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2013 Big Ideas in Education

A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing

Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools, and methodologies.

13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About

Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring. At the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this year, two early adopters of ed-tech tools offered a quick run through of some favorite apps. Here's what they noted as the top tools to try.

For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools

Paul Salopek and Ahmed Kabil Writing will always be important, but weaving text, images, sound, and presentation together can give students more and different ways to express themselves. Easy-to-use online tools allow students the opportunity to create multimedia projects that demonstrate knowledge and develop useful skills. Check out these new three tools on the scene. … Continue reading For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools →

SmartBoard, Make Way for Educreations

Julia Hum/Educreations One of the biggest, fastest shifts in ed tech the last couple years has been the evolution from the use of large interactive whiteboards to the use of mobile, agile multi-purpose apps. Currently, there are at least six products, all competing to become teachers’ favorite. Replay Note, ScreenChomp, ShowMe, DoodleCast Pro, Knowmia, Explain … Continue reading SmartBoard, Make Way for Educreations →

So Many Creative Collaborative Projects, So Little Time

Blogging, making videos and animation, creating art with words, digital storytelling, communicating with students across the globe, and creating colorful multimedia projects — in class, with help and coaching from a teacher. Sound like fun? It’s all laid out here, in the I ♥ EdTech blog. By the way, there’s no reason why parents can’t … Continue reading So Many Creative Collaborative Projects, So Little Time →

Digital Media Tool Made Easy for Teachers?

By Ifanyi Bell Educators are an industrious bunch. On a day-to-day basis, they have to make something out of nothing, and that’s especially true when it comes to integrating technology in the classroom. They’re faced with a slew of barriers preventing a full-scale upgrade of technology—namely funding and an ideological consensus regarding reform, among other … Continue reading Digital Media Tool Made Easy for Teachers? →

Learning Better, One Kid at a Time

What if each student had her own teacher at school? Would she benefit from individual attention, progressing at her own pace, learning the way that best suited her? Clearly, it’s economically and physically impossible to provide each student a separate teacher, but technology can be a powerful tool in helping that process along. In today’s … Continue reading Learning Better, One Kid at a Time →

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