As you can clearly tell from the title, this a list of 100 of the best learning tools. None of the entries on the list really surprised me. I have heard of at least 90% of them, and I can see the education potential that they hold. Of the the tools that I am familiar with from the list, I can say that I have personally used around 75%-80% of them for some reason or another, even if it was not for an educational purpose at the time. I do plan to spend some time checking out a few of things that I have never heard of. I am excited to see how many of these tools will hold strong and make it onto the list for 2014. Check out the list for yourself. http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/
Online productivity tools are sites, programs, widgets, or anything on the web that can make your life easier. They basically help you do what needs to get done. There are so many of these tools online now that it can become pretty mind boggling. It takes a bit of trial and error and experimenting to figure out which ones could be useful to you.
I am a big fan of Google. A lot of the tools that I use comes from Google. This is mainly because of the ease and convenience of it. Google search is my main search engine. From there, other tools are a click or 2 away. The calendar, calculator, translator, and maps are just a few helpful tools.
There are plenty of other tools outside of Google. Pandora is great to get your music fix, TimeTracker is great when you need to keep track of any time related event, and Remember the Milk is fun for managing tasks. These of course are just a few. Your should get out there and try a few out for yourself! http://lifedev.net/big-list-of-online-productivity-tools/
I have not been teaching very long, but it is always fun to look back on some of the lessons that I have done. I was looking through my school videos and found one of a group of my 5th graders learning the cup game a couple years back. I taught it during a rhythms lesson. It was a very fun lesson and the kids were so excited when they began to pick up on it. This video picks up a little of that excitement during the early stages. By the end of class I couldn't even record because they were too busy challenging me. I
I believe that incorporating technology into my teaching is very important. It is convenient (in most cases) and will help me stay current with my students. Recently I have been exposed to some very helpful tools. I have already started thinking of way to use them.
My first thought was how I could utilize the usefulness of podcasts. There are of course times when teachers have to miss school (as much as we hate too). In the case of my PE classes, if I am not there class is either canceled or everyone is shown a movie. Most of the time substitutes do not really know what to do with a PE class.That is doing a disservice to my students and makes me hate missing days even more. But what if I were to create podcasts for substitutes. Especially on days when I know that I will be absent. I could use them to explain things to the subs and even give messages to my classes. I know I would think it was pretty cool if I were getting messages from my teacher and she was not even there! of course it depends on the willingness of the substitute, but I do believe that it would be worth the effort.
In the simplest of terms, podcasts are audio files are sent out over the internet (RSS feeds) for listening pleasure of others. Speech can be paired with fragments of music to make the podcast fun and interesting. Some serve educational purposes and some do not. After reading several articles and experiencing them on my own, I feel that using podcasts for educational purposes are a great way to reach students in any type of program at any level.
Once a podcast is recorded,it can be downloaded to almost any form of media. This includes computers, tablets, cell phones, mp3 players, and any other audio capable device that people keep close to them. Once downloaded the files can be listened to whenever needed, and as many times as needed. This is a great tool for educators to utilize to reach students. An interesting, well recorded podcast can grab the attention of almost any student, and it is extremely helpful for the auditory learners of the world. They are especially helpful in online courses. Even if you never see your professor, it is always good to hear their voice. Helps us to remember that we are learning from a real person. We can hear things explained and play them back whenever needed. Most of us carry around cell phones or mp3 players with us anyway. Why not make downtime useful by listening to something productive every now and then?
In my own personal experience with podcasting, I found them to be convenient and easy to use. Whenever I missed a class, I knew that I could simply download the lecture from the class site and catch myself up. Recording my voice and sending it into my professor to be played for the class was a lot less stressful than standing up in front of them. The world of podcasting is growing. I do believe that it will hang around for years to come and continue to add yet another technological adv
Generation "always on" refers to those who have been brought up since childhood access to internet and other technologies. This generation is, for the most part, almost instinctively tech savvy. There are both ups and downs to being "always on"
Vast technological knowledge can be an amazing asset to have. It makes staying connected much easier, and can also greatly benefit education. Endless sources of information are just a click away, and simple to find for this group. But what happens when a dependence starts to form?
Technology can be distracting, and can sometimes make like a little too easy. I have noticed this in my own habits. It has been quite some time since I actually memorized a new phone number. Any new number that I receive gets added to my cell phone and is not thought about again. Now I am noticing that a surprising number of my students cannot tell me their own home phone number. The number is simply programed into their cell phones and forgotten. I can almost see the brain cells dying. Anything that needs to be known can simply be looked up online. There is no need to think critically, lets just ask Google. I also no many students that do not know how to look up information in an actual book. Many are so worried about video games and apps on their tablets, they find it hard to get anything done at all.
I feel that being "always on" can have both a negative and positive affect on education. On one hand, students have easier access to more helpful information, and the knowledge to use technology without much difficulty. On the other hand, the need for advanced will power is needed to overcome th
You do not have to look far to see that social networking sites are taking over the internet. To the generations of "digital natives" the use of these types of technologies are almost second nature. It is only fitting that this style of networking has found it's way into education, especially at higher education levels. During my undergraduate program, my professors used Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube heavily to keep us up to date and to stay connected. I have to admit that it made things much more interesting and convenient. There are opportunities to use these sites and programs at various levels of education. I have referred to Youtube videos in my classroom many times. I by no means consider myself an internet newbie, but some of my elementary school students know how to navigate the systems better than I do (the one with actual technology training). It just goes to show that sometimes we need to meet our students halfway. We need to find different ways to reach and connect with them. I feel that social networking sites and oth
Today I attended a very informative workshop and felt the need to blog about it. The workshop was on sticking up for what you believe in. Sometimes in life you find yourself in a situation where people try to dictate what you do. If you don't stick up for yourself, you begin to feel like your are not in control of yourself. Like someone else is narrating your life, and illustrating it however they want. They draw you the way they see fit. How do you handle that? How do you learn to be aggressive and stick up for yourself? It does take practice and a bit of self searching. I know this from experience. No matter how hard it is, it is necessary. Everyone deserves to live their knowing
I have found that the end of the school year is amazingly bittersweet. One one hand, you have the whole amazing summer to look forward to. You have a slight break from the norms of teaching, and a little time just breathe. On the other hand, the end of the year can bring stress and headaches. There is so much going on everywhere. Everything has to be turned in by this time, make sure you have that done, and on top of that I have 2 field days to run. When things start to get hectic I grab my iPod and headphones. Music helps to relieve some of the stress, even if it is only temporary. There's nothing like throwing on a little Alicia Keys to ease the brain when the world has been weighing down on your shoulders all day.