Hi Cyndi Danner-Kuhn,A child’s imagination is a wondrous thing. With the right tools, you can ignite it and get a brilliant display. Some common activities include writing digital stories, videos, posters, etc. How about… creating a video game? From envisioning a virtual world to crafting characters, building a video game involves multiple subjects and skills. And the final result? Loads of pedagogical fun. Here are six notable video game creation tools for your students’ toolkits.
Enjoy these new additions!- Mike Lee, Co-founder of edshelf
Dyane Smokorowski, of Andover and Kansas Teacher of the Year for 2013 does it again. “Smoke” as we all call her, is always doing awesome things in her classroom and thankfully shares pretty much everything.
Now she has a Facebook site with lessons, resources, teaching ideas an more. I encourage you to take a look. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Since today is talk like a pirate day, of course there is a Pirate lesson. https://www.facebook.com/edtechk12
Check out John Larkin, his website is a treasure trove of how-to’s, and guides. They are well done, include lots of images and the instructions are extremely clear. So, if you need written instructions, Check him out. All downlads as PDF! http://www.larkin.net.au/
Idaho will launch a pilot program in the fall, becoming the first state to partner with the Khan Academy to provide free, online access to math, physics and history classes. The program, to be implemented in 47 schools, is funded through a $1.5 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. “Idaho has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system,” said Jamie MacMillan, the foundation’s executive director.
Read the full story, KBOI-AM (Boise, Idaho)/The Associated Press (2/28)
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Today I shared five different presentations for teachers in Yukon Public Schools in the district’s annual professional development conference. I recorded audio for each session and published them to my secondary podcast channel, “Fuel for Educational Change Agents.” Here are the session titles, descriptions, resource links, and podcast audio links. Of these five sessions, the only “brand new one” (which I’d never presented before) was the third session on Wolfram Alpha. If you’re just going to listen to one of these, that’s the one I’d recommend! Wolfram Alpha is MINDBLOWINGLY powerful and amazing. As co-founder Theodore Gray said in October at the Educause Conference in Denver, Wolfram Alpha has the potential to fundamentally change our relationship to computation and mathematics in the same way Google has (and continues to) change our relationship with information access.
E is for EXPLORE is a one stop resource for teachers and parents. We develop unique learning activities, and search the internet and compile additional great ideas from other sources. Our index helps you find what you need quickly and easily. Where we have posted ideas from other sources we provide easy links to those websites. Please visit those as well to see what else they have to offer. All E is for Explore activities conform to state common core curriculum standards.
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I have been reading Jordan’s Blog for a while now and learning from him. I just downloaded his new Evernote Student Handbook and it is excellent. Worth every penny! I have to admit I am looking forward to doing more with Evernote myself and with my pre-service teachers this semester. I barely introduced it last semester.
I was slow in starting to use Evernote, had it on all my devices for quite some time before I started using. And now I am hooked. There are so many possibilities. It is really helping me to be more organized and keep track of all the “stuff.”
If you are new to Evernote or still trying to figure out why and how to use Evernote, spend $4.99 and and dowload Jordan’s handbook, I am confident it will get your started and on your way to using Evernote successfully.
The Evernote Student Handbook– by Jordan Collier
To help my junior high students get acclimated with using Evernote at school, I wrote this handbook as a step-by-step guide. At the beginning of the year, very few of my students were familiar with using Evernote, but now many of my students are independent users.
Because this handbook has helped my students (and especially their parents) learn to use Evernote for school, it’s now available for $4.99 as a PDF download.
To purchase the book, click here.
If you’d prefer, you may try a sample of the handbook here.
I definitely hope that you purchase the book, but if not, be sure to also download the ebook created from the handbook titled 19 Practical Evernote Ideas for Students.
Occasionally, we have to toot our own horns and as educators we are pretty about doing it. So here is my toot, I have had about 10 of these teachers/administrators in class when they were undergraduates at Fort Hays State University or Kansas State University. I also had the honor of doing the professional development in Inman shortly after their iPad program began. So, I feel close to these teachers and this school and very proud to watch their success. It really is
If you are thinking about a 1:1 technology program, Inman is the place to go visit or talk with about HOW to make it work. To begin, watch this series of short videos (all under 5 minutes). It will show you how this iPad 1:1 program has succeeded from all points of view. Also check out their website where they share what is going on, have discussion and help each other.
