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Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom

For decades, students have been completing assignments in school. Often, these were seen only by the teacher, graded and returned to the student. Sometimes, the work was posted on a classroom wall or in a school hallway. Many teachers kept portfolios of student work for report card conferences, and the rare teacher taught students how to build their own portfolios from their work.

Recently, through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page I was asked for suggestions for tools for creating QR codes. Here are five suggestions that I often make in regards to creating and using QR codes in classrooms. Russel Tarr developed the QR Treasure Hunt Generator.

3rd Grade Thoughts: What I'm Reading Wednesday: Teach Like a PIRATE + Freebies & Giveaway!

There have been so many wonderful book study groups happening this summer, but we were gone for many of them and it just seems like I am now starting to get caught up on all of these fabulous books!

Doctopus How-to Do you want a clear way to organize student Google documents and a way to easily share and create documents for students? Try Doctopus, one of Google's many Apps Scripts. How does it work? Simply create a template that you would like shared with your students.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

by TeachThought Staff Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. It may not be as forward-thinking as we'd like here at TeachThought, but Google Classroom excels in providing solutions for a broad swath of teachers who have a variety of expertise and comfort level with education technology.

The Definition Of The Flipped Classroom

As one of the most popular trends in education in recent memory, you've undoubtedly heard of the flipped classroom. But what is it about a classroom that's been flipped that makes it unique? A flipped classroom is one where students are introduced to content at home, and practice working through it at school.

A Peek at Periscope's Potential-and Privacy Concerns-in the Classroom (EdSurge News)

In my line of work, I seldom come across a tool that inspires a sort of shock and awe that comes with, say, bungee-jumping off a mountain or seeing Ryan Gosling at the bar stool next you.

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter

Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and worth your time. So here's a useful guide that we curated from Edudemic's archives in an effort to put something together that was a bit easier to read than random blog posts.

10 Rockstar Teachers on Twitter

More and more teachers are turning to the rapid-fire world of Twitter as a platform for professional development and sharing philosophies. It's a way for educators across the country, and even across the world, to share their insights.

Creating Podcasts with Your Students

PreproductionBefore students even think of stepping up to the microphone, much planning must be done. In fact, I've found in creating Radio WillowWeb that preproduction takes over three-quarters of the time to produce a podcast. Students need to keep their audience in mind. Who will listen to the podcast?