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60 iPad productivity apps for modern teachers

60 iPad productivity apps for modern teachers | |

Which is what planning periods are for, yes? Assuming you get one.

And then there are the meetings, good gracious, the meetings–staff meetings, committee meetings, professional learning community meetings, data team meetings, extracurricular team meetings, informal meetings, parent meetings, pre-observation meetings, post-observation meetings.

But technology may be able to help. This list, for example. We’ve offered ideas in the past to help teachers save time, but those can only do so much. As can these apps, but every little bit helps, yes? Your workload, grade level, school climate, personal organizational habits–even beliefs about what a teacher is supposed to be and do all matter more than an app, but if you’re mobile and connected, you at least have a chance.

From RSS readers to social readers to to-do lists to calendar apps to note-taking and cloud-based document editing and more, this list has to have something that can improve the efficiency of what you do.

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6 eLearning strategies to develop deeper learning skills

6 eLearning strategies to develop deeper learning skills | |
Throughout their education, children are taught to retain and digest information in a certain way. Precedence is given to listening and absorbing rather than thinking critically. Effective eLearning strategies can change this mindset by helping them develop deeper learning skills.

These skills allow children to approach problem-solving and decision-making tasks with innovation and creativity. They increase their ability to spot flaws in existing concepts and discover ways to adapt and improve them. As socio-economic issues continue to disrupt global progress, deeper learning skills could present the next generation with the means to ameliorate international relationships and financial deficiencies.

Educators must adopt strategies that strengthen deeper learning. Currently, online training programs offer the best platform for this purpose, delivering 6 unique methods for the development of transferable skills.
Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 23, 11:10 AM
Educators must adopt strategies that strengthen deeper learning. Currently, online training programs offer the best platform for this purpose, delivering 6 unique methods for the development of transferable skills.
Marta Torán's curator insight, March 23, 3:56 PM

Muy interesante. Cómo el eLearning puede propiciar el aprendizaje. 6 estrategias.!

Classroom robotics: Training teachers to code

Classroom robotics: Training teachers to code | |
30 teachers arrived, excited to learn. They rolled up their sleeves and placed laptops and Robot kits on the floor. The room filled with excitement (and laughter!) as everyone tried to come up with different solutions on how to create different programs. The results were hilarious; a robot inspired by Darth Vader, a robot that asked everyone to turn the lights off when it was too bright in the room, and a robot that tricked the teacher to leave the classroom during an exam.

Not bad for a day of “work!”

Training, like above, is what we’re all about at ROBBO. ROBBO is a fun and simple way for absolutely anyone to get introduced to the world of robotics and coding. As a part of one of our many projects, we organized a training weekend for the single purpose of introducing teachers to programming and robotics. The teachers started with simple exercises in RobboScratch, a visual programming environment; moving the character, creating series of multiple commands, and learning the advantages of the infinite loop when making programs.

So, what do we mean about classroom robotics? Our educational robotics consist of two different robots; the Robot kit and the Lab. Both robots are ideal for learning programming, robotics as well as skills in problem-solving, mathematics and physics while working in interactive teams. The Lab includes a microphone, LED-lights, light sensor and a slider and is great for experimenting with different elements such as sound or light and numeric values. Our other robot is the Robot kit, equipped with a motor, which is a fun way to explore everyday technology using a touch sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, line sensors and an LED-light. Our robots are programmed in the visual programming environment RobboScratch, an adapted version of Scratch developed at MIT.
Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 23, 11:17 AM
ROBBO is a fun and simple way for absolutely anyone to get introduced to the world of robotics and coding.!

How to use tech to help graduating students find jobs

How to use tech to help graduating students find jobs | |
As a teacher, you’re fully aware of how much the world is advancing through technology. Undoubtedly, innovation has touched many aspects of how you teach. The Internet has made it easier to gather, evaluate, summarize and disseminate information. If for example, you’re a math teacher, you may refer students struggling to grasp the Pythagorean Theorem to view Khan Academy videos so that they can catch up with the rest of the class.

