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Free Technology for Teachers: A Few Widgets To Consider Adding To Your Classroom Blog

Free Technology for Teachers: A Few Widgets To Consider Adding To Your Classroom Blog | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

I've been fortunate to have been invited to lead quite a few blogging workshops over the last couple of years. In nearly all of those workshops there are a few widgets that I generally recommend adding to classroom blogs and websites.

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Waterline & Taking Textbooks Out Of Airplane Mode

tl;dr – This is about a new digital lesson I made with Christopher Danielson and our friends at Desmos. It's called Waterline and its best feature is that it shares data from student to student rather than just from student to teacher. I'll show you what I mean while simultaneously badgering publishers of digital textbooks. (As I do.)

Think about the stretches of time when your smartphone or tablet is in airplane mode.

Without any connection to the Internet, you can read articles you've saved but you can't visit any links inside those articles. You can't text your friends. You can't share photos of cats wearing mittens or tweet your funny thoughts to anybody.

In airplane mode, your phone is worth less. You paid for the wireless antenna in your tablet. Perhaps you're paying for an extra data plan. Airplane mode shuts both of them down and dials the return on those investments down to zero.

Airplane mode sucks.

Most digital textbooks are in airplane mode:

Textbooks authored in Apple's iBooks Author don't send data from the student's iPad anywhere else. Not to her teacher and not to other students.HMH Fuse includes some basic student response functionality, sending data from the student to the teacher, but between students.In the Los Angeles Unified iPad rollout, administrators were surprised to find that "300 students at three high schools almost immediately removed security filters so they could freely browse the Internet." Well of coursethey did. Airplane mode sucks.

The prize I'm chasing is curriculum where students share with other students, where I see your thoughts and you see mine and we both become smarter and life becomes more interesting because of that interaction. That's how the rest of the Internet works because the Internet is out of airplane mode.

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6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens

6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

Teachers who are fighting for stronger tech integration in their schools often come against opposition from people who believe technology not have a positive effect on student learning. This is particularly true with iPads, devices that many people see as a device for content consumption, not creation. Below is a list of studies into iPads and learning, with dot points about what students the study relates to, the subjects involved and the results.

http://goo.gl/CA3C35

 

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It is always interesting to see what folks include in their research to determine the effectiveness of trends and tactics. 

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Joystick Learning: Understanding the EdCamp Paradigm Shift

Joystick Learning: Understanding the EdCamp Paradigm Shift | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

If you’re unfamiliar with the “EdCamp” movement, the time has come to familiarize yourself.  (Keep reading, friends.  I promise clarity ahead.)

If you are familiar with the “EdCamp” movement, you’re likely a diehard, a believer, a self-proclaimed EdCamper… and proud of it.

For those of you who are unacquainted with the term, here is the gist: Professional development has historically been a stinky thing.  (That’s not to say that it is always stinky.  Sometimes, there are flashes of

brilliance.  Sometimes, PD strikes just the right note.  Sometimes, PD is awesome. But, more often than not, it reeks of poopy whiffs.)

An “EdCamp” is a deliberate effort to reverse some of the core features associated with traditional “Professional Development.”   I expect that the infographic below will clarify some of these differences:

http://goo.gl/wvIbfY

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Kris McGlaun's curator insight, March 31, 5:05 AM

I wonder if any EdCamp's are set up and then the participants equal under 10.  What gets people to go on a Saturday?  hmmm.

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Microsoft Office for iPad Arrives with Word, Excel, & PowerPoint

Microsoft Office for iPad Arrives with Word, Excel, & PowerPoint | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

Microsoft has brought the popular Office suite to the iPad, including full featured versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Each app is offered as a free download through the App Store for iOS, but there are some functionality differences between the free and paid subscription plans. To put it simply, the free plans of the Office apps can only view, copy, and share contents, while the paid plans are necessary to gain complete editing and new document creation across the Office suite.

http://goo.gl/VVpV4S

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | 4 Free WordPress Plugins to Reduce Comment Spam

