A couple of years ago I introduced some of you toGE Teach developed by Josh Williams. Recently, GE Teach was updated again. The latest version provides some helpful options for changing views while retaining the original intent of the site. GE Teach is built around the Google Earth browser plug-in. The purpose of the site is to help teachers develop lessons in which students explore spatial distributions. Watch the video below for a tour of the new GE Teach features.
Maps are no longer static paper records, but living, breathing representations of our world. Places around us are constantly changing — while mountains don’t move, roads are rerouted, homes are built, shops open and close. And oftentimes the best way to keep Google Maps fresh and up to date is by allowing anyone, anywhere with an Internet connection to contribute to the map using their knowledge of the areas they know best. So we’re delighted that Google Map Maker is now available for budding cartographers to edit our maps of Greece, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Blended learning is a combination of some face-to-face teaching and some online teaching. It is a great way for teachers to bring online components into the forefront, rather than just using digital materials as supplemental (often at home) course materials. Blended learning has a huge advantage – it doesn’t prescribe that particular activities must be …
Applications for Education The resources available through HHMI's BioInteractive appears to be best suited for high school settings. The "click and learn" activities available on BioInteractive could be good to assign to students to view as homework prior to a lesson on the topic. Take a look at this click and learn activity about the electrical activity of neurons to get a sense of what HHMI's BioInteractive offers to teachers and students.
Baptism By Fire! That's what I call the first year of teaching. No matter how much preparation and mentoring you have received, you are building the plane as you fly it. To make sure you don't crash and/or burn (yes, pun intended!), I put together some hard-learned lessons from my experience as a new teacher. In addition, these are good recommendations and reminders for veteran teachers. When you get hunkered down in the day-to-day while the year presses on, you tend to forget what really works well, because you are working so hard. I hope you find these five tips useful!
Again, these are tips, and may not work for everyone, but I think in general they encompass what I learned in the first years. You can only care for your students if you are caring for yourself. If you create and live in structures that allow you to work smart, then you'll transition into a confident, veteran teacher so much more quickly!
Gooru is a service that aims to provide teachers and students with an extensive collection of videos, interactive displays, documents, diagrams, and quizzes for learning about topics in math, social studies, and science.
Gooru could be a great place for math and science teachers to locate lesson plans and other materials to use in their classrooms. Students can create Gooru accounts to find useful review materials and take practice tests on the subjects they're studying.
This afternoon through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page I received a request for some free whiteboard apps. All of the following seven tools can be used to draw and type on a whiteboard in your browser. With the exception of PixiClip all of these tools can be used collaboratively for brainstorming sessions. While PixiClip doesn't allow for collaboration it does have a voice-over capability.
I was not introduced to Google Drive until I entered the blogging world, and I have realized that I was missing out on a wonderful free resource for teachers! When school started this year, it became apparent in my building that very few people knew what Google Drive was. Some teachers are still only using it for things that they absolutely ha...
Here are seven questions to guide your thinking as you shape your classroom, school or district’s assessment toolkit.
Too often, we spend time trying to determine how to reshape curriculum and instructional strategies so that students will perform well on a given assessment when we should instead be asking how to make assessments work in support of student learning and teachers’ professional growth. But how do you select assessments that are accurate, standards-aligned and powerful enough to measure and support what matters? Here are seven questions to guide your thinking as you shape your classroom, school or district’s assessment toolkit
6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home
Last week, Paul Barnwell discussed five reasons to teach digital literacy in the classroom. In addition to the great points he made, I couldn’t help but to take a step back and think about the growing number of children around the country who barely have access to the digital world, if any at all.
While some students enjoy unlimited access to the Internet and other digital technology, there are other students, just as capable and full of potential, who struggle to learn even the basics of computer use due to a lack of access. Our world heavily relies on Internet technology for everyday communication, education, and work. Over time, students without Internet access will face massive disadvantages, including: