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John Evans

21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom - 6 views

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    "Every teacher wants to be able to make his or her classroom environment the optimum place for learning, interacting and engaging. Today, there is a wide assortment of free technology options available to enhance your instruction. The tools are changing… quickly. So making the best choices, based on the resources available in your school, or through your board, is critical. Here are some top sure-fire picks to ensure your goal has real purpose, not just an introduction of technology for the sake of looking tech-savvy. These are easy to use teaching tools-about as grab-and-go as it gets.

    How about starting with lesson creation?"
John Evans

Kleinspiration: How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project B... - 2 views

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    "This year, I'm excited to start using Ignite Teaching with my class.  This is one tool I know we can use throughout the year, across all subjects, in a variety of creative ways.  Any tool that allows students to create, collaborate, and share is always a favorite in our class.  One of my favorite parts is that I will also be able to see their work in progress as they collaborate with one another, and I'll be able to offer feedback along the way.  "
John Evans

Launching Boats | FabLearn Fellows - 1 views

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    "I once heard teaching compared to the act of launching boats.  I love the visual evoked by that metaphor. Could we think of the work we do in our makerspaces a similar process to preparing for, and ultimately taking off on a self-guided journey? Students captain the ship and teachers watch from the shore."
John Evans

3 Ways Monsters and Minecraft Can Drive Great Teaching and Learning @coolcatteacher - 0 views

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    "In this episode, Minecraft EDU creator Joel Levin talks with Vicki about Minecraft in schools. Want your school to use Minecraft? This is THE episode to share! Get those kids excited about learning! You can use Minecraft!"
John Evans

6 Hands-On Tools and Activities for Teaching Web Literacy - Emerging Education Technolo... - 2 views

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    "One of the most important skills of the 21st century - web literacy - is often overlooked in the classroom. The ability to read, write and participate online is an indispensable skill for learners, but it's curiously absent from many educators' curricula.

    At Mozilla, we believe web literacy should be a cornerstone of education. When students can create their own content on the Web, tinker with HTML, and understand the basics of online privacy, they're empowered to do great things. We also believe web literacy is best taught through hands-on, interactive learning.

    We've just wrapped up Maker Party, Mozilla's annual celebration of teaching and learning the Web through hands-on activities. But Maker Parties can be held anywhere, anytime. And our resources for teaching web literacy are free and open source, always. To kickstart web literacy learning in your classroom - or outside of it - here are six tools and activities from Maker Party for teaching critical 21st-century skills:"
John Evans

Teaching Science With Lynda: Making a Roller Coaster out of Foam Tubes and Marbles- inc... - 2 views

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    "Today I am linking with Teachers Desk 6 Teacher's Desk Six for Throwback Thursday. This is a super inexpensive activity.  The foam tubes are about 1.80 for a 7 foot tube and you can slice it in half and have two ramps out of it.  The marbles and masking tape are also inexpensive. "
John Evans

Free Stock Photos That Are Actually Rather *GOOD* | Blog | Sparky Teaching - 5 views

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    "Thankfully, the design community and teachers such as Jane Hewitt are doing their best to provide alternatives to the cheesy and the costly - stylish and high-resolution stock photos that are completely free to do what you like with. Gone are the days of doing a quick Google Image search and cut and pasting an image without really considering who it belongs to. On the back of our post on digital citizenship, we've been meaning to write this as a follow-up. What good is an encouragement to cite your sources, respect copyright and give credit where it's due without any help to do so? Here, then, is your help…

    Half-decent stock photos are not always easy to locate, but here are the best we've found. What's great about this list is that for the vast majority, you don't need to include attribution - the photographer has provided them for you to do what you like with - whether that be the background for your TED talk (!), a story-starter for your English lesson or for your students to use in their project work."
John Evans

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science | The Whiteboard Blog - 1 views

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    "Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations.
    This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models.
    The tech is still in its infancy. At the moment you still need to view things through some kind of device - a tablet, phone or webcam. Can you imagine what this would be like when viewed through something like Google Glass? But that's something for the future.
    There's many different apps out there, but here are a few of my favourites that could be used to teach Science."
John Evans

25 Resources To Teach Programming With Scratch - Techlandia Radio - 3 views

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    "I normally don't like to create "click bait" blog post titles, but this one seemed to fit. Twenty-five resources can be overwhelming, but there is a good mix of different types of items. There are links to websites with lesson plans, iOS apps, books, videos, and samples of student work to fit your learning style. 

    Scratch was developed by MIT a little over eight years ago. It uses a visual programming language that is easy to start for students of all ages. Teachers can start with the Scratch Jr. app for the iPad. That app, linked on the list.ly below, is designed specifically for 5-7 year olds. The only way to learn new skills, is to dig in and give it a try. I love the summer for this reason. It gives me the chance to keep up and learn something new. I am going to try Minecraft with my daughter, Gwen, after I finish up this blog post. "
John Evans

Teaching with Sphero the Robot in Math, Science, and Beyond - Daily Genius - 4 views

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    As someone who primarily taught math and science when I was a classroom teacher, I associated robots, robotics curriculum, and robot apps as things that were only used in those subjects. However, this past year my school received a robot grant that provided ten robots for us from the company Sphero. Sphero emphasizes the power of play in education and has a variety of lessons that are aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards on their website. They also have a number of STEM challenges in the form pre-designed engineering projects designed for collaborative group work with students and are helpful for teachers using the robots in their classes."
John Evans

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? | Mother Jones - 0 views

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    "Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach really works."
John Evans

Smarter Teaching: 10 Ways You'll Know You're Doing It Right - 6 views

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    "Notice that we didn't use the more vague "good teacher" phrasing.

    That's an important distinction, because here we're talking about something a bit more clinical. Not entirely scientific and analytical and icky, but not entirely rhetorical and abstract and mushy either. Something somewhere in the middle-human, efficient, and hopefully happy and sustainable as a result.

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John Evans

23 Tools For Students To Publish What They Learn - 5 views

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    23 Tools For Students To Publish What They Learn http://t.co/vOW1rygjLA #edtech #teaching http://t.co/zymyrU0fhj
John Evans

Advantages in Coding, Part 1: An Application of Math | My Experiments in Teaching and L... - 2 views

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    "Many teachers are starting to code in math classrooms.  I have integrated coding in math initially to start a coding club.  I soon realized that coding is best suited as an option in learning.  There are many benefits to coding that I have found.  The benefits are too extensive for one blog post.  So I am starting a series of blogs to emphasize the advantages.

    For my first post, I would like to highlight that coding is an excellent application of math skills.  All math can be applied to daily life.  As teachers, we have to apply learning so that our students see relevance.  Coding applies so beautifully to math.  It emphasizes these skills so naturally."
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