If a teacher only has an iOS device…
If a teacher has a Mac and an iOS device with access to e-mail….
If a teacher has a Mac and an iOS device with the same iCloud account and are using Notes and/or Pages
Passion. Enthusiasm. Excitement. The unexpected. If you haven’t read Dave Burgess’s book “Teach Like a PIRATE”, you’re missing out on the inspiration and the great practical ideas to create memorab…
Thirty days of hooks from the “Teach Like a PIRATE” book. Engaged students. Energized teachers. Sounds like a winner. Will you try it?
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1. Don’t be an Egghead: No one wants to follow an egghead.
Be sure to complete the Twitter profile with a picture and a brief description about who you are and what you do. Include a link to your blog or website so potential followers can find out more about you. Here is a great example:
2. Share Information and Retweet: Don’t just lurk or promote yourself, share ideas and links to resources. Retweet the information that you find valuable. Make sure you have a good ratio of tweets and retweets. Nobody wants to follow your never ending monologue. Just like in kindergarten, you need to listen and share if you want to make friends.
3. Know your Audience: If you want to use Twitter as a professional learning network, only post information that is relevant to your professional life. The occasional goofy picture is fine, but create a personal account if you have the urge to share your beer can collection or LOL cat fascination. Sharing relevant professional information that highlights your professional interest or expertise will facilitate the development of an active learning community that will support your professional growth.
4. Use #Hashtags to Avoid Being Overwhelmed: Your Twitter page can look like a fast moving springtime creek once you start following more than a hundred people. Searching by #hashtags can make it easier to find the information you want. A Twitter list is a curated list of Twitter users that you can create or subscribe to. Once the list has been created you can view the Tweets just from the people on the list. This is a great way to follow the Tweets of people from your school, district, or educational speciality.
#BrockTechies = Brock Teacher Candidates
#Newteacher = New Teachers
#NTchat - New Teacher chat
#OntEd = Ontario Education
#CanEd = Canadian Education
#EdChat = Education Twitter Chat
#EdTech = Educational technology
#Hashtags enable you to search the Twitterverse to find Tweets related to a specific topic. Searching by #hashtags is the most efficient way to find educational resources. Use the guides listed below to find the #hashtag for what you are looking for.
Mindshare Learning Guide to Canadian Education HashtagsEdudemic A-Z List of Education Hashtags5. Follow the Teachers, School Leaders or School Districts You Would Like to Work With: The quality of your Twitter experience will depend on who you follow. Be sure to follow the school district you would like to work for or where you will complete your practicum. This will ensure that you are informed about current district initiatives.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) gets lots of love these days, though there is an increasing number of educators that are starting to embrace STEAM too (the A is for Arts). After all, if you ask any engineer or technologist about their work, they will tell you that an ability to think creatively is an important part of their profession. Here are some tools to “STEAMify” your instruction.
Want more? Check out these collections of tools created by members like you.
Enjoy these great tools for educators!
- Mike Lee, Co-founder of edshelf
Alex Couros is the Professor of educational technology & media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. HIs blog is Open Thinking; Rants & Resources from an Open Educator. Follow Alex on Twitter @courosa
At the star-studded Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT) event earlier this month, where professors gathered to discuss innovative str
This article is absolutely worth reading! http://goo.gl/Pi0qmH
These are the 70 iPad apps I’m using on my STEM iPad cart. More curriculum is available on:
http:/stem.wesfryer.com | Brushes 3, Audioboo, Instashare – Transfer files the easy way, AirDrop for iOS & OSX, i-nigma QR Code, Data Matrix and 1D barcode reader, Kidblog, Singing Fingers HD, All-Star Guitar, cascadr, Beatwave, and SpectrumView
A wonderful educator from North Dakota, Mark Coppin, shares apps that are free quite frequently, Here is his list today. Thanka a ton, Mark
There are quite a few free apps today. Remember to download before they go back to paid status. The developer determines when it will go back to paid status.
Produced by NBC News, the Parent Toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school.
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The Parent Toolkit App is designed to help you navigate your child’s growth and development from Pre-K through 12th grade in the classroom and beyond. For each grade, the app offers benchmarks to see what your child will be learning in school, and recommendations for diet, sleep and physical activity. The grade-by-grade tips work into your everyday schedule to support what your child is learning and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Choose whether you want to browse through academic or health and wellness benchmarks and tips. The academic information will help you ensure your child is on the path to success. It also provides helpful advice on homework, parent-teacher conferences and supporting learning at home. In the health and wellness section, you’ll find tips on encouraging physical activity, eating a well-balanced diet, and ways to make sure your child gets enough sleep.
One of the favourite tools that was shared during my university class was a Flash based version of the popular game show, Jeopardy. We talked about using it as a diagnostic tool or as a way to hav…
These days, not all devices effectively use Flash anymore and so that opportunity is lost. Plus, if you created a game at home, you had to remember to bring the questions to school in order to use it! If there was an application that screamed for a web-based solution, this was it.
Asking if technology enhances learning is like asking if dogs are playful. Whether we’re discussing tech or those furry mouth-breathers, the answer is the same: it depends on the situation. Here’s a better line of inquiry: how do you coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies in order to positively influence academic achievement?
We can begin to answer this question with the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Framework (TPACK), which conceptualizes the integration of “Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Technological Content Knowledge (TCK), Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK), and the intersection of all three,” explains Dr. Matthew Koehler, editor of tpack.org. Watch (and feel free to share) the “TPACK in 2 Minutes” video below:
As of now Google Classroom is available to all Google Apps for Education
Classroom is a tool within the GAFE that allows teachers to set up
different classes, set projects, assign homework to groups and grade them
all within a single space. Classroom also records student grades and
progress. It should be a worthwhile assessment tool once you have begun
using it with your students for a couple of months.
Remember, what you are using at the moment is essentially Classroom 1.0 and
as such it is quite limited in it’s functionality and flexibility, but so
was everything in Google Apps when it was first released and Google have
certainly demonstrated a commitment to upgrade and enhance their products
It will take you all of about 2 minutes to set up your class and get
cooking so all I can suggest is give it a shot and see where it takes you.
You certainly won’t be wasting your time fro my brief encounter with it so
Here are a couple of resources and links to get you started and I’d love to
hear about your experiences thus far.
The use of YouTube as an aid to educate the future of the world has become more and more prevalent, and is becoming a way all teachers could benefit educating their students.
Tons of educational iPad apps organized by grade levels and categories.
“ As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …”
Edutopia is one of my favourite web sites. It has recently run a series written by Monica Burns aka @ClassTechTips featuring Resources for Using iPads across multiple grade levels. Though I’ve featured them each individually here on iPads in Education I thought it might be useful to post all of the series in one collection.
Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2 http://bit.ly/Tag2sg
Resources for Using iPads in Grades 3-5 http://bit.ly/1owxjbR
Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8 http://bit.ly/1qHU1j3
Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12 http://bit.ly/QPzKrp
Awesome! Thanks Edutopia!