background preloader

Ed Tech Tools

Facebook Twitter

The Conference Manifesto - EduCon - Google Docs. Student Discovery Sets - For Teachers. The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature.

Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set. Children's Lives at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Children of a century past: How were their lives different from today's? How were they the same? Especially for early grades. The Constitution The drafts and debates that brought the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into being, including notes by the documents' framers. The Dust Bowl Songs, maps, and iconic photographs document the daily ordeals of rural migrant families during a disastrous decade.

The Harlem Renaissance Discover some of the innovative thinkers and creative works that contributed to the cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. Immigration The Industrial Revolution. Twitter Exec Reports that Educators Dominate the Twitter sphere. 60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom. Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place. Teachers and educators around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool, and we’ve shared many of these great ideas here with you. Read on, and we’ll explore 60 inspiring ways that teachers and students can put Twitter to work in the classroom.

Communication Twitter makes staying in touch and sharing announcements super simple and even fun. These ideas offer a great way to put the tool to good use. Twitter as a bulletin board: Jim Newman at Northern Illinois University uses Twitter as a bulletin board for his class, letting students know about last minute news like canceled classes. Organization Twitter’s hashtags and other tools share a great way to organize information for your classroom. Resources Writing Skills. How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School. Remind101 | Free and Safe Text Messaging for Teachers. How do we teach Digital Citizenship?

How Teachers Are Hacking Their Own Digital Textbooks. March’s issue of Wired Magazine included a fascinating interview* with Clayton Christensen, Business professor at Harvard University and author of several books, including The Innovator’s Dilemma and Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovations Will Change the Way the World Learns . Since these books were published, the world of education has seen an influx of technology with tablets leading the way. While it’s difficult to know exactly how many schools have deployed 1 to 1 initiatives, one thing remains certain: there were will be more schools with 1 to 1 technology disrupting the classroom tomorrow than there are today. The disruptive device of choice these days seems to be the iPad. Perhaps you’ve seen one of the gazillion articles written about how iPads are disrupting the learning environment.

The gist of the conversation usually highlights both positive and negative benefits to learning and inevitably reaches the question “when will iPads replace textbooks?” Which Camp Are You? Piktochart | Infographic App & Presentation Tool. Nets Standards. Education technology standards to transform learning and teaching The time for major change in education is now. In a world where rapid advances in technology have a profound impact on the ways we work, communicate and live, education has struggled to keep pace. The ISTE Standards work together to support educators, students and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills and knowledge necessary to move away from the factory model.

These are not the typical boxes educators need to check. Empowering connected learners in a connected world As educators, we are preparing students for a future that we cannot yet imagine. Want to know more? How can the ISTE Standards be used? Visit permissions and licensing. NETS for Teachers. 10,000s Cool FREE Seamless Patterns for Blogger and Twitter Backgrounds, Blog and Website Wallpapers. Trend | Infographic: Social Media and College Admissions. © 2010-2014 EdTech Digest. Skip to content ← Cool Tool | Something to Help With School Enrollment Trends | Video: The Voice of the Active Learner → Trend | Infographic: Social Media and College Admissions Posted on August 16, 2012 by victorrivero Presented by: Share this: Like this: Related Trends | Infographic: The Lowdown on Social Media and College AdmissionsIn "trends" The New College Search RealityIn "Chegg" Summer MeltIn "guest column" This entry was posted in trends and tagged college use social media recruitment, social media and college admissions.

Leave a Reply Find your favorite stories: FREE! The Twenty Ten Theme Blog at %d bloggers like this: The Top 10 Education APIs (And Why They’re Important) First off, what is an API? API stands for A pplication P rogram I nterface. It’s a tool which allows web applications (websites and apps to the layman) to communicate with each other and share information stored in each other’s databases. This information can then be incorporated into new and different projects. How APIs Work (Simple Version) We like to think about it in culinary terms. Let’s say each website is a restaurant. One restaurant, Super Salads needs some avocados.

Next door, at Mexicana Meals, they make excellent guacamole. If Mexicana Meals does have an API, the chef can walk through the back door into the kitchen and politely ask the other chef if he can borrow an avocado. An API (a.k.a Avocado Procurement Interface) is what allows you to sign into Noodle with Facebook and read our Tweets on this blog. Why is it important? API’s are incredibly valuable for education. [Click the title of any of the listings below to learn more.]

Khan Academy Blackboard Collaborate Data . ed . gov. How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students. Back in October, I wrote a post about Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom. As it is Internet Safety Month, I want to share a sample lesson for teaching internet safety to students as young as kindergarten.

Yes, you read correctly . . . kindergarten. With children spending time online at younger and younger ages, it is vital that we explicitly teach young children how to protect themselves online. Most young children get the "Stranger Danger" talk at school, so they know about how to handle strangers in their neighborhood and in face-to-face situations. There are three considerations when addressing Internet safety with these students.

This is a lesson that I have done with my kindergarten and first grade students to introduce the idea that strangers exist on the Internet and to discuss how we should interact with them. Protecting Private Information Online Materials Projector Computer Internet access Introduction Ask, "What is a stranger? " Video Discussion Assessment. Pinterest for Educators? After hearing about all the hoopla surrounding Pinterest, I decided to check it out and see if it had any value to me as an educator. Up until this point I really didn't have a clue as to what it was all about except that it was a social media tool that functioned like an electronic bulletin board. After requesting an invite, I was all set to go a day later and began to create my first pin board. The tutorial video that you are directed to upon signing up was short, to the point, and made it incredibly simple to dive in and start creating.

I dragged the "pin it" bookmarklet into Google Chrome and off I went. I quickly became fascinated with the idea of "pinning" together all of my professional interests. Curating Content The ability to pin together images, links, and videos in a visually engaging manner makes gathering and accessing information exciting.

