Tech Tips of the Week

January 11-15, 2016 #proudtobeajet

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How do you involve students in the grading process?

Grading is the most arduous part of teaching, most teachers would agree. It's subjective and onerous and often diminishes the great learning that transpires in our spaces.

When students are reduced to a single letter or number grade, the process of learning is a by-product rather than the central result.

So if we have to grade (as is the case with most current systems), we must include students in this process and allow them to tell us what they know. This shows a student we trust them and are invested in helping them grow as learners.

Nothing helps a child succeed more than an educator's belief and support that he/she can. This additional level of confidence helps that student to achieve great depths beyond where he or she ever realized possible.

Over a period of time, students can learn to assess their level of mastery against standards when it becomes an expectation in our classes.

Read more of this article HERE.

Watch the video below by clicking HERE.

Education Week - Work in Progress,. "Students Can Grade Themselves When We Make It About Learning". N.p., 2016. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.

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Augmented Reality Tools for Education

Augmented reality (AR) has evolved in recent years and its application in classrooms is limitless. Educators don’t need to feel overwhelmed when trying to introduce AR in their classroom because there are many great apps that don’t require a lot of knowledge in the field. There are useful apps for every subject and there are also apps that when a teacher is ready they can create their own AR targets.

Augmented reality works well in schools because it brings close to real life experiences to the classrooms. It’s fascinating to see the faces of students when they have the opportunity to explore space, the human body, cells or chemistry elements. You appreciate how eager and engaged they become with some simple AR apps.

Here are 9 cool AR apps you may want to try in your classroom:

AR Flashcards – Alphabet (Free): App to help students learn the alphabet

AR Flashcards – Shapes & Colors (Free): App to help students learn colors and shapes.

Chromville (Free): Educational app using the eight multiple intelligences. Students color their characters and then they come to life with the Visual Arts app.

Barcy (Free): From the creators of Chromville comes Barcy, an AR app that explores water life and the water use.

Chromville Science ($4.99): Chromville Science joins art, technology, science and the eight Multiple Intelligences, promoting the development of kid’s creativity and their motivation for the learning process according to their needs and preferences.

Elements 4D (Free): AR Chemistry app that brings the elements to life. It includes lesson plans for all levels: elementary, intermediate, and high school.

Anatomy 4D (Free): Bring the human body to life with this AR app. Have students learn about the different systems and human anatomy with this app.

Arloon Geometry ($2.99): An amazing way to learn geometry! This app features 3D models with AR for most geometric shapes. By directly interacting with the figures, your students will improve their spatial visualization.

Arloon Mental Math ($2.99): Fun way for students to practice addition and subtraction without using paper.

Here are links where you can find more information about these apps:

Have fun!

*copied from Emerging EdTech

Mirabal, Suzette. "9 Amazing Augmented Reality Apps For Teaching And Learning — Emerging Education Technologies". N.p., 2016. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.

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