Anywhere Bookmarks with Diigo

If you are someone who works on multiple computers and devices during the day, keeping track of bookmarks can be a challenge. http://www.diigo.com is a tool that will allow you to access and create bookmarks from any computer or mobile device. It also lets you keyword tag your bookmarks so you can categorize them and make them easily searchable. You can log into your free Diigo account from any Internet connected device, see all of your bookmarks, and create more from websites that you visit.

I also use Diigo in conjunction with my Twitter account. I follow many educators on Twitter, and often they mention great resources that I would like to use later. Using Diigo’s “Save Favorite Tweets” tool – https://www.diigo.com/tools/save_tweets – every Tweet I favorite (by clicking the star button) will automatically become a bookmark in my Diigo account.

Here’s a video tutorial on Diigo: https://vimeo.com/113965961

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |January 15th, 2017|Technology|Comments Off on Anywhere Bookmarks with Diigo

Using Science Videos Effectively in the Classroom

We often use video to bring science from the real world into our classrooms, but how can we ensure that students are learning from these videos? Derek Muller has a great TED talk about what makes up a science video that truly helps students learn science concepts – https://youtu.be/RQaW2bFieo8

He talks about the misconceptions that students often have about common science concepts. Muller’s video site – Veritasium https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium – has a great series of videos which shed light on common science misconceptions through discussion – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL772556F1EFC4D01C

David Rosen from World Education also wrote an article on the Tech Tips for Teachers website about using a mind mapping tool to help students engage with science videos: http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/blog/watch-a-video-and-make-a-mind-map-with-coggle

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |January 8th, 2017|Technology|Comments Off on Using Science Videos Effectively in the Classroom

Spring Web Room ESOL Student Created Videos

With smartphones and tablets becoming more popular, students have video recording and editing capabilities in the palms of their hands. Instead of just watching educational videos, they can engage in the English language by scripting and creating their own.

See some examples of student created ESOL videos from the Spring International Language Center: http://www.spring.edu/webroom/video.html

Here is a PowerPoint presentation on their video creation unit plan: http://www.spring.edu/webroom/Rohrbach_YouTube.ppt

Want to create videos with your students? Check out these resources:

iPad filming tips: http://teachingwithipad.org/2013/10/30/ipad-filming-tips/

Overview of video editing apps for iOS, PC, Mac, and Android: http://edtechteacher.org/apps/video/

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |January 2nd, 2017|ESOL, Technology|Comments Off on Spring Web Room ESOL Student Created Videos

Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

There are many educational technology blogs with great tips for using technology in the classroom, but the Tech Tips for Teachers Blog is unique in its focus on adult education. This blog is run by the folks at World Education, and features many great tips, lessons, and ideas for using technology in the adult education classroom.

The main website is: http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/

Some great articles include:

Using Discussion Boards in the Classroom – http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/blog/using-discussion-boards-in-the-classroom

A Revolution: Adding Activities to Any YouTube – http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/blog/a-revolution-adding-activities-to-any-youtube – How to use the free Zaption.com website to add discussion questions and interactivity to any YouTube video – great for class discussions and flipped classroom video lessons.

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |December 30th, 2016|All Levels, Technology|Comments Off on Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

There are many educational technology blogs with great tips for using technology in the classroom, but the Tech Tips for Teachers Blog is unique in its focus on adult education. This blog is run by the folks at World Education, and features many great tips, lessons, and ideas for using technology in the adult education classroom.

The main website is: http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/

Some great articles include:

Using Discussion Boards in the Classroom

Using YouTube to Encourage Adult English Learners to Read with their Kids

By |December 5th, 2016|Technology|Comments Off on Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

Free Printable Math Worksheets

There are many websites that offer free printable worksheets or worksheet generators. I have found the following particularly useful in my very multi-level math It’s simple and quick to choose a specific skill and then print out longer or shorter worksheets on different levels. I often turn these worksheets into lessons or activities that get students working together and enrich the class. These sites are also useful to generate homework for students.

www.worksheetworks.com

Customize worksheets using a worksheet generator and create PDF worksheets with answers

Some topics include good problem solving worksheets

www.math-drills.com

Generate hundreds of worksheets on different topics including algebra, geometry, order of operations and integers with answers included

Because the difficulty of each worksheet can be controlled, this site would be especially useful for multilevel classrooms

www.math-aids.com

This site contains 90+ different math topics

The math worksheets are randomly generated. This allows you to make and customize an unlimited number of printable math worksheets to your specifications instantly

www.CommonCoreSheets.com  

Printable multi-level worksheets aligned with common core standards

Tip from Denise Reddington

By |May 19th, 2016|Math, Teacher Resources, Technology|Comments Off on Free Printable Math Worksheets

Game-Based Learning

Looking to create some fun and engagement in your classroom? Try one of these game-based learning websites:

FlipQuiz – http://flipquiz.me/ Free tool to create Jeopardy-style quiz games to use with your class. Try out this FlipQuiz on the topic of President’s Day – http://flipquiz.me/u/mnussbaum/presidents-day-quiz Browse the page to see the questions, and click “Presentation View” to run the game.

Kahoot https://getkahoot.com- Create game-show type quizzes that students can play with their mobile phones/tablets. Sign up for a free account and check out the Public Kahoots link at the top for Kahoot games created by others. Try this ESOL Kahoot – https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/a0db155a-a426-4a70-8a27-fa0e96be3c31

These websites are great to use with students in teams sharing a mobile device or laptop with the game projected for the class to see.

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |May 5th, 2016|Adult Education, Games, Technology|Comments Off on Game-Based Learning

MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Equation editors to create typed math equations can sometimes be cumbersome to use, but with the free MyScript MathPad app for the iPad, it’s as easy as handwriting! Just use your finger or a stylus, draw your math expression or equation in the app, and it will render it as text. Then copy and paste it into a word processing or note taking app (I like Notability) to create worksheets that can be projected or printed.

Watch a video demonstration of the app here: https://youtu.be/g49BGbxViu0

Find a link to the app in the iOS app store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-mathpad-handwriting/id674996719?mt=8

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |April 27th, 2016|Math, Teacher Resources, Technology|Comments Off on MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Math Videos – TV 411

After a lot of trial and error, I have finally found math videos, interactives, and handouts to use in class that students really enjoy, and I like because they are designed for adult education students. This is a nonprofit and ad free site that also includes videos, interactives, and resources for reading, writing, vocabulary, science, and finance.

www.tv411.org

TV 411 is an excellent website designed for adult education students. Short and interesting videos as well as interactive web lessons and worksheets on a variety of math topics are available for free. The videos really help students see how math is applied to real life in a fun way. Highly recommended!

Tip from Denise Reddington

By |April 13th, 2016|Math, Technology|Comments Off on Math Videos – TV 411

MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Equation editors to create typed math equations can sometimes be cumbersome to use, but with the free MyScript MathPad app for the iPad, it’s as easy as handwriting! Just use your finger or a stylus, draw your math expression or equation in the app, and it will render it as text. Then copy and paste it into a word processing or note taking app (I like Notability) to create worksheets that can be projected or printed.

Watch a video demonstration of the app here:

Find a link to the app in the iOS app store here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-mathpad-handwriting/id674996719?mt=8

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |February 19th, 2016|All Levels, Math, Technology|Comments Off on MyScript MathPad Equation Editor