I have put together a list of web links that I have found to be interesting and informative. Please take a few minutes to explore and share some of your thoughts and/or suggestions in the comments section below.
Adam Renfro talks about Edmodo, a free social learning platform. It is used by teachers to create an online classroom, where projects, assignments, notifications, and events are posted for students. Parents are also able to participate, receiving notifications about homework assignments via e-mail or text message. Apps available in the Edmodo store include, MangaHigh, Pixton, instaGrok, Rocketfuel, BrainNook, and Desmos. Adam Renfro encourages teachers to make Edmodo a place students want to go to, rather than repeating the mistakes of the brick-and-mortor classroom. Read more…
This is an infographic which provides current Canadian gaming statistics. Statistics indicate that 69% of teenage girls play video games between 1 to 7 times per week. That statistic increases 20% for teenage boys. Read more…
Kate Freeman tells readers about Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative whose goal is to combat the digital divide between those who can and can’t afford wireless Internet access. Connecting to the web in disadvantaged communities using mobile devices is identified as an inexpensive way to bridge the digital divide. Mobile devices were brought into the classroom to support students in accessing information to support their learning. “Essentially the walls of the classroom came down and they were able to share ideas throughout the day,” Johnson says. Read more...
Always Prepped offers the following suggestions for teachers new to using technology in the classroom:
- Find a mentor
- Start with something simple
- Join #NTChat.This stands for New Teacher Chat
- Do some research
- Prepare. And then prepare some more
- Test and iterate
This infographic details six teaching trends being adopted as educators move towards integrating technology into their instruction. To what extent are teachers following these trends in Canada, and what do Canadian educators need to be able to adopt trends listed? Read more…
I am always looking for interesting and helpful websites and resources. I hope you found these links as informative as I have.
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