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Using higher order thinking in any language.

I was inspired by a piece on critical thinking I read on Edutopia. It was entitled Jump-Start Critical Thinking With an Aphorism.

Here was a Spanish teacher working with students on figurative language. He was getting them to think outside of the literal: analytically, critically, creatively. I realized - as he did - that his method could apply to any subject.

By getting his students to put their thinking into written words, and then share, he was elevating student thinking by an order of magnitude.

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Listenwise brings you a rich library of classroom resources that build listeening comprehension using podcasts. It is a collaboration with NPR.
ReadWriteThink is the collaboration of International Literacy Assn. and National Council of Teachers of English. Superior standards-aligned content. It is a community as well as place to go for lessons and learning tools.
Next Lesson is a source of complete lessons created by teachers for other teachers. Easy to search. It comes along with downloadable resources you need for that specific lesson. Also create your own lessons. Use it for free.
Do's and Don'ts for for Social Media has taken on ever greater importance for modern digital citizens. Social networks are everywhere, and it is important to have a conversation with children and teens about what to do; what not to do.
Kathy Schrock's iPads for Teaching maintains a list of excellent Internet resources organized by Subject Access. It is extremely easy to navigate. You will also find Teacher's Helpers and Kathy's own new picks of the month.
International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) developed comprehensive standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. They are widely acccepted as the benchmark of digital literacy and how to use technology in education in the United States as well as internationally.
United States Department of Education. Important resource for data, grants and more.
Teaching Channel provides powerful examples of best teaching practices. Virtually every method in illustrated with a short video. The layout provides a Lesson Guide, key questions to ask, as well as links to Common Core Standards. The Questions and Answers section is easy to use and geared to teachers. Registration is free and recommended.
Evernote is a powerful yet extremely easy-to-use note-taking application. It syncs across multiple devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and any smartphone. It can help you capture thoughts, pictures and more. Lots of notes? Then organize into Notebooks which can - by the way - be shared. Everything is stored in the cloud.
Twitter has become it own category. It is both a community and an app, and it is being used more and more in education. It has a 288 character limit for tweets. Check out the use of @person or #hashtags?
Weebly is a relatively easy-to-use website and blog builder. It is free, but you must create an account first. This is also suitable for building class sites and blogs. As an alternative, use Google Sites (part of the Google apps suite).
Apache Open Office is a free, full featured productivity suite that you install on your computer. It includes Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation), Draw (drawing), Base (database), and Math (equation editor). It is a solid performer. The updated version is 4.0. It will read MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files flawlessly.
Symbaloo offers a visual approach to organizing learning resources. Use one of their layouts or develop your own. It is somewhat similar in concept to Pinterest.
DropBox is the essential cloud storage tool. One advantage is the ability to "sync" across multiple devices and platforms. Most programs and social platforms will offer a Share with Dropbox function. Do you just want to share your photos? Or selected documents or folders? It is extremely easy.
Duplicate tooltip. Evernote is a powerful yet extremely easy-to-use note-taking application. It syncs across multiple devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and any smartphone. It can help you capture thoughts, pictures and more. Lots of notes? Then organize into Notebooks which can - by the way - be shared. Everything is stored in the cloud.
Teaching Channel provides research based practices on best teaching. Virtually every method in illustrated with a short video. The powerful layout provides a Lesson Guide as well as links to Common Core Standards. The Questions and Answers section is easy to use and geared to teachers. Registration is free and recommended.
Linked In is an online community for professionals. It is a platform that not only facilitates networking, but it hosts a variety of essential educational groups and related discussions. You must first register and create a profile.
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) has become the mainstay of modern document creation, management and sharing. The suite of software starts with Gmail, but also includes Google Drive (word processing), spreadsheets, presentation, sites (websites), drawing and more. Everything is stored in the cloud. The ability to collaborate in real time is extraordinary. GAFE provides free adminstrative tools for schools. Now Google Classroom is available free for all schools.
Khan Academy has become a hallmark of 21st century learning and the open-source movement. Although many of the instructional videos focus on science and math, course offerings continually expand. They now also have a new learning Dashboard to help learners track progress more effectively.
Apple iBooks is designed for both iPad and iPhone. Once you download the App, browse the iBooks Store. iBooks provide an interactive approach to learning that help ensure high engagement.
Active Textbook provides a way for teachers to author and create their own e-texts. Upload PDFs and then add interactive elements. Then invite students. Plenty of tutorials and examples are provided. Start with the free account.
World Mentoring Academy contains actual full, open courses from the top universities in the country. They have a number of high school courses as well as college courses. For the serious learner.
CK-12 Foundation is your source for high quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) resources. Organized by concept, it is your alternative to a paper textbook. Browse as a teacher or a student. Learn through a variety of modalities.
Teaching Channel provides research based practices on best teaching. Virtually every method in illustrated with a short video. They also provide a Lesson Guide as well as links to Common Core Standards. Questions and Answers section is easy to use and geared to teachers. Registration is free and recommended.
Curriki provides a rich library of curriculum resources for teachers or home schooling. Browse thousands of quality open education resources. It is rated as one of the top non-profits of 2013!
Edmodo is a genuine teacher community and safe educational networking site. Registration is free. Use it in class with students as an alternative to Facebook as well as a simplified learning management system. Stay connected.
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Common Sense Media is the place to go when you want guidance in becoming a digital citizen. It provides safety tips and more.