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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

Classroom Aid | Tools for Video Editing and Conferencing Converter Freemake offers freeware in the truest sense of the word: no feature or time limitations, includes Video Converter, Video Downloader, YouTube Converter, Audio Converter and Free Music Box! Video editing, animation creation and related tools Animoto can create presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. Aviary provides a suite of online tools that allows you to take create images, edit screenshots, edit sounds and create music. GoAnimate is a fun app that lets you make animated videos, for free, in just 10 minutes, without having to draw. Kerpoof – Explore, create, and design at Kerpoof. Fluxtime is an interesting tool that allows the user to record actions as they move things around the screen, manually creating the animation. EmbedPlus ia a free tool which enables you to enhance the viewer experience on YouTube videos, like chopping, sweet spot marking, slow motion on demand, scene skipping, zooming, annotation and real-time reactions from internet.

Trust me, I'm a librarian | Trust me, I'm a librarian Binder to Teach Information Literacy & Critical Thinking Are you spending a lot of time helping your students do information research? Do they know the differences between scholarly and popular materials? Are they... using the web indiscriminately for research papers? These are symptoms of "information illiteracy." Save time and get better research papers by helping your students improve their information literacy skills. NOTE: See "Exercises & Handouts" in this site for an outline of a UCLA Graduate Teaching Assistant workshop on teaching information researching and critical thinking skills to undergraduates, as well as a copy of the PowerPoint slide show. Questions, corrections, or suggestions for additions to this site? ATTRIBUTION This site was originally created in 2009 by Esther Grassian as a LibGuide when she was Information Literacy Librarian in the UCLA College Library.

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You Most of us are working at full capacity, and keeping up with technology can feel like one more chore on the to-do list. Still, learning your way around a few of the best Web tools is worth your time. Innovative teachers are frequently using intuitive programs and websites that are easy to learn. Sharing and Collaborating The Internet was invented to foster communication. Google Docs First of all, you never have to hit “save” in Google Docs. Google Forms Whether you want to send a quiz to your students or organize a field trip, Google forms can help you distribute and gather information. WordPress Create a class website or blog on this free, easy-to-use site. EduBlogs Set up blogs here for yourself or your students, and you can control the safety settings. WikiSpaces This is a great place for group or classroom projects because multiple users can edit documents. Classroom Innovation Khan Academy This site has helped revolutionize education. EdX MIT Opencourseware TED-Ed Edmodo Evernote DropBox

A List of 16 Websites Every Teacher should Know about 1- Teachers Network Teachers Network provides lesson plans, classroom specials, teacher designed activities for different subjects and many other resources. 2- Smithsonian Education Smithsonian Education offers a wide variety of free resources for teachers, students and parents. 3- Education World This is another great website for teachers. 4- Discovery Education Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell 5- The Gateway This is one of the oldest publicly accessible U.S repositories of education resources on the web. 6- EdHelper EdHelper provides teachers with free printables, graphic organizers, worksheets, lesson plans, games and many other activities. 7- Thinkfinity Thinkfinity is a free online professional learning community that provides access to over 50.000 educators and experts in curriculum enhancement, along with thousands of award-winning digital resources for k-12 8- PBS Teachers 9- 10- 42explore

Read the Fine Print Opinion: Dear Congressman, Research Shows Closing School Libraries and Cutting Certified Librarians Does Not Make Sense Last April, after I’d criticized my congressman—Jim Himes of District 4 in Connecticut—in a column, he asked if we could meet for a “deep dive” on education issues so he could understand why they have become so polarizing. His response was to ask me if there is research to justify the salary of a media specialist. My answer was a resounding “Yes!” There is ample research, and I gathered much of it myself from existing studies while also conducting my own informal online research questionnaire for school librarians and librarians. It tells us children in poverty grow up with fewer books in the home and less access to bookstores and public libraries than their higher Supplemental Education Services counterparts (Neuman and Celano, 2001). If we’re trying to close the achievement gap, library cuts make even less sense. Congressman Jim Himes of District 4 in Connecticut. I received 128 responses to my questionnaire from librarians representing 24 states. That’s for the libraries that remain.

Online Library Usability 9 Word Cloud Generators That Aren't Wordle The use of word clouds in the classroom is a powerful way to really get through to visual learners. The details about the following nine word cloud generators will give you a fair idea how, as an educator, you can get the best out of them. A quick note: Wordle is quite easily the most popular word cloud generator out there. It’s free and easy to use. It does require Java though so Chrome users might have some trouble. In any case, this article focuses on non-Wordle options you should know about. Tagul Several features that do not figure in Wordle are incorporated in Tagul.For example, you have the option of choosing personalized shapes and multiple fonts to be used in your cloud. ABC Ya This application is very much like Wordle and operates the way Wordle operates. Tag Crowd This application gives you access to see frequency of words. Word It Out Word It Out helps create word clouds from any text, similar to the way Wordle does. Make Word Mosaic Wordsift TagCloudGenerator You Are Your Words

Office of Educational Technology Audiotool - make music in your browser 10 things classroom teachers need to know about modern school librarians | Trust me, I'm a librarian 1) We hate quiet. Oh, sure, the typical view of a librarian is an older woman, in a cardigan and cat-eye glasses, with a tight bun, shushing everyone who dares to make a sound. That may have been the case a long time ago, and may still be the case with some dinosaur librarians (they still exist, sorry!), but generally, librarians don’t like quiet. Quiet means that no one is collaborating. This isn’t to say we don’t appreciate students working alone or a student reading alone, but the library is a common place where everyone can work together and communicate. 2) We love collaboration. We love to see students collaborating, but we also love to collaborate with you, our classroom teachers! 3) We are technology people at heart. The printed page may die at some point (most of us hope it won’t). If you have a new Web 2.0 tool that you want to try, ask us. 4) We don’t read all day. We wish we did. 5) We don’t know everything. Sadly true. 6) We’re all passionate about something. Like this:

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