40 Uses For Smartphones in School As Alanis Morissette once said, ‘isn’t it ironic’. After years of struggle between teachers and students and the use of smartphones in school, new educational trends are actually encouraging the use of these devices. The mobile, cellphone or smartphone is not just used for WhatsApp, Facebook or Angry Birds, it can be used in a multitude of ways from an educational perspective. Don’t believe us? Keep reading. In this article we bring together 40 uses for smartphones in school.
50 Of The Best Free Apps For Teachers 50 Of The Best Free Apps For Teachers by TeachThought Staff What are the best free apps for teachers? EDUWELLS Richard Wells Global Top 20 EdTech influencer (Onalytica) Global Top 12 Edu Blogger (Huff Post) British New Zealander Leader in NZ High School International Speaker Father of 2 girls Twitter : @EduWells The world is changing too fast for schools to carry on with business as usual. Kids must code on iPads An important 21st Century skill This post is about a topic and app close to my heart. Computer programming is the engine of modern life and dream maker for tens of thousands. More and more countries are introducing the subject as compulsory schooling at surprisingly young ages. The UK is introducing a national school programme in september this year whilst also funding yearofcode.org to increase momentum. Code.org is pushing an international message with big-name endorsement.
a free jQuery slideshow by Pixedelic A simple slide This is the "simple anathomy" of a slide: Captions 44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work 44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work by TeachThought Staff Educators are often admonished to design work that “leaves the classroom.” This is partly a push for authenticity. Work that is “real world” will naturally be more engaging to students because it has more chance to have credibility in their eyes, and usefulness in their daily lives. This kind of work has value beyond the current grading period and culminating report card.
10 Apps for Math Fluency There are so many ways to use mobile devices with students. You can create interactive textbooks for children to read, ask them to explain their thinking through screencasting or help them access informational text using QR codes. Mobile devices can also be used to help students practice foundational math skills and build their math fluency. In order for students to tackle the multi-step word problems they'll be asked to solve as early as elementary school, they need to have mastered their addition, subtraction and multiplication facts.
“Histography” May Be The Coolest History Interactive Ever, But I Suspect It’s Too Overwhelming For Use With Students Histography basically puts most history related articles in Wikipedia on an interactive chronological timeline that’s also divided into categories (see the screenshot above). It’s incredibly cool, but I suspect it’s going to be too overwhelming to use in my most classrooms, but let me know if you think I’m wrong. However, I have suggestions for three less glitzy but more practical interactive timelines that might be more reasonable – I’m reprinting their descriptions that appear on The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About World History: The BBC’s “A History Of The World” is a neat interactive timeline display of historical objects with images and commentary. Not only is it an accessible and engaging way to learn more about world history, but after a quick site registration you can contribute your own historical object choice to the collection and write about it. The Time Map Of World History is a super-cool interactive and accessible way to learn about…world history.
7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills It's hard to imagine a single career that doesn't have a need for someone who can code. Everything that "just works" has some type of code that makes it run. Coding (a.k.a. programming) is all around us. Perspective Mockup Slideshow Previous Demo Back to the Codrops Article Free Mockup images from: Line Icons by Jonas Nullens for PixelBuddha If you enjoyed this demo you might also like Tilted Content Slideshow 3D App Showcase Lightbot Lightbot is great fun and does a surprisingly thorough job of introducing some pretty complex principles of programming. Lightbot offers an easy way for kids to learn concepts like loops, if-then statements, and the like without typing or coding. Kids will learn more than the basics of programming though they may not realize it.
Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging -- these are becoming perceived staples of 21st-century learning. With such ambitious practices taking the spotlight for how people regard modern classrooms, it's not surprising that a murmur of impracticality or skepticism is still a frequent response when they're first introduced. So how do we encourage teachers everywhere to believe that great changes can happen in their classrooms? 10 ways for teachers, students to share links in class Links are like digital currency in class. Teachers and students can distribute those links quickly and easily with these options. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com) In a class with technology, links are like digital currency. If you have the right ones to the right places, you can quickly open up doors to great learning opportunities.