UPDATE: 36 Digital Formative Assessment Tools for the Classroom If you’ve followed our blog here at Teach Learn Grow, you know that we’re a huge proponent of formative assessment. There is no shortage of formative assessment techniques available to teachers to use in their classroom. They provide teachers the valuable feedback they need to adjust their teaching so student learning moves forward. Add to the many techniques the digital tools available these days in smartphones and tablets, and formative assessment becomes easier than ever to implement. 10 Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom Move over, Facebook—if you teach middle or high schoolers, you know that Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels for teens and tweens today. And while it may not seem like it at first, there are many applications for Instagram in the classroom. Of course, it's important to protect students' privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you're interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to "private" and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo. Finally, be sure to check your school's technology policies before you begin.
Comics in the Classroom: Why Comics? Throughout the month of August, Teach.com and Reading With Pictures are bringing you Comics in the Classroom, a blog series about using comics in education, including why graphic novels are complex texts as defined by the Common Core Standards, how to use graphic texts to teach in the content areas, how and where to find the best graphic texts, and more. We hope you’ll join us and bring the power of comics to your classroom! The following guest post is written by Tracy Edmunds, M.A., Curriculum Manger at Reading With Pictures “It always strikes me as supremely odd that high culture venerates the written word on the one hand, and the fine visual arts on the other. Yet somehow putting the two together is dismissed as juvenilia.
Storybird- Great for Visual Storytelling with Students July, 2014 Storybird is a great platform for visual storytelling. Students can easily use it to create visual stories in few steps. Storybird provides students with artwork curated from illustrators and animators from all around the world and invite them to use those images to create engaging stories. Besides being able to create their own storybooks, students can use Storybird library to access and read a wide variety of books written by others. They can also interact with these works through hearting and commenting on books they like. Storybird is free for educators and the best thing about it is that students can use it without having to create an account.
Essential Apps for Teachers Here are all the direct links to my reviews for my Apps for Teachers: App #1: Music (free) App #2: Dropbox (free) App #3: Skitch for Evernote (free) 39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom Pages - Menu This Blog Linked From Here Sites to Follow Friday, October 7, 2011 64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers 64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers by TeachThought Staff What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation. For pure productivity, you could consider the direction of Google Drive, Skype, Zoom Notes, iAnnotate–maybe a gradebook app, Class Dojo, etc. But what if your classroom if is full of open-ended projects and you need to constantly communicate with students, parents, and the community? Google+, Google Hangouts, Remind, DIY, and maybe Trello?
8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century 8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century by Terry Heick We recently offered a definition of project-based learning, and looked at keys to designing Project-Based Learning. We also have looked at the difference between “doing projects” and project-based learning, various project-based learning resources, project-based learning apps, and offered ways for using an iPad in Project-Based Learning. And have shared some practical ideas for better teaching through project-based learning as well. 50 Fab Apps for Teachers Less Is More You don’t need a one-to-one classroom (one device for every student) to integrate tablets into instruction. Whether you have one tablet or five, possibilities for teaching with them abound. Single Tablet • Independent reading Load up your tablet with books in a reading app.
Grit in education John Hattie compared the effect size of many aspects that influence learning outcomes. The “pie” of Hattie shows us the impact of teachers on learning. Hattie: “Help teachers to understand their impact!” The next picture explains what works best (and what doesn’t) in raising student achievement. How to improve your education? read the book “Visible Learning For Teachers”identify similarities and differences between the advice in “Visible Learning” and the reality in your classroom, your schooldefine your goals; what do you want to change and to achieve? 12 Questions To Promote Self-Knowledge In Students Merging Metacognition & Citizenship by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated from a previous post in 2013. Why should someone learn? While Paulo Freire, John Dewey, and others have provided compelling arguments for what might be the goal of education, learning and education are not one and the same.
Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide! Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Comprehensive Collection of Some of The Best Google Drive Add-ons for Teachers and Educators January 4, 2015 Google Drive has proved to be an indispensable tool in teachers digital toolkit. It provides everything teachers need to write up a document, create a quick presentation or spreadsheet and design beautiful visuals and drawings, creative possibilities in Google Drive are endless. Additionally, Drive works across different devices and platforms so you can easily continue working on your documents anywhere you go and without even the need for Internet connection. In 2015 Google Drive has known a lot of improvements with the addition of a number of key features. We have covered all of these features in Drive for Teachers section here in EdTech and mLearning.