Produced by NBC News, the Parent Toolkit will help you navigate your child's journey from pre-kindergarten through high school.
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The Parent Toolkit App is designed to help you navigate your child’s growth and development from Pre-K through 12th grade in the classroom and beyond. For each grade, the app offers benchmarks to see what your child will be learning in school, and recommendations for diet, sleep and physical activity. The grade-by-grade tips work into your everyday schedule to support what your child is learning and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Choose whether you want to browse through academic or health and wellness benchmarks and tips. The academic information will help you ensure your child is on the path to success. It also provides helpful advice on homework, parent-teacher conferences and supporting learning at home. In the health and wellness section, you’ll find tips on encouraging physical activity, eating a well-balanced diet, and ways to make sure your child gets enough sleep.
Asking if technology enhances learning is like asking if dogs are playful. Whether we're discussing tech or those furry mouth-breathers, the answer is the same: it depends on the situation. Here's a better line of inquiry: how do you coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies in order to positively influence academic achievement?
We can begin to answer this question with the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Framework (TPACK), which conceptualizes the integration of "Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Technological Content Knowledge (TCK), Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK), and the intersection of all three," explains Dr. Matthew Koehler, editor of tpack.org. Watch (and feel free to share) the "TPACK in 2 Minutes" video below:
As of now Google Classroom is available to all Google Apps for Education (GAFE) users.
Classroom is a tool within the GAFE that allows teachers to set up different classes, set projects, assign homework to groups and grade them all within a single space. Classroom also records student grades and progress. It should be a worthwhile assessment tool once you have begun using it with your students for a couple of months.
Remember, what you are using at the moment is essentially Classroom 1.0 and as such it is quite limited in it's functionality and flexibility, but so was everything in Google Apps when it was first released and Google have certainly demonstrated a commitment to upgrade and enhance their products continually.
It will take you all of about 2 minutes to set up your class and get cooking so all I can suggest is give it a shot and see where it takes you. You certainly won't be wasting your time fro my brief encounter with it so far.
Here are a couple of resources and links to get you started and I'd love to hear about your experiences thus far.
Edutopia is one of my favourite web sites. It has recently run a series written by Monica Burns aka @ClassTechTips featuring Resources for Using iPads across multiple grade levels. Though I've featured them each individually here on iPads in Education I thought it might be useful to post all of the series in one collection.
Through the course of our “summer school” here at Techfaster we’ve met plenty of tech savvy educators. From ISTE in early July to the NAESP show and Campus Tech that wrapped up this week, teachers, administrators and education enthusiasts were learning, sharing, and networking with each other. These are definitely the tech savvy teacher type, and that’s validated in the infographic below from Daily Genius. But just because you spent part of the summer at EdTech conferences doesn’t necessarily mean you are a tech savvy teacher. Of course the reverse is true as well, maybe you had family events and your own kids to tend to during the summer. Are you a tech savvy teacher? A strong indicator would be that you’re even reading this article here at techfaster.com. Are you keeping your students, parents, fellow teachers and administrators up to date with the goings on in your classroom with your own blog? That’s a good sign you’re a tech savvy teacher. Just think about what the communication you can have with a blog, would have been like in the days of the ditto machine? You would have to plan out your thoughts, outline them, create a ditto original, print them, pass them out to students, and just pray they didn’t end up on the floor of the school bus. Are you networking with other teachers you’ve never met on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or a knowledge sharing educational site? Are you regularly attending edtech chat or listening to podcasts? All of these are signs that you care about your own professional development, living in current times and caring about your students. YouTube, Twitter, SnapChat, Minecraft, Instagram, and Vine are all a part of your students lives. Facebook, Pinterest and email are all a part of your students’ parents’ lives. You’re almost too far behind if you’re not a “tech savvy” teacher. Check out the infographic below and see how you stack up.
Parent teacher interviews can be one of the most stressful nights of the year. Especially if you have never done one before.
Usually, you only have about ten minutes to impress upon these people that you are both competent in your role, and you also genuinely care as much for their children as mum and dad do. Sometimes this might be the only ten minutes you get for the year together.
