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Teach your students about the four different types of bullying

Teach your students about the four different types of bullying | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Bullying has become a very popular word amongst school age children. 

However, this word is often misunderstood.  Bullying is action(s) repeated
over and over again by an individual or group of people with the intent to
harm either physically, verbally, socially (emotionally), or through cyber
sources. 

This lesson will discuss and explore the different types of bullying and
provide students with the opportunity to identify the various types.

Click here to download the free 5 page lesson plan.
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Google's Sneaky Calculator

Google's Sneaky Calculator | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
So a couple of months back I posted a short article about Google's Sneaky
Timer that is built into it's search engine. 

It seems as though Google is forever revealing new tools to us that very
few of us know even existed, and the calculator definitely fits that
category too.

Simply type a sum into Google ie: 34*6 or 2+2 and shazam it will not only
spit out the correct answer but provide you with a decent simple and / or
scientific calculator if you really want to settle in for a while.

A colleague of mine also advise me that if you turn your monitor upside
down you may be able to spell "boobs." if you punch in the right sum!! 
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Will Apple's new device enrollment program make iPad management easier for schools?

Will Apple's new device enrollment program make iPad management easier for schools? | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Last week I wrote an article about an alternative method to setting up a
collection of school owned iPad's as it is a common problem often
overlooked by many schools in the excitement of purchasing a class or
school set of iPad's.

Whilst Apple has succeeded in dominating the 'classroom device' market with
the iPad, it has had some failures in trying to deploy them in manner in
which schools and parents can feel confident they are being used with
educational intent and, as though the school has control of the situation. 

Volume Purchasing of apps has not been particularity well received by many
schools prompting Apple to rethink the entire program late last year.

Now we have the Device enrollment Program as a result of this process.  The
Device Enrollment Program simplifies initial setup by automating mobile
device management (MDM) enrollment and supervision of devices during setup
and enabling you to manage the devices without touching them. To further
simplify the process, it’s now even easier to skip certain Setup Assistant
screens so users can start using their devices right out of the box.

Zero-touch configuration

With the Device Enrollment Program, large-scale deployments of iPad,
iPhone, and Mac are seamless for IT.  You can automate MDM enrollment for
ever y device, so upon activation you can immediately configure account
settings, apps, and access to IT services over the air. There’s no need for
staging services, and no need for IT to physically access each device to
complete the setup.

Mandatory and lockable MDM enrollment

The Device Enrollment Program enables you to automatically manage all your
institutionally owned devices.  While completing the Setup Assistant, the
device can be preconfigured to require automatic enrollment into MDM. This
ensures that devices are configured based on your institution’s
requirements, and guarantees that all users get the same setup on their
devices. You can also lock users’ device in MDM for ongoing management.

Wireless supervision

Supervision mode provides a higher level of device management for
institutionally owned iOS devices.  It allows additional restrictions, such
as turning off iMessage or Game Center, and it provides additional device
configurations and features, such as web content filtering and single-app
mode. You can wirelessly enable Supervision mode on a device as a part of
the setup process.

Streamlined Setup Assistant

The Device Enrollment Program makes it even easier to set up users on iPad,
iPhone, or Mac. After you’ve configured devices through your MDM solution,
users are guided through the activation process with the built-in Setup
Assistant. You can streamline the Setup Assistant even further by
specifying that certain screens be skipped. See the Deploying Devices
section below for a complete list of screens that can be skipped during the
Setup Assistant

It is great to see something happening in this space and Apple being
proactive to ensure schools feel as though they are getting support around
the use and implementation of the iPad in education.

The device enrollment guide can be downloaded here.
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Teach your students how to create and interpret bar graphs

Teach your students how to create and interpret bar graphs | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Learning Intention / Overview

In this activity students will develop an understanding of bar graphs.  A
bar graph uses horizontal or vertical bars to organize and display data for
quick easy generalizations.  The bars represent amounts or qualities of
things being compared.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

Individual Practice

Group Discussion

Personalized Learning Task

Assessment of Learning

Bar Graph Sheet (included)

Individualized Learning (Student Bar Graphs)

Performance Task 1 and 2

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Teach your students about Internet Safety

Teach your students about Internet Safety | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Learning Intention / Overview

Now, more than ever, protecting oneself online is very important.  There
are a variety of crimes, including identity theft and cyber bullying that
require us to inform our children about the dangers of the Internet.  Yes,
it is a great tool that makes life more interactive and engaging, but users
must be well-informed.  This discovery/inquiry lesson puts students in the
driver’s seat to acquiring knowledge about cyber bullying and related
Internet safety tips. 

Methods / Teaching Strategies

·        Research Project

·        Multimedia Presentation

·        Discovery/Inquiry

 

Assessment of Learning

·        Internet safety PowerPoint presentation

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Hate grading essays a little less with Google Forms

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Holy Google Forms Batman! Great system.

