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Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 is open and will take place during the Summer of 2013. This is the 7th Annual Survey of Learning Tools – and the Top 100 Tools 2013 list will be...
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This is always a great survey of what people are using. Be sure to submit your votes!!!
By Med Kharbach
Mashable calls it a second brain, Evernote is a powerful productivity app that, I believe, every teacher should be using. I know you probably have heard and read a lot about it but that elephant logo is still sitting there lonely and unused. It is about time to tap into to and discover its marvels.
Evernote is definitely one of the apps I use everyday. It helps me stay organized and scales up my productivity. However, the app has even more to offer when used with other partner apps. These apps are particularly useful in expanding Evernote functionality and in providing you with a richer and organized experience.
Here is a round-up of the apps I curated for you and which you can use with your Evernote to tap into its education potential.
It starts with an image. Present ideas. Pack it full of content. Create links to amazing sites. Explore, share and create with ThingLink in the classroom!
We are lucky enough to be in an age where people are taking technology into their own hands.
Outstanding collection of resources. Don't miss this. -JL
I love to browse lists like these. I'm always looking for a site I've never heard about. Half a dozen unkowns on this list~! Fun! ~Den
The "Top 25" Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
Using Web 2.0 tools in kindergarten may seem difficult to implement but the results can be fruitful. There are enough online tools to bring technology into your classes that can make your children inspire, excite and make connection with the rest of the world. Here are my 5 favorite tools for teachers of very young learners:
One can easily become overwhelmed by the variety of Web 2.0 tools that are available online today. In order to effectively choose the appropriate tool, being aware of your intended instructional outcomes is key. To assist you in this search, educationally relevant Web 2.0 tools have been grouped into categories below, which are reflective of 21st century skills.
From the University of Houston College of Education
Definately some good tools in there.
We make it sound like we are not 15% of the way through this Century.
“So many times we encourage students to be creative, but we don’t always provide an explanation nor assessment. I think it is important to provide a definition. You can see that Dictionary.com defines creativity as ‘the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts’.”
This is the last in a series of posts on Creativity in the Classroom, with a focus on websites that help promote creativity. Included in this post are:
* Arts Edge, a wonderful source from the Kennedy Arts Center that "offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom. It also offers professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment."
* Exploratorium - "a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker"
* Google Lit Trips - a great way to explore literature and Google Earth
* Odyssey of the Mind - "an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college."
* Diffen - a website that allows you to compare anything
An additional ten websites are listed that provide a range of online learning opportunities that help promote creativity!
From the website
"Perhaps you have a special skill, talent, or knowledge-base that you want to share with others, and maybe you’ve heard that teaching online courses can make you a little extra money. The resources below will help you discover how to combine both what you have to offer and what you wish to gain by guiding you through creating and establishing an online course. No matter what age of student, subject you want to teach, or size of the class, you will find resources and information to bring your class online."
By Sherry Amorocho
"Today I want to share my favorite five Web 2.0 tools to record oral communication in the classroom.The biggest shift in oral assessment for my class occurred because of the variety of web 2.0 tools that can be used to record students. I still believe the best way to practice the language is in person, with a partner or in small groups, but the best way to formally assess a large group of students (at the same time) or gauge their progress is by using the following tools. Each one will fulfill a different need."
Although written for the Spanish language classroom, the strategies described by Amorocho can be applied in many other settings as well. -JL
Publishing content online in eye-catching formats is easier than ever. Use these easy-to-use tools to publish, share and celebrate student work. Students love to publish their projects online and share with their family and friends.