8 Interactive and engaging mathematics games and activities | Slome School I am always on the lookout for engaging Mathematics activities to use in the classroom. Myself and the teacher I team teach with use these in a variety of ways – to introduce/tune students into the lesson, as a reflection to monitor their understanding, as an individual or as a pair based task throughout the lesson. All of the resources are free to use and do not require a username/password. Capacity The Junction Public School Interactive Maths Wiki is a compact, easy to use resource that has 6 engaging and easy to use interactive activities for teaching the basics of capacity (using the metric system). Chance and probability You can find a number of online games for teaching chance and probability at Maths Zone, a UK based website. Mapping and location Rainforest: making a walking track is a resource from ABC splash located by my team teaching partner Katie, in which students must use compass points to make walking tracks between different landmarks. Space General
Are School Librarians Part of Your PBL Dream Team? Visit schools where project-based learning (PBL) is taking hold and you are almost certain to see teachers collaborating. They may be meeting face-to-face to plan projects, using critical-friend protocols to improve projects, looking at student work together, or even teaming up virtually with project partners in other time zones. A key player to invite into these collaborative conversations is the school librarian or library media specialist. Their understanding of information literacy and digital citizenship can make a difference across the arc of projects. How and when might school librarians contribute to PBL? At the project planning stage: At the design stage, ask librarians for specific feedback on project plans. Creating anticipation: If librarians know about upcoming projects, they can help to spark curiosity even before launch day. Guiding research: Because inquiry is at the heart of PBL, student questions guide the learning process. Build Your Connections
100 Ways To Use Twitter In Education, By Degree Of Difficulty Twitter may have started off as a fun social media site for keeping up with friends and sharing updates about daily life, but it’s become much more than that for many users over the past few years as the site has evolved and grown. These days, Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure. It has become a staple at many online colleges and campuses as well, leaving many academics wondering just how and if they should be using Twitter both in the classroom and in their professional lives. So we’ve revised our our original 2009 list to get you started or up to date. Whether you’re an academic or just interested in building your Twitter profile, keep reading to learn some tips and tricks that can help you take the first steps towards using Twitter for coursework, research, building a professional network, and beyond. The Basics Organize your Twitter. Etiquette Connecting
197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About 197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times. Nearly every major educational institution in the world now hosts its own collection of videos featuring news, lectures, tutorials, and open courseware. Just as many individuals have their own channel, curating their expertise in a series of broadcasted lessons. These channels allow instructors to share information and blend media in unprecedented and exciting new ways. From teaching Mandarin Chinese to busting myths about Astronomy, the educational possibilities are virtually endless pun intended! Because we can now sift through thousands of resources while navigating a single repository, the potential for inspiration and growth in the field of education has reached a new height. Here are the top channels worth following based on views, subscriptions, and quality of content: General Physical Sciences Engineering & Technology Mr.
Using Social Media as a Professional Learning Tool Whether you’re new to Twitter or have 5,000 LinkedIn connections, one thing’s for sure: social media keeps getting more popular and more powerful. If you haven’t used it for your own professional development, what are you waiting for? Too overwhelming? We get that. To help you start, we gathered advice from some expert users. “Diigo + Twitter delivers a powerful one-two punch. “Let’s say you found a blog post about using Google Maps to help teach about the Civil War. “This is where Twitter comes in. —Beth Still, Social Studies Teacher, Educational Service Unit 13, Cheyenne, WY Tools She Uses • Blogger • Diigo • Dropbox • Edublogs • Educlipper • Evernote • Google Apps for Education • Hapara • Moodle • Twitter “My PLN is a toolbox of apps that help me connect and collaborate. —John Davidson, Director of Instructional Technology, Naperville (IL) Community Unit School District 203 Tools He Uses “My primary source is Twitter. —Sandy Kendell, Education Technology Specialist, Georgetown (TX) ISD
Ideas for Using iPads for Digital Storytelling By Sam Gliksman The following is the first of a series of excerpts from Gliksman’s book iPad in Education for Dummies. The digital aspect of storytelling raises the art to a new level of experience. The emergence of technology and digital media has resulted in some significant departures from the traditional role of storytelling in education: Stories have become media-rich experiences. Billions of mobile devices are in the hands of people worldwide, and an ever-increasing percentage of those devices contain video cameras, still cameras, and microphones. Reading and writing remain crucial educational components. When you think of storytelling from a traditional perspective, you might conjure up any of these images of Danny Kaye telling a story to a group of children seated on the ground; a kindergarten teacher reading a book to a group of young students; a parent reading a bedtime story to a child. Then we reached the information age. Related
