T.H.E. Journal asked educators for the most creative storytelling apps available, and we did a little digging on our own, too. The tools and apps we found turn students into novelists, artists, and moviemakers.
eltpics is a free photographic resource for teachers, created by teachers (crowdsourcing). All photographs are creative commons, so if you want to use them, all you need to do is credit the photographer.
How do we keep the focus of technology powered learning experiences on content and avoid being consumed by teaching students how to use the technology? A tool that I’ve found to be particularly effective is the use of screencasts. A screencast is a narrated video that captures what takes place on a computer screen. Let’s explore some powerful ways to use screencasts to maximize instructional time and keep the focus on the content.
Heralded as a technology of the future, many expect that it will be a while before augmented reality sees widespread adoption, especially in education where the annual K-12 Horizon Report, which analyzes trends in education technology, puts its projected time to adoption in the classroom at four to five years from now.
But students at the Calgary Science School in Alberta, Canada have been experimenting with augmented reality on iPads for close to a year now, using apps that leverage the tablet’s real-time camera display to design projects that add new layers of understanding to the world around them.
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
"As the name implies, PenPal News connects classrooms across the U.S. and the world to create electronic PenPal relationships. But rather than just connecting classes, PenPal News connects classes to discuss current events. To help students understand the topics that they're discussing with their penpals, PenPal News provides short video introductions and articles about each topic.
PenPal News is currently connecting classrooms in the United States to discuss issues related to the Presidential Election. Next semester PenPal News will connect classrooms internationally to discuss world events."
"One the great things about digital resources is how easily and quickly they can be adapted to real-time events. This is great for teacher and student alike – rather than plough on with the same old content, suddenly you can use material that reflects news and the world calendar. Take Halloween, for example. . . . It’s ideal source material for motivating students of all ages. So what can digital publishers offer us?"
Using infographics in instruction is an innovative and engaging way to ensure that the message you are sharing is visually appealing and easily digested by your students.
They allow students to comprehend, interpret, and analyze complex information in a quick and clear manner. This combined with the brain research to support why infographics are so effective gives teachers a powerful new tool to use for teaching and learning.
"We live in a world where technology allows us to compensate for almost any deficiencies in knowledge nearly as quickly as we could recall the information if we had learned it previously. While there is a certain amount of general, background knowledge needed to even be able to know where to look for new information, the concept of "knowing" something is irreversibly changing to "locating" something, and often seeking that knowledge from social sources rather than established experts. Given this dramatic shift in what it means to "know" something, it seems reasonable to think that a shift in priorities for education would be justified.
Being able to think creatively and critically, solve problems, evaluate information, be a self-directed learner, use advanced communication tools, and understand the societal rules by which the world and its information-based economy operate, are more critical skills than are knowing specific algebraic equations, the atomic weight of cobalt, or how to wire a lamp, when any of those things can be looked up online and a video can be watched to explain any process. So the answer is that yes, until the Internet crashes and we revert to some previous economic model, these vague 21st Century skills really do need to be the focus of education. The thing is that they are not really that vague at all. They are just more abstract than Shakespearean drama, or the area of a rectangle. The real trick is in figuring out how to assess that students are gaining these skills and to demonstrate that they really are critical in the Digital Age."
Create an interactive online lesson with this brilliant site. Upload and curate all the resources for a lesson in one place and access them with one click. The site works with Office files, PDFs, flash files, small videos file, images, Youtube videos, internet links and even connects to Google Drive and Dropbox. Then simply share the link with anyone who need to use view it.
This was the title of a webinar presented by Adrian Tennant as part of the MacMillan series. What follows is a summary of the session.
Adrian began by telling us that two or three 50-word texts should generate five or six hours of teaching. . . . we don't even need 50 words. For example, we should treat a picture as a text. Remember the saying: 'A picture is worth a thousand words'.
When dealing with academic texts, you must be very adept at reading. Soon returning to my MA studies, I can honestly say I'm not looking forward to jumping deeply into the majority of academic texts I face reading, with their ...
"Zopler is an interesting free service for collaboratively writing stories. The basic idea behind Zopler is to enable the creation of community-crafted stories. Here's how it works; as a member of Zopler you can start a story with as little as one sentence or as much as 1000 words. Your story starter can include images too. Then you can make your story starter public or private. If you make it public, any Zopler member can add to it. If you make it private, only those people that you approve can add to your story. Contributions to stories can be voted up or down by other contributors to the same story."
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