at Penn State have worked to define: Core competencies for online teaching success – Currently there are 28 competencies across the three main topic areas of technology, course administration, and pedagogy. The online instructor performance expectations he discussed are: 1. The instructor is expected to: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Internet and Technology Lesson Plans Resources for School Librarians - Index Menu for This Page: General Technology Lesson Plans | Searching the Web | Web Quests | Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans | Resources for Teachers | General Technology Lesson Plans Basic Computer Skills Curriculum - This is a good place to start if you are teaching students with little or no knowledge of computers. Read Write Think Lesson Plans - There are many technology and internet related lesson plans here. Searching the Web All About Computers - Lesson plan for beginning internet use, Gds. Web Quests The Web Quest Page - Help in designing web quests and many examples. Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship Digizen - A good introduction to digital citizenship. Resources for Technology Teachers Technology in the Classroom - A wide range of technology topics covered by Education World. Blogging, Wikis, Podcasting, and Social Media If you are looking for lesson plans for these, then go to Web 2.0 in School Libraries Up to Top
Top 10 FREE Plagiarism Detection Tools for Teachers - eLearning Industry Editor's note: We have originally written and published this article in November 2013. Thanks to your useful suggestions and our own following of the latest developments in the fast paced field of technology, we have updated this piece in October 2015 in the hope that you will keep finding it useful. Thank you for sharing! The act of taking someone else’s ideas and passing them off as your own defines the concept of “plagiarism”. Are you still undecided about whether or not plagiarism checkers are really necessary in eLearning? Get 2 Free eBooks Get the eLearning Industry's Articles in your inbox.
10 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers Below is a list of some important educational web tools I have handpicked for you from a variety of blogs and websites. As you know by now, the purpose behind such round-ups is to update teachers and educators with the latest releases in the world of educational technology. Our Educational Web Tools page is growing bigger and bigger and now features hundreds of web tools that are all, in a way or another, relevant to us in education. Check it out to access the previous versions. Here are the titles I have for you today: 1- MixedInk MixedInk is an online collaborative learning platform that is designed to improve students writing outcomes. 2- Tutorsbox An online whiteboard application that lets you use your computer and tablet to give live tutoring classes to your students 3- Snap Snap is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language that teaches students programming Digital Explorer engages young people in global issues for a better future. 5- Sketch Toy 6- PDF Compressor 7- Tab Glue 8- Archify