Happy Digital Learning Day 2014! Here's a guide on how to participate today and beyond (lots of recorded sessions will be shared later). Today is crammed full: an Edtech Buzzword cheatsheet, NASA's Space Math that collides math and science with the explosive force of space, and a great write up from Richard Wells about SAMR and iPad implementation. There's more.
So much free PD is coming up including #CO14 this weekend (some awesome presenters including Stephen Downes, Jackie Gerstein, Dr. Curtis Bonk, Shelly Terrell, and more. I'm presenting Saturday) and some upcoming Twitter chats from SIGML (an ISTE affiliate) next Tuesday. What are your students going to say when you teach them to search Goofram (search Google and Wolfram Alpha at the same time – thanks Leah for showing us how.)
Celly upgrades their already cool reminder platform. Robot Turtles says they teach coding before kids learn to read. A site with new fitness videos for you health teachers out there and some new apps: Brain Breaks with Go Noodle, Chronicle, and Grade Hacks. A digital Citizenship resource list from Edutopia.
It is scholarship time and Kohl's announces theirs. Microsoft is planning a big initiative to give Bing to Schools and many other apps and software programs as part of President Obama's ConnectED initiative. (Some of you might save some money.) A new survey gives US public schools a Grade C for use of technology in the classroom. Finally, in an intriguing article, filmmaking is the new activism as two filmmakers work to document student uprisings in Chile over providing free education to everyone.
Meanwhile in my own classroom, I'm kicking off some new projects – Gamifi-ed is in full swing and I'll have some work to share with you there soon — but remember the Gamifi-ED OOC starts next week and for two weeks we'll be creating Open Education Resources (OER) about gaming in the classroom. Lots of incredible educators who are using gaming now have agreed to share openly so we can build the information that builds on how games can and are actually being used to teach. (This will be a boon for college profs adding gaming to their preservice education courses.)
I've added a few inspirational quotes to the news today. Let me know if you like it.
Remember – if you don't bring it, the kids won't either. I know it's “Hump day” but make it into Bump Day as you bump up learning and hook the students.
You Rock because you teach. You have my respect and appreciation. Thank you.
Digital Learning Day is Today! Join in.
- Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup | Edutopia
Digital Learning Day is TODAY! February 5. Here are resources and how you can celebrate this in your school this week. There will be many live seminars and webinars online as well as live broadcasts. Join in! (You can always plan something for later.
- Digital Learning Day
An awesome Pinterest Board by Edutopia with resources you can use for Digital Learning Day. This is an excellent example of how you can use Pinterest Boards to share research and best practices.
Teach with Better Results
- A New Educational Technology Cheat Sheet for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Awesome guide to share with teachers who are trying to figure out all of the terminology.
- Welcome to Space Math @ NASA !
Space Math by NASA with math problems relating to space. This is an excellent cross curricular for math and science as you promote STEM.
- SAMR success is NOT about Tech | IPAD 4 SCHOOLS
Excellent write up about the SAMR method and iPad implementation by Richard Wells @ipadwells. Great work here to help us understand that it is a transformation of mindset. If these things were easy everyone would do them well but as it is transformation is hard and we all have our struggles in our own schools with it.
Upcoming Free PD & Online Events
- CO14: Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools that are changing how to teach Online Class by Vicki Davis
CO14 is happening this weekend and so many great people are presenting. It runs from February 7-9 and is free. My session is sharing how writing has been reinvented as I share the 9 tools that have changed how we teach forever (a sneak preview of my book coming out in May.) If you teach writing, work with curriculum or teach, feel free to join in. The session is at 8 am EST on Saturday morning, February 8. Anyone can join.
Lots of thoughtful presenters are speaking so check it out.
Technology to Improve Learning
- Learn With Leah: Goofram
Leah shares how Goofram works – very cool and useful information from Leah Fullenkamp. Awesome.
- Goofram – Search Google and Wolfram Alpha at the same time!
You can search Google and Wolfram Alpha at the same time. This is a handy tool for educators and students alike. Wow. (I wonder how long Google and Wolfram will let it stay – awesome while it lasts, though.)
- Celly Blog | The Next Celly
I love Celly for notifications (similar to Remind 101) – this is what I use for my school and to connect with parents and students (without having to give out your cell phone.) Here's the tutorial and now you can share pics which means you can snap a picture of your homework board and send it out. Awesome.
- Brain breaks kids love – GoNoodle
I don't know that I'd market “brain breaks” as a way to get “classroom control” but I guess that is what some teachers want. I am fascinated by how Brain Breaks are trending on Twitter as many teachers are using them so I guess I”m going to sign up for Go Noodle and see what the fuss is about. Any of you using this tool/ website?
- Power House Education
Interesting app called “Chronicle” for tracking and including artifacts for how students are learning and improving. With students turning in all kinds of documents and work, this is an intriguing way to track it.
- Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup | Edutopia
Digital Citizenship resources and thoughts to help you as you plan.
- Get Better Grades, Starting Today! – Grade Hacks
Grade hacks is a website that helps students with study skills and more. (I have a few promo codes, Speakpipe or message me and I'll give you one if there's one left.)
Scholarships and Contests
- Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program
Scholarships for students who are volunteering and making a difference in their community.
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