A Good Free Web Tool to Create Classroom Posters June 9, 2014 After we have learned how to create a classroom poster using Google Draw, I am introducing you today to another awesome web tool which will enable you to design gorgeous classroom visuals. This tool is called Pixteller . I have been tinkering with it for awhile and found it really worth using. This is particularly relevant for creating illustrated quotes and short posters for your class. Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version So. You've tried flipping your class, and it didn't go well. Or you've heard about flipping and want to try the approach, but you're pretty sure it won't work in your school. Don't give up yet -- with a slight twist, flipping might be possible for you after all. Flipped classrooms -- where direct instruction happens via video at home, and "homework" takes place in class -- are all the rage right now, and for good reason. Early research on flipped learning looks promising.
5 Important Tips on How to Better Annotate YouTube Videos to Use with Your Students November 5, 2015 YouTube video editor is absolutely a powerful video editing platform to use in your instruction to create and edit videos. It provides almost all the pro features you normally find in a premium video software and all for free. Our YouTube for Teachers series here in EdTech and mLearning attempts to help teachers make the best of YouTube in their teaching by providing them with educational channels designed specifically to tend to teachers educational video content as well as resources featuring tips and tricks on how to create and edit instructional videos on Youtube. In today’s post we are introducing you to a very important feature called annotations. Annotations are those pieces of information that you add to a video in the form of layered text, links and hotspots. As a teacher, you can use annotations to make your videos more interactive, engaging and informative.
10 Teacher-Tested Tools for Flipping Your Classroom - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - blended learning, digital learning, education technology, flipclass, flipped class, flipped classroom, Online Learning, Teaching, the flipped classroom For the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent some time addressing my earlier commitments to flipping at least some portion of my Language Arts classes. (You can learn about my ongoing saga at “4 Ways Flipping Forces Fundamental Change” and at “Why I Haven’t Flipped…Yet”). Reading FlipYour Classroom by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams provided practical advice and a justification for flipping, Learning about the Stanford studies that suggest better results from flipping your flipping (that is, doing hands-on work in the classroom first, reinforced by flipped lessons at night) But, ultimately, what I needed to do was to dive in and try out some tools with my kids and my curriculum in mind. The unexpected result: I’ve had to acknowledge something I hadn’t really thought about — I am a video-phobe. C’mon, Everyone, Let’s Flip
Good Web Tools to Create Educational Games for Your Class May 1, 2014 In today's post, I am sharing with you some great web tools that you can use with your students in class to create games. You can integrate these tools in different learning tasks. You can, for instance, use them for end of school year review projects or as a way to boost the textbook activities. Flipped dilemma: What to do when kids don’t have internet In my previous post on flipping my classroom I talked about how much it has changed my entire view of education. I know what some of you were probably thinking when you read it: “Well all of his students have devices” or, “They all have internet at home, so that makes it easy.” The truth is that 50 percent of my students do not have internet access at home. I work in one of the largest school districts in my state — based on square miles, not student population. Some of my students ride more than an hour on the bus to school every morning.
Three Tools Students Can Use to Add Annotations to Videos When we talk about flipped lessons it often involves a lot of heavy lifting on a teacher's part. From finding a video to adding questions to the video, it is a time-consuming process and in the end we're still not always sure if the students actually watched the video or they just guessed at the answers to the questions. One way to flip the standard flipped classroom model is to have students find and annotate videos that then submit to you. The following three tools can be used by students for that purpose.
A Short Overview of 12 Tools for Creating Flipped Classroom Lessons One of the most frequent requests that I get is for suggestions on developing flipped classroom lessons. The first step is to decide if you want to create your own video lessons from scratch or if you want to develop lessons based on videos that others have produced. In this post we'll look at tools for doing both. Great Tools to Create Classroom Multimedia Magazines and Books May 28, 2014 Web 2.0 technologies have radically transformed the education landscape, shifting the concept of agency from the teacher and placing it in students hands. Leaners now are empowered with a variety of tools to connect, create, share, collaborate, and negotiate meaning making processes in ways never available before. Instead of merely consuming what others have produced, learners actively take part in the production of new insights and through the affordances of new technologies they can collaborate and crowdsource support on a global scale. These new venues of learning have opened new communicational channels for students to use to access a larger audience. Their voice can now have a wider reach. It is this very idea of empowering students voice through the use of digital technologies that I want to draw your attention to in this post.
Feedback, Part II The editor of our local newspaper contacted me this week wanting to write an article about what flipped learning looks like in my classroom. Since my science-teaching colleague has also starting flipping this year, I asked her to participate in the interview as well. She had a great idea - "Why don't we survey our students and include some of their opinions in the article as well?" So I whipped up a quick Google Form and we took a couple of minutes in our classes Thursday and Friday for students to complete the anonymous survey. Snagit for Chrome - screencast TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome™ is a free screen capture and recording app that works on Chromebooks or in the Chrome browser. Using Snagit for Google Chrome can help you provide better feedback, encourage teamwork, and create images that explain exactly what you mean. BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy Overview Video Check to see if your Chromebook will work with Snagit for Google Chrome™.
Wonderful Guide to The Use of Rubrics in Education May , 2014 Rubrics are important elements in your teaching toolkit and there are a variety of ways you can use them to improve your teaching. Mia from Anethicalisland has this wonderful infographic that outlines some of the reasons to use rubrics, what they improve and how to use them in your class. What are rubrics ?