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The best educational apps for kids, plus educational technology news and reviews.
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School of Open MOOC launches 7 new free educator-focused courses in August - AvatarGeneration

School of Open MOOC launches 7 new free educator-focused courses in August - AvatarGeneration | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Open have just released a new batch of online courses tailored for educators:Launched in March 2013 and coordinated by Creative Commons and P2PU, the School of Open is a community of volunteers from around the world passionate about peer learning, openness, and the intersection of the two. 

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Alexina's curator insight, July 30, 2013 2:23 PM

A couple of the 7 free courses are Copyright 4 Ecucators (one 7-week course for Australia  and one 6-week course for US Copyright) and a 6-week course on Writing Wikipedia Articles. At least one class is already filled.

 

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How Can Teachers Use Social Media In Their Classrooms?

How Can Teachers Use Social Media In Their Classrooms? | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Issue #7 of Teaching The AvatarGeneration is out! Themed “Social Media”, we’ve looked at how teachers can use social media with their students. We have only scratched the surface of what social media can do for education covering Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Blogging and Social Bookmarking tools.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:29 PM

In the ThaiPOD conference, they showed many ways to include the Thai student and activitly engage the student in the learning process through social media. They provided both in class and out of class appilcations with many different teaching approaches within those learning environment structures. I use this media for teaching English on several platforms; Facebook and Google +.

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English Train: Educational App for English Learners

English Train: Educational App for English Learners | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
Kaplan International Colleges is excited to announce the launch of English Train, the free app that makes learning English fun and easy.
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QuestBase: Create Assessments and Quizzes in Minutes

QuestBase: Create Assessments and Quizzes in Minutes | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

QuestBase is a new free and user-friendly on-line service for creating and developing web-based and printed assessments, surveys, questionnaires, tests and exams. Whether your needs are for education, business or entertainment, QuestBase is a real time saver when it comes to creating quick questionnaires or quizzes that are smart, sharply focused and effective.

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“At-a-glance” views of any classroom tablet with LearnPad’s ClassView

“At-a-glance” views of any classroom tablet with LearnPad’s ClassView | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Just announced at the 2013 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio, Texas, Educational Resources now offers the new ClassView™ module for use with their award-winning LearnPad education tablet solution. ClassView allows for instantaneous “at-a-glance” views of any tablet within a class or organization. The new features offer the ability to share a particular screen with a large group, as well as push lessons and content to a single device, groups of devices, or an entire classroom.

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Two Month Countdown To Friend Our World

Two Month Countdown To Friend Our World | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
It is the two month countdown to Friend Our World, an online learning hub for children to unite in friendship games of geography, languages and global citizenship. Friend Our World is collaboration among Skoolbo, Peace One Day and Microsoft.
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When Higher Education Doesn't Pay Back

When Higher Education Doesn't Pay Back | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

College is usually a good investment, but that is not the case for every single school in America. Check out this infographic from cheaponlinedegrees.org, that looks at the 5 worst schools for return on investment.

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CoderDojo Teaches Atlanta Kids How to Code

CoderDojo Teaches Atlanta Kids How to Code | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

CoderDojo is a global movement that teaches kids aged 7-17 yrs how to code. The not-for-profit organisation was  founded by James Whelton and Bill Liao from Ireland in 2011. Since then,  people have been setting up CodeDojo all around the world.

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WISE App Launched! Scan, Grade & Organize Multiple Choice Tests

WISE App Launched! Scan, Grade & Organize Multiple Choice Tests | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Creative Instructional Designs have launched  WISE (Wireless Interactive Scanning Examinations), their flagship product for teachers and educational institutions. The app allows a teacher to create, scan, grade, and organize multiple choice tests all from their iPhone without the need of analog grading machines.

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Cyber Safety: An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet

Cyber Safety: An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

The Internet is without a doubt one of the best resources available to us. Unfortunately it’s also extremely dangerous if you aren’t aware of who and what lurks behind the scenes. Everyone should know how to be safe when surfing the web, but internet safety tips and tricks are spread out all over the web without a go-to resource.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:06 AM

These types of resources are so important.

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K-12 Distance Learning and Blended Learning: Trends on the Rise?

K-12 Distance Learning and Blended Learning: Trends on the Rise? | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
Blended learning is on the rise and being used more than online learning in some countries around the world.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 19, 2013 6:49 PM

Don't let the bureaucrats get ahold of it.

Brice Fauche's curator insight, June 22, 2013 4:30 AM

On y arrive.... 

