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10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy)

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Dr Spencer Kagan is a renowned educator who changed the way the world viewed teaching. He is mainly known for his work on cooperative learning strategies (often referred to as Kagan learning structures).

Virtual Worlds For Higher Education: The New Real-World Classrooms

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When you think of virtual reality the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t education, it’s more entertainment! Well, one of the fastest growing industries in the world is trying to reach a wider audience one of which is Education, and higher Education.

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18 must-try apps for the new academic year.

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I am currently on the last day of my summer holiday and have started thinking about new technology I can use in the upcoming year. I have found 18 apps / websites that I am definitely going to try. Image courtesy of saffluence.com. 1) Evernote.

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Get students learning by MAKING quizzes instead of TAKING quizzes.

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QuizPedia is a fun and engaging learning tool that can be used in primary education and onwards. And it’s free ! How is it different to a typical quiz making tool? Quizzes aren’t new to the classroom but QuizPedia’s approach is.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

What is the SAMR model?

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A new acronym floating around at the moment is SAMR. But what does it mean and what implications does it have for classroom practise? SAMR stands for: substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition. It basically details all the ways technology can impact or not on learning. Substitution.

How To Use ‘Kahoot!’ To Gamify Learning.

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Kahoot! is a really fun and motivating app for learning. Games and quizzes which incorporate videos, images and diagrams can be created by the teacher and then students can compete against each other. Pupils can also create games for their peers.

4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize the Classroom.

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It’s hard to see anything other than artificial intelligence being the next frontier of the edtech front. More specifically, machine learning has quickly gained the potential to overhaul what educators can accomplish with technology due to how rapidly the field has advanced within the last two years.

Deepen mathematical understanding with ‘Think Boards’

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I went to an education conference recently, and in one session a maths expert shared ‘Think Boards’ They are a simple but excellent idea, and fit in very well with maths mastery. They basically encourage students to explore numbers or problems in a deeper way.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Writing For Purpose: 5 Ways To Use Technology To Give Children A Genuine Audience.

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When announcing a writing task, on a number of occasions, I have been asked by my students, “Why do we have to do this?” ” It’s a question that can sometimes be difficult to answer. All too often the work is stuck into their English books and is only seen by the teacher. Here are 10 ways to use technology to give your pupils a real audience for their work: 1) Class blogs.

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Consider a classroom ‘flip’

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Teachers are very good at multi-tasking — responding to different needs of different educational levels and demands of a range of children in their classroom. Even so, it’s hard to provide one-on-one attention all the time. That’s where technological supplements, including tablets, can help.

Education Technology Trends for 2017: An Interview With Martin McKay.

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Martin McKay is the Chief Technology officer and one of the founders of Texthelp Inc. He directs all research and development at Texthelp with a focus on developing new technologies to assist people who struggle with reading and writing.

Codemoji – Changing the Classroom Coding Landscape

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First and foremost: What is Codemoji? Codemoji demystifies coding and gives students hands-on experience building web pages, animations and much more. The “emoji” part of Codemoji is exactly that, a set of emojis that function and work like real HTML, CSS and JavaScript tags.

Technology Gives The Quietest Student A Voice.

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“Technology Gives The Quietest Student A Voice.” – Jerry Blumengarten. I absolutely love this quote. It is such a powerful reason to use technology in the classroom. Image courtesy of clickrain.com. But what does Jerry Blumengarten mean? A few years ago, I had a painfully shy and quiet class.

A Great Way To Use Tech To Help Teachers Meaningfully Engage With Families

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Strong parent-teacher partnerships are key to student success in the classroom. In fact, parental engagement is very effective at predicting student achievement.

A lesson, focused on character description, using an excellent app

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I recently did a lesson which had a focus on character description.

An All-in-one Tool to Assist Student Learning from Every Angle

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When searching for tools to enhance learner productivity, I stumbled upon Creativity 365. I wanted to find an all-in-one set of tools that suited every student and would enable them to develop their own strengths and interests. What is Creativity 365?

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Share and collaborate the easy way with Padlet.

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Padlet is a superb tech tool in which a virtual ‘wall’ can be set up by a teacher and then the class can post and share ideas on it. Comments can be made and collaboration becomes simple. How does it work?

Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

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When people talk about the future of technology in education, they picture every student having access to a computer or a tablet; they see paperless rooms where technology trained teachers lead the class. What they don’t see is the infrastructure underneath that’s driving the whole project.

