Wednesday, January 30, 2013
TeachThought recently shared this article on 15 Free Learning Tools You've Probably Never Heard Of. The tools range from online classes to video series on a host of tiopcs. TeachThought also included this nifty graphic to summarize some of them.
Have you heard about PLNs? It is a way to use technology and social media to build yourself professionally. There are so many great educational tools and ideas out there and often the best way to learn about it is through your PLN. TeachThought recently posted this article on 8 Ideas, 10 Guides, and 17 Tools for a Better Professional Larning Network.
All teachers need professional development, and given our limited budgets (or the limited budgets of our schools), FREE professional development is a magical phrase. Teacher Reboot Camp shares a list of 20+ Free Professional Development Opportunities for 2013.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I find myself scouring the web and coming across all sorts of great resources, but if I tried to share them all with my fellow teachers via email, I would probably find myself blocked, banned, and labelled a menace to society. I've got way more resources than the little ol' Biweekly Brainstorm can handle. So in an effort to satisfy this burning desire to get all of these incredible resources into the hands of my most excellent teacher friends, I've decided to create this blog branch of the Brainstorm. This way those of you just dying to get the latest and greatest from my scavenging forages can check every hour, and those of you who wouldn't mind if a massive EMP wiped out most electronic devices can visit on those rare flood days when you've run out of things to do and prefer some web surfing to braving the actual surf of who knows what floating around your front door. Most posts here will be divided into one of four categories: Educational Technology News & Tools, Education-related Articles, Professional Development Resources, and Book Tidbits.
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How do you keep students engaged? Check out the musings and ideas in this blog: "Everything I know about engagement I learned in Kindergarten."