15-best-brainstorming-and-mind-mapping-tech-tools-for-every-creative-mind In order to be able to see a relationship between various ideas and information, we use mind mapping. This includes gathering thoughts, coming up with new ideas, project planning, and more to solve problems or have novel ideas. Today I compiled thea list of 15 mind-mapping tech tools that will help every creative mind be even more creative. If you like one particular tool I check out sites like Techradar, PCmag, Techriggs and CNET that have many insightful user reviews to get more information. 1. XMind is an open source tool that helps users to really understand their thinking and manage ideas. Cost: There are free accounts available but if you want to have extra features, you will have to pay as much as $79 per year. 2. Individuals and businesses can take advantage of being able to share ideas with collaborators. Cost: Free 3. This browser-based tool lets you manage everything on one convenient platform, so you can access anything quickly. 4. Cost: Free account for basic users. 5. 6. 7.
BP/Continuing ED- Teachers Teaching Teachers 59:39 minutes (40.96 MB) We were planning a "Welcome Back" episode on Teachers Teaching Teachers, something about how to launch connected learning with Youth Voices in our classrooms and how to be more planful about connecting our curriculum. #connectedlearning. How do we do that after Michael Brown's killing and the Ferguson protests? In addition to this webcast, we offer a small contribution with a #FergusonSyllabus or using Gooru, NowComment, Crocodoc, and Vialogues. Start with your own questions, then deepen your inquiry into Michael Brown's shooting, and the protests and confrontations in Ferguson by choosing from these articles, songs, interviews, photographs, blog posts, podcasts, reviews, videos, reports and surveys. I am first and foremost an educator. Dr. #FergusonSyllabus is a great way to connect with others who are thinking about when and how to bring the Michael Brown shooting into the curriculum.
8 Exciting Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Approaches That Teachers are Embracing in 2014 As we head into this new year I'm excited about the many instructional means and methods that educators are using technology to facilitate in 2014's classrooms (both physical and virtual!). As the 2nd decade of the 21st century rolls along, the scales are undoubtedly tilting further in favor of embracing the benefits that technology can bring to instruction, and away from frustration and resistance. Let's explore some of the powerful instructional approaches that technology is helping to make possible, or bring to a new level, in classrooms and schools across the world. In public and private schools of all shapes and sizes the world over, inspired teachers are working with their students using different types of devices, and various methods of access, to use teaching and learning constructs like these. All of these will see expanded use in 2014 and countless students will be engaged, delighted, inspired, and successful as a result. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. How cool is this? 7. 8.
What is the future of technology in education? | Teacher Network A couple of weeks ago I was asked what I thought the future of technology in education was. It is a really interesting question and one that I am required to think about all the time. By its very nature, technology changes at a fast pace and making it accessible to pupils, teachers and other stakeholders is an ongoing challenge. So what is the future? No, I don't think it is. iPads and other mobile technology are the 'now'. The future is about access, anywhere learning and collaboration, both locally and globally. For me the future of technology in education is the cloud. Technology can often be a barrier to teaching and learning. Schools, will only need one major thing to be prepared for the future. We don't know what the new 'in' device will be in the future. This should be happening now. Teachers can use the cloud to set, collect and grade work online. This is where devices come in. School classrooms are going to change. With the cloud, the world will be our classroom.
How to Use Prezi to Create Visual Lessons Using Prezi, you can create a visual classroom without succumbing to death by PowerPoint. Its interactive features, zooming display, and creative options will enable your visual lessons to engage students without distracting them from lesson objectives. With all those bells and whistles, Prezi might sound complicated, but it’s actually quite simple to use. Read on, and I’ll show you how to use this innovative tool. What is Prezi? Before we look at how to get started with Prezi, let me explain what exactly it is. Getting Started With Prezi Photo credit: Leif Bryne The first step is to visit the Prezi website and click the “get started button”. Selecting a Template Once your account is set up, you will be able to start a new Prezi. As you can see in the image of my Prezi below, I tried to show how distance education has progressed through the years. Customizing Your Prezi’s Look After you’ve selected a template, the Prezi website will take you to the editing page. Editing the Content
Assessment- Using Technology to Creatively Assess Students and Teachers Do you ever just feel a little left behind when it comes to technology? Just when you think you’ve got it down, something else comes along and you have to keep learning. Darn, I hate it when that happens. That whole “continuing education” thing really gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it? I say this tongue-in-cheek of course. As educators (and people for that matter), we’re always learning and growing. Actually, after all this reflection this week on assessments, I think their core purpose is to tell us how we are doing in comparison to ourselves. This is where technology comes into play in assessments. Of course, we also need to keep in mind the limitations of technology – and yes, there are some very big limits currently. Ways to Use Technology for Assessment These are just a few of the ways that I have seen or used technology to help me measure student growth: Creating digital portfolios online. Create assessments using YouTube videos. Recording a song through Garageband or Audacity.
