27 Strategies to Motivate Students in Class

July 30, 2014
Looking for ways to motivate your students? Mia from Anethicalisland has 27 strategies for you to use in class to get your students motivated.These strategies cover both types of motivation: intrinsic motivation (an inner drive to engage in an activity for its own sake because it is interesting and satisfying in itself), and extrinsic ( a drive to engage in an activity because of a reward to engage in the activity or a punishment for not engaging). Check them out below and share with us what you think of them.

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Google Hangout for Teachers- A Comprehensive Tutorial

July 29, 2014
Google Hangout is an excellent service  that enables both one-on-one  and group chats with up to ten people at a time.Google Hangouts are not all video based. You can hold a hangout using only the textual chat functionality or you can add voice. There is also another great feature called hangout on Air. A Hangout on the Air is a Google hangout that is broadcast both on YouTube both through your Google+ page . It’s a great way to have a “public” event or get more people involved in the conversation!

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 The purpose of this post is to share with you a handy video tutorial to help you make the most out of Hangout in your instruction. Some of the things this tutorial covers include:
  • Types of Google Hangout:
  • How to create a Hangout
  • How to add people to a hangout
  • How to record a Hangout history
  • How to archive a Hangout to retrieve it later
  • How to delete or block individuals from a Hangout
  • How to use text chat Hangout
  • How to send an image in a Hangout
  • How to add people to circles from a Hangout
  • How to start a video call in the Hangout
  • How to manage the settings of a Hangout

This Is How to Create Videos in Google Drive

July 29, 2014
This week's tip for teachers is about creating videos in Google Drive. As you know, since the  time Google made it possible to integrate third party apps into Google Drive, there appeared a wide variety of excellent applications that are deemed to enhance the overall performance of your Drive . One of the essential apps that I think every teacher should connect with Google Drive is called WeVideo.

WeVideo allows you to easily create and share videos and short animations. Using WeVideo app with Google Drive will enable you to create videos right from your Drive. The video below will walk you through the entire process of how to do it. Enjoy

8 Good TED Talks on The Origin of Ideas

July 29, 2014
Looking for some great TED talks to watch this weekend ? Here is a collection of 8 talks compiled by the folks in TED covering one single theme: the origin of ideas. Yes, this is the very same theme that Steve Johnson intensively investigated in his momentous book" Where Do Good Ideas Come From?". Besides Steve's talk you will also find talks from some prominent thinkers in the field of personal development and cognitive science. Enjoy

1- Where Good Ideas Come From

2- Your Elusive Creative Genius

3- How to Start A Movement

4- How to Get Ideas to Spread

5- Where Does Creativity Hide

6- When Ideas Have Sex

7- Embrace The Remix

8- 4 Lessons on Creativity

A Great New Google Drive Cheat Sheet for Teachers

July 28, 2014
Here is a new excellent Google Drive cheat sheet created and shared by Shake Up Learning (one of my favourite blogs for Ed Tech). This cheat sheet is created after the latest updates to Google Drive and as such it is the most recent visual guide to the new Google Drive. The main things covered in this cheat sheet are :

  • Create, upload, and organize
  • Files, folders, and search
  • Details, activities and settings
  • Google+ Integration.

This cheat sheet is available for free download from this link. You can also make a copy of it to your Google Drive from this Link.

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ePortfolio Checklist for Teachers

July 28, 2014
Following the posting of ePortfolio Resources for Teachers somebody emailed me this visual  which I want you to check out as well. This visual created by Chelmick features 6 components your students should consider when composing their ePortfolios. You can use this checklist in class to give students an idea about the things they need to incorporate  in their ePortfolios.
Why Use ePortfolios ?
According to Cornell University, there are different learning purposes and benefits behind using ePortfolios.
A- The learning purposes of ePortfolios include:

  • Reflecting upon learning processes and outcomes.
  • Organizing and presenting learning accomplishments.
  • Developing self-assessment skills.
  • Representing learning experiences.
  • Developing multimedia skills.
  • Creating electronic text for specific audiences.
  • Learning how to use technology to support lifelong learning.
B- The learning benefits of ePortfolios include:
  • Personalizing the learning experience.
  • Allowing students to draw connections between their various learning experiences over the semester and beyond.
  • Seeing progress over time.
  • Enhancing critical thinking.
  • Evaluating and assessing student products and processes.
  • Assessing course learning outcomes.
  • Gaining insight into how students experienced a curriculum

11 Amazing Evernote Features Every Teacher Should Know about

July 28, 2014
Evernote is a powerful note taking web tool and mobile app. It is definitely an elemental component of teachers workflow. I have been using it for a few years now and I just can't live without it now.Evernote enables you to take notes in both text and audio format. Your notes can also include images,videos and even files. Evernote is available across different devices so that everything you do with Evernote on your computer can be automatically synced to your Evernote account on your phone or tablet.

After writing about the apps teachers can use to enhance their Evernote experience, today I am sharing with you this excellent video tutorial created by Scott. In this video, Scott outlines  11 important tips to help you tap into the full potential of Evernote. These are :

1- Create a series of unlimited notes within notebooks
2- Stacking notebooks or grouping several notebooks under one category
3- What are tags and why they are valuable
4- How to use search feature on Evernote to help you find information that you need in quick and efficient way.
5- The ability to share notes with people via a link
6- How to share notebooks with others
7- How to send stuff into Evernote via an email address
8- How to use Web Clipper to bookmark and save web content to your Evernote
9-Add audio clips to your notes
10- How to use the "take a snapshot" functionality in Evernote
11- How to add attachments into Evernote