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
Digital platforms and LMS's have brought a new dimension to deadlines. You no longer need to be present in the class to turn in n assignment. Default deadlines are midnight deadlines, it is time we rethink this practice.
This is one of my most popular classroom activities. It includes a template with more than 50 writing prompts that will get your learners writing every week. Dit sluit ook 'n Afrikaanse weergawe in.
The introduction of personal devices changed the way we manage our classrooms in a big way. Lots of teachers find the idea of personal devices very intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips from teachers who have been there.
Books are still one of the best sources of professional development for teachers. In this post, I share the 6 books that are currently at the top of my Must-Read list. It includes some books on technology integration, some awesome maths books and one for new teachers that look very interesting.
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.
"Can we listen to music, please?" Teachers are getting confronted with this question more and more, but what is the correct answer? Let's examine the arguments for and against allowing earphones in your class and look for some practical guidelines to help you manage earphones in your class.
Let me take you through the basics of Google Classroom, one day at a time. This free online course is ideal for new teachers and teachers who have already attended Google training but still feel lost.
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.
Have you ever watched when somebody press a few keys on the computer and magic happens? They did something that you didn’t even know could be done, and they did it so quickly, it was like a slight of hand. Magical. The worst is, like magic tricks, nobody ever tells you how to do it. Well, today I am sharing six computer hacks teachers should know and use.
Like most things in life, the ideals of eLearning is a long way removed from the realities. Things like technology saving you time could not be any further from the truth.
Everything, from classroom rules to planning, to the first lesson that a new maths teacher wants to know to be prepared for their first year in the classroom. Bonus: Free templates for new maths teachers.
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.
Let me coordinate the digital transformation of your whole school.
Custom designed and hands-on training for both teachers and learners.
Research & Reviews
An independent opinion on all the newest models and products.
I create resources and assignments especially for digital use.
Click here for more information on the courses available.
Reports & Policies
Let me take the pain out of creating the required reports and policies.
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.