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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.

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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

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 admin@edtechteacher.org. The following technology tools for teachers have been organized by academic subjects, topics, and learning activity.

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? Well, we know they are student-centric, holistic, and they’re teaching about how to learn as much as teaching about the subject area.

Story Creator – Create Your Own Narrated Picture Books on Your iPad Last week I attended one of Kathy Schrock’s excellent presentations about teaching with iPads. I quickly filled up five pages in a Penultimate notebook while listening to Kathy. One of the apps that she shared that was new to me was Story Creator. Story Creator is a free iPad app that makes it easy to create narrated picture books on your iPad. To create a narrated picture book on Story Creator start by inserting a picture as your book’s cover. Digital Promise Launches Web Tool To Find Ed Research Research Digital Promise Launches Web Tool To Find Ed Research By Dian Schaffhauser05/18/16 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.

5 Excellent Tools to Convert Photos to Cartoons 1- Cartoonize It allows you to make a cartoon of yourself. You can cartoonize your photo in one click. It is very easy and totally free! You need simply to select your photo from the button below, and in the second step you choose the cartoon effect. 2- Befunky

TCRWP and Lucy Calkins Classroom Libraries “The research on reading achievement is unequivocal and long-standing, and it shows clearly that reading is . . . everything. Children’s reading engagement, including the amount and variety of what they read, is directly linked not just to reading achievement, but also to overall academic achievement.”Lucy Calkins The Power of a Great Classroom Library "The truth is, the kind of readers that you build will grow to match the libraries that you build. 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. I went from isolated and alone to supported and inspired in just a few short months!

Keeping Up with New Tools There are hundreds and hundreds of web-based tools available! There seem to be a dozen or more new tools online every day! Here are some of the newest ones that I'm exploring (from my Pinterest boards): Donna BaumbachWebTools-New 2 Me! See On Many of these have potential for increasing our own productivity, for enhancing our teaching, for organizing our information resources and/or for helping students learn. How to do keep on top of these new tools?

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