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Bringing Concepts to Life with Thinglink

Bringing Concepts to Life with Thinglink | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Today, I’m excited to share about the amazing learning adventures that some of our 5th graders embarked on with Thinglink.

 

I first learned about Thinglink via Edutech for Teachers and was instantly captivated. Bring a static image to life by tagging it with a variety of multimedia content?! Awesome! I’ve always had this insane passion about the power of technology in education. Thinglink is one of those technologies that fuels that passion. My mind dances with countless implications for teaching and learning across the curriculum. The 5th Graders in Mrs. DeVries’ class were just as excited about the idea of bringing their Mythology learning to life with Thinglink!

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Resources for Teaching Coding in Early Years

Resources for Teaching Coding in Early Years | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

It’s becoming more and more important to get early years students involved in coding. These skills can be invaluable to their future and can mean they can work on more advanced Computer Science projects in high school.


Getting very young children coding and programming can take many forms, with many of the resources featured on sites and apps offering benefits for a range of different ages and abilities.

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies

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Ann Francis's curator insight, July 5, 2014 9:42 PM

#commoncore

Ann Francis's curator insight, July 21, 2014 1:14 PM

#commoncore

Crystal Delatorre's curator insight, October 29, 2014 1:37 AM

A helpful tool to use in helping teach the common core standards.

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Social Media Policy Teaches Digital Citizenship

Social Media Policy Teaches Digital Citizenship | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

"This motion graphic speaks volumes about using good digital citizenship in social media. Educators did not design it. Instead, Curated Content created it for the Australian based company Origin. Instead of opting for the traditional “white paper” policy guidelines for social media, Origin chose to inform its employees about its usage with an entertaining approach involving a motion graphic."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 23, 2014 9:22 PM

What if we had our students design a motion graphic that explained how our school views digital citizenship? Would more students understand why we consider digital citizenship important and how it may impact them in future years?

This post provides a motion graphic that discusses the policy of Origin, an Australian based company. In 3 plus minutes you are shown what you should do, and what you should not do.

As always you will find links to other articles that also discuss social media at the end of the post.

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Five top technology tools for the English classroom

Five top technology tools for the English classroom | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Whether you're a seasoned techy or terrified by Google, here are five useful educational tools to help students learn and teachers manage their workload.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 20, 2014 8:01 AM

Yep! Good selections!

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Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”? | NEA Today

Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”? | NEA Today | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Ushering classrooms into the 21st century is an expensive undertaking, but painful budget cuts have made purchasing tablet computers, iPod Touches, Kindles and other devices unfeasible, say district officials. So schools are asking students to “BYOD,” or Bring Your Own Device. Over the past year, BYOD or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) programs have been piloted in Ohio, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, with more states possibly on the way.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:20 PM

We are still ushering classrooms into the 21st Century. That is not only expensive it is time-delayed. Having said this, there are many unknowns that even pilot programs will not reveal. If schools are going to do it, they should work on what that means in their community, their school, and their classrooms.

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5 trends poised to rock education

5 trends poised to rock education | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Education is often slow to adopt new trends, but these five technologies are poised to transform teaching and learning in classrooms today.


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5 Top Tech Tools (And How To Use Them In Education)

5 Top Tech Tools (And How To Use Them In Education) | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

What are some of the best tech tools being used by educators right now? Here are a few of our top picks plus how to use them in the classroom.


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Read Closely, Think Critically & Be Worldly with Newsela!

Read Closely, Think Critically & Be Worldly with Newsela! | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Finding informational text for the varied levels of student reading abilities in any classroom can be a challenge—until now… Meet Newsela, a web tool that offers students in Grades 3-12 access to non-fiction articles from reputable news sources rewritten at five different Lexile levels.

 

 

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10 Useful Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes and Polls

10 Useful Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes and Polls | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

"Following the visual I posted here a couple of weeks ago featuring the differences between formative and summative assessments, somebody shared with the link to this Listly list that comprises dozens of interesting web tools to create online assessments. I have already reviewed some of the tools mentioned in this list in separate posts here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but I also found out new tools  I did not know about. I am re-sharing the whole list created below and I invite you to spend some time sifting through its content. Enjoy"


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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, February 15, 2014 1:19 PM

This is a great list, we have used several of these in the past, but Socrative and Google  Forms are our favs. I would like to throw answergarden.ch in here as well,not so mich for quizzes, but more for brainstorming and quick feedback.

Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, February 16, 2014 8:40 AM

Polls are great to see where students are in the learning process!

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Bloop It lets you cut YouTube videos down to 20 seconds and share them across the Web

Bloop It lets you cut YouTube videos down to 20 seconds and share them across the Web | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it
YouTube is world's largest video responsibility but, while it is in a league of its own, the Google-owned service hasn't embraced the short clip style of Instagram, Vine and other popular ...

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Linda Bonvillain's curator insight, February 3, 2014 9:45 AM

I can't tell you how many teachers will LOVE this!!  

GwynethJones's curator insight, February 5, 2014 6:07 PM

SWEET!

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Build Your ThingLink Classroom | ThingLink Blog

Build Your ThingLink Classroom | ThingLink Blog | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Good news! When teachers sign up for a ThingLink Teacher account, a classroom group is now automatically created. Just sign up and grab your own classroom to experience the benefits of collecting, organizing and viewing the work of your students in one place!


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Susan Oxnevad's curator insight, February 11, 2014 6:11 PM

ThingLink is working hard to pack teacher accounts full of useful features for building and managing the ThingLink Classroom. I am excited to be guest blogging here in February and March to demonstrate great ways to use the new features. Let’s start from the beginning by taking a look at how teachers can create a ThingLink Classroom and add students.

