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How to Easily Insert Questions and Quizzes into Videos Using EduCanon

How to Easily Insert Questions and Quizzes into Videos Using EduCanon | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

"Have you ever wished you knew how to easily add questions into a video to create lesson content or to help ensure that students are engaging with video content? Well, you can, for free!"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 19, 9:36 PM

Here is a quick tutorial to teach you how to insert questions into eduCanon. You will need to have a video in mind.
Some additional feature in eduCanon:

* You can crop videos

* You can group videos together for lessons

* You can monitor student progress

"Watch the rest of 3 Minute Teaching with Tech Tutorials on this web page, or by opening this YouTube Playlist."

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 20, 2:17 AM
Instead of putting on a video and relaxing, why not put in a quiz or some questions.......
Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 20, 2:37 PM

I like the idea of being able to insert questions and comments into videos that will be used with students, either large group or individual. It provides for formative quick checks to ensure students are on track and can generate discussions amongst groups or with the whole class. I also think that, giving students this option, they could create reactions by asking questions and direct their own learning through adding questions or comments to what they are viewing. 

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Text Message Field Abbreviation Field Guide (IM Speak for Adults)

Text Message Field Abbreviation Field Guide (IM Speak for Adults) | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 8, 10:29 PM

Do you find yourself scratching your head wondering what some of the abbreviations your students use mean? If so, this post is for you. You will learn:

* Some common abbreviations

* How to read numbers and letters as words

* An important abbreviation for responsible adults

* Texting abbreviations for the older generation

* When not to use IM speak

You may find that some new information in this post, or learn that what you have been sending may not mean what you thought it did!

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, September 9, 12:22 PM

Admit it - you don't know what all the abbreviations mean, but the Field Guide is here to help!

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how "academic diligence" features in later life success.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 19, 9:15 PM

In the 1960s Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel and colleagues created an experiment, the "marshmellow test" to measure self-control in preschoolers. Would they eat one mini--marshmellow right away or would they wait 15 minutes to eat two mini-marshmellows?

Fast forward about 50 years and researchers have come up with a new "test that challenges the willpower of schoolkids to resist the brain-candy of today’s digital distractions — the YouTube videos, Instagram and mobile gaming apps like Angry Birds."

Why try to measure self-control. Researchers hope that it "will advance their studies of ways to improve academic perseverance in students."

Learn more about the original "marshmellow test" and this new test in the thought-provoking post. Additional areas that are discussed include:

* Road-testing the test

* Staying on task

* Different takes on willpower and grit

* A debate over drudgery

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Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free

Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
Animaker.com is a cloud-based do-it-yourself (#DIY) video making app that is bringing studio quality professional animation tools within reach of everyone.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 26, 1:30 PM

Thx Beth Dichter! 

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Am anxiously awaiting for a response from them; I want this tool!  A cloud-based, easy to use animated video making app...drag 'n drop!  Although not out yet, I have signed up for it.....more exciting than Iphone 6!!!!!

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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 28, 1:04 PM

Thx Beth Dichter! Great study on implementing Project- Based Learning 

Ruby Day's curator insight, September 28, 4:40 PM

Interesting that in this study project based learning raised achievement across a diverse range of students. This approach seems to work for student groups with diverse backgrounds.

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8 Great Ways to use Technology to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring

8 Great Ways to use Technology to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
Dozens of free web tools and ideas that can pack a technology integration punch and kick those lessons up a notch Are you tired of delivering the same old

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Linda Ashida's curator insight, October 6, 9:38 AM

A great variety of practical ideas and resources for engaging students in learning with technology, including:

Incorporate Student Input and Gather Feedback

Gamify It

Let Students Create

Get Interactive

Have Students Collaborate

Project Based Learning

Simulations

Bring in a Guest or Two

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Free Technology for Teachers: Best of the Web Fall 2014

Free Technology for Teachers: Best of the Web Fall 2014 | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

"This afternoon at the ACTEM conference I presented an update version of my Best of the Web presentation. The slides from that presentation are embedded below."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 9, 10:24 PM

Richard Byrne has updated his Best of the Web presentation. This version provides over 40 great websites/tools that you may want to check out. You should be able to find more information about each resource on this website also. Below are a few of the tools that may be new to you.

* Kahoot

* Canva

* Lucid Press

* Too Noisy

* JellyCam

There are many more in this post. As you watch the embedded presentation you may click on a link and go directly to the website (which opens in a new window).

