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5 Critical, Non-Obvious Advantages of iBooks for Desktop (with Examples of How Your Book Can Benefit From Them)

5 Critical, Non-Obvious Advantages of iBooks for Desktop (with Examples of How Your Book Can Benefit From Them) | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

Apple is bringing the iBooks application to the desktop – Hooray! 

For the last 3 years, the iBooks application was limited to iOS devices, meaning you could only read iBooks on your iPad or iPhone. But with the release of OS X Mavericks, you (and your audience) can now read books from the comfort of your desktop or laptop computer.  

Want to learn more about how to capitalize on the move? 

We thought so  And we’ve got some helpful ideas for you to get the most out of the update!


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Steve Hargadon: We have to stop pretending...

Steve Hargadon: We have to stop pretending... | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
We have to stop pretending...  Responding to Scott McLeod challenge.

When it comes to education, I say we have to stop pretending…

That it's OK for the majority of students to leave high school believing they are not good learners;That it is OK to believe anything less than in the inherent worth and value of every child;That schooling as it now exists is about increasing individual learning capability and not actually about enforcing compliance and conformance;That it's OK that politicians, the elite, and business-people have more influence over education than local parents, teachers, and the students themselves;That students are not capable of directing their own learning, and that this isn't the ultimate goal of education.Tagging monika hardy, Jackie Gerstein, Luba Vangelova, Pat Farenga, and Maria Droujkova. From Scott:  Please join us. When it comes to education, what are 5 things that we have to stop pretending? Post on your blog, tag 5 others, and share using the #makeschooldifferent hashtag. Feel free to also put the URL of your post in the comments area so others can find it! From Me: Add the hashtag #reclaimlearning. Posted by Steve Hargadon at 4:02 PM
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Analyze My Writing - Way More Than Word Clouds

Analyze My Writing - Way More Than Word Clouds | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

Paste your text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a ton of information about your writing. Analyze My Writing will give you a break-down of the readability of your writing on five indices. The analysis will include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in your writing. A listing of how frequently you use punctuation and punctuation types is included in the analysis provided by Analyze My Writing. Finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of your writing. The word cloud and the graphs of your

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5 Email Etiquette Tips for Students - Some for Teachers Too

5 Email Etiquette Tips for Students - Some for Teachers Too | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

One of my pet peeves is receiving an email that from someone that just launches into a request without stopping to address me by name. For years I have told students that I won't reply to emails if they don't write "Hi Mr. Byrne" or something similar to start their emails. Many of my colleagues have similar policies, I'm sure that many of you do too. Using your recipient's name is one of five good email etiquette tips for students featured in the video............

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How to use Osmo in the Classroom - Daily Genius

How to use Osmo in the Classroom - Daily Genius | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Today the field of educational technology is literally bombarded with new ideas and devices that promise to revolutionize the way we teach. Some of these newcomers have strong potential and promise a unique learning experience. One such product is Osmo. Osmo is an innovative device that transforms an iPad into an interactive classroom accessory able […]
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Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube

Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube.

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Nice list to those alternative, thanks toRichard Byrne. http://iurl.no/r002z

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If you are having trouble accessing Youtube or the videos load slowly, here are some alternatives where you might find that video instead. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Multifaceted Backchannel Through Tozzl

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Multifaceted Backchannel Through Tozzl | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago I reviewed a new backchannel/ message board tool called Tozzl. Then two weeks ago I had this horrendous experience with TodaysMeet. As a result I'm switching to using Tozzl for most of my backchannel needs. Tozzl allows me to create sections for chat, file sharing, and YouTube videos within one backchannel. I can also import the feed of a Twitter hashtag into my Tozzl backchannel. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to create a Tozzl backchannel.

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Thanks to Richard Byrne for sharing this.  Looks like a great solution.  http://iurl.no/7ou74

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A Great Video Hosting Platform

A Great Video Hosting Platform | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

YouTube can be a good place to host videos that you and your students have made. However, that doesn't do you much good if your school blocks YouTube. Furthermore, YouTube can and will insert video over and or next your videos (that's the trade-off for a free service). If you want another place to host your videos, take a look at Wistia.

