The Copyright Decision Tool helps teachers decide whether they can use print materials, artistic works or audiovisual materials without getting copyright permission. Teachers! Thinking of using a copyright-protected work? Find out if you have permission.
VoiceThread is an excellent online tool that promotes meaningful conversation through the use of visual prompts such as video clips, images, graphs, and more. This article gives step-by-step instructions to help educators create VoiceThreads that will engage students and stimulate thoughtful dialogue and collaboration.
…a day is enough to start anything. That blog you’ve been dreaming about. That book you always wanted to write. That instrument you wanted to learn. It doesn’t take more than that to get you started. 5 minutes a day is really enough to get you started. Don’t quit your job to get started. Keep it for as long as you can. Until you get fired (which might happen sooner or later anyway). So instead try to just carve out 5 minutes every day. And then add one more minute every single day. For the rest of your life. Until one day you’ll end up only doing things you love. Things you care about. Look. You don’t go from 0 to 100 in a day. First you go from 0 to 1. And then from 1 to 2. Until maybe one day you’ll end up at 100… by Yann Girard
Transformation requires a journey for teachers toward great educational rewards for students. Knowing how to craft learning experiences that meld technology with the curriculum is key to crafting digital-age lessons. As digital tools are integrated seamlessly with sound pedagogical practice, a new classroom culture emerges. This is a culture focused on student-centered, personalized learning and shifting away from traditional teacher-centered classrooms. The digitally-rich lesson format below has evolved as technology has been infused into these lesson components:
Whole-group instruction Guided practice Independent practice Reflection
Educators and students alike are seeking an ever-expanding immersive landscape, where students engage with teachers and each other in transformative experiences through a wide spectrum of interactive resources. In this educational reality, VR has a definitive place of value.
Sometimes, it feels impossible to focus with (seemingly) hundreds of things pulling at our attention at any given point in time. You know what we’re talking about: the “ding!” on your phone whenever you get a new text message, that annoying little red button reminding you how many new emails you’re getting, and the endless supply of content readily available for consumption on a daily basis—just to name a few. If you’re having one of those days where you can’t seem to find your focus, these 11 apps will help you reclaim your brain and get busy working on the things that matter most (even if sometimes, that means actually getting some sleep!)
Today, what we say and ask Google starts to matter less and less.
Google tries to understand us before we even ask. It’ll morph or results based on our location, device we’re using, previous behavior, and more. It’s truly an engine of matching intent vs. matching keywords these days.
TED is another wonderful source of educational and inspirational videos to use in your class and for your professional development. A few days ago TED released its annual list of the most popular talks of the year featuring a number of interesting presentations covering different topics (e.g ). However, the list we have curated for you below goes beyond’s TED official collection to embed some wonderful talks directly relevant for us in education. We invite you to check it out below and as always share with us your feedback. Enjoy
Although this is a follow up post to 10 PowerPoint tips for teachers, I prefer to think of it as 10 things I wish someone had told me about PowerPoint. Every teacher has their own opinion about the effectiveness of using PowerPoint in the classroom. My opinion has always been that PowerPoint is a tool, a tool…
"...when we give children the time and space to make – and present them with a pile of materials – they fall to it with such a will. The appetite to make is there, even when no one speaks of it.
"Making connects the hand, eye and brain in a very special way. It’s empowering for both maker and viewer. The act of making is optimistic; it’s an act of faith. People of all ages feel better for doing it.
"Making can also be very social – conversations can meander while hands are kept busy. But it can also be very personal and give confidence to children who listen to their own internal monologue that takes place as they make in solitude.
"If we want a world full of creative, entrepreneurial thinkers, we need to enable and sustain making from a very young age. Not all of us will become sculptors or engineers or designers, but we will become more connected, rounded and creative people."
"P2PU is proud to launch a toolkit designed to allow anyone to run their own Learning Circles: lightly facilitated study groups for learners who want to take online courses together in a public library or other community space.
Run Your Own Learning Circles
Working with facilitators, librarians, and course participants, P2PU has developed a Learning Circles toolkit, complete with software tools, facilitation guides, a list of curated courses, and marketing templates that make it easy for librarians to organize Learning Circles at their branch with little additional help needed. All of this material is on our site, for free, licensed for re-use and remixing and ready to be downloaded and used by anyone who needs it.
In addition to the toolkit, P2PU is available to support individuals and organizations looking to get started with Learning Circles. Our services include facilitator training workshops, course selection and adaption expertise, ongoing facilitator support, web hosting, and software tool integration."
Leadership lessons to be found in a round-table of six Hollywood film directors.
The directors include Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant), Ridley Scott (The Martian), Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs) and David O. Russell (Joy).
"Education is far less about a set of facts than a way of thinking," says professor and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss. "And therefore what I always think should be the basis of education is not answers, but questions." In this video interview, Krauss explains why it's vital for young students to be taught more than just basic skills. They need to be taught to solve the sorts of problems not conveyed on a test. An adequate curriculum could only be derived from the wisdom of experts. This is why Krauss supports the idea of a common core, although not one hinged on stringent testing. "Being able to know specifics to pass a test is not the same as being able to understand how to go about answering those questions."
#hashpic is an excellent iPad app for taking picture notes. It’s a powerful and reliable alternative for using your iPad’s camera to snap pictures of things you want to remember. You no longer have to waste those precious moments scrolling through your camera roll to find pictures you have taken awhile ago. With #hashpic you can easily grab a photo and add hashtags to it so you can find it effortlessly. You can even import pictures you already have in your camera roll and hashpic them too.
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