Dale Borgeson's curator insight, October 20, 1:16 AM

Free Technology for Teachers is a great blog for you to follow. Jeff posts new ideas and tools every day!

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Minecraft map of UK adds houses - BBC NEWS | iP...

Minecraft map of UK adds houses - BBC NEWS | iP... | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
A map featuring the UK made entirely of Minecraft blocks has had an upgrade. Created by Ordnance Survey (OS), the original map re-created 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq miles) of Britain using more than 22 billion blocks.
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Google for Education 101 (in 101 seconds) - YouTube

What does it mean for a classroom or school to "go Google"? Learn all about Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education and Tablets with Google Play for Education... (Teaching & tech join forces in #Google for Education.
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What have recent Ofsted reports said about governance? (Primary schools) | Clerk to Governors

RT @ClerktoGovernor: What have recent Ofsted reports said about governance? (Primary schools) http://t.co/1SIZfY6opd
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Four Mobile App Lessons to Learn from Social Media

An analysis of some of the most popular and successful social media mobile apps on the market.
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emaze - Online Presentation Software

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You must see this amazing new presentation maker! Amazing!

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Emaze is a stunning presentation tool that allows practitioners and/or learners to create 3D , zooming and panning presentations.
It's extremely intuitive and leaves users with slick and memorable presentations.
Users can embed pictures and video URLs into Emaze to make them immediately viewable, and there are a number of layouts to help them present data and graphs.
The FREE for Life option has 3D effects and Users can Add...
   - YouTube videos
   - music & sound
   - Import PowerPoints
   - Share on-line
...but they're limited to 200MB storage

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John Dalziel's curator insight, July 31, 4:01 AM

Emaze is a stunning presentation tool that allows practitioners and/or learners to create 3D , zooming and panning presentations.
It's extremely intuitive and leaves users with slick and memorable presentations.
Users can embed pictures and video URLs into Emaze to make them immediately viewable, and there are a number of layouts to help them present data and graphs.
The FREE for Life option has 3D effects and Users can Add...
   - YouTube videos
   - music & sound
   - Import PowerPoints
   - Share on-line
...but they're limited to 200MB storage

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5 Unusual Ways To Use Google Presentations

5 Unusual Ways To Use Google Presentations | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
If you’re a user of Google Drive, then no doubt you have also heard of and likely used Google Presentations (Google’s version of PowerPoint). It’s a great tool to create slick presentations in the cloud, especially after its most recent overhaul. However, Google Presentations is also a handy tool for doing some great projects with …

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, August 5, 3:27 PM
Sometimes, the unexpected uses of a given tool are more useful than the expected one. Some ways to use google presentations, other than presentations:
  • Visual Note/Flash Cards
  • Visually Outline a Project
  • Create Visual Prompts & Virtual Discussion
  • Create a Repository of Images with Citation
  • Digital WorkBooks
Baiba Svenca's curator insight, August 6, 12:01 PM

The post suggests 5 ways of using Google presentations for other purposes, not just presentations. Great ideas for education!

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Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun

Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

"For most educators, back-to-school decorations still include the proverbial apple, school bus, writing strips, and black and white composition notebooks...

Looking back, we wanted to round up some of our favorite resources that highlight the pencil as a metaphor for leadership, work, and fun."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 28, 10:41 PM

Perhaps you remember a few years back when the pencil became a viral hit on Twitter. Think back to the year 2011 and recall how tablets were becoming "the next best thing" in education. How was this technology going to be integrated into the school day?

This post provides a number of resources that moves the pencil beyond that viral chat. You will find an image of the pencil with each component representing various groups of people often found in schools.

The video, iPencil, takes a look at what actually goes into making a pencil, and will teach students about how one product impacts much of the world. And last, but not least,, is the Ode to #PencilChat, a short video that looks at technology integration in the classroom.

Why look at the pencil? Here are the last two lines of this post. "Whether metaphor, symbol, or tool, the pencil is flexible, durable and timeless. We wish everyone a great school year."

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 9, 9:23 PM

The Pencil as a metaphor for educators and technology. 

I have yet to have a student ask, 'I won't do this because no-one's given me any PD.' 