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Check it out, looks like a great solution. http://iurl.no/005xg

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Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

Get Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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This is so cool, you must give it a try!
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From Effective to Excellent: Do You Have 13 Minutes For Your Families?

From Effective to Excellent: Do You Have 13 Minutes For Your Families? | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Do You Have 13 Minutes For Your Families?
We do a weekly video newsletter at my school.  No one was reading my paper newsletter, and they were not reading it went I sent it by email either.  How do I know this?  Parents actually told me this.  I spent at least an hour typing and editing and formatting and all of those other things you do to make a newsletter look great.  I was doing it because that is what has always been done.  That was what was expected.

I could not get over the fact that I was essentially wasting an hour producing something that no one was consuming.  Well the garbage cans were consuming them and so were the bottoms of lockers.  About two years ago I decided to change the medium of my newsletter.  It was time for the Video Newsletter.

Each week, several students and I shoot a video newsletter.  It is usually between 2-3 minutes in length.  As I am walking around the building, I take some photos, and use iMovie to put it all together.

I am frequently asked the following question:  That must take a great deal of time, how long do you spend making it?  Until this morning, I never timed the process.  My response was usually "Not very long at all."  Well this morning I have my answer.  Thirteen minutes.  That includes using the green screen app, moving it to iMovie, and pressing the button to upload it to YouTube and our Facebook page.  Thirteen minutes to engage our families.  Thirteen minutes to make sure our message and story is being consumed by people, not just the bottom of lockers.  Thirteen minutes.  Do you have 13 minutes for your families?
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Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit

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Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit
This collection of blogs, articles, and videos aims to help educators deploy social-media tools to develop professionally, connect with parents and communities, and engage students in 21st-century learning.
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The Educators' Guide to Infographics

The Educators' Guide to Infographics | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Sometimes when you're compiling your content for your next blog post you find that, to get your point across, you have to cover a lot of facts and figures, statistics, or tabular information, and i...
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Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit

Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit
This collection of blogs, articles, and videos aims to help educators deploy social-media tools to develop professionally, connect with parents and communities, and engage students in 21st-century learning.
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20 Top Pinterest Tips for Teachers

20 Top Pinterest Tips for Teachers | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Pinterest is an educator's dream come true because of its many options for curating and sharing ideas, displaying student work, and building a PLN.
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Lose the Cartoon Yellow People Emoji! How to Access Diverse Emoji Icons in iOS

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More eEtiquette - 101 Guidelines for the Digital World

More eEtiquette - 101 Guidelines for the Digital World | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

 eEtiquette is a simple site that features digital etiquette tips for all of us. The tips cover everything from email etiquette to social network etiquette to cell phone etiquette. Although the subtitle of the site says there are 101 guidelines there are actually more than 101 guidelines on the site. Some of the best etiquette guidelines are available on a free poster that you can download from eEtiquette. 

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How to record your iPad screen using QuickTime Player on your Mac | iPad Insight

How to record your iPad screen using QuickTime Player on your Mac | iPad Insight | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
How to record your iPad screen using QuickTime Player on your Mac
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Seesaw for Student Portfolios on the iPad

Seesaw  for Student Portfolios on the iPad | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

Seesaw the excellent free iOS app for students to create digital portfolio has just leased some big updates in their latest version, 1.5. 

Here's what's new...

Folders: Now you can organize student work in to folders. You can set up colored folders for subject areas or learning objectives, and choose whether students self select folders when adding items or teachers do it as part of item approval.  Folders are visible to teachers, students and parents.  You can browse work by folder across your class or for a particular student. Teacher Flags: Teachers (and co-teachers) can flag items to review later -- at a parent teacher conference, with a student, or however you'd like.  Which items have been flagged are only visible to class teachers and co-teachers.PDF Documents: Now you can add PDFs to Seesaw journals. You can import PDFs from many other iOS apps (like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Google Drive, Book Creator) using the iOS share extension / open in feature. Just tap share in those apps and select Seesaw. Tag Everyone: Want to add a class photo to Seesaw journals, or send a quick note to all parents in your class?  Now you can add an item to all student journals with a single tap.

