How to Create an Open Online/Blended Course Using Google Retrieved from: I have been challenged to rethink my online and blended course learning design – so I chose to examine what I could do (and any educator could do) in Google. I added “open” because I have yet to figure out all the privacy features with these tools. 7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons As I do every year, I am taking this week to relax, recharge, and ski with friends. While I'm away I will be re-running the most popular posts of the year. This was the second most popular post in January, 2014. I'm preparing to do a virtual presentation for a small district next month. My hosts asked for a list of some science apps that their middle school and high school students can use. This is part of the list that has free apps.
ACPratas's LiveBinders Shelf Author of binders: ACPratas Email this Shelf Post to Twitter or Facebook Embed this Shelf To email this shelf, click in the box below which will select the shelf url for copy and paste: Share this Shelf 20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”. This doesn’t come as a big surprise since these types of tools are fun and engaging. They also support 21st century skills like collaboration, communication, and creativity. 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! Be inspired!
The Best Education Blogs For 2014: One List The Best Education Blogs For 2014: One List As social media “follows” have risen in popularity, mere “blogging” seems old news, but it nonetheless remains a powerful–perhaps still the most powerful–way to distribute thinking, strategies, tools, and even curriculum to continue to support teachers, schools, and other growing sects in education. This is by no means an exhaustive list–and like most “best of” lists, it’s maddeningly subjective. It’s also in no certain order–it’s just one list of the best education blogs for 2014.
oppia - Tool for creating interactive educational content Oppia is a versatile tool that enables non-technical users to create interactive online educational activities (called 'explorations') that give immediate and personalized feedback to learners. These explorations are incrementally improvable by the community, and embeddable in any webpage. Oppia is free and open source software. It is released under the Apache License 2.0. Hosted versions of Oppia www.oppia.org is currently maintained by several members of the development team.
Travel Around the World on Instagram I spent last week and will be spending this upcoming week at blogging conferences. Just like all professions, yes we bloggers do have conventions and conferences. One major topic lately has been the new(er) social media networks of Instagram and Pinterest (yes of course those link to my profiles!), they also happen to be my favorite social networks. Lots of people don’t understand why but to me it’s very simple. I love pictures, I always have. The Definitive List of Colleges that Offer Free Online Classes Are you eager to broaden your horizons, but don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on an expensive degree program? If so, you’re in luck.
Using the Web to Take Virtual Field Trips By: Kennedy Schultz Helping kids learn about the world can be an exciting adventure for both adults and kids. When I teach about the chateaux of the Loire Valley in France or ancient Mayan sites in Mexico, I’m always looking for kid-friendly resources that can provide accurate information and engaging authentic pictures that hold the attention of little ones. Virtual Field Trips Since my field trip budget is pretty limited, I especially love websites that offer virtual tours and live webcams to show kids what it REALLY looks like in another world location.
What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School? Design Thinking Getty Images Design thinking can seem a bit abstract to teachers. It’s not part of traditional teacher training programs and has only recently entered the teachers’ vernacular. Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand.
70 Skype Lessons For Active Learning, Sorted By Topic Continuing our mini-series on using Skype in the classroom , I wanted to present a few of the many Skype lessons that are currently available for classrooms and everyone else to try out. What is a Skype lesson, you ask? It’s simply a pre-planned ‘call’ where you can watch and learn from others via Skype.
8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technology I just came across this graphic on Twitter and it straightforward picked my interest. I was contemplating the deep meaning it communicates and could not agree more. The message is clear: technology is a means and not an end. However, still water runs deep and if we dive a bit under the surface meaning we ll arrive at the core of the problem behind technology use in schools. Instead of integrating technology into education in a structured way that enhances learning and consolidates the insights students garner in class, technology is often being used for the sake of using it or at the most for carrying out traditional taks in a techy way. Using SAMR terms, teachers are still operating within the substitution level in that they are using new technology tools to replace old ones, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different.
7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know 7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know by Tony Vincent, learninginhand.com While there are so many iPad apps that deliver content, one of the best uses for technology in education is to make something with what you’re learning. This might include producing a video, authoring a digital book, recording a puppet show, creating a college, narrating a slideshow, designing a comic book, or somehow making your own media and study aids. Yes, there are loads of drill and skill apps, digital books, and electronic response systems that can be very useful in classrooms.