The 5 Best TED Talks for Teachers December 18, 2014 TED talks are invaluable resources for teachers professional development. They cover a wide variety of education related topics and provide a very good source of inspiration for teachers and students. Throughout the year we have been sharing with you some interesting talks from renowned speakers and educators and today we have had a look back at those talks and picked out 5 of the most popular talks within the education community.
Teachers Easy Guide to Creating Quiz Shows on Google Drive January 3, 2015 Flippity is a powerful web tool that you can use with Google Spreadsheets to perform a variety of tasks. In the last post we published here we talked about how to use Flippity to create Flashcards and we visually demonstrated how teachers can go about creating their own flashcards using this tool. Today, we are sharing with you another great functionality provided by Flippity. 10 Ways to Integrate Google Drawings in Your Teaching December 29, 2014 Google Drawings is a tool that is often overlooked by teachers. Being part of Google Drive, Drawings has some powerful features hat make it an ideal platform for creating educational posters, visuals, mind maps an many more. I have been using it to create several of the posters I shared here in the past and I find it really handy. Here is a step by step visual guide to help you learn how to use Drawings to create posters.
Wonderful Guide to The Use of Rubrics in Education May , 2014 Rubrics are important elements in your teaching toolkit and there are a variety of ways you can use them to improve your teaching. Mia from Anethicalisland has this wonderful infographic that outlines some of the reasons to use rubrics, what they improve and how to use them in your class. What are rubrics ? Rubrics are scoring charts. They display what is expected of the learner for the assignment. Rubrics are used to assess the learner on several points. Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online" Digital Book for Teens by Linda McCarthy from Official Microsoft Download Center Own Your Space Teen Book\Own Your Space Teen Book _All Chapters.pdf Own Your Space Teen Book _All Chapters.xps Own Your Space Teen Book\Own Your Space_Chapter 01_Protect Your Turf.pdf Own Your Space Teen Book\Own Your Space_Chapter 02_Know Your Villains.pdf Own Your Space Teen Book\Own Your Space_Chapter 03_Nasty Ware.pdf
The 8 Components of A Digital Learning Environment November 1, 2014 Another great read but this time from BYOT Network. In this paper entitled " The Components of a Digital Age Learning Ecosystem", Dr Tim Clark suggests 8 elements as being constitutive of a digital learning environment. And though I have some remarks on the use of the term ecosystem as being too complex a term for capturing the learning intricacies that take place in a learning environment I would rather disregard this comment and focus more on the 8 elements the article features . Free Gantt Chart Template for Excel A Gantt chart is a vital tool for any project manager. It helps you create a schedule for your project and track the status of each task. There are hundreds of tools for creating gantt charts, some far more complex than others. If you use Excel, you can create a project schedule with almost no learning curve by downloading Vertex42's free Gantt Chart Template. For complicated project management activities, you may need a tool such as Microsoft Project.
Great Tools to Create Classroom Multimedia Magazines and Books May 28, 2014 Web 2.0 technologies have radically transformed the education landscape, shifting the concept of agency from the teacher and placing it in students hands. Leaners now are empowered with a variety of tools to connect, create, share, collaborate, and negotiate meaning making processes in ways never available before. Instead of merely consuming what others have produced, learners actively take part in the production of new insights and through the affordances of new technologies they can collaborate and crowdsource support on a global scale. These new venues of learning have opened new communicational channels for students to use to access a larger audience. Their voice can now have a wider reach.