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a great use of Google forms for essay marking rubric.

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700 iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!!!

700 iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!!! | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
If you would like more iPad resources, visit my blog www.techchef4u.com, download the TechChef4u app, or find all things TechChef4u at www.kimtag.com/techchef4u.
Also check out the new TechChef4u FB!

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iPad para todo el mundo ...

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Interesting Resource for iLearn

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How to write a great essay in ten simple steps

How to write a great essay in ten simple steps | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Thanks to
schoolAtoZ for these great tips
for parents, teachers and students about writing essays. Many students get anxious about how to
approach an essay, but these ten tips will make it a logical
and simple process.
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Science & Technology: Lesson Plans and Teaching I

Science & Technology:  Lesson Plans and Teaching I | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Free Science Teaching ideas ans Lesson Plans for science and technology teachers and Students
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PRINTABLE GRAPH & GRID PAPER OF ALL SIZES

PRINTABLE GRAPH & GRID PAPER OF ALL SIZES | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
It can be hard to find simple graph or grid paper when you need it in the classroom or if you are working at home. So I have made up a variety of common sized graph paper for you to download and use for FREE.
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The Ultimate Guide to Garageband for Educators

The Ultimate Guide to Garageband for Educators | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Garageband has been a huge success in revitalising Apple’s fortunes over the last few years for a number of reasons. It is dead simple for complete beginners to utilise as a live music recorder, track looper or podcast creation tool.
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10 great activities to break the ice with your students

10 great activities to break the ice with your students | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Starting the school year or walking into a new room every day as a substitute can become pretty draining and confronting for both teachers and students.
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Using riddles to develop student's vocabulary skills

Using riddles to develop student's vocabulary skills | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
The riddle is a misleading or puzzling question that people pose as a
problem to be solved.    In past cultures the riddle was often used as a
guessing game from folklore. 

Folklore incorporated riddles to boost creative thinking and logic.  In
addition riddles that are well written help with vocabulary development and
understanding. Students become more aware of how to solve riddles by
reading the clues that are written describing people, animals, places, or
objects.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

·        Modeled Practice

·        Questioning

·        Individual Task

Assessment of Learning

·         Riddles Worksheet (provided)

·         Demonstrated an understanding of writing clues to describe
people, animals, places, or objects by writing a riddle

 

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A dozen ways for teachers to use Google Doc's Collaboratively

A dozen ways for teachers to use Google Doc's Collaboratively | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
So if you are not using Google Doc's to share your documents and
information with other people then you are really not using Google Doc's to
it's potential.

Sharing, collaborating and privacy are all concepts that you really need to
get your head around if you are going to ensure that information you share
with parents, students and other teachers stays confidential when it needs
to, and hits the world stage when required.

These 12 simple tips from Google's support section are an excellent
starting point to get a grip around collaborating on Google Docs.

Shared folders Create shared folders and drag-and-drop items from other
folders.

Privacy: You can choose to have documents published publicly or privately.

Share, don’t email: Instead of emailing docs back and forth, type in email
addresses of people you’d like to share your Google document with, and
they’ll be sent an editable, web copy. This also ensures you’re always
working on the same document.

Make changes at the same time: You and your classmates can log into the
same document at the same time to make edits.

Share a folder: Share entire groups of documents saved in a single file
with coworkers and students.

Invite mailing lists as collaborators: You can share a document with all
members of your email mailing lists with this function.

Make a presentation in real-time: Invite others to view a presentation
you’ve made as you see it too.

Data validation: Make sure everyone is entering data into the spreadsheet
the same way by controlling data validation settings.

Allow people to edit without signing in: This means anyone, even if they
don’t have a Google account, can sign in and edit your piece.

Remove collaborators: If you want to take someone off a project, click None
next to the name of the person you want to remove.

Forum: If you get stuck with a docs problem, you can head over to the
forums and find help from other users.

Change ownership: Switch ownership of Google docs as project leaders
change.

 
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5 proofreading tips every teacher and student should know.

5 proofreading tips every teacher and student should know. | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Proofreading is a skill which generally gets tougher the longer you write. 
Proofreading does not solely consist of spell checking or computerized
analysis of grammar.  It is a skill that must be performed by someone who
is in a clear state of mind and is aware of the common pitfalls of poor
writing.

Here are five tips that will assist teachers and students in becoming a
better proof-reader.

Clear your mind and concentrate on the task at hand:  Before you start
ensure you have an open and receptive state of mind.  Remove yourself from
any distractions such as music, distracting digital devices and set
yourself a time frame for the task at hand.  For example for the next 10
minutes this is my prime task.  After that stand up, change your mental and
physical state for a moment.

