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5 Ways to Help Students in Trauma

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Teachers can create a calm classroom atmosphere that helps troubled students be more receptive to learning.
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Technology Use Among Teachers Strong and Growing -- THE Journal

Technology Use Among Teachers Strong and Growing -- THE Journal | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
The vast majority of teachers are using technology daily with their students, and most say their use of technology will increase even more next year, according to a new study involving 2,500 K–12 teachers.
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How to make sure your family's gadgets aren't hacked

How to make sure your family's gadgets aren't hacked | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
Your holiday tech-support to-do list: Internet of Things devices.
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4 Hidden Chrome Tricks to Increase Your Efficiency - BetterCloud Monitor

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To make your browsing experience even better, here are four great hidden tricks in Google Chrome that can save you time and increase your efficiency.
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South Dakota College Students Use Pokemon Go to Teach STEM to Fourth Graders -- THE Journal

South Dakota College Students Use Pokemon Go to Teach STEM to Fourth Graders -- THE Journal | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
Did you know that Pikachu, Squirtle, Eevee and Mewtwo can help teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to elementary school kids? The popular Pokémon Go characters are part of a project at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, SD. Juniors in a technology in education class used the smartphone-based augmented reality game late last month to teach local fourth graders concepts such as photosynthesis, gravity and the transformation of electricity.
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Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
Teachers are finding that when they explicitly teach deep reading strategies geared to digital media, students can access and comprehend complex texts.
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The internet is still actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys

The internet is still actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
This sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book, but it isn't: The entire internet depends on seven highly secured keys.
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Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets. We pull them out at a moment’s notice. Many [...]
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10 sites for students with free time on their hands

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1. Duolingo — As a world language teacher, I may be a bit biased, but I believe that there are huge benefits in learning a second language. Duolingo works a lot like Rosetta Stone, guiding students methodically through language lessons. But it’s free! They can earn “lingots”, an in-game currency to unlock new fun lessons.

2. The Blood Typing Game — This site makes the idea of blood typing (and how different blood types interact with each other) crystal clear. The game, housed at NobelPrize.org, places you in an emergency room. There’s been a car crash, and patients need a blood transfusion. It walks you through drawing blood, deciding what type it is, and completing the transfusion, making science connections all the way.

3. GeoGuessr — GeoGuessr uses Google Maps Street View to place you on the ground somewhere in the world in full panorama. The problem? You have NO idea where you are! You must use context clues to guess your location and pin it on a map. Choose to be dropped in certain continents, countries, cities, etc. … or make your own GeoGuessr game with GeoSettr!

4. Smarty Pins — Smarty Pins is kind of like GeoGuessr’s cousin. It asks questions from categories like arts and culture, science and geography, and history and current events. The answers are locations, and you must pin them on a map to answer. It makes geography a game, and the closer you guess, the better your score is.

5. iCivics — This site puts a flashy twist on civics-related topics, puts a ton of resources in teachers’ hands, and lets students play REALLY fun games. My favorite is “Win the White House,” where you take the place of a candidate for U.S. president. Fundraising, platform issues, the electoral college and more are part of the game. I’ve played it and really enjoyed it myself!

6. Quiver — If coloring sheets are part of your life — with your students or with your own children or grandchildren — you MUST know about Quiver. Print coloring sheets from the Quiver website and color them. The Quiver app uses your camera to scan the coloring sheet and bring its characters to vivid, 3D life!

7. European Exploration: The Age of Discovery — (Update 8/18/2016: Sadly, this app has been removed from the App Store.) This iOS app turns the idea of discovering the “New World” into a game by giving students control and decision power. In the game, you choose real, historic personalities like Cartier, Columbus and de Leon. Each has ratings for categories like cartography, shipkeeping, etc. Students use their explorer to slowly uncover and discover all parts of the new world. History meets fun gameplay!

8. Build with Chrome — Legos are getting a huge push these days with the makerspace movement in education. Build with Chrome lets you unlock some of the “conceive it and create it” potential of Legos without having the actual bricks in your classroom. Students can build structures in a virtual environment with an unlimited supply of Legos. They can share their creations in the Build with Chrome online community.

