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How to go Paperless in Your Classroom

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Every Earth Day, someone in your school, maybe the parent group, raises the question of WHY NOT a paperless classroom? To kickstart your paperless digital classroom requires a modicum of preparation. Take a few weekends this summer to set up a class blog and class website and get comfortable with the digital side of your school. digital portfolios for students–this can be accomplished with the LMS you use, Google Apps, Google Classroom, or even Dropbox.

3 Organizational Apps to Start the School Year

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When looking for an app to curate classroom reading, consider these requirements: works well with your current LMS. Educreations. Today’s classroom requires teachers build how-to videos that are used on class websites, in flipped classrooms, and for professional development. One of the standouts in this screencasting field is Educreations. Educreations can be linked to file locations like Dropbox and Google Drive as well as LMS communities like Edmodo.

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10 Reasons to Screencast in Your Class and 7 Best-in-class Tools

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Provide video evidence of class activities in a flipped classroom. Offer a fun, unique approach to digital storytelling. I’ve started for you by noting cost, what digital devices they work best on, and suggested age group: Educreations . Educreations is a virtual whiteboard for direct teaching or explanations, complete with colored ink choices and the ability to import images. Educreations is best suited for any age group and is designed for iPads.

15 Good Replacements for ScreenChomp

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For older students, ScreenChomp made it easy to provide personalized feedback by writing or recording comments directly onto their digital work and then sharing it back to them. Arrange a series of images as a digital story, and then add a voice-over to tell the story. Educreations – -also a whiteboard. A personal recordable whiteboard that captures both the user’s voice and digital handwriting to create video lessons and other screencasts.

Differentiating with Personalized Learning

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Look at your classroom layout. Here are suggestions by primary school teacher Chris Andrews (with a picture of a personalized learning classroom ). Second: Free up your teaching time by automating the tedious tasks required to run a classroom. Use robust Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom to automatically deliver assignments to an entire class or specific individuals. Fourth: Expect the learning ecosystem to extend beyond the classroom.

Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Oh My! 4 Tools for Picting in the Classroom

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Using images instead of text to convey ideas—known as “picting”—is becoming the norm among today’s digital-first students. Technology is changing the way we see literacy. Cathie Norris and ElliotSoloway, university professors studying how much time today’s youth spend with text-based materials vs. image-based materials, “ estimate that 90 percent of K-12 classroom time in the U.S. Students are coming to school with an established digital footprint.