TECH Month continues....with Professional Development!
Now that you’ve overcome some of the “Back to School” challenges, it’s time to keep you on your feet with some new ones!
Teacher Challenge #1: Creating a PLN (Personal Learning Network)
For those of you who still haven't gotten on Twitter or only think it is for following celebrities, take the first step in learning how powerful it is as a tool for teaching and learning. This is only one of the steps in this Amazing challenge!
Whether you are a teacher or not, why not create a personal news feed to keep you informed and engage with the news that you want and care about?
Teacher Challenge #2: Learning to use the web's Best tools
Online Education Conferences
Global STEMx Education Conference - September 19-21, 2013.
Check out the link or follow the hashtag #stemx13 on Twitter!
This is the world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. x = Computer Science (CS), Computational Thinking (CT), Inquiry (I), Creativity & Innovation (CI), Global Fluency (GF), Collaboration ( C ), ...and other emerging disciplines & 21st century skills.
RSCON (Reform Symposium Conference) 2013 takes place from October 11-13.
Check out the link or follow the hashtag #RSCON4 on Twitter!
The Library Worldwide Virtual Conference takes place on October 18-19.
Check out the link or follow the hashtag #lib2013 on Twitter!
If you would like to present at this conference (C’mon, Give it a go!), proposals are due September 30.
This year's Global Education Conference takes place from November 18-23.
Check out the link or follow the hashtag #globaledcon13 on Twitter!
If you want to present, the final deadline for submission is November 9. Since this event takes place throughout the entire globe, there are opportunities to drop in on presentations during your morning coffee, at recess time, lunch, after school or any other time you have a few minutes!
These articles may or may not reflect our personal beliefs, but they will surely cause some great discussion among teachers, parents, kids, and learning communities. Have a go, grab a coffee or tea, and use one as a springboard for a great discussion!
Article 1: 9 Places To Find High-Quality Online Professional Development
Article 2: Ten Tech Tips for Team Building With Parents
Article 3: We don’t need a TECH integration team, we need a Teaching Best Practices team!
Article 4: Resources To Help Teach Kids (and Adults!) About Copyright and Creative Commons
Article 5: A Map of Education Technology Through 2040 [#Infographic]: How will disruptive technology change education?
See you next week for TECH Social Media!
Welcome back to your #EdTech source for great websites, Apps, PD, Social media, and FREE resources. That is right, as a subscriber to our newsletter, we want you to enjoy some cool free stuff! Last month, we featured Symbaloo and after a quick Tweet, Symbaloo responded! They decided to give YOU access to a free #BacktoSchool package full of #EdTech freebies for you and your students.
The banner above isn't linked, but if you are interested and want more details and the promo code to get these freebies, scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter!
Just a Reminder, and for our NEW subscribers: For the person who interacts the most with the first 4 newsletters this month (opens, clicks, forwards, comments), we will send you a FREE paperback copy of our newest book A is for Action: The ABC’s of Taking Action! To preview the first 9 pages of this book, click HERE and press “Download Sample”. We will announce the winner in our 5th newsletter, which should come your way on September 30th.
TECH Month continues....with APPS!
It's difficult for us to recommend the best Apps for everyone, as you all have different needs, so we thought we would share a few APP "hubs" where you can find some great lists. Explore APPitic, or use the quicklinks below to go straight to what you want:
Apps by Subject area
Apps for Preschool
Apps for Special Needs
Apps for CBL (Challenge-based Learning)
Apps for the Flipped Classroom
Apps for Bloom's Taxonomy
Apps for Multiple Intelligences
Apps for Physical Education
APPlist Builder tool: If you want to create your own personalized APP lists to share with parents, fellow educators, friends, family, or use with your students for specific subjects, skills or for homework, check out this new tool. If you end up making a cool list that you would like to share, please shoot it our way!
AppsGoneFree: Download this free app, and check it daily for a small list of Apps that typically sell for $1.99, $2.99, $4.99 or more, but get them FREE!
iPads for Education: Offers great APPS, organized by Category.
APPList: This tool allows you to share a list of all your iPhone- and iPad-Applications with your friends, your colleagues and your family. Nothing more, nothing less. Here is Jeff's List from a few months ago. Please don't judge ;)
ARTICLE: Why the “Explain Everything” APP is a must-have.
Use Socrative as a student response system in any class (how kids are doing, polls, multiple choice) - check out the video.
Digital Citizenship APPS
If you are interested in this topic, perhaps you want to recommend it to us for a future newsletter.
eSafe Kids App - $0.99
Garfield's Online Safety App - Free
Netiquette for Kids App - Free
See you next week for TECH Professional Development
ED-venture #1: Welcome
#2 Take Action / Social Good
#3 TECH Websites
#4 TECH Apps
#5 TECH PD
#6 TECH in Social Media