Part 2: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning

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It is still summer time and I am sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox! I have forty… maybe more… and I am sending out ten new ones in each post. This is post number two… remember I am picking these from thousands.  It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

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Technology Integration in Education #1: Twitter

A Primary School Teacher

BirdI am writing a series of blog posts related to the integration of technology in the classroom. Each blog post will include practical examples of how to use a specific tool and integrate it into your teaching.

We are living in revolutionary times. It is urgent that we think of education, children and teaching differently from the past. The classroom needs to be a place of innovation where students are able to connect with others, feel empowered and curious and have a say in their learning. Technology provides us with tools to expand our minds and extend our reach (Sir Ken Robinson, 2014).  

The first post of the series is: Technology Integration in Education #1: Twitter.

Twitter has 255 million monthly active users and 500 million Tweets are sent each day. It is used by people from all over the world to share and create ideas instantly. Our students…

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Take Your iPad from Consumption to Creation with DoInk!

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DoInk: “fun, powerful animation app for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch!”

Doink is a new, fun and creative way to make animations on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. It will help your students become content creators and will push their creativity.

Within the Doink app, you can create your own custom piece of art with their vector drawing tools. In addition to just drawing, you can choose among their thousands of free art props, that anyone can use. After you’re done with your animations, you can bring them to life with their remarkable and powerful composition editor! You play all your clips (almost like a flip book) and turn it into an animation! If you’d like to share your masterpiece, you can save it to your camera roll and/or share it via social media with your friends, or with the world!

Here is a sample of the animation I created with the app. It is based off of…

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Reimagining higher education

New Images of Education

The bits and pieces of this, a view of what higher education might look like for the next generation, all exist now.  What doesn’t exist is acceptance of this “just right” education by employers as the substitute for a degree.  While this seems ideal, it can only be imagined for the highly motivated, self-directed learner.  It does seem just right, but this compilation of everything our evolving education system has to offer right now is probably not all there will be in the coming years.  Article is from Deloitte University Press.  “Fracture lines can be seen everywhere in America’s higher education system, from skyrocketing tuition costs and mounting student debt to a significant mismatch between the skills employers seek and those students possess upon graduation see figure 1.5 These pressures, coupled with the recognition that the status quo is unsustainable, are, in turn, fueling innovation across the higher education ecosystem…

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Top ten resources for teachers (part 2!)

Lizzie Pinard

“The internet is a great place for English language teachers, if you know to where to look!” …thus began part 1  – a post that was written to bring a group of internet-based gems together, to make it easier for all English language teachers to find and benefit from them. It has turned out to be a popular idea, even gaining a nomination for the  Teaching English British Council blog of the month award, BUT it also ruffled a few feathers: In making the list, I left off some brilliant resources!

So here is part 2 – another top ten resources for teachers to try out… This time, including the websites/resources that YOU wanted to see included! (Plus some more of my own…)

1. ELTpics

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This collaborative project has made it possible for teachers to easily source creative commons – licensed photos for use…

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Educator as a Maker Educator

User Generated Education

The following materials are being used to present to educators the idea that implementing maker education requires a different mindset, and often different roles and skills of the educator.

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If You Like Socrative, You’ll LOVE Kahoot

Burlington High School Help Desk

With summer vacation just a few weeks away it can be easy for students to become distracted, but teachers are still focused on preparing students for final exams. Many teachers look for ways to make review sessions fun and engaging and use tools such as Socrative. As an alternative, teachers can try the free, web-based, device agnostic classroom response system Kahoot.

Kahoot allows teachers to create quizzes, discussion questions and surveys. From a student point of view, I’d much rather play a game of Kahoot against my classmates versus complete a review worksheet. And if asked to compare the two, I think Kahoot blows Socrative out of the water. I found it to be intuitive, more like a game show and very exciting.

Getting Started with Kahoot

Teachers create a free account by selecting their role (teacher) and entering the name of their school. Next, teachers provide their email, select a…

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Too many iPads…

Stellar Teaching in Failing Schools (Part 1)

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

How can “stellar teaching” and “failing schools” be in the same sentence?

Failing schools have been defined as ones with low test scores, attendance, and high school graduation rates. They also include high numbers of dropouts and disciplinary referrals with frequent turnover in principals and teachers and presence of far more inexperienced than experienced teachers. Over decades of being in such schools I observed many traditional and non-traditional lessons. Some were forgettable not only by students but also by me–although I kept notes to remind me how the low-level content and skills were taught and how classroom management was, at best, uneven and, on occasion, chaotic.

But I do not want to describe forgettable lessons in low-performing schools. Such examples have been noted often by reformers usually omitting, however, that such teaching also occurs in schools serving upper-middle income neighborhoods. Readers can recall such teaching that echo the caricatured history…

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