You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. (By Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP) You went to school so you think you know what teachers do, right? You are wrong. Here’s a piece explaining all of this from Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her parentingthecore blog, where this first appeared. By Sarah Blaine We all know what teachers do, right? The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More! Here’s a link to my two-part Ed Week series on successfully implementing one-to-one programs I’ll soon be covering a question in my Education Week Teacher column about one-to-one laptop/tablet programs, and thought it would be useful to readers (and to me!) to create a “Best” lists on the topic (Check out my nine-minute BAM! Radio Podcast on What Are the Real Benefits of a 1:1 Program?
Tired of Teaching “Elements of Plot”? A New, Fun Approach! Are you tired of beginning each school year with the same ol’ “Elements of Plot” lesson? The initial vocabulary and concepts related to “Plot” can be kind of “dry” and “boring”, especially if you’re a student in grades 7th-10th! You know what I’m talking about because we’ve all been there ;) I took some time (well, quite a bit of time!) New:You Can Now Add Audio Feedback To Students Presentations on Google Drive June 20, 2014 Kaizena is one of my favourite tools for adding audio and text feedback to Google Docs. I have already shared here a detailed guide on how to use it to attach audio feedback to students documents, check it out if you haven't read it yet. Until recently Kaizena allowed users to add audio feedback to only Google Docs but this is no longer the case.
5 Brilliant 'Design Your Own Game' Websites for Students There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the use of gaming in the classroom – from the ‘gamification’ of learning to the use of Minecraft to teach everything from physics to strategic thinking. Since long before education technology even existed, video games have been a hugely successful way to engage students, creating a fun and compelling environment in which they can learn, develop and interact with their peers. But allowing students to actually take control of designing the game themselves takes the concept to a whole new level, allowing them to practice a host of new creative and technical skills. Here are 5 top websites – let the games begin!
Advertising Gender Swap Posted by MK Morris Buzzfeed brings us an interesting video about what happens when you replace women in an ad with a man, playing off of the three main tropes that usually occur in advertising: “pleasing your man” “nerdy guy/hot girl” and “sexualized food”. I definitely had not seen the original Doritos ad, and it’s kind of awful that the ad in itself looks fake, because of how ridiculous it is. Although I don’t agree with their last comment that “seeing men like this is ridiculous” because there really would need to be several more examples of these reversals, and advertising in general is pretty ridiculous. Also, what’s wrong with guys being sexy? That’s why the original advertising works – because it’s sexy women.
Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide! Be inspired! Combine digital content and your files to create a lesson Lesson plans UK This is little village of Cholsey, England Sam is 16 years old and lives in, Cholsey, a small English village together with about 3300 inhabitants. The village is old and consists of many old cottages as well as new houses. In the middle of the village there is the church where the people meet on Sundays to attend morning service.
A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services. Can't find what you're looking for? Help make justdelete.me better. easy No Info Available Login to your account, go to parameters, click Delete my account. Confirm by clicking I want to delete my account. Minecraft In Education: Pros And Cons There’s a popular fast-talking video making its way around the web that showcases how Mincraft may very well be “the ultimate education tool.” Whether you agree or not, the video raises some interesting ideas. Basically, the Idea Channel folks (who made the video) posit that Minecraft is such a valuable tool because it’s so customizable. They talk about how video games have long been used in education but how Minecraft offers a new approach by letting the player construct the game. In other words, a teacher could build his or her own video game tailored to the lessons being taught in the classroom. The students could then enter that custom game and explore, learn, and even build upon it themselves.
Six Engaging End-of-Year Projects I don't know about your students, but so many of mine, coupled with Senioritis, were done after state testing. (The well had run dry, no blood from a turnip -- all those sayings applied!) With just a few precious weeks left in the school year, what do you do to keep the kids energized and on board with learning? One thing I knew for sure when it came to my high school students: They had to feel as if they weren't actually doing work. (Yep, I had to trick them.) Classroom Timers - Fun Timers We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section. These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-) Classic Classroom Timers:
How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching by Terry Heick Ed note: this post has been updated from a fall 2015 post A little bit of technology doesn’t change much. It can make things a little easier by automating them. Digitala verktyg Prezi Storyjumper SHOW®World