Since you have probably used the Internet to post your own resume, you know how powerful it can be and how important it is to make your online presence as professional as possible. You can also use your knowledge and experience in job hunting to guide those students who don’t plan on going on to college on how to get internships and entry-level jobs after graduation. Job searching has changed remarkably over the past few years, and if your students are to succeed in the real world, they will have to take a very different approach than your previous graduating classes.
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Why the next 10 years of Edtech will crush the last 10

Why the next 10 years of Edtech will crush the last 10 | |
With some of the biggest names in technology focusing their creative and financial assets on education, edtech will be at the forefront of education reform over the next decade. Bill Gates is investing billions and Mark Zuckerberg 100’s of millions, into the future of learning. We expect Edtech to transform the way we teach and learn.

Standardized testing and core standards are not going away, so many educators are turning to edtech to help them negotiate the demands of this exacting system. There is a growing relationship between these core standards and the personalized learning initiatives being funded by Gates and Zuckerberg. With these big investors at the table, educators are hopeful that the influx of edtech will move well beyond achieving benchmarks on standardized tests
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Make your own workflow

Make your own workflow | |
Perhaps this is something to study more deeply and learn how it is done ‘professionally and properly’, I asked (in that parental way). It turns out that this may be a bad plan. The wisdom of the teaching staff is that there are things to learn about technology but that it is best “to find and develop your own worklflow”. A good studio producer, engineer or whatever will have ways of working that are effective for them and that they have worked out from experience. This is part preference of kit and software, part the ordering of activity and part finding your rhythm Gaining the experience is the education – learning by doing. Creativity is fundamental to the method as well as the music.

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Genera datos en los mapas con MaByCool

Herramienta utilizada para ilustrar datos o resultados sobre un mapa utilizando diferentes colores, símbolos o cifras. Obviamente, las presentaciones de la información utilizando este recurso gráfico las hace extraordinariamente efectivas. Bueno, el Prof. Eloy Caballero, un distinguido profesional español especialista en este recurso ha tenido el deseo y el interés de crear un tutorial de esta herramienta utilizando el Mapa de Puerto Rico. Esto lo ha hecho con total desprendimiento y amor fraternal. Una expresión pura de la solidaridad. Lo que agradecemos infinitamente. Bueno, pero además de enseñar como se usa esta herramienta, en nuestro caso el tutorial ya nos provee el Mapa Mabycool de Puerto Rico, Ya esta hecho. Ya está disponible para ser utilizado como un instrumento de presentación de informes de todo tipo. Asi, que ya lo que tenemos que hacer es descargarlo y comenzar a usarlo.

(Del muro de Facebook de: Eduardo Quijano)

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5 plataformas para hacer educación a distacia

¿Cómo hacer educación a distancia?
Maria Isabel Spano's curator insight, March 20, 11:16 PM
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Complejidad organizacional y educacional!

Complejidad organizacional y educacional! | |
El paisaje de aprendizaje está cambiando rápidamente. Ni siquiera había sido hace tanto tiempo que aprendíamos algo en una determinada fase de nuestra vida, especialmente en la escuela, posiblemente con un pequeño intervalo de unos pocos años más. Luego se fue a trabajar y la mayoría por cierto una vez más ‘en curso’. Si no se necesita realmente desesperadamente ser algo aprendido.

Hoy en día se puede aprender en cualquier momento y en cualquier lugar. No tomará necesariamente en las aulas y en ocasiones rumbo fijo, pero ‘en cualquier lugar’, ‘en cualquier momento’ y el uso de ‘cualquier dispositivo “. Estás en la que ya no depende de los demás, sino que tenga el control, y por lo tanto la clave de su propio éxito. ¿Cuánto usted crece, que usted determine.
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El Sistema nunca favorecerá la innovación, sí la mediocridad!