10 Ways To Inspire Students Using Twitter

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Twitter is a popular and useful social media tool. And the best thing is: many children love using it! Try and harness this enthusiasm and develop learning through it. There are lots of ways in which Twitter can be used in the classroom.

Pokemon GO and how it can inspire augmented reality in the classroom.

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Pokemon GO is a new phenomenon in the gaming world. Children and adults are roaming the streets looking for characters to ‘catch’. The key to the game is it’s use of augmented reality (AR). But what is AR? AR is the layering of information on top of real world views.

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10 Excellent Educational Blogs To Follow

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Educational Blogs are simply brilliant. They showcase new ideas and resources that teachers can copy or adapt for their own lessons. Below I have listed 10 Blogs that are fantastic and will give you lots of new things to try.

EdTech Acronyms Explained

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The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. In fact, this list will be up to date for a few hours and then more acronyms and terms will come along!

The Next Generation Of Teachers…

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At university, I was lucky enough to have some amazing lecturers, including Steve Wheeler. Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chairs the Learning Futures group and leads the Computing and Science education teams.

‘Choose your own’ adventure stories using Google Slides.

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Are you looking for an interesting way to encourage your class to write? ‘Choose your own’ adventure stories worked brilliantly for me! What is this type of story? It is simply a story which has options for the reader to choose from. They decide what happens to the character.

An AMAZING website to use when teaching character description.

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Buildyourwildself.com is absolutely brilliant. I used it recently as part of a lesson on character description. What is it? To put it simply, you create a fantasy creature from a huge number of options i.e. ears, hair, legs etc.

A Range of Free, Downloadable, Writing Templates

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I’ve made some writing frames, which are completely free to download (just right click and ‘save image as’, or find high quality PDFs by clicking this link ). I hope they are useful.

Don’t Just Put Amazing Work On The Classroom Wall, Share It Online.

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Sway.com is a fantastic website / App by Microsoft, in which interactive presentations / videos can be created. It is the perfect tool to collate scans/photos of student’s work and display them on the World Wide Web!

Don’t Just Put Amazing Work On The Classroom Wall, Share It Online.

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Sway.com is a fantastic website / App by Microsoft, in which interactive presentations / videos can be created. It is the perfect tool to collate scans/photos of student’s work and display them on the World Wide Web!

Bringing World Class Presentations Into The Classroom With Slidebot

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For over 30 years, Microsoft PowerPoint has been the dominant tool of choice for lecturers and teachers wishing to engage their students and impart their knowledge. In recent years, however, this dynamic has started to change.

Inspiring Edtech Quotes

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I recently compiled a list of quotes about educational technology that have really inspired me. I used the website Canva to make the graphic ( click here for my video tutorial on how to use it). Have you got any favourite quotes about edtech? Share them by commenting below.

How To Gamify Your Classroom.

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Gamification is the process of making learning into a game. It is made up of a number elements: Giving online badges to students. Setting goals and competitions. Giving instant feedback. Creating levels of learning which pupils must try and climb. Why is gamification effective?

10 Ways To Inspire Students Using Twitter

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Twitter is a popular and useful social media tool. And the best thing is: many children love using it! Try and harness this enthusiasm and develop learning through it. There are lots of ways in which Twitter can be used in the classroom.

The perfect tech tool for teachers

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I recently discovered a brilliant website – excellent for classroom teachers. Have a look at my video walk-through: Have a go and let me know how you get on Tagged: classroom , edtech , education , teachers , teaching , tech tools , websites.

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A Free, Downloadable ‘Assessment For Learning’ Prompt sheet.

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Assessment for Learning (AfL) is the process of finding out how much progress students have made in their learning and then planning next steps for them. What does successful AfL look like?

A simple but powerful website, perfect for geography lessons

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Recently, there has been a lot of talk online about the world map as we know it; not being entirely accurate. Read more about this by clicking here. How can we explain this to our pupils? I looked online and stumbled upon this fantastic website.

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A beginners guide to 3D printing

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I recently did some 3D printing with my class. It is much easier than you might first think! The children started off by using a free program called Blender ( download it by clicking here ). This allows you to create 3D models.

How To Create a Virtual Field Trip for Google Cardboard

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Virtual field trips are a great way to engage learners; creating an immersive and memorable experience for them. Thanks to advances in technology, teachers can create 360-degree virtual field trips for students that are both high in quality and relatively low in cost.

Bring poetry to life by using a ‘green screen’

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I recently did a lesson in my school’s STEAM centre. It went really well, so I thought I’d share. And don’t worry, you don’t need any specialist equipment! In the prior lesson, the children had rehearsed poems and learnt them off by heart.

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