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Are Your Students Digitally Literate? 10 Resources : Teacher Reboot Camp

Are Your Students Digitally Literate? 10 Resources : Teacher Reboot Camp | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

Our learners live in a connected world where technology impacts their lives daily. Our students often dedicate many hours to communicating, sharing, and learning online. It’s the main way they learn and they receive a surplus of information. Sadly, few reflect on the value or validity of that information. We need to teach our students to have a critical eye when navigating the web.  Below are a few ideas and resources to help you teach your learners about digital literacy.

 
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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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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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Becky Vickers's curator insight, March 11, 8:15 AM

FOR CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN: Technology is definitely something I find important for a 21st century classroom climate. Many PBL Projects involve technology and this image provides suggested apps that can allow teachers to cultivate virtual spaces for their classroom. I especially think the National Geographic and TED apps could be particularly useful because they provide a wealth of resources for classroom projects. I would like to make the use of technology routine in my classroom and expand our spaces to include both the physical and virtual spaces available to students. 

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 10, 6:49 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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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, 8:12 PM

Thx John Evans

Thomas Brennan's curator insight, June 8, 8:27 PM

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, 4:54 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

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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

The Myth of Device fatigue | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

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

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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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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: EDpuzzle New Look

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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.
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7 engaging video sites for teachers and students | eSchool News | eSchool News

7 engaging video sites for teachers and students | eSchool News | eSchool News | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
Teachers and students need access to interesting and thought-provoking videos
"Students have different learning styles, and teachers strive to individualize instruction whenever possible. But videos often appeal to students of all learning styles when they are engaging, informative, and inspiring.Some of the world’s top experts in various academic areas have helped to create videos in which they explain complex concepts in ways that students are able to understand, which gives students real-world knowledge of how they might apply their classroom lessons after they leave school.
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iOS 8 & Education: What's New for iPad Schools?

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If you use iPads in education, check out what iOS 8 has to offer teachers and students in the form of new features. Mobile learning has never looked better!
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Add Bookry Widgets to iTunes U

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Today we’re delighted to announce iTunes U support for all your Bookry widgets.

In addition to using your widgets in your Multi-Touch books made with iBooks Author, you can also place them in any course on iTunes U. This is how it works:

Create your widgets on Bookry.com as before, using your computer or iPad.After creating your widget, tap on the ‘iTunes U and App Link’ tab.You are then presented with a unique widget code for you to place on iTunes U.

To view the widgets, all your students need to do is download the free Bookry Widgets App to their iPad and enter the widget code – simple!

So, if you want to add a Quiz to your course on iTunes U, simply upload your course documentation (e.g. Multi-Touch book, Keynote, PDF, Pages etc.) to iTunes U, then compliment this with your Bookry Quiz widget code, together with the codes of any other Bookry widgets you want to include. You can also provide them with a code for your book project (get this from your book tab on Bookry.com), so that they can download multiple widgets in one go.

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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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It is becoming clear that there are a set of must haves for Education..

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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. 

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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.

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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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Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE

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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...
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When Teachers Bully Teachers

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Three years ago, I wrote an anonymous post and asked a friend to post it for me.  The story was burning up inside of me, but at the time I was too scared to publish it because I was in the middle o...
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Why Teachers Should NOT Share Their Phone Number With Students - Edudemic

Why Teachers Should NOT Share Their Phone Number With Students - Edudemic | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
I stumbled across this the other day on We Are Teachers, and found it to be amusing enough to be worth sharing. We’ve all seen the awesome autocorrect posts that show how sometimes technology bites back at us a bit (I think by now we’ve probably all fallen victim to being unnecessarily or incorrectly autocorrected …
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I use Remind 101,(http://remind101.com) it is one way text messaging, I can send my students a quite message, but they do not get my phone number and I do not get theirs.

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Assessment and Rubrics

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Assessing Student Learning

Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?”

Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. For instance, a blog has a unique set of possibilities (such as hypertext, embedded video, interactive imagery, etc) vastly different than those of a notebook (paper and pen notes and drawings within a contained document).

The first thing to realize is that you cannot separate the user from the device. iPads, Chromebooks, and tech tools themselves don’t demonstrate great learning; it’s about what students do with the technology that matters. The technology itself is simply neutral. Consider: would a teacher grade the pen a student used to write an essay? Of course not! They grade what the student writes. It’s what students create with the tool that is at the heart of learning and assessment.

Formative vs. Summative AssessmentPerformance is most often analyzed through formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment is ongoing and provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning for a more effective outcome. It not only helps to monitor student progress throughout an activity, but can also gauge student understanding and readiness to proceed to further tasks. Alternately, summative assessment focuses on a particular point in time, such as a test at the end of a unit or grading term.Regardless, whether the immediate assessment is formative or summative, a teacher needs to be able to distinguish between the capabilities of the tool and the students’ performance using it. To illustrate, anyone can easily produce a visually stunning and captivating video presentation using iMovie as it has built-in easy-to-use professional effects. Therefore, to assess a movie presentation effectively, the teacher needs evidence of the thinking that went into the creation of the movie. Rather than grade the end product, educators must focus on the process -- research, writing, image selection, etc. This allows teachers to focus on learning throughout the whole project rather than the flashy, finished product.Rubrics to Measure Student Learning

Providing detailed explanations of an assignment using an online rubric, created with tools such as Rubistar or Digital Media Scoring Guides, can assist students in both completing tasks and thinking about their performance. Additionally, these tools allow teachers to create rubrics quickly with a greater level of meaningful feedback. They can also easily be shared among teachers and saved or modified for future assignments.

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