TeachersFirst Edge shares teacher reviews of today's web tools and how to use them safely and within school policies as tools for teaching and learning. Web 2.0 tools can be powerful learning tools for today's techno-savvy students and their more adventurous teachers. These tools appear (and frequently disappear) very quickly, launched by creative techno-geeks out there in the world. Many of these tools require a higher-than-average set of teacher tech skills or some extra monitoring to assure student 'safety.' TeachersFirst Edge reviews these tools on the Edge, carefully and with specific ideas for using them safely and effectively in teaching and learning. Reviews point out any safety or policy concerns for the tool and offer links to management tips for each concern. This is the world your students already know. Try teaching in their vernacular. A little adventurousness makes for powerful learning.
Zing is a new service offering thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.
Last week Padlet launched an iPad app to complement the outstanding web tool that they've offered for years. This morning someone on my Facebook page asked about an alternative that students could use if they didn't have email addresses.
No one wants to been seen as the stuffy teacher stuck in the past who lectures from the front of the classroom and doesn’t seem to care about student engagement. Students today are tech savvy and have wandering minds.
YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the planet and a vast resource for educational content. The site is home to over 10 million videos tagged as educational, many of them submitted by your fellow teachers.
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