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Free Technology for Teachers: A Few Widgets To Consider Adding To Your Classroom Blog

Free Technology for Teachers: A Few Widgets To Consider Adding To Your Classroom Blog | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

I've been fortunate to have been invited to lead quite a few blogging workshops over the last couple of years. In nearly all of those workshops there are a few widgets that I generally recommend adding to classroom blogs and websites.

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The 30 Day PIRATE Challenge: Hooks everywhere!

The 30 Day PIRATE Challenge: Hooks everywhere! | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
Passion. Enthusiasm. Excitement. The unexpected. If you haven't read Dave Burgess's book "Teach Like a PIRATE", you're missing out on the inspiration and the great practical ideas to create memorab...
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Thirty days of hooks from the “Teach Like a PIRATE” book. Engaged students. Energized teachers. Sounds like a winner. Will you try it?

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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
At the star-studded Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT) event earlier this month, where professors gathered to discuss innovative str
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The Parent Toolkit App

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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 AppText TOOLKIT to 33733 to get the app on your mobile device now! 

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.
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How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing

How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

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:

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Google Classroom opens its doors to all teachers today.

Google Classroom opens its doors to all teachers today. | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
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.

 

 

 
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A great overview of Google Classroom

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GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo

GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

Tons of educational iPad apps organized by grade levels and categories.


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 10, 9:49 PM

There are hundreds of apps here: the list is a bit Americanised but very useful. The apps are sorted into categories and rough year levels. 

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For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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Helpful collection of educational apps organized by grade levels and categories

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 by Monica Burns - Edutopia

Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 by Monica Burns - Edutopia | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

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.


Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2 http://bit.ly/Tag2sg

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 3-5 http://bit.ly/1owxjbR

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8 http://bit.ly/1qHU1j3

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12 http://bit.ly/QPzKrp


Awesome! Thanks Edutopia!


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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 4, 11:12 PM

Thx John Evans

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This is a broad and great resource for introducing ipads into the classroom! This Scooped resource gives resources for all grades and the website Edutopia is a great resource in itself! Good stuff!

Terri Bill Hartley's curator insight, August 9, 7:54 PM

Trying something new.....technology helpers....

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Are You A Tech-Savvy Teacher, This Infographic Will Tell You | TechFaster

Are You A Tech-Savvy Teacher, This Infographic Will Tell You | TechFaster | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
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.
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How to use QR cubes to impress your students and parents

How to use QR cubes to impress your students and parents | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
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.

 
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8 Education Technology Books Every Leader Should Read

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These 8 education technology books cover technical, cultural and practical ideas and concepts to successfully integrate technology into the classroom.
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Just a Little Half Dimished

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Please vote for my son-in--law

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The Myth of Device fatigue

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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.

 
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elearn Magazine: How to Help Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom

elearn Magazine: How to Help Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
Recent reports (from The Chronicle of Higher Education and Walden University [PDF], for example) point to teachers' continuing difficulties integrating technology into classroom learning. Despit...
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Dr.Camille Rutherford: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter for Teacher Candidates & New Teachers

Dr.Camille Rutherford: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter for Teacher Candidates & New Teachers | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
 1. Don't be an Egghead: No one wants to follow an egghead.
Be sure to complete the Twitter profile with a picture and a brief description about who you are and what you do. Include a link to your blog or website so potential followers can find out more about you.  Here is a great example:
 

2. Share Information and Retweet: Don't just lurk or promote yourself, share ideas and links to resources. Retweet the information that you find valuable. Make sure you have a good ratio of tweets and retweets. Nobody wants to follow your never ending monologue. Just like in kindergarten, you need to listen and share if you want to make friends. 



3. Know your Audience: If you want to use Twitter as a professional learning network, only post information that is relevant to your professional life. The occasional goofy picture is fine, but create a personal account if you have the urge to share your beer can collection or LOL cat fascination. Sharing relevant professional information that highlights your professional interest or expertise will facilitate the development of an active learning community that will support your professional growth.

4.  Use #Hashtags to Avoid Being Overwhelmed: Your Twitter page can look like a fast moving springtime creek once you start following more than a hundred people. Searching by #hashtags can make it easier to find the information you want. A Twitter list is a curated list of Twitter users that you can create or subscribe to. Once the list has been created you can view the Tweets just from the people on the list. This is a great way to follow the Tweets of people from your school, district, or educational speciality.

#BrockTechies = Brock Teacher Candidates
#Newteacher = New Teachers
#NTchat - New Teacher chat
#OntEd = Ontario Education
#CanEd = Canadian Education
#EdChat =  Education Twitter Chat
#EdTech = Educational technology

#Hashtags enable you to search the Twitterverse to find Tweets related to a specific topic. Searching by #hashtags is the most efficient way to find educational resources. Use the guides listed below to find the #hashtag for what you are looking for.
Mindshare Learning Guide to Canadian Education HashtagsEdudemic A-Z List of Education Hashtags5. Follow the Teachers, School Leaders or School Districts You Would Like to Work With: The quality of your Twitter experience will depend on who you follow. Be sure to follow the school district you would like to work for or where you will complete your practicum. This will ensure that you are informed about current district initiatives.
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70 STEM iPad Apps form Wes Fryer

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
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Q&A - Jeopardy Style

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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.

Enter Flipquiz.

http://goo.gl/ZVV6XL

 
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How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom - Edudemic

How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom - Edudemic | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.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 …
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[Infographic] How YouTube Increased Classroom Pass Rates by 31% - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] How YouTube Increased Classroom Pass Rates by 31% - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
The use of YouTube as an aid to educate the future of the world has become more and more prevalent, and is becoming a way all teachers could benefit educating their students.
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27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - RachelJones

27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - RachelJones | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

“ 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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Some real gems in this list that can change the way you teach for the better. These apps include ones to support flipped instructions, that help students choose a path through the content, that help organise and sort out daily tasks, and that allow publishing to a global audience. A fantastic list. 

Helene Garant's curator insight, August 22, 8:26 PM

Hi folks see you soon

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Good to know

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Symbaloo

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This is a collection of images sources from around the internet. Most are free or free to use via a Creative Commons license.I really like Symbaloo! A place where you can organize and share your favorite websites. How do you like Symbaloo?

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ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities.

ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities. | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
Move away from the drib drab of everyday lessons, build engagement and get more interactive using this creative free web-based tool called ThingLink.
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I LOVE ThingLink: only just started using it, but the possibilities are endless for what I can make to help my students and how they can show their understanding. ThingLink is an easy way to make interactive images overlaid with text, links, images and even video. It has to be seen to be appreciated!

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Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

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From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.
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Twitter For Teachers – Part One: The Skittlefall | Blog | Sparky Teaching

Twitter For Teachers – Part One: The Skittlefall | Blog | Sparky Teaching | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

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.

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How To Create QR Codes To Use In Your Classroom ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog

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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
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 1:1 iPad Chat - ThingLink

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Next topic Thinglink.  Check out it out.

http://d97cooltools.blogspot.com/2014/07/11-ipad-chat-thinglink.html#.U8bz6FZ8cpw ;

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