4 Powerful BYOD Apps For The Disconnected Classroom – Edudemic The four tools mentioned are free and available for smartphones, tablets and laptop/desktop computers.This means that anyone can use them to create or complete work or connect with others. These are dynamic and comprehensive tools that can improve teaching and learning in the classroom. The tools discussed are: Edmodo, Curriculet, ClassDojo and Khan Academy.
10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations A useful list of online alternatives that let you create interesting presentations on any device. By storing them in the cloud allows you to work on them wherever you are and whatever device you have. It is also very easy to share them or embed into other sites. They do not all have some of the flashier animations of PowerPoint but are still visually interesting.
Strategic Directions for School Libraries From Judy O’Connell – Looking at how education libraries will best serve their communities in 2015.
5 Things Innovative Schools Do Differently – A.J. Juliani The 5 points are not complex but the implementation of each in schools has always proved more difficult. The point about having the students actively use technology and demonstrate their learning in real time is a great idea and well made.
Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On | Langwitches Blog A very comprehensive post about how reflection supports and deepens the student learning process.It is offers many different tools as examples for reflecting, so that a student can choose the one that suits them best and use it later in their studies as a learning strategy. I have used mindmapping effectively as pre-post “tests” before and after a unit, and it is wonderful to see students realize how much they learned during the unit. It is one way of making learning more meaningful for them “
Build a team | An Ethical Island The collaborative opportunities that the web offers can easily be mirrored within the four walls of the classroom. We should provide students with the right environment where they can work in teams and mentor each other. Mia from the “anethicalisland” site has this great visual featuring 27 tips for teachers to boost team work in class.
An Insider’s Guide to Social Media Etiquette This is a useful post about social media etiquette. It would useful to discuss that ideas with students. A lot of the advice is common sense but it is often good to clearly state what is common sense so everyone has a clear understanding of what to do and not do.