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Biology for Visual Learners with Corinth Micro Plant Windows 8 App

Biology for Visual Learners with Corinth Micro Plant Windows 8 App | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
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For visual learners, a single image can be as powerful as a multitude of  words. With the explosion of educational apps and 3D technologies, these types of learners have become more and more accommodated. Visual imagery used in apps, in particular for science and math subjects, has helped many visual learners bridge the gap between confusion and understanding.

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The History of The English Language [Infographic]

The History of The English Language [Infographic] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

What we know as the English Language today has evolved over thousands of years, influenced by migrating tribes, conquering armies and peaceful trade. Do you know the origins of the language you speak? Have a look at this detailed infographic from  Brighton School of Business and Management.

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9 Ways 3D Printing Can Revolutionize The Classroom

9 Ways 3D Printing Can Revolutionize The Classroom | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

As 3D printing becomes more accessible to the public, educators are learning how this technology can and is revolutionizing the classroom. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of creating an object by “printing” or laying down material layers until the object is formed. Check out this infographic from Onlinedegrees.org with 9 great ways 3d printing can revolutionize the classroom.

 
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How to defeat a dragon with math – Garth Sundem [TedEd]

How to defeat a dragon with math – Garth Sundem [TedEd] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

“Having trouble remembering the order of operations? Let’s raise the stakes a little bit. What if the future of your (theoretical) kingdom depended on it? Garth Sundem creates a world in which PEMDAS is the hero but only heroic when in the proper order.”

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To Get A Degree, or Not To Get A Degree

To Get A Degree, or Not To Get A Degree | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

According to a new study by Northeastern University, 83 percent of Americans believe that college is a good investment. The research found that people think a college degree is still crucial in finding a job, getting promotions, developing personally, gaining a global perspective, having success throughout life and ultimately achieving the “American dream.” Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that between 2010 and 2020, a rising number of occupations will require a college degree.

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Alphabet Learning: Faces iMake - ABC for Preschoolers

Alphabet Learning: Faces iMake - ABC for Preschoolers | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
iMagine Machine(TM) has announced Faces iMake - ABC 1.0, preschool app for iOS. From the makers of the award-winning App, Faces iMake Right-Brain-Creativity comes a charming and imaginative way to explore and play with the alphabet.
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JumpStart Launches Madagascar: My ABCs App for Preschoolers

JumpStart Launches Madagascar: My ABCs App for Preschoolers | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

JumpStart have released their newest mobile preschool game: “Madagascar: My ABCs™” available through iTunes,Google Play, Amazon and Nook stores. ”Madagascar: My ABCs” is the second in a series of fun, educational apps designed for young children featuring DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar franchise.

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TheO - Smart Ball for Physical Education

TheO - Smart Ball for Physical Education | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Have you ever wanted to throw your smartphone out the window or over a building? Well here’s something you haven’t seen before!  TheO™ is an innovative smart ball with a cushioned slot and safety strap that securely fastens a smart device in place, enabling fun ball-based games and activities to be played by children, teenagers, college students or adults. 

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Who Killed Professor X? Teaching Math Through A Graphic Novel

Who Killed Professor X? Teaching Math Through A Graphic Novel | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

‘Who Killed Professor X?’ is a graphic novel that teaches math through a detective story. Very cool! The project on which the book is based took third prize in the 6th Microsoft European Innovative Teachers Forum in Vienna in 2009.Written by Thodoris Andriopoulos, the illustrated book is a work of fiction based on actual incidents, and its heroes are real people who left their mark on the history of mathematics.

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Technology Integration Research Review from Edutopia

Technology Integration Research Review from Edutopia | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

"Technology integration can be one of the most challenging topics to find quality research on. The term itself is a broad umbrella for numerous practices that may have little in common with each other. In addition, technology tools change rapidly, and outcomes can vary depending on implementation."


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Edutopia has done a review of literature on technology and published five articles that provide an amazing number of resources.  

Learn about:

* Three key elements of successful technology integration

* Possible learning outcomes

* Recomendations for specific practices and programs by academic subject

* Tips for avoiding pitfalls with the adoption of new technologies

* An comprehensive annotated bibliography with links to the studies and reports

There is a wealth of information to be found in these articles so find the time to dig in.

Soha Fallata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 6:47 PM

The term Technology integration covers so many things thus literature on it is difficult to find depending on what tools are used etc

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Plagtracker: Plagiarism Checker Tool

Plagtracker: Plagiarism Checker Tool | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

When it comes to writing, plagiarism is a top concern among many writers and website owners. Whether you are a professional writer, writing your own article or paper or you are a website owner who has hired someone to write your website content for you, plagiarism is a major concern and problem.

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Is Google Making Us Stupid? | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Google has become part of our daily technical lives and their kitty of products and services have become indispensible. The search engine giant recorded over 1.2 trillion searches in 2012, while Google Maps is now the world’s favorite app. Gmail, Google Plus, YouTube, Android – the world now seems to be dominated by Google. Is all this dependence making the users stupid?

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Mimio Expands Collaborative Learning and Integrates with iPads

Mimio Expands Collaborative Learning and Integrates with iPads | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Mimio, developer of the MimioClassroom™ family of interactive teaching technologies, is taking the lead in optimizing schools’ existing technologies via three new tools that allow simultaneous use of iPads, other manufacturers’ interactive displays and MimioClassroom products. Designed to create more flexible and collaborative learning environments, the new MimioMobile™ application for the iPad, the MimioStudio™ 10 classroom software andMimioPad™ wireless pen tablet are scheduled to ship Feb. 28, 2013.

