“When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following list includes 20 ideas that you may not have thought of that can help produce a successful classroom. Each item takes no longer than an hour and can make a big difference throughout the year.
1. Set up your classroom in an “active learning” format (15-30 minutes)
Traditional classrooms are normally arranged in a linear format with all the desks facing one direction. Studies suggest that creating a room with no “obvious” front helps students to take a more active role in learning, rather than looking to the teacher.If your room allows it, arrange the desks in small groups with no obvious front. You can do your instructing from the center of the room instead.” To read further please click here:
By: Erin Klein
“As a classroom teacher, I’m always on the look out for resources that will help my students in class and support the work they do at home as well. Over the years, I’ve gathered binders full of information, computer files full of information, and now Pinterest boards full of information. I’m over the moon the FINALLY have a resource where I can curate ALL of my content under ONE place: appoLearning Collections. ” To read further please click here:
“Mobile learning is rapidly making its way into organizations across the globe. For many instructional designers and developers, learning about new technology, platforms, and ways of building content can be daunting. We are expanding our skills to include understanding HTML5, responsive design, and device affordances, just to name a few. In the world of native apps versus mobile web, an exciting solution is sometimes overlooked: interactive e-books.
What exactly is an interactive e-book? Similar to a ZIP (.zip) folder, an e-book is a collection of assets, files, and so forth packaged into one independent file. This file can be un-packed and run using an e-reader application, such as Apple’s iBooks, Kobo, Adobe Digital Editions, or Kindle. The most versatile file format for an e-book is EPUB (.epub), but there are others such as MOBI (.mobi) for Kindle and iBook (.ibook) for Apple’s iPad.”To read further please click here: https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Learning-Technologies-Blog/2015/07/3-Reasons-to-Use-Interactive-E-Books-for-Mobile-Learning
By: Med Kharbach
“Kids’ cognition craves drawing because it provides it with an ample and unrestricted space to exercise its creative performance. With the advance of technology and more specifically mobile technology, drawing has taken unprecedented dimensions empowering kids to take their creative skills to the next level. There are now a wide variety of great educational apps to help kids enhance their graphic expressivity through drawing and doodling. Below is a sample of some of the best educational drawing apps out there. Check them out and share with your kids. Enjoy”To read further please click here: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/07/5-excellent-drawing-apps-for-kids.html
By: Kasey Bell
“In a student-centered classroom, it is important for students to take ownership of their learning and make it meaningful in a way that fits their needs and learning styles. This is much easier said than done. As a teacher, it can be difficult to get out of the way and let students take the reins. Ideally, we must take on the role of partner, guiding and facilitating learning. One crucial piece of the learning process is reflection, which can take many forms, but most agree that time to reflect is critical for learners of all ages.
The Swivl Robot, Swivl Capture App and Swivl Cloud offer the tools to support and make student ownership of learning possible in the classroom. When students are able to create peer-to-peer instruction videos, review performances and presentations, and see progress over time, video becomes a powerful tool to support the learning process. Below are five ways that teachers and students can use video to increase student ownership of learning.” To read further please click here: http://www.swivl.com/2015/07/video-increase-student-ownership/
By: Jeff Herb
“The Web Quest is the tell-tale internet activity that quite likely started many educators with teaching using technology. The internet-based and typically worksheet-accompanying activity has been a staple in classrooms for years. Inherently, the concept is pretty good. You give students some guiding questions and some resources; they then find answers to your questions and learn about both the content and about information acquisition as well. But, with today’s tech and what we know about student learning, the web quest could be so much more.
What it does:
Aurasma allows users to use their device’s camera and the Aurasma app to find ‘triggers’ that contain embedded information. For instance, if the stapler on my desk was a trigger image setup in Aurasma, when I point my phone at the stapler it could be set to load another image, link, video, or animation.” To read further please click here:
“Share, Brainstorm, Collaborate, Organize, for free, with OneNote.
After being introduced to Microsoft OneNote at the UB Tech 2015 conference, I found myself really curious to learn more about it and take it for a test drive. My interest comes from two perspectives – one, as a tool for productivity within my department, and secondly, as a tool for teaching and learning.OneNote is a unique tool that makes it easy to gather lots of information in one place, and is great for collaboration, sharing, projects, group work, and much more. It is free for use in education, and is often included with MS Office (depending on which version you have).Focusing on teaching and learning, I searched the web using phrases like “Microsoft OneNote in the classroom”. I sought content from educators (as opposed to materials directly from Microsoft), to get an independent perspective.Here are some of the better resources I found about using OneNote for instructional purposes. I thought these were informative and hope you will too!If you aren’t aware of OneNote, this is a good way to learn a bit about this highly capable and unique tool. If you’re just getting started learning about OneNote, I think you’ll find some useful information here. ” To read further please click here: http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/07/microsoft-onenote-for-teaching-and-learning/
By: Kelly Walsh
“Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting and exciting tools emerging in the academic world today.
Here are a handful of videos showing many fun, engaging ways in which educators and students are using this powerful digital technology.
Shaw Wood Primary School use Aurasma throughout the school, and it has been adopted by teachers, parents and pupils alike.” To read further please click here:http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/07/how-teachers-and-students-are-using-augmented-reality/