How to transform your media centers into makerspaces
JUNE 9, 2016
Even with tight budgets, it’s possible to repurpose your libraries or media centers into 21st century makerspaces. The challenge becomes how to make our services and programs truly stand out to stakeholders, so that we’re truly transforming what we’re doing to meet the needs of our students in today’s world.
How to Find the Best Learning Resources on GoConqr
NOVEMBER 25, 2015
Many students and teachers join GoConqr so that they can start creating their own learning resources and use our online tools to bring the concept of active learning to life. But there’s so much more to do. In this week’s blog, we’re going to focus on how you can easily access valuable user-generated study material for any subject or exam level. Suggested for You.
How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries
APRIL 16, 2015
In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology. In addition, librarians actively seek out new means for creative expression and intellectual growth for student library users, and frequently volunteer as early adopters of these exciting resources. The post How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries appeared first on Edudemic. Featured How To Trends community featured librarians library resources school libraries
How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Want to see students excited? Want to see them run to class? The fifth graders had an optional meeting at 7 am where they could come to school to meet the other kids half a world away. Kids came early to school so they could meet other kids! Learners love to meet learners in other classrooms, but how can you make it simple ? Collaborate.
Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
In this article, you’ll learn how to use SMART lab to build fast games and lessons. We’ll also look at how using this tool changes the lesson planning workflow. For example, for me, the SMART Notebook makes it easier to present student games, formative assessment, and contentin a smooth, seamless way. See the video tutorial for how I did it.).
100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators
FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google. Teachers wanting to implement Google Classroom can use these resources to get started, level up their learning, or become a pro at all things Google. How to Manage a Classroom in Google. But there are so many sites!
What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.) Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.”
Libraries without walls
Learning with 'e's
MARCH 31, 2012
I recently wrote about how libraries are adapting to the digital age. The traditional library is viewed by many as a place for stacks of books to gather dust, and where stern librarians in tweed jackets tell you to keep quiet. Libraries are shaking off this image, and embracing new technologies and approaches to support learning in the 21st Century.
How to Train Your (New) Principal
The Daring Librarian
JUNE 1, 2014
It was designed to! Before any admins out there start sharpening their pitchforks for me, I gotta say that I really don''t think teachers need to train new principals. Principals come to us already accomplished, trained, vetted, and hand-picked. And a new principal does sorta have to take control of the school which may include a little fire breathing now and then.
Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. Students become accustomed to making mistakes and persevering.
How to Teach With Videos
Ask a Tech Teacher
DECEMBER 14, 2016
I reviewed mysimpleshow , a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video. The days of checking books out of the library, traditional style lecturing, and writing papers with a pen are continuously becoming pastimes. To Assess Your Students. To Flip Your Classroom.
Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
The fascination over the differences between extroverts and introverts, how they communicate, and what they need, is by far, one of the most compelling topics over the past decade. Although we talk about the phenomena quite often in our personal lives, we have yet to see tangible changes in the workforce and within schools. Transforming The Classroom to Support Innovative Introverts.
How to go Paperless in Your Classroom
Ask a Tech Teacher
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
There are benefits to adopting web-based alternatives to paper: it’s easy to collaborate when everything’s online. teachers can provide feedback on projects that students respond to and resubmit. student work is simple to copy, back up, and share as needed. To kickstart your paperless digital classroom requires a modicum of preparation.
How to Run a Parent Class
Ask a Tech Teacher
MARCH 6, 2017
Parents often find technology a roadblock to helping their children with classwork. Like students, they don’t want to sound like Luddites, so they struggle for a while and ultimately give up. With that comes either disinterest or pushback against your efforts to blend tech into learning. Both are dangerous to your teaching goals. how to use email.
How To Design A 21st Century Assessment
TeachThought - Learn better.
