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EdTech News Tuesday, March 20 Social studies, Favorite youtube channel, Padlet & more…

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  • 20 YouTube Channels for Social Studies
    • social studies, favorite YouTube channel, history, educational videos, wide range
  • 20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now
    • Padlet is a web app that lets users post notes on a digital wall. The uses for this site in the classroom are virtually endless!
    • Padlet, students, class, QR code Padlet, living webquest
  • 3 Hacks that Solve Big School Problems
    • Teachers are not short on problems. But you don’t have to wait for a committee or a bigger budget to start solving them. Take these 3 hacks, for example…
    • teachers, creative ways teachers, Amazon Affiliate links, friend Mark Barnes, minimal administrative sign-off
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Tags: social studies, favorite YouTube channel, history, educational videos, wide range

  • Padlet lets those sticky notes have images, links and videos AND be available with practically any Internet-ready device.
  • Predicting activity As you proceed through new content with students, stop and let them predict what will happen next with notes on a Padlet.
  • Event planning If youre planning a class party or a field trip, all of the information can go on a Padlet, including photos of the destination, a list of whos bringing what, links to pertinent websites and more.
  • Class document hub Upload important class files to a Padlet sostudents can go there to download them any time.
  • Then, post a link to the Padlet on a class website (or just provide the link) so absent students can watch to catch up.

Tags: Padlet, students, class, QR code Padlet, living webquest

  • One afternoon late last year, my friend Mark Barnes and I were talking about some really creative ways teachers were solving problems in their schools.
  • Face-to-face meetings consume ridiculous amounts of teacher and administrator time.
  • Heres how this hack works: Instead of gathering in a room at a designated time to discuss things, the way you would in a traditional meeting, youd use a backchannel tool like Voxer or TodaysMeet, which allow you to have ongoing conversations with large or small groups without having to…
  • Your own limited time complicates this even furthermost teachers dont want to waste a whole planning period going to someone elses room if theyre not going to get anything out of it.
  • Guidelines are set ahead of time, informing teachers that cell phones and conversations are not welcome in this space, and teachers who are using the Quiet Zone are not to be disturbed except in extremely urgent cases.

Tags: teachers, creative ways teachers, Amazon Affiliate links, friend Mark Barnes, minimal administrative sign-off