Articles In The Technology in the Classroom Category
This week we explore Technology Enhanced Items (TEI) and how these item types are creating fun challenges for students who are looking for an engaging learning experience. TEI’s are a relatively new concept for most, gaining popularity as education becomes more and more digital. TEI’s allow the student to focus on cognitive demand while emphasizing problem solving in a real world context.
Recent additions to TEI include click-stick-click-drop, hot spots and embedded graphing calculators, all of which are included in Schoolnet 15.4 and allow the student to interact with the problem …
So you’ve decided to start your very own personal teaching blog. It’s exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. Why? Because it’s all about you. Your voice, your points of view, and your responsibility. Here are some tips to making your blog a success:
Prepare- All good things come with a little preparation! I would suggest seeing what other teacher bloggers are writing about (like Cool Cat Teacher). Which topics get the most engagement from readers? What topics inspire you? Once you feel you have done enough research, start plotting …
What is one thing that every teacher has in common? I’ll give you another clue– teachers do it every day. Can you guess what it is?
Okay, so it could be a lot of things. However, I am referring to assessment; more specifically the assessing and observing of students in the classroom. Thanks to mobile devices, doing this has been easier than ever before, especially when it comes to managing, recording, and even improving these assessments.
That being said, I would like to share some apps that are great for assessment in …
I just joined the party – late as usual. I broke down and bought an iPad last night and I love it!
It is believed that tablets will soon outsell laptops, as predictions suggest that around 80 million tablets will be sold every year by 2018. In fact, we have already seen a large rise in the use of tablets specifically in education, highlighted recently by Bloomberg Businessweek HERE.
Most educators could probably name the benefits of using tablets with students off the top of their head, but when it comes to …
It takes courage to be creative. — E. Paul Torrance
E. Paul Torrence, known as the “Father of Creativity,” spent the bulk of his life researching how to quantify creativity. Throughout his studies, he found that the levels of creativity can be increased through practice, and believed that creative thinking can be taught even to those who seem to be “non-thinkers.”
Did you know that 82% of students wish they had more exposure to creative thinking in the classroom (source)? While most educators don’t focus solely on teaching creativity to their students, …
I’ll be first to admit that I love to Google (I can use Google as a verb, right?). I love that I can get instant gratification for my curiosity– “Is it possible to make food with a 3D printer?” (Yes–printed steak!) or “Is there really an island of trash in the Pacific?” (The debate continues.)
While search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are great to use, sometimes these sites can make it very difficult for students to determine a good, quality source from a not-so-good source. This is why …
As we embark on “Back-to-School” season, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and overburdened with enrollment and registration tasks. These tasks include processing student forms manually or with an outdated software system, and compiling stacks of data entry files to be entered once school starts.
If any of this sounds familiar, then online registration may be the solution to help streamline your registration process and alleviate the burden. Choosing an online school registration system that is inclusive and considers the needs of parents, students, teachers and administration is extremely important.
Consider the questions below as …
I tend to have some of my best brainstorming sessions while I travel, and it just so happens that I went jet-setting a couple weeks ago. While on the airplane, I began to brainstorm about which tool I would like to highlight next in my Technology Tools Series.
It wasn’t until I landed and sat in a taxi that I finally realized–I want to highlight QR code generators! This “ah-ha” moment was inspired by a two-dimensional barcode sticker, known as a QR code, on the taxi’s window. I quickly whipped out …
By Grace Stopani
The Department of Education has posted the 2013 grant application for Round 2 of the Race to the Top for Districts (RTT-D) grant. Applications are due October 3.
Out of 372 applicants in Round 1, only 16 were awarded. Round 2 is likely to be just as competitive with only 5-10 awards to be granted nationally. So this grant is not for the faint of heart!
To help school districts prepare for the Round 2 competition, we wanted to see what set apart the 16 awardees in Round 1. So the Pearson Grants …
Today’s Technology Tool highlight is focused around narrated slideshows and screencasts. I chose to spotlight these tools not only because they are great to share and model in the classroom, but because there is something about using recorded sound that completely captures the attention of students. By using them, educators can make their lesson plans compelling and memorable.
Narrated screencasts and slideshows are very similar to one another; the biggest difference between the two is that a narrated screencast is a digital recording of a computer screen, while a narrated slideshow …