Today we are going to look at a surefire winner that will ensure your meeting finishes on a high no matter what. We are going to create some QR Cubes for you to take home to parents on the night that will be of use to them all year long.
The idea is that they take their cube home scan the codes with their phone at home and gain insights into what has happened in the classroom or find out strategies for improving future learning opportunities at home.
So, Let's go through the process. You might want to set aside half an hour to do this for your entire class.
Firstly you will need to find 6 ( minimum amount for one dice- but make as many dice as you wish. ) items that you wish to share on your cube.
Remember everything you direct them to needs to be based on the internet for this to work. Examples of this might be...
1: A video link to your classes input into this years school concert. Youtube or private video hosting will work.
2: A link to your class blog outlining what has been happening in the classroom.
3: A link to video you have made about expectations for parents in your class. ie: - How much should your child be reading etc.
4: A link to some math's or literacy games you have approved for use in your class that can be played on phones or computers.
5: A link to your email or twitter account so that parents can ask you questions at any time.
6: A link to free posters you can put up around the house to help out with tables or spelling etc.
Then you need to convert your links into QR codes. This will take no more than 5 minutes to do all 6. Simply watch my instructional video below on how to do this.
So then you simply need to copy and paste your QR codes onto a 3D dice template which can be found here.
Print up a class set. Get your students to make them at school and be sure to give one out to parents at the meeting. It will certainly show them something they have never seen in their own experience of school, and makes a great first impression.
If parents need a little info about QR codes you can direct them here.
Finally. You don't have to make dice you can take this in any direction you want. Id love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
My wife came home the other day and started describing a new problem arising in her school, where students were claiming to be tired of using devices for everything. The students were apparently saying “Can’t we just do a lesson on paper today or you just teach us.” As she told me this, my wife didn’t notice that she was simultaneously picking up her iPad to check Facebook and that made me think.
EDpuzzle New Look EDpuzzle the amazingly simple site for Flipping a Classroom/Lesson just released a sleeker new design w/ new tools to make it even easier to create an engaging interactive video.
What is EDpuzzle? EDpuzzle is a free learning tool for educators being used in classrooms around the world to take a video and "make it their own" by editing a video, adding narration, and even adding questions/poll/quiz. W/ the educational portals students can join a class via a unique code (i.e. ClassDojo). This portal allows educators to create a video, assign them to students/classes, and even assess them. This is great for Differentiating Instruction, Project Based Learning, and Flipping a Classroom. Not only that, but teachers can see the progress of each video assignment and set permissions (Block Seeking Ahead) on wether the video can be skipped through or not.
These are the 70 iPad apps I'm using on my STEM iPad cart. More curriculum is available on: http:/stem.wesfryer.com | Brushes 3, Audioboo, Instashare - Transfer files the easy way, AirDrop for iOS & OSX, i-nigma QR Code, Data Matrix and 1D barcode reader, Kidblog, Singing Fingers HD, All-Star Guitar, cascadr, Beatwave, and SpectrumView
One of the favourite tools that was shared during my university class was a Flash based version of the popular game show, Jeopardy. We talked about using it as a diagnostic tool or as a way to hav...
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These days, not all devices effectively use Flash anymore and so that opportunity is lost. Plus, if you created a game at home, you had to remember to bring the questions to school in order to use it! If there was an application that screamed for a web-based solution, this was it.
With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, schools that have also adopted iPads are interested in exploring the platform to determine if it will integrate into their existing deployment to provide a helpful and approachable workflow solution. While there …
“ As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …”
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This article is intended for three groups of people…
— those who aren’t on Twitter and don’t see what the fuss is about — those who are new to Twitter and want to get the most from it — those who are trying to persuade colleagues to get on board and want something vaguely lively to show them by way of persuasion…
So, rather than doing this the usual, boring, way we’re going to attempt this article through the medium of Skittles (Twittles, so to speak). Sweets can be very persuasive.
How To Create QR Codes To Use In Your Classroom Wednesday, July 23, 2014 No comments
What are QR Codes and How Can I Use them in my Classroom? A QR Code is a type of barcode that is readable by dedicatedQR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text you want students to read, websites, or vide
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...