9. Code.org — Coding is a skill that gives students a huge advantage for the future. For so many of us teachers, the problem is that we know little to nothing about coding or computer science. Thanks to Code.org, students can find self-guided coding activities and tutorials. They’re leveled for all ages, from elementary school up.

10. Street View Treks — Google Maps Street View lets its users see what life is like from the road, in full panorama. Street View Treks take that same technology to some of the most spectacular locations in the world, from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon to the Taj Mahal in India. Swim underwater at the Great Barrier Reef or climb the El Capitan rock face at Yosemite National Park.
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If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble

If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
If you don't know these twenty two things about computer security, you're headed for trouble. These computer security tips are for beginners. Let's be safe.
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50+ Free Tech Tools For Your Classroom

50+ Free Tech Tools For Your Classroom | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
This collection of free tech tools for your classroom will help you learn how to enhance your curriculum and improve the learning experience for your students.
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The YouTube Guide to Self-Directed Learning — Emerging Education Technologies

The YouTube Guide to Self-Directed Learning — Emerging Education Technologies | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
These Videos Explore Ideas and Techniques and Offer Real World Examples That can Help Inspire a Self-Directed Learning Mindset in Your Students
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Seattle Elementary Teacher Uses Bloomz App to Encourage Good Behavior -- THE Journal

Seattle Elementary Teacher Uses Bloomz App to Encourage Good Behavior -- THE Journal | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
Once Seattle teacher Jude Miqueli she started using Bloomz a year and a half ago, she noticed that her kids were responding better, and were even improving their behavior in class.
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How to Quickly Copy Formatting in Google Docs - BetterCloud Monitor

How to Quickly Copy Formatting in Google Docs - BetterCloud Monitor | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
To quickly copy formatting in Google Docs or Google Sheets, follow these steps: While using a Google Doc or Sheet, format a line of text or cell in your desire
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Science in a snap

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This series of quick videos demonstrates how to create fun DIY cars while learning basic STEAM principles. Watch the videos with your kids to help explore their interestes and expand their minds.
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11 Old-Fashioned Curse Words We Should All Start Using Again

11 Old-Fashioned Curse Words We Should All Start Using Again | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
To be honest, I’m not so great at censoring myself when it comes to using vulgar language. I picked up the habit from my dad, who famously inspired my brother to drop an F-bomb before he could string full sentences together. Unsurprisingly, I’m always worse when hanging out with my big bro — something tha
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Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

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“I wanted the kids to realize there is no bad answer,” Watt said. “There’s just an appropriate answer or a not-quite there answer.”
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Proper testing will get you the right answers, more quickly and easily.
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Apple might kill the USB port on its new MacBook Pro

Apple might kill the USB port on its new MacBook Pro | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
Apple is expected to launch a new premium laptop next week — and there are some pretty wild rumours flying around.
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PDF Quads - Trail Maps

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National Geographic Maps makes the world’s best wall maps, recreation maps, travel maps, atlases and globes for people to explore and understand the world.
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Visit National Parks On Their 100th Birthday With Google's 360 Degree Tours

Visit National Parks On Their 100th Birthday With Google's 360 Degree Tours | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
As we celebrate the National Parks 100 Birthday , Google has created something very special! On Google Arts and Culture, we can tak
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14 ways to bring Pokemon Go to school

14 ways to bring Pokemon Go to school | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
If educators can capture kids’ passion for Pokemon Go, imagine the learning and engagement they can create. Here are 14 ways you can use the augmented reality game to promote and build excitement about your school and drive learning for students.
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Top 9 Sites For FREE eLearning Music And Sound Effects - eLearning Industry

Top 9 Sites For FREE eLearning Music And Sound Effects - eLearning Industry | 406TechToys | Scoop.it
Wondering where to find FREE eLearning Music and Sound Effects for your eLearning course? Read this article for the top 9 sites for FREE eLearning Music.
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