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43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms
In the middle of October, we invited educators to tell us about the "apps, games, and websites that are helping to tranform their classrooms this year." We asked that you submit your responses in the form of Field Notes and we received more than 700 submissions! 43 products emerged with several votes and strong, detailed Field Notes to explain just how they are being used effectively at school. We are also pleased to announce the winner of the $250 Amazon gift card. What apps, games, and websites are transforming your classroom? Related Posts: 5 Easy Steps to Writing a Great Field Note

150 herramientas gratuitas para crear materiales educativos con Tics Más de 150 sitios con herramientas didácticas gratuitas para crear materiales educativos online Generadores de cuadernos, libros y publicaciones digitales Cuadernia online (Consejería de Educación y Ciencia de Castilla-La Mancha). Herramienta fácil y funcional para la creación y difusión de materiales educativos digitales. Generadores de webquest y cazas del tesoro 1,2,3 tu WebQuest generador de webquest de Aula 21. Generadores de cuestionarios y ejercicios Generadores de cuestionarios de autoevaluación (4Teachers). Generadores de hojas de caligrafía y papel pautado Ver también la sección Lectoescritura, grafomotricidad y alfabetización Generador de ejercicios de caligrafía (mclibre.org). Generadores de mapas conceptuales y mentales Mindomo es un generador muy versátil con el que es posible desarrollar una gran variedad de tipos de mapas conceptuales. Generadores de listas, sopas de letras y tarjetas de vocabulario Generador de tarjetas de vocabulario en PDF (Personal Education Press). Baco.

Great Infographic Making Tools for Teachers 1- Visual.ly This is my favorite tool. It helps you easily create awesome infographics using pre-designed templates. It also lets you create an infographic out of any Twitter Hashtag provided you are signed in which you can do using your Twitter account. 2-Easel.ly This is another great web tool to create infographics. 3-PiktoChart I love PiktoChart and I have used it a couple of times and found it really great. 4- Infogr.am Infogr.am is an easy to use online service that lets you create, share, and discover infographics and online charts.It is also very easy to use, you can select a pre-designed template, add charts, videos and maps and within a few clicks your template is ready to go viral. Other infographic creation tools you might want to try :

10 Excellent Social Bookmarking Tools for Teachers February, 2014 Social bookmarking is a new concept that has seen the light with the emergence of bookmarking services like the ones I cited below.Semantically speaking, ' social bookmarking' is made up of the the term " social " which is related to society and general interactions between people, and the verb " to bookmark " (used here as a gerund ending in ing) which has to do with recording and/or saving content for both later use and quick access. Weaving the semantic reference of the two words results in social bookmarking as we know it today : a collaborative and collective saving and sharing of web content.' Below are some of the best social bookmarking websites I would recommend to teachers and students. Have a look and let us know what you think of them on our Facebook page. 1- Diigo This is my favourite tool for socialbookmarking. 2- Livebinders This is another powerful tool for saving and organizing your bookmarks. 3- Scoop.it 4- Pinterest 5- Edshelf 7- Educlipper

17 herramientas para crear un curriculum digital Published on Dec. 30, 2013 Si eres freelance deberás darte a conocer en internet, ya que hay empresas que están buscando a profesionales como tú en la red. Enseña quién eres, qué formación tienes, cómo y con quién trabajas, cuáles son tus principales habilidades, tus intereses, tus metas… ¿Y cómo lo haces? Tarjetas de presentación digitales Son sitios web donde agrupar toda la información y actividad que una persona tiene en internet. 1. 2. 3. Currículos visuales, donde se une lo profesional y lo personal La rigidez del curriculum en papel ha pasado a la historia gracias a internet. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Redes sociales laborales Interactuar con los contactos laborales desde una red social permite estar al día de lo que se mueve en un sector y comunicarse con personas interesantes de una manera poco intrusiva. 1. 2. 3. 4. El curriculum de papel a golpe de click Tener presencia en internet es importante, pero no hay que dejar de lado el papel. 1.

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?' | liZ Evans This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?" And every day I get an answer like "fine" or "good," which doesn't tell me a whole lot. Or at least get a full sentence. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. So far, my favorite answers have come from questions 12, 15 and 21. And the answers we get are sometimes really surprising. As my kids get older, I know I am going to have to work harder and harder to stay engaged with them -- but I know it's going to be worth the work. This post originally appeared on Simple Simon and Company. Like Us On Facebook | Follow Us On Twitter | Contact HuffPost Parents Also on HuffPost: Alamy By the afternoon, I can get pretty frazzled. 1.

Para profesores: 5 herramientas para crear un quiz online gratis Todo el mundo conoce las ventajas de crear pruebas cortas y rápidas tipo quiz para tratar de evaluar los conocimientos de los alumnos o al menos saber si van al día con los temas. Sin embargo, a veces el sistema de calificaciones y las pruebas en papel son tan atemorizantes que mentalmente pueden bloquearlos y hacer que obtengan resultados negativos incluso sin merecerlos. Pues bien, hoy resaltamos una serie de herramientas que buscan ser alternativas al papel y que hacen de las pruebas estudiantiles algo menos atemorizante y más entretenido, opciones que de paso automatizan el registro de las calificaciones (dolor de cabeza para alumnos y estudiantes por igual). QuizBean Lo característico de QuizBean, como lo veíamos hace unos días, son los exámenes interactivos que permite realizar para un grupo de estudiantes en específico. Socrative Google Forms La solución de Google para crear formularios desde Google Drive tiene una de sus mejores aplicaciones en el mundo educativo. ZOHO Survey Kuizza