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | 4 Free WordPress Plugins to Reduce Comment Spam | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
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As eCommerce has continued to grow over the past decade, comment spam on blog websites has also increased dramatically. There are several reasons for this, but the primary one is financial: In an attempt to increase the “page rank” (Google search engine ranking) of different websites, unscrupulous people have employed comment spamming methods to try and increase the number of links which connect to their website(s). In addition, some comment spammers attempt to add links to malicious websites which run scripts that install malware on unsuspecting web visitors’ computers. Comment spammers earn money doing both these things. Many comment spammers write computer programs which automate the process of leaving spam comments on websites, so interactive websites like blogs often employ “captcha” prompts which require users to type a phrase or series of characters and numbers that machines / algorithms are unable to decipher. In this way, captcha systems force commenters to “prove” they are human and not a computer software program. This is an ongoing game of cat and mouse, where the evil comment spammers and the “good” website software developers try to outwit and outsmart each other. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a coder to take advantage of the work of many SMART and GOOD coders who have developed programs that keep comment spam to a minimum. In this post, I’ll describe several different options for doing this with WordPress websites.

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Global Education Database | Your Personalized Education Guide

The Global Education Database is a fresh way for everyone in the education world to simply find the best resources and then quickly learn how to use them.

By learning from peers around the world, you can quickly figure out how to use all the best tools for exactly what you need.

The GEDB is run by Jeff Dunn (co-founder and Chief Learner) and Jimmy Leach (co-founder and Chief Tech Know-It-All). They have a combined 25 years of education and technology experience.

Now it's your turn. Share your insight on any product page.Get started by creating account today!

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6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens

6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

Teachers who are fighting for stronger tech integration in their schools often come against opposition from people who believe technology not have a positive effect on student learning. This is particularly true with iPads, devices that many people see as a device for content consumption, not creation. Below is a list of studies into iPads and learning, with dot points about what students the study relates to, the subjects involved and the results.

http://goo.gl/CA3C35

 
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It is always interesting to see what folks include in their research to determine the effectiveness of trends and tactics. 

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iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » Tagible-Create Customized Learning Video Channels

iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » Tagible-Create Customized Learning Video Channels | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

What it is: HOLY SMOKES! This is the coolest new tool! I’ve spent the morning building out our Anastasis Tagible page (link at the bottom of the post), and I feel like my head is spinning with possibilities.

Tagible is a brand new video manager site. It allows you to create a completely customized channel for all of your school/classroom videos. Videos can be imported directly from your YouTube or Vimeo channel. Once you set up the import feature, Tagible automatically imports any video that is added to your channel. Best of all, Tagible gives you the ability to tag videos with categories and then tags within that category; videos and customized channels are really easy to create. The channel that you create is easy to share with anyone through social media or it can be embedded directly on your school/classroom website.

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A Brainstorming Tool: Stoemboard

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A few years ago, I did an evaluation of mind mapping/brain storming tools.  There weren’t too many products on the market at the time.  If you’ve been a computer user for a while, I’m sure that you...
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Recently, there were a number of references to a new product that filled my reading.  The product was called Stormboard and it claimed to be different.  That was enough to get me to take an in depth look at.  I like what I see.

http://goo.gl/4MyeMT

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50 Crazy Ideas To Change Education

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50 Crazy Ideas To Change Education

by Terry Heick

Below are 50 ideas for a new education. Note, most of these are about education as a system rather than learning itself, but that’s okay. It’s often the infrastructure of learning that obscures anyway.

Few of them may work; even fewer would work together, and that’s okay too. As long as we’re dreaming anyway, let’s get a little crazy.

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20 Warning Signs That you are Falling Behind the Times with Technology as a Teacher

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Worried That You're Not in Touch with Today's Technological Tools in the Classroom? Do some of These Describe you? Okay, so some of these are tongue-in-cheek,
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Balefire Labs: Finding Apps that Help Kids Learn

Balefire Labs: Finding Apps that Help Kids Learn | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

The Best Educational Apps for Kids. Determined by Science.


ScientificWe evaluate apps according to the best practices of instructional design and usability design…as established by scientific research!
ObjectiveWe use clearly-defined criteria that help you understand how apps are designed and what they do.
FairWe do not accept advertising from companies that develop apps and we never get paid for reviews.  
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Online; Offline; Where To Draw The Line?

