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DLT Recommends: Online Resource Roundup

Here at the DLT we often get asked to recommend resources that teachers will find useful, so we decided to make a shortlist of blogs and websites that we use to gather new ideas and inspiration. If you don’t already do so, signing up to blog newsletters that interest you can be a great way to find new ideas as blogposts are emailed to you as soon as they are published. Please feel free to comment below if you’ve got a recommendation that we haven’t included.

 

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What is it?

“A comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education.” Run by the George Lucas Education Foundation.

Why we like it:

Edutopia covers all aspects of education, not just digital technologies, and often has thought-provoking and helpful articles which encourage teachers to re-think and evaluate how things work in their classrooms. Although it is very focused on the American education system, there is lots of content about teaching and learning that apply globally.

 

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What is it?

“My blog will share creative ideas to raise standards across the curriculum using technology.”

Why we like it:

This is a blog written by a practising primary school teacher who is great at coming up with practical ideas and ways to incorporate digital technologies meaningfully into your teaching.

 

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What is it?

“With 20 years classroom experience including that as a teacher, middle leader, lead teacher, assistant headteacher and responsible for some of the UK’s most renowned edtech deployments, Mark is a passionate advocate for developing the modern educator’s toolkit.”

Why we like it:

Mark is particularly good at sharing ideas about how to use iPads in different contexts and highlighting new apps that can be used for learning. He has also got a big Twitter following in the education world where he is good at sparking online discussions about pedagogy.

 

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What is it?

“A 5th grade ELA teacher now exploring 1st grade – loving all things Daily 5, Guided Math, & Writer’s Workshop!”

Why we like it:

This blog is full of ideas for teaching and learning. As this practising teacher uses a workshop approach there are some great ideas for using technology in groups, which is perfect for primary classes that only have access to a few iPads!

 

EdTech Blog – Paul Hamilton
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What is it?

“Transforming education through innovation is at the heart of what I do. Creating what no-one else has created, or being the first to make a connection, is what I love.”

Why we like it:

Paul has created lots of high-quality videos that can be found on his YouTube Channel with ideas for using apps across a range of curricular areas.

 

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What is it?

“Learning in Hand is an educator’s resource for mobile and digital learning. It was started in 2002 as part of Tony Vincent’s classroom website. At first focusing on Palm handhelds, Learning in Hand now encompasses all kinds of digital and mobile learning.”

Why we like it:

This one is for teachers who are confident and regularly use technology in the classroom and want to take ideas to the next level. Tony Vincent doesn’t tend to focus on classroom ideas but has lots of ideas to enhance your own resources, definitely worth a look from ime to time.

 

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What is it?

She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Kathy’s passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, assessment and rubrics, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type!

Why we like it:

This site blends the theory and practice of teaching and learning perfectly. There is literally a guide to everything, but we particularly like the iPads4teaching section. It has lots of great ideas for learning and practical ideas for organisation too.

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What is it?

Microsoft Office blog showing new developments for OneNote that can be used in education. There are also posts showing how schools around the world are using OneNote.

Why we like it:

There are great ideas for how to use OneNote in the classroom. It is also interesting to see the new developments like the Class Notebook add-in and the Learning Tools add-in.

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What is it?

“I’m Patty Palmer, founder of Deep Space Sparkle, and my passion is to help you teach art to kids. I’ve been teaching public school art for 13 years and helping in the classroom long before that. Deep Space Sparkle came along in 2008 when I discovered that blogging was a way to share what projects worked for me in the art room.”

Why we like it:

This is a fantastic resource to support the teaching of Art. Patty Palmer is a specialist art teacher and has organised lesson ideas by year group, subject and art technique. It is a great place to get inspiration for IDL topics and with step by step guides on how she teaches it is a great way to help build skills in art with your learners.

 

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What is it?

“Creative STAR Learning Ltd was established in 2007 by Juliet Robertson to provide Support, Training, Advice and Resources on almost all aspects of outdoor learning and play, hence the STAR in the company name.”

