Although educators tend to feel like they are left all on their own to deal with students that are getting crazier by the day, there are plenty of technology resources that can make their teaching job more effective.
Read a sample or download Military Connected Students in the Classroom by Sandy Risberg with iBooks.
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's insight:
My friend Sandy Risberg created this eBook. It is a great reference for any teacher. There are military connected kids in nearly every school in the Nation. But if you live near a military base, and are a teacher, you absolutley need this FREE book. LOts of great resource and ideas for how to deal with the kids of military families.
Advice for teachers on capturing video in the classroom - by Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education
Digital video can serve as a powerful tool to document and analyze teaching. It can capture the tone of the overall classroom environment as well as the nuances of particular instructional techniques. It can help the teacher to see and hear how his or her work is perceived by others, and enable faculty to provide targeted feedback based on close analysis. This article provides some ideas and tips that will help you take full advantage of digital video capture, storage, and analysis technologies to improve the preparation and continued professional development of teachers. It describes a process to plan, capture, edit, analyze, and store video clips of teachers at work.
One of my former colleagues always seemed to have his physics students in the hallway, in the stairwells, or outside for various physics demonstrations. His students always seemed to be having fun. I was a little jealous that he hadn't been my physics teacher too. He showed students that physics was fun. The following games might not be as fun as hands-on demos, but they could still be good for getting students interested in various physics concepts.
Here's a fun challenge to give to students and most adults; try to wait ten minutes before looking at your phone when you hear your text message notification. It's a difficult challenge for most people. Study Boost knows this and is trying to leverage that compulsion to check text messages in order to make studying a part of students' text messaging habit.
Create easy forms; easily. Form+ brings the power of Google Drive to forms.
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's insight:
why choose form+ No programming skill required No worries! No headaches! No coding required! Build your amazing forms with easeEasy-to-Use All you do is click and simply drag & drop to build your amazing form. Makes building forms a breeze!Google Drive Integration No need to click around on the internet. In your Google Drive, under the 'CREATE' tab, you can easily access Form+Various Field Types You can add various field types,edit the label and add hints. This helps to keep your data consistentFile Upload When your users upload files, each entry goes to your Google Drive, helping you put all your important information in one placeEmbed & Share forms Place your forms anywhere on the web. Users don't need to click around to access your awesome formsMulti-Page Forms Divide long forms into segments for user convenienceNotification Get notified by email alerts upon each submission in your G-mailLimit Submission Control how many entries you want to recieve and the specific period you want your forms to be open for entriesReports View result summary of your entries in a Google Spreadsheet in your Google Drive
If you don't use Evernote, check it out. It's free, easy to use, and cross platform. I used it for lesson planning, lesson notes, class notes, student notes and logs, and more as a teacher. As a CIO I use it for meeting notes, project management, contacts, web clippings, research and much more.
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's insight:
http://goo.gl/vpH0yn I am hooked on Evernote, it is super useful. I have to admit it took me quite a while to wrap my brain around using Evernote, but once I did, I am sure I couldn't get along without it. If you haven;t tried Evernote yet, give it a go, I promise you will discover its possibilities.
Level it Books is a fantastic iOS app that allows users to scan a book's ISBN and get a reading level for the book. This is ideal for educators, parents, or librarians wanting to know which books are appropriate reading level for their kids or students. Also, Level it Books will not only tell the reading level and Lexile, a teacher can use it to create a digital library of books and manage their students' (create class rosters) reading level data.
A marmite resource which teachers either love or hate. Personally, I love it. Marmite me up all day long, if you will. It provides a never-ending source of educational videos, inspiration, challenge, provocation and kittens launching themselves at erratic torch-beams wielded by sadistic owners waiting for their cat to splat into a wall and bag them £500 from "You've Been Framed". What's not to like?
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Last month, I attended a Back to School Night for parents, sitting through presentation after presentation by teachers, some with slides that helped make their presentation a delight to listen to, and others . . . well, that's why I'm writing this blog post.
The goal of a classroom presentation is to aid you in effectively conveying information in a way that allows students (or their parents) to remember what you said. Unfortunately, for some, the presentation becomes a crutch, and they begin to rely on the slides to tell their story, rather than to help them tell the story.
I've been creating presentations using software like PowerPoint and KeyNote for 20 years, and I've learned a lot about how to most effectively communicate. Here's what I've found.
Canva is a new service that makes it easy to create beautiful slides, flyers, posters, infographics, and photo collages. Creating these graphics on Canva is a drag-and-drop process. Start by selecting a template then dragging and dropping into place background designs, pictures, clip art, and text boxes. Canva offers a huge library of clip art and photographs to use in your designs. You can also upload your own images to use in your graphics. Your completed Canva projects can be downloaded as PDF and PNG files. You can also simply link to your online graphic.
Google just announced Google Connected Classrooms, which allows classes to take virtual field trips using Google+ Hangouts. Field Trip locations include the Seattle Aquarium, Minnesota Zoo, American Museum of Natural History, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and more. More trips are coming also. The field trips are live hosted events, but past events are archived and can be viewed later. Teachers can also work together on plans and activities. This is a great resource for teachers and students to be able to learn and explore without ever leaving the classroom.
José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point in the war on drugs. There are regular shoot-outs, and it’s not uncommon for locals to find bodies scattered in the street in the morning. To get to the school, students walk along a white dirt road that parallels a fetid canal. On a recent morning there was a 1940s-era tractor, a decaying boat in a ditch, and a herd of goats nibbling gray strands of grass. A cinder-block barrier separates the school from a wasteland—the far end of which is a mound of trash that grew so big, it was finally closed down. On most days, a rotten smell drifts through the cement-walled classrooms. Some people here call the school un lugar de castigo—“a place of punishment.”
Java has plenty of real-world applications and uses, but because it has been used as an attack vector in the past, Apple has made OS X reasonably aggressive in limiting Java on Macs. As a result, Mavericks does not come with Java preinstalled, and upgraded Macs will remove Java in Mavericks installation process. For most users this is a very good thing, it further reduces the unlikely event of a trojan or something nefarious being installed on Macs, and many Mac users won’t notice Java missing at all. On the other hand, many of us do need Java installed in OS X.
Many common applications use Java, ranging from the excellent cloud backup service CrashPlan, to the Eclipse IDE, and even some online banking and financial services, and without installing Java yourself in Mavericks you’ll find these apps and websites simply don’t work. Fortunately it’s a simple fix just like in 10.8, and you can go about installing Java on OS X Mavericks in several different ways.