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John Evans

Ways To Use Lego In The Classroom | Teaching Ideas - 2 views

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    "When I'm not busy working on our teaching websites, I can usually be found playing Lego with our children! It's an incredibly creative toy, but it can also be used to support work in a number of different curriculum areas. Here is our HUGE list of ways to use Lego in the classroom. Many of these ideas have been contributed by our wonderful Facebook community. If you have any other suggestions, please add a comment at the bottom of the page.

    Don't forget that many of these activities could use Duplo too!"
John Evans

64 places you can learn to code online for free - Business Insider - 0 views

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    "If you're brand new to the world of web design and web development, it makes sense to get started learning to code by utilizing all the free resources available online.

    This way, you can discover what you like (and more importantly don't) before financially investing in a certain set of courses.

    However, there are so many free resources, classes, and books to pick from! It's easy to become overwhelmed. (Ever hear of too much of a good thing?!)

    To make things easier, I compiled a list of 64 FREE web design and development resources."
John Evans

5 New Google Form Features to Try - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    "If you have opened Google Forms lately, you've probably noticed that things are looking a little different! Don't worry, this Google Forms does everything the older version did… and a few more cool things! If you get a little annoyed with it, you can always go back to the old version. Just click the little the man in the bottom left corner and you will be back in your familiar territory. However, if you're feeling creative, check out the new tools! Here are five of my favorites!"
John Evans

How to Make a Paracord Lanyard: Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos - 1 views

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    "How to Make a Paracord Lanyard: Essential DIY Project"

    Lots more projects included here besides the lanyard. Check it out for you makerspace.
John Evans

5 Maker Podcasts You Should Be Listening To - 1 views

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    "Makers are a passionate bunch, and when we're not in the shop, we like to watch other people in the shop or listen to other people talk about being in the shop. Here, in no particular order, are five podcasts about makers and making that are absolutely worth your time."
John Evans

Weekend Watch: "Layer By Layer" Teaches Design for 3D Printing - 1 views

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    "Designing your own 3D printed parts is a skill that every person who owns a printer should have or be actively acquiring. The power to design exactly what you want feels incredible when you actually have it, and the lack of those skills is incredibly frustrating when they present themselves.

    More from Weekend Watch


    Weekend Watch: This Hydraulic Press Channel Is Crushing It

    Weekend Watch: "Ron's Stuff" Is a Collection of Kinetic Wooden Sculptures

    Weekend Watch: "Geek Builders" Blends Geeky and Practical in Videos
    Noe Ruiz over at Adafruit has an ongoing educational series called "Layer by Layer". If you skim back through the playlist, there are over 40 videos about designing for 3D printing."
John Evans

Integrating Technology and Literacy | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "When teaching with digital natives in a digital world, one question facing many educators revolves around integrating technology to help facilitate learning: How do you work technology into the pedagogy, instead of just using something cool? That task can be especially daunting in language arts literacy classrooms where reading and writing skill development is the crux of daily lessons. However, as 1:1 technology initiatives roll out, integrating technology into the classroom is our reality.

    With hundreds of sites, apps, Chrome extensions, and platforms available, choosing the right ones can seem overwhelming. As an eighth-grade language arts teacher, I've experienced this myself. Following are four tools that can help provide immediate formative assessment data as well as top-of-the-rotation feedback to help students develop personal learning goals."
John Evans

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students | MindShift |... - 0 views

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    "Students' behavior is a form of communication and when it's negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even if there was time and space to do so, most teachers receive very little training in behavior during their credentialing programs. On average, teacher training programs mandate zero to one classes on behavior and zero to one courses on mental health. Teacher training programs mostly assume that kids in public schools will be "typical," but that assumption can handicap teachers when they get into real classrooms."
John Evans

Does "Brainstorming" Lead To Innovation? - The Principal of Change - 2 views

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    "I have a confession to make.  I hate meetings.

    Maybe that is not entirely true. I hate bad meetings.

    You know the ones where you spend a lot of time going round and round in circles, yet seem to accomplish little at the end of the day.  One of those main staples of these meetings has been "brainstorming".  This process is one that has been heralded in not only meetings, but also for "Design Thinking" (here is a document on the techniques os brainstorming in design thinking from Stanford University, Institute of Design).

