Do students in your classroom regularly create online “radio shows” to share information with parents and others? With more people than ever (over half of U.S. adults) owning smartphones capable of accessing Internet websites and playing digital audio files, classroom radio shows can potentially reach a larger percentage of your parents than ever.
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.
" OFF THE WALL LEARNING is a "highly visual approach to sharing challenge-based informal learning activities" brought to you by the Institute of Play. (You may recall another one of its projects is to create an "edu" version of SimCity.) The aim of Off the Wall Learning is to reinvent activity facilitation by removing the do-as-I-say interaction between instructors and learners, and isolating acitivity instructions (in this case, on a wall poster) such that instructors and learners can approach the activity on equal footing. The first design iteration, conducted in concert with HIVE NYC, has produced this Water Filter Challenge poster and an inquiry-based exploration activity. They've even provided a template poster for educators looking to adapt their own activities. If creating graphic posters is outside of your comfort zone, check out Easel.ly which may help remove some of the anxiety."
The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Cajón de sastre Web 2.0 curated by Alfonso Gaspar (The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom @scoopit via @luciademiguel
"Using an iPad is simple due to its intuitive interface, elegant touch interface, and user-friendly operating system.
Below we’ve listed 23 different tasks a teacher should be able to perform with their iPad. We’ve tried to focus on the basics, along with some typical tasks a teacher may be required to complete. We’ve also (roughly) arranged them from less complicated to more complicated, so consider yourself an Unofficial iPad “Basic Hacker” if you can get to the bottom. For more complex iPad tasks and functions, we’re doing a follow-up post. Stay tuned!"
From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...
A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and \you may have installed already...
"The following list represents some apps that may be of interest to secondary teachers. This list is based on personal use of the apps and from recommendations from other educators (Greg Swanson: Senior Project Officer- eLearning, Australia; Med Kharbach: Teacher, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada; Beth Holland: Senior Associate at EdTech Teacher, Providence, Rhode Island Area;). The icons used are screen selections from the Apple Apps site and the summaries are from information provided on the site or from reviewers of the app. Clicking on the icon is a direct link to that particular app which then gives you the opportunity to review the app in a more indepth manner and decide whether or not to download. "