The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events.
We’re teachers… So, by nature we’re the type to set the goal of being the absolute best we can be for our students. Part of the equation in striving to provide the best education possible involves acquiring and/or honing the digital skills necessary to transform teaching and learning in our classrooms.
That said, hopefully you have set goals for 2016 focusing on technology integration. If not, here are a few suggestions that can surely help you power up your knowledge—which, of course, will result in a variety of authentic, engaging and real-world learning experiences for your students. How could you go wrong!
Check out the interactive infographic show below—one that highlights 16 ways you can incorporate some tech into your classroom. And don’t forget to hover over the visual to reveal hotspots linking you to some useful resources to kick start your journey into the digital world!
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. -Plutarch Each Friday, we take a break from our Writing Workshop activities and work in our poetry notebooks. Young children love poems and songs. Every week, we have a designated poem that goes with our unit. I have made a poster out of it and…
Weebly for Education offers a good platform for creating a classroom blog. One of the perks of Weebly for Education is that you can create and manage your students' accounts from one central dashboard. Weebly for Education also offers all of the great templates and content management tools that has made Weebly one of the most popular tools on the web for creating blogs and websites.
iOS for iPad has dramatically improved multitasking with Spit View dual-pane apps and its counterpart, Slide Over. The Slide Over feature lets you quickly reference, use, and access secondary apps on the iPad without having to enter into full fledged split screen app mode, and without having to switch apps. This feature is great for quickly replying to an email, message, checking Twitter, making a note, or doing quick tasks in another app where you don’t want to lose the primary app focus on an iPad.
"I have been using centers in the library for several years now and absolutely love them. They work really well at giving students choices of activities to do after the lesson and checking out new books. Now that I have 50-minute library classes as part of the Special's rotation, this has proven to be beneficial. If you haven't started centers in your own library and you're interested in starting, you can read about my journey here.
Over the last year, though, I have begun to read more and more about Makerspaces. They intrigued me, and it seemed like a natural progression from what I had been doing with my library centers. So, like most things, I decided to dive head first into trying them in my library this year.
I started off researching ideas from another amazing librarian in my district, Tracey Rice. She has been the brave pioneer that tried Makerspaces in her library already and created this great Symbaloo of ideas and resources."
Libraries are one of the fastest-evolving learning spaces. As many resources move online, and teachers require students to collaborate more and demonstrate their learning, librarians are trying to keep up. Some are even spearheading the changes. Public libraries have led the effort to provide access to 21st century technologies and learning resources, but now university and K-12 libraries are beginning to catch up. Makerspaces are one way a few groundbreaking libraries are trying to provide equal access to exciting technologies and skills.
I was not one of those LEGO® kids growing up. Sure, my brothers had LEGO bricks, and every so often I’d kidnap some tiny LEGO men for a make-believe game. But I didn’t truly appreciate the engineering capacity of those studded plastic bricks. They were just so rigidly rectangular! As an adult, I’ve come to appreciate LEGO, both for its rectilinear aesthetic, and even more so, for its mathematical might. In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative! Read on for a sampling of math activities that use LEGO pieces to build and reinforce key math concepts.
This is a kid-friendly social network and book discovery tool that ignites a love of reading in elementary and middle school students. It’s like Goodreads made just for young people with built-in edtech tools for teachers.
As teachers, we are most familiar and comfortable with “inside sharing.” Inside sharing includes student work we post on the walls of our classroom and school hallways, and the ideas we share in hallway conversations, at lunch, or in the teachers lounge.
iOS 9 brings several new features to the iPad keyboard. One of the best is "trackpad mode". With it, you can quickly and easily switch from text entry to cursor movement, so you can put the insertion or selection point exactly where you want it.
"Below is a chart we have created specifically for teachers keen on using and integrating animations and video materials in their instruction. The apps work perfectly on iPad and cover five main categories: apps for creating tutorials and video lessons, apps for creating stop motion videos, apps for creating stop motion videos, apps for annotating videos, apps for creating documentary videos, and apps for creating green screen videos."
Gnowledge is free for everyone to use, including students, educators and parents. Exercises and test papers can be entered into the website by anyone, are categorized by title, subject, grade, school and/or country. Upon submission, these test papers are then made publicly available for everyone to use.
Over sixty years ago, our dear friend Benjamin Bloom chaired the committee of educators responsible for delivering what we all know today as Bloom’s Taxonomy (a bit rich naming it after himself, but it does have a more catchy ring than Krathwohl‘s Taxonomy). As a key foundation to many modern teaching philosophies, Bloom’s Taxonomy gives a theoretical progression to help classify learning objectives.
While this theoretical model is the backbone for many of our education systems, turning the theory it into real classroom tasks requires a more practical slant on the taxonomy. In an effort to turn a high level taxonomy into meaningful classroom learning experiences a number of educators have translated each definition into a set of actionable Bloom’s Taxonomy verbs. The below chart visualizes each level of the taxonomy, offering verbs that can be used to traverse a wide range of thinking skills and provide hands-on ideas and inspiration for practical classroom activities.
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