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Tapping Into Mobile Learning: Parents’ Thoughts About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning

Tapping Into Mobile Learning: Parents’ Thoughts About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
Tapping Into Mobile Learning: Parents’ Thoughts About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning
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Teaching Toddlers to Code with Cody Coders Guide to HTML

Teaching Toddlers to Code with Cody Coders Guide to HTML | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Three young digitally-savvy women at the Digital Data Strategist Program at Hyper Island Stockholm have written a book about HTML coding…for children. Are toddlers too young to learn how to build a website? These women don’t think so! Cody the Coder in My First Website takes a toddler through a magical world where he has to create his home (his website), and as you read through, one can’t be help become more familiar with the HTML code snippets necessary to build your first website.

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The Use of Social Media in School

The Use of Social Media in School | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

We are all excited about Social Media in the classroom this month, with our 7th issue of Teaching The Avatar Generation focusing on all things Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

This is an interesting infographic about the use of social media in school created by Best Masters in Education with some great teaching ideas, examples and case studies.

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Heather Spiva's curator insight, February 8, 2016 3:51 PM

Interesting read. Social Media and teaching are integrated and working well!

Maggie Rouman's curator insight, February 14, 2016 10:41 PM

Interesting read. Social Media and teaching are integrated and working well!

Hector Cortez's curator insight, March 10, 2016 9:50 AM

Interesting read. Social Media and teaching are integrated and working well!

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Almost 80% of teachers agree that digital tools encourage collaboration among students [Pew Report]

Almost 80% of teachers agree that digital tools encourage collaboration among students [Pew Report] | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

A new survey from Pew Internet Research of teachers who instruct American middle and high school students found that digital technologies are impacting student writing in myriad ways and there are significant advantages from tech-based learning.

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Where Are All The Male Teachers?

Where Are All The Male Teachers? | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
The lack of male teachers, particularly at the elementary level, has become an epidemic throughout the world. Want to know why men turn their backs to teaching?
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The Educational Assessment Landscape [Infographic] - AvatarGeneration

The Educational Assessment Landscape [Infographic] - AvatarGeneration | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
The infographic from McGraw Hill shows an interesting picture of how educational assessment works and how it supports today's students:
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July 4th By The Numbers

July 4th By The Numbers | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
History.com have put together this nice infographic looking at the 4th of July by the numbers.
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Scoot & Doodle Launches Ambassador Program With Educators

Scoot & Doodle Launches Ambassador Program With Educators | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Scoot & Doodle announced today the launch of its Ambassador Program, designed to gather key insights from educators, helping mold products that are relevant and valuable for today’s learning environments. Scoot & Doodle’s real-time social creativity platform enables students and classmates to get creative together face-to-face, practicing critical 21st century learning and innovation skills.

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Do Increased Teacher Salaries Mean More Learning?

Do Increased Teacher Salaries Mean More Learning? | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Most countries have a sizeable education budget, with 70% of that budget covering teacher salaries. With stress on the education system, does it make sense to increase teacher pay?

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3D Printing & Remote Laboratories are now on the educational horizon [NMC Report]

3D Printing & Remote Laboratories are now on the educational horizon [NMC Report] | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

The fifth edition in the annual K-12 series of the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education.

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Mathematics Simplified With Math App Whizz-On-Add

Mathematics Simplified With Math App Whizz-On-Add | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Dr. Santha Fernandez, a former university lecturer has created an app that teaches children the principle of Digital Root (DR) in a fun way. Whizz-on-add is an excellent learning-based app that will help children master the art of addition and counting in a way never seen before.

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Special Needs Teaching Programs Now Available as Apps for iPad and Android - AvatarGeneration

Special Needs Teaching Programs Now Available as Apps for iPad and Android - AvatarGeneration | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Blooming Kids Software, which makes a broad line of teaching programs for young (kindergarten to second grade) and /or learning-disabled children, has adapted these programs as apps for iPad and Android mobile devices. 

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Tackling the Maths Problem in Ireland

Tackling the Maths Problem in Ireland | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Ireland is one of many countries trying to instigate reform in their math syllabus. The problems of the old teaching method were that students memorized formulas and learned how to solve math problems in a fixed way, without really understanding the core concepts. 

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European Award for Best Online Content for Kids Launched

European Award for Best Online Content for Kids Launched | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

The European Award for Best Content for Kids highlights existing quality content for 4-12 year-old children and encourages the production of new content that will offer young people online opportunities to learn, play, discover and invent. The competition, organised by the Insafe network within the framework of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme, was launched on 9 May and will run in most EU member states and also in Iceland, Norway and Russia during 2013.

  
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