Why we like it:

Creative STAR Learning is a fantastic resource for outdoor learning ideas. The blog keeps you up to date with the latest global thinking on outdoor learning and the ideas are well organised to support learning across the curriculum outdoors.

 

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What is it?

The Literacy Shed is home to a wealth of visual resources that  we have collected over 10 years as a primary school teacher.   I trawl YouTube, Vimeo and other sites looking for suitable resources to  use in the sheds. The sheds are broadly thematic but sometimes a resource could go in 2 or more sheds, I slot it in where I think it works best.

Why we like it:

This is a great resource with videos, ideas and other digital resources organised broadly in to themes or “sheds”. The short videos can be used to stimulate some excellent creative writing, teach skills such as prediction and inference in reading and there is even a Edtech Blog Shed to keep you up to date with the best ways of using tech in the classroom!

Infographics – what are they and how to make your own!

Information graphics, or infographics, are everywhere. They are used to communicate information, often stats and other data, clearly and quickly. Infographics are effective because of their high visual element – they appeal to the large proportion of visual learners.

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One example of a famous infographic is the London Underground map, but infographics can be found in journalism, on TV, for marketing products and services, for sharing information on social media sites and in education.

You can find fabulous examples of infographics at http://visual.ly/ (we particularly like the ones about the Titanic, Twitter, the telephone and Joey Barton).

“They’re amazing, but I’m not a graphic designer…” Don’t worry – even the most graphically challenged of us can come up with an eye-catching result using one of a number of online infographic creation sites such as: easel.lyinfogr.ampiktochart

How could you and your students use infographics to enhance learning? What could be represented in this way? Let us know what you come up with and we will post some infographics that you and/or your students have made here.

 

Blogging for Education

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After attending a fantastic iPad session run by Jenni & Anna from the team, Pete Hay from Howdenhall Unit has been inspired to start his own educational blog.

Check it out here.

If you are interested in setting up a blog for your school in Edinburgh remember to follow the advice that is available to staff on the Orb here.

“Everyone wants a slice of Raspberry Pi”

The Digital Team saw a great article in the Guardian online this weekend all about Raspberry Pi.

“Raspberry Pi has united the science community, from primary school teachers to particle physicists, in joyous enthusiasm; mostly because they hope its price (around £25), size, software and sturdiness (you can shove it in your pocket without damaging it, supposedly) will make it appeal to kids, and thus lead children into computer programming.” Click here to read the full article…

“5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make…”

Edudemic, a site all about the best education technology tools and trends, recently posted the article, “5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)“.

“Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country [USA] have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. […] While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them.”

The article is based on experiences with iPads, but the advice given applies equally to all technologies that schools may be purchasing en masse – iPads, Android tablets, netbooks, laptops etc.

How To Avoid These Mistakes!

All establishments have created their own vision for ICT but our 1:1 Toolkit should help you work towards achieving your vision.  The majority of schools will be at the planning stage just now, where time is taken to think about how best to support our learners and which technologies can enable this. The preparation stage is where any new technologies are introduced to staff and pedagogical change considered. After these phases have been completed, the implementation phase can begin. (Remember that for some establishments, your vision may be a full 1:1 initiative and for others it will be 1:1 access to technology in school when and where the learner needs it).

If you have any queries or would like to talk over your plans with someone from the Digital Learning Team please get in touch via digital@ea.edin.sch.uk.

CALL Scotland – experts in communication and assistive technology

CALL Scotland  (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) specialises in helping pupils in education to access the curriculum and to participate and be included included alongside their classmates. Based in Moray House in the University of Edinburgh, CALL is both a Service and a Research Unit. Service activity is limited by the amount of staff time available, but is open to anyone in Scotland concerned with communication difficulties, particularly in a learning context.

There is a wealth of knowledge available on their website and you can also  browse the CPD opportunities offered by CALL by clicking here.