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7 Free Timeline Tools Compared In One Chart. 7 Simple Ways to Use Technology With Purpose – A.J. JULIANI. Why are you using technology?

7 Simple Ways to Use Technology With Purpose – A.J. JULIANI

Or more importantly, how are you using technology to better the learning in your classroom and/or school? If you are like me, then you’ve had your fair share of technology screw-ups. Projects that didn’t make sense (but used the tech you wanted to bring in). Activities that were ruined by a crashing website or some technological problem. And of course you’ve probably dealt with the students, parents, and teachers that want to do things “the old way”.

A Fun Tool for Making Word Clouds in Fun Shapes. Although their popularity seems to have fallen a bit since their peak a few years ago, word cloud generators still provide students with a nice way to visualize the most frequently used words in a passage of text.

A Fun Tool for Making Word Clouds in Fun Shapes

Wordle is probably the best known tool for making word clouds, but there are plenty of others that accomplish the same thing. One such tool is My Three Favorite Classroom Timer Tools. One of the challenges of teaching in a high school or middle school that uses block scheduling is many students struggle to focus for 80 minute, 90 minute, or longer blocks of time.

My Three Favorite Classroom Timer Tools

I always try to break up blocks like this into shorter segments with breaks. To prevent breaks from running too long, I always use a timer. I also use timers to time break-out activities. Whenever it is possible to do so, I like to display the timer countdown on a projector or whiteboard so that all of the students can see it. Four Tools for Creating Screencasts on Chromebooks - A Comparison.

In response to my latest Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week I received a bunch of requests for comparisons of screencasting tools that work on Chromebooks.

Four Tools for Creating Screencasts on Chromebooks - A Comparison

So yesterday I made three screencast videos using three different screencasting tools. Add that to the one that I made on Friday with another screencast tool and you have four options for creating screencasts on a Chromebook. The four options are Nimbus Screenshot, TechSmith Snagit, CaptureCast, and Screencastify. My comments on each are listed below. The list is ranked according to my preference. Earn Your Micro-credentials in Four Steps. Jennifer is the Director of Educator Micro-credentials.

Earn Your Micro-credentials in Four Steps

You can reach her on Twitter: @JenCohKab. Audio Tech Tool for the Classroom - Simplek12. There are a lot of audio tech tools out there, but none quite like TableTop Audio.

Audio Tech Tool for the Classroom - Simplek12

Have you ever read The Great Gatsby and wished you could hear glasses clanking against each other and the smooth jazz playing during one of Gatsby’s parties? Have you ever done a Hamlet read-aloud in your classroom and wished you could add to the atmosphere with the sounds of clanking chains and a howling wind (or is it a ghost!)? Thanks to the audio tech tool TableTop Audio, you can. Mapping the Emerald Isle - An Interactive Map of Surnames in Ireland. Happy St.

Mapping the Emerald Isle - An Interactive Map of Surnames in Ireland

Patrick's Day! Today, is a perfect day to share a neat interactive story map produced by ESRI. Mapping the Emerald Isle: a geo-genealogy of Irish surnames is an interactive map depicting the distribution of Irish surnames across Ireland according to the 1890 census. Rich Media Production in the Cloud - Summit Stuff. Four mindblowing Ted Talks for techies. 7 Tools for Hosting Online Brainstorming Sessions. After yesterday's post about Limnu there were a couple of similar tools suggested on the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page.

7 Tools for Hosting Online Brainstorming Sessions

I also received a couple of requests for suggestions for other similar tools. Here are some of the other tools that you and your students can use to host online brainstorming sessions. Simple Surface is a browser-based tool for collaboratively creating outlines and mind maps.To get started with Simple Surface just click on "use for free now," double click on the surface, and then start typing. To create an additional thought box just double click anywhere on your board. To make sibling and child thought boxes use the enter and tab keys.

NoteBookCast is a free whiteboard tool that will work in the web browser on a laptop, iPad, Android tablet, and Windows tablet. iBrainstorm is a free brainstorming application for the iPad and the iPhone. Duolingo for Schools - Distribute Language Lessons to Students. How to Use Padlet - My Most Popular Tutorial Video. 8 Videos You Must Watch to Learn About Integrating Technology (with 21st Century Vision) in Schools. About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century.

8 Videos You Must Watch to Learn About Integrating Technology (with 21st Century Vision) in Schools

EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation. Individualized Technology Goals (ITGs) for Teachers: A Fable of the Staff Development with No Clothes. In a public school kingdom, the school year started typically for the instructional technology department, with a daylong meeting about school year requirements.

Individualized Technology Goals (ITGs) for Teachers: A Fable of the Staff Development with No Clothes

This included a list of trainings the campus technology instructional specialists (TIS) were obligated to offer. As one lowly TIS looked over the list, she saw that many of the trainings did not apply to her campus. Her teachers needed her help with integration, not the technology itself. Basically, she felt that the list -- created by a district over-reliant on the group training model for a certain software or technology tool without including integration ideas -- did not reflect the needs of the teachers on her campus. After all, wasn't she an integration specialist? That TIS did not shout. Use Vibby To Make YouTube Videos Go Further In Your Classroom! Today I discovered Vibby, a neat little web application that allows you to edit, comment, and interact with YouTube videos in a pinch!

The process is relatively simple… First, select the video you want to use: Then, highlight sections of the video you find most interesting, confusing, or conversation-worthy. Select these to make them the focus of the video and make the rest of the video fade into the background for the audience. Then, title and save your vibe to share with students, colleagues, or friends! Imagine saving time by showing your scholars exactly what part of the clip you found useful, rather than having to give them tedious or confusing directions or have them wade through valuable minutes of irrelevant footage. Happy vibbing, y’all! Like this: MyVoice. Portfolios: Capturing the Creative Process - My VoiceThread. This is a guest post by educator and VoiceThreader Jonathan Lewis. As a classroom teacher, sound assessment practices have always been a challenge, especially as we strive towards meeting the diverse needs of all of our learners.

This challenge becomes even more complex due to differentiation, descriptive feedback, and the diverse technological tools our students are using to communicate their learning.

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What2Learn - Create Your Own Review Games. What is Hotlinking? - Why You and Your Students Should Avoid It. AISC: Log in to the site. Coggle. Seek help about Adding a Button. 10 Charts Comparing Popular Ed Tech Tools. 5 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes - A Comparison Chart. 2015-04-02 18.59 The Best Backchannel and Informal Assessment Tools - byrnerichardm. Five Ways to Create and Use QR Codes In Your Classroom. Send Your Students on a QR Code Treasure Hunt.

7 Tools for Building Review Games. This week I received at least a half dozen emails from people who were looking for suggestions for creating review games or practice quizzes for their students. The following are the tools that I suggested in reply to those emails. One teacher's needs are little bit different from another's so this list covers a fairly wide range of options. Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: If Parents Can Work From Home, Why Can't Students? A Snow Day Doesn't Have To Be A "No" Day. We have another snow day today. The relentless snow this winter has forced many schools into crisis mode. Teachers are panicking about missed curriculum and make-up days. Going 1:1 With Chromebooks Fall CUE 2014 - Google Slides.

Going 1:1 in the Classroom With Chromebooks. The Best Photoshop Alternatives That Are Totally Free — Cubicstone. Teaching With Technology and Primary Sources - Slides.