Using polling tools in the classroom is probably old hat by now. There are a ton of different tools available to teachers – many of them free- and they’re being put to use in a variety of different ways. From simply polling your class to get information and opinions to taking quizzes and having your students poll for group work or projects, there are a lot of possibilities out there for these types of tools.
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Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes.
The Classroom app is part of Google’s Apps for Education lineup of products, and it uses Docs, Drive and Gmail to make assignment creation and tracking easier than when you’d do those things manually. Basically, Google has taken a process that many were already using and streamlined it to make it more useful. Google has a huge advantage over other startups trying to do the same as a result; there’s an immense built-in existing population of users to get onboard.
Summit High School in Oregon is experimenting with a mix of new technologies to build teacher-student feedback loops that help personalize instruction.
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Augmented Reality (AR) allows teachers and students to extend the physical world with a virtual overlay. Whether you have iPad, Android, or a smartphone, scanning a trigger in the physical world with an AR app allows a new layer of information to appear.
“Augmented reality is ability to bring the digital world into our physical world. Digital content overlaid onto physical objects gives us the ability to bring learning content into the classroom like never before. When learning about the Solar System, you can have students read an article, look at pictures, or watch a video, but with augmented reality you can put the entire Solar System on their desk in 3D to interact with. That is powerful!”
Online rubric makers can make rubric creation pretty simple, so we’ve collected a few sites that offers online rubric makers (some of them are free) that can help you out in your classroom.
Here, a leading educator proposes a few questions that school leaders need to ask to ensure they’re locating and using the most innovative and appropriate tools for managing this sweeping transformation.
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One of the challenges we face as educators is providing students with opportunities to engage in meaningful learning experiences that show them how they can connect the knowledge and skills learned in school to the real world.
Here are some resources that are ready and waiting for use, regardless of your tech comfort zone.
Here are 10 current strategies for the BYOD classroom as the solution still continues to continues to grow because more and more teachers can attest to it being a way to open up access and improve learning for more students.
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.
There are a lot of Common Core resources being used this year. Here are some of an elementary teacher’s favorites that she wanted to share…