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24 Most Controversial Books of All Time – Electric Literature. Voki - Home. The History Project - Home. 10 Interesting Ways to Integrate QR Codes in Your Teaching (Infographic) July 3, 2016 With the advance of mobile technologies, QR Code technologies open up a vast terrain for educational uses. There are several ways teachers can leverage the educational potential of QR Codes in their instruction.

The visual below sums up 10 interesting examples of how you can use QR Codes with your students. We have also included some interesting resources and video tutorials to help better understand the whole concept of QR Codes in education. Check them out and share with your colleagues. 1- Create interactive and engaging content You can enrich the content you teach in class by adding QR Codes that link to further readings and resources around related topics. 2- Share resources Students can use QR Codes to share educational resources with each other (e.g class notes, web content, how-to videos etc) 3- Help with homework Teachers can provide detailed instructions and how-to tips in the form of a QR Code which students can scan at home and use to solve the homework Sources:

12 Great iPad Apps for Librarians (Infographic) June 30, 2016 Here is a handy visual for librarians featuring 12 of what we think are very good iPad apps they can use in their daily work. The visual is based on a post we shared here a few months ago. For more app suggestions for librarians, we recommend Nicole Hennig’s book : Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage which covers in more details over 100 Android and iPad apps. You can also check this infographic featuring 30 good web tools for librarians.

Enjoy The most natural digital handwriting experience on iPad, Penultimate gives you the convenience and feel of writing on paper with the added power and availability of Evernote. 2- Notability Write, illustrate and annotate using gorgeous retina ink. Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Writing a bibliography can be hard. Mendeley is your personal research library. 8- Endnote 9- myBib 11- ArticleSearch. Zoom In. Historical and Geographic Thinking, Spring 2016 - TPS Journal - Teaching with Primary Sources | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress. Primary sources support the study of many disciplines, including both history and geography. Connecting and layering these two disciplines supports investigation of multiple perspectives and contributes to a multi-dimensional understanding of complex topics.

More about this issue's theme The TPS Journal: Historical and Geographic Thinking, Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 2016 (PDF, 2.19 MB) Research and Current Thinking Summaries of and links to online resources--articles, research reports, Web sites, and white papers--that provide research and current thinking relating to the issue's theme. Teacher Spotlight Jennifer Kelly, an 8th grade teacher at Gunston Middle School in Arlington, Virginia, talks about how she uses primary sources in her World Geography class. Learning Activity – Elementary LevelComparing and Contrasting Maps Students compare and contrast maps across time to construct knowledge about the geographic concepts of movement, human-environment interaction, and place.

To view PDFs. “Bloom’s Taxonomy According To The Big Bang Theory” Complete with videos, I’m adding this Prezi presentation on “Bloom’s Taxonomy According To The Big Bang Theory” to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom: Related "Bloom's Taxonomy according to Andy Griffith" I'm adding "Bloom's Taxonomy according to Andy Griffith" to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom. By the way, I've also replaced a couple of videos on that list that no longer worked, too. October 4, 2012 In "video" New Additions To Bloom's Taxonomy Resources The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom is, by far, the most popular post I've ever published here. January 24, 2015 In "teacher resources" Video: New Version Of "Blooms According to Andy Griffith (Edited Version)" I've previously shared a thirteen minute version of Bloom's Taxonomy According to Andy Griffith, which you can find at The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom.

Adobe Spark. Free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator - Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach: Moving from Standards to Lessons, Meeting the CCSS through Reading Workshop. Common Core State Standard (CCSS) 7.1 of the Reading: Literature strand states, "Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. " So as a teacher responsible for covering the standards, what do I have to do in order to ensure my students have mastered this particular standard?

Do I do one minilesson on this standard and then check it off my CCSS aligned checklist to show that I have "taught" the standards? Do I give a worksheet that is "aligned" to this standard, so I have "proof" that my students have been exposed to it and tried it out? The ideas listed above could be part of what a teacher does to meet this standard, but these items alone would be nowhere near enough. In the middle school grade level reading standards for literature and informational text, there are ten standards each.

