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Feb 28, 15

"Paper versions of graphic organizers can do a nice job of that. But by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. Multiple people can collaborate on them in real time. They can be shared with a link, embedded in a website or downloaded as an image file."

Feb 27, 15

These are three ways to hear from students what they think about the class and how things are going for them. Well worth consideration as alternative assessment procedures.
From Vicki Davis on Edutopia

Feb 24, 15

Searching by file type and searching by domains is a great way for students to refine their Google searches. Searching for and within a DOC, a PPT, or XLS file can lead students to resources that they might not otherwise have seen.

Feb 24, 15

"Speech Recognition is a free Google Docs Add-on that will allow to you speak to create a document. "
T/H to R Byrne.

Feb 24, 15

R. Byrne explores 5 excellent tools for podcasting or recording speech for listening/speaking practice. One in particular, AudioBoom, offers users a way to synchronize sound recorded with images. Byrne includes short instructional videos, too.

Feb 24, 15

R. Byrne's article on using MapFAST, a Google Maps app: find books about nearby places. A great way to get students interested in local -- or distant -- history and geography.

Feb 24, 15

Remarkably informative, instructional science blog with all kinds of infographics, video how-to's, etc. For teachers and teens and up.

Feb 24, 15

This blog has many articles and links to webinars that will help you give your students access to wonderful cultural treasure from institutions around the world, as well as in the U.S.

Feb 21, 15

"Interactive, Collaborative, Crowd-powered Video Learning"
MIT is using Crowdy to label and insert questions in segments of video to increase learning efficiency. Stats can be collected from learners' answers.

Feb 19, 15

"You will find information and examples of each of the Excel Built-In Functions and information on how to combine these functions to produce a wide range of Excel Formulas. There is also a section explaining Excel Array Formulas, which will help you to make full use of some of the most useful Excel functions and formulas. "

Feb 17, 15

R. Stannard teacher training video on Padlet (formerly WallWisher), which is useful for collaboration and group work, as well as mobile work from home.

Feb 15, 15

Turn online vidoes into interactive learning with embedded questions. Free accounts and a video demo.

Feb 13, 15

"Here, four ways to offer feedback that really makes a difference, drawn from research in psychology and cognitive science:"
These include:
1.Supply information about what the learner is doing, rather than praise or criticism.
2. Take care in how feedback is presented so it doesn't reduce motivation. Have learners be involved in analyzing their own performance.
3. Orient feedback to goals.
4. use feedback to develop metacognitive skills.

Feb 13, 15

"Use Moovly to take your lessons, tutorials or presentations to the next level and increase student creativity and involvement. Combine visuals, sounds, voice and video in clear explanations or engaging stories. Have your students prove their multimedia skills and apply these to any educational topic."
I think this includes making those clever drawings that are speeded up in animation. The tool would be good for student-student instructional videos or for your own flipped classes.

Feb 13, 15

These tools help you ensure on the fly that students understand what you are teaching.

Feb 13, 15

"No reliable research has ever demonstrated that instruction designated as appropriate for any "tested" learning style is effective because it matches that style. The research is missing several important control validations. For example, there are no statistically valid studies comparing the response of a mixed-learning-style control group with the results of a learning-style-matched group. To qualify as "effective," there must be support of claims that superior outcomes are the direct result of teaching to individual learning styles and not a general result to the instruction. There is no evidence that "visual learners" have better outcomes to instruction designed for "visual learners" than do mixed-style learners taught using the same instruction. Without comparison groups, the before and after results could simply mean that the particular instruction is the most effective method for teaching that specific content to all students (Pashler, et al)."
Excellent blog debunking some of the neuromyths that instruction is guided by, particularly in the public school system of the U.S.

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