American teens spend an average of seven hours a day connected to their electronic devices (computers, phones, etc.). So it you want to get into the hearts and minds of young people today, you have to where they are: online.
Composing a story from scratch comes naturally to some people. For the rest of us creating a story from scratch can be a struggle. Over the years I’ve found that using pictures helps a lot of students get started on crafting stories. In some cases I’ve had students create collages to represent elements of a story. In other cases I’ve had them choose five pictures and write two hundred words about each. Being asked to write two hundred words about five pictures feels a lot less daunting than being asked to write one thousand words in one shot.
The very basics of what to do when making educational videos for flipping a class. Many thanks to Jaclyn Pessel @chempessel, Meghan Klement @klemistry and Cara Johnson @AHSAnatomy for volunteering to be in this video!
Content Times: 0:12 Turn off your phone 0:36 Silence extraneous noises 1:00 Post a “Do Not Disturb” sign 1:26 Make sure you are actually recording 1:41 Look at the camera 2:08 Think about the video background 2:30 Remain stationary 2:52 Use big text 3:44 DON’T USE ALL CAPS! 3:55 Use drop shadow 4:20 Video length 4:53 Speak at a normal pace 5:22 Summary
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps a lesson that engages a student's visual perception is worth a thousand lectures. Here are some tools to help craft visuals to augment your next lesson.
Ahh, in service. Whether it is at the beginning of the school year, end of the school year, or smack dab in the middle of the school year…it seems like there is never a good time for school-wide in service. Part of the problem I had with in service as a teacher is that it …
"As teachers, when we lecture, we have the best of intentions. We have a concept we want the class to understand, so we stand and explain it to them. We give them background. Offer details. Anticipate and pre-empt common misconceptions. Illuminate the more entertaining bits. Emphasize the nuance."
If you haven’t yet adopted Twitter as one of your go-to places for professional development and/or sharing pertinent info with coworkers, students and parents, you really don’t know what you’re missing! And it’s not just the latest celebrity drama!
Seriously, despite the 140 character minimum, tweets—articles, thoughts, opinions, inspiration, quotes, images and more—allow like-minded individuals (you and me) to connect, collaborate, discuss, exchange and even debate all sorts of ideas with virtual colleagues. Whether it’s best practices, instructional strategies, the latest and greatest tech tools or an innovative project, invaluable information is just a hastag away!
Check out the infographic below for an A-Z list of ways educators can utilize one of the most popular social media platforms on the edtech scene to make meaningful connections with others.
"Today, we are sharing with you some great web tools that you can use to create your own posters and customize them the way you want. Check out the list below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy."
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