Avatar -embodied 3D persona with speech skills. Ready to create your own Avatar? Avatars are commonly known as computer (animated) characters representing a real life person, concept or artificial entity. Quite often this term is used to address human-like online assistants representing organizations, commercial firms and brands. These virtual assistants are able to answer questions and perform tasks through conversational dialogs with humans. Typical usage Avatars are the visual representations of real or artificial intelligence in the virtual world. It is hard to draw a line between intelligent avatars which have conversational AI skills and act dynamically, and on the other hand static unintelligent avatars which are just a snapshot taken at a certain point in time. The technology for creating avatars is evolving at a high rate, especially our ability to reproduce human beings. One of the events demonstrating innovations in speech technology is SpeechTEK Europe, which focuses on speech technologies, speech biometrics and voice user interaction design. Background .

eduCanon, para crear clases interactivas utilizando videos Si buscamos una propuesta simple y práctica para complementar nuestras clases con material adicional, podemos tener en cuenta a eduCanon. Es una plataforma que nos permite valernos de videos para crear lecciones interactivas, hacer seguimiento del progreso de nuestros alumnos o asignar proyectos. La dinámica es muy simple, por lo que no nos complicaremos con demasiadas opciones y podremos concentrarnos en el objetivo de nuestra clase. Una vez que nos hemos registrado y creado nuestro perfil, podremos beneficiarnos de todas las características de la plataforma. Para crear una lección, solo tendremos que darle un título, señalar a que materia pertenece, grados, entre otros detalles. Y como nuestra lección se basa íntegramente en el contenido de un video, tendremos que buscar la URL correspondiente para pegarla en el editor de eduCanon. Podemos utilizar videos alojados en YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube, entre otras plataformas.

50 Little-Known Ways Google Docs Can Help In Education Google Docs is such an incredible tool for college students, offering collaboration, portability, ease of use, and widespread acceptance. But there are so many options, both hidden and obvious, that there’s a good chance you’re not using Google Docs to its fullest capability. We’ve discovered 50+ great tips for getting the most out of Google Docs as a student , with awesome ideas and tricks for collaboration, sharing, and staying productive. Access your documents from anywhere : Whether you’re in your dorm room or the school library, you can access your Google Docs. Take advantage of this to make it easy to do your work on-the-go. Use Docs reference tools : Take advantage of the Define option to use Docs’ built in dictionary, as well as a thesaurus and an encyclopedia available for use right in your document.

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction My colleague Katie Hull-Sypnieski is leading a February 1st Education Week Webinar on differentiating instruction, and I would strongly encourage people to participate. Katie’s the best teacher I’ve ever seen…. In addition, Katie and I have co-authored a piece for Education Week Teacher on the topic that will be appearing there soon (it’s appeared: The Five By Five Approach To Differentiation Success), and an upcoming post in my blog there will be talking about it, too (that two part series has also appeared). I also did a second two-part series in Ed Week on differentiation. Also, check out The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations. Given all that, a “The Best…” post was inevitable, and here it is. Here are my choices for The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction: The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” Busting Myths about Differentiated Instruction is by Rick Wormeli. Reconcilable Differences? Deciding to Teach Them All is by Carol Ann Tomlinson.

15 Options for Creating Screen Capture Images and Videos - Including on Chromebooks For the next few days I'm taking some time off to relax, play with my dogs, and ski with friends. Rather than leave the blog dormant for a few days, I'm re-running some of the most popular posts of the year. TechSmith Snagit is a screen capture tool from the producers of the popular screencasting tools Jing and Camtasia. Vessenger, producers of a group messaging system, offers a free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen. Using the print screen key on your PC or "command+shift+4" on your Mac are easy ways to create a screen capture. Monosnap is a free screen capture tool for Mac and Windows. Szoter is a free online tool for annotating images that are stored on your computer. Explain and Send is a free Chrome extension that I have just installed in my browser. Pixlr offers a large set of image creation and editing tools. Screenr is a very simple, easy-to-use tool for creating screencast videos. Capturing and Annotating Your iPad's Screen

The Happiness Project Popplet and Pizza So how does a pizza and attacking multi-syllabic words go together you are wondering? You don't eat a whole pizza at once, in one bite and if you don't know a long word (multi-syllabic word) you don't try to read the whole thing at once. You break it down (slice it up like a pizza) and read it (eat it) bite by bite! It's gotta be in kid language so they get it! :) My groups in grades 1-3 need a lot of practice with breaking words into syllables to try to read them. The kids are interested in anything done on the iPads, of course. With this app, you can create as many Popplets, or boxes, as you need. My first grade groups needed to go back and do some more work on story events. Students did a quick sketch in each box to represent what they would write about on their B-M-E page. I can see we will be using Popplet a lot!

Sing-along Songs One of the most fun group participation activities for family and friends is to engage in sing-along songs. The essence of a sing-along song is that it has a simple enough melody and memorable lyrics for everyone to easily learn. Many of these popular songs have been around for over a century and are taught to children as part of their grade school music education. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain Not many songs over a century old are still as popular as "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain," which originated in the late nineteenth century by an unknown composer. What A Wonderful World The song "What A Wonderful World" was first popularized in 1967 by Louis Armstrong and in 1999 was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Louis Armstrong enjoyed one of the longest recoding careers of any singer in history. Don't Worry, Be Happy One of the biggest and more memorable hits of the 1980s was "Don't Worry, Be Happy," recorded by Bobby McFerrin.

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