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Collaboratively Create Multimedia Documents With Lucidpress

Collaboratively Create Multimedia Documents With Lucidpress | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

Lucidpress is a slick new service from the same team that developed Lucidchart. Lucidpress is a slick tool for collaboratively creating multimedia documents.

If you watch the video below you'll notice that Lucidpress has some similarities to Google Documents. In fact, you can use your Google Account to sign into Lucidpress and you can use items stored in your Google Drive account in your Lucidpress documents. Lucidpress has commenting and sharing features that are similar to Google Drive too. What makes Lucidpress different from Google Documents is the selection of layouts and the layout customizations available to you. I look at Lucidpress as being the best of Apple's Pages and the best of Google Documents combined into one slick service.

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Over the Digital Rainbow: English Teacher Kim Baldwin shares dreams for tech integration in rural Kansas

Over the Digital Rainbow: English Teacher Kim Baldwin shares dreams for tech integration in rural Kansas | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Over the Digital Rainbow: English Teacher Kim Baldwin shares dreams for tech integration in rural Kansas
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This week, I traveled to Inman Junior and Senior High School in rural Kansas with edtech guru and thought leader Kevin Honeycutt. While Kevin taught students about Digital Citizenship, I learned from teachers. One of them was English instructor Kim Baldwin, the tech management director at the junior high school. Kim has big ideas for education technology in rural Kansas. She shared some of them with me for this week’s blog:

Otus is an easy-to-use, yet powerful classroom tool that brings the best iPad and Chromebook education features together into one secure environment, and uses a single Google login.
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9 Advanced iTunes U Tips & Techniques. | ipadders.eu

9 Advanced iTunes U Tips & Techniques. | ipadders.eu | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
These past couple of months I have been involved in iTunes U workshops and Bootcamps in The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark to facilitate teachers to fill up
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iTunes U Course Manager is a flexible, easy-to-use tool that allows you to share your teaching with the students in your classroom, and with students worldwide.

The way we work is that first we give you a half-a-day workshop on learning your way around iTunes U. After you have had your chance to play around with it and tried it out in the classroom we  invite you to come to the iTunes U Bootcamp. This Bootcamp is a one or two days event where teachers from different subjects and schools come together to one thing. Rethink their education and build great iTunes U courses.

- See more at: http://ipadders.eu/8-advanced-itunes-u-tips-techniques/?__scoop_post=4015704865&__scoop_topic=767338#__scoop_post=4015704865&__scoop_topic=767338

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PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators : PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators : PBS LearningMedia | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

If you are creatively integrating digital media and technology in your classroom, we encourage you to apply to the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This yearlong professional development program is designed to reward, foster and grow a community of 100 tech-savvy educators making an impact in their classrooms.


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The periodic table of iPad Apps

The periodic table of iPad Apps | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
I was recently inspired by Sean Junkins' (@sjunkins) periodic table of iPad Apps. I thought it was a really useful too - being able to map Apps to activities - I thought it a really helpful too. Wi...
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This is a very nice, organized table of iPad apps for use in the classroom.  If you are new to iPads in your classroom, this chart will be very helpful.  Mark even has a High Resolution version you can print.  I'll be sharing it with my colleagues in the College of Education at Kansas State University.  We are 1:1 iPads and our education Block instructors are really looking for ideas and apps to support their curriculum.  

 

I think I am going to have some printed poster size to put up in various classrooms to help students decided on apps for projects or to serve as reminders.  

 

Thanks Sean and Mark for creating both versions.

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 Search by activity to find the right app to use.

 

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Take a Chance with This HTML: Random Messages & Links

Take a Chance with This HTML: Random Messages & Links | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
I’ve been experimenting with coding web pages that display random text or
redirect you to a random webpage. The HTML randomly selects from a list of
text messages or a list of URLs. In this post I give you some starting
points and ideas for making your own HTML that changes each time it’s
loaded, clicked, or scanned as a QR code.
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Tony Vincent, form Learning in Had, just amazes me, his blog is such a wealth of innovation.  I did Scratch Jr. with my students a couple weeks ago, they are all going to be classroom teachers soon, but this new idea of Ton't really has merit.  read the full article on his blog.

