That’s a pretty general and subjective idea. The best for them as human beings–health, finances, and entertainment? The best for them in the classroom? To connect with other educators? To stay on top of emerging tools and trends in education? To use with students?
For iOS, Android, or Windows Phone? Can we assume there’s WiFi access? Is data use an issue? What about data privacy? And what do we mean by “free” Truly free? Are in-app purchases available? Necessary? Is it a free version that has hideous banners everywhere?
To say that there is a lot to consider is an understatement.
That said, we’ve taken a wide-lens view of the modern teacher and taken a stab at what might be considered 50 of the best really, truly actually free apps available for iOS. They may have some paid options, but they’re each entirely useful without spending a penny.
After making 100 videos, a veteran flipped learning educator reflects on what he's learned: keep it simple, employ differentiated instruction tools, and respect students' schedules.
Deb Gardner's insight:
Probably one of the best "lessons learned" articles about flipping the classroom I've read. Answers the question, "What the digital sweet spot regarding the length of a flipped classroom.?" Also, "How far ahead should the videos be provided?". Joe also emphasizes the most important aspect of a flipped classroom.... it's not about the videos and what happens outside the classroom, but rather what happens INSIDE the classroom as a result of viewing the videos prior to class.
Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with the 3rd Annual Smart Lists. Throughout October and November you’ll see about 20 ‘Best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate doing innovative work.
Today we are recognizing 35 open resources for K-12, postsecondary, and anytime learning.
As all good teachers know, a score on a quiz, on a test, or the completion of a large project doesn't always give us the full picture of what students know about a topic. Let's take a look at three ways to assess a student's understanding through the use of their mobile phones.
Beginning this week, teachers and parents can now access Class Story - an addition to ClassDojo that lets teachers safely and instantly share important updates, photos of amazing moments, and announcements to all parents. Class Story is a beautiful, Instagram-like feed of what’s happening in the classroom: teachers can share moments instantly - whether they are photos or just quick notes - and only parents can see these posts. Our hope is this makes it easier for parents to stay engaged without eating up valuable class time, and maybe they'll get to know their kids and their teachers just a little bit better!
Flippity provides a handful of great Google Sheets templates. I've featured their Random Name Picker, Flashcard, and Jeopardy templates in the past. The latest Flippity template that I've tried is their Progress Indicator template. With that template you can create a progress chart that will update whenever you update the data in the chart. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of how to use Flippity's Progress Indicator template.
Online blogging and digital marketing has become exponentially more important in an era of social media and networking. The online explosion has generated over 200 million blogs worldwide. The best blogging platforms – WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr – each rank in the top 50 most visited websites.
In this week's Practical Ed Tech Newsletter I demonstrated how to search for, duplicate, and edit quizzes in Kahoot's public gallery. If take a look at that video, you'll notice that I found lots of quizzes about Halloween and Halloween safety. Playing those quizzes could be a great way to review Halloween safety with kids before they head out to trick o' trick this Saturday. If you missed it earlier, I have the video embedded below.
Deb Gardner's insight:
Seems like Kahoot is all the rage these days. What with Halloween right around the corner, this might be an engaging brain break activity.
This evening I received an email from a friend who was looking for advice on how to sign and email a document without printing it because she didn't have a working printer at home. My suggestion was to use HelloSign. HelloSign makes it easy to sign PDFs and Word documents without having to print them. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use HelloSign in your web browser. HelloSign is also available as an Android and iOS app.
For as long as I have been a teacher, I have been showing videos in class. While not a revolutionary idea, back when I first started I would show a video related to the lesson and hand out an accompanying question sheet to make sure the students were focusing on the main ideas. I would call out helpful reminders like “Number 3 is coming up!” to ensure that students were paying attention.
They were not.
My high school students were sometimes doodling on the paper, staring out the window, or hoping to just get the answers at the end from myself or a friend. But the content was so good and so relevant! I thought. These were primary source accounts! How could students not be engaged? What could I change to make the topic and delivery more relevant? That’s when the lightbulb went off.
Deb Gardner's insight:
A different "take" on Document Based Questions (DBQ). This article explains VBQ - video based questions by integrating video clips (either on YouTube or student created) and pairing them with questions that incite critical thinking.
Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with the second annual Smart Lists. During October and November you’ll see about 20 ‘Best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate doing innovative work.
Today we are recognizing 55+ thought leading blogs, blasts and EdTech sites you should be plugged-in to.
As many teachers shift to the Common Core Standards, they are attempting to incorporate more complex texts and more informational/nonfiction texts into their curriculum. If you are asking yourself, "What is a complex text for my students?" check out this blog post I wrote explaining text
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.
A completely free resource this huge and varied has nearly endless potential for the classroom. Here are some ideas and suggestions to get you started.
There are certainly many more solid apps available for Android tablets than there were a few years, yet there are still many times when someone will ask me if one of my recommended tools is available for Android. In no particular order, here are five of my most frequently recommended tools that will work on Android tablets as well as on Chromebooks, iPads, and in your laptop's web browser.
While most students seem to be comfortable with the technology, having been around it their entire lives, teachers are often a little less at ease. Although traditional methods are time honored and effective, technology offers teachers exciting new ways to enhance their student’s education. It can even help reach students who meet with limited success using traditional teaching methods.
Here are a few tips to help inspire teachers and give them things to look for as they introduce technology based lessons into their classrooms.
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