The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe. This volume, the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition will examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education.
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eSkeletons is a great website produced by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. eSkeletons features interactive models of mammal skeletons. Select a model from the menu on the home page then click on any bone in the model to view it in detail. After select a bone to view you can choose from a menu of viewing angles. In many cases eSkeletons offers a short video display of the bone you’ve selected from the menu.
The Museum of New Zealand recently released more than 30,000 images of art and artifacts to download and re-use for free. The images are a mix of public domain images and images labeled with a Creative Commons license.
Created by NJ Superintendent Scott Rocco, this list is chock-full of tons of different apps that can fill out just about every category of Bloom’s Taxonomy. It includes the name of the tool, what level of Bloom’s Taxonomy it addresses, where you can find it, what it does, and last but definitely not least, how you’ve been using it in your classroom. As of this writing, there are 83 tools in the list.
So go on- check it out! It is a Google Doc, so it is easily editable so that you can all add your favorite tools to the list!
In this new game, Classcraft, the more students do well in class, not only academically but by supporting their classmates’ learning, the more they gain points by succeeding with real positive actions, such as bringing notes to an exam.
Want to be a better typer? Want a free resource for students to improve their typing skills?
Check out TypingClub - free lessons that will teach you how to type and get you to 10-12wpm. Or, try the more advanced lessons to improve your wpm (words per minute) skills.
One thing I like is that you don’t need an account to use it - perfect for adult learners or very young students. Creating account has advantages, it tracks your progress over time and remembers where you’ve left off.
If you’re curious, take one of the wpm lessons and check out the statistics when you’re done - it keeps track of how fast, accurate, and proficient you are down to the letter (so you know which letters might need more work).
Looking for level-based virtual literary trips? Google Lit Trips is your site to bookmark!
Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.
Check out Toasted Cheese, a blog that provides daily prompts on calendar. Some prompts are topical based on the month/date they fall on.
Also, don’t forget the Writing Prompts tumblr.
Nature Sound Map provides a wonderful way to explore the soundscape of the natural world.
In science courses the sound map offers a nice way for students to hear the sounds of animals that they’re learning about in different regions of the world. In some cases the sound recordings combined with Street View imagery could give students a more complete picture of what it is like to be at ground level in a place.
image via rmbyrne
While all of the activities are good, the speaking and listening activities on Skillswise that I would be most inclined to use with students are the types of listening and listening for specifics games. The games in both sections require students to listen and follow a set of detailed instructions to complete tasks like delivering products to addresses, recording details of story, and responding to emergency situations.
The NBC News project Education Nation has created a sleek parent toolkit with helpful ideas about what parents can do at home to support their child’s learning in school. It highlights the big educational concepts students should master in each grade, offers tips about the kinds of questions parents can bring up at home and how to support kids’ math and English lessons, and gives parents a sense of the obstacles they might face in future, all the way to graduation day. It also looks at the social and emotional side of learning and development and offers ideas on where parents can find more information or get involved in other ways. For parents seeking a little support, this could be a helpful tool.
Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.
As an instructional designer and online instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville, Dionne Thorne has worked with many instructors as they develop their online courses. Based on this experience, she offers the following advice on the course design process…
This problem of student engagement is what drives educators at NuSkool to develop lesson plans that are relevant to students’ lives, engaging for 21st century learners, and pedagogically student-centered. The NuSkool team works to find the teachable moments in contemporary popular culture and develop them into common core aligned lesson plans that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. Rather than eschew students’ extracurricular interests as irrelevant to learning, NuSkool makes them the center of students’ educational experiences.
Trying to find new media and integrating it into your lessons is hard work - let NuSkool do some of the heavy lifting. Registration is required for access to lessons.
This policy is made just for iPads but there are printable policy handouts available here for iPads owned by students, iPads owned by schools, iPods, and other devices. Click here to view all the acceptable use policies in Google Drive.