background preloader

Cheat Sheets & Quick References

Cheat Sheets & Quick References

Related:  TIKShaking Things Up

6 Steps To Get Started With Gamification Getting started with gamification is easier than you think. A playful attitude and curiosity prepare you for understanding the power of gamification. If you are interested in getting started with gamification check the following 6 steps! Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz! Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this resource! ImageQuiz is a fantastic new website that lets users create image-based quizzes with ease. Just upload your image, choose a title, and begin tagging the locations of the labels. Tagging works by drawing on the image to define what the quiz should test people on, and then labeling each of those tags. It is very easy to use and has a basic, simple interface and best of all – no signup required! This means you can get students to create their own quizzes without worrying about them having to create accounts and then forgetting the passwords…

Starting at the Ending Want more teaching tips? Browse the Pedagogy Unbound archives. Search the Web for "first day of class activities" and what you'll find are a lot of gimmicks: long lists of icebreakers and all manner of unusual and goofy ways to get students to read the syllabus. Most of the suggestions take for granted that teachers need to try to "hook" students on the first day. We've got a few of these tips on Pedagogy Unbound, including a suggestion that you block off the back row of seats with caution tape (to get students to think about why they gravitate to the back of the classroom).

7 Audacity Tips For Better Audio Editing On a Budget Audacity is a free audio editor that you can use to touch up interviews, voiceovers, music, and whatever other sound files you have. Want to move beyond simple cut-and-crop jobs? Then listen up! Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions.

Inspiration Software announces Inspiration Diagrams for the iPad Feb 10th, 2012 | By Chuck Frey | Category: Mobile Mapping Tools Called Inspiration Diagrams, the new visual thinking app is designed to help students in grades 6-12 to create visual diagrams and outlines that help them to clarify their thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and learn to think critically. Inspiration will lead off with an abridged version of the app, Diagrams Lite, which will be available for free in the AppStore in March. That will be followed by a full version, which will be available for purchase in April. Why is this product launch significant?

Constructivist teaching methods History[edit] Constructivist teaching strategies[edit] Characteristics of Constructivist Teaching[edit] Transitions and Transitional Devices Summary: A discussion of transition strategies and specific transitional devices. Contributors:Ryan Weber, Karl StolleyLast Edited: 2013-03-01 10:35:20 Good transitions can connect paragraphs and turn disconnected writing into a unified whole. Instead of treating paragraphs as separate ideas, transitions can help readers understand how paragraphs work together, reference one another, and build to a larger point.

How to ruin your students' weekend in three easy steps I live just far enough north to catch some snow and ice a couple of times a year, but far enough south that people still panic when it happens. So when we got 2-3 inches this Wednesday my university administration shut the whole place down for two days. This is problematic for me because my class meets once a week for a 2’40″ block, meaning my students just lost a week’s worth of content. And in the second week no less! I was going to cover evolution by natural selection in order to set up the next three weeks of study.

Writing Mini-Lessons This year’s writing instruction will focus on the pursuit of good writing, with explicit instruction to help students begin to master some of the complex and nuanced qualities of exceptional writing. The goal is for students to improve their writing and simultaneously develop myriad approaches to writing that empower students to effectively evaluate and improve their own writing and thinking. To this end, students will participate in writing workshops of at least forty-five minutes three to five times a week. The writing workshop begins with a mini-lesson of five to thirty minutes and continues with independent writing, during which time I circulate among writers and meet with individuals or small groups. Free and Safe Text Messaging for Teachers A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. Free. By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service.

The False Promise of Classroom Technology - Businessweek The cover story of Life magazine on Oct. 16 was “U.S. Schools: They Face a Crisis.” Of course, there’s pretty much always a sense of crisis in education—in fact, the Life story dates from 63 years ago: Oct. 16, 1950—and it isn’t limited to the U.S. Two weeks ago, the U.K. announced it would revamp its curriculum and testing for 16-year-olds yet again, on the basis (yet again) that the previous system wasn’t rigorous enough. Both the American and British school systems could surely do better.