This would technically mean that a teacher could "cover" the CCSS in twenty class periods. Interactive Read Aloud: Minilessons. The Online Safety Roadshow – Safety Center – Google. Tip 1 - Think Before You Share The web connects us and allows us to share in ways that have never before been possible. We can reach friends near and far with just a click. But what you share and who you share it with can end up saying a lot about you. To help create the best version of your story online, it’s good to know our first tip: think before you share. What’s this mean? Tip 2 - Protect Your Stuff Our second tip, is to protect your stuff. Most of us have things on the web that we want to keep safe. Strong passwords are really important. And once a strong password has been created, it should not be shared with anyone. Protecting your stuff also means locking devices AND your screens. Tip 3 - Know and Use Your Settings The settings on the sites you visit allow you to choose what you share and who you share with.

Understand and adjust your settings on the sites and apps you use. Tip 4 - Avoid Scams Know how to identify scams online. Tip 5 - Be Positive. Excellent Mac Tips for Teachers on How to Annotate and Edit PDF and Images. April 17, 2016 If you have a Mac or iMac and you are not using the Preview app then you definitely are missing out on a lot things. Preview app combines the functionalities of two applications into a single editor: it allows you to view and edit both photos and PDFs.

As a teacher, you can use this app to prepare your visuals and annotate PDFs to include in your instruction. Preview app offers you a bunch of powerful editing features all for free. In today’s post, we are going to show you some the things you can do with this app: and scale down buttons B- Click on ‘Show Markup Toolbar’ to open the editing toolbar then choose from the tools below: C- Use this tool to crop your image or copy/ cut a portion of your image into your clipboard.

D- Use Instant Alpha tool to remove a background or other objects from your image E- Use the Rectangle , Ellipse or Line tools to add shapes to your image. To add a text to your image. Here is how to annotate your PDF documents using Preview. The Hardest Type of Web Search for Students. There are three basic types of searches that students conduct on the Internet. Those types of searches are navigational, transactional, and informational.

Navigational searches are conducted to find something specific like a website or physical location. Transactional searches are conducted for the purpose of trying to purchase something. Informational searches are conducted to discover information about a topic. Five strategies that help students conduct better informational searches. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5 Online Activities for Teaching With Primary Sources. As a history teacher one of my favorite yet challenging things to do was introduce my students to primary sources. It's great because it reveals to them a whole new world of research opportunities. There's nothing better than a student saying, "wow! Mr. Byrne, look at this! " At the same time learning to read, evaluate, and utilize primary sources can be long process with some students. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Learn more about these activities and many others in my online course Teaching History With Technology. DosNDonts full. Web Literacy - Mozilla Learning. 6 of The Best Journaling Apps for Teachers. March 5, 2016 Web technologies have reshaped many key traditional tasks we used to do by pen and paper (e,g note taking). They have also provided us with way more sophisticated options to develop such practices.

Today we are touching on journaling as an example of a literate practice that has been revolutionized by the use of digital technologies. Anyone now can easily create a digital journal hosted in the cloud and accessible from anywhere with Internet connection. Unlike traditional journals, digital journals make room for a variety of multimedia materials including images, hyperlinked text, video clips and many more. Journaling can also be done on the go through the use of mobile apps designed specifically to help you capture and record your ideas and thoughts as they occur.

In the collection below, we have curated for you some of the best journaling apps you can use on you iOS-operated devices. Check them out and as always share with us your feedback. 3- myMemoir 4- iDo Notepad. TSMiddleSchool 2015. PerfectTens 2015. My Favorite Internet Search Tips for Teachers & Students. Open eBooks. Printing Press. The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple WYSIWYG editor, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. Documentation for the Printing Press includes instructions for using the tool. Customized versions of the tool, which include additional instructions and more focused choices, are included with some lessons.

