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dean groom

Five Fun Spelling Games - 0 views

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    In late November I wrote a blog post outlining five resources for free spelling games. That blog post was among the top twenty most read posts of 2008 therefore I am sharing some more online spelling games for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. 1. Spelling Wizard from Scholastic.com lets students, parents, and teachers create their own word search and word scramble games to play online. Each game can have up to ten words. To use Spelling Wizard simply enter ten words into the list field then select word search or word scramble. Spelling Wizard is probably best suited for students in Kindergarten through second grade. Scholastic also offers a free tool for creating online spelling flashcards. 2. Read Write Think has an online activity for young (K-2) students based on four childrens' books. Read Write Think's Word Wizard asks students to select one of four books that they have read or have had read to them. After selecting a book the Word Wizard creates a simple online spelling exercise based on the words in the book chosen by the child. 3. Spell Bee was developed at Brandeis University with funding from the National Science Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Spell Bee allows students to play spelling games in a head-to-head format. Spell Bee allows teachers to create accounts for students so that teachers can track student progress. 4. MSNBC has an interactive spelling bee based on the words from the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. There are three games to play and the words get progressively more difficult the longer you play. The words are read to students who then type the word into the spelling box. Just like in a real spelling bee, students can get the definition and or hear it used in a sentence. The difficulty of the words in the game make it best suited for middle school and high school students. 5. Spelling Bee The Game is an online spelling bee similar in style to the MSNBC game mentioned above. Aft
Tony Searl

Video Demo of UMBC's "Check My Activity" Tool for Students (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE - 1 views

  • Analysis of 1,461 courses using Blackboard in spring 2010 showed that D and F students used the course management system 47 percent less than students earning a C or higher.
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    Can technology support student learning by raising self-awareness? To find out, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County built a "Check My Activity" (CMA) tool that lets students compare their use of resources in the university's Blackboard course management system to that of other students. Analysis of 1,461 courses using Blackboard in spring 2010 showed that D and F students used the course management system 47 percent less than students earning a C or higher
Rhondda Powling

7 Skills Students Need for Today's Classwork | Ask a Tech Teacher - 1 views

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    "Classrooms are infused with technology. Many lessons ask students to use for online or digital students. Accomplishing this so it serves educational goals isn't as much about knowing how to use the students as constructing knowledge in an organic, scalable way. To prepare students to make the cerebral leap between students used for a particular project and students available as-needed requires preparation in eight areas discussed in this post."
Rhondda Powling

3 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning | Edutopia - 3 views

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    "Formative assessment is vital to teachers in any classroom environment. Teachers have been formatively assessing students for years, because they need to know what students know in order to help them understand what they do not know. Many classrooms are moving to 21st century with technology initiatives. Suggested here are three tech students will help teachers engage students while simultaneously gauging their understanding of concepts: Kahoot!, Formative and Padlet"
John Pearce

Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER - 0 views

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    SCAMPER is a strategy that can be used to assist students to generate new or alternative ideas. It is a tool to support creative, divergent thinking. SCAMPER is an acronym for: substitute, combine, adapt, modify/magnify/minify, put to other uses, eliminate, reverse/rearrange. What is its purpose? SCAMPER is a thinking tool that helps students to ask questions about a concept, text, or idea that require them to think beyond the obvious. It can help develop critical thinking skills and creativity and is a useful cooperative learning tool and a great stimulus for role play. In this post from Litemind, Lucciano " ....... presents a complete SCAMPER primer, along with two free creativity-boosting resources: a downloadable reference mind map and an online tool that generates random questions to get you out of a rut whenever you need." In this very comprehensive post Luciano note only explains the terminology associated with SCAMPER but also lists suggested questions as well as "Trigger Words".
Tony Searl

http://www.smallschoolsproject.org/PDFS/co10103/transforming.pdf - 2 views

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    IMAGINE AN assessment system in which teachers had a wide repertoire of classroom-based, culturally sensitive assessment practices and tools to use in helping each and every child learn to high standards; in which educators collaboratively used assessment information to continuously improve schools; in which important decisions about a student, such as readiness to graduate from high school, were based on the work done over the years by the student; in which schools in networks held one another accountable for student learning; and in which public evidence of student achievement consisted primarily of samples from tools' actual schoolwork rather than just reports of results from one-shot examinations.
John Pearce

Student Learning with Diigo - 5 views

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    "Educators, worldwide, have enjoyed the use of this social bookmarking site. Diigo is a great web-based tool for teachers to utilize, to motivate, and to engage students of all ages in the learning process. We invite you to explore the various features of Diigo. Become educated and informed on the powerful use of Diigo for student learning. Learn how this research tool can enhance classroom instruction and promote higher levels of student collaboration. As you navigate through our site you will see examples of valuable lessons and resources, all displayed for your use."
Rhondda Powling

9 Learning Tools Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Use - 5 views

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    The 21st century teacher is in the critical spot-of mastering constantly evolving technology and digital learning tools-the same tools their tools use every day. In this post 9 such tools are discussed. The list is not meant to be exhaustive or even authoritative and is subjective. As this is the 21st century, things will change but, here and now, the authors suggest that this is a fairly accurate litmus test of what the kinds of tools the average 21st century teacher can be expected to use and master."
Rhondda Powling