Online; Offline; Where To Draw The Line? | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
I'll admit that most of my conversations with others are online. I tweet. I text (a little). I email. I blog. I FaceTime. I Skype. I'm amazed that I still know how to operate a phone. :) Even with ...
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iPad Media Camp | hands-on workshops for iPad wielding educators!

iPad Media Camp | hands-on workshops for iPad wielding educators! | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

Registration for iPad Media Camps in Summer 2014 is available, including early-bird pricing! Locations this summer include Illinois, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. These workshops are geared specifically to K-12 classroom teachers. College/university faculty can also benefit from the workshop’s focus on iPad-based multimedia products students can create to demonstrate what they know and can do.

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▶ Getting Started With the Google Drive iPad App - YouTube

This video provides an overview of the basic features of the Google Drive iPad app.
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10 Social Media Sites For Education

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Our kids live on social media these days. One crucial way to make learning relevant is to meet ‘em where they live, which means finding social media sites that work in the classroom. Social media organically dovetails with subjects like language arts and social studies, but tech savvy teachers know that collaboration can work in any classroom.

Not all social media sites are equal — and not everyone is comfortable turning their students lose on Facebook or Twitter. Here are 10 Top sites that are safe while still engaging.

10 Best Social Media Sites For Students & Teachers

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Augmented Reality that’s “Real” and Focused on Learning

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cross posted with permission from Dr. Silvana Meneghini,'s On The Edge Blog. Silvana, the High School Technology Coordinator at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, shared a How-To post to con...
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Beyond Blocking: Social Media Schools - Edudemic

Beyond Blocking: Social Media Schools - Edudemic | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
This post was co-authored by Patrick Larkin and Beth Holland. Social media pervades all aspects of modern society, particularly with the rapid influx of mobile devices. If used in meaningful and appropriate ways, it can transform a student’s learning experience, improve communication with parents and community members, as well as support professional growth. However, teachers …
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If we don't tell our story, someone else will.

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Our school has a story that goes way beyond our history. We have a story with pages written every single day, and depending on who’s telling the story, the story could be a good one or could be one...
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Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

This is going to be one of my most ambitious posts yet, as I have curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning (a.k.a Gamification).  I've done posts on educational iOS Apps and Educational Online Games but I have never combined the two and curated a list that specifically deals w/ GBL.  The resources below will vary from drill and practice to all out epic adventures in 3D virtual worlds, to help Gamify a classroom.  One theme I have noticed is that the subject of Math uses the concept of Game Based Learning quite often.  I hope you enjoy this list as much as I have in creating it.

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*This list is in alphabet order.
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Una gran lista para Aprendizaje Basado en Juegos!!!!

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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World
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The No Complaining Rule

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  Recently, a student suggested I read some books by Jon Gordon and offered to let me borrow his copies. I had never heard of Jon Gordon, but I took the student up on his offer and borrowed Th...
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This is such a good post.  Jordan really hits home, I think we all whine and complain and could certainly do better.  Thanks for the inspiration Jordan.

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English Tools: Leave Audio Feedback on Student Writing with Kaizena - YouTube

This video will show you how to save time by recording your audio comments in Google Docs with Kaizena. Great for English and Humanities and ESL classes!
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Ringtone Studio Pro - Create Unlimited Ringtones, Text Tones, Alerts

Ringtone Studio Pro - Create Unlimited Ringtones, Text Tones, Alerts | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it

Create,Edit and Customize your own personalized Ringtones and Alert Sounds with Ringtone Studio

Features:

- iPhone ringtones,text tones,email alerts, etc
- Fine adjustment.
- Fade In/Out 0.5~3 Sec
- Voice Record and edit
- Create Unlimited Ringtones
- Play ringtones
- ringtones management (Edit/Delete)
- iTunes file sharing
- Export

Youtube : http://youtu.be/otv-mpZYc8A

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Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process

Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process | Technology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads  and MORE | Scoop.it
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein

We do not need to teac
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