Teacher Resources The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Discover and discuss ways to bring the power of Library of Congress primary sources into the classroom. Go to the blog Subscribe to the blog via e-mail or RSS. Using Primary Sources Discover quick and easy ways to begin using primary sources in your classroom, with teachers' guides, information on citing sources and copyright, and the Library's primary source analysis tool. TPS Partners The Teaching with Primary Sources Program builds partnerships with educational organizations to support effective instruction using primary sources. The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal
Varsity Tutors Debuts Free Test Question Site Assessment | News Varsity Tutors Debuts Free Test Question Site By Dian Schaffhauser11/07/13 Varsity Tutors, a providor of private tutoring to students online, has launched a new, free service with the intention of becoming the "Khan Academy" of practice tests. Varsity Learning Tools, as it's called, makes hundreds of free practice tests available in 95 subjects. Each question can be shared through social network services. "Teachers often use poorly written free content, buy expensive content from big publishers, or have to create practice problems on their own," said Marketing Coordinator Cathryn Sloane. She added that the company currently produces 5,000 new problems each month and anticipates scaling that up to 50,000 "in the near future." The test question service can be adopted by a teacher who can create custom tests for the class, invite test-takers to try out questions, track learner progress, and maintain group progress from a single dashboard. About the Author
Title talk: Librarian + What? Teacher? Facilitator? Curriculum Leader? The last time our school posted a library job, it asked for a Teacher-Librarian (TL).* This time it says we need a Library Facilitator. (Apply by October 23!) Primary or secondary. Where did the teaching go? Work collaboratively with library staff across the campus and college.Work collaboratively with the curriculum leaders and department heads to develop resources and promote inquiry-based learning and all forms of literacy.Work collaboratively with all members of the community (whether students, parents, or staff) to support teaching and learning.Manage the library as a learning environment and public space, including patron services and library staff.Manage and develop learning resources, physical and digital, both for the library and classrooms/departments.Lead the development and promotion of the library as a centre dedicated to the spread of ideas, information, and learning.Other responsibilities as determined by the Head of Libraries and Head of Campus. We have great teachers.
5 Dead-Simple Ways Your Students Can Use Hashtags For Learning 5 Dead-Simple Ways To Get Started With Hashtags In The Classroom by Kristin Marino Hashtags (those ubiquitous words and phrases that start with the # symbol) are used in social media such as Twitter and Instagram to label and sort tweets, photos and more. Hashtags are social media’s way of organizing photos, ideas, concepts, etc. Think of them as massive file folders, cross referenced with other file folders if more than one hashtag is used. In education, Twitter and social media in general and hashtags in particular can be a valuable tool for educators, administrators, parents and students to connect with each other and share ideas and discoveries. 1. For effective communication among students regarding general classroom matters, it’s important for users to agree on a classroom-shared hashtag that can be used by all students. 2. 3. 4. 5. Less Is More Kristin Marino writes about education, social media, and educational technology.
Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians | Focus On At a conference held at the University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center in the early 1990s, James Ransome was asked why he had not illustrated any books with American Indian characters. His response, in short, was something to the effect of, “I haven’t held their babies.” He captured what it means to really engage with a people whose history and culture are not one’s own. In SLJ’s November 2008 “Native Voices” column, I featured only books by Native writers. In writing about a culture that is not one’s own, it is imperative to be able to make those connections. Eric Gansworth’s young adult novel, If I Ever Get Out of Here, exquisitely exemplifies what I’m talking about here. Though the Common Core and the idea of multiple viewpoints are put forth as new, teachers and librarians have been searching for multiple viewpoints for a long time. Board Books BLACKSHEEP, Beverly. PreS-K –Who will be the first to make baby laugh? HIMANGO, Deanna. SLIER , Debby . WINDSOR , Paul .
12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education Are you a Google Drive / Google Docs fan? Do you take notes, compose papers, construct spreadsheets, and build presentations in real-time on the web while collaborating with others? I’m not necessarily promoting Google Drive; just merely pointing out a few of the powerful ways the free tool can help you save time and keep you better organized. I’ve had a post about how to effectively use Google Drive in education on the back burner for several months. From building a self-grading quiz (yep, it can do that) to simply reducing the amount of paper used in your classroom, there are plenty of reasons to start considering using Google Drive for your classroom needs. The other big way I’d recommend trying out Google Drive would be for mind maps. Google Drive is also compatible with Microsoft Office products so fear not.