The aim of technology may be to make processes more efficient and to expand our horizons, but unless used appropriately, it can also make life unnecessarily complicated. In the classroom, teachers are more and more often expected to show innovative and progressive thinking by integrating technological solutions into their lessons — but starting out isn't easy. From learning how to scour YouTube for clips to working out which photos and files can be used under fair copyright terms, while trying to keep up with standard workloads, invigorating lessons with technology can fall by the wayside.
To help teachers out, and given the popularity of ZDNet's last
iPad in the classroom roundup, here is an updated, fresh list of tutorials, apps and software to transform your work-life balance and the student experience in today's modern classroom. Tutorials:
The Teacher’s Guides To Technology And Learning, Edudemic
The Center for Implementing Technology in Education
What is the wired classroom?
12 easy ways to use tech in the classroom
Tablets and SEN students
Help! I'm a Teacher -- How Do I Get into Education Technology?
Teacher's guide to Copyright and Fair Use Issues
Beginners' guide to using technology in language lessons
Teacher's manual to a paperless classroom
6 considerations when launching a class Twitter account
Apps, services for teachers
Google for Education: Teacher Academy
Google Apps for Education suite
Apple iTunes University
iPad app resources
STEM lesson: MIT app inventor
Planboard lesson planning
iOS lesson planning | iOS/Android
Online lesson plan generators | Single, simple paperwork generator
The teacher's corner
How do I use...?
Smartboards? Nine videos on using interactive whiteboards effectively | Lesson plans | Whiteboard animations guide
Handheld devices, clickers?
23. Tablets, smartphones, laptops?
Tablets for schools | Tablets, laptops and mobiles in the classroom: top tips from teachers
24. Video and media?
TeacherTube | Video tips
25. The Internet?
Webquests -- How, when and why. | Internet safety cheat sheet
Tips for design and delivery
Teaching about digital citizenship:
As the online and physical blur, digital citizenship is now paramount
The importance of teaching digital citizenship
Digital citizenship resources
Additional resources, software and hardware guides:
31. The Raspberry Pi:
A teacher's guide
Raspberry Pi worksheets + lesson plans
Gamification and learning
Free technology for teachers
35. Grant Wrangler K-12:
Look for technology-based grants for your classroom
Talks and teacher chat
36. TED talks:
Lectures, papers and discussion on today's subjects
TED talks for inspiring teachers
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Educause: Conferences, training and publications
Tips, tricks and lesson plans:
Technology enhanced lesson plans
Teach-nology, free lesson plans and guides
10 things every teacher should know how to do with Google Docs
The teacher's guide to wearable tech in the classroom
50 resources for iPad use in the classroom
50 QR code resources for the classroom
Class tech tips
National Teacher Training Institute
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
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