Brainstorming Collaborative boards can be set up so multiple users can pin together ideas and resources to create one huge visual. APPitic - 1,800+ EDUapps. MIT Now Granting Official Certificates For Their Free Online Courses. This is big. M.I.T., the hub of education and technology where innovations seem to happen on an hourly basis… has just unveiled the future of online education. Basically, you can now earn official credits toward an M.I.T. certificate by taking their free and online courses. The school is calling the program “MITx” reminiscent of TEDx. I wouldn’t be surprised if the trend-setting M.I.T. pushes brick-and-mortar schools to also grant official certifications to those that can demonstrate a mastery of the subjects being taught online.

A story in this morning’s New York Times has all the details (embedded below) and is worth examining. MITx While students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pay thousands of dollars for courses, the university will announce a new program on Monday allowing anyone anywhere to take M.I.T. courses online free of charge — and for the first time earn official certificates for demonstrating mastery of the subjects taught. Mr. An Online Learning Community. 10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff. We often hear about tech-savvy educators and administrators who have an array of best practices and whose love for technology is evident. But as anyone who’s ever been part of a school or district knows, not all teachers and administrators are as comfortable or familiar with technology.

In a recent “Question of the Week,” we asked our tech-savvy readers: “How do you get tech-reluctant teachers and administrators to use technology effectively?” Here are our readers’ top answers (edited for brevity). 1. Use technology for personal reasons first. “To get educational staff on board with tech, encourage and support them using tech for their non-work purposes. 2. “As a principal, I make time to offer and teach the [professional development] myself. “During the past 12 years, and through all of the technology changes we have encountered, I have found that the most effective way to get others to effectively use technology is by modeling.

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020. Education Restart. Get Your Webtools Resource Bundle – Vol. 1. 84% Discount Expiring In… 4 hours 22 minutes 7 seconds! “ 10 Step-by-Step Webtool Videos That Make You Feel Like You Can Do It Too! ” Watch these fun videos and YOU will learn 10 webtools that can improve your classroom Forever… and we have the Teacher Feedback to prove it!

With ten easy-to-follow videos, you’ll be using these tools in no time. Just ONE of these helpful secrets is worth the investment for you and your students! You’ll get 10 videos and 10 additional resources from a master teacher…Kim Munoz! Plus… when you purchase today you’ll get 3 Bonus eBooks. If you are a Member of the Teacher Learning Community, you already have access to this great Bundle. Hey Teachers, Every time Kim Munoz holds a webinar teachers “line up around the block” because they know they’re about to get the simple and quick How-To for another fun webtool! Here’s your chance to get the on-demand video recordings of 10 webtool webinars ALL presented by Kim Munoz.

But it doesn’t stop there. Kim Munoz Mrs. 1. P.S. Why Educators Should Join Twitter. Plagiarism. You have something in common with the smartest people in the world. You see, everyone has ideas. We use our minds to create something original, whether it’s a poem, a drawing, a song, or a scientific paper. Some of the most important ideas are published and make it into books, journals, newspapers and trustworthy websites that become the building blocks for things we all learn. But ideas are also very personal, and we need dependable ways to keep track of the people behind the ideas we use because they deserve credit for their contribution, just as you do if someone uses your idea.

Meet Cassie, a university student. She’s not the kind of person who would plagiarize by turning in someone else’s work, but she is aware that plagiarism can happen accidentally, so she follows some basic rules: First, when she quotes an author directly, she uses quotations marks around the words to show that they are not hers, alongside a mention of the author’s name. Unleashing the Potential of Technology in Education - Powered by Google Docs. K12_Teachers_open_Book_by_Dell. Forms. October 2011. The guys over at Filmmakeriq has put together an excellent list of 22 Apps for the really serious Filmmakers amongst us. These would be perfect for all those short film contests and competitions that students are eligible for. iMovie is the one App that we are all familiar with but that is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Apps for making quality professional quality films on the iPad or iPhone. Check out their article but make sure that you check out the rest of their Filmmakeriq site, it has some really interesting articles on pre and post production as well as the screenwriting process.

The iPad2 and iPhone 4 have taken the world by storm. Only very recently have filmmakers started to see their potential in a production environment. For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps. iMovie Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fun, feature-rich video editing app only for iPhone 4. ReelDirector DSLR Slate Movie Slate. Really Bad Powerpoint.

I wrote this about four years ago, originally as an ebook. I figured the idea might spread and then the problem would go away--we'd no longer see thousands of hours wasted, every single day, by boring PowerPoint presentations filled with bullets. Not only has it not gone away, it's gotten a lot worse. Last week I got a template from a conference organizer. It seems they want every single presenter to not only use bullets for their presentations, but for all of us to use the same format! Shudder. So, for posterity, and in the vain hope it might work, here we go again: Really Bad Powerpoint It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to champion at a church or a school or a Fortune 100 company, you’re probably going to use PowerPoint.

Powerpoint was developed by engineers as a tool to help them communicate with the marketing department—and vice versa. Powerpoint could be the most powerful tool on your computer. Communication is the transfer of emotion. Our brains have two sides. 10 Ways to Use Google Plus in the Classroom. 10 Ways to Use Google Plus in the Classroom is a great blog article I found from The Theatre Professor blog. In this article, the author really explains some great ways to use Google Plus to connect with students. She talks about using Circles for different groups or classes, using groupwork and integrating Docs right into Plus, and using Hang Outs for online help or study sessions. It's a great place to find some great ways to use Google Plus in your classroom.

Interactive Whiteboard resources and apps

Presentation tools. Video tools. Resource management.