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QR Codes and Math Stations

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Providing feedback to students is important.   I find that the more specific the feedback is, the better.  Teachers use many ways to give feedback, whether that's verbally or through written form. ...

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Hello Ruby

Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.

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Codecademy: Hour of Code Packs In More Lessons, Plus iPad Optimization

Codecademy: Hour of Code Packs In More Lessons, Plus iPad Optimization | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

One month after its launch in the App Store, Codeacademy: Hour of Code has gone universal — being optimized for iPad and iPad mini, as well as iPhone and iPod touch.


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Kirsty Watts's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:29 PM

This is a great App to start learning to code.

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Stay on Track with the Teachit Timer

Stay on Track with the Teachit Timer | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

So, you want to get the most out of instructional time? Then think about adding an online timer to your teacher techbox. Although there are many from which to choose, check out Teachit Timer, a free and simple countdown tool that includes two nifty features: In addition to displaying time elapsed, it also shows the time remaining. And users can even choose to sound an alarm when time is up as well.

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Lustworthy Fonts Made of Win | The Daring Librarian

Lustworthy Fonts Made of Win | The Daring Librarian | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

I've made no secret that I have a great love for graphic design, fonts, and the FREE site PicMonky; which makes even the novice dabbler feel like their creations are Made of WIN! As Joyce Valenza said in a recent blog post "my love for PicMonkey, in general, is so great that a premium subscription is critical!" But you don't have to have a Royale subscription (but it's worth it!)  to get lustworthy fonts, see!? Here are 10 FREE fonts that are super cool!


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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 20, 2014 9:18 PM

I can't stay away from my Font Addiction - Join me for Lustworthy sexy fonts & a few blogging tips!

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Totally Techucation Tuesday

Totally Techucation Tuesday | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Clearly TechChef has an affinity for alliteration… This Tuesday in particular, we are happy to release the first in a monthly series of “TechChef Tecuation Gazettes”. These e-newsletters will be mailed once a month and offer exclusive learning app-ortunities, showcase the latest in professional development toolkits, and highlight terrific thought leaders, tools, and tips for techucation.

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Tech the Plunge with the Character Scrapbook

Tech the Plunge with the Character Scrapbook | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Want to reinforce a variety of standards-based literacy skills in a fun and interactive way?  If so, then Scholastic’s Character Scrapbookis the answer!  This web resource is a user-friendly reader’s response activity students can use to analyze a character in their favorite book or story.  The template not only allows them to include details and reflections about a character through text, but it also provides the students with the opportunity to create a visual representation of that character as well.

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Kobe Davis's curator insight, May 15, 2015 9:05 PM

This resource allows students to gain a deeper understanding about a books character. Students are able to create an online image of a character by choosing their different features. Teachers can also print a blank copy and students can freehand draw their character. Students can also use this program to create a list of character traits. It is an engaging tool to get students thinking more deeply about a character. This resource could be used for any stage of learners but is more suited to stage 1 or 2.

 

In the classroom I would choose two or three characters from the book and allocate them to the students. They would then create their image of the character as well as 10 character traits. I would then select one of each character to come and present their work. These character profiles would also be excellent to hang on the walls for students to refer to through their writing activities.

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Scale Your Images Online in Three Easy Steps

Scale Your Images Online in Three Easy Steps | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Whenever you need a quick and easy way to resize an image without having to use a full-size image editing tool like Gimp or Photoshop, then be sure to check out Scale Your Image. This utility allows users to upload an image, specify the desired dimensions and then download the resized image. Scale Your Image also provides users with rotation and zooming tools as well as the option to save in one of three file formats: jpg, png and gif.

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Get Busy with ClassTools

Get Busy with ClassTools | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Looking for some neat classroom resources to use with your students? Then be sure to check out ClassTools.net – a free flash based website that allows users to create their own quizzes, diagrams, activities and educational games that can be hosted on your own blog, website/wiki or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!

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10 Strategies to Get Your Students Coding

10 Strategies to Get Your Students Coding | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Teachers struggle to teach budding minds important concepts, but the fact is that America is lacking in science and engineering. In a video aimed at students called What Most Schools Don’t Teach, Mark Zuckerberg tells students: “The whole limit of the system is there just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.”

 

The skills Zuckerberg is referring to are computer science and engineering. The ability to code will contribute an estimated 1.4 million jobs to the American economy, but there may not be enough American students to fill the demand. If you are like the growing numbers of teachers who want to introduce coding to the classroom, read on for tips to get students excited about coding.

 


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Sharon A. Thompson's curator insight, October 31, 2013 12:31 PM

Kids need opportunities to code and an audience to share their work.

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50+ Editable iPad Graphic Organizers and Project Templates

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Freebie Friday: 50+ Editable iPad Graphic Organizers and Project Templates

 

You will need Pages or Keynote to open and edit these.


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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, April 30, 2014 12:51 PM

iPad graphic organizers that you can write on ... cool stuff

Paula Jamieson's curator insight, May 22, 2014 5:53 PM

I'm looking forward to exploring this link as I am often asked for Editable Graphic Organisers to embed thinking.

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Webinar: Improve Writing Skills with Google Docs hosted by Susan Oxnevad

Webinar: Improve Writing Skills with Google Docs hosted by Susan Oxnevad | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Would you like to improve your students' writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world? Learn how to leverage the power of Google Docs to help students write better and more frequently than with pencil and paper. 

