Students create a truly outstanding amount of work over the course of a year. Back when everything was done on paper, most of that work was either thrown in the trash, stuffed in a drawer somewhere, or stuck in a box in the garage. How many essays, stories, you labor over during your years as a student that you’ll never see again?
Now that so much of what students create in school (and in life) is in the digital realm, teachers have an opportunity to help students value their work more and for longer. Digital portfolios allow students to collect the work they’re most proud of and see their progress over time in a tangible way.
Today’s educators must figure out how to engage and motivate their technology-driven students while keeping them safe. Here are 10 field-tested strategies to keep middle schoolers engaged and on task when using online tools.
TED, through its new partnership with National Geographic and Cengage Learning, provides learning scenarios that do something more: encourage students to discuss ideas. The three organizations have teamed up to design three different curricula that address basic language skills, reading (including charts and graphics), and business English.
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Some teachers really have a difficult time navigating the digital world.
As schools around the globe begin to embed the use of technology in their learning environments, these teachers can be left feeling frustrated and marginalized by the new tools they are required to use but do not understand.
Ivo Nový's insight:
To change this unfavorable situation, start with small steps and learn from the example of other teachers.
It’s been great to see students really embrace some innovative ways of expression through apps like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress—creating and curating images and ideas while interacting with their world outside of the classroom. It helps us teachers break down classroom walls and class-time barriers as students learn and reflect by using tools on their mobile devices.
Here are some great ways to use social media in the classroom.
What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation. For pure productivity, you could consider the direction of Google Drive, Skype, Zoom Notes, iAnnotate–maybe a gradebook app, Class Dojo, etc.
But what if your classroom if is full of open-ended projects and you need to constantly communicate with students, parents, and the community? Google+, Google Hangouts, Remind, DIY, and maybe Trello?
Using Twitter, former educator Steven W. Anderson has crafted a powerful platform for himself in the online education world.
Anderson led a session at TCEA 2015, orienting educators new to Twitter on how the social media channel can be a powerful learning tool. Along the way, session attendees were treated to an inside look at the tricks and tools that help Anderson entertain and enlighten his 110,000 followers on Twitter.
Check out seven key takeaways from Anderson's bag of Twitter tricks.
Ivo Nový's insight:
Anderson also provided a list of scheduled Twitter chats, where educators can join in or watch hashtag-powered discussions on a variety of topics.
Long gone are the days when Twitter was underestimated for its limited word count. People believed that it was a poor choice of social media channel for delivering the thoughts of one’s mind. Now, educators are utilizing this tool in their classrooms in the most creative ways possible.
If you are a teacher and you wish to incorporate Twitter in your classroom, you need to take a look at a few ways how you can use the channel to your advantage.
There are six TED Talks in the article that each address different aspects of education. You may look at some of the titles and think “that’s not ‘my’ issue”, but each one carries an important message and is worth the few minutes it will take to watch.
These talks will both get you thinking about different issues, and will make you proud, angry, sad, excited, and inspired all at the same time.
Today, Amazon announced it’s releasing a new initiative that will make it easier for teachers and educators to get their materials onto Kindle products and apps.
Called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) EDU, it’s designed to help publish, prepare and promote educational content for students across Amazon’s own reading products, as well as apps for mobile devices and desktop. Educators can easily turn PDFs of textbooks and course materials into ebooks, for instance.
"As a teacher, you are used to create your own lessons. The xerox, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint are your trusted companions. But how can you effectively use iPads in your lessons?
The ebooks provided by publishers are mostly static and just not interesting enough for today’s students. Some educational apps are great, but finding the rights ones, figuring out how they work and getting them installed on all student devices can be a hassle.
Aren’t there easy ways to create your own materials for iPad? Yes, there are! Try these:"
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