Teacher's Guide to Creating A Connected Classroom June 6, 2014 A connected classroom is a learning environment that is open to the outside world. One in which students get engaged in real life authentic learning that starts within their classroom and extends to reach other global learners. With the widespread of internet connection and web 2.0 technologies, creating a connected classroom becomes way easier than any time before. But before we delve into the web tools to use to open the doors of your classroom to to a global audience, let me first share with you some of the academic pluses of using a connected classroom approach. What is a Mystery Skype/Hangout ?
Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! 15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class June 19, 2014 I spend a considerable time every single day browsing the net tracking new updates in the world of educational technology and, often times, in the midst of this journey I would come across wonderful resources and tutorials that usually end up in one of my posts here in this blog. So after the previous guide on how to be a Google Drive master , today I am sharing with you another awesome guide created by Eric Curts entitled "The paperless Classroom with Google Docs". This guide is available for free in a Google doc format from this link.
7 tips for teachers building collaborative, fearless PLNs 7 tips for teachers building collaborative, fearless PLNs By Randy Hansen and Nicole Zumpano March 16th, 2015 Don’t be daunted! Try these best practices for finding and collaborating with fellow educators Mystery Skype Jobs Created by My Students My students during a call Last year was my personal best for Mystery Skype. We did one almost every week, and by we I mean my incredible students. They took ownership and pride in ding the calls quickly, professionally, and efficiently, and I often stood back in awe watching them unfold.
Listening Practicing Effective Questioning There are many ways to ask a question and some ways are better than others. Thinking about the types of questions that could be asked or even preparing specific questions prior to teaching a lesson will often lead to more effective classroom discussions. It is important to think of thoughtful questions that encourage students to think critically about the concept being learned. In order to be successful at effectively questioning students, teachers must be aware of the type of questions they are directing to the students and use effective questioning practices.
Great Mystery Skype Questions to Get You Started My students have grown into being quite good Mystery Skypers but it has taken them most of the year and many practice calls. One thing they have really worked on has been the act of asking great questions so we thought it would be nice to offer up some great sample questions for when you get started with Mystery Skype. However, the best way to grow is to not follow a list but instead discuss throughout the year what the best questions are for your class. For the USA The Top Ten S'Cool Tools for Q1, 2015 EdSurge Newsletters Receive weekly emails on edtech products, companies, and events that matter. We can’t believe it’s already May. And we just remembered--after the first quarter of the year, we take the time to reflect on popular edtech tools we’ve seen over the past three months.