OCTOBER 27, 2015
How To Design A 21st Century Assessment. Whatever they create with digital tools should still represent what students were to learn. Students should be able to articulate and defend their tool choices, content inclusion, and degrees of audience interaction and how those choices affected the resulting product. Instead, use the best tool to support learning (e.g.,
20 Free Online Resources to Upgrade Your Studying Process
Educational Technology Guy
MAY 12, 2015
At present time she is working on her first ebook dedicated to online learning. You may see Julie's latest publications and contact her via Linkedin All students would agree that it is difficult to study. Thanks to the Internet, there are free online resources that you can use to upgrade your studying process. To get started, you can sign-up for a free account.
Building a Free Library of Interactive Resources
Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners
MAY 2, 2015
Ulla E ngeström, founder of ThingLink The founder of ThingLink, Ulla E ngeström, has a goal to build a free library of interactive resources for all teachers, students and parents. She has launched a crowdfunding campaign, Women Who Tech , to gain support for education and women tech entrepreneurs. These books are very enjoyable to read and explore.
The 4 most common mistakes districts make in professional development
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
Across the globe, teachers are continually asked to integrate technology into their curriculums to keep up with future-ready skills and in turn they complain that they need more professional development. District administrators then tend to incorporate four common mistakes in professional development programming. Assuming your hired specialists will do it naturally.
How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?
JULY 1, 2016
Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I This is such a great program that I asked Angela if I could link up with her to recommend her program to all of my readers. I’m in the club and ready to go!! Members can choose to pay monthly or quarterly if they’d like, but these are installment payments. How does this program work?
How to choose the best collaboration tools for students
APRIL 27, 2016
Students come together to express ideas, share perspectives and ultimately create something that’s greater than they could have achieved individually. But too often, collaborative learning activities fail to live up to expectations. The same handful of eager extroverts takes the lead every time, leaving others to passively follow. How do you choose the right option?
Good Tools for Teaching Students How to Evaluate Web Content Credibility
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
Source: Butler University Library, adapted from Meriam Library at CSU, Chico What are Your Favorite Tools and Techniques for Helping Students Learn how to Assess Web Content? Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. One of my favorite. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].
How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?
JANUARY 26, 2016
This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. It’s important to let them explore new things that may not be present in your curriculum but are in your students’ heads all the time. How to Get Started with Genius Hour?
5 steps for creating a custom makerspace
APRIL 13, 2015
A couple of years ago, my son won an award in preschool for being “Eager to Learn.” Of course I was beyond proud of him, but I also could not help but wonder if his schooling would allow him to carry and sustain that innate zeal for learning with him as he came to face the rigors of the Common Core and standardized testing. Next page: The 5 steps revealed.
How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading
OCTOBER 31, 2016
Over the years, the sixth grader from Washington, Michigan, has been on the receiving end of various incentives to gently nudge him into doing more reading: his elementary school used reading logs and rewards for time spent reading, and at home he is allowed to stay up 30 minutes past his bedtime if he reads an actual book. She takes him to the library often, and gathers good book recommendations from other parents, teachers and librarians, but stops short of forcing him to read a certain number of pages at home, thinking it will do more harm than good.
How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty
OCTOBER 21, 2015
But our collective understanding of any given subject is never complete, according to Jamie Holmes, who has just written a book on the hidden benefits of uncertainty. In “ Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing ,” Holmes explores how the discomforting notions of ambiguity and uncertainty affect the way we think and behave. He wants students to grapple with uncertainty to spark their curiosity and better prepare them for the “real world,” where answers are seldom clear-cut or permanent. Teachers should help students find ways to think and learn,” he said.
Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]
OCTOBER 12, 2016
More and more schools adopt BYOD policies and allow students to bring their own mobile phones, tablets, eBooks, and other devices in the classroom, and use them as tools to enhance learning. Success stories , like Forsyth County Schools from Georgia, Katy ISD from Texas, or Fairfax County Schools from Virginia, get to the ears of teachers and principals everywhere.
