Paper Chain People Paper Chain People Craft While putting together these Christmas paper chains, I decided to create several more paper chain templates of people, animals and fun shapes. My kids love making accordion fold paper chains – I guess sometimes the simplest kids crafts can also be the most satisfying! Check out all of the printable crafts on Craft Jr.! Kids Crafts, Printables & Kid Friendly Recipes Web 2 Tools by Task Avators: Build your Wild Self - create a self portrait and learn about the animal parts incorporated into your avatar. Mikons - where people communicate through visual symbols, logos, icons, or avatars to tell a story Voki.com is a web application that produces animated characters to which you can add your voice (or anybody else’s).
The Use of Social Media in School Share this infographic on your site! Embed this infographic on your site! The editors at Best Masters in Education decided to research the topic of: Teens are actively Tweeting, Posting, Liking, and Commenting all across Social Media and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Increasingly, teachers and schools are attempting to leverage the engaging qualities of Social Media for use in the classroom and beyond - connecting students, teachers, and parents better than ever before. The use of social media in school can't be left to chance; it needs to be mediated.
Use Hello Sign to Add Your Signature to Google Drive Files Hello Sign is a free tool for digitally signing documents. I initially reviewed it back in August when I used it to sign documents on my iPad. Today, I learned that Hello Sign can now be used to digitally sign documents that are stored in your Google Drive account. New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here's some help and advice Whether you’ve just returned to school to find Interactive Whiteboards have been installed over the Christmas break, or you have been using an IWB for years but never really got to grips with what it can do, here’s a summary of blogposts I’ve written in the past that hopefully will prove useful to you. Photo Credit : Library Cart by Sweetjessie General IWB Ideas Here are 8 ideas to keep it Simple when getting to grips with your interactive whiteboard.
Video In The Classroom: Equipment Checklist Teaching has always been visual, but what was once communicated on fusty overhead slide projectors or whiteboards that get erased, is now distributed to students in full HD video that they can review whenever and wherever they need. And whether you’re using video in the classroom for personal reflection, or to create new content for your students, it has never been easier to give video a go. What Equipment Do You Need to Get Started? Of course, you know about digital camcorders, but if you’d like to get classroom technology that has multiple uses in a classroom, here are some of the tools that will make the task of creating great visual lessons easy and impactful (check out part 2 of this blog and get tips on filming and editing): TabletsNotebook ComputersSmartphonesSound
Why BYOD Makes Sense: Thinking Beyond a Standardized 1:1 I was recently asked, "Why are you giving the teachers choice of a laptop? Why not just go all in with one device?" My answer, simply stated, is that homogenization of any tool is never a good idea in a context that is intended to foster creativity.
Gmail+1 = Student Email Addresses to Register for Online Services The Gmail+1"hack" isn't a new trick and I can't remember when I first tried it, but it still works and it still provides a solution to a problem that a lot of teachers run into when they want their students to use a new web tool. Let's say there's a new service that I want my students to use but my students don't have email addresses that they can use to register for that service. In that case I can quickly generate Gmail addresses for my students by using the Gmail+1 hack. Here's how the Gmail+1 hack works: 1. Create a new Gmail account just for your class. 4 ways to use YouTube in the language classroom UPDATE: I’m delighted to say that this post has been nominated for the British Council’s TeachingEnglish blog award for innovative teaching ideas. I’m really delighted to have been included in this month’s nominations, so… make me a super happy boy by clicking here and voting for me! When it comes their language learning I can safely say that my teenage students always enjoy the multimedia experience.Rather than studying grammar and vocabulary through boring old course books, they find it more exciting to watch action unfold via moving images on their laptop, tablet or smart phone.
Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom You don't need a class set of netbooks or iPads to integrate technology into your daily instruction. There are some fantastic, free iPhone apps that are perfect for teachers who are looking to change up their daily routine. These apps can make everyday tasks easier, simplify what you're already doing, and maybe just inspire others to make an investment in technology at your school. Common Core MasteryConnect has designed a wonderful app to keep the Common Core State Standards at your fingertips. Navigate the app by choosing your students' grade and subject area to access detailed information about each standard.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment February 5, 2014 This post is born out of a discussion I had with a fellow teacher on the Facebook page of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on the differences between summative and formative assessment. Luckily this discussion coincided with me reading Frey and Fisher's book " Literacy 2.0 : Reading and Writing in The 21st Century Classroom." and there was a section in which the authors talked about these differences in a subtle way by referring to formative assessment as assessment for learning and summative assessment as assessment of learning. However, knowing that several of you might probably need a refresher about these concepts I went ahead and created the visual below for you to keep as a reminder.