Friday, November 20, 2015

7 Simple Tools for New Teachers to Learn - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

7 Simple Tools for New Teachers to Learn - EdTechReview™ (ETR): 7 Simple Tools for New Teachers to Learn

Jessica Sanders
19 November 2015 7 Simple Tools for New Teachers to Learn
In fact, many are very simple to use, making them easy to learn and implement in your classroom.

These seven tools, ranging from video creating platforms to online reading logs, are not only simple, but engage your students and motivate them to learn more while having fun.

If you’re looking to use a new website or game during activity-station time, this is a great option. FunBrain offers a wide variety of online games that help students learn while having fun. Subjects covered include reading and math, with games like Tic Tac Toe Squares—“The classic game with a math twist!”—and The Grammar Gorillas—“Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas, need help identifying parts of speech.”

This tool can only be used on the iPad, making it best for teachers in an iPad classroom or school, 1:1 or otherwise. However, with an iPad in hand, this simple tool allows you and your students to reimagine the way they brainstorm, study and take notes via mind maps.

With Popplet, you and your students start with a single phrase or image in the middle of the map, adding ideas, facts and important information as branches. The branches can be color coded and labeled. For example, students can label their specific branches when working in groups, so you can see who contributed what.
Whooo’s Reading

This simple tool is all you need to motivate students to read more. Students log their reading, answer CCSS-aligned comprehension questions, and comment on their peers’ responses to earn Wisdom Coins. These Coins can be “spent” on virtual accessories in the Owl Shop. You’ll be amazed at how motivating this is for students.

As an educator, it’s easy to implement—simply add your student roster. Once students start logging reading, you’ll be able to see reading and comprehension progress via Lexile measures, along with average minutes read, average responses scored and written, and more.

This data makes it easy to follow the progress of your students and offer personalized recommendations for reading and improving.

Use this fun tool to get to know your students, throw a pop quiz or simply check on understanding during long lectures. Simply write a question, share it to your class, and watch the responses in real-time. Students can answer your question via Twitter, a web browse or their mobile phone, making this a simple and accessible school to teachers in a variety of settings.

Animoto is a fun and simple platform that you and your students can use to make awesome videos without any video editing knowledge. Once you choose your style and song (options are built into the platform), you can customize with text, videos and photos, produce your final product and share.

If you want to start a class blog, or help your students start their own blogs, WordPress may seem a bit overwhelming. Edublogs, the largest education blogging platform on the web, is the perfect option, making it simple to create, maintain and share yours and your students’ blogs.

This education blogging tool is free and comes with a variety of built-in safety and security features, such as privacy control, moderated content and activity reports, so you and your students’ parents can rest easy.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

CSS Beginner Tutorial | HTML Dog

CSS Beginner Tutorial | HTML Dog: CSS Beginner Tutorial

Like the HTML Beginner Tutorial, the CSS Beginner Tutorial assumes that you know as much about CSS as you do about the cumulative effects of sea squirt discharge on the brain chemistry of Germanic ammonites. The purpose of this guide is to teach the bare essentials - just enough to get started. The CSS Intermediate Tutorial and CSS Advanced Tutorial go into more depth about CSS.

Friday, November 13, 2015

5 Tools for Collaboration Teachers Must Be Using By Now - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

5 Tools for Collaboration Teachers Must Be Using By Now - EdTechReview™ (ETR): Research shows that teacher collaboration helps students do better and also raises student achievement. Collaboration not only makes work easier but also makes it better for students but also when ideas collaborate the level of creativity can rise to significant levels. Collaboration plays an important role and therefore means to make it happen should come to you like a piece of cake.

Below  are 5 amazing collaboration tools that you must be using by now for uninterrupted collaboration!

Friday, August 21, 2015

5 Reasons Why Schools Are Adopting Communication And Sharing Apps - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

5 Reasons Why Schools Are Adopting Communication And Sharing Apps - EdTechReview™ (ETR): In a digital world where it is now second nature to send emails, ping people via instant message, text etc. what will happen to the School Almanac. The unthinkable is about to happen, schools are already contemplating whether the Almanac or the ubiquitous diary has outlived its utility.

Things that had to be communicated across the school were sent as a circular and even more pressing information was sent out using SMS.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stanford ESP - Discover Splash-Splash is about learning

Stanford ESP - Discover Splash: Be a Part of Splash

Splash is about learning.

Splash is an enrichment program for students in grades 7-12 aimed at giving students the opportunity to explore new subject areas, learn something new, and discover their passions. Hundreds of volunteer Stanford students and community members come together for a single weekend to teach anything they want to students from all over California.

Monday, March 9, 2015

What Students Should Know About 21st Century Learning? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

What Students Should Know About 21st Century Learning? - EdTechReview™ (ETR): What Students should know about 21st Century Learning?

Learning is an evolving process. As times change, industry changes, requirements of expertise and knowledge changes and thus the education content and specifications change. 21st century is seen as the revolution stage in the field of technology. For most of the last century, the widespread belief among policymakers was that you had to get the basics right in education before you could turn to broader skills. It's as though schools were meant to be rigid and boring. But now the situation has changed. Technology has successfully integrated itself to the basic needs of the education system today in the form of online lectures, group forum assignments, personal learning networks etc.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Engage, Entertain and Educate Using ThingLink - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Engage, Entertain and Educate Using ThingLink - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

 ThingLink is a well-known platform for making interactive images,
videos for educational channels, web, social, and advertising. Its
interactive images provide an opportunity for students to enhance their
learning and develop 21st century skills.

