Turn a Blog Into a Book One of the reasons that I continue to encourage teachers to blog with students is that it helps to create a record of what your students have observed, learned, created, and shared throughout the school year. At the end of the year, you may want to take that blog and turn it into a physical item that your students can share with their parents. BlogBooker is a tool that can help you do that. BlogBooker is a service that allows you to turn your the contents of your Blogger or WordPress blog into a PDF. 7 Great Tools for Creating Flipped Lessons from Existing Videos When they are used in the right context flipped lessons can be a good complement to classroom instruction. Not everyone has the time or skill to make effective instructional videos for their students. In those cases you can take advantage of the millions of hours of instructional videos found on YouTube and other video sharing sites. But don't just have your students watch the videos then come back to your classroom. Have them answer some specific questions that you build into the instructional videos that you find online then share with your students.
Moodle CLOZE editor Use this website to generate CLOZE quizzes for Moodle (all versions) and/or to try out the CLOZE editor integration for Moodle. This editor was built at the Chair of Applied English Linguistics at Universitaet Tuebingen (Prof. Dr. Kurt Kohn), Germany, by Andreas Glombitza (andiglombitza(at)googlemail.com) and Achim Skuta (achim.skuta(at)googlemail.com). You can find more documentation here on Moodle.org. Learn Play, Design & Code Retro Arcade Games Grades 2+ | Blocks CS First Unplugged How to Create a Google My Maps Challenge During a session at ISTE17, Steven Anderson and I created an interactive, group challenge to kick it off. We had educators assemble into teams, pick a team name, and gave them a link to a Google My Maps. The link took the teams to a location where they learned about a social media platform, had a task to complete, submitted their answers, and then raced off to the next location. It was engaging, collaborative, and a competition which helped to energize the educators on the last day of the conference. As promised, I created a template and step by step directions for all those wanting to recreate their own Google My Maps Challenge.
▶ How to create and distribute an instructional screencast video for free Teaching somebody to do something on the computer is always tough. Words go a long way, and pictures are a big help, but nothing can beat the simple immediacy of a video. Fortunately, it’s never been easier to make and share an instructional video on your PC. Using easy, free software, you can record and publish a high-quality, annotated instructional video in a matter of minutes. In this article, we’ll show you everything you need to get started right away. Preparation
Twelve Tools for Building End-of-year Review Activities (That Aren't Kahoot Games) The end of the school year is quickly approaching. At this time of the year I start to get a lot of requests for suggestions for tools to create review activities. Here are twelve good options for creating review activities. 12 Sites and Apps for Learning to Code When the conversation amongst educators turns to programming, Scratch is often the first resource that is mentioned. Scratch allows students to program animations, games, and videos through a visual interface. Students create their programs by dragging together blocks that represent movements and functions on their screens. The blocks snap together to help students see how the "if, then" logic of programming works. If you haven't seen Scratch before, watch the short overview in the video below.
SpLD Assessments for Multilingual People – ELT well Assessing people who speak English as an additional language for dyslexia and other SpLDs When a student is experiencing greater difficulties than we expect in learning English, or other subjects, sometimes it is worth investigating to see if there are any underlying cognitive differences, such as dyslexia. In many cases, students may be eligible for exam access arrangements or other forms of additional support. Even if no additional resources are available, it is always helpful to find out more about how they learn, and where their strengths and weaknesses are, so that teaching can be tailored to support them in their learning. This is where the CAML materials can be helpful. The standardised assessment tools (that are commonly used with English-speaking learners) are not valid for use with people who are still learning English.
Six New Features Coming to Google Forms Google Forms has long been a go-to tool for teachers to create surveys and give quizzes online. Today, Google announced six new features that are going to make Google Forms better than ever. Like most updates to G Suite, these features will be rolled out gradually so if you don't see them today, you will see them soon. Answer Suggestions This isn't what you think.
Photos for Class + Canva = Fun Animal Stories Photos for Class is a great tool for locating Creative Commons licensed images that your students can use in all kinds of projects. The great thing about Photos for Class is that when students download an image from the site all of the attribution information that they need is included in the image's footer. This afternoon I saw a neat example of using Photos for Class to create a simple meme or one-image story.