Technology

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PinterestPins are visual bookmarks for good stuff you find anywhere around the web or right on Pinterest.

RealtimeBoard: Students can collaborate using the whiteboard by using another computer or tablet.

SMART Board: This is an interactive digital whiteboard being used in the classroom.

TED Talks: TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

  • Gadgets in the Classroom
      • Tablets 101: The Best Apps, Mobile Learning Ideas, and MOREogy
      • Apps
        • Android Devices
          • Classroom Organizer by Booksource: The Classroom Organizer Android app works in conjunction with Booksource’s Classroom Organizer web application to allow educators to organize and track books in their classroom library. The app features barcode scanning functionality to eliminate the need to manually enter ISBN numbers for books. Our extensive database searches the scanned books to find the title of each book, again, eliminating the need to manually type this information.The Classroom Organizer app is an affordable alternative to purchasing a typical USB scanner. With the Classroom Organizer app educators can simply walk around their classroom and scan each book via their Android device.
          • Common Core State Standards by MasteryConnect: View the Common Core state standards in one convenient FREE app! This app includes a simple way to view each Common Core standard. A great reference for parents and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app currently includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12.
        • Apple Devices
          • Common Core State Standards by Mastery Connect:  View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math standards include both traditional and integrated pathways (as outlined in Appendix A of the common core) and synthesizes Language Arts standards with the Corresponding College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR’s).
      • Texting in the Classroom:
        • Poll Everywhere: It is the best way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices. Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietaryaudience response hardware with standard web technology. It’s the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. And because it works internationally with texting, web, or Twitter, its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews.
      • Blog and Website Hosting (all free; paid services offer more features)
        • Glogster: a collaborative online learning platform for teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom.
          • example: This is how a free Glogster looks like, a digital Big Question Board for California Treasures.
        • Edublogs: Since 2005, Edublogs has been hosting blogs and providing custom blogging platforms to individual teachers, school districts and hundreds of thousands of  students. We’ve grown to become the largest, most trusted, best supported and widely used way for teachers and students to engage with the world of blogging.
        • KidBlog: Kidblog.org is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want  to provide each student with an individual blog. Kidblog’s simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs.
        • Lunarpages: offers free web hosting with your own domain name for educators.
        • Weebly: teachers can create a free class website and let students create build sites too
  • LAUSD Forms
  •  Online Collaborative Groups
    • California Treasures Yahoo Group: an online community of teachers using California and Texas Treasures (2011)
    • Teachability: is an environment for passionate teachers to connect, discuss, learn and improve. An environment where questions are welcome and breakthroughs are celebrated. Members of the various topic-based Teachability communities also enjoy access to our subject matter experts and libraries of resources.
    • TeachersPayTeachers®: is the world’s first open marketplace where teachers buy and sell original teaching materials. TpT’s mission is to make teachers lives easier by bringing together those who create curricula with those who are seeking fresh new approaches in the classroom. Teachers work hard and deserve extra compensation for all those hours spent lesson planning. Newer teachers and those looking for ideas can save time and leap ahead in competency by learning from veterans. We strongly believe that the ensuing exchange lifts all boats and leads to the better sharing of best practices. In the end everyone wins, especially our students.
  • Open Source
    • Royalty Free Music: “All these tracks are licenced under a ‘Creative Commons – Atrribution Licence’. Legal jargon aside means, it’s completely free.” These can be used for school projects, websites with the proper attribution.
      • Incompetech.com: created by Kevin McLeod
      • Leafy Lane: Created by a freelance composer, called Tom Cusack, based in London, United Kingdom. He continues to write and release copyright free, royalty free and creative commons music for everyone!
    • Software
      • NeoOffice: open source version of Microsoft Office for Mac OS X
      • OpenOffice: open source version of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, powerPoint, Excel) for PC
      • Open Source software for Macs: Open Source Mac is a simple list of the best free and open source software for Mac OS X.
  • Others
    • Cheatsheet Library: contains cheatsheets on how to use tehcnology products like the SMART Board, etc.
    • Getty Icons: a collection of free categorized icons
    • MakeBeliefsComix.com: place for you to come to and have fun by creating your own world of comic strips.
    • Wordle: “is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.”
  • SMART Board Resources
  • The Flipped Classroom
    • Khan AcademyStudents can make use of our extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web.
    • The Flipped Learning Network: The mission of the Flipped Learning Network™ is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning.
    • Sophia Learning: Sophia offers free tools for teachers to enhance learning beyond the traditional school day! Create your own multi-media tutorials or choose from our library of over 28,000 lessons.
    • We are Teachers: dedicated page on the Flipped Classroom
  • Videoconferencing: The Classroom Videoconferencing Made Easy Workshop is a professional development training session aimed at educators in the Los Angeles Area. If accepted, teams of participants are invited to attend the free workshop focusing on the use of videoconferencing in the classroom to meet state content standards. If you and a colleague (we’re asking for teams of 2-3 teachers per school) attend a 3 hour PD you will receive a number of videoconferencing resources, a complimentary 1 year membership to CUE, and a free Creative Labs InPerson Videoconferencing unit that you can take back to your school site.
  • Video Resources
    • Brainpop: “animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.”
    • Digital Storytelling Resources: links for royalty free music, images, software
    • Edudemic: Edudemic exists and flourishes because there is a need to enable resource discovery among educators around the world. We are currently in the early stages of building Edudemic and hope you join us as it grows into a more community-focused and resource-sharing destination for millions.
    • NBC Learn K12: Teachers get your teacher and student access code from the school librarian
    • SchoolTube :”the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing website that provides students and educators with a safe and FREE video sharing website that is
      exclusively endorsed by leading education associations.
    • TeachersDomain: “an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA,FrontlineDesign SquadAmerican Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards.”
    • TeacherTube: “an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.”
    • The Teaching Channel: a nonprofit organization, is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.
    • Verizon Thinkfinity:   is the Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community, providing access to over 60,000 educators and experts in curriculum enhancement, along with thousands of award-winning digital resources for K-12 — aligned to state standards and the common core. Here, educators connect and collaborate through themed groups, blogs and discussions, sharing resources and best practices that support 21st century teaching and learning.

The Hour of Code

Computer Science Education Week: December 9 to 15 is Computer Science Education Week. Teach the Hour of Code in your classroomThe Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. You may use the computer lab or use your classroom computers. Students can work on these tasks on their own or with a group!  

 

  •  Task 1: Write your first computer programLearn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. Available in 20 languages.
  • Task 2: Create a Holiday Card: With Scratch, you c an code your own interactive games, stories, animations, and more. In this activity, you’ll create an interactive holiday card that you can share with friends and family.
  • Task 3: Build Your Own Game: A collection of 8 fun activities for children of all ages to try programming. Solve a series of simple puzzles to help Pixel the puppy reach home, and Biff the spaceman reach his moon base. Build the Space Zombies game or create Math Art using our fun and easy visual approach to programming. The session can be teacher facilitated or self-paced.
  • Task 4: LightBot: Learn core programming logic, starting from super-basic programming, for ages 4+, on iOS or Android (or Web browser). Learn how to sequence commands, identify patterns, use procedures, and utilize loops!
  • Task 5: AppInventor: Entertaining, quick video tutorials walk you through building three simple apps for your Android phone or tablet. Designed for novices and experts alike, this hour of code will get you ready to start building your own apps before you know it. Imagine sharing your own app creations with your friends! These activities are suitable for individuals and for teachers leading classes. 
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