El Sistema nunca favorecerá la innovación, sí la mediocridad! | |
El futuro es incierto, ya que especialmente en nuestro mundo latino existe una gran valla que vencer, un cuello de botella central: prejuicios y dogmas, dominios limitantes de pensamiento, los cuales justamente se arraigan en el ámbito intelectual y evitan una discusión con los hechos, no con las meras teorías.

Debido a los cambios cada vez mas rápidos de las condiciones de entorno, hoy es posible mejorarlo todo continuamente. Lo que hoy es "top tecnología", mañana deja de serlo. Pero esto no solo es válido para la tecnología, sino en todo orden de cosas.

Muchas personas y empresas se esfuerzan en innovar en todo simultáneamente. Debido a ello dispersan sus medios y fuerzas, sin poder alcanzar en ningún campo una innovación trascendental.
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Un nuevo método Evaluador: TEG

Un nuevo método Evaluador: TEG | |

TEG: Tú Eres Grande.

El Método TEG empieza con una larga reflexión personal por parte del docente, realizando muchas observaciones, anotaciones y reflexiones; y finaliza con un encuentro con cada estudiante.

Este encuentro debe hacerse en lugar tranquilo y sin tener prisas por acabarlo. En él se inicia la conversación con el discente siempre repitiendo la misma frase: Creo que Tú Eres Grande. Seguidamente, se le explica qué es lo que gusta de su comportamiento y trabajo, en qué ha mejorado o en qué debe seguir mejorando, cómo ha colaborado y qué ha aportado al grupo. Mientras esto sucede, se les anima a que participen en la conversación, dando su opinión, para que sean ellos los grandes protagonistas.

Después de poner este Método a prueba desde hace algún tiempo, puedo constatar cómo las caras de los alumnos cambian, sufriendo una gran transformación. De una cierta desubicación inicial, sus cuerpos pierden tensión, sus caras se iluminan y se emocionan. Se animan a explicar cómo se sienten, qué creen que han aprendido o qué les ha faltado por hacer.

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What keeps students motivated to learn?

What keeps students motivated to learn? | |
Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations remain between adults. The real test of any idea is in the classroom, though students are rarely asked about what they think about their education.

A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the “deeper learning” movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one in which students want to participate.
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11 motivos por los que los docentes no están utilizando las TIC

11 motivos por los que los docentes no están utilizando las TIC | |
John T. Spencer analiza, en EducationRethink, los principales motivos que llevan a un desuso de las nuevas tecnologías en las aulas; ¿Qué pasa exactamente? ¿Qué piensa al respecto?

Técnicamente todas las herramientas son tecnología (en un sentido literal), lo se. Sin embargo, ahora mismo pienso en ordenadores, tablets y dispositivos móviles; tengo que admitir que esta lista de motivos por los que los profesores y las profesoras no utilizan las nuevas tecnologías se limita a mi contexto local y a mi experiencia, con lo cual no pretende ser exhaustiva, pero ahí va:
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Top 10 foros educativos via Twitter

Top 10 foros educativos via Twitter | |
¿Te gustaría prepararte profesionalmente con lo último en educación y tecnología de manera gratuita? Entonces la opción es "Twitter Chats", es decir foros educativos . Estos foros se lleva a cabo cuando un grupo de educadores "se encuentran" en Twitter en un tiempo acordado, mediante un acuerdo con la misma etiqueta o hashtag para discutir temas de interés en la educación. Estos foros o chats son muy comunes sobre todo en Estados Unidos, Canada, Australia, Inglaterra, Sudáfrica, etc.. Proporcionan una oportunidad única para los educadores en discutir temas específicos de interés y conectarse con colegas de todo el mundo. Los profesores que participan en estos foros educativos se actualizan en las nuevas tendencias pedagógicas, maximizan los resultados en sus prácticas profesionales, colaborando en proyectos locales y globales, proporcionando ideas, recursos e inspirando a otros educadores a revolucionar la educación.
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Genera imágenes sociales con Easil

Genera imágenes sociales con Easil | |

Easil es una web gratuita para crear imágenes sociales, banners, posters, documentos y todo tipo de gráficos. Easil es una utilidad web muy útil para bloggers, marketeros, creadores de contenidos, publicistas, periodistas y en general para cualquier usuario que necesite crear una imagen profesional sin tener nociones de diseño.



