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!