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Teaching Teenagers to Foresee Their Future

Today, I met a former student on Facebook. When she was a teen, I remember we had talked about what it will be their aspiration to the future. Among them, there were her dream of becoming a lawyer. Once she finished school we befriend her on Facebook and she just posted about her interest in the teaching career. We reply back something like, you must be kidding me...

Back in time and still today, what we see in teenagers is that they do not see the point of learning at school. They really want to talk to their mates, but not listen to their teacher! If they do have a vision of their future, it is one of being famous as a singer or some kind of celebrity. How they are going to become this famous person is a little more vague.

Successful teachers mix the lesson up to incorporate the necessary learning with real life topics that the teenagers talk about. Teachers do this to motivate them. A teacher has to give them a vision of the future. Soon the teenagers begin to look forward to coming to class and listen more to the teacher, rather than only talk to their pals in class.

To give the teenagers a taste of success in their future we have to give the young person confidence. It could be followed up with the teacher giving approving comments like -well done! I knew you could do it! Reinforce positive thinking.

This will possibly make the youngsters to put their feet on the ground. The person on the story had to say: "I had to be honest with myself , Law school would be too crucial, it's a lot more studying and exams, A LOT more money, and I know people in the profession who just ended up working as paralegals because of the stress." It showed me the adult in her.

To wrap up, face up to the facts that you will have to work hard to motivate the vast majority of teenagers that come to your class. You have to find a way to get them motivated and have a vision of the future. Once you give them confidence, use this method to inspire even more positive thoughts: Use successful people as examples for them to achieve success. Mix in some humor and an overall good feeling in the classroom. Good luck!

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20 Free Web Apps to Use in the Classroom

Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about college online for OnlineCollege.org

Teachers who are looking to transform their classroom with new technology can find many free resources online. Many of these resources are web-based and do not require any download. This list provides 20 free web apps that work particularly well in the classroom:

mySchoolog - This online application allows students to organize their school life with to-do lists, class schedules, success graphs, and email reminders.

Edmodo - This private social platform was created specifically for teachers and students. Edmodo works a lot like Twitter with built in privacy controls. The site can also be used to share notes, links, files, assignments, and much more.

Engrade - Engrade is an all-in-one suite of tools that can be used to create an online portal for students. Engrade works well for teachers who want to post homework, class events, a gradebook, attendance calendar, and other items online. This app also helps with parent-teacher conferences.

SnapGrades - SnapGrades is a popular web-based gradebook for teachers. The app makes it easy for students and parents to check grades online at any time.

SchoolTool - SchoolTool is free administrative software that was created for schools by a non-profit organization. The software provides a free gradebook, attendance book, class calendar, and much more.

SimplyBox - This free web-based service is perfect for teachers who want to capture, organize, and share pieces of the web with their students. SimplyBox supports multiple languages, including English, French, Japanese, and Spanish.

Hooeey - Hooeey is a free web application that records web browsing and allows links to be used later in a fun and productive way. Every link that is recorded can be tagged, commented on, and retrieved at any time.

Mikogo - Mikogo makes it incredibly easy for teachers to share their desktop with students in the classroom. It also works well for online parent-teacher conferences.

Cramberry - Cramberry is an excellent web-based application for classroom use. This flash card site allows teachers to create online flash cards and track students' progress.

Flash Card Machine - Teachers can use this app to create web-based flash cards for students. Flash cards can include text, audio, and images.

Revisions - This free Michigan State University resource allows students to collaborate on writing assignments. The tool can also be used for teacher and peer reviews.

Scriblink - This free, web-based whiteboard allows students to collaborate, write, and share ideas in real-time without registering for an account or downloading software.

Wridea - Wridea is a free web service that can be used to brainstorm, record, and share ideas. The service offers built-in chat and many other features to make brainstorming and collaboration easier.

Sketchcast - Sketchcast is a web-based sketch pad that can record sketches created by a mouse or graphic pen. Users can also describe an idea into a microphone to create a hands-free sketch.

RIA Materials - The RIA (Rich Internet Applications) Project provides a wide range of web-based materials that assist in language learning. Materials include an audio recorder, video recorder, podcasting program, worksheet generator, and interactive exercises.

MIMEA - MIMEA (Multimedia Interactive Modules for Education and Assessment) is a series of web-based video modules, interactive exercises, and assessment tools for language learners.

NumberNut - NumberNut is best described as an interactive, web-based math textbook that can be used by students at any level. The book is split into two sections: basic math and advanced math.

Spelling Wizard - Created for younger students, this free Scholastic resource takes the stress out of memorizing spelling words.

FreeRice - This innovative web-based game from the United Nations World Food Program allows students to build English vocabulary and work to end world hunger at the same time.

Smithsonian Panoramic Virtual Tour - This free web application from the National Smithsonian Museum of Natural History takes students on a panoramic virtual tour of the museum.

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The Four Pillars of Technology Integration

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What are the key elements required for a transformation of teaching and learning through the use of technology? There are obviously many reasonable ways to look at this. From what position do you view this issue? Are you a teacher, instructional coach, building principal, technology facilitator, director of technology, chief administrative officer of some flavor, superintendent, parent, or student? For you, this issue will likely run through the filter of your current position.

It will also run through the filter of your experience. Are you an eighteen year old student who lives a life that is highly digitally integrated, or are you a teacher of 20 years or more who is just now trying to become familiar with the Internet as it relates to teaching and learning? Are you a superintendent or head of school who is beginning to open to the importance of a smart approach to technology integration, or are you a technology facilitator who has been a digital evangelist for the past five to ten years?

More to read at the original article by Sean Nash.

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