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.
More on digital storytelling: A Wonderful Visual Outlining The 7 Steps of Good Storytelling ~ Educational Technology and Mobile 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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Have you ever worried about the level of participation in your online courses? Perhaps you have difficulty encouraging students to interact with one another, or maybe you find student responses to be perfunctory. Surely there must be a way to encourage the kinds of participation that really supports learning.
via Six Ways to Get Your Online Students Participating in the Course | Faculty Focus.
Great Google lesson plan site. All lessons incorporate Google tools/ You can search for lesson plans and curricula using the drop-down menus.
via Lesson Plan Search – Google in Education.
by Coby Enteen
Flipped classrooms are truly changing education (see ‘How To Flip An Entire School‘ and a report on how the flipped classroom can improve test scores.) As a school psychologist intern highly interested in ‘flipping classrooms’, I have consulted with many teachers and school staff that have adopted (or have expressed interest in) the flipped classroom model, and those that have implemented the model, have nothing but great things to say. Below are some frequent questions I get about flipped classrooms from teachers; and my answers, based on personal interactions and professional consultations with teachers.
via Answers To The Biggest Questions About Flipped Classrooms – Edudemic.
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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.
It was not long ago since we posted here about the contest launched by YouTube in partnership with Khan Academy. They both were looking for some bright and inspiring educational content creators who have ” what it takes to build a global classroom “. Two of my readers here have applied ( there might probably be more but these two have sent me their video contributions ) and one of them was initially accepted in the first selection that listed 1000 candidates but was eliminated in the final selection.
via The New 10 YouTube Educational Gurus.
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…
via 3 Little Known Web Services Teachers Should Be Using.
Many brick-and-mortar schools want to incorporate more online instruction—but how should teachers prepare for the newly popular blended classroom? An update to a national certification program for educators promises to help them teach in a blended learning environment.
via New program prepares educators for blended learning | eSchool News.
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.