Engaging Presentation Tools | Smore - 9 views

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    The post offers information about some engaging presentation tools available for teachers who could start using them in the classroom to better engage tools. The teachers are then challenged to find ways for their tools to create projects using these tools
Rhondda Powling

Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment - 3 views

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    "Formative assessment is useful tool assist teachers assess the learning needs of their students. Such knowledge allows teachers to modify their teaching to meet the needs of their students. The digital formative assessment students listed here offer a range of approaches to help teachers undertake this task. "
Rhondda Powling

5 Powerful Social Media Tools For Your Classroom | Edudemic - 5 views

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    Social media tools can help break the barriers set by the walls of schools. Learning and communicating outside the school hours with technology aid is a modern adaptation of education that has showed great results. This post looks at some web tools that provide school-specific tools that are just as powerful in facilitating the communication inside the student-teacher-parent triangle as the more famous popular social networking sites..
Kay Oddone

Kidblog.org - Blogs for Teachers and Students - 8 views

shared by Kay Oddone on 30 Jan 10 - Cached
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    Free blogs for each student in a class.
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    Kidblog's simple, yet powerful tools allow tools to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs. Set up your class with no student email addresses.
Rhondda Powling

inClass - The last school app you'll ever need - 6 views

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    Via Richard Byrne "InClass is a free iPhone and iPad app that could be a very useful tool for students carrying those devices. InClass provides students with students for taking text, audio, and video notes. students can also use the app to take pictures of hand-outs, slides, and other valuable information that they see in class."
Rhondda Powling

Tools that Make Writing Easier for Tools - Instructional Tech Talk - 3 views

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    "It's not easy to teach students to handle the process of academic writing. Instead of providing vague guidelines and leaving the students to complete papers on their own, teachers should inspire them to come up with ideas, organize them and stick with proper vocabulary when writing the discussion. In this post EdTech lists some students might be able to help:"
Rhondda Powling

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Two Ways to Create Online Whiteboards | Practical Ed Tech - 2 views

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    "Online whiteboards can be a fantastic aid to students when they're trying to help each other work through problems or tutor each other. Online whiteboards are also helpful to teachers who are crafting visual explanations for students. Sketchlot and Stoodle are excellent online whiteboard students. Both will work in the web browser on your laptop, Chromebook, iPad, and Android tablet. Video demonstrations of both students are embedded below. Sketchlot allows teachers to create and manage student accounts. Stoodle offers a platform for collaboration through whiteboards."
Rhondda Powling

10 Classroom Rules for Using Technology | Educational technology | Learn2Earn - 2 views

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    Technology tools are being brought into classroom to enhance learning experiences and engage tools. All teachers need expand on the set of rules to their classroom to help tools understand appropriate behaviors and use of these technologies. The rules suggested in this post give tools the freedom to use these new tools without abusing the privilege.
Rhondda Powling

Survival Tips for Digital Storytelling | Teacher Reboot Camp - 2 views

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    "There are many free online tools to help their tools create and learn through digital storytelling. Many of these online tools have free apps available on i-devices and Android devices. Through digital storytelling we motivate our learners to apply, contextualize, visualize, and personalize the knowledge they learn. In the post there are some great free apps, tools, and resources that will help begin creating digital stories with learners. The slide presentation embedded will explain the process and provide you with tips on managing a digital storytelling project." This is a great resource for any teacher thinking about undertaking digital storytelling with their tools.
Nigel Robertson

Speaking to Ascilite, ACODE and Desire2Learn « Learn Online - 0 views

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    "In the context of a growing emphasis on eLearning, most commonly facilitated by enterprise-scale Learning Management System and a range of institutionally managed and supported communication and collaboration software tools, and in an environment of increasing emphasis on intellectual property rights management and quality assurance, how do universities (and other educational institutions) respond to the use of free, open-access tools in common use by their tools? What are the potential educational uses of such tools? What are the current practices of use of these tools within educational institutions? What are the issues, risks and hidden costs? What are the advantages and benefits?"
Steve Madsen

Start The New Year Off Right With The Essential Tools For Educators - 10 views

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    "There are some tools that educators need to embrace and learn how to use both in and out of the classroom. Each of the tools on these lists have some value either with tools or for professional development. I encourage you, as part of a professional resolution for the coming year to investigate these tools. If you are already an expert, pass along the list to someone who isn't and perhaps resolve to take that educator under your wing and work with them this year. "
Rhondda Powling

IdiomDictionary.com - Online Idiom Dictionary - 2 views

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    hosted by Read Write Think is a good complementary resource that students can use to practice identifying and using idioms. Eye on Idioms presents students with an incomplete sentence that they need to complete by selecting the proper idiom from a drop-down menu. To help student select the correct idiom, Eye on Idioms provides a picture hint. After selecting the correct idiom, Eye on Idioms asks students to answer a couple of short questions about the meaning of the idiom.
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