 

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Miami Device, A Fantastic Conference Experience

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I speak at a lot of conferences. It is a rare opportunity when I am able to attend a conference without the responsibility of a keynote or facilitating several sessions. Last week, I was able to at...
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Wes Fryer is amazing and going to be my speaker at the KSU iCamp iPad Day on Jan 15, 

http://coe.k-state.edu/events/icamp.html

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Genius app instantly solves math problems by using a phone's camera

Genius app instantly solves math problems by using a phone's camera | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
I've seen the future and it is math less and it is awesome and it is this PhotoMath app that solves math problems just by pointing your phone's camera at them. It's like a cross between a text reading camera, a supremely sophisticated calculator and well, the future. Point and solve and never do math again.
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OK, tried it and it really seems to work.  Not sure if that is good or bad, but could be a game changer.

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Announcing Drive for Education: The 21st century backpack for students

Announcing Drive for Education: The 21st century backpack for students | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:

Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks. Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year. Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way. 
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LithiumCard: The Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank (iOS)

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LithiumCard: The Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank (iOS)
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This light little on the go charger is amazing, I bough one and now have bought several more for my family.  They are absolutely worth the money!!

You will not be disappointed: http://goo.gl/y1BwbQ ;

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Win a Free Chromebook

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Written by dkapuler on Sep 17, 2014 09:07 pm Intel has started a contest for educators asking them to follow @IntelEDU on Twitter and then tweet what their favorite feature is of the Chromebook w/ the hashtag #IntelChromebooks.  Also, they have created a new siteIntel.com/ChromeEDU w/ excellent resources (i.e study guides, tips, etc.)  for teachers looking to integrate Chromebooks in their classrooms.  Well renown educators such as Naomi Harm, Erin Klein, Lisa Nielsen, and Vicki Davis shared their knowledge on apps, integration, and overall use of the Chromebooks as well.  There is even a forum for teachers to share their teaching and strategies for using Chromebooks and encouraged to share in the discussion.  Finally, there are sample tweets and infographics that can be download to share w/ others and help pass the word along for getting Chromebooks out there. 
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Dr.Camille Rutherford: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter for Teacher Candidates & New Teachers

Dr.Camille Rutherford: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Twitter for Teacher Candidates & New Teachers | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
 1. Don't be an Egghead: No one wants to follow an egghead.
Be sure to complete the Twitter profile with a picture and a brief description about who you are and what you do. Include a link to your blog or website so potential followers can find out more about you.  Here is a great example:
 

2. Share Information and Retweet: Don't just lurk or promote yourself, share ideas and links to resources. Retweet the information that you find valuable. Make sure you have a good ratio of tweets and retweets. Nobody wants to follow your never ending monologue. Just like in kindergarten, you need to listen and share if you want to make friends. 



3. Know your Audience: If you want to use Twitter as a professional learning network, only post information that is relevant to your professional life. The occasional goofy picture is fine, but create a personal account if you have the urge to share your beer can collection or LOL cat fascination. Sharing relevant professional information that highlights your professional interest or expertise will facilitate the development of an active learning community that will support your professional growth.

4.  Use #Hashtags to Avoid Being Overwhelmed: Your Twitter page can look like a fast moving springtime creek once you start following more than a hundred people. Searching by #hashtags can make it easier to find the information you want. A Twitter list is a curated list of Twitter users that you can create or subscribe to. Once the list has been created you can view the Tweets just from the people on the list. This is a great way to follow the Tweets of people from your school, district, or educational speciality.

#BrockTechies = Brock Teacher Candidates
#Newteacher = New Teachers
#NTchat - New Teacher chat
#OntEd = Ontario Education
#CanEd = Canadian Education
#EdChat =  Education Twitter Chat
#EdTech = Educational technology

#Hashtags enable you to search the Twitterverse to find Tweets related to a specific topic. Searching by #hashtags is the most efficient way to find educational resources. Use the guides listed below to find the #hashtag for what you are looking for.
Mindshare Learning Guide to Canadian Education HashtagsEdudemic A-Z List of Education Hashtags5. Follow the Teachers, School Leaders or School Districts You Would Like to Work With: The quality of your Twitter experience will depend on who you follow. Be sure to follow the school district you would like to work for or where you will complete your practicum. This will ensure that you are informed about current district initiatives.
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70 STEM iPad Apps form Wes Fryer

These are the 70 iPad apps I'm using on my STEM iPad cart. More curriculum is available on:
http:/stem.wesfryer.com | Brushes 3, Audioboo, Instashare - Transfer files the easy way, AirDrop for iOS & OSX, i-nigma QR Code, Data Matrix and 1D barcode reader, Kidblog, Singing Fingers HD, All-Star Guitar, cascadr, Beatwave, and SpectrumView
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Q&A - Jeopardy Style

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One of the favourite tools that was shared during my university class was a Flash based version of the popular game show, Jeopardy.  We talked about using it as a diagnostic tool or as a way to hav...
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These days, not all devices effectively use Flash anymore and so that opportunity is lost.  Plus, if you created a game at home, you had to remember to bring the questions to school in order to use it!  If there was an application that screamed for a web-based solution, this was it.

