Monthly Archives: April 2013

Kikutext: Making Parent/Teacher Communication Easier!

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“Kikutext” is a smartphone app that will allow teachers and parents to stay connected without giving out any personal information! Teachers simply go to the Kikutext Website and create a code for their class. Parents then simply text the code to your kikutext number and will receive all updates! This app allows parents to be more engaged in their childrens’ education, which is critical to a student’s success in school. Kikutext takes away all the time and inconvenience of meeting with parents. With this app teachers can easily send a text to individual parents, a group of parents or the whole class, without any personal information being revealed from either party. Some reviews from teachers say they cannot imagine teaching without this app! Staying in touch with parents is very important to a child’s education, so why should it be difficult? All teachers should consider using Kikutext to help parents support their child’s education.

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Top 5 Tech Advancements Changing the Face of Education

In this article by Alex Summers, posted on Edudemic, there is a list of the top 5 technological advancements that can help teachers reach their students. Technology has become a huge part of our everyday lives and it is almost becoming the only way to engage students. The top 5 tech advancements changing the face of education are as follows:

5. Social Media

Since social networks are such a big part of students’ lives, they are an easy thing to integrate into learning in order to engage students. Teachers say using social networks such as twitter and facebook in their classroom has resulted in an increase of class participation and higher grades.

4.Online Classrooms

Online classrooms have been able to allow thousands of people to earn the college degree they desire on their own time, making their learning experience far less stressful.

3.Tablets

Tablets offer students the ability to search for information quickly and to collaborate on projects easily. They are a fundamental tool to have in all classrooms.

2.Smartphones

Cell phoones in the classroom was a strict no-no for me in highschool, but now cell phones are “smart”. They allow access to social media platforms, allowing students to interact, and provide easy access to information. They also have numerous apps that can help students manage their time and complete more efficient schedules to manage their work.

1.Free Online Resources

Being able to access educational information easily online has been one of the biggest advancements in education. Students can access any subject matter on any subject they choose very easily, bettering a students learning experience and allowing students to supplement their own educations.

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Teachers Tech PLN APP for iphone and ipad!

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PLNs (Personal Learning Networks) or PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) are becoming very popular and useful for teachers today. PLCs allow teachers to collaborate ideas, lessons, and techniques through social networks and media. This app “Teachers Tech PLN” for iphone and ipad demonstrates how to build a professional learning community. This app furthers the technological advances in education. It was created by award winning educators and Apple’s distinguished educators whose job it is to assist teachers in the use of technology in the classroom. This app will help teachers bring more technology to their classroom in order to captivate their students.

It offers features such as:
Resources and news for teachers, students and parents.
Instructional videos demonstrating how to build a PLC
The Teachers Tech news channel that offers hundreds of articles on technology in education
and an “in-app” twitter box allows tweeting right from the app!

I think this app would be an awesome tool for teachers to help them begin using a PLC! For more information on this great app check it out HERE!

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