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5 Web Tools to Add Comments and Questions to Educational Videos

5 Web Tools to Add Comments and Questions to Educational Videos | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

If you are looking for web tools to create video lessons or platforms to help you flip your classroom , the tools below are probably what you need.


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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 10, 2014 12:30 PM

I've only used eduCanon, which is a good tool, but I couldn't get the embed code to work in our Sakai LMS. It only requires a paid version to use short answer questions. 

Drora Arussy's curator insight, February 11, 2014 8:22 AM

Imagine the possibilities - I can't wait to start playing! What a great way to reinforce language at home!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 23, 2014 4:36 PM

I've not heard of some of these tools. I'd like to create more videos so I'll have to try these out.

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Under 30 Minutes Tutorials on Google Drive, Docs, Forms, Spreadsheets and Drawing

Under 30 Minutes Tutorials on Google Drive, Docs, Forms, Spreadsheets and Drawing | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

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How To Use 'App Smashing' In Education

How To Use 'App Smashing' In Education | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

The basic premise behind app smashing, sometimes referred to as “app synergy”, is to find a number of key apps that “play well” with other apps and can communicate information across platforms.


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In Their Own Words: Tech That Students Cannot Live Without

In Their Own Words: Tech That Students Cannot Live Without | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it
In Their Own Words: Tech That Students Cannot Live Without EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education Chronicle of Higher Education staff reporter Megan O'Neil sat down with a few students at Georgetown University to learn about the tech they use...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 22, 2014 11:37 AM

University students share their favourite mobile tech and applications!

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Why Digital Learning is Here to Stay

Why Digital Learning is Here to Stay | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Digital learning is coming whether people like it or not. The new standards call for it. Twenty-first century readiness requires it. Future jobs rely on it. There is no doubt that educational technology has the power to motivate kids, so why not harness that passion in the K-12 classroom? There are many reasons why digital learning has arrived and is here to stay.


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Sue Osborne's curator insight, February 20, 2014 5:23 PM

Definitely should be part of learning, but not ALL the learning. Digital skills are like all other skills - tools. The CONTENT is what is really important! Too much focus is often on the tools being used, rather than what they are supposed to be teaching.....

Ángeles Mirón Martín's curator insight, February 21, 2014 3:16 AM

Fantastic article about digital learning....world is changing, and tecnology must be in our day-to-day....

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11 Signs That Technology is an Important Part of Education

11 Signs That Technology is an Important Part of Education | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

So, what do you get when you combine three very cool visuals? Eleven signs that technology is playing an increasingly important role in education—both in and outside of the classroom. From videos to podcasts to mobile devices, learning has definitely gone digital.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 20, 2014 12:16 AM

Technology has always been important. The difference has been in the tools that were and are used.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, February 20, 2014 5:33 PM

Some fascinating facts and a great visual to accentuate some of the points too!

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Daily App: Photofy lets you express yourself through photos

Daily App: Photofy lets you express yourself through photos | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Photofy is a photo editing app for creative types who want to express themselves through photos, but don't have the time or artistic talent to do everything from scratch.

 


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ThingLink Launches Teacher Accounts with Safe Search & Student Signup

ThingLink Launches Teacher Accounts with Safe Search & Student Signup | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Last week ThingLink, one of my most favorite edtech tools, released a significant update to one of their most active communities: Education. Be sure to check out the following new features that take this resource to the next level.

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30 Education Innovators Worth Following on Twitter

30 Education Innovators Worth Following on Twitter | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Yesterday, we wrote about the latest Forbes list of ’30 Under 30′ in the education field. You may already follow some of them, or the companies they've founded or work for already. But if you don't here's the chance to beef up your Twitter list with interesting folks.

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12 Advanced Gadgets & Technical Tools That Aid Contemporary Education

12 Advanced Gadgets & Technical Tools That Aid Contemporary Education | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

 

 

 

The ongoing technological revolution has influenced practically all walks of life. Modern-day education, unsurprisingly, has also immensely benefited from the increasing use of technical gadgets, devices and tools. They have made the process of knowledge transfer from teachers to students more seamless than ever before, while the degree of interactivity between the two groups has also received a boost. In this post, I will discuss 12 examples of technology tools that are aiding modern education.


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50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool

50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of control explains the economics of oil production in the Sudan to students in Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Riyadh.

 

That is education and animation working together to teach students everywhere, everything they ever wanted to know. Educators need only utilize the tools available, most of them for free.

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/50-ways-to-use-animation-as-a-teaching-tool/#ixzz2sU8qIHSb


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Anne Whaits's curator insight, February 5, 2014 4:22 PM

A great animation toolbox for both students and teachers to get creative and make learning fun!

Mack James's curator insight, July 3, 2014 9:40 PM

Great way to make learning fun :)

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Sochi 2014 Games: 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources

Sochi 2014 Games: 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

"The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games are right around the corner (they start Feb. 7), and students likely are getting excited to watch Team USA compete. Although just about every subject can incorporate the Olympics in some way, this resource roundup focuses primarily on the STEM subjects. Here are some of our favorite STEM resources that incorporate the Winter Olympics."

 


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The Noun Project: A Collection of Universal Icon Clipart

The Noun Project: A Collection of Universal Icon Clipart | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Check out The Noun Project, a site dedicated to providing users with standard clipart for every noun in the English language. Yeah, I know—it doesn’t sound very techie. But if you’re an infographic junkie like me, this resource is more than a must-have. Seriously, no more endless surfing for the perfect free icon or spending hours developing your very own. Instead just dial up The Noun Project and search the collection to your heart’s content for the one that will rock your next design project.

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