03 Nov 13
Create a text chat on the fly. Set up a public pad without sign-up, then invite others to join you. Use it for backchanneling questions during a lecture or meeting. Or embed a Google Hangout to allow more than 10 users to follow the audio talk.
14 Oct 13
How do you get kids - or for that matter, adults - to work collaboratively in groups? These games can also serve as ice-breakers when you start a new class.
16 Aug 13
"Digital storytelling helps students build important 21st century communication skills and make personal connections to the content they are learning. This kit is designed to help you start using this exciting process in your classroom. "
Includes articles on digital storytelling, samples, and lesson plans.
13 Aug 13
You can download the slides from this talk by R. Stannard at Oxford University. Stannard speaks about 3 great ICT tools - Jing, BrainShark, and Present.ME -- and how they are used for feedback, speaking, and reflection.
13 Aug 13
One teacher explains how to teach thinking skills with secondary students (14-18 yrs old). A nice build up, e.g., from concepts to topic sentences, observation to finding patterns and drawing conclusions. Starts with magazine advertising as a short path to larger works. Points to intersection with Common Core targets. Points out how having students talk about the subject helps them build higher level critical thinking -- and practice talking skills.
13 Aug 13
Thinking about texts, and using "pinwheel discussion" in groups to discuss several books together and how they relate to each other. Students "impersonate" authors and there is a "provocateur" in each group to pose significant questions. Nice teaching plan that could be adopted for several different levels/ages. This particular lesson is for grades 9-12 (ages 14-18), and is keyed to Common Core standards. Could be used with historical characters also.
02 Aug 13
Describes the mind-mapping tool that saves to Google Drive, and pedagogical applications for it. Also links to 4 other mind-mapping applications.
02 Aug 13
"A movie trailer is a perfect summarizing activity. It can also act as a "teaser" as an introduction to a presentation or student paper. A movie trailer can readily showcase the acquisition of knowledge of a lesson or unit."
A good description of how to use iMovie on the iPad/tablet.
17 Jun 13
This article, based on friEdTechnology, has a quick side-by-side chart showing the difference between piece-meal projects and Big Question-driven PBL.
15 Apr 13
"...professional iPad interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder with sophisticated tools for hand-drawn graphics and remote desktop control."
"You can create your own slides with the variety of tools available. More importantly, you can capture the screen shot and make notations directly on it."
"Doceri is certainly a whiteboard app - and a great one. But it also allows you to control and use your pc apps remotely. So your presentation can consist of a pc app and then switch to a whiteboard display, all from your iPad."
This seems like a great app for creating presentations while also controlling a smartboard and your computer from your iPad.
21 Apr 13
This important article by the ACTFL discusses how the U.S. Common Core standards can be aligned with the National Standards for Learning Languages. Presents several diagrams and other visuals to help teachers see the crossovers for each skill--reading listening, speaking, and writing--in presentational and interpersonal modes, and how culture is woven into the whole.
07 Mar 13
A clearly explained lesson plan for introducing the concept of Google+.
03 Mar 13
This is a nice little demo of a youtube feature that I never knew existed. It would be handy if you wnat to keep reusing/reviewing a YouTube video without having to keep using the Back button.
16 Dec 05
Free workshops online, email list, video (streaming and cassettes for purchase); for K-12 teachers
Literature and Language Arts * Artifacts & Fiction o For: Grade 9-12 teachers o Workshop; 2 graduate credits available o Broadcast Dates o Purchase Videos o Channel-TalkArtifacts o Video on Demand * Conversations in Literature o For: Grade 6-12 teachers o Workshop; 2 graduate credits available o Broadcast Dates o Purchase Videos o Channel-TalkLitConversations o Video on Demand * Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers o For: Grade 9-12 teachers o Workshop; 2 graduate credits o Broadcast Dates o Purchase Videos o Channel-TalkHSWriters o Video on Demand * Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5 o For: Grade 3-5 teachers o Workshop; 2 graduate credits available o Broadcast Dates o Purchase Videos o Channel-TalkLit3to5 o Video on Demand * The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School o For: Grade 9-12 teachers o Workshop; 2 graduate credits available o Broadcast Dates o Purchase Videos o Channel-TalkHSLit o Video on Demand * In Search of the Novel o For: Grade 6-12 teachers o Workshop; 2 graduate credits available o Broadcast Dates o Purchase Videos o Channel-TalkNovel o Video on Demand * Making Meaning in Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 6-8 o For: Grade 6-8 teachers o Workshop; 2 graduate credits available o Broadcast Dates o Purchase Videos o Channel-TalkLit6to8 o Video on Demand * Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Workshop o For: Grade K-12 teachers o Workshop; 2 gra
19 Mar 06
"Because “hypertext is a mental process, as well as a digital tool,” one of the larger cultural implications arising from this change in the meaning of text concerns the role of the reader. Text in print implies and, to a certain degree, constructs a passive reader, one who is often a "receptacle" of information. Hypertext is shaping an appropriative reader who is interacting with the text, and is involved in knowledge construction."
Because “hypertext is a mental process, as well as a digital tool,” one of the larger cultural implications arising from this change in the meaning of text concerns the role of the reader. Text in print implies and, to a certain degree, constructs a passive reader, one who is often a "receptacle" of information. Hypertext is shaping an appropriative reader who is interacting with the text, and is involved in knowledge construction.
01 Mar 13
You can select categories to receive news in education. Oriented toward U.S. teachers, but may be of value for international teachers. Educator Resource Centers has many interesting articles about using teachnology, for example.
27 Feb 13
"Educational Origami is a blog and a wiki, about 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
"This wiki is not just about the integration of technology into the classroom, though this is certainly a critical area, it is about shifting our educational paradigm. The world is not as simple as saying teachers are digital immigrants and students digital natives. In fact, we know that exposure to technology changes the brains of those exposed to it. The longer and stronger the exposure and the more intense the emotions the use of the technology or its content evokes, the more profound the change. This technology is increasingly ubiquitous. We have to change how we teach, how we assess, what we teach, when we teach it, where we are teaching it, and with what."
A most interesting site that tells us what the learner needs to know. [Thanks to Bee Dieu.]
03 Feb 13
From Russell Stannard's Teacher Training videos: MessageHop allows you to "Load up pictures, add your text about them and then create various animations. This is such a simple tool to use. Great for lower level students, it encourages them to write and alllows them to personalise their content. They can share their creations on the internet."
03 Jan 13
This is a great site to teach adult and high school learners more about how to use the web and sift false info from true. Something like a WebQuest, but with varied levels of understanding implicit in the lesson plans and activities.
03 Jan 13
Despite the explanatory text, this app is indeed ready to download for iPad ($0.99). This is a nice use of technology to explain other technologies. You go through a browser screen to a Website, then draw on the iPad screen to demonstrate functionality while the app records what you do. Publish to Evernote or YouTube. You will have to do your own audio over, however. What a cool app.
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