When asked what the must-have extension every teacher should have is, the answer is easy, Grammarly. Grammarly is a spell checker on steroids; it picks up on everything. Not just mistakes but also on other little things you can do to make your writing better and the best of all is that it helps you to get better at writing.
Using Technology In The Classroom
The difficulty is that eLearning encompass a wide variety of lessons, activities and teaching styles. There is not a single right or wrong way to integrate technology into your teaching. However, there are some models that teachers have developed and proved to be effective. One of them is the Station Rotation model.
If your school is not basing eLearning on strong educational principles, it is only a new trend that could even do more harm than good. I wrote a series on seven principles that I think should form the base of eLearning in any school.
Four years ago our maths department created a shared Google folder for all our resources. Today we have the most fantastic collection of maths resources, suited to our needs, right at our fingertips. Since we started, this Google has introduced Team Drives which make it even easier and better. A Team Drive is a must-have for every department.
In part two of our Google Classroom update review, we look a big game-changer the new marking shell and comment bank as well as some small changes to where things are located that you need to be aware of.
You like the idea of blended learning, but you have no idea how where to start. In this post, I give you five practical but easy steps that will get you on your way.
In this first of two posts about CPTD points, I look at what CPTD points are, why you need to earn them and how you go about earning your points. Also included is a free CPTD planner that will make sure you claim all the points you are entitled to.
You can earn CPTD points in a variety of ways, all you need is to do a little planning. I discuss the types of activities and what you need to earn the necessary points.
A very simple investigating trig graphs using Google Sheets to allow learners to try plotting the graphs using different intervals.
Can Google Classroom bring anything to the table during exam time? Yes, definitely yes. In this post, I share 4 ways I use Google Classroom in exam time to improve my understanding and relationship with my learners.
The start of the new school year is an exciting time, new classes, new learners, a fresh start. It is also the ideal time to introduce your learners to the technology they are going to use during the year while getting to know them at the same time. In this post, I share some of my favourites back to school activities, with free templates that are ready to use.
I don't say this easily, but Google Forms changed my life. Since I came across Forms 3 years ago, it has saved me hours and has taken the sting out of a lot of admin tasks. Over the past four years, I have introduced hundreds of colleagues to the magic of Google Forms. Here are my step-by-step instructions to not only create a form but to make a quiz that gets marked automatically.
Welcome to Butterfly Classrooms
A record of using technology in the classroom.
Here you will find lots of tips and ideas for any teacher that want to ensure that their classroom is still relevant in the 21st century. As well as my personal reflections, experiences and the lessons I learned.
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Just because kids know how to use Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, doesn’t mean they know how to use technology to enhance their learning.
Training should be something you can use on Monday, not someday!
We need to make the positives so loud that the negatives becomes almost impossible to hear.
Shifting education begins with teaching students how to learn, instead of what to learn.
Don’t ask your students to learn, if you are not willing to continue learning yourself.
I am not a fan of technology.
I am a fan of pedagogy, of understanding how people learn and the most effective learning methods.
But technology enables some exciting changes.
Donald A Norman
In practice established curricula and teaching methods remain in place under a thin coating of technological glitter, and available technology is often underused and poorly integrated into classroom practice.