  • Aplicación web, con una modalidad totalmente gratuita, para crear imágenes profesionales.
  • Cualquiera puede crear imágenes espectaculares, no se necesitan conocimientos en diseño.
  • Crea todo tipo de imágenes: banners, imágenes sociales, posters, documentos, anuncios, presentaciones, etc.
  • La versión gratuita permite exportar las creaciones en formato PNG.
  • Las modalidades de pago cuentan con más plantillas y permiten exportar las creaciones en más formatos, por ejemplo PDF.
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25 ways that EdTech benefits teachers and students

25 ways that EdTech benefits teachers and students | |
EdTech is everywhere in today’s classrooms, with more teachers using technology than ever before. But what are the real benefits of using tech in the classroom? Let’s take a look at some of the ways EdTech benefits both teachers and students.
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How to create a Learning Culture and help your organization grow

How to create a Learning Culture and help your organization grow | |
You can’t touch it, or smell it, or taste it. But you know it’s there.

It’s like a feeling, an energy, something that moves you to act without predetermination or intention.

And no, it’s not your favorite Beatles song, making you tap your foot to the rhythm like a puppet on a string. We’re talking about something far more powerful, and slightly more constructive.

We’re talking, of course, about organizational culture.

Organizational What?

Initially sidelined as a ‘wishy-washy HR concept’, organizational culture has earned its recognition as one of the most influential assets an organization can possess today.

A unique, immeasurable combination of the shared intellect, informal habits, attitudes and knowledge that shape how you do business. Like an invisible perfume scenting every team, process, and task.

And because it’s intangible, organizational culture is one of the few assets that are inimitable. Unlike technologies, ideas, and skills, which are frequently copied by the competition, this asset remains unique to the business in which it lives. A key competitive advantage.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?
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Learning outside your Comfort Zone

Learning outside your Comfort Zone | |
When we learn something outside the comfort zone, we attempt to acquire knowledge or skills in an area where we’re lacking. Part of the discomfort derives from learning something we anticipate will be difficult. We have no idea how to do it, or we think it requires abilities we don’t have or have in meager amounts. Moreover, poor performance or outright failure lurk as likely possibilities. In other words, it’s going to be hard and require concentration, and what we’re struggling to do, others can accomplish beautifully, seemingly without effort. Their skills, and our obvious lack of them, raise questions about our merits as a learner and maybe even our worth as a person.
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12 potential education technology implementation pitfalls and ways to avoid them

12 potential education technology implementation pitfalls and ways to avoid them | |
After several decades of managing technology projects, I have enjoyed a good number of successes, but have also had the good fortune of being involved in some failures. Indeed, failure is an opportunity – a chance to learn how one might avoid repeating oversights or ill-formed assumptions that contributed to failure.

Experience, coupled with formal learning about the project management process, have taught me a number of consistent potential pitfalls that often accompany technology implementation projects. Following are twelve possible problem points for most education technology rollout efforts, and some thoughts on how to avoid falling into these traps (or at least how to be better prepared for them). These are really just fundamental concepts from the discipline of project management, adapted to instructional technology projects and the educational environment.
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How to use technology to help your Generation Z student learn

How to use technology to help your Generation Z student learn | |
Generation Z is the latest generation of students to go through the education system. This tech-savvy generation is keen to use technology, but they need guidance to help them make the most of its benefits.

Here are some tips for using technology to improve Gen Z student learning.
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Kids learn better when playing with robots

Kids learn better when playing with robots | |
For many students, math and science have always been boring subjects, too bogged down with technical details to ever be fun or exciting. Teachers have long tried a variety of strategies to get students excited about STEM. It turns out, one of the best ways to get kids pumped about STEM is through the use of robots.

