Five apps for boosting middle school math skills
Here are reviews of five high-quality digital apps that can help teach middle school math, courtesy of Common Sense Media and its new Graphite service—a free database of teacher-written reviews of learning technologies.
How to Make Flipped Learning Work
Flipped learning, in which students watch instructional videos for homework and use class time to apply what they’ve learned, is catching on in many schools. But there are still some misconceptions about this strategy, and some teachers have struggled to put it into practice.
With the generous support of Adobe, we’ve assembled this collection of stories and resources to help you make flipped learning a success in your schools.
Adobe offers powerful software for video presentations
Adobe Systems has upgraded its Presenter software for creating presentations to use in eLearning, online training, flipped classrooms, and other video communications. The latest version, Adobe Presenter 9, includes new annotation and accessibility features that should appeal to educators.
9 essential social media tips for educators
Social media has had a major impact on education in recent years--perhaps a bigger impact than many realize.
During a McGraw-Hill Education webinar, #EdChat founders Steven Anderson and Tom Whitby offered tips and best practices focused on how to use social media in education and how to craft an impactful social media strategy.
Social media's educational and professional value can't be ignored, and nine tips in particular can help educators, administrators, parents, and students use collaborative technologies to the fullest potential.
"Educators have taken [the social media] platform and they've changed things around," said Whitby. "Through technology and Twitter, it's enabled us to take that collaborative learning and knock down all of the boundaries. We can collaborate with anybody at any time."
"What I think the benefit here is, is that we have a whole new group of teachers who are using social media for their own professional learning," Anderson said.
1. Don't be afraid to jump in
"Not everybody is going to feel comforatable about learning this technology, and learning what they need to know, but that's part of being a lifelong learner," Whitby said. "We need to change the priorities of professional development. We don't know, as educators, what it is that we don't know. They won't travel to those uncomfortable places if they're not made to."
2. Be committed
"In order to maintain relevance in education you have to keep up with what's going on, and to do that you really have to be connected," Whitby said. "You can't do that if you're sitting back and if you're not engaging and learning. The whole idea of being connected makes us what we want our students to be. We can all afford 20 minutes a day to stay connected and be relevant--it's amazing who you come in contact with."
3. Get past the stereotypes
"It's an opportunity for people to meet and socialize," Anderson said.
In fact, if more schools embraced social media, safety issues such as cyberbullying would not be nearly as prevalent as they are today.
Four tools for personalizing your classroom
Erica Snyder, a Digital Learning Designer for the New Tech Network, shares four ed-tech tools to personalize the classroom.