An App to Know – Curiosity.com

After hearing the announcement/ad for Curiosity.com numerous times on NPR, I finally got around to checking it out and down loading the iOS app.

I’m not going to say much about it here, because I emphatically encourage you to click the link above and check it out yourself.

As a passionate learner (which hopefully every teacher is), I like the set of five interesting links it gives me every day. An example from the last few days is above. And here’s a few more:

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When you click on the image, it takes you here:

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Here’s one more pair of examples:

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What are you waiting for? Visit Curiosity.com and get learning!

 

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Two Simple Mindful Meditation Exercises for Teachers

It’s Monday noon and yes, I didn’t get to a Sun(Fun)day Night post yesterday. It wasn’t much of a fun day for me, but rather an extremely full day into the night. Our midterm exams are next week and I was working all day on review guides and then on revising the two exams themselves.

Yes, I felt stressed and yes, I did practice some of the mindfulness meditation techniques that I’ve blogged about here and here and here.

I post this link from The Guardian as it is geared specifically to teachers. Faculty and staff at my school will recognize these simple, yet effective techniques as we’ve been using them to start faculty meetings. And we used them as recently as this morning when our deacon used the PA system to guide the entire student body through a 10 min exercise related to Advent and the Holy Family.

As the stress level this time of year gets ratcheted up for you – whether you have midterms before Christmas or not – I hope this article and the exercises contained within help make your season merrier and brighter.

Lists and More Lists of Apps and Tools for Teachers and Students

As promised, here’s the big post with lots and lots of lists.  I know that during this busy time of year, neither you nor I will be able to play around with more than a few of the resources accessed through these links.  Heck, you might not even be able to do more now than just read this introduction!

Please bookmark this post (and this blog in general) and return here again and again to explore a list or two.  If I can discover one or two blockbuster (or even just pretty good) apps or sites (Kahoot is an awesome one that I discovered via a list) every month or so, than I feel like perusing lists a few minutes a week is time well spent!

Note: Image above is from this link: Two Great Periodic Tables on Educational iPad Apps

6 New Ed Tech Tools for Teachers

Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools

50 Web Tools and Mobile Apps for Showcasing Student Work

21 Grab and Go Teaching Tools for Your Classroom

Free Teacher Tested Tools to Try in Your Classroom

Four Top Websites for Teaching and Learning (Tackk; PearDeck; SoundTrap; Appsbar)

Twenty Popular Apps and Web Tools Made by Students

20 Cool Tools for Creating Info Graphics

Another Great Tool for Creating Buzzfeed Style Quizzes

Literacy in the Digital Age: 5 Effective Writing Tools

Two Useful Game-Based Learning Tools for Teachers (Brainrush; ClassXP)

Some of the Best Web Tools and Mobile Apps for Taking Students on Virtual Field Trips

A List of Useful Resources on Teaching Information and Digital Literacy

A Collection of the Best Web Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Screencasts

Eleven Great Digital Homework Helpers for Your Kids

Six Must-Have Apps for Teachers’ Back to School Tool Kits

Here is a Collection of New Web Tools and Apps for Teachers

Excellent Story Writing Apps for Students

15 Free Apps for Classroom Management

Four Useful Tools for Creating Non-Traditional Quizzes

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps

Excellent Strategy Games to Teach Kids Logical Thinking

A Collection of the Some of the Essential Web Tools for Teachers

(Part 1): Forty Educational Websites for Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

(Part 2): Forty Educational Websites for Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

(Part 3): Forty Educational Websites for Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

(Part 4): Forty Educational Websites for Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

9 Ways to Get Your Grammar Game On – A Playlist

July’s “Best Lists” – There are 1,459 of Them!

4 Good iPad Apps for Seamlessly Managing Students’ Assignments

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

55 Best Free Educational Apps for the iPad

A New Collection of Educational Web Tools for Teachers

Two More Tools for Making On-line Learning Games (eQuiz Show, Teachers-Direct)

Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers 2015

23 Tools for Students to Publish What They Learn

Lets Present! 21 Digital Poster Tools and Tips

15 Apps to Change Your Brain

Safe, Student Tested Tools to Use in Class

Best Note-Taking Apps

Educator Recommended Tools to Enhance Your Visuals

These 44 Apps Will Make You More Productive

11 Apps That Will Make You Smarter

Some Great Educational Resources From National Geographic

4 Important Apps for a Paperless Classroom (Showbie, Teacher Toolkit, Socrative Teacher, NearPod)

Top 4 Presentation Tools for Teachers (Prezi, Haiku Deck, ThinkLink, Glogster)

