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Mike Jakubowski‘s insight:
I have so many ideas scattered across different note pads and electronic notepads this might just help me organise (and remember!) all those ideas. More importantly I can see how it might actually help me come up with new ideas, as I am able to visualise how all the different pieces fit connect.
“For many schools this year, the dream of having iPads in the classroom turned into a reality. Some schools have brought them in through 1:1 initiatives and other seen them start to flood in after implementing BYOD policies. As with anything else, teachers have seen some pros and cons with this cool, new classroom technology. Here’s a list of some things to expect with iPads in the classroom.”
This guide brings together some of the best tips on using Twitter in the classroom. We’ve sourced some of the best education blogs from the web to bring you these useful resources from influential bloggers. Our tips come from Jeff Dunn from Edudemic and Christopher Pappas from eLearning Industry plus other education bloggers who really know what they are talking about.
Mike Jakubowski‘s insight:
Maybe its time I got a Twitter account. How do you use Twitter?
For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning — building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
How could this type of approach be adapted to learning English? By using symbols and connecting ideas to wider knowledge, it was all so organic. I wonder how far this approach could really go though. What are the next steps? Could it take a learner past simple recognition of the basics?
Either way, I learned so much from this talk. I wish my students left every lesson feeling that same sense of reward.
Teacher Making $1M a Year Selling Lesson Plans Online
“Deanna Jump is a 43-year-old kindergarten teacher who earns less than $30,000 a year. But this year, she says she has made $1 million. Yes, really.
How? TeachersPayTeachers.com (TPT), the online marketplace that allows teachers to sell lesson plans to other teachers. Jump became the first teacher on the site to earn more than $1 million on the site by using selling her lesson plans focused on teaching kindergarteners.
“Teaching is a hobby for me now,” Jump says. “I’ve made way more on TeacherPayTeachers, obviously. I don’t need to teach anymore, but teaching is my passion. I cannot imagine not teaching.”