I highly recommend checking out Seesaw by clicking here!!!

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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Tools for Building Review Games

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Tools for Building Review Games | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

This week I received at least a half dozen emails from people who were looking for suggestions for creating review games or practice quizzes for their students. The following are the tools that I suggested in reply to those emails. One teacher's needs are little bit different from another's so this list covers a fairly wide range of options.

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Richard Byrne does it again, quite a nice list, TinyTap, CalssTools.net, Socrative, Kahoot, eQuizShow, Jeopardy Rocks, FlipQuiz.  Surely something in that list would work for you!! http://iurl.no/r4338

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Web 2.0 Presentation Tools: A Quick Guide

Selected Web 2.0 presentation tools

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This is a one stop shop for sure

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A collection of tools to fit almost all types of presentation needs. 

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Moving beyond PowerPoint

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New: Trending Words for WordWriter!

New: Trending Words for WordWriter! | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Introducing: Trending Words
Bring your ELA Vocabulary Instruction
into the 21st Century! *
Trending Words revolutionizes vocabulary instruction, allowing you to easily create vocabulary for your students from your most trusted source for curriculum--other teachers!

Use it Today
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Trending Words is a new feature from, WordWriter, a free vocabulary tool. It is a good way for educators to create vocabulary lists/assignments from other teachers WordWriter activities.  Trending Words revolutionizes vocabulary instruction, allowing you to easily create vocabulary for your students from your most trusted source for curriculum--other teachers!

More about WordWriter http://iurl.no/242s2 ;
More about BoomWriter http://iurl.no/1070i ;

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Permission Click

Permission Click | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

It’s no secret. Kids are terrible secretaries. However, they’re tasked with somehow getting a signed permission slip and field trip money to and from their teacher, to their parents, and then back to their teachers.

With Permission Click, teachers can now create and send digital permission slips directly to a parent’s e-mail for free. Parents can then give approval and send payment easily through the cloud-based application, and teachers can get back to teaching.

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Apple Overhauling iPad in Education Program to Simplify Sharing Devices and Apps

Apple Overhauling iPad in Education Program to Simplify Sharing Devices and Apps | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

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Teaching Digital Citizenship: Online Educator Training Program

Teaching Digital Citizenship: Online Educator Training Program | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
What is it?
NetSmartz® Workshop and Club Penguin™ have teamed up to offer a self-paced, online training program to help you teach Internet safety and prepare kids to be better digital citizens.
This training will cover the issues of:
Digital literacy & Ethics
Inappropriate Content
Online Sexual Solicitation
Online Privacy
Sexting
Cyberbullying
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How long will it take?

Approximate running time: 1 hour

In this self-paced program you are able to tackle the topics in any order you choose. If you decide to take a break, your spot will be saved, so you can pick up where you left off.

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A Few Activities for World Book Day using iPad

A Few Activities for World Book Day using iPad | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it

As World Book Day 2015 fast approaches, here are a few activities to try.

 

Firstly you can use an app such as Croak It https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/croak.it!/id525958948?mt=8 so pupils can record a 30 second book review into the iPad. This creates a web link (you can make these private) which could be added into a QR Code generator https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/qr-code-maker/id513617634?mt=8 . Print off the QR Codes so pupils can add them to the book covers. This make a nice ongoing activity for pupils to add audio reviews to school library books.

 

The second activity involves Do Ink Green Screen app https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 . Students can take a photo of themselves against a green or blue background (green screen or backing paper) and using the app, add themselves into an image of a book front cover by combining the two images together in Do Ink.

Have fun!

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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media | Technology in the Classroom; 1:1 Laptops & iPads & MORE | Scoop.it
Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.
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Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course?

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