10 On-line Tools to Engage Students in the Studying Process

7 Free Tools for Anyone Who Wants to Become a Better Writer

10 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers and Educators

10 On-Line Tools to Upgrade Students’ Writing Skills

21 Essential Data Visualization Tools

Some Good Educational Web Tools Recommended by Teachers for Teachers

5 Great Apps Students Can Use to Display Their Learning

10 Great Classroom Management Apps for Teachers

6 of the Best iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling

7 Great iPad Apps for Digital Whiteboarding

Special thanks to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning as many of these links were from that excellent site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tips for Those Starting Teaching

Thanks to the bloggers at Teaching Science Today who share these “Top 10 Tips for Those Starting Teaching in September:

  1. Use your summer to rest and improve subject knowledge
  2. Make well being targets.
  3. Radiators (energy givers) and drains (energy takers)
  4. Don’t be blinkered.
  5. Get the objectives right
  6. Find the right shoulder to cry on
  7. Practice activities/experiments before delivering them.
  8. Professional persona
  9. Get to know people around the school
  10. Learn to love it

A great list to review and practice even for those of us who have been teaching for a decade or more!

 

Great, Free MOOC on Dante’s “Purgatorio” – Underway Now!

Earlier, I posted about MOOC’s and the increasing value of them.  I’ve dabbled in a few so far – registered, watched a video or two and then became too busy to give much attention to learning through it.

I’ve just started a truly amazing one from which I am going to learn much.  It is offered by Georgetown U. through an innovative, highly interactive portal.  The topic is Dante’s “Purgatorio” – the second book of the highly influential “The Divine Comedy.” 

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It began last week, so register quickly to not be too far behind.  Go to the edX portal, create an account and then register.  You’ll then have access to Georgetown’s “My Dante” portal.

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Can you receive CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) for this MOOC, like you can with other on-line courses?  Our diocese, already grants credit for paid classes through Dayton U.  The coordinator and her committee are currently considering whether to grant units for MOOC courses which may not have the same form of verification as similar, paid-registration courses.

Are you registering for and participating in this Dante course?  If so, let me know to look for you there!

A Beautiful Explanation of Hashtags

I hate to admit it, but I am quite clueless about hashtags.  In others words, I am #cluelessRE#.  I just typed that, but I have very little idea about what it actually means or more importantly, how it could be useful on social media or elsewhere.

So when I came across this great visual on hashtags and their use across social media platforms, I was pretty excited.  I’m going to apply what I learned immediately as I start Tweeting about the CRS RiceBowl extra credit assignment I’m doing with my classes.

If you would like to be a #learnerRE#, here’s another link (albeit from a few years ago) specifically geared towards teachers.

MOOCs for CEU’s

It’s been a busy week with the “paperwork” which comes with the end of the first semester.  So, it’s been a while since any of us have been able to post here.  A teacher’s life is so busy!

And yet, we need to gain those essential Continuing Education Units for our professional development and renewal of our teaching licences.  Fortunately on-line learning options continue to expand as more and more learning institutions make excellent course content available through MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses.

I recently found this listing of courses geared specifically for those who want to develop their knowledge and skills related to educational technology.  I’ve registered for this interesting sounding course on Digital Literacies which begins next week.  If you like to see a listing of all of the upcoming MOOCs published by Open Culture click HERE.  A well organized list of MOOCs offered through the Coursera portal is available as well.

Finally, if you’re interested in learning about the impact that MOOCs are having on Higher Education visit this article which asks: “Are Massive Open Online Courses Enabling a New Pedagogy?”  It offers a thoughtful, well researched look at this evolving vehicle for adult and increasingly adolescent focused learning.

 

Edutopia’s Top 10 Articles for 2014

It’s time for another year-end list – this one from Edutopia.  It provides an interesting snapshot into the topics that educators found most pertinent this year.

Edutopia’s Top 10 for 2014

  1. 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students
  2. 7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills
  3. Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding
  4. 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class
  5. 8 Myths that Undermine Educational Effectiveness
  6. Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary
  7. 10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout
  8. 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom
  9. What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher
  10. Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step