from Richard: "After yesterday's post about Limnu there were a couple of similar tools suggested on the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page. I also received a couple of requests for suggestions for other similar tools. Here are some of the other tools that you and your students can use to host online brainstorming sessions."
Formative assessment is an important part of effective instruction. Teachers can use observations, checklists, and quick quizzes to gather data that will inform their instruction. Formative assessment identifies areas where students are excelling and struggling so that teachers can best alter their instruction to meet the needs of all students. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to work with a school looking to strengthen its formative assessment data collection by leveraging the power of tech-friendly tools.
Technology can make formative assessment a seamless part of everyday activities. Online tools and mobile devices can help teachers stay organized when collecting data that will make analyzing information easier and more meaningful. Formative assessment can take place throughout a unit of study during daily lessons that incorporate technology. As you examine the systems that work for you in your classroom, technology tools can make this process easier and seamless when used effectively.
Gmail is a powerful mail service that we have been recommending for teachers over the last couple of years. The strength of Gmail lies in the arsenal of features it provides to users from tips on how to organize and sort emails for easy access to setting auto-replies and automatically saving attachments. Gmail Tips for Teachers section here in EdTech and mLearning features a number of key resources to help you tap into the educational potential of Gmail. Additionally, to take your Gmail experience to the next level you may want to try out some third party tools designed particularly for this purpose. Below is a curated list of some of our favourite apps. Check them out and share with your colleagues
This is an experiment in parenting -- Interesting! What do you think? Does this promote entrepreneurialism or entitlement?
#2 Position them as experts? They can BECOME an expert but does expertise happen right away without a lot of HARD WORK? It's like everyone is a genius, or we're all winners, or give a trophy to everyone just for participating. Where is accountability?
The question is, to prevent this deterioration in scores and perceived ability, how do we empower elementary school girls to embrace an interest in STEM and develop leadership skills that will help them navigate their way through school to be prepared to choose any career, including STEM? How can educators address the main factors at this critical 9- to 12-year-old window that are standing in the way of more girls going into STEM fields?
It’s an exciting time to be a maker educator. It seems like everywhere I look, there’s inspirational work happening in community fab labs, a school launching a new innovation program, or a library incorporating STEAM into its space. At St. Gabriel’s in Austin, Texas, we entered the fray last fall with STEAM by Design, an approach to constructivist learning that uses classroom space in conjunction with a dedicated fab lab.
Many dedicated educators blog about some of the best education technologies and trends available to teachers and students. These 10 are our favorites...
I'm so honored to be part of this list! Thank you!
So many of the blogs I read, admire, fangirl over - are on this list so being a part of it is a true SQUEE moment! I'm humbled and grateful I'd like to thank @Brainscape and the academy and my Mom & Dad!
Wait.. .err... was that a little overboard? My bad!
Active Learning Spaces In the book Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success, the authors identify six types of active learning spaces that are essential for creating an engaging learning environment for students.
Modular origami is the fancy name for geometric origami that is made up of many repeating “units” that are then assembled to create a more complex geometric form. Unlike traditional origami that uses a single sheet of paper to fold a figure, modular origami uses many sheets of paper that are folded into basic modules or units. Once you learn how to make the basic unit for a design, you repeat the process to make enough copies of the unit to assemble your final form. (For a look at some modular origami projects, check out my Pinterest board. https://www.pinterest.com/alyciazimmerman/modular-origami/ )
Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults.
I don't know if this would work with all kids, but this is a fascinating talk! What do you think? Should kids NOT get allowance for doing chores?
One of my issues with kids these days is a sense of entitlement & the fact that they DO NOT have any chores or expectations of work. My 15 year old nephew does NOTHING without being asked like 5X. He never takes out the trash! lol
Should we expect kids to work? I worked in my family's Western Auto store when I was 10! I've always hustled! Is this the answer?
Our makerspace celebrated its first birthday at the beginning of this year. That first year involved a lot of experimentation, figured out what worked and what didn’t. With that behind us, year two of our makerspace gave way to new projects, new spaces and new challenges. We started really using our whiteboard walls and tables as important parts of our library. I had someone question whether or not our space was a “real makerspace“ and got some great conversations started. Our students represented our school at Gulf Coast Maker Con. We held our second annual Stewart Maker Fair, which was even more awesome than the first one. I got on my soapbox about how making doesn’t have an age limit. We celebrated an amazing array of LEGO walls that have popped up in schools all over the place. And our space was featured in School Library Journal All in all, I would say it’s been a great Maker year, and our makerspace continues to grow.
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