Teachers really want to the ability to display their iPad or their students' iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples.
We teach in amazing times. Just think about the technology that you carry around in your pocket or the things you are able to do on the Internet. Technology makes meaningful collaborative and engaging interactive classroom experiences possible with minimal effort.
Now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools. Here are ten ideas to try in your classroom today.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released practice versions of its online tests for Common Core State Standards in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.
Smarter Balanced is one of two state consortia developing assessments around Common Core standards. The formal online assessments will begin in the 2014-2015 school year.
The practice tests cover both mathematics and English language arts and were developed out of a 5,000-school pilot program involving schools in all 21 of the consortium's governing states. The pilot took place Feb. 20 through May 24 of this year.
Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place. Teachers around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool (including TeachThought’s favorite), and we’ve shared many of these great ideas here with you. Read on, and we’ll explore 60 inspiring ways that teachers and students can put Twitter to work in the classroom.
Editor's Note: Author, Jennifer Sharpe, is Director of Secondary Education for Nash-Rocky Mount Schools and Associate Director/K-12 Liaison for the Tar River Writing Project (TRWP) at East Carolina U (The Writing Workshop: A Valuable Tool for Differentiation...
The new Smart Apps for Special Needs Facebook group is really taking off! And in just a day's work of collaboration, the new team put together this great list of the best apps for sight words. All in response to reader request!
Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you know that mobile learning (or mlearning) is on the rise. New technology is making mobile learning a realty, and the decrease in mlearning device prices is helping with overall adoption.
Google Drive provides many ways to go paperless through sharing and collaboration options. There is not just one single right way to use Google Drive for a paperless classroom. Rather there are many tools and features that can be used on their own or in combination to meet your varying needs.
As I talk with and work with schools and districts interested in using social media they often talk about their communication strategy and how they might use social media in a strategic way. My first reaction is you can’t.
The word “strategic” implies a tactical and deliberate approach. While that might be fine for communication before social media, it doesn’t work so well now. Communication strategies from a organizational perspective was traditionally about “getting the word out”, “keeping stakeholders informed” and these notions are essentially about broadcasting. I noticed a school district who recently purchased brand new signage for their schools to provide a consistent look and message regarding upcoming events. I have no idea the cost and am not suggesting it’s not an important part of the communication strategy but it once again points to an emphasis on broadcasting. These efforts certainly communicate, but they don’t really build community.
Are you planning to incorporate iPad into your classroom next school year ? You probably are already in search for the educational apps to use in your instruction,Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has a rich resource of the most popular educational apps you might need. These apps are organized into different categories pertaining to various content areas. Check out this list to learn more.
Having a repository of handy educational apps is a good thing but is not enough per se. There are several other things that you need to recommend to your students most important of which is an acceptable use policy. You need to set out rules for how to use iPad for educational purposes and explain them to students prior to integrating this device in your teaching.
To help you pave the way for using iPad in your class, I have brought you some great classroom posters to share with your students. Check them out below and let us know what you think of them. Enjoy