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The History of Education [Infographic]

The History of Education [Infographic] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

In order to understand where we’re heading in education, it’s important to see how far we’ve come and how old-fashioned some of our learning tools and habits are. Take a look back at some of the highlights in education as far back as Ancient Egypt in this infographic from Boundless.com.

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Looking for ideas to change the world: Google Science Fair 2013

Looking for ideas to change the world: Google Science Fair 2013 | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Research projects are a key part of all students’ science education. Not only do they support critical thinking and investigatory skills, but they stimulate students’ imagination and improve organizational skills. By being involved in a science project, students learn how to work both individually and in a group. Making presentations can increase their confidence and self esteem, and scientific project work can show them that science is much more than theory and definitions.

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Teaching kids to program using Scratch and the Kinect – Stephen Howell

Teaching kids to program using Scratch and the Kinect – Stephen Howell | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

In our latest issue of our iPad magazine, we talk about the importance and benefits of teaching kids how to code. This lively video by Stephen Howell in the Dublin Interaction Design Association (IxDA) conference tells us all about how he developed a toolkit ‘Kinect2Scratch‘ that teaches kids programming by using Scratch and the Kinect.

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Handstand Launches Nota, the World's First Mobile, Collaborative Textbook Platform

Handstand Launches Nota, the World's First Mobile, Collaborative Textbook Platform | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Designed and built by Handstand Inc. and backed by noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Cher Wang , Nota™ is an entirely new type of open collaboration platform in which every book becomes its own knowledge community.

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LifeGuard™ School Protection System Adds Safety for 84 Million School Students and Teachers

LifeGuard™ School Protection System Adds Safety for 84 Million School Students and Teachers | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

InFlight Labs an aircraft emergency communications provider and finalist for the 2013 “Safety Leadership of the Year Award” by Air Traffic Control Global, announced today they will introduce a new proprietary product namedLifeGuard™ School Protection System that will add a new level of safety and protection for schools.

LifeGuard™ School Protection System which is scheduled for testing later this month; consists of custom-engineered hardware and software elements, providing a classroom lockdown system and advanced web interface that runs on teacher and staff iPads, Macs, PCs and Smartphones throughout school grounds.

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The 11 Most Disgraced Teachers on Facebook

The 11 Most Disgraced Teachers on Facebook | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

People say stupid things on Facebook all the time. Whether they cross the line and get too political, or overshare into the TMI zone, Facebook posts can be downright embarrassing. But when Facebook postings come from teachers and other important public figures, oversharing takes on a whole new level and people start to lose their jobs. These 11 disgraced teachers know that fact all too well.

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The 50 Best Books for New Teachers

The 50 Best Books for New Teachers | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

 

Education and teaching website TopMastersInEducation.com has published a list of the 50 Best Books for New Teachers. The list is a compilation of the books most recommended for new teachers by experienced teachers and principals. The goal is to provide new K-12 teachers with a ready-made list of books they can turn to for inspiration and guidance.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 16, 2013 2:12 PM

I think many of these books are best buys for experienced teachers i.e. Parker Palmer, Paolo Freire, and Jonathon Kozol jumped off the pages and were not alone. The challenge with these books is they demand we reflect on our practice. That should be an opportunity. A part of that opportunity is the diversity represented in the list: poverty as an issue, the need for spirituality in teaching, and understanding context of all learners i.e. Erin Gruwell. Not one was about technology specifically.

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Who Was Saint Valentine? - Interactive Infographic

Who Was Saint Valentine? - Interactive Infographic | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

February 14th is a day dedicated to lovers in the world. Legend has it, the day is named after Saint Valentine, Saint of Lovers, who according to history is believed to have been murdered on February 14th, AD 270. Who was Saint Valentine and what is the origin of this sweet and special day?

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Does Texting Hurt Your Grammar?

Does Texting Hurt Your Grammar? | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

A study has found that the more students text, the more it may impact their grammar. The research suggests the use of abbreviations, word substitutions, acronyms, and emoticons, are all major contributors to the decline of writing and verbal communication skills. How does this happen and why does it matter?

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The Flipped Classroom: Second Issue of ‘Teaching The AvatarGeneration’ Magazine Launched

The Flipped Classroom: Second Issue of ‘Teaching The AvatarGeneration’ Magazine Launched | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

From the success of our first issue ‘Teaching the AvatarGeneration’ iPad magazine, we are pleased to announce the release of the new February issue. Focusing on ‘The Flipped Classroom’, there are lots of great ideas for teachers and discussions on educational technology. We have our usual monthly features on game based teaching, an interesting case study from white board app Explain Everything, and a big pack of edtech app reviews and guides.

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Mitch Resnick: Let’s teach kids to code [Ted Talks]

Mitch Resnick: Let’s teach kids to code [Ted Talks] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

TED have some enlightening and important talks related to education, and this recent talk from Mitch Resnick about teaching kids coding is no exception. Mitch directs the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab, who help kids of all ages tinker and experiment with design and technology.

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The Power of Suggestion: Using Psychology To Improve Student Intelligence

The Power of Suggestion: Using Psychology To Improve Student Intelligence | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

How can educators use psychology to improve student intelligence and academic achievement? BrainTrack have produced this infographic looking at the power of suggestion. Sometimes all we need to hear is the right words at the right time, and studies have shown moments like that can have a big impact on students.

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