Useful links

TEEN ZONE – Book Lists Some useful loists for YA literature. Grouped under various topics and each book given a short description.
7 Ways You Can Be a Digital Citizenship Leader Webinar presented by Susan Bearden, Director of Information Technology at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy and hosted by Common Sense Education.
Global Digital Citizenship—in 15 Minutes! (Global Digital Citizen) “tTe final instalment of our Global Digital Citizenship in 15 Minutes blog series. This series covers the 21st Century Fluencies and Global Digital Citizenship. It shows how to explore them with students in 15 minutes or less each day. In this one they they look at the Global Digital Citizen.”
Science Of Persuasion – YouTube “The animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most effective as reported in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book, Influence” useful ideas to keep in mind
24 Websites to Offer Coding at School “A collection of some of the best tools to help teach coding in schools. They included sites for training for teachers to prepare to teach programming, and games to keep students learning beyond the classroom.”
Free Technology for Teachers: The 2016 Google Science Fair is Now Open “To help students develop project ideas the Google Science Fair website offers a Make Better Generator. The Make Better Generator site asks students to complete the phrases “I love,” “I’m good at,” and “I will make better.” From the students’ responses to these questions the Make Better Generator site generates a collection of videos and websites that could spark project ideas in their minds.”

Make Better Generator – Google Science Fair 2016 This may be a useful device to help students develop project ideas for science. On the Google Science Fair website there is a Make Better Generator. The Make Better Generator site asks students to complete the phrases “I love,” “I’m good at,” and “I will make better.”  From the students’ responses to these questions the Make Better Generator site generates a collection of videos and websites that could spark project ideas in their minds.

The Importance of your Digital Reputation – Cyberbullying Research Center “Those who do not learn how to utilize social media strategically run a great risk of encountering obstacles when seeking employment or admission. Research has been clear that social media can serve important professional purposes, such as personal branding, self-promotion ad impression management (Chen, 2013; Jackson & Lilleker, 2011; Labrecque et al., 2011; Zhao et al., 2013), and we encourage its intentional positive use. We suggest that all youth (and young adults!) work extra hard to do great things at school and in their community (e.g., making the honor roll, volunteering, extra-curricular activities, etc.) so that when one does search for them, they find evidence of hard work, integrity, and civic-mindedness.”

George Couros: The 8 Ingredients of the Innovator’s Mindset – Cool Cat Teacher Blog  “The greatest innovation in the modern classroom happens not when we innovate with technology. It begins with the Innovator’s Mindset. George Couros shares these 8 important ingredients of the Innovator’s Mindset in this new show series. “
This is the Future of Education | John Spencer “The future of education can’t be found in a gadget or an app or a program or a product. It doesn’t require a think tank full of pundits. The future of education can be found in the classroom. The classroom is packed with creative potential. Teachers have all the innovation they need right there in their room and they they have the power to make it happen. “
Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts | EdSurge News “Social media is happening—with or without teachers. The lessons students learn by taking ownership of social media ends up enhancing all of their work, both in and out of school.
Type with your voice – Docs editors Help The official list of available commands for editing and formating Google Docs by voice from Google.
An Educator’s Guide to Acceptable Risk Taking @coolcatteacher “Risk taking is not a bad word. If we want to help students read, write, and learn anything – we have to learn to take risks. But how can we understand what risks are worth taking? How can principals, teachers, and students learn how to take acceptable risks? From routine busting to reflection, George Couros, author of the Innovator’s Mindset helps us understand the risks and rewards of great teaching.”
National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students | Edutopia “This is a great place for students to explore the works of favorite poets, from Oscar Wilde to Percy Shelley. All of the poems are in the public domain and are open and accessible for classrooms. The Poetry Foundation also features an immense collection of more than 12,000 poems that are searchable by topic, occasion, author, and more.”

10 Things Your Kids Can Learn Online Infographic

There is still a lot of discussion about the internet and how useful/wasteful/dangerous it is for our children. Like all things, it is how you use it and whether you have developed the skills to get the best from it.