Robots are naturally fun and exciting for kids. When they think of robotics, they might think of their favorite cartoons or superheroes. Learning how they can actually build and use robots is a great way to incorporate STEM into the curriculum without losing students’ interest.

The use of robotics is on the rise in today’s world, and allowing students to play with robots and learn how they work can have huge benefits for them. Not only does it give them a head start in subjects like computer programming, math, and science, it can also spark an interest in careers students may have never considered before.
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Aprendiendo nuevas habilidades en el siglo 21

Aprendiendo nuevas habilidades en el siglo 21 | |
El mundo en que vivimos está cambiando rápidamente y ya no podemos depender de las instituciones educativas convencionales para aprender a enfrentar los grandes desafíos del mercado laboral del milenio. Lamentablemente, la velocidad de cambio del sistema universitario se desplaza demasiado lento con respecto al movimiento universal. De modo que, cualquiera que sea su título académico, es inevitable perder una fracción del tiempo para mantener activo su nivel de empleabilidad. Por tanto, la única manera de estar al día y listos para hacerle frente a los retos del del siglo 21 es cuidar de sus propias necesidades de aprendizaje. Entonces, ¿qué pueden hacer? ¿por dónde iniciar? A continuación, les comparto algunas ideas para convertirlos en profesionales polivalentes de utilidad social:
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10 ventajas educativas de que los docentes trabajen en equipo

10 ventajas educativas de que los docentes trabajen en equipo | |
Con los nuevos paradigmas educativos, la figura y el rol del docente cambia. Ya no se trata de la persona que centraliza todo el conocimiento, sino que adquiere un rol de guía y acompañante en el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Al mismo tiempo, comienzan a valorarse las múltiples ventajas de trabajar en equipo frente a la antigua idea que concebía la docencia como una actividad profesional individual.

Y tú, ¿todavía no aprovechas todas las ventajas de trabajar en equipo? Con los consejos que te proponemos, ¡ya no tendrás excusa!
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La receta infalible: ¿Qué sistema educativo es el mejor?

La receta infalible: ¿Qué sistema educativo es el mejor? | |

No existe sistema educativo perfecto que todo lo solucione. Mucho menos, que pueda importarse. Es imposible que un sistema asentado en una sociedad desde hace décadas funcione inmediatamente y por imperativo de ley en una sociedad alejada del contexto en el que se originó. No hay receta porque cada sistema educativo responde a la idiosincrasia de una sociedad. Podemos y debemos aprender de los mejores, pero no podemos trasplantarlo tal cual, a botepronto y sin reflexión; a lo sumo, habrá detalles inspiradores (y no es poco) o recursos o cuestiones prácticas. Nos fijaremos en la cartelería, en el nombre de las asignaturas o en su distribución a lo largo de la semana. Pero lo importante quedará, valga la ironía, como asignatura pendiente. Me refiero al hecho de que el sistema educativo responda a una concepción social (la que tenemos y la que queremos generar).

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How to develop effective Edtech integration

How to develop effective Edtech integration | |

We are living in the era of innovation where innovative minds are the determinants of their nations’ futures. 21st century learners should acquire the needed skills for the projected innovation era that is emerging. Education nowadays is confronted, like never before, by the challenge that is how to prepare learners for a relatively unpredictable future. With the ubiquitous impact that technology has, educators hold hope that this impact will be the silver bullet for the aspired education reform. However, the integration of technology in learning is still undergoing a renovation process.

Via Ines Bieler
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10 tips for EdTech entrepreneurs

10 tips for EdTech entrepreneurs | |
Edtech entrepreneurs all set out with good intentions; to better education. While noble, these intentions are met with many obstacles and failure is easy. Only 14% of teachers use digital curricula weekly. So while the doors of opportunity seem open, the market is saturated with products that never make their way into the classroom. If edtech entrepreneurs are to flourish, they need to address the fears that educators have about technology while pushing innovation. Below are 10 Tips for EdTech Entrepreneurs
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