As we talk more and more about getting tech in the hands of teachers and classes, which is a great conversation to have in honor of the 2012 Edublogger Awards, I want to take a moment to reflect on and review some of the best Learnist boards, apps and thoughts out there in terms of learning about and using educational technology.
Favorite Apps for Education
This collection is a compilation of tons of apps for educators–it’s a mega-collaboration board started by Crystal Morgan which has been added to by teachers all over the country.This is the type of board I’d love to see more of–collaborations. When people get together to work on boards, amazing things emerge.
This board is a collection of several tutorials, including boards on the types of things that can be included on Learnist, help, how to use it on mobile apps, and how to use Learnist in the classroom.
Free Elementary Ed Tech Apps
Shawn Rubin’s board on Elementary Ed Tech Apps is a great resource for looking to technify the elementary classroom. Shawn is a former kindergarten teacher turned startup guy, who does outreach for teachers interested in tech. You’ll see more from him.
Teaching the Teachers
Emma Jane Phillips’ top-rated board seeks to help teachers get more ed tech savvy. More and more teachers are turning to online resources for professional development, and this board gives some things to consider. “Teaching the Teachers” to get comfortable with tech means that the students win, too.
Social Media in the Classroom: Scholar Discusses
It’s difficult to discuss ed tech in the classroom without discussing social media. Professor and journalist Maggie Messitt’s board on this issue is hot off the presses. She centers in on higher education on this Learnist board–on scholarship regarding the application of social media to the college classroom, but it can easily be considered for the lower grades as well.
Education and Technology
Terry Johnson’s board seeks to improve education by integrating technology at schools and at home. His board includes tools, blogs, and newsletters to help accomplish that. The more we use these innovations, the better experience we have both at home and in class.
Must See Education News
Jeff Dunn’s Edudemic board is an authority on all ed tech trends. Edudemic continues to be a leader in ed tech news, so it’s an honor to have Jeff curating the most important news stories on Learnist as well.
Powersearching with Google
Kurt Weisner and Scott Fernholz’ board teaches how to use advanced search features on Google, and states that “even Santa uses Google.” Many people Google things, but not everyone realizes the power in the advanced search. You will learn something from this board. Don’t miss Learning 1, the Santa rap.
Teacher Ann Schimbor Vaseliades shows how publishing meets the Common Cores and uses technology to make lessons great. You will see more of Ann’s materials featured as we enter Common Core feature territory over the next few weeks.
Twitter in the College Classroom
Maggie Messitt applies Twitter to the college classroom, but again, this board is easily transferrable to the secondary class, where edu-tweeting is gaining traction.
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