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10 New Educational Web Tools to Try Out

10 New Educational Web Tools to Try Out
March 8, 2014 Once every two weeks I feature here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning a list of some of the new educational web tools I have been bookmarking. These are basically tools other teachers and edubloggers have reviewed in their websites and blogs and which I think are worth sharing with you and keeping you posted about the latest in the world of educational technology. 1- Exam Time ExamTime is changing the way students learn by providing free study tools for students and teachers. ExamTime has been developed to help students make studying more than just a mind exercise. Mathsframe has more than 190 free interactive maths games. 3- Screencastify Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) for Chrome. 4- Shareor Shareor, a free social networking platform for teachers is an initiative designed to simplify communications between teachers. 6- Wonderville is the flagship product from Learning Core. 8- Framebench Related:  Presentations

Easily Create Classroom Wikis Using Wikispaces Classroom A month ago, Wikispaces announced the birth of a new service geared primarily towards enhancing teachers and students use and creation of classroom wikis. As you know, Wikispace is one of the best advertising-free platforms where one can create and host his wikis for free. Now with the introduction of Wikispaces Classroom, creating collaborative wikis for your class becomes way easier and more enjoyable. Wikispaces Classroom puts everything you need to manage your classroom right up front, and it gets everything you don’t need right out of the way. Here is a recorded webinar offered by Wikispaces to help teachers get familiar with the new features of Wikispace Classroom.

8 (free) websites to create cool student projects online Creating an online project is a great way to help students to demonstrate that they have learned something. Below you will find 8 websites that offer great options for any teacher and all are free to use. The first five have screenshots of examples that I created. Fake Movie Poster Creating a movie poster is a great school project. With this simple website, the task is that much easier. Photovisi Here is another website to create great poster projects. Be Funky This site is better known for its photo editing but it also allows users to create photo collages. Poster My Wall Yet another terrific site for creating poster projects for the classroom. is a fantastic online tool that appears to be intended for business but would work really well in the classroom. Word Draw is a site that offers free professional looking templates for newsletters, flyers, labels, and resumes. These templates can also be utilized for a class newspaper, projects or even reports.

5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for teachers and administrators is classroom management. I am often asked if there is a way to “lock down an iPad screen” or “ensure students cannot go to inappropriate websites” (e.g. Social Media). In other words, how do we keep students on task and are not distracted by the novelty of gadgets or communicating with friends via texting or social media. Often, teachers will take up devices (such as mobile phones) to avoid the issue of students texting or checking Facebook on their phones (eliminating access to a powerful, pocket computer in the process). Classroom management is a challenging skill which I consistently strive to improve on a regular basis. Establish Clear Expectations Just as I start out the school year with “Class Rules” that we make and agree to as a group, we also establish expectations for when we use technology. Let them “Get the Giggles Out” Engagement is Key Two Eyes, Two Feet

Web 2.0 Teaching Tools Educar sin libros de texto: debate abierto En noviembre de 2014 el Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, entró de lleno en el debate sobre el uso del libro de texto en Gran Bretaña. Gibb criticó el crecimiento de una “ética anti-libros de textos”, que, según afirmaba, se podría correlacionar con los pobres resultados de su país en PISA frente a países como Finlandia o Corea del Sur. Para evitarlo pidió a los docentes, de manera explícita, que usaran libros de texto así como a las editoriales que produjeran libros de texto de calidad. A partir de ahí se produjo una cadena de declaraciones a favor y en contra de los libros de texto. “Textbooks of the past had a huge impact on education. They not only reflected exam board syllabuses, they influenced them. Así pues, el debate sobre el uso de los libros de texto trasciende los pasillos de los centros educativos y llega hasta la política o la Alta Inspección. En definitiva, el debate está abierto: ¿debemos o no debemos usar libros de texto? Salud Me gusta: Me gusta Cargando...

sevhandenise | EFL Through iPads 3 considerations when iPad is the key vehicle of ESL education Due to the wide array of platforms available for the sharing and storing of material, and because of personal preferences, there are many ways of answering questions one to three. This is empowering, as the various approaches being piloted within our own institution, such as Dropbox, iFiles, Yahoo Docs, E Backpack, Edmodo and Evernote, will lead to a greater understanding of iPadology as an EFL approach. 1.Can folders and hierarchies of folders be created by teachers and students on the iPad or is it necessary to create them on a laptop or desktop? 2.Can materials be uploaded directly into specific folders or is it necessary to email them to an email account and subsequently upload them into a folder? 3.Which Apps are configured so that users can upload text and multimedia directly from the App into this platform? 4.Can the user specify the exact folder a document will be uploaded into? 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

Resonate : Case Study: General Electric Comstock delivered the presentation featured on the next few pages to persuade her sales and marketing team that “growth in a downturn” is possible (notice the contrast even in her title). She wanted to move her team from the defeatist mindset of a downturn (what is) to believing they could innovate in a downturn (what could be). It’s common for her presentations to address the theme of navigating through the tension of innovation. Comstock sprinkles her communication with personal stories of risk, frailty, and victories, which makes her credible and transparent. Comstock is a natural at communicating contrast. Growth in a Downturn? Jeff Immelt took over as CEO of GE in 2001 with a strategy to grow the company from within, while investing more in technology/innovation, global expansion, and customer relationships. © 2013 Duarte Press, LLC.

