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The Teacher Tap: Professional Development Resources for Educator

The Teacher Tap: Professional Development Resources for Educator
The Teacher Tap is a free, professional development resource that helps educators and librarians address common questions about the use of technology in teaching and learning by providing easy access to practical, online resources and activities. Check out the Project Overview for more information. For a more indepth look at these topics, go to our online courses including: We're in the process of updating this resource, so you'll find a mixture of old and new pages. Related:  Resources by Subject/Topic

Showcase your skills with an electronic teaching portfolio Teachers have long used portfolios to highlight their education and teaching experience, show evidence of growth, and share examples of their own learning experiences in the classroom. A portfolio is a valuable tool when seeking a new position, for assessing professional growth in an existing position, or to keep a record of your teaching career. In a typical oral question-and-answer interview, you can explain how you taught a certain lesson or unit, but with a portfolio, you can show evidence of how and why the way you taught that lesson worked best for your class. Your portfolio might even include a reflection that explains how you changed the instruction method or materials used, and how the lesson has evolved since the first time you taught it. Sharing student work as part of your portfolio can illustrate how the students responded to the lesson as well. The ups and downs of Google Sites Security and privacy will always be a concern, thanks to FERPA. It’s not all perfect. Setting up

Tech Tools by Subject and Skills Every year, so many new technology tools for teachers are launched into the market that it can be nearly impossible to keep up with them all. In order to keep you up-to-date with the latest and greatest educational tech tools, our team of edtech specialists has put together this list of the best edtech resources and technology tools for teachers. Clicking on the links below will take you to hundreds of apps, websites, extensions, and more. Whether you're looking for a specific tech tool or just trying to find something new and interesting for your class, we encourage you to browse around all of the different categories to see how many wonderful resources are available for your students. Also, if you have a tool that you'd like to see added to the list, please feel free to contact us at The following technology tools for teachers have been organized by academic subjects, topics, and learning activity.

NZ Interface Magazine | Eight habits of highly effective 21st ce We hear a lot about the 21st century learner – but what about the 21st century teacher? Andrew Churches investigates what makes them succeed. What are the characteristics we would expect to see in a successful 21st century educator? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Ideas And Inspiration For The K-12 Community - K-12 Instructional Resource Center Top 50 Education Technology Blogs Education technology has many supporters in its movement to alter traditional teaching methods. This list of the top 50 education technology blogs includes writers, technicians and social media experts…but they all are teachers. The “movers” are teachers who facilitate learning among other teachers and in the classroom, the “shakers” teach new philosophies and innovations, and the folks “on the ground” offer news, tools and methods of using those tools in the classroom. This list is divided into those three categories, and each link within those categories is listed alphabetically. The links lead straight to the recently updated blogs, and the descriptions supply information about that blogger’s achievements, including careers and jobs. Movers Shakers Absence of Limitations: Through over two decades of IT experience, Mr. On the Ground

Digital Promise Launches Web Tool To Find Ed Research -- THE Journal Research Digital Promise Launches Web Tool To Find Ed Research By Dian Schaffhauser05/18/16 A new, free resource from Digital Promise aims to provide an easy way to hunt down research in education, teaching and learning topics and to uncover connections between those topics. Digital Promise is a not-for-profit that undertakes work for accelerating innovation in education. The latest initiative, Research Map, is intended for education leaders, policymakers, students and even ed tech developers who want to read up on the latest research about a given subject. The map offers three views, chord, network (pictured) and list. The map offers three views, chord, network and list. The chord view shows each of the research topics around a circle with "chords" drawn between them. The list view is text-based. Simultaneously, the network and chord views also include two side panels, one for filtering results and the other with a list of papers or articles on the topic. About the Author

DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Tools and Technologies for Effect By Kim Cofino After working as an international school teacher for the past eight years, I am all too familiar with the isolation of teaching abroad – being the school’s only teacher of a certain class or grade level, having limited professional development opportunities compared to your home country, and being without a support network for feedback and inspiration. However, all of that changed when I started to embrace Web 2.0 tools in my professional practice. The development of a personal learning network (or PLN) is absolutely essential for any successful 21st century educator. Here are a few tips and tricks to get started developing your own personal learning network: Join a Social Network We’ve all heard of MySpace and Facebook, and while those are great ways to connect with friends and colleagues, an even better place to start is a social network with a focus, like Ning. Set up an RSS Reader Attend Amazing Conferences (For Free!) Become a Blogger (and a Twitterer)

App Inventor Get Started Follow these simple directions to build your first app! Tutorials Step-by-step guides show you how to create even more apps. Teach Find out about curriculum and resources for teachers. Forums Join community forums to get answers to your questions. DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Tools and Technologies for Effect Teachers have always spent their own money on classroom supplies. With costs rising each year how can teachers add technology and software to the classroom without going broke? One answer is Freeware and/or Open Source software. Freeware is computer software made available free of charge, but copyrighted by its developer, who retains the rights to control its distribution, modify it and sell it in the future. Users are sometimes encouraged to ‘donate’ to the software’s creator, but donations are not mandatory. It is typically distributed without its source code, thus preventing modification by its users, whereas Open Source does provide access to the source code. Technical differences aside, the bottom line is that both Freeware and Open Source offer educators the opportunity to bring technology into their classrooms without having to take out a personal loan. Freeware for Grades K-2 Freeware for Grades 5-6 Freeware Teacher Tools Open Source Software Open Source for Grades K-2 - Independent Reviews of Instructional Materials by Educators is an independent nonprofit that publishes free reviews of instructional materials, using an educator-designed tool that measures alignment, usability, and other quality criteria. The reports help districts and educators make informed purchasing and instructional decisions that support improved student outcomes. K-8 Math High School Math 3-8 ELA Find Reviews of Instructional Materials filter_list Filter sort Sort 54 Titles close HMH Collections 2017 Houghton Mifflin HarcourtMiddle Show Reports Math Investigations in Number, Data, and Space, 3rd Edition (2017) PearsonElementary Show Reports Journeys (2017) Houghton Mifflin HarcourtElementary, Middle Show Reports Third Grade ReportSeries Overview Fourth Grade Report Fifth Grade Report Sixth Grade Report Kindergarten ReportFourth Grade Report First Grade ReportFifth Grade Report Second Grade ReportSeries Overview Third Grade Report Sixth Grade Report Seventh Grade Report Eighth Grade Report