The Best Apps for Teachers and Educators Consumer tech is taking over the classroom. Today, devices like the iPad are heavily marketed toward schoolteachers and optimized for classroom use. As more and more gadgets find their way into the classroom, so too will educational apps. Fortunately, apps and software hold the potential to inspire and educate in a fresh, exciting way. Whether you’re a student, parent, or educator, you can learn a thing or two from the incredible educational apps below. Kahoot Whiteboard software Easiteach Next Generation is the latest whiteboard software from RM Education designed to help you create and deliver motivational and engaging lessons using your classroom hardware. Easiteach has a range of key features, which make it the ideal software application for whatever hardware your school may use for whole class teaching purposes. Download and upload resources, communicate with other users, share ideas and receive the latest product updates, all online within RM Easilearn.
Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps Luhtala has also noticed some app fatigue among her colleagues. If they are using something that works well, they’ll probably stick with it, even if another slightly better product comes along. Learning is hard and change is even harder, so once teachers have found a tool that meets their learning goals, they are unlikely to shift without a good reason. “It’s hard to get the teachers on board with this at all, so to say we’re going to do it differently next year is a tough sell,” Luhtala said. How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom When I ask the students why they are so attached to their devices with the small (some aren't so small) screens, I invariably get the response, "It's my life." I just don't get it and probably never will, but here is my attempt at understanding. After careful observation, I have determined that the cell phones are analogous to what happened when the Walkman first appeared on the scene for the older generation.
My Drive Sign in or Forgot? Other sign in options Don't have an account? 10 Student-Tested Chrome Extensions 10 Chrome Extensions That Students Will Really Use Google Dictionary (free): Sometimes articles in content area classes can be challenging, especially when students are faced with unknown words. While they could open a new tab and run a search for these words, this extension offers a much easier alternative that doesn’t disrupt a student’s workflow. Free Online Whiteboard Create Awesome Video Lessons In Minutes Flip your classroom. Tell your story. Inspire your students to learn. Sign with or
How to Use Google Tools to Help Students Track Their Learning Have you ever walked into your classroom and realized that your students had no idea what to expect? Maybe they were unsure of the requirements for a class essay or project, or didn’t really know where they were in terms of the necessary components of an activity. This can be a terrible feeling, and it’s one that our students experience all too often. As a teacher, I have experienced something similar: Where are my students? What do they already know?
65 Free Interactive Whiteboard Resources Interactive whiteboard resources are a great way for teachers to engage classrooms in learning. While many teachers are spending hours a day creating their own activities for their interactive whiteboards, there are tons of free sources to help teachers learn about and use IWBs with students to further their use of technology in the classroom. Here is a list of some great interactive whiteboard resources and activities guaranteed to stimulate learning: General Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers TeacherLED – TeacherLED is a site dedicated to making the use of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) easier and more productive. This comprehensive site features resources to use with IWBs in math, English, and geometry.
15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives, including the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach. Those advances necessitate an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and the topic of this post—21st-century teacher. As I write this, I’m trying to recall if I ever had heard phrases such as 20th-century teacher or 19th-century teacher. Quick Google searches reassure me that there are no such word combinations. Changing 20th to 21st brings different results: a 21st-century school, 21st-century education, 21st-century teacher, 21st-century skills.
What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month Since February 17, I’ve been teaching 11th-grade humanities writing to students who are self-quarantined in China. Our teachers were in the same position several weeks ago that U.S. teachers are in now—we were expecting to teach in classrooms in Beijing. Now we’re teaching virtual classes remotely from our homes in China and countries around the world. A 5-Step Guide to Making Your Own Instructional Videos to Replace Lectures Imagine lecturing to a class in which some of your students are grade levels behind, some are grade levels ahead, some have special needs, and some are absent. It’s pretty hard to do that effectively, isn’t it? As teachers in a Title I high school, we developed an instructional model built around self-made videos that empowered students at all levels to learn at their own pace and build mastery skill-by-skill.