    So out of sheer curiosity, I googled "brainstorming is bad" to see what I found (not biased at all I know).  Here are a few of the articles that I read with little snippets from each."
John Evans

How to Convert PDF to Word for Free - 2 views

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    "If I had a dollar for each and every time someone has asked me to suggest a great PDF to Word converter, I'd probably be able to shop at Whole Foods every day for a month. It's one of the conversion types topping the formatting pile.

    My love of organic fruit and veg aside, here are some of the best free PDF to Word converters around."
John Evans

3 MORE Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms | Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology ... - 1 views

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    "Some time ago I wrote a blog post entitled 3 Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms. It proved to be a popular post, so I thought it was time to do a follow up with three MORE top tips that you can use in your classroom when embarking on multimedia green screen projects. So, take a look at the ideas below, and feel free to submit your top tips in the comments below."
John Evans

Game show classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Quizalize | Ditch Tha... - 1 views

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    "Now, teachers can bring that experience into the classroom when students aren't home sick.

    Several digital tools created for the classroom bring those exciting experiences to students with learning as the focus.

    Here are some of the ones I've found that I think are the best, along with pros, cons and what makes them different:"
John Evans

Taking Notes By Hand May Be Better Than Digitally, Researchers Say : NPR - 0 views

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    "As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster - which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still advantages to doing things the old-fashioned way.

    For one thing, research shows that laptops and tablets have a tendency to be distracting - it's so easy to click over to Facebook in that dull lecture. And a study has shown that the fact that you have to be slower when you take notes by hand is what makes it more useful in the long run.

    In the study published in Psychological Science, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles sought to test how note-taking by hand or by computer affects learning."
John Evans

Coding Allows Learning Disabled Students to Shine - 1 views

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    "Learning to code is become increasingly prevalent in school curriculum's. From after-school clubs to dedicated class periods, coding and computer science curriculum are popping up in schools worldwide.

    One place surprising place where coding is also increasingly being used is in programs for students with learning disabilities."
John Evans

ISTE | 3D printers: A buyer's guide - 0 views

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    "You may have heard about all the cool things 3D printers can do. If you're a math teacher, maybe you've thought about letting your students make their own manipulatives or get hands-on in geometry with 3D solids. If you're an economics or business teacher, perhaps you've considered assigning students a project to design, market and sell their own 3D-printed products. Or maybe you're a science teacher interested in exploring 3D models of cells, atoms or DNA with your students.

    Wait! Slow down. Before you jump into purchasing and integrating this new gadget into your classroom, take a moment to consider the logistics and realities of becoming a 3D printer early adopter. Here's a basic FAQ I've developed based on my own experiences and extensive research into classroom 3D printing."
John Evans

Getting Buy-in for Makerspaces in Schools - 1 views

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    "As the maker movement sweeps the nation, many school librarians are in the early planning stages of incorporating a makerspace into their current programming. Some libraries are struggling to get buy-in and funding from administration, while others are still figuring out how to transform their space. What are the right tools you need to get buy-in and jumpstart makerspaces in schools?"
John Evans

Teachers: Embrace the Full Potential of Technology Education Through Creation | Getting... - 0 views

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    "So how can teachers prepare for this surge of computer science in the classroom and integrate it into their curriculum in a meaningful way? It starts with understanding that technology is a tool-a means to accomplishing an end, but not an end itself. It's important to not just leverage technology for technology's sake. There needs to be a purpose behind it.

    For example, besides simply having iPads in the classroom, schools need to have goals in place for using them. Perhaps the goal is enabling kids to create with the iPads-like build their own apps-versus simply reviewing materials on the device.

    Through our work helping students, teachers and parents around the world embrace technology in the classroom and at home, I've learned some best practices for maximizing the opportunities that technology education offers:"
John Evans

Fifty apps that are reinventing mobile gaming | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Read on for a list of 50 games trying new things on your mobile devices, often below the limelight at the top of the app store charts."
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