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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014
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10 Ways To Create Digital Exit Tickets Yesterday I read a fantastic post by Matt Levinson on Edutopia about digital media exit tickets that really got me thinking. In his article, he begins with a story of a lesson on prepositions he thought went really well, but eventually realizes that students didn’t get what he wanted out of the lesson. As he says in the article, “That experience served as a major “aha” moment to me as a young teacher. I realized that I needed to have some way of assessing what students were learning both as the class was unfolding and at the completion of class. This is the moment when I started using exit cards, a 3×5 notecard for students to write down something they had learned. Inspired by this article, I too wanted ways that they could quickly share their thoughts and questions about a lesson so that I could assess their understanding. So, I came up with 10 digital exit ticket ideas, and am excited to put these into effect this school year! Like this: Like Loading...

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.

10 Great iPad Apps for Learning English March , 2014 Over the last couple of weeks I received some requests for featuring a list of iPad apps for ESL learners and I never had time to compile it till tonight. Below are some of the titles I would suggest you try out with your students. Again, I included only the ones I believe are worth the mention here. Enjoy 1- Kidioms The Kidioms iPad app makes learning idioms fun for children, ELL students, or anyone wishing to improve their understanding of English. Doctor Phrasalstein who, with the help of his friends, will teach us 100 phrasal verbs using animations inspired by the classic “horror movie” genre, with a touch of humour and irony. 3- Wordbook WordBook is a comprehensive, quick and intuitive dictionary and thesaurus of the English language. PrepositionBuilder™ is designed to help elementary aged children learn the correct use of prepositions and learn how prepositions can change the meaning of a sentence. 5- Basic Pronunciation

It’s Not About Shelving The Books and Keeping Kids Quiet | Nick Earls Some schools no longer have teacher-librarians and, the more I see of teacher-librarians, the less sense that makes to me. What’s next? No teachers? Kids turning up to the classroom each morning and inventing the day ahead? Each time I’m told that a school no longer has a teacher-librarian, I’m told that the school still has a library, as though the building does the job all by itself. Some news for schools thinking of going librarian-free: having some books on shelves in the school’s second-biggest building – along with a chillout zone with half a dozen lunch-stained beanbags – does little for your students lives without a well-trained passionate human or two in there to wake the place up and get the most out of it. Some advice to anyone running school budgets anywhere: CUT THE TEACHER-LIBRARIANS LAST. Promoting reading promotes literacy and prepares students for life. I’ve seen the alternative too. ‘We don’t have a librarian, but they check their own books out,’ I’ve been told.

Assessing 21st Century Skills at school Recently, one of the teachers who is participating in our district’s 21st Century Learning grant project came to talk with me about assessing 21 century skills – one of the expectations for teachers in this project. Her observation was that students frequently practice the skills when engaged in research or project based learning. The thing she was struggling, with, though, was how to “grade it.” Assessing skills like collaboration, information literacy, creativity, self-direction, and critical thinking seems like a difficult task–when you think of assessment as “grading.” To understand what is meant by assessment of 21st century skills we need to examine the term “assessment.” So to effectively assess skills and habits of mind –we must design a performance task for the students. One of the most difficult tasks of designing an effective formative assessment tool for 21st century skills is deciding what criteria should be included.

Read the Fine Print Our First Year as a One to One Primary Classroom In 2012, I won a contest from Best Buy Canada. The contest asked applicants to write about what they would purchase at Best Buy if they had any amount up to $20,000 to spend. Since it had long been my dream to be a 1-to-1 computer classroom, and I was intrigued by the possibilities that iPads held for young children, I chose to say that I would purchase a class set of iPads. Much to my delight, I was chosen as a winner, and I had the opportunity to go on the shopping trip of a lifetime! (This contest now appears to have disappeared.) While the initial and on-going management of 30 iPads is no mean feat, I have loved having this opportunity for my grade one students. Collaboration When I was able to put a device into the hands of every student, one of my fears was that the students might focus on the screen, the way many children do with a television or a computer. Happily, this has not at all proved to be the case for us. Oddly, this showed up in an interesting way in my classroom.

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? More and more schools are coming to value maker education and exploring ways to create makerspaces in their schools. Many schools are discussing how they might utilize their library to facilitate this. As my school has increased our commitment to constructionist learning and maker education over the last few years, we have done so in close collaboration with our school library. In exploring the relationship between the school library and school makerspace, it's not difficult to see why conversations about the growth of makerspaces are often tied to the conversation about the future of libraries. Both makerspaces and libraries are constructivist learning spaces that share a number of common goals, while approaching them in different ways and through very different material resources. Similar Yet Distinct Makerspaces and libraries are sites of informal learning. Libraries and makerspaces are inherently interdisciplinary spaces. Makerspaces and libraries are more than just resource closets.

Pearltrees Social Library – Collate and Collaborate Posted on September 2, 2013 by R Chambers So this holiday I have developed a new addiction! Pearltrees! Pearltrees is a fantastic visual and collaborative social library tool with great potential in education! You can synchronise your account with other social networking tools, namely Twitter and Facebook – broadcasting new pearls added (you have to enable this feature so you don’t have to do this) or collecting new pearls when a link is added. When you create an account and pearltrees, these are public, however there is a premium option for creating private pearltrees and private collaborations which enables you to control your privacy settings should you wish. Here are links to 3 of my Pearltrees which may be of use: 1. iPads in Education 2. I will developing these further during the academic year. Like this: Like Loading... Related Filed under: Uncategorized |

Why overwhelmed educators should stick to these simple tech tools Why overwhelmed educators should stick to these simple tech tools By Denise Jaffe March 2nd, 2015 Tech is shifting faster than teacher training can keep up. The solution is to keep it simple I recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours in a friend’s classroom where I introduced her students to technology applications that would engage them in “showing what they know” at different points in their learning. Having worked with this teacher for many years, I had always considered her a technology pioneer. So it came as something of a surprise when, planning for our time together, she confided in me that she no longer felt empowered by technology so much as overwhelmed by it. When our new wireless network went live early last year, the choice of which applications and technologies to use was no longer limited by bandwidth issues. Next page: SAMR, TPACK, and simple tech tools

Creating a Classroom Studio with an iPad and a Green Screen One way to depict the cycle of education is that it moves between the development of learning and the subsequent expression of understanding ... and the amazing growth of inexpensive mobile technology tools is affording learners the ability to communicate their understanding in ever more creative and personalized manners. Media is moving center stage (yes, the pun was fully intended) and what once required tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and training can now be accomplished with an iPad and some inexpensive props. One of the first places I visited when I first came to the United States was Universal Studios. 1. I've worked with lots of schools but I've never walked into one and been told that I could spend as much as I needed. An iPad (or other mobile device) for taking and editing the video.An iPad stand that holds the iPad steady for taking video. If you're willing to get a little creative then you can cut the cost even further. x 2. 3. The process: One last word of warning.

Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers Your students are probably Internet authorities. When it comes to Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, they might know far more than you. All of that time spent tweeting and chatting doesn’t necessarily translate to deep learning though. As students progress through school, online research skills become more important — for good reason. Both college professors and employers will expect young people to know their way around the academic side of the Internet; a skill that for many students, needs to be taught. Image via Flickr by Brad Flickinger For many students, doing research means typing a word or two into a Google search and using information from the first link that pops up. Common Sense Media You will find lesson plans to teach strategic searches to middle school and high school students. Google Of course Google will be a go-to source both for doing searches and for finding related lessons. Do you have a complicated relationship with Wikipedia? Teaching Channel Read Write Think Google Books

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