The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) PowerSchool Learning: (Previously Haiku Learning.) This is a full learning management system (LMS) that I’m trying to get our school to adopt. It’s multiplatform and robust, which makes it a great fit for our BYOD environment. It also works on top of Google Classroom, so I have all those features too, plus my grade book. There are many other content-sharing platforms, like Moodle, Canvas, and CourseSites. Screencasting and Capturing What Happens in Class If you’re going to share and interact with your students in the electronic and physical spaces (as you should), you must learn how to screencast. In some exciting news, Apple has announced that iOS 11 (out later this year) will include screen recording capabilities and new screenshot features. Screencast-O-Matic: This is my go-to app. Cloud Syncing Dropbox: If you shoot video and need to get it onto your computer, Dropbox is essential. Expression Blogging Ning: Ning looks like a social media site because it is. Written Expression
chris labrooy / design / 3d graphics How to Embed Remind (101) Messages Into Google Sites On Saturday I shared directions for embedding Remind (formerly Remind 101) messages into a blog. Today, I received a handful of emails from folks wanting to know if they could do the same with Google Sites. The answer to that question is yes. The procedure for embedding Remind messages into Google Sites is slightly different from the procedure for embedding messages into a blog. The procedure is outlined in the screenshots below (click the images to view them in full size). Step 1: Sign into your Remind account and select "my widgets" from the drop-down menu. Step 2: Select Google Sites from the "My widgets" menu. Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Step 6:
SculptFab - SculptGL + Sketchfab Infographic: Technology maximizes Common Core success As controversial as the Common Core State Standards are, they do provide a clear benefit: They present a prime opportunity for educators to bring their classrooms into the digital age. To date, 43 states have adopted the Common Core, which means the standards will apply to nearly 90,000 public schools, 2.3 million teachers and 46 million students. Fortunately, as the infographic below shows, Common Core’s increased emphasis on the use of digital learning tools will help bring U.S. classrooms into the digital age, where their students already live. That engagement also leads to increased achievement. But mere access to technology is not enough. This focus on pedagogy is what makes the ISTE Standards a useful framework for students, teachers and leaders to apply as they implement the Common Core and embrace digital age instruction. Need help implementing the Common Core and the ISTE Standards in your classroom? Sarah Stoeckl is a senior project manager in the ISTE Standards Department.
IT'S ART - Your CG source of inspiration and learning 10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever. Below are my two favorite infographic-making web 2.0 tools that I highly recommend. Click the name of each tool to learn more! Visual.ly One of the more popular ways to discover infographics, Visual.ly actually just launched a design overhaul of their website. Dipity Want to get a beautifully simply visualization of data over time? Easel.ly I absolutely love Easel.ly. Venngage Venngage (likely named for Venn diagrams) is a double threat. Infogr.am One of the most simple tools, Infogr.am lets you actually import data right into the site and then translate it all into useful visualizations. Tableau Public Photo Stats This one’s an iPhone app that’s worth trying out. What About Me?
Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech Editor's Note:This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, Managing Director of FlippedClass.com and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network. The greatest benefit of flipped learning is the restructuring of class time, which is more of a pedagogical solution than a technological solution. However, the in-class benefit is dependent upon the utilization of technology tools. So what technologies are necessary in a flipped classroom? Content Creation Tools One of the most difficult challenges for some teachers to overcome is the mastery of a content creation tool. Screencasting A popular software category for flipped learning is screencasting tools. Tablet Software Many teachers seek a tablet solution. Document Camera-Based Solutions Many teachers have document cameras in their rooms. Camera-Based Solutions Some teachers choose to forego software-based solutions and opt for the video camera. Record in a quiet room with a decent microphone. Distribution Tools These are only a few solutions.
Flipped-Learning Toolkit Thinking about flipping your classroom? Flipped-learning pioneers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams walk you through the steps you need to take to make blended learning a reality. Read More About Flipped Learning Video lectures at home?
9 Word Cloud Generators That Aren't Wordle The use of word clouds in the classroom is a powerful way to really get through to visual learners. The details about the following nine word cloud generators will give you a fair idea how, as an educator, you can get the best out of them. A quick note: Wordle is quite easily the most popular word cloud generator out there. It’s free and easy to use. It does require Java though so Chrome users might have some trouble. In any case, this article focuses on non-Wordle options you should know about. Tagul Several features that do not figure in Wordle are incorporated in Tagul.For example, you have the option of choosing personalized shapes and multiple fonts to be used in your cloud. ABC Ya This application is very much like Wordle and operates the way Wordle operates. Tag Crowd This application gives you access to see frequency of words. Word It Out Word It Out helps create word clouds from any text, similar to the way Wordle does. Make Word Mosaic Wordsift TagCloudGenerator You Are Your Words
Setting a Goal When You Feel Overwhelmed With Technology Options When I visit schools to facilitate workshops there is usually a mix of folks who are off and running with technology use in their classrooms and folks who are just getting started. When mixed together with those who are off and running, the folks who are just getting started can sometimes feel like they have so much to do to get caught up to their colleagues. In those situations I remind folks that they don’t have to learn it all on their own today. I encourage setting a small goal of getting comfortable with one new thing per full month of the school year. If you can work toward that goal, by the end of the school year you will have eight to ten new things in your teaching playbook. Learning to use Google Apps for Education is a good example of employing this “one thing per month” goal. And always remember this, even if you feel like the kids know more about the technology than you do, you are still the expert on teaching in your classroom.
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