Students can create, collaborate and communicate and engage in
critical thinking and problem solving. It is an amazing tool that is
transforming teaching and learning.
  • It’s a tool for annotating images and defining through multimedia.
  • Create multiple ‘hot spots’ to annotate images with text, pictures, video, audio and hyperlinks to web content.
  • Mobile apps for iOS and Android to quickly capture life’s moments with wifi.
  • Help students develop 21st century skills.

Knowledge worker one who works primarily with information or one who develops and uses knowledge in the workplace

Knowledge worker

The term was first coined by Peter Drucker ca. 1959, as one who works primarily with information or one who develops and uses knowledge in the workplace.

 “Knowledge networks” are collections of individuals and teams who come together across organizational, spatial and disciplinary boundaries to invent and share a body of knowledge. The focus of such networks is usually on developing, distributing and applying knowledge.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Knowledge workers are workers whose main capital is knowledge. Typical examples may include software engineers, doctors, architects, engineers, scientists, public accountants, lawyers, and teachers, because they "think for a living".[1]

What differentiates knowledge work from other forms of work is its primary task of "non-routine" problem solving that requires a combination of convergent, divergent, and creative thinking.[2] Also, despite the amount of research and literature on knowledge work there is yet to be a succinct definition of the term.[3]

The issue of who knowledge workers are, and what knowledge work entails, however, is still debated. Mosco and McKercher (2007) outline various viewpoints on the matter. They first point to the most narrow and defined definition of knowledge work, such as Florida’s view of it as specifically, "the direct manipulation of symbols to create an original knowledge product, or to add obvious value to an existing one", which limits the definition of knowledge work to mainly creative work. They then contrast this view of knowledge work with the notably broader view which includes the handling and distribution of information, arguing that workers who play a role in the handling and distribution of information add real value to the field, despite not necessarily contributing a creative element. Thirdly, one might consider a definition of knowledge work which includes, "all workers involved in the chain of producing and distributing knowledge products", which allows for an incredibly broad and inclusive categorization of knowledge workers. It should thus be acknowledged that the term "knowledge worker" can be quite broad in its meaning, and is not always definitive in who it refers to.[4]

Knowledge workers spend 38% of their time searching for information. They are also often displaced from their bosses, working in various departments and time zones or from remote sites such as home offices and airport lounges.[5]

Knowledge workers are employees who have a deep background in education and experience and are considered people who "think for a living." They include software developers, doctors, lawyers, inventors, teachers, nurses, financial analysts and architects.[6] As businesses increase their dependence on information technology, the number of fields in which knowledge workers must operate has expanded dramatically.

Even though they sometimes are called "gold collars",[7] because of their high salaries, as well as because of their relative independence in controlling the process of their own work,[8] current research shows that they are also more prone to burnout, and very close normative control from organizations they work for, unlike regular workers.[9]

Managing knowledge workers can be a difficult task. Most knowledge workers prefer some level of autonomy, and do not like being overseen or managed. Those who manage knowledge workers are often knowledge workers themselves, or have been in the past. Projects must be carefully considered before assigning to a knowledge worker, as their interest and goals will affect the quality of the completed project. Knowledge workers must be treated as individuals. "Managing Knowledge Workers: Getting the Most From Them". Retrieved 2014-06-27.

Weiss (1960)[full citation needed] said that knowledge grows like organisms, with data serving as food to be assimilated rather than merely stored. Popper (1963)[full citation needed] stated there is always an increasing need for knowledge to grow and progress continually, whether tacit (Polanyi, 1976)[full citation needed] or explicit.

Toffler (1990)[full citation needed] observed that typical knowledge workers (especially R&D scientists and engineers) in the age of knowledge economy must have some system at their disposal to create, process and enhance their own knowledge. In some cases they would also need to manage the knowledge of their co-workers.

Nonaka (1991)[full citation needed] described knowledge as the fuel for innovation, but was concerned that many managers failed to understand how knowledge could be leveraged. Companies are more like living organisms than machines, he argued, and most viewed knowledge as a static input to the corporate machine. Nonaka advocated a view of knowledge as renewable and changing, and that knowledge workers were the agents for that change. Knowledge-creating companies, he believed, should be focused primarily on the task of innovation.

This laid the foundation for the new practice of knowledge management, or "KM", which evolved in the 1990s to support knowledge workers with standard tools and processes.

Savage (1995) describes a knowledge-focus as the third wave of human socio-economic development. The first wave was the Agricultural Age with wealth defined as ownership of land. In the second wave, the Industrial Age, wealth was based on ownership of Capital, i.e. factories. In the Knowledge Age, wealth is based upon the ownership of knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge to create or improve goods and services. Product improvements include cost, durability, suitability, timeliness of delivery, and security. Using data,[citation needed] in the Knowledge Age, 2% of the working population will work on the land, 10% will work in Industry and the rest will be knowledge workers.[

Saturday, January 3, 2015

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