"Kim Preshoff is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of science teachers in her community. With more than 25 years of classroom experience, she’s an expert at how to use the force of curiosity to keep kids engaged and learning. For her TED-Ed Innovation Project, Preshoff created a classroom-ready digital collection of 100+ great videos and learning resources about core topics in art, history, science, and beyond. [To add a video to your school's learning library, use the TED-Ed Lesson Creator.] Below, check out Preshoff’s curated collection of school-friendly videos and learning resources:"
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Great writeup by Tony Vincenton Quizizz, quiz game that can be used for formative assessment and how it compares to Kahoot!.
This is one of those amazing Internet contraptions that make one realize how digitized learning can really differ drastically from paper/pencil learning. This site allows you to translate any word in a website, so you can read any digital text, then practice the words you have selected in flashcards. The free version allows only 10 words/day (about what one could reasonably learn), but the premium version is only $5/month for unlimited words. Neat idea. I imagine teachers could put their texts on a website and have students work away at them.
"I'd rather see what students create to express their answer to a driving question than just read a summary of the project. I can find loads project ideas and descriptions online, but it’s much harder to find quality end products by students. "
This blog is a set of projects demonstrated by the student end projects, organized by grade level. Excellent examples of how PBL can work.
"It’s one thing to read about learning and attention issues. It’s another thing to see them through your child’s eyes. Experience firsthand how frustrating it is when your hand won’t write what your brain is telling it to. Or how hard it is to complete a simple task when you have trouble focusing. Use these unique simulations and videos to better understand your child’s world."
Simulations for teachers and parents to experience learning difficulties.
Good advice for the novice writing teacher, and some good reminders for the more experienced teacher": (1) Don't spend too much time on each paper -- focus on one or two crucial items in each paper. (2) Don't write too much -- research indicates just a simple grade has the same effect as marking every error. [Find a middle ground.] And (3) Don't take it personally if the student paper is filled with errors you just covered in class. [It's a learning process.]
This is a great cheat-sheet for teachers. There are also links to other subject areas. I can easily imagine adapting questions to flipped classes, to younger age groups, to discussion sessions.
Teaching Channel video: A nice demonstration of how to conduct discussions in small group and pairs. Demonstrates active listening by the teachers as students report back then go to the board to offer the results of their discussions. Structured discussions and student ownership of the reasoning process are good even for very young learners. Applicable for all levels.
Sixth-graders use blogs to express themselves as they learn how to use the technology of blogs and have an authentic audience of others in the class. Students begin with a "paper blog" with comments/responses on Post-it notes. As students finish a book, they talk about the characters and then write about them on the blog, using a specific assignment by he teacher.
Includes Common Core standards and suggestions of ways to scaffold the technology for success.
Give students a quickie assessment from other students. This could be adapted from paper to an actual Twitter account. Students have to count down to 140 characters, so editing skills are important. Students are thinking about what they've learned and trying to make it succinct. In this model, students share assessments in class as well. Teachers save time, as they don't have to pick out the essential meaning -- the students have to do it for them.
"Youtube Downloader & Youtube to MP3 converter.
(also works with Vimeo, Soundcloud and many more)"
Just paste in the link to the video you wish to download. Create your own localized list of videos.
Recording of assessment strategies relating to accessibility from a panel of university representatives. Helping faculty become more aware of accessibility issues through enhanced assessment processes and tools.
"As part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students need to "ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century." Many teachers have little to no formal training on how to teach about climate change. Along with the ever-changing research and the controversy that comes with it, some teachers inevitably shy away or even prevent students from digging deep into the content.
Some suggest that teachers might be getting climate change all wrong. Since teachers can't rely on books to stay current with all the new research, digital resources are the only effective way to stay on top of such a dynamic field. Consider these practices when using technology to teach about climate change:"
Sites include NASA Global Climate Change, Climate Kids for younger learners, Global Oneness Project, and Earth-Now to analyze realtime data.
"I first wrote about word clouds in 2010, but six years later I’m updating the topic with updated apps, tools, and ideas. Below discover activities and web tools and apps to create word clouds. Get your students to create their own word clouds to express themselves. "
This blog entry offers 35+ activities to do with word clouds, including vocabulary buiding and poetry.
I haven't had a chance to try out any of these, but this should be an interesting starting point to get students coding.