Online Teaching Aids for Teachers

As the Internet continues to expand, ideas and knowledge become more accessible but harder to find. In an effort to prepare noble educators for the challenges of a changing world, the McKay School is constantly looking for new ways to equip teachers with tools to succeed in the evolving educational landscape.

Below you’ll find some online resources to explore as you prepare to educate others.

This list is a compilation of online tools and the organizations and people listed are not endorsed by the McKay School of Education.

TED Talks on Education

What do rap shows, barbershop banter, and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time—and it’s a skill we often don’t teach to educators. Here’s a lively-spirited discussion on how to teach teachers how to create magic.

https://www.ted.com/talks/christopher_emdin_teach_teachers_how_to_create_magic

Ken Robinson talks about how to escape education’s death valley—the dropout crisis facing education and how to avoid it.

https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_s_death_valley/transcript?language=en

Bill Gates discusses the need for useful feedback in the education system and offers some new ideas to think about and how to implement those ideas into your system of improvement.

https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_teachers_need_real_feedback

A fun one for all you math teachers out there that will just tickle your senses, Mathmagic magician Arthur Benjamin races against four calculators to show how powerful the mind really is. Warning: this may blow your mind.

https://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_does_mathemagic#t-56687

Blogs for Educators

The New York Times’ Blog; “The Learning Network,” is dedicated solely to education and offers insights on teaching and ways for teachers and students to engage in more stimulating learning.

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/?_r=0

National Public Radio (NPR) offers a great source for online teaching tips. It’s not updated as frequently as some, but the content is really meaty and rich.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/11/08/360426108/five-great-teachers-on-what-makes-a-great-teacher

We Are Teachers is an online collaboration site written by current teachers who discuss current problems in the classroom and fun ideas on how to improve learning.

http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs

Similar to We Are Teachers, the Teaching Channel is set up as an online forum for teachers to ask questions and engage in meaningful discussions about the status of education.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/

And here’s a daily aggregated list of teaching blogs that are currently trending if you’re looking for something more specific or tailored.

http://teach.com/teach100

Podcasts

NPR has an entire section on podcasts about education current events.

http://www.npr.org/sections/education/

BBC Radio’s “A History of the World in 100 Objects” teaches everything from how a credit card works to the history of an early Victorian tea set.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ahow

The State of Tech is a bi-weekly podcast that covers educational technology and is designed for anyone in the education field.

http://www.thestateoftech.org/

The EdReach Network is a podcast that is meant to launch education forward by bringing the voices of top educators together.

http://edreach.us/

Gamers Advancing Meaningful Education (GAME) was developed to bring game makers together to help the education process.

http://g.a.m.e.shivtr.com/pages/webinarpage

 

That’s it for our list, but if you have some online teaching helps that you use regularly, we’d love to add them! Send your ideas to mckayprteam@byu.edu.