Teaching & Learning Tools: The Google Chromebook

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Chromebooks are fast, intuitive, and easy-to-manage computers that connect students and teachers with the power of the web.

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Teaching & Learning Tools: 3Doodler Video – The World’s First 3D Printing Pen

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We wanted to design a 3D printing device that could be used within minutes, without needing any technical knowledge, software or computers.

We also wanted it to be affordable as well as fun, so that anyone could 3Doodle! Compact and easy to use, the 3Doodler allows you to literally draw in the air – whether freestyle 3D sketching or tracing shapes from templates to make larger structures and objects.

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Teaching & Learning Tools: Words With Friends EDU

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Introduction

I recently discovered there was an education version of Words with Friends.

Words With Friends EDU brings the fun of Words With Friends into your classroom. Students learn new words as they play in a safe environment with their classmates, and teachers and parents track students’ progress using custom teacher dashboards.

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Parent and Teacher Tools

  • Teacher Dashboard – Teachers and parents can track students’ gameplay and learning through a dashboard displaying three types of reports – Shout Out reports that call out students’ learning and engagement milestones, Watch Out reports that draw teachers’ attention to signals that students aren’t learning or engaged, and Standards Reports that show students’ progress against Common Core Standards.
  • Classroom Management Tool – Teachers and parents can set up and manage membership in private “classrooms”. Players can only play against other players in their classroom.
  • Lesson Plans – Developed in partnership with WestEd, a suite of lesson plans supplement the game and drive deeper learning and Common Core Standards alignment.
  • Safety and Privacy – Words With Friends EDU is fully COPPA compliant, and students can only play with other players in their classroom.

Words With Friends EDU Official Trailer from Zynga.org on Vimeo.

Teaching & Learning Tools: Integrating ‘Google Drive & Classroom’ into your teaching and learning

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After using One Drive and SharePoint for a couple years during my teacher training and my previous school, I am now faced with a new tool that I haven’t used extensively on a day to day basis before – Google Drive and Google Classroom.

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I discovered how super awesome it is because it contained several different online tools and apps which are linked together and all content are saved in the cloud (Google Drive). Everything is linked to your school’s email address and password which is used to access everything. The good thing about it is that your email can be accessed anywhere in the world on a computer with an internet browser connected to the internet on the Gmail website.

Google Classroom ties Google’s many products together to help educational institutions go to a paperless system. Assignment creation and distribution is accomplished through Google Drive while Gmail is used to provide classroom communication. Students can be invited to classrooms through the institution’s database, through a private code that can then be added in the student interface or automatically imported from a School Information Management System.

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Google Classroom integrates with students and teachers Google Calendar. Each class created with Google Classroom creates a separate folder in the respective Google product where the student can submit work to be graded by a teacher. Communication through Gmail allows teachers to make announcements and ask questions to their students in each of their classes.

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Google Classroom will not show any ads in its interface for students, faculty, and teachers. Teachers can add students directly from the Google Apps directory or can provide a code that can be entered for access to the class by students.

Teaching & Learning Tools: Spice Time Credits -Working with and engaging parents

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I recently attended a ‘working with and engaging parents’ workshop at a Teacher Seminar. I discovered what I considered to be an awesome platform to work with and engage parents with student’s learning and school life. Spice Time Credits encourages parents and guardians to be involved with various activities within the school. In turn parents and guardians would earn time credits which could go towards leisure activities such as theme parks.

 

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