I also think it is important to mention the fact that the Superintendent, Kevin Case, is intimately involved. In fact, I would say he knows as much about the iPad as the kids do. He became the “principal teacher.” He models what he expects, in other words, he does not expect his teachers to do anything he does not know how to do himself. So he is not the kind of administrator that locks himself in his office and does whatever administrators do in their office. He is out there in the trenches with the kids and teachers.
Cloud storage of files is one of my favorite aspects of the modern Internet. Cloud storage services make it easy to access all of my important files from any computer and most mobile devices. And for students cloud storage eliminates the I forgot my flashdrive excuse for not having an assignment ready for class.
The potential problem with cloud storage, and any other online service for that matter, is having your account compromised. One way to make it more difficult for your account to be compromised is to enable two-step authentication.
Two-step authentication for a Google account requires entering a verification code that Google sends to your cell phone. Click here for directions or watch this video to learn more.
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With seemingly endless tools, uses, and resources, Google is a virtual powerhouse for all things learning. Of course, Google’s even better if you know how to step beyond the simple search box and take advantage of everything the search giant has to offer. That’s why we’re highlighting 52 different tricks that you can use this back-to-school season, whether you’re heading off to college or getting started on your online degree.
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Kevin Cummins, edgalaxy; Cool Stuff for Nerdy Teachers has had nearly 12,000 downloads in his Classroom Posters section of his blog. This week he added three more sets…..
- Amazing Angles
- Daily News
- Days of the Week
Kevin says…..Download, Print, Share and Enjoy.
Take a look at his classroom Posters section to download the newest hi-res classroom posters.
Teachers, Kevin’s blog is just a wealth of resources and information. I encourage you read edgalaxy regularly, I do!
By Leila Meyer
ASCD has launched EduCore, a new, free digital tool to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and literacy. Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, EduCore is a repository of resources for teachers that includes strategies, videos, and supporting documents for implementing CCSS in math and literacy.
EduCore’s Math Tools channel currently provides over 20 formative assessment math lessons and videos, including problem-solving and content-development formative assessments, aimed at the middle and high school level. The lessons were developed by the Shell Centre and cover subjects such as solving linear equations in two variables and apply angle theorems. EduCore also includes lesson plans, student materials, PowerPoint slides, and other materials to help teachers implement the CCSS math curriculum in their classrooms.
by David Kapuler, Technology Tidbit:, Thoughts of a Cyber Hero
“A timeline is a kind of graphic design showing a long bar labeled with dates alongside itself and (usually) events labeled on points where they would have happened. It is used to show events along a period of time, and are often used in education to help students and researchers with understanding events and trends for a particular subject.” (Wikipedia)
Thanks David, Checkout the full list, CLICK HERE
Moleskine designs high quality pens, notebooks, and accessory.I have a small notebook and have to admit love. But they are a little pricey. Every time I pass a rack, I am so tempted. Anyway, Moleskine has teamed up with Evernote. I love Evernote, it is my new addiction. My goodness it is helping me get organized and keep track of things and it is all in one spot and on all my devices, laptop, iPad, iPhone, etc. Same stuff everywhere.
But, this new notebook improves that feature. The pages of the notebook are covered in a pattern of dots which are designed so that the app can use them to correct for the distortion from by the camera.
Amazing!!! And that’s not all, each notebook has special stickers. After you upload a page of notes, the app recognizes the stickers and associates them with one of your predefined tags. So if you haven’t been tagging everything in Evernote (like me), it is time to start.
The new notebook is priced at $30 is scheduled to ship in early October. But the price includes a free trial to Evernote Premium. There is a code in the back good for 3 free months of service . The Premium Evernote account is $40 a year normally, this will give you more upload capacity, more sharing options, access to note history, faster image recognition, top priority support, offline notebooks, PIN lock, and much more. I actually pay for the Premium account and find it worth every penny.
I have already placed my pre-order for $24.95.
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. With the start of school right around the corner, I decided to revisit a post I’ve done on sites for educational games. This list, presented in alphabetical order, has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use with their students.
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Wow, this is just a treasure trove of great resources, I encourage you to check it out!!
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There is nothing much rewarding for students than to see their accomplished work being published and celebrated with others. This is very much motivating and is a strong impetus for them to achieve more and work harder. Can you imagine how happy a student would be to share his classroom work with his parents in a neat and clean online platform that they access anywhere and anytime ?
There are several online tools that you as a teacher can use to host your students work and share them with the whole class and as well as parents .Below are some tools that can help you do that. Check them out :
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