Get a print out if possible:  I know we try and advocate the paperless
office as much as possible, but you will have a different experience
reading a printout than reading from the screen you have been staring at
for the last two hours.  It only needs to happen once, it might be the
first or last proofread.  That’s up to you but if you value the process it
is a cheap price to pay.  And always remember to recycle when you are done.

Always read for meaning first:  Ask yourself if I am reading this as a
complete novice does it make sense?  Is the language audience appropriate?
Spelling, punctuation and grammar will come next but don’t waste your time
editing a grammatically perfect text that simply doesn’t make sense in the
first place. It’s tough but try not to get side-tracked just yet.

Homonyms, contractions and apostrophes are your enemy.  Assuming you can
spell, or access a decent spell checker at the least these three elements
of writing will be the most deceptive be aware of the following.

Homonyms are words which share the same spelling or pronunciation, but have
different meanings. If you confuse ‘bare’ with ‘bear’ you might make your
audience grizzle.

Don’t let contractions get you down.  ‘Your’ and ‘You’re’ are often
confused be aware of these.

Apostrophes should never be used to create plurals.  Be consciously aware
of seeking them out.

Get a second set of eyes:  No matter how many times you read a piece of
text it is easy to misread what you want to see, not exactly what is in
front of you.  Get a friend or someone else to read your text and get them
involved later in the process than earlier.  As soon as they read a heap of
early mistakes they will create a negative approach to the rest of the
paper.

I’d love to hear if you have any other tips.
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How to set up and implement Apple TV in your classroom in under 5 minutes

How to set up and implement Apple TV in your classroom in under 5 minutes | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
If you are using iPads in your classroom without the Apple TV Unit you are
really only getting half the experience.

This great video from square group will explain to the uninitiated the
process of getting started with Apple TV in your classroom including the
setup and some basic teaching ideas.  It might be of use to convince your
principal or staff mates that Apple TV's are the way to go.

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Hundreds of great teaching ideas and resources to teach your students to write more effectively.

Hundreds of great teaching ideas and resources to teach your students to write more effectively. | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
When you have been collating lesson plans, teaching resources, videos,
posters and tech tools to to help improve students writing skills for five
years the collection can become quite large.

Today I have collated all of those articles for you to browse and use with
your students.  Literally hundred's of great ideas for students of all
ages.

As always, everything free to download and please be sure to leave a
comment under anything that takes your fancy.

Click here to access all of our writing resources

Click here to access all our writing prompts and inspiration
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Teach your students how to write letters emails and letters correctly.

Teach your students how to write letters emails and letters correctly. | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Email has changed the face of communication.  What used to take days or
even weeks to reach recipients can now be sent with the click of a button. 
Even with these modern technologies in place, students should still be
aware of how to impress companies, prospective employers, and others with
their ability to compose a letter in correct business letter format.  This
on-demand practice prompt provides a valid reason that guides students
through including the correct parts to a business letter.   

Click here to download the prompt and lesson plan.
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Google Drive for Teachers with 'How-to' video links

Google Drive for Teachers with 'How-to' video links | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Google has tripled free storage space, across Gmail, Google+ and Drive, bringing the total to 15GB. This is a serious move by Google as it places the company at the forefront of cloud based solutio...

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Through these series of videos teachers will explore the advantages of using Google Drive and implementing this tool in learning and teaching events. Sharing books and creating folders with data will facilite our job.
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Over 40 Lesson Ideas Based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Over 40 Lesson Ideas Based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Charlie and the Chocolate factory is one of the most popular children's books of all time. It is a brilliantly written story by Author Roald Dahl and there has been two starkly different, but very popular films based on it.
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The Ultimate Guide to Writing Information Reports

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Information Reports | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Teachers and students will hopefully find this set of lessons included in the PowerPoint below really useful in teaching students about writing information reports. It is suitable for students of all ages.
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Teaching Poetry: Rhythm, Rhyme & Alliteration

Teaching Poetry: Rhythm, Rhyme & Alliteration | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
I came across this great lesson plan about teaching rhythm, rhyme and alteration in poetry. It does a great job at pointing out the process of creating rhyming patterns and sounds through common poems we all know.
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The Ultimate Guide to Garageband for Educators

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Garageband has been a huge success in revitalising Apple’s fortunes over the last few years for a number of reasons. It is dead simple for complete beginners to utilise as a live music recorder, track looper or podcast creation tool.
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Awesome trick lesson to convince your students to follow instructions.

Awesome trick lesson to convince your students to follow instructions. | Edgalaxy - Cool stuff for nerdy teachers | Scoop.it
Jarrod Sing, a colleague of mine passed on this excellent resource which I would highly recommend to anybody teaching students aged 9 - 90.
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