Join me and Infinitec as we explore ways to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum by utilizing the latest Google Docs features and writing supports.

 

Hot Topics to Explore:

 

-the built-in research tool.

-integrated writing tools.

-opportunities to include digital citizenship.

-differentiation through classroom management.

 


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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, January 13, 2014 7:27 AM

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The Skills Students Learn from Coding

The Skills Students Learn from Coding | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Coding is an important skill that our students should be able to learn from an early age. There are now several free web tool and mobile apps to help teachers introduce coding to students and to also dispel the myth that coding is done only by a narrow sub category of people with special mathematical and technology background. Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies -- but also create them.


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Kirsty Watts's curator insight, November 5, 2013 6:25 AM

Coding teaches persistance and attention to detail amongst other things.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 21 Reasons to Stop Saying "21st Century Teacher"

Free Technology for Teachers: 21 Reasons to Stop Saying "21st Century Teacher" | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

For the love of students can we stop using "21st Century" like means anything other than identifying current century?


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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, January 27, 2014 8:55 AM

Thank you for saying this out loud.

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A Helpful Chart for Creating and Implementing BYOD Policy in Your School

A Helpful Chart for Creating and Implementing BYOD Policy in Your School | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

As the concept of BYOD gains more and more in popularity, several school districts are embracing it as an integrative technology framework to solve  issues related to technology access and availability in schools. I have already created a page here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning packed full of resources and materials to help you better understand the philosophy underlying  BYOD concept. however, today, I am sharing with you this wonderful chart created by Laurens Derks and featured in BYODSandpit.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 26, 2014 5:31 PM

SWEET! Gotta share this with my principal!

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What’s Hiding Behind Your Screen?

What’s Hiding Behind Your Screen? | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

OK, before you think I’ve completely lost my mind for posting an image like this on my blog, read on…

 

Maybe it’s my twisted sense of humor, but when a colleague of mine sent me this picture—one that was used during a recent cyber safety in-service program at her school, I initially cracked up laughing. But being the digital citizenship crusader that I am, I also immediately thought—this is a must-have resource to utilize with students. Talk about a powerful image to emphasize the dangers associated with engaging in online chats with total strangers! I mean, if this doesn’t illustrate the fact that one can never quite be sure what is creeping on the other end of that Facebook, Twitter or SnapChat conversation, then I don’t know what does.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:32 PM

It is a challenge despite the fact I know some "tech ed gurus" who deny it.

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Send Them on Learning Missions

Send Them on Learning Missions | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

I want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges.

I want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpuf
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 24, 2014 12:20 AM

Long before we had the Internet, computers, and blended learning John Dewey said that children are by their very nature curious. Alfred North Whitehead said that the key school subject was Life and all its manifestations.

 

Do we need to send them on learning missions or honour the learning they do?

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Another Reason to HEART Digital Storytelling!

Another Reason to HEART Digital Storytelling! | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Well, my sixth grade Tech Club kids have been at it again! This time to promote the middle school Student Assistance Program known as the HEART (Helping Educate At-Risk Teens) Team. That’s right! When some teachers approached us to create a video promoting our student assistance program, of course, these digital wizards once again rose to the challenge.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship

5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Students buzzed about the latest uproar on Instagram. Anonymous sources had posted a “questionable”–and NSFW–list for multiple public schools in our city on Instagram, leading to distraught girls, viral Twitter reactions, and an investigation. This type of cyberbullying and reckless use of digital communication is rampant among teens, but this recent episode was only unusually due to it’s elevated publicity.


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Julie Lindsay's curator insight, January 27, 2014 7:24 PM

Thsi article makes a lot of sense. All educators need to be aware of emerging digital citizenship issues and challenges.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:16 PM

Excellent article as always from TeachThought. 

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Our friend, Martin & More! Resources for Teaching & Learning about MLK, Jr.

Our friend, Martin & More! Resources for Teaching & Learning about MLK, Jr. | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

 

This quote epitomizes why I have always admired Martin Luther King, Jr. As a pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, he not only advocated for the equal treatment of our fellow man, but he also supported the fair and humane treatment of animals

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The Skills Students Learn from Coding

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Pictures with a Point: Using Political Cartoons in the Classroom

Pictures with a Point: Using Political Cartoons in the Classroom | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

If you’re in need of some political cartoons or caricatures to use in your classroom, then you should definitely dial up the Library of Congress as this site hosts a very cool online collection of 500+ prints from American History created during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

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How Teachers Can Best Use Tech

How Teachers Can Best Use Tech | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

We are in the early years of a learning revolution that has the potential to profoundly improve the reach and quality of American schooling. However, getting digital learning right is more about the planning than the purchase order.


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How to Create a Class Podcast in 5 Easy Steps

How to Create a Class Podcast in 5 Easy Steps | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Five simple steps to help teachers and students to share their voice and get started creating their own class podcast.


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Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool

Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

The Search Results: Among other useful materials, I stumbled across a pretty neat interactive image on the Cyberbee site that answers some common student questions about copyright, including the one that sent me over the edge!

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 17, 2014 12:43 PM

Thanks to Jamie Forshey for sharing this copyright teaching resource via her scoop.it curation page.  I will be sharing this with my elementary and pre-service teachers. 

BookChook's curator insight, February 23, 2014 4:15 PM

Nice simple interactive to help explain copyright to kids. 

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, February 26, 2014 1:00 PM

Teach your students about copyright laws.