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I've gathered some of my favorite #EdTech resources here.
If you think there are additional ones I should include just let me know!
Gagne's 9 Steps of Instruction starts with grabbing the learner's attention and ends with the learner being able to transfer their knowledge to other concepts. If you're building curriculum, this is a great place to begin.
Audio / Video
Sometimes you want to show students a video but can't rely on a stable internet connection. Other times you want to avoid having your class sit through ads. It's always a good idea to have a backup plan.
Make collaboration easy and simple with Padlet. Add text, images, or video and have students submit their comments and feedback. Think of it as a gigantic whiteboard, only interactive and digital.
Mac Tips & Tricks
Normally taking shortcuts is frowned upon, but not always. Dan Rodney will teach you everything you need to know to get the most out of your mac. Whether you are new to a mac or have been using one for years there is plenty of tips for you to get more out of your apple computer.
Here is a list of some of my favorite technology tips. These are not limited to just mac users. Hopefully you find these helpful, and remember, if you have more ideas please share them!
Professional Development Organizations
Quality Matters is a professional organization that ensures quality assurance in online education. I first became aware of QM, and their well known rubric, through the Distance Learning office at my job. Their rubric is free with a basic subscription.
Saylor Academy is a great resource for lesson plans. Explore hundreds of well organized, self paced lessons on a wide variety of topics. These free, open courses are truly making knowledge accessible to everyone.
TEDEd has nearly 200,000 free lesson plans, or create your own using any YouTube video. Share a video with your students, have them answer questions, participate in discussion or dive deeper into any topic.
Kindergarden / Elementary
Starfall is excellent for K - 5 students. The site has been around for over 20 years as a free public service to teach children to read. It is very user friendly and there is plenty of free content
MobyMax is a free K-8 Curriculum. Teachers set up their student accounts and then can create math, reading and writing lessons that adjust to the students level and track their progress. The site aims to fix childrens' learning gaps.
A visitor to my site suggested this resource. From her email, "It is a list of free printable books for children or people who are learning to read English." Thanks for sharing this resource, Dana!
Scrible is an amazingly powerful tool to help you annotate webpages, save and tag articles and share resources with your students. Scrible is free to use and includes a helpful browser plug in so you can quickly highlight text on a web page, add sticky notes and tag articles. You can easily search and share using Scrible.com
Kahn Academy is one of the best known free educational resources. While there is something for students at all levels, I find it to be one of the best resources for college students or dual enrolled / Advanced Placement students.
Schooltraq is an academic planner for students. Think of it as a dashboard for all tasks. This free program also works with students mobile phones to make sure they never miss a deadline again.