Check out the new Digital Literacy Guide Link

The Maryville University’s Digital Literacy: A Comprehensive Guide to Modern Education Technology was recently added to the Central Blog’s  Computer and Technology links.

It has links to  MANY digital literacy resources, recommended apps for students, and Online learning tools & resources.  It’s a good resource for any computer  training you may want to give to your students. 

 It  also has a link to which has short but detailed presentations designed to teach users how to do specific actions online.  These videos can be VERY useful in your classroom. I’ve used the online health information to teach my students how to access MedlinePlus. Check out these examples:

They also include PDFs of the complete presentations so you may just take out sections you like as handouts.

Linking Bloom’s Taxonomy and Technology!

Back in1956, Benjamin Bloom, along with other psychologists and educators, created a system of categorizing educational goals. Updated in 2001, this framework, consisting of six categories, has been applied by teachers and college instructors for decades now. It is organized from simple to complex, and concrete to abstract. It helps the teacher see where the student is, and what the expectations are for the next level. Bloom’s can help you, the teacher, write learning objectives and assess student learning.

Now, imagine connecting Bloom’s Taxonomy with modern day apps, websites, and technology! It has been done, and it’s called The Padagogy Wheel! And, it’s a beautiful thing! The Padagogy Wheel links apps/technology to these five categories:

  • Remember/Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyze
  • Evaluate
  • Create

There have been several iterations of the wheel over recent time, so make sure you are reading the most up-to-date version, which is V4.1.  Here’s the link (printable poster):

The creator of the Padagogy Wheel, Allan Carrington, educator, “techie”, and Apple fan, has an informative youtube video that explains the origins and early versions of the wheel.

And lastly, for all things Padagogy, go to The Padagogy Wheelhouse at:

After you have visited the sites, let me know your thoughts about the Padagogy Wheel! How can it help you?

Save Time by Using These Websites

If you want to spend less time lesson planning, and more time engaged with the students, we’ve got two websites that might help you:

North Carolina Learning Object Repository

The North Carolina Learning Object Repository is a  news and learning portal. The website says “This service is available to all North Carolina educators but it is managed by the North Carolina Community College System with allocated funds from the North Carolina State Legislature 2+2 initiative.” This site is RICH with resources such as lesson plans, videos, topic lessons, grammar, reading and writing.

The topics on the site are listed below. The most relevant for us is, of course, Language Arts, but there is other information within some of the other categories that could be of use in your classrooms!

Agricultural and Natural Sciences (4,179)                             Arts and Humanities (3,384)
Business, Management & Economics (546)                          Career and Technical Education (477) Computer Science (214)                                                                            Design (39)
Education (317)                                                                        Engineering (3,325)
Health and Medical Sciences (1,318)                                    Information Sciences (37)
Language Arts (381)                                                                 Mathematics (2,665)
Physical Sciences (3,202)                                                         Social and Behavioral Sciences (722)
Other (26)

Additionally, there is a “Resource Series List” available. Just a small sampling of these resources are the BBC, ReadWriteThink, Khan Academy, NCCCSS Virtual ESL Library, LearnNC, and many, many more. Think of it as a giant conflomeration of information! Search under “Resource Series” and you’ll find the entire list.

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Again, a wealth of information covering a multitude of subjects. For our students, click on the “What’s New” link, next, the “LINCS Learner Center”, and follow the links according to your interest. There are several sites here for your students to use.

As you go deeper into the site you’ll find even more resources for the classroom and also research papers!

Three Apps for the Classroom That Teachers are Guaranteed to Love!

Hi Everyone! Welcome back to the Teacher Resources blog! So glad to have you!

Let’s start the new “blog year” off right with some new technology sites! What I want to highlight today are a few sites that have really taken off here at the Beltline Center! Maybe some of you heard about a couple of these during Vicky Dolganiuc’s technology report from the TESOL Conference! If you have the opportunity to use the mobile lab, or the I-pads you should definitely check out these sites! Students love them. And for you, they are a wonderful tool for games, assessments, surveys, and more.

KAHOOT. Let’s start with the popular kahoot website! It’s fantastic! You can make it as complicated, or as simple, as you want!  It’s an interactive game that students play on their smartphones or computer. So you can use this app in the computer lab, or in the classroom if your students have smartphones.

Here’s how to use it:

First, create a user name at  There, you can create quizzes, surveys, or polls.

After you select which quiz you want to use, the students log in at using a specific number assigned to you.  From there, start the activity.  After each activity there is a score and feedback on how the students are doing. When finished, you can save the results, and then you have an automatic assessment of how each student is doing.

In the photo below, the picture on the left shows a question that is projected onto the screen. The picture on the right shows what the students see on their smartphones. The answers are color coded and easy to use.

First Grade Chromebook Pre-Assessment

photo by Kevin Jarrett/flickr

QUIZLET. The next great app is at There is nothing simpler! Seriously, in ten minutes you can create an expansive range of vocabulary focused activities! You simply enter the vocabulary words you want the students to learn, assign a picture to each word (available o the website), and you are finished! Everything else is done for you!

When the student logs in to the site, they will find SIX different activities for practicing the vocabulary. The practice ranges from flash cards to concentration to writing. It’s very, very easy for you to create vocabulary lists! The site does all the work for you!

POLL EVERYWHERE. This app allows you to create polls for your students. It’s easy to use, and you simply enter your question, and the students respond on their smartphones (or you can also use it in on a computer). It’s a great way to get immediate insight and feedback from your students.

Have you heard of Popplet?

Welcome back teachers! Wishing you all a wonderful semester and lots of fun in the classroom! One recent discovery that can add to the fun is an app called Popplet. It can be used with smartphones, tablets, or computers. Popplet is a great opportunity for collaborative learning, creativity, and application of new English skills.

What is Popplet used for? It allows you to easily create timelines, graphic organizers, and other visual organizational tools.  Pictures and videos can also be incorporated into a popplet. And what’s wonderful for the classroom is that popplets (think of them as pictures of ideas) can be created independently or collaboratively. There are lots of possibilities with this app, and it really is extremely intuitive and easy to use.

Who should use Popplet? Anyone! Teachers can use it to present information to students, or to create something with their class. Students can use it both independently or collaboratively. Think of it as a fancy, interactive graphic organizer.

Want to see how easy it is to create a popplet? Watch this video!

Where can I find Popplet? Just go to to get an overview of its uses, and create your own popplet right there! Or, go to your app store and download it to your smartphone.

How much does it cost? The first 5 popplets are free, and there are several paid options available as well. A one month subscription is $3.00. There are also institutional rates, and yearly subscriptions.

Tell me, how do you think you could use this app in the classroom?

Using Technology in the Classroom

We see them in almost every class, the students who have no computer skills. Where do you start? Begin with the basics! For the beginner students, it’s important to first teach them the basics of computer use before incorporating the technology into the lesson. Here’s one you might find helpful for your beginner students.

The first lesson is from the Texas Center for Advancement of Literacy and Learning. It is a very basic computer lesson which incorporates using word processing, creating a graph, and homework on price comparison.

Click on this link to access the lesson.

The second one is for higher level students.  Although it is not directly about how to use technology it is about technology. It is a lesson that is designed to take more than one class. You can use as much or as little as you like. It is about attitudes towards technology. It includes a survey, discussion, reading, and writing.