Enter Flipquiz.

http://goo.gl/ZVV6XL

 
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That Was History - Everyday Lessons for Everyday people

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Ready To Learn Some History?
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That Was History is an educational, history channel featuring videos about our world's history. We discuss topics from a range of categories including Military History, World History, US History, Political History, Entertainment History and more. Join the That Was History community right now and start getting your history update, today!

Ideally, we release new videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Be sure to join us on those days and check out our various segments including A Day In History, History Deja Vu, History Rewrite, and more!
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http://goo.gl/akmvTf Awesome site for anyone wanting to learn about History, But especially for social studies teachers.  I encourage you to check it out!!

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Claim that Google Chromebooks "overtook" Apple in U.S. education is false

Claim that Google Chromebooks "overtook" Apple in U.S. education is false | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Last week's Financial Times headline claiming that Google had overtaken Apple in U.S. education--based on data from IDC--was not just technically inaccurate but wildly misleading and served to obscure far more meaningful trends occurring in the PC market, particularly in education as well as the broader emerging segment of new computing form factors.
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EdTech Implementation Without Supports Cannot Stand

By: Rob Dickson.  

Much like the 3 little pigs, a "straw house" implementation cannot withstand the elements around it.  

Successful EdTech implementations share several commonalities when you peel back to the core of the project. In most every case the project:  

1) Started with a vision  

2) Focused on the teaching and learning happening at the student level  

3) Encompassed the right stakeholders in the conversation  

4) Supported teachers by equipping them with the necessary support  

5) Analyzed and reflected on their implementation to allow for corrections throughout the process.  

Oh, and somewhere along the way technology came into the conversation! Not as an afterthought or as an oversight, but as a true reflection of the invisibility of the technology in a successful implementation. It is in the background supporting the objectives, shining a light on student learning.

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iCamp iPad Day | College of Education | Kansas State University

iCamp iPad Day | College of Education | Kansas State University | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

Join us with your iPad for an innovative, inspiring day to ignite your creativity!

Make plans now to attend a full-day workshop focused on iPad apps supporting communication, productivity, teaching and learning.

What is iCamp iPad Day?

iCamp is an innovative and engaging day that will take educators through an immersive experience that builds deep understanding of how students create, connect, share and collaborate with iPads. This high-energy hands-on iCamp Day will give you a chance to start networking with other educators while learning new ways to empower students. You will innovate, be inspired and ignited to take their classrooms to a whole new level!

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Our featured speaker this year is Dr. Wesley Fryer.

For complete details: http://goo.gl/3Be8qo

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Free Library of Congress eBooks for students

Free Library of Congress eBooks for students | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
As more and more schools are moving away from paper textbooks and materials, teachers are working to answer the obvious question: where can I find digital resources appropriate for kids? If you and...
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ebook - Innovative Literacy Ideas

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Innovative literacy ideas for Busy Teachers - Free eBook

Pick up some fresh ideas for teaching literacy with this easy to follow collection of resources, ideas and lesson plans to help students improve their reading and writing skills.

 

The aim of this book is to provide simple ideas that can be customised to meet the needs of any age group or ability.  It is a perfect starting point for those that have been doing the same thing for too long when teaching English.

http://goo.gl/H26Wte

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Kansas has fifth deepest cut in nation in school spending since before Great Recession

Kansas is ranked No. 5 but not in a good way.

Kansas has the fifth largest percentage cut in public school funding in the nation based on a comparison of spending before the Great Recession and now, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities.

The research organization’s findings echo concerns raised by the Kansas Association of School Boards and other school advocates on education funding in Kansas and will likely add fuel to the political debate over Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts, which have significantly reduced the flow of revenue to the state budget — 50 percent of which funds public schools.

