Reposted from Edudemic
by Guest Writer
Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved.
Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.
Social Learning: These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect.
Learning: These educational tools can help you to make lessons fun, interesting, and more effective.
Lesson Planning and ToolsUse: These tech tools pull together great lessons and design amazing and memorable student projects.
Useful Tools: These tools can help you to stay connected, organized, and increase the ease of building multimedia lessons and learning tools.
Last week, I attended a wonderful "how-to" presentation given by Lisa Palese about a new translation service offered in our district this year. Here are some questions and answers about the Telephonic Interpreter Service
Who can use this service?
When is it accessible?
How do I access it?
Why are we using this service?
Is there training available?
How do you communicate? If you are like the growing majority, you rely heavily upon text-messaging.
Just the other day I was reminded of a service I used last year with students in my classroom and their parents for "just-in-time" communication. Remind 101 (https://www.remind101.com/) is a free communication tool to safely pass along important messages and information to students and parents. Honestly, the best part of using this service was the feedback I received from parents and students. It takes a lot of time as a parent to look at multiple websites to get information about homework or upcoming tests and quizzes. With this service, the information goes directly to them!!! My primary uses for Remind101 were sending reminders for tests, quizzes, projects and major assignment due dates. I would also use it for field trip supply reminders or special events that were occurring. I just recently heard of one teacher using it to motivate at-risk students to come to school by sending encouraging messages to them the night before or in the morning. Parents and students truly appreciate the reminders and the ease of use.
This tool is quick, easy and safe for communication between teacher and student or teacher and parent. I say safe because you, as the teacher, never see record of a subscriber's phone number or email address. The opposite is also true. Subscribers are purely receivers of information; they cannot respond to a message sent to them.
It is easy to get parents and students involved! First, a teacher adds his/her class, which generates a unique code. The teacher then shares that code with students or parents. This can be done by emailing a generated instructional PDF or by having students bring phones to class and projecting the directions for students to sign up. At that point, any student or parent who sends a text message with the code will be "subscribed" to the teacher's class. Beware--set guidelines for how students and parents should enter their names. This will help you by providing consistent information about who is subscribed and it MAY help manage "silliness" when students input names. Any time a teacher sends a message from remind101, all the students or parents subscribed will receive it. Here is an example of the PDF directions form:
As a teacher, you can add up to 10 classes. If you want more, contact the company at remind101.uservoice.com.
Remind101 even offers an iPhone app. Here's the link!
Start using Remind101 in your classroom today and see what an impact
it has on student preparedness!
Domain 2 of our Appraisal plan deals with creating an environment that is conducive to learning. As I read the following article, I reflected upon my own classroom and made a mental checklist to see if I followed the design principles mentioned here. Most of us do a great job of creating inviting, stimulating and manageable learning environments for our students, but I am a believer that there is always room for improvement. Some of these principles might just give your learning environment the tweak that moves it from great to outstanding!
Thursday, August 30, 2012 5:30 pm, Posted by Katie Lepi
Good design is everywhere: on websites, in objects you use in your home, the car you drive every day. But often, design is missing from the modern classroom, and we think that’s a big mistake.
Educators have a lot to learn from the principles of design, bringing strategic thought and creativity to today’s classrooms. Well-designed classrooms and educational plans can have a positive impact on educational outcomes, and it all starts with educators.
Read on to find out about the 25 design principles that we think are important for educators to use and understand.
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