3 Resources to Build Your Personal Learning Network Personal Learning Networks are becoming a popular way to learn from other educators. But how do you get started in creating a personal learning network, or PLN? I’ve put together a quick list of 3 resources that educators are using to build PLNs: 1) Twitter Chats & Hashtags: Twitter is a fantastic tool to create your professional circle of like-minded connections around the world. 2) Pinterest: Whether you are new to Pinterest or a regular ‘pinner’, Pinterest can be a great resource to save and organize your resources and ideas. We have created Pinterest boards that cover a range of education topics from Education apps, articles, infographics, to Flipped Classroom information, EDU blogs and websites, professional development and many more. 3) Blogs, websites & podcasts: Many educators have created blogs to share their thoughts and experiences. Here are two of them to get you started: We hope this helps you expand your learning network. Connect with us Best regards, TechSmith Education Team

Christmas Christmas can mean different things to different people. For many people it means eating a lot and spending time with family and visiting relatives and friends. For children it often means presents, presents and more presents! The origins of Christmas In ancient times people had mid-winter festivals when the days were short and the nights were very long. They believed that their ceremonies would help the sun’s power return. Cards and presents It’s very common to send Christmas cards to friends, family, colleagues, classmates and neighbours in the weeks leading up to December 25th. Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus) Every year small children tell Father Christmas (also known as Santa Claus) exactly what presents they would like to receive. The Christmas number one Every year, for a few weeks around Christmas time, the UK music charts go mad. Snow Snow at Christmas is part of British culture. Turkey and crackers Christmas dinner is usually eaten at midday or early afternoon. Christmas means ...

QR Code Generator – create QR codes for free (Logo, T-Shirt, vCard, EPS) Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners It's no secret that I am a passionate advocate for using video in the classroom. When used well, videos can help students make connections to people and ideas beyond their usual frame of reference. That's why I've been really excited to see a wave of new (and mostly free or low-cost!) Video Playlist: Tools to Enhance Videos for Learning You may notice my playlist below looks a little different this time; I'm embedding using a great tool called Huzzaz, reviewed below. Zaption - Interactive Video for Learning (01:37) With Zaption, transform your students from passive watchers to active learners by adding links, multiple-choice questions, polls, discussions, and more to any video to create a "tour" -- or group a few together for a more complex lesson. More Resources on Using Video in the Classroom Reviews and Guides for Interactive Video Tools Sources and Ideas for Using Videos in the Classroom

Christmas comes but once a year “Christmas comes but once a year”, they say. It seems more often than that, mind you, with Christmas decorations appearing in shops at least a couple months before the holiday season begins. There’s a garden centre near where I lived as a child. It wasn’t very exciting – particularly when you’re eight years old and more interested in more immediate thrills than watching a plant slowly grow and flower over several months. The garden centre did have one thing going for it, however, and that was its Christmas displays. Every year, half of this shop would be decked out with flashing fairy lights, twinkling tinsel and singing Santa toys; Christmas songs filled the air as children looked on with awe and wonder. The displays were eye-popping, and even adults loved them. I cannot say that I like seeing the Christmas decorations out so early but it is difficult to blame shops for displaying Christmas stock as early as possible. Why do private houses need their Christmas decorations up already?

Why the Net? An Interactive Tool for the Classroom: Explanation What can the Internet do for my classroom? Schools and classrooms are dynamic, interactive, social places, where teachers and students communicate, share information, and challenge each other's ideas. Teachers guide student learning by posing problems, encouraging student questions, and offering opportunities for students to find solutions. The resources and interactions in a classroom depend on the curriculum the class is working on and the beliefs of the teacher and school. So how can the Internet assist students and teachers in reaching their educational objectives when schools are already such dynamic places? As you continue to learn about the Net and how it can be used in your class, you will see that the same idea applies. The Internet basically expands the resources available and decreases the time and location dependencies that can be limiting factors in schools. The Internet is not an approach to education, but rather a tool that can be used with almost any educational theory.