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Blended Learning: Resource Roundup from Edutopia

Blended Learning: Resource Roundup from Edutopia | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
We've collected resources from Edutopia and the Web to help you navigate the possibilities of blended learning, an approach that combines face-to-face and technology-mediated learning, with some student control over time, path, place, or pace.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 12, 7:15 PM

As more schools increase the number of computers available to students the possibility of blended learning is enhanced. This post will provide many great resources. They have divided blended learning into five areas:

* What is Blended Learning?

* Getting Started with Blended Learning

* Tips. Tools and Strategies

* Blended Learning in Practice

* Additional Resources on the Web

If you think you need to learn more about blended learning for the K-12 environment you may want to check out a course that will probably be offered through Coursera in 2015. Information about it available here. I took this course last spring and found it provided a solid base to help create a blended course. You can also check out a unit I designed on the Phases of the Moon.

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Expedition: Insects - An eBook from Smithsonian Science Education Center

Expedition: Insects - An eBook from Smithsonian Science Education Center | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 20, 10:02 PM

Check out this new eBook from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. You may download it for the iPad or Mac and it will be interactive. It is also available as a pdf. 

This book is designed for students in grades 3 - 5, introducing them to insects from a range of locations. In the interactive version you will find pictures, videos,  the sounds of the insects habitat and students may click or tap underlined words and hear definitions of the words. There is also an animated map in the interactive version. 

There is also a coloring book that you may download, and all are free!

Help students learn about why insects are beneficial, how they survive and how they impact their ecosystem.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 26, 12:25 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

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CK-12 Simulations

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 23, 10:44 PM

CK-12, a website that provides free materials for educators and students across grade levels. This link goes to a new series of physics simulations. However, if you work with students and are interested in finding great free resources that include video, text, audio, images, quizzes and interactives then it is worth your time to explore CK-12. 

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22 maps and charts that will surprise you

22 maps and charts that will surprise you | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
These 22 charts and maps all told me something I found surprising. Some of them genuinely changed the way I think about the world.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 5, 2:06 AM

Some cool stuff to share with your students.

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40 Ways to Stay Creative - Infographic

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Layerform.com presents a list of 40 ways to stay creative in the form of an infographic which everyone can use to maintain their creativity

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 5, 9:23 PM

How do you teach someone to be creative? That is a question that many of are asking ourselves as we work with 21st century learning skills. This infographic provides 40 ways to increase your creativity, and would be great to post in your classroom. You might ask students what they think would work for them, and have them design a poster for your classroom or to share with your school.

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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 3, 4:49 AM

Cultura y Líder y otros temas de interés relacionados con Programas de Aprendizaje Profesional y Evaluación...A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit | @scoopit via @BethDichter http://sco.lt/...

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 6, 6:17 AM

Adults toolkit for learning

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School's eCadets - a force to be reckoned with - Barry and District News

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School's eCadets - a force to be reckoned with
Barry and District News
Pupils trained as eCadets, advise their friends on how to protect themselves when browsing the internet, using social media on smart phones and tablets, or playing online games.
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Schools 'not doing enough' to address online safety - Telegraph

Schools 'not doing enough' to address online safety - Telegraph | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
While 70 per cent of teachers believe 'sexting' and cyber bullying to be on the rise, a new study suggests that some schools could be doing more to address the issue (Is your school doing enough to address online safety?
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Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters

Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it
Students live in an information saturated world. The most effective way to keep them safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them how to be their own filters.
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PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations

PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

PresentationTube Recorder is a simple tool designed to help instructors, students and business professionals record their presentations from the comfort of home or office, and without the need to have Internet connection while recording. The Recorder synchronizes a variety of visual aids including PowerPoint slides, Webcam streaming, whiteboard, drawing board, Web browser content, Desktop recording .


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Resources!

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Thank you Jan for the recent rescoops. I really like what I see on your site. Good luck!
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WordWriter

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WordWriter provides a new way of "Learning Vocabulary" through writing
WordWriter...
   - is a new writing tool from BoomWriter.
   - allows practitioners to create vocabulary lists that they want learners to incorporate into a writing assignment.
   - assignments offer a good way to have learners practice using new vocabulary words in context.

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John Dalziel's curator insight, August 1, 5:24 PM

WordWriter provides a new way of "Learning Vocabulary" through writing
WordWriter...
   - is a new writing tool from BoomWriter.
   - allows practitioners to create vocabulary lists that they want learners to incorporate into a writing assignment.
   - assignments offer a good way to have learners practice using new vocabulary words in context.