“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“You know, we don’t grow most of the food we eat. We wear clothes other people make. We speak a language that other people developed. We use a mathematics that other people evolved… I mean, we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful, ecstatic feeling to create something that puts it back in the pool of human experience and knowledge.”
“I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.”
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
Technology and education are pretty integrated these days and just about every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. I have compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, they should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.
1) Khan academy: Many teachers use this excellent collection of math, science, and finance lectures and quizzes to supplement their classroom materials
2) Animoto: Animoto makes it simple to create video-based lessons or presentations for the classroom and to share them with students or anyone else.
3) Prezi: Want to build presentations that will wow your students? Make use of this online tool that makes it simple to do all kinds of cool things with your lessons, even allowing collaboration between teachers
4) Google Docs: Through Google Docs, teachers can create and share documents, presentations, or spreadsheets with students and colleagues as well as give feedback on student-created projects
5) Popplet: You and your students can use Popplet to brainstorm ideas, create mindmaps, share, and collaborate
6) AudioBoo: Through this tool, you can record and share audio for your students or anyone else.
7) Twitter: There are so many ways Twitter can be used in education. Teachers can connect with other educators, take part in chats, share their ideas, or even use it in the classroom to reach out to students.
8) TedEd: Great inspirational site with videos organized by subjects to teach just about any topic.
9) Google Earth: From geography projects to learning about geological processes, Google Earth can be an amazing and fast way to show students anywhere in the world.
10) Educreations: Educreations is an amazing online tool for the iPad that lets teachers (or students) create videos that teach a given topic. Perfect for studying or getting students to show off their knowledge.