"About a month ago, classroom teacher and technology expert Bill Ferriter wrote a blog that has been generating a ton of comments all over social media and within ed-tech circles. In his blog, Technology Is a Tool, Not a Learning Outcome, Ferriter included the simple infographic above and wrote that “The motivation behind this image was to remind teachers that carefully thinking through just want we want our kids to know and be able to do is the FIRST STEP that we need to take when making choices about the role technology plays within the classroom."
Regardless of how many devices you have available and how easily your students can access apps and learning platforms for mobile learning, the right apps—used in the right way—can enhance the learning environment in your classroom. But with well over one million apps available for learning, how can teachers know which are the right ones?
With nearly 200 free software applications, this new update is just jammed full of awesome free tools and tons of insights into how to use them in your courses and classrooms! If you’ve followed EmergingEdTech for a few years now,
Emerging EdTech has just released their newest version of the excellent e-book that covers free software applications. This version is free to download and it may become a great resource for you to check out when you are considering new projects to do with your learners.
The e-book has eighteen chapters, beginning with Blogs and Blogging Resources. Additional chapters include:
* Creating Your Own Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning
* Educational Games and Gamification
* Interactive Collaboration Tools
* Open Educational Resources
* Using YouTube Videos as Lesson Materials
* Video Conferencing and Video Chat Tools
And this is by no means a complete list. You will find many more tools if you download the free book. You will need to provide your name and email address to receive the download link. Click through to the post for additional information.
CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.
The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!
CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from elementary school to seniors, and from many countries and backgrounds. Unplugged has been used around the world for over twenty years, in classrooms, science centers, homes, and even for holiday events in a park!
As the weather warms the end of the school year is on many of our brains. This is the time of year that we think about activities that we can do to help students review the school year. At this time of the year I start to get a lot of requests for suggestions for tools to create review activities. The tools presented in the slides below can be used to create online games, iPad games, video quizzes, and interactive classroom exercises that engage students in reviewing the year's lessons.
Studies presented at the American Educational Research Association on iPads and early literacy, students' online reading skills, Google Docs, and the frontiers of ed-tech use drew big reactions from readers.
"SMART Notebook 2015 introduces Concept Mapping, a powerful visual tool for a variety of grades and subjects. Easily create a concept map in class by typing,writing, or adding photos right into your SMART Notebook page."
With the advance of technology and its full embrace in education, many new learning and teaching concepts have being created to the point that it becomes very hard to keep up with the new releases. Below is a great cheat sheet that you can use as a guide to help you learn more about the important trends in educational technology.From asynchronous learning to virtual learning, you will be able to have a clear picture of what every trending term stands for. Enjoy
24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.
Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56%) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often.
As most states shift their required tests to computers, teachers are discovering that their students are missing key technical skills to show what they know.
Schools Focusing On Computer Interface Skills As Online Tests Begin.
Education Week (5/13, Gewertz) reports that teachers across the country are finding that their students’ lack of keyboarding proficiency is contributing to the challenges of implementing online assessments, leading many schools to implement classes to teach keyboarding and other basic computer skills. This practice has generated some controversy, as some observers have called it either a waste of time, or “just another form of ‘test prep’ that siphons away precious classroom time.”
Overall, 63 percent of public schools don't have access to broadband speeds needed for digital learning. The problem is particularly acute in rural and low-income districts: Only 14 percent in those areas meet high-speed internet targets
A couple of years ago I published a list of 21 online map creation tools. Since then some of those tools have gone offline and new tools have replaced them. Here's my updated list of online map creation tools for students and teachers.
Tips and Resources for Using Free Video Conferencing Tools in Your Classroom Video conferencing and chat tools can be a wonderful instructional resource, as most educators know. You can bring the outside world and guests into your classroom, enable a
WTOP-FM Washington (5/8, Smith) reports on its website that the Virginia school system “may not have the resources” to safeguard parent and teacher information. The Virginia Cyber Security Commission Paul Kurtz said Wednesday that while the problem is widespread, smaller districts appear to be particularly vulnerable. He adds that the issue’s importance will only grow as more technology is used in the classroom. Kurtz recommended school systems protect their information and adds that the commission looks to confront the commonwealth’s state-wide network.
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