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Survival Tips for Teaching with Technology

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates I have been integrating technology with students since 1997. I remember some of the first technologies I used with students were a TV/VCR, cassette recorders, cameras, polaroids, large video cameras, large desktop computers, microscopes, telescopes, the Internet, a transparency projector, and a video projector. Now I use iPads, mobile phones, iPods, digital cameras, and still the Internet. This presentation provides many tips and tools. Click on any of the boxes in this PearlTree of bookmarks to explore! If you enjoyed these ideas, consider purchasing my ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Every Friday I give a free webinar where you receive a certificate from American TESOL! Related:  Tech TipsFree Friday WebinarsSurvival Tips for Teachers*

EdShelf vs. Graphite | Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Disclaimer: The following post is merely my opinion. Neither EdShelf or Common Sense Media provided any input into the writing of these reviews. Perhaps you will have a different opinion than mine? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Post comments! I love tech tools. We’ll be examining the following aspects of each tool:1. Round 1: Presentation of site EdShelf: EdShelf shows the “Trending Tools” followed by some “Featured Collections” (we’ll discuss the Collections later…), followed by a stream of recently submitted reviews, and at the very bottom of the page, a subject category list of tool is listed. Pro: I love the ability to click on a subject – especially if I’m just browsing.Con: It’s at the very bottom so I feel some people would miss it. Graphite: By default, you are on the “Reviews and Ratings” page, but you can choose other areas of the site to explore, including “Top Picks”, “Meet Our Teachers”, “Get Inspired”, “Boards” (we’ll discuss these later), and “Blog”. Winner: Graphite

Citizenship “The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.” – John Naisbitt A thousand years ago, books were accessible to a select few who were part of the top social and economic class, often one ethnicity, and profession. As technology develops so does access and now our learners are so blessed to be able to access knowledge from scientists, astronauts, producers, artists, Ted speakers, CEOs, fashion designers, musicians, and any expert in any profession by just carrying a connected digital device in their pockets. Wow! Sadly, our students do not feel their privilege or byte size potential. Not only do they have access but they have the power of reach. How do we get them to take on their byte size potential and make each digital message and action matter?

Classroom Management “We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.” ~ Anonymous If we start the learning journey well with our learners then we can look forward to what the year ahead will bring. However, we must show our learners how to act in order to have a successful journey. How our learners approach that journey- their attitudes and behaviors- will determine if they end the journey better individuals than they were before they entered our classrooms. Even though classroom management isn’t adequately taught in most teacher development programs, I think it is one of the most important skills for a teacher. Tips and Resources The following are a few ideas and resources from the Slideshare presentation to help you better manage your classroom: Go in with a positive attitude! Your mood impacts your students. Change your environment! Prepare your classroom to meet the learning needs of your students. Keep students on task and accountable! Cup Group Management Differentiate tasks!

Research on the Go with Mobile Devices Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, November 8th 2013 From the Cool Sites Series and Mobile Learning Series “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert This week I am in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, presenting at the GAETC conference. It is one of the most organized and interesting conferences I’ve been to and they’ve had some incredible presenters/keynotes. I had six sessions which you can read about here, Slides Download these slides! My Favorite Resources Find all these apps and bookmarks in this Pearl Tree, Cultivate your interests with Pearltrees for Android Challenge: Use one of these resources or ideas and share with me how the experience went with your learners.

Ideas to Inspire Digital Storytelling “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind Throughout history, people have learned through stories. Enjoyed these resources? Teaching Kids Looking forward to connecting with you! Feel free to share these resources. Thank you for leaving your digital footprint! Check out other worldwide digital footprints. I Love My Visitors!

Let’s Brainstorm with Mobile Devices! 15+ Free Apps for IOS/Android Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, March 29th 2013 Part of the Mobile Learning Series! “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca quotes Brainstorming is an important process that helps improve writing, organizes group ideas, inspires discussion, and provides a roadmap for projects. Free Brainstorming Apps Idea Sketch IOS/Android Mindmapping App- Draw a diagram, mind map, concept map, or flow chart and convert it to a text outline and vice versa. Blog posts related to concept mapping and integrating graphic organizers: Check out my bookmarks on PearlTrees. Challenge: Try any of these tools with your students and share what occurred.