SAMR in 120 Seconds – YouTube

The SAMR model of technology integration provides a simple framework for assessing the value of technology used in the classroom. This short video explains each level and offers examples.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

I found this list of 7 habits of highly effective teachers using technology interesting and worth sharing. Notice that habit #1 is, “They always start with the why”, recognizing that using technology is not always the right answer if it does not help, among other things, with performing tasks more efficiently or does not positively affect student learning.

Summer Vacation!

I love summer vacation for obvious reasons.  I treasure the rest and relaxed pace but I also find it a great time for learning, becoming energized and finding inspiration for the upcoming school year.  For those of you who share this excitement, I’ve created the following list of websites, guides and blog posts to hopefully inspire you for trying something new next year. Enjoy!

1. Review  77-Things-for-Teachers-to-Try-This-Summer. This guide features web tools and technologies organized by subject areas.
2. Consider  networking with other teachers by joining the Twitter conversation!
3.  Read Edutopia-Top10Tips-NewMedia-2011 for practical uses of technologies in education.
4. Create a Diigo account and join a group of educators with the same interests.

77 Web Resources for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers is a blog I love to read because it’s chock full of fantastic free resources available to use in the classroom.  It’s a great resource because Richard Byrne, the author, finds tools for teachers and also offers concrete examples for using them in various contexts.

This guide published by Richard Byrne lists 77 web resources for teachers. He has organized it by subject area and there are some great web tools highlighted. Read it below!

Twitter for Teachers – On Demand Professional Development!

If you ever thought twitter was only good for following the lives of celebrities, think again! Educators all around the world have begun using this form of social media to collaborate, connect and learn from one another. You can find thousands of teachers online each week participating in “chats” around various topics and questions.   If you are not available to participate in the live chat, chat archives are always available online.

You can find a group (designated by the # sign, known as a hashtag) dedicated to all types of teachers , examples including #engchat (for English teachers), #midleved (for middle school teachers), #isedchat (for teachers in independent schools) and #5thchat (for fifth grade teachers).

You may be asking yourselves, this sounds great but how can I use it for professional development?

  • Do you have a question about a particular topic? Send a tweet to your subject’s  hashtag for instant feedback from other teachers around the world.
  • Are you looking to collaborate with a teacher? Send a tweet asking for volunteers or for collaboration partners.
  • Are you interested in learning about what other teachers are teaching? Follow the hashtag to read about what others are  sharing about their teaching experiences.

Read these articles for more information on how teachers can use Twitter for instant, on demand professional development.  “Teachers Teaching Teachers, on Twitter: Q. and A. on ‘Edchats”
Twitter for Professional Development
List of weekly education chats

Google Earth in the Classroom

Did you know that your students could visit the sky, moon and mars, view historical imagery and 3D buildings, draw and measure and create a tour all with Google Earth?

Google Earth requires a free download.

The following are some ideas for using this tool across the curriculum:

English: Students can create Lit Trips to map out the storylines of books or the biographies of authors. Visit this website for some examples.

Math: Real World Math offers a nice collection of math lessons using Google Earth. Some ideas include measuring distances, angles and elevations of real world locations.

Science: Google Earth has many built-in layers applicable to teaching science. The sky, moon or mars modes offer students the ability to visit these places and explore! It also includes access to earthquake data, climate data and animal tracking information.

History: Use the timeline view to compare views of cities from past to present. Students can create tours of military campaigns or explorations or go on virtual field trips around the world.

Art: Use Google Earth to explore inside actual art museums around the world!   This is currently available for 17 galleries, including places such as the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the National Gallery in London.


Additional Resources to Explore:
Google Earth for Educators
Google Earth Blog