A basic planning sheet is available to help students gather ideas before working on this interactive tool. Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose Flip Book The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose Stapleless Book Shared Writing. This Is How to Create A Simple Educational Poster Using Google Drawings. January 22, 2016 Posters are great to use in your class to aid your teaching.

There are a plethora of web tools and mobile apps that can help you easily design beautiful visuals and infographics, this page features some of our favourite titles in this regard. However, there is also another good tool that is often overlooked by many teachers and educators which is Google Drawings. Posters you create through Drawings are automatically saved into your Drive and can be easily integrated into presentations and docs you create in your Drive. You can also print them in PDF format and use them in class. 1- Open your Drive, click on 'New', hover over 'More' and select Google Drawings 2- Give your poster a title and enlarge the drawing canvas 3- Customize the background of your poster 3- Insert a picture into a poster, shapes, lines, and arrows 4- Add text and comments to your poster 5- Create titles using word art 6- Share your poster and/or print it in different formats.

Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse. That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website.

Search Digital Collections No permission required. No restrictions on use. Below you'll find tools, projects, and explorations designed to inspire your own creations—go forth and reuse! Visualize the Public Domain An experiment by NYPL Labs to help patrons understand and explore what is contained in this release. Discover the Collections Learn more about our public domain release. Apply for the Remix Residency To promote transformative, interesting, and creative new uses of our Digital Collections and data, NYPL is now accepting applications for a Remix Residency program. Use Our Data and Utilities Our digitized collections are available as machine-readable data: over one million records for you to search, crawl and compute.

Navigating the Green Books. Ten Texts I Never Would Have Read–Had It Not Been for a Recommendation by Shawna Coppola. I take great pride in being the sort of person whose essence can be difficult to “nail down.” Take a look at my Twitter feed and you’ll see that I post about everything from education reform, to inequality, to literacy learning, to The Bachelor.

My iPhone’s music library is filled with a wide spectrum of tunes, spanning 80’s bubblegum pop all the way to the “Blood Theme” from Dexter (which, as it turns out, doubles as my ringtone). Most perplexing of all is my personal book collection, which includes titles that range from Tina Fey’s Bossypants to Lucy Knisley’s Relish to one of the best short story compilations of all time, Gary Soto’s Baseball in April. So when friends, family, and colleagues recommend titles for me to read, they often miss the mark (by a lot–looking at you, Middlesex). Their suggestions are thoughtful–and enormously appreciated–but tend to be slightly under-nuanced: “If she likes Bossypants, she’ll love Mindy Kaling’s latest!” (Not laugh-out-loud-funny enough.) SLJ SneakPeek Spring2016. Easy Annotate: A Very Good PDF App for Teachers. August 16, 2015 Easy Annotate is a very good side-by side PDF editor.

It enables users to easily annotate and link two PDFs at the same time. Easy Annotate has become the most popular option for studying two documents simultaneously, with over 40.000 downloads. Easy Annotate offers a wide variety of features that include: side by side viewing, editing and annotating of two PDFs, linking PDF documents to create complete study projects, full Dropbox, Google Drive and WebDAV support with auto-sync, full annotation support (highlight, underline, cross-out, draw, etc) and many more. Here are some of the things you can do with Easy Annotate:Open two pdfs next to each other to review, compare, annotate, study or lookup references.Link documents to create references for easy lookup. TypeDrawing App: iTunes Information. Developmental Assets® Excellent Rubric for Using Digital Portfolios in Class. Download "Own Your Space--Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online" Digital Book for Teens by Linda McCarthy from Official Microsoft Download Center.

Smithsonian Learning Lab. Keith Hughes. What the Heck Is OER? Artful Storytelling. Co- Teacher Talk. Back to School with Annotation: 10 Ways to Annotate with Students. 5 Good Tools for Creating Visual Stories of Thanksgiving (Or any other gathering of friends and family) Make your own posters at home for free! - Block Posters. BigHugeLabs: Do fun stuff with your photos. The Whole Truth: The Line Between Providing Age-Appropriate Content and Sugar-Coating.