“If we are falling behind other states in school funding, we must be deeply concerned about falling behind in preparing students for success in postsecondary education and the workforce,” said KASB associate executive director for advocacy Mark Tallman.

Tallman also noted, “This week, KASB released a new report showing that states spending more on K-12 education have higher academic results.”

The CBPP’s national report said the lack of funding will hurt the economy and student achievement “at a time when producing workers with high-level technical and analytical skills is increasingly important to the country’s prosperity.”

Budget experts say Brownback’s tax policies will lead to dramatic revenue shortfalls as early as next year. Brownback, a Republican, has said the tax changes would create jobs and stimulate the economy, but present economic indicators aren’t showing this has happened. Brownback’s Democratic opponent, Paul Davis, has said already-approved future tax cuts should be frozen and school funding restored to pre-recession levels.

According to the CBPP, adjusted for inflation, Kansas is spending 14.6 percent less per student now than before the recession. Kansas is tied with Wisconsin for the fifth deepest cut in the nation.

KASB has done an in-depth analysis of school funding. KASB research shows total school district funding per pupil declined 8.5 percent between 2009 and 2013, and current operating funds were reduced more than 11 percent per pupil over the same period.

“The report confirms regular school operating budgets are falling behind inflation,” said Tallman.  “It is important to understand why the numbers in this report may differ from other state and national statistics on education funding. KPERS retirement contributions and state aid for bond and interest and capital outlay do not appear to be included in the CBPP definition of per pupil state funding.  These programs have increased substantially in Kansas, while funding for general operating budgets has not.”

The national study done by the CBPP found that at least 30 states are providing less funding per student for the current school year than they did before the recession hit.

Oklahoma had the largest cut at 23.6 percent, followed by Alabama, 17.8 percent; Arizona, 17.5 percent; and Idaho, 16.2 percent.

In other words, 44 states have done more than Kansas to add funding to public schools since the recession.

Missouri registered a 3.6 percent increase in per pupil spending, while Nebraska had a 1 percent increase, and Colorado, a 0.2 percent decrease.

The largest increase was 31.6 percent in North Dakota, which avoided the recession because of an oil boom there.

The Washington, D.C.-based CBPP also criticized the Brownback tax changes in an earlier report. The center describes itself as a policy organization that works on federal and state fiscal policies and programs that affect low- and moderate-income families. It is sometimes described as left-leaning.
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Top 100 Tools for 2014

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Not really sure how we've come up with the Top 100 Tools of 2014 when we've still got three months to go. Don't these sorts of things usually come out in December? But I have to admit, the title di...
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Social Media lessons for the classroom

Social Media lessons for the classroom | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Read a sample or download Social Media lessons for the classroom by Suzanne Lustenhouwer with iBooks.
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After getting my feet wet in this class I somewhat have an understanding of how important social media is becoming in classrooms. It makes for a very easy familiar way of communicating with classmates as well as instructors.

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This is a critical need area for all, not just school.

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The 30 Day PIRATE Challenge: Hooks everywhere!

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Passion. Enthusiasm. Excitement. The unexpected. If you haven't read Dave Burgess's book "Teach Like a PIRATE", you're missing out on the inspiration and the great practical ideas to create memorab...
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Thirty days of hooks from the “Teach Like a PIRATE” book. Engaged students. Energized teachers. Sounds like a winner. Will you try it?

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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
At the star-studded Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT) event earlier this month, where professors gathered to discuss innovative str
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This article is absolutely worth reading! http://goo.gl/Pi0qmH

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The Parent Toolkit App

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Produced by NBC News, the Parent Toolkit will help you navigate your child's journey from pre-kindergarten through high school.
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The Parent Toolkit AppText TOOLKIT to 33733 to get the app on your mobile device now! 

The Parent Toolkit App is designed to help you navigate your child’s growth and development from Pre-K through 12th grade in the classroom and beyond. For each grade, the app offers benchmarks to see what your child will be learning in school, and recommendations for diet, sleep and physical activity. The grade-by-grade tips work into your everyday schedule to support what your child is learning and promote a healthy lifestyle. 

Choose whether you want to browse through academic or health and wellness benchmarks and tips. The academic information will help you ensure your child is on the path to success. It also provides helpful advice on homework, parent-teacher conferences and supporting learning at home. In the health and wellness section, you’ll find tips on encouraging physical activity, eating a well-balanced diet, and ways to make sure your child gets enough sleep.
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