Posts Tagged ‘technology tool’

A Wonderful Visual Outlining The 7 Steps of Good Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Digital Storytelling is a fantastic way to encourage students to develop products relating to the creative thought process while using problem-solving and language skills.  Storybird is a great platform for this type of creative expression, especially for the primary grades. It allows the student to choose a theme consisting of a set of images and embed them in the pages of the digital book.  The story is then saved on the website and can be shared with the class.

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More on digital storytelling:  A Wonderful Visual Outlining The 7 Steps of Good Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

Lesson Plan Search – Google in Education

Great Google lesson plan site.  All lessons incorporate Google tools/  You can search for lesson plans and curricula using the drop-down menus.

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by Coby Enteen

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.

 

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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.

 

3 Little Known Web Services Teachers Should Be Using

By now, everyone’s heard of the major web services that have become popular in edtech circles: Edublogs and Blogger for blogging, Diigo and Delicious for bookmarking, Wikispaces and Wetpaint for wikis, and on and on and on…

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Schools no longer are no-cellphone zones | The Columbus Dispatch

More schools are embracing what was once considered a disruptive force in the classroom: cellphones.

Districts have relaxed their rules, allowing students to plug into their phones, iPods and other electronic devices during lunch, recess or class time when permitted by a teacher.

via Schools no longer are no-cellphone zones | The Columbus Dispatch.

5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have

This is an excerpt from a larger article all about the real world ways teachers can use the technology they already have in their classroom to have a high-tech learning environment. 

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9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World

9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World.

iPads are making waves in education all over the nation, even in college classrooms, where they’re replacing laptops, textbooks, and notebooks. Some colleges have even gone so far as to hand out iPads to new students, helping students and faculty all work with the same technology for learning.

This year, the iPad is still going strong and schools are continuing to innovate new ways to use the tablets in class and around campus. Here we share just a few of the coolest ways iPads are making waves in higher ed this year, from helping teams play better to ensuring students never forget their notes.

Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom

The proper place of social media in the classroom remains a mystery to most people, with Wikipedia standing as the biggest, baddest new media nemesis of them all.

Wikipedia remains misunderstood because many educators have yet to recognize the distinction between Wikipedia as a tool for teaching and Wikipedia as a tool for research. Unfortunately, fear of the latter has blinded most to the possibilities of the former. I believe Wikipedia to be an effective tool for both.

Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom.