Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Poster

Looking for a way to bring Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy into your classroom? I found this great poster on Pinterest, thanks to Denise Schulz and Candy Ledford. With just the right amount of information, this poster would make a wonderful addition to your classroom. Question stems, applicable verbs, and a short definition make this poster a must for planning and discussions, and performance tasks.

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The State of Digital Education Infographic

Take a look at this infographic that breaks down the impact digital learning is having on education from www.knewton.com.

Click on the graphic below to visit the original graphic and view in its entirety.

The State of Digital Education

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

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How Skype can Enhance your Lesson Plans

Skype has to be one of the best free and simple web 2.0 tools available.  Skype makes it easy to collaborate, share files and messages, and work with others from anywhere in the world.  Many schools are using Skype to connect with content experts, leaders, and other classrooms and students.

Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with other people. You can use Skype on your computer, mobile phone, or a television with Skype.  Skype has a very easy tutorial for getting started for Windows  and Mac users.  Get started today!

Now, Skype has an resource just for schools called Skype in the Classroom.

Click the photo to access Skype for the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is a free community that allows teachers to connect across the world to help their students learn. Log in with your Skype account to get connected.

Hear how teachers are connecting with each other, finding partner classes and sharing inspiration using Skype.

Click on the “Projects” tab to find a project that might coincide with your curriculum.

Listen to how teachers are using Skype with their students to collaborate with other schools around the world! Find out more about this global initiative and how you can get involved.

 

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The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

Click on the photo above to check out the Super Book.

I am very excited that I will be presenting a session at the 2012 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement March 19-21, 2012.  As I began to plan for my session – Just a Click Away:  Free Online Tools to Enhance Instruction, I have been digging into some amazing free resources out there on the web.  One of these resources is The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators.  This free downloadable publication is an incredible resource compiled by some of the most recognizable names in 21st century instruction.  Steven Anderson, Adam Bellow, Richard Byrne, Larry Ferlazzo, and Silvia Tolisano are just a few of the contributors.

Some of the best features of this online book include the overview from the administrator’s perspective; specific resources appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school; resources appropriate for ESL and EC students; and tools for educators.  The contributors have certainly made learning about new tools extremely simple for busy educators.

Check out The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators!

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In a world full of opportunities to collaborate and connect with people anywhere in the world, it is a crime not to take full advantage of these opportunities as professionals. It is even a greater injustice not to provide avenues through social media for our students. However, for many educators, the key is getting comfortable first. Read this article about how teachers can use social media as PLCs, learn their way around, and then hopefully bring what they have learned into the classroom to provide more opportunities for students.

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The field of social media is a burgeoning area of communication, and one that educators cannot ignore. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Diigo, GooglePlus – these platforms for communication are not going to go away; and while there is a great deal of negative media surrounding their use, they can be harnessed to create myriad possibilities for schools as learning communities. Current research only proves the dominance of Social Media as a modern communication medium: http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/social/

 

This is the first of a series of posts planned in the area of social media and schools as learning communities. It is too big a topic to cover adequately in one post, and the value of social media tools as resources for learning is too great not to be addressed.

This post will consider what the term ‘social media’ connotes, and ways in which it may be used to overcome…

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A Newspaper of Tweets?

Click the icon to visit paper.li.

I follow Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher on Twitter, along with her other 29,000+ followers! Here was one of her tweets today:

The Cool Cat Teacher Daily Tweetpaper is out! http://vsb.li/wgtdwK.

So, I clicked on her link and found her daily newspaper compiled completely from her tweets!  I said to myself, “How did she do that?”  Then, I did what any 21st century educator would do, I went to my Google search bar and typed, “How do you create a Twitter newspaper?”  Within seconds (and I seriously mean seconds), I had discovered paper.li, created an account, and published my first Tweet Paper.  🙂

New to Twitter? Click the icon above to read my blog post to get you oriented with Tweeting!

Paper.li is a free service that takes links from the people you follow on Twitter and organizes those links into a virtual paper for easy reading.  Plus, it is incredibly simple to create an account.  Sign into paper.li with your Twitter account, and you are ready to publish.

After I had published my first paper, I realized that you might not be interested in some of the musicians, politicians, or athletes I follow, so my first paper really isn’t a great example of a good instructional paper.  But…that is how you learn.  I quickly discovered that I can publish a paper based only on my own tweets,  from those I follow, from specific tags, or even create my own custom paper. So, I went back to my settings and customized my sources.  The result:  my second paper is more specialized to education and instruction.

Another feature I really like about the paper is that the original tweeter’s name appears under each post, so the source is transparent.  I am going to continue to play with the settings, but I can already tell a difference between the content of my first and second editions.

Here’s it is.  What do you think?

Click the photo to visit my online tweet paper.

Then, I began to imagine the possibilities for classrooms and school districts!

What if, you tweeted a series of web pages, videos, articles, etc. on a certain topic, and then your students read your Tweet Paper for the day to get information.

Even better…what if students tweeted information they found on the web that coincided with concepts, topics, and units they were studying.  They could peer review Tweet Papers, choose favorite resources, and explore topics in a way we have not done so before.  A Tweet Paper might even be the foundational piece of assessing student understanding.  By asking, What did you learn from this video?, or Why did you tweet this article?, we can have our students articulate their reasoning through analysis and evaluation.  Excited yet?

If you are interested in subscribing to my Tweet Paper, click on the icon to visit my paper.

What about our instructional leaders, curriculum folks, and instructional technology specialists out there?

Paper.li is the perfect resource to provide teachers, principals, and other stakeholders with the latest and greatest information pertinent to their needs.  If your focus is the Common Core, go out there and tweet away.  If you are looking for literacy resources, find them and tweet them.  The great thing about your tweet paper is that you can create a new one each day, and each of your old papers is archived by date, so you can recall them at any time.  You can change hashtags, authors, or even who you follow to create a customized experience for your readers.

I can’t wait to get my morning paper!

How cool is that?  Are you ready to create your tweet paper?

Once you get started, if you are interested in more advance options, paper.li has a great FAQ and support page.

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Get The Math

(Modified from Donna Murray’s Blog:  Explore the Possibilities.)

Click the Icon to check out the Get the Math website.

Looking for ways to incorporate real world experiences into middle and high school math classes?

Get The Math provides algebra-based real-world challenges for middle and high school students. The challenges focus on fashion, videogame design, and music production.  Students are provided with an interactive problem to solve. By watching video segments where professionals encounter algebraic problems, students become engaged and use interactive tools within the website to try and solve problems themselves.  Students then return to the video to see the professional team’s solution.

This site includes lesson plans and related resources for teachers as well.

Watch this short video to see how you can use Get The Math to support algebra instruction in your classroom. http://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/teachers/overview-of-the-lessons/26/

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C4LPT Announces the 2011 Top 100 Tools for Learning

The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies recently finalized the 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools. The rankings this year were compiled from feedback from 531 learning professionals worldwide – from education, training and workplace learning.

Each slide contains the following information:

  • Tool Name and Icon
  • Website
  • Short Explanation of Purpose or Use
  • Cost and Availability Information
  • 2011 Ranking as well as Rankings from Previous Years

 

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Don’t Stumble… Wait! Yes, Stumble!

Stumble Upon is an amazing, fun, and constructive use of your "browsing" time.

Just so you know, this post is really not specifically for your classroom!  That being said, of course, I know if you use this site, you will most certainly find something for your students and yourself!  Stumble Upon is quite possibly one of the most innovative Internet search tools ever created.  As I mentioned in Oh, the Places You’ll Google!, often the BEST things we find on the web, we just “stumble upon” as we are looking for something else.

Here’s how it works:

Stumble Upon  makes it easy to discover new and interesting sites and information on the Web.  Once you create an account, which takes just a few seconds, you click on topics you are interested in finding out more about, and Stumble Upon will transport you to amazing web pages, videos, photos and more that you may not have found on your own.

When "stumbling", click the "Stumble" button to see another site. Click the "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" to help Stumble Upon customize your experience.

As you Stumble through great web pages, click the Like or Dislike button at the top of the page, and Stumble Upon will customize your experience even more.   The more pages you Like and Dislike, the more specific your stumbles will be.

Members of Stumble Upon have describing this experience as “the entire Internet, all in one place,”  ”an epic journey” and “a map to an adventure you wouldn’t otherwise have found out about.

Watch a tutorial here!

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Oh, the Places you’ll Google!

Google can take you a world away from where you wanted to go originally. Save yourself some time with 7 Google search techniques to maximize your time

I’m sure it has happened to you.  You go to Google to look for something specific – maybe it is for your students or your teachers, or maybe you are searching for something like a recipe, a vacation spot, or a news topic.  This is when it happens…

You stumble upon something you weren’t looking for, but you were rewarded with a great “find” that you can use!  Sometimes, this new “find” actually sends you on a completely different path of “googling,” and before you know it, an hour has passed, and you haven’t found what you were originally looking for.  However, what you have discovered is an array of interesting sites that have a great deal of merit, and now you have 10 other ideas for things that you can do either in your professional or your personal life.  What’s so wrong with that?

That being said, the purpose of this blog post is twofold.  First, I think I can help some of you ADD Internet searchers to be more explicit in your searches and provide you with some great tools I discovered on Simple K12 to narrow your searches and keep you on task.  Next, if you are one of those daring searchers who can’t wait to see where the web will take you next, I want to share a great site called Stumble Upon (that’s coming in my next post.)  Just keep reading…

As promised, here are  7 Google Search Techniques that can help you be a more precise searcher reblogged from Simple K12!

SafeSearch

It’s surprising how many people don’t know about Google SafeSearch!  SafeSearch filters allow you to modify your browser settings so that inappropriate content does not display in search results. More on SafeSearch here.

Word Definitions

To quickly pull up the definition of a word, use “define:” followed by the word.

Example: define:webinar

Numeric Ranges

Useful if you’re looking for information that relates to a range of numbers (such as a price range or years).

Example: television 1950…1960

Phone numbers

Curious who keeps calling your cellphone and not leaving a message?  If their number is listed, you can find it via Google by using “phonebook:” followed by the number.

Example: phonebook:555-555-5555

Excluding words or phrases

If  you’re looking for something a little more obscure, narrow down your search results by asking Google to omit certain results by using the “-” symbol.

Example: Florida vacation -Disney

Specify results by document type

Looking for a PDF? Word doc? Powerpoint? Many people don’t realize that you can filter results by document type in the search bar.  Just use “filetype:” followed by the file extension after your keywords.

Example: “World War I” filetype:ppt

Recipe View

Have you noticed the recipe view in Google Search?  Type in a recipe title, and on the left-hand side, you’ll see various options that allow you to specify whether or not certain ingredients are included, the amount of cook time resource, and calorie count.  This tip is my personal favorite, so make sure to check it out!

Example: Pumpkin Bread

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