 This infographic from the Pumpic team makes some suggestions. The team has selected 20 services that they believe will teach your kids 10 skills for life. Starting from essentials, like reading and improving grammar, to cool ones: playing the guitar and programming. All of these is easy to achieve with educational games available online and apps introduced on kids learning sites

10 Things Your Kids Can Learn Online Infographic
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Useful links

 Public Domain Poems – Selected Public Domain Poetry from the Great Public Domain Poets – Yeats, Shelley, Whitman, Frost,Tennyson,Wilde, Browning, Hardy and many more! This is a great place for students to explore the works of favorite poets, from Oscar Wilde to Percy Shelley. All of the poems are in the public domain and are open and accessible for classrooms. The Poetry Foundation also features an immense collection of more than 12,000 poems that are searchable by topic, occasion, author, etc.
4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise | Edutopia ” The classroom writing process involves: Brainstorming (Think About It) Drafting (Getting It Down). Revising (Making It Better). Editing (Making It Right). Publishing (Sharing It!). At the beginning of the writing process, I have had students write silently. For it to be successful, in my experience, students need plenty of topics handy (self-generated, or a list of topics, questions, and prompts provided). Silent writing is a wonderful, focused activity for the brainstorming and drafting stage of the writing process. I also think it’s important that the teacher write during this time, as well (model, model, model). However, when it comes to revising, and later, editing, I think peer interaction is necessary. Students need to, for example, “rehearse” words, phrases, introductions, and thesis statements with each other during the revision stage”
10 Things You Need to Know to Develop a Growth Mindset“Some suggestions you could follow to develop a growth mindset. It will help you to look at situations and problems from a new perspective.”
5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students | Cult of Pedagogy  “This blog post offers a ways of diagnosing a problem many teachers struggle with. What we perceive to be reduced student motivation may be, in part, be caused by our decisions. This post looks 5 questions to help use turn this around.”
Teaching Geography – A Unit on Liveability for 5/6/7Australian Curriculum Lessons “Summary of Unit: Students will explore features of a range of countries and the factors that influence where and how people live. Students will investigate the inquiry question: ‘How liveable is Australia?’ Students will compare life in another country and will choose from Europe, North America, Asia and Europe. Throughout the inquiry students will be collecting a variety of data and information, recording and representing data with the focus of maps, tables, charts and graphs”
10 Teacher Tools to “Techify” Your Classroom – Learn2Earn Blog “Thereis a vast array of technology tools that can be used in the classroom to increase student engagement. Sometimes, however, the world of educational technology can seem daunting and extremely overwhelming. The list of of teacher tools listed here will hlp to “techify” your lessons one step at a time. Each one has the potential to enhance your classroom biome and get students excited about your content.

How Minecraft could help teach chemistry “Minecraft is more than just a game and used carefully it can also be a powerful educational tool. It allows young people to create and explore places that are completely inaccessible by other means. Within the blocky world, they can roam around historical sites, delve into the geology beneath their feet or fly through the chambers of a heart, and much more besides.

The rich resources of these virtual worlds, coupled with the educational version of the game, allow teachers to immerse young people in a comfortable but exciting learning environment. Minecraft has the ability to bring just about any conceivable structure to the classroom, and beyond.
Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job — The Message — Medium “It’s about preserving our digital history, which as we know now, is as easy to delete as 15 years of GeoCities.We can’t expect for-profit corporations to care about the past, but we can support the independent, nonprofit organizations that do.”

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators “Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google. This handy tool has opened up the doors of blended learning and collaborative classrooms like never before. Teachers wanting to implement Google Classroom can use these resources to get started, level up their learning, or become a pro at all things Google. Vicki Davis spent several weeks combing through resources and has picked some of her favorites.”

Part 3: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Process | 21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning “The focus of the post is on Differentiated learning using writing technology tools. The author sees this as multiple concepts. One dealing with the actual writing process and the others provide tools and resources for  various writing opportunities  and student engagement”
graphite | The best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning A free service from the terrific Common Sense Education site that makes it easy to discover the best apps, games, and websites for classroom use. There are many reviews of tools such as Edmodo, Kahoot, ClassDojo, and LightSail put up by educators. Assists in finding the best edtech tools by providing reviews written by teachers in the classroom and experts in the field. “On Graphite, you can learn best practices for teaching and connecting with our growing community of educators.”

How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life | MindShift | KQED News Great practical (hands-on) approach to teaching maths concepts

These Two Buttons in Google Drive Will Help Keep You Organized | The Gooru “To help locate files more quickly, Google has relocated two buttons in Drive to help you organize your files and avoid spending time searching for a document. These buttons will appear when you are in Shared with me, Recent, Starred, or looking at Search results in Drive. When you select a document in one of these views, the below bar will appear at the top of your Drive page.”

5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship | Edutopia A good range of options if you are looking for short videos/films as entry points to discuss digital citizenship with students.
20 Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Social Media Images “An annotated list of some free stock photo sites whose images fall under CC0 license.”
Good Free Photos – Free Public Domain Stock Photos Many unique public domain photos.
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