Category : Professional Development

Innovation with ThingLink + Google Apps!

This week, passionate educators flocked to San Diego to attend the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit. This EdTech event combined iPad PD with GAFE integration education, engaging educators across devices over the course of the exciting 3 days. 

At ThingLink EDU we believe one of the best ways to embrace EDU innovation is to combine the power of ThingLink + Google Docs, so we brought that to the EdTechTeacher Innovation SummitCombining these tools allows educators to design powerful student driven learning experiences that include assessment and differentiation. Use of interactive images can help promote visual literacy and encourage writing skills that require students to write clear and concise summaries of information. Best of all, to create a ThingLink, users construct knowledge as they create. Anyone who has ever created a ThingLink will tell you they certainly learned a lot by creating one. Simply, creating a ThingLink makes you smarter!

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ThingLink Live & On Demand

Many years ago I began building a digital toolkit of resources for using technology as a tool for differentiated learning. Fortunately, that was also the time I was exploring the powerful possibilities of using ThingLink as a tool for teaching and learning. My toolkit quickly grew into a powerful interactive model that has remained current and useful over time. During our next session of ThingLink Live & On Demand,  I will be sharing this digital toolkit of resources and strategies to help educators design personalized learning experiences that effectively incorporate digital differentiation. Please join us at live at 7:00 PM EDT or Sign Up to receive the archived version in your in box.

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Building the Ultimate Word Wall

There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that educators need to spend some time teaching it.

Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with  new vocabulary.  Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts, and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them do more than just memorize them. ThingLink is well-suited for the task and to illustrate this we are Building the Ultimate Word Wall!

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