We are so excited that we just can’t stand it around here. Finally – after planning, musing and (okay, just a little) cajoling… the big day is this Sunday, when a group of excited, passionate and willing-to-try-something-different educators are going to converge on our school to share with and learn from one another. Tickets are flying off the registration site!
Haven’t registered yet? There’s still a little time! Check out our blog or dash right over to the registration site.
See you Sunday!
Knowmia is a site that provides a place for you to store videos, search for lessons created by other teachers or assign interactive lessons for your students. If you have an iPad, you can download their free app for lesson creation as well. FlippedClassroom is another great resource if you want to explore this teaching model.
The Science of Everyday Live is a Discovery Education site that provides videos and lessons connecting science to real life. While Discovery Education itself is a subscription service, this site offers lesson plans and videos at no cost (at least for right now).
Did you upgrade to iOS 7 and now you feel like you don’t know how to do anything with your iPhone or iPad? Check out this Forbes magazine article at for tips and tricks.
You may have heard about newest research study on U.S. Jews published by The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. Among other things, the study shows that nearly one-third of Jews under age 32 do not identify as Jewish by religion. The JTA has their take on it and what funders think – read more at here. The Jewish Education Project is hosting a webinar on what all that means for Jewish educators – registration is closed (the webinar filled up within hours), but it will be recorded and posted for us to watch later on. You can read the study itself here.
stalking checking out some other EDcamp sites, I see that some have created brainstorming docs in order to get everyone’s creative ideas flowing. I’ve created a doc – please add your thoughts. What you’d like to learn, what you can offer, what you’d like to talk about.
October is Connected Educator Month. How can you become a connected educator? One way is to attend the first ever Chicago area JEDcamp on October 20th right here. Visit our website for more information. Or go directly to the registration site.
Want to use QR codes? Here’s a nice roundup with 12 ideas for using QR codes in your classroom.
YouTube has launched a library of copyright free music that your students can use for their projects. Learn more about it or visit YouTube’s audio library.
Funded in part by AT&T, Educade is a collection of lesson plans that you can browse by grade, subject, tool and/or platform. It’s very cool – and you can add your own!
Interested in building your digital classroom this fall? PBS is offering free webinars on awesome topics like incorporating social media (as in Twitter) into your classroom and how to integrate tablets (as in iPads). The webinars will be recorded so you can view them afterwards. Check out the “get your tech on” site.
I know lots of you are finding creative ways to use Google Drive in your classrooms. This article lists 12 ways to use Google Drive and features a link to a really nice glog which serves as a visual guide to Google Drive. I’m not always a fan of Glogster, but this one is a great example.
What does gifted really mean? Here’s an interesting article about redefining gifted and talented.
Einstein – we’ve all heard of him – is a name now associated with a science tablet for schools that has been developed in Israel. The tablet boasts sensors that can be used with science experiments. Read more here.
And, speaking of tablets, read about how tablets are becoming standard classroom accessories in this New York Times article.
The good folks at Edutopia have a great article on primary source documents and how to find them. Millions of images from Life Magazine? I’m in! Check it out!
Shoutout to my colleague Natalie for finding this fun YouTube video about kindergartners and how they created movies using the iPad about butterflies.
If you’re interested in learning how to use iMovie for the iPad, check out KQED’s video tutorial. What a great resource!
Here’s a lengthy but thought provoking read on “Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?” The name says it all. You can read it here.
I love, love, love this article about a real life physics teachers who uses iTunes U to create courses for his students. He’s really pushing the envelope on integrating technology! Oh, and by the way, he’s my colleague Hallie’s son-in-law. Read more here.
Gaming in education is a favorite topic of mine. Here’s an interesting resource from Israeli edtech lab MindCET on kids and digital games. You can download the PDF file.
Speaking of games, MIT has unleashed a new online game for math and science. Read more here.
Need to atone? Wanna atone online? Wanna atone online with a virtual scapegoat? Check out G-dcast’s Atone with the eScapegoat!
Want to explore using iPads in class? Check out our newly created wiki.
JEDcamp is coming to SSDS and we couldn’t be more excited! Check out our website and “like” us on Facebook. Click here for more info about the JEDcamp movement.
You know that I’m a proponent of teaching kids from a young age that you should always use copyright-free images from the web (just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s okay to use). Here’s a great article with lots of resources for finding public domain images.
I know everybody in my school would have been delighted if we could have given each class a dedicated set of iPads, but, alas, that’s not possible. Sometimes, though, sharing is just fine. Ed blogger Royan Lee posts here about how he manages iPad sharing in class.
More on exploring mobile learning – in this Edutopia five-minute film festival there are videos about how educators are embracing mobile devices in the classroom.
We all knew this anyway… but here’s a nice article about the impact music learning has on higher test scores.
App worth watching: I’m intrigued by the TouchCast app – a free app that lets you create iPad presentations that integrate video, Twitter feeds and more. Check out their intro video here.
I wanted a poster of Steve Jobs’ quote about the crazy ones but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so I created one myself. I created this one in two grayscale Photoshop files sized at 18″ x 24″ and saved them as jpgs. Then I uploaded them to the Staples website and had them printed as engineering prints. The paper is thin (like copier paper), and this is only good for black and white artwork, but it was less than $4 to print both posters. This would be great for classroom rules, etc.
Day one: Motion Animation at the Ringling Institute for Teachers
Check out this lab! I want one!