6 Emerging Trends in Education and Mobile Learning « Educational Technology Debate Steve Vosloo At the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014 I sat on a panel titled Emerging Trends and New Technology – considered in the context of mobile learning. Below are the notes of the key points that I made. Note: The issue of Emerging Trends and New Technology begs the question: for who? Overlapping of education trends and mobile-enabled opportunities The brief for the panel stated: We keep being told that technology is going to transform centuries-old teaching paradigms, but traditional approaches seem to have real resilience and staying-power. I don’t believe that technology is the single driver of education transformation, although it is certainly a key influencing factor. The think piece highlights that with the increase in access to information, and production of knowledge (both underpinned by technology), there is a questioning of the very notions of the authority of traditional bodies of knowledge controlled by legitimate educational institutions. Pearson Labs explain that
15 Common Mistakes Teachers Make Teaching With Technology | TeachThought 15 Common Mistakes Teachers Make Teaching With Technology by Terry Heick The role of technology in learning isn’t entirely clear–or rather, is subjective. While it clearly is able to provide access to peers, audiences, resources, and data, it also can be awkward, problematic, distracting, performing more strongly as a barrier to understand than anything else. Why this happens also isn’t clear, but there are some common patterns and missteps to look for while designing or evaluating a learning process. 1. It’s not always possible, but when you can, let the students choose, and see what happens. 2. This doesn’t mean you can’t choose the function, but if you students can’t control the technology the use nor its function, this can be problematic: the learning is passive from the beginning. 3. To an extent you have to, but don’t overdo it. 4. If the technology is more magical than the project, product, collaboration, process, or content itself, try to muffle the bells and whistles. 5. 6. 7. 8.
ShareX - Take screenshots, Annotate, Upload and share URL in clipboard AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!12 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom, Even for Technophobic Teachers Everyone wants teachers to use technology in the classroom. But you're busy -- meeting standards, prepping students for tests -- and maybe you’re not too fond of computers, anyway. Never fear – there are easy ways to bring your classroom up-to-date, technologically. Do you have a iPad in your classroom for your use? How about iPads for students to use? What kind of Internet access is available at your school? What do you have to do to get Ipads for your students? Also try to find a technology “mentor” on campus – the computer teacher or just another teacher who uses technology more than you do. Perfect Ed Tech Activities for Beginners Do a PowerPoint “Game Show Review” Many tech-savvy teachers have used Microsoft PowerPoint to create review games based on famous game shows, including “Jeopardy! Have students complete a written classroom activity as if it was online. Ever have your students write a diary from the perspective of a character or famous person? Try a Webquest Do an email exchange
Imagining the Classroom of 2016, Empowered by Wearable Technology The next big shift in technology is the growth of wearable tech. We’ve already embraced mobile technology to the point that application vendors and technology support teams are thinking “mobile first”. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops are an increasingly common sight in the classroom, a change that has only come about in just the last few years. The next wave of innovation is likely to come from wearable technology — items like Google Glass, Samsung Galaxy Gear, and smart watches. Image from So what might the growth of wearable technology look like in the world of teaching and learning? Scenarios – Practical Advantages in the Classroom Jennifer is busy working on a project in her chemistry lab. Mr. Helpful applications in and out of the Classroom Professor Hiller decides to forego his usual big lectures and instead has his students interact with wearable devices powered with big data. Mrs. About Rick Delgado
Technology and Education | Box of Tricks The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom Today, we are sharing with you some great web tools that you can use to create your own posters and customize them the way you want. Check out the list below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy 1- Poster My Wall This is one of the most popular web tools out there. 2- Befunky This is basically a photo editor that allows users to create posters. 3- Picassa This is a powerful free image hosting and editing tool. 4- Art Skills You can use the poster making wizard of Arts Skills to create engaging posters. 5- Muzy Thoughts This is a really cool web tool to use to create posters for your classroom. 6- Posterini This is an online web tool that lets you create posters with WYSIWYC interface. 7- Smore This is an ideal web tool for those interested in creating flyers. 8- Zeen Zeen is another great tool you should consider when thinking about creating engaging posters to use with your students.