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Top 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

The American Association of School Librarians provides a great starting point for locating relevant, useful, free teacher resources.  They list the top 25 online tools for teachers in virtually all content areas.  I came across the site while preparing to deliver a training to teachers and curriculum experts from West Africa.   I would highly recommend trying these high-quality resources in any teaching and learning environment.

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians AASL.

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Easily Create Self-Directed Online Lessons

Written by Coby Enteen

Edcanvas is a phenomenal web tool that allows teachers to create  multimedia rich  lessons  and share them with their students. These lessons can include YouTube videos, slides, files, text, and images which you can download either from the web or use the ones you have in your computer. I am really pretty amazed with the ease of use of this platform and the user friendly interface it has.  I have experimented with it in a high school setting and the results were amazing!  It can even be used for higher-education and distance learning.

 

More about Edcanvas:

via Edcanvas Easily Create Rich Multimedia Lessons for your Class.

Who moved my tablet? Teaching Teachers to Think Constructively

by Coby Enteen

Working with teacher and encouraging them to integrate technology  is not always a simple task.  Over the course of the past few months I have been leading an initiative integrating tablets into middle schools in an urban part of the country.  Many of the teachers had never really used technology as part of their teaching and it was somewhat of a shock to wake up one day to a classroom in which all of the students had a tablet and all of the books had gone digital.

Overcoming the initial shock was was not easy.  At first teachers  tried to bypass the use of the digital textbooks by photocopying materials from workbooks and blaming the disuse on technical problems that they were experiencing.  Through a great deal of coaching, guidance, ongoing hands-on training and lots of encouragement I was able to help them to change their ways.

The training sessions focus on new learning new applications and modeling effective teaching and learning with the tablet.  It is then the responsibility of the teacher to transfer the skills acquired during the professional development  into the classroom setting.  Most are hesitant at first, but are able to with the added support of the instructional coach.

An important dimension of the professional development is the ability to provide teachers with a clear and consistent method of instruction.  Once the method is in place, it is much easier for teachers to fit the content into a specific structure, at which point they begin to think more constructively and incorporate the ‘out of the box’ thinking mentality.

We have a long way to go before all of the teachers are utilizing the tablets to full capacity, but we have definitely gained some valuable ground.