How to Make Augmented Reality a Reality in Your Classroom
MARCH 11, 2017
Take a look at the 12-year-olds around you, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one without a device in front of his or her face. Kids love these hit apps because they use augmented reality to add graphics and sounds to their real-life location, creating an immersive—and addictive—experience. Catching a pokémon that appears to be zipping past your bus stop is just more fun than thumbing through traditional trading cards. But can teachers use this technology to engage students in the classroom, not only to entertain but personalize instruction?
First-ever online library of edtech pricing data launches for school districts
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
The Technology for Education Consortium (TEC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving K-12 edtech procurement, today at FETC 2017 launched the TEC Data Platform. The platform will allow member districts to access price reports on the products they are considering for first-time purchase or renewal. ” Access to the TEC Data Platform is limited to member districts only.
Nashville Library Gives Incarcerated Teens the Freedom to Create
JANUARY 5, 2017
How a local public library in Nashville is using digital media to help teens see themselves as readers, and much more. It began with a simple library lending program. When funding for the library at the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville, Tennessee, was slashed in 2015, the staff there reached out to their local public library for help. The Nashville Public Library (NPL) got the teens at Woodland Hills set up with library cards, which they use often. My momma came to see me. How real is that?”
Set up your own digital media lab for next to nothing
APRIL 16, 2015
Back when I was in school, class projects were limited to written reports, dioramas, and posters—things we could create with pencils, paper, Popsicle sticks, and glue. To say our students today have many more options available to them would be the understatement of the 21st century. I’m happy to say, that’s exactly what happened.
How to Design Your Own MakerSpaces – From Courtney Pepe
APRIL 11, 2016
They use the MakerSpace to solve real life problems with access to tools and materials. A MakerSpace is not confined to a school setting but can also be a community space like a public library where community members of all ages, means, and abilities can design, prototype, and create original works. Big Idea #3: Invasion and “Makeover” of the Local Library.
How to Create a Safe 1:1 Learning Environment
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Sure, you might have a larger student population, and you could be separated by hundreds, if not thousands, of miles, but you both are looking for new ways to create digital learning environments that facilitate critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. At the same time, and again just like you, Redding School District strives to keep pace with the latest advances in technology.
A guide for how to select the best tech tools for your school
JUNE 22, 2016
With ed-tech spending expected to reach $55B by 2019 as predicted by market research firm Technavio, schools and districts should ensure they can produce carefully-crafted technology plans that outline how technology will work successfully in classrooms. This is up-to-date, boots-on-the-ground knowledge. How to set up a tech committee to evaluate needs and resources. •
How to deal with a principal who just doesn’t “get it”
The Cornerstone Blog
AUGUST 28, 2016
Some of these teachers feel like their principals place too much emphasis on testing and try to standardize teaching. There’s no freedom for the teachers to be creative or exercise their professional judgment, and there’s no freedom for kids to be kids. So let me be clear: there are many amazing admins out there and I don’t mean to discredit them in any way.
Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library
JULY 31, 2016
Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning spaces in their schools still aren’t sure how to get started or why it’s worth the effort. New Canaan High School librarian Michelle Luhtala recently jumped headfirst into creating a makerspace in her library and documented what she learned, how her space changed and how it affected students along the way. Luhtala is blessed with a big library, but for most of her career it has been dominated by large bookshelves. GETTING RID OF BOOKS.
Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference
The Learning Revolution Has Begun
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
Register now for our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th, and we'll send you the information on how to either attend the live sessions or watch the recordings afterwards. Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 Sponsored with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. Steve Hargadon Library 2.0
How To Share Content Between Google Classroom And CK-12
TeachThought - Learn better.
AUGUST 12, 2015
How To Share Content Between Google Classroom And CK-12. We’re proud to announce that we have integrated the Google Classroom share button within CK-12. Now, teachers and students will be able to access our entire library of content in conjunction with the Google Classroom platform. How It Works. How To Share Content Between Google Classroom And CK-12.