"At DonorsChoose.org we have noticed a recent trend in technology-based project requests. Teachers recognize that we live in an age of information and are excited to bring items such as iPads, laptops, iPods, and Kindles into their classrooms. Eric Crouch of Columbus, GA created a video about how he uses iPads to engage his first grade students. Take a peek into Mr. Crouch’s classroom as he discusses the benefits of learning through iPads."
Figuring out the biggest edtech trends is a great first step. We've taken it many times. Figuring out how teachers actually feel or care about those particular trends is a whole other story.
Jessica Raeside's insight:
Only 100 teachers surveyed in Europe and U.S. However, Interactive Whiteboards came out as having the largest "not interested at all category". Things are moving fast, let's spend budgets wisely! 'Social Media in the classroom' did not rank as highly as what I would have thought.
Australian Teacher Magazine We need teachers to provide 'right' education Australian Teacher Magazine THERE has been discussion recently in the media about the future of the school laptop program with the New South Wales Government seeking a...
"Learning is rarely fun; it’s even less fun when being taught within the confines of a lecture hall or classroom. While this may be true, there’s no reason why you can’t make the process more entertaining and challenging."
Lets compare these two devices in terms of function, cost, and extras. I will look at what the devices do similarily, how much the average cost is for the devices, and what other advantages one tool might have over the other, and then you decide!
"Last month our middle school tech class went to Lansing to attend the MACUL ATT Student Showcase. While there, I asked the students to use an iPad to somehow create a project to document what happened on the trip. I gave them a list of suggested apps, but left it open for students to make their own creative choices about the project.
Several students used the wonderful Book Creator app to create epub books about the trip. Here are links to two of the books that can be directly downloaded into iBooks on your iPad, iPod, or iPhone. (Note, it will take several minutes for the books to download, then select to open in iBooks.)"
Via John Evans
"Are you using or integrating technology in your teaching ? At the face of it, it seems like a game of semantics but in fact it is more than that. When we talk about technology integration in the classroom we are talking about a planned and highly structured and purposeful use of technology with students whose ultimate goal is to engage students and help them develop new thinking skills. Using technology, on the other hand, is a random and sporadic process whose main goal is to instruct students on content not to engage them with content.
The chart below ,I came across in Teachbytes , offers a more detailed explanation of the difference between Using Technology and Integrating Technology. Have a look and, as always, share with us your feedback in the comment form below. Enjoy"
"I am sharing with you an awesome graphic I found in The Electric Educator ( I am assuming the graphic is theirs ). The graphic features the six levels of blooms taxonomy, from lowest to highest, . These different levels of blooms taxonomy have become an extremely useful guide for teachers in planning classroom lesson plans and classroom objectives.This would be a great addition to the posters section on Blooms Taxonomy. Check it out and share with us what you think of it."
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
"This school year I've worked with a few school districts that are using Google Apps for Education for the first time. A lot of what I have done with those school districts is help to get the teachers acclimated to using Google Drive. When I sat down to plan an upcoming Google Drive training session I thought about some of the essential Google Drive skills that teachers need in addition to creating documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Here are five essential Google Drive skills I think teachers need."
Taking a look at five tough iPad cases to help your classroom devices weather the storm of student use! (RT @Edubeat: 5 Tough iPad Cases For Your Classroom: A month or so ago, I was in a little surf shop...
"If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. Most likely you will hear something like, “It was all Mr. Jones. He just never gave up on me.”
What students take away from a successful education usually centers on a personal connection with a teacher who instilled passion and inspiration for their subject. It’s difficult to measure success, and in the world of academia, educators are continually re-evaluating how to quantify learning. But the first and most important question to ask is:
Digital Citizenship is a suite of resources for early stage 1/stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3 students to support safe online behaviour. This resource includes game-based learning, lessons, videos, and parent and teacher support materials.
A treasure trove of educational iPad apps from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Blog's Pinterest board with more than 100 apps that teachers and educators can use. These apps cover a wide range of topics including, apps for kids, reading apps, writing apps, drawing apps, mindmapping apps, storytelling apps,video apps, audio apps, bookmarking apps, grading apps, presentation apps, cartoon making apps, and many more.
Via Andrea Zeitz