Linking to learning

March 21, 2013

Creating a classroom website

Whether you’ve been teaching two years or 20, there are many good reasons to put your teaching presence on the Internet and have your own website. And don’t worry: creating a website has gotten much easier thanks to Google Sites.

February 14, 2013

Video projects made simple

There are new tools for creating videos in the classroom that make the process easier and faster while still producing exemplary results.

January 17, 2013

Using videos in the classroom

Videos are a great way to engage the visual learner, but there are a few pointers to keep in mind when showing video clips to your students. Always preview the entire clip you plan to show from start to finish. You don’t want any surprises. Enhance the learning experience further by having discussion questions before, during and after the clip.

November 22, 2012

Going Paperless

I used to be surrounded by paper: piles on my desk, reams in my bag, Xeroxes and printouts, folders, chart paper, Post-its, index cards ... the list is familiar to every teacher. My life looks much different today, however, after I drastically reduced paper use in my classroom through digital tools.

November 1, 2012

What’s the meaning of this?

Teaching vocabulary is often seen as a necessary evil. There’s no doubt that vocabulary is a crucial skill, yet it’s often taught through repetitive exercises and rote memorization that leads to boredom for teachers and students alike. The resources below can breathe new life into the dreaded vocabulary lesson.

September 27, 2012

Let’s make a movie!

Looking for a new way to encourage your students to write and express themselves creatively? Microsoft Photo Story, a free program for Windows-based computers, allows students to combine images, text and voice-over to create a compelling narrative in a movie format.

June 14, 2012

What’s new in social studies?

The Internet has made available primary documents and multimedia material that can enrich and enliven the teaching of history. By studying the thousands of documents, letters, photographs and video and audio recordings of historic and everyday events archived on the Internet, students connect to the past in ways that were not possible 20 years ago.

April 19, 2012

Podcasts encourage student learning

Today, thousands of podcasts are posted on the Internet every week, and millions of listeners download them on their iPods, smartphones, computers and tablets. Podcasts are an excellent professional development resource for teachers, and the creation of a podcast can be a valuable and engaging classroom exercise.

March 22, 2012

iPad apps for special needs kids

The tablet computer, especially the iPad, brings new meaning to assistive technology as free or low-cost third-party applications make the tablet an excellent tool for teachers working with special education students. With Apple adding the touch screen to smartphones and the iPad, the computer now is also a tactile and kinesthetic experience.

February 23, 2012

iPad can satisfy your education app-etite

Though it’s too soon to know if iPads will become widely adopted in schools, a major driver will be the availability of inexpensive apps (applications) that focus on the learning needs of students and the teaching priorities of educators. More than 20,000 education-related apps have been created for the iPad.

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