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5 Awesome Tech Gadgets for Teachers and Students - 5 views

    "I've put together 5 of my favorite tech gadgets of 2015 to help with your holiday shopping.  These 5 definitely make learning fun.  From programing drones, to making a piano out of bananas, this post has something for everyone."
John Evans

4 Handy Atlas Apps to Help Students Learn about The World ~ Educational Technology and ... - 2 views

    "Here are some great iPad apps to put the world at your kids fingertips. Using these apps, kids will get to explore the geographical and cultural richness of the world and learn interesting facts and information about different continents and cities. Information includes things such as population, languages spoken, flags, cultural mores, and many more. Some of these apps also provide reference maps and 3D imagery."
John Evans

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » 10 Reasons for Students to Blog Infogra... - 0 views

    "So, you want to increase motivation for reading and writing, improve confidence levels and/or encourage ICT literacy? Well, regardless of the rationale, blogging is a very powerful learning tool that can assist teachers with these goals.

    Still not convinced that blogging is a meaningful activity? Then check out the nifty sketch note shown below, one that illustrates ten additional reasons you should get your blog on with your students."
John Evans

Understanding Your Students: A Glimpse into the Media Habits of Tweens and Teens | grap... - 0 views

    "For today's tweens and teens, technology is part of the fabric of everyday life. They're watching TV on lots of devices and using smartphones and tablets to maximum advantage -- texting, researching, sharing, connecting -- sometimes using multiple devices at once. Educators need to understand how technology fits in children's lives to know how it can be used to support learning. But we can't begin to make sense of what these technological changes mean for kids until we understand what's being used and for how long and how kids feel about technology and media.

    That's why we're pleased to release a new report, the Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Tweens, which paints a more complete picture of how tweens and teens are using media. Some findings may not be surprising: Kids like to multitask while doing homework. Other findings point to continued challenges around digital equity: Lower-income teens have less access to home computers and are less likely to use them for homework.

    Here are more findings:"
John Evans

What Drone Technology Can Teach Students | Edudemic - 0 views

    "If you're like most people, you think of drones in a military or even in a police context. It's no wonder why, really, when they most often appear in news reports on the heels of a drone strike we've carried out in another country,  when discussing drone monitoring or policing programs, or in exploring the many safety hazards they bring with them. This makes it easy to view drones in a negative or at least a violent light.

    But drones, just like all technology, are themselves neither good nor evil. Rather, it's all in how we use them. Given the right context and guidance, drones can make a creative tool for learning, creativity, and experimentation.

    There are, of course, many potential liabilities in using drones within an educational sphere, most pressing of which have to do with safety and liability. Another real issue even for hobbyists is the expense, which may require a grant or a campaign on GoFundMe or to solve.

    Still, drones are the future and the future is now. For a moment, let's suspend some disbelief and any larger concerns, so we can look at the creative teaching potential inherent in this technology."
John Evans

Five Ways Parents Can Help Students in Math Class - Pathfinders - 3 views

    "Throughout my 13 years of teaching, I heard this common theme time and time again from parents: How can I help?

    The troubles they professed were varied and numerous (e.g., concern, frustration, bewilderment). They often included the following:

    I don't remember algebra.
    I don't like math.
    The way math is taught now differs from when I was in school.
    All of these are certainly legitimate. Although people use math every day, even when they don't realize it, they are not necessarily using all the same concepts they learned in school. And as the saying goes, if you don't use it, you lose it. I'm sure some parents don't know how to solve quadratic equations or remember what it means for a relation to be a function. And yes, math teaching today may differ from when parents were in school. But the idea behind new techniques is to encourage students to become better problem-solvers, not to confuse parents or change the concepts. So, believe it or not, despite your fears and feelings of uncertainty, you can still help.

    Here are a few tips to get you started.

John Evans

New science award urges cancer research among high school students | eSchool News | eSc... - 0 views

    "Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and PBS LearningMedia, a media-on-demand service designed for K-12 classrooms, announced the opening of applications for the inaugural year of The Emperor Science Award program.

    The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity. The education initiative was first announced in spring 2015 by SU2C co-founder Katie Couric at Columbia University in connection with a new three-part film on the history of cancer that recently aired on PBS (it can be streamed online here)."
John Evans

Techlandia Radio Blog - Techlandia Radio - 0 views

    "Getting students started creating videos can seem like a daunting task. There isn't enough time in the day to get your regular subjects done, how are you supposed to give students time to create videos? I am here to tell you it can be done. I hope that this post/presentation will provide what you need to get started. 

    Students can create videos on a variety within the context of what they are learning right now. Video story problem for math, a how to science experiment, or a book trailer that covers important story traits are all good ideas. Here is a list of apps, PDF Templates, and equipment that can be helpful when creating movies. "
John Evans

Technically a Librarian: The #1 Makerspace Resource: Your Students! - 3 views

    "If you are looking to start a makerspace at your school or library, there are a wealth of resources available to help you get started. I would be so lost if it weren't for many of these. They also have a lot of research supporting the maker movement.
    Remake Learning

    In addition, there have been a few key individuals whose blogs I follow religiously. 

    Renovated Learning - blog of Diana Rendina @DianaLRendina
    Create, Collaborate, Innovate - blog of Colleen Graves @gravescolleen
    Worlds of Learning  - blog of Laura Fleming @NMHS_lms

    These resources have been invaluable to me in determining projects, designing the space, and the many planning and logistics that are involved. They've also helped me anticipate and work through any issues that may arise. 

    What these resources didn't provide was the voice from my students and teachers. No matter how many reputable sources or blogs I consulted, I wasn't getting the input and feedback that really mattered. "
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