Mysimpleshow–Online Video Creator for Educators

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I love hearing from colleagues about tools they discover that make a difference in their classroom. This online video making tool is a great solution for incorporating mixed media into lessons as well as supporting the flipped classrooms ideology. The tool provides clear guidelines in each of their many storyline templates, and the Explainer Engine technology automatically suggests images for the most important text, which are called keywords.

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7 Apps That Inspire Students

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Here are three general guidelines: The app must improve outcomes. These sorts of digital tools are not more complicated to use or more expensive. For ideas on how to select a specific app, read the introduction to 5 Favorite Classroom Apps.

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10 Ways to Use Twitter in Class

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Twitter’s gossipy reputation among administrators and most parents negates its dynamic applications in the classroom. Before unpacking Twitter in your classroom, here are a few guidelines: Clear its use with your administration. Then enforce it by suspending privileges, warning abusers, or whatever works best in your classroom climate. Here are my ten favorite uses of Twitter in my classroom: Answer tech problems. Teach digital citizenship.

Is the Socratic Method Right for Your Class?

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Have you ever walked into a classroom where students were engaged in serious on-topic discussion, debating ideas and challenging each other to provide evidence of their statements? Chances are, you entered a classroom using a discussion method known as Socratic Debate , aka Socratic Method, Socratic Circle, or Socratic Inquiry. In a traditional classroom, asking and answering questions is stressful to many students who are afraid their answer will be wrong. Makes the College Dream a Reality for Lots of Students

Ask a Tech Teacher also offers a special (fee-based) Teacher Edition where educators can set up five virtual classrooms with up to 50 students in each, share class-themed videos, assign lessons and quizzes as homework, grade student work, print out worksheets, and get detailed reports on student progress. They can be uploaded to Google Classroom, Schoology, Blackboard, and a selection of other LMSs. Create a classroom (in about ten seconds).

Part 5: 12 Tech Ideas and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Online Discussions

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Welcome to the fifth post in a series designed to support the use of technology for differentiated learning… in and beyond the PBL classroom. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Vote and possibly win $4000 of technology from CDW – I recently supplied CDW a list of products that I thought would be great for a Podcasting/Webinar Production/Flip Classroom Studio.

What Separates a Good Blended Learning Program From a Bad One?


According to “ Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools ,” by Michael Horn and Heather Staker, blended learning is a formal education program 1) delivered at least in part through digital learning, with some flexibility for students to choose the way they want to learn, 2) at least partly in combination with a physical classroom and teacher and 3) with opportunities for students to learn through activities that capitalize on different learning modalities.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

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I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Perhaps a digital learning journal could be employed to promote reflection. Through proper facilitation, learning that happens in the classroom can happen anywhere.

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