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Aug 10, 15

"Get started by clicking on your desired subject area and grade level. Continue by choosing from the list of standards presented. Once you’ve zeroed in on the standard you want to meet, toggle the arrow to display all the apps, games, and websites that best support that standard. "
The site promised to give the best digital products for your curriculum and their relationship to the Common Core.

Aug 10, 15

"Using Visme you can add motion to virtually any object be it an image, icon, text, shapes or even an i-frame or video layer."
http://www.visme.com

Aug 09, 15

R. Byrne: "One of the problems I run into when trying to find documents, videos, or folders that I have saved in my Google Drive folder is trying to find them again quickly without having to dig through the myriad of my created folders. I also want the ability to quickly share with my students folders that have documents or videos without having to send them a link to each one. With these concerns in mind, I felt that combining one of the best visual web resources (Symbaloo) with one of the best storage resources (Google Drive) was the best way to go. "
The article shows how G-Drive and Symbaloo can be used together, with an instructional video. It also offers tips on using the two tools for student research projects. Organization of the tiles in the Symbaloo webmix, and the folders in G-Drive is promoted -- a good lesson for anyone whose desktop and files/folders are cluttery. Symbaloo might also serve as a mind-map for a research project, collecting related sites together, and/or tagged by color.
I use Symbaloo as my Firefox desktop -- all the sites I want to find fast are there, not just the ones I have used most recently, which is what Firefox offers when a blank tab/window is opened. Symbaloo also means that when you switch from device to device the same set of tiles is viewable. Run out of room? You can organize tabs with different sets of tiles.

Aug 09, 15

One of many articles from this prolific educational blog. You are invited to add your own favorite YouTube Channel to the collection here. Shake Up Learning also has occasional articles on pedagogy. The list of 20 includes professional development (ISTE) and various Google help sites, richard Byrne and other bloggers, and the Office Ed Tech at the U.S. Dept of Education.

Aug 09, 15

R. Byrne: "Wideo is a nice tool for creating Common Craft-style videos. You can create animated videos on Wideo by dragging and dropping clipart and text in storyboard frames. You set the position and animation sequence for each element in each storyboard frame. When you have completed your storyboards Wideo generates a video for you.
"This week Wideo added a new feature that allows you to build interactive buttons into each frame of your video. The buttons can be hyperlinked to any webpage that you like. When people are watching your video they can click the buttons to be taken to the webpage you want them to land on. For example, clicking the buttons in the video embedded below will take you to the website of my favorite animal rescue organizations."
Older students could, of course, create videos themselves to instruct others. The new interactive button might also lead to a quiz on Quizlet or in Google Docs, for example.

Aug 09, 15

Reading for K-6 kids is divided into activities by age group.

Aug 09, 15

A mirror site so that those who cannot receive YouTube can view these amazing videos from MIT for kids K-12. All about everything.

Aug 09, 15

Good advice on how to use video, prepare your students, deal with students who don't engage or don't do the homework. Use embedded Google Form or questions in the video itself. Hold kids accountable. Tips and techniques also on how to prepare your videos for homework.

Aug 09, 15

"What I like the most about this chart is the fact that it emphasizes the social and affective component in learning, something which is often overlooked in today’s digitally-focused learning paradigms. These mechanical skill-based and market-oriented paradigms reduce students to ‘cheerful robots’ and view pedagogy as ‘merely a skill, technique, or disinterested method’ to teach pre specified subject matter' (Giroux, 2011). Instead, education should be viewed as an important locomotive not only for gainful employment but also for ‘creating the formative culture of beliefs, practices, and social relations that enable individuals to wield power, learn how to govern, and nurture a democratic society that takes equality, justice, shared values, and freedom seriously.(Kindle Location, 67 from "On Critical Pedagogy")." The checklist is also quite short.

Aug 09, 15

Another site where teachers have posted videos of teaching. Very useful for flipped classrooms, though the focus is on maths and sciences.

Aug 09, 15

"For most students, assessment can be a bit of a mystery, which is really unfortunate given how much a student’s future depends on how a teacher assesses his or her achievement. In Ontario, we’ve been working hard to make assessment explicit to students and parents. One of the expectations is that educators and students co-construct success criteria and rubrics so that students have a thorough understanding of what is expected of them."
Shows how a class of 6th-graders creates their own holistic rubrics for a difficult class project using ideas from the Ontario Achievement Chart.

Aug 09, 15

A good demonstration of how teachers at one school are implementing the Common Core across several states using tools provided by EQuIP This video helps make clear how teachers can individual and in teams make Common Core work to improve education.

Aug 09, 15

The teacher uses questions and activities to build a "Culture of Learning" that empowers students to ask questions, not just fulfill a task. Video of real classes with sidebar food for thought. From the Teaching Channel.

Aug 09, 15

Another great lesson for teacher training from the Teaching Channel. The teacher looks at themes in _Hunger Games_, but goes beyond the text to what is happening underneath in terms of writing craft. Since the work is familiar, they don't have to work at understanding, but rather can focus on and analyze the "messages" contained in the work. The storyboards are used to have students create a reality show to convey the messages, such as "survival," "acts of resistance," how images and dialogue are used, etc.

Aug 09, 15

Encourages the use of synthesis and deeper reading than just "beginning, middle, and end" by having them put together several readings, e.g., about an autistic child and a psychological case study to analyze a character in fiction. Uses case studies from non-fiction articles to create prototypes of, for example, a robot that pushes emotional or intellectual thinking to the extreme. Scenarios from fiction show what their prototypes have and what they need. As they read they are now thinking about how the reading speaks to humans.
The video also has a running text commentary that helps visualize how a teacher can make students think about their reading, see patterns, examine their own thought processes and progress. Questions to consider in the margin, as well as connections to the Common Core Standards.

Aug 09, 15

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Aug 09, 15

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Aug 09, 15

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Aug 09, 15

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Aug 09, 15

Defines 3 types of bilinguals. Helpful in defining what your students needs might be.
Bilingualism makes your brain healthier. The growth and density of the brain, especially the pre-fontal cortex can be seen in scans. Bilinguals may seem a little slower to begin with, as they process across vocabularies, but eventually there is a big advantage in things like focusing on tasks, switching tasks, and brain health.
The TedEd site includes the video, questions to get your thinking, reference, and discussion (sign-on required).

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