Free Tools for Educators

Check out this great list of free tools for educators compiled by Edublogs with an in-depth review of each tool:

#1 – Wallwisher

#2 – Self-grading Quizzes

#3 – Bitstrips for Schools

#4 – Classtools.net

#5 – Edmodo

#6 – DoInk

#7 – Kerpoof

#8 – Glogster

#9 – ToonDoo

#10 – Wordle

#11 – Skype

#12 – Animoto

#13 – VoiceThreads

#14 – PhotoFiltre

#15 – Livebinders

#16 – WeeBehave

#17 – DropBox

#18 – Jing

#19 – Audacity

#20 – LearnBoost

#21 – Wetoku

#22 – Little Bird Tales

#23 – Wikispaces

Technology PD Opportunities for the 2011 – 2012 School Year

Ready for more technology-related PD? There are a number of excellent opportunities scheduled for the 2011 – 2012 school year, both here at YIS and around the Asia region. Here are a few highly recommended conferences and workshops:

ADE Institute, Tokyo, Japan: August 10-12, 2011

Becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator is a great way to stay connected with other like-minded educators. Not only will you be a part of the local Japan network, but you will be connected to all of the other ADEs around the world – a very active, supportive and innovative group. Plus you get free software 😉

Learning 2.011 Conference, Shanghai, China: September 8 – 10

This will be the fourth Learning 2.0 conference it gets better and better every year! This year’s conference will follow a cohort format (participants will join cohorts based on subject-area taught), focusing on practical, hands-on and subject-based sessions. Cohort leaders are from around Asia, North America and Australia – an amazing group, just like last year. This is the conference to attend if you want to see what other schools in Asia are doing with technology, network with like-minded teachers, and be inspired by the leading minds in educational technology.

Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy, hosted at YIS, starting in September 2011

Interested in a hands-on, practical and forward-thinking educational technology certificate program hosted at YIS? Ready to get connected with other like-minded educators around the world? Then the COETAIL program is for you! COETAIL is a 5-course (15-credit) certificate program designed by, and for, international school teachers interested in developing their technology skills in an authentic, project-based environment. All courses include specific skills and concepts essential for the 1:1 classroom – including blogging, understanding copyright and Creative Commons, digital storytelling, and building a personal learning network. Each class includes time to develop technology-rich projects to implement in your classroom. This cohort will be taught by YIS teachers: Kim Cofino, Adam Clark, Brian Farrell, Frank Curkovic, and Rebekah Madrid.

The Networked Educator, Weekend Workshop with Chris Betcher, hosted at YIS: September 17 – 18

Would you like to learn from a network of like-minded educators in your field – anytime, anywhere – for free? Building, developing and maintaining a personal learning network can have a profound impact on your teaching, make connections you never thought were possible, and prepare you for the rapidly changing future of learning. Unleash the power of networked learning in your classroom!

Participants will explore new and innovative technologies, current research, and evidence about networked learning through engaging collaborative activities. Examples of networked learning “in action” using tools like Twitter, RSS, podcasts, blogs, and Diigo will also be shared in this hands-on, project-based, weekend workshop.

Featuring the amazing and inspirational classroom practitioner, Chris Betcher, all the way from Sydney, Australia, this workshop will focus on practical ways to utilize a wide variety of free technology tools to develop a personal learning network that will transform your professional practice and open your eyes to new possibilities in the classroom!

Authentic Assessment and Digital Media in the Classroom, Weekend Workshop with Andrew Churches, hosted at YIS: February 4 – 5, 2012

A hands-on and practical 2-day workshop featuring Andrew Churches, creator of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. Andrew will focus on authentic use of digital media in the classroom, including visual and media literacy, effective project design, tips and tricks with a variety of technology tools (movie making, podcasting, digital storytelling) and strategies for deepening learning in your classroom.

ASB Unplugged, American School of Bombay, India: February 23 – 25, 2012

Come to ASB Un-Plugged to engage in developing and articulating a vision for a 1-to-1 learning environment. Bring a team from your school for inspiration and best practices to help you steer an intentional course.

We bring an all-in-one learning opportunity to audiences ranging from classroom teachers to technology directors and coordinators, from principals, superintendents and business managers to tech support teams. As you and your colleagues consider building a 21st century teaching and learning environment, enjoy ASB Un-Plugged 2012’s learning and networking opportunities.

ASB Un-Plugged 2012 will feature a broad spectrum of content with several concurrent strands. AND Student Showcases, Classroom Visits, Learning Institutes, Workshops, Job-Alike Sessions . . .