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Cybersecurity Simplified: A Reality Check for the Digital Age

Cybersecurity Simplified: A Reality Check for the Digital Age | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Peter W. Singer and Allan Friedman's new book, "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know," answers all the questions you were afraid to ask.
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oTranscribe - Free App to transcribe interviews

oTranscribe -  Free App to transcribe interviews | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
A free HTML5 app to take the pain out of transcribing interviews. Useful for journalists, academics and anyone else transcribing audio. And it's open source, too.
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ChatterPix - Create Talking Pictures on Your iPad - iPad Apps for School

ChatterPix - Create Talking Pictures on Your iPad - iPad Apps for School | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"ChatterPix Kids is a free iPad app that you and your students can use to turn pictures into talking pictures. To create a talking picture just snap a picture with your iPad or import a picture from your iPad’s camera roll. After taking the picture just draw in a face and tap the record button to make your picture talk. Your recording can be up to thirty seconds in length. Before publishing your talking picture you can add fun stickers, text, and frames to your picture. Finished Chatter Pix projects are saved to your camera roll and from there you can export it to a number of services including YouTube."
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Going Beyond 'Learning to Code': Why 2014 is the Year of Web Literacy | DMLcentral

Going Beyond 'Learning to Code': Why 2014 is the Year of Web Literacy | DMLcentral | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"In this post I want to argue that learning to code is part of a larger landscape that we at Mozilla call 'web literacy'. I see that landscape as being increasingly relevant in 2014 as we come to realise that "learn to code!" is too simplistic and de-contextualised to be a useful exhortation. Web Literacy, on the other hand, is reasonably well-defined as the skills and competencies required to read, write and participate effectively online. We’ve included ‘coding/scripting’ as just one part of a wider strand identified as 'Building' (i.e. writing) the web. Other competencies in this strand include 'remixing' and 'composing for the web'."
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'Iron Chef' parodies: A perfect use of ed tech? | eSchool News | eSchool News

'Iron Chef' parodies: A perfect use of ed tech? | eSchool News | eSchool News | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Tom Daccord, director of professional learning organization EdTechTeacher, describes his vision for using tech in the service of learning. Leading Change’ column, January 2014 edition of eSchool News—A few years ago, my high-school-age stepdaughter arrived home from school one afternoon and started watching a video. Nothing too unusual. But Olivia was walking around the kitchen and pulling out cookware from the cupboards. All this while watching the video. “What is going on?” I thought. Olivia was watching a cooking show created by two students in her advanced Japanese class. She was preparing to cook the meal herself. The assignment was to learn new vocabulary. On other occasions, students might have had to write out vocabulary definitions on a worksheet, or choose a correct definition on a multiple-choice quiz. But today, the teacher had provided an unstructured problem for the students to solve: How would you prove that you really understand this information? No test. No quiz. No worksheet. Their task was to create a product that communicated a persuasive understanding of the vocabulary. Because much of it involved things found in the kitchen, the students decided to create “Iron Chef” parodies and developed humorous skits using the vocabulary to teach viewers how to cook various meals. Olivia’s Japanese teacher had served up a challenging assignment for her students that inspired them to engage in real, meaningful work (and to cook a real, tasty meal). One of our fundamental commitments as educators is to prepare students for the world in which they live: to be active citizens, reflective individuals, and productive members of the working world. Yet, the 21st century provides different challenges than the 20th century. Olivia’s teacher was addressing those challenges.
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How to use Voice Dictation on Your iPad and iPhone - teachingwithipad.org

How to use Voice Dictation on Your iPad and iPhone - teachingwithipad.org | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Do you see that microphone button at the bottom left of the iPad screen when the keyboard appears? I always knew about the dictation feature, but I never really used it before a couple weeks ago. I’m actually writing this post by speaking it, all while in the car! The accuracy is quite good, there are rarely any mistakes if you speak clearly. I’ve been using it recently for a lot of things: text messages, emails, and blogging."
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Learning Without Technology

Learning Without Technology | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
As long as I have been involved with education there has been a discussion of whether or not technology is making a difference in learning, and whether or not we should use it in schools. This disc...
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We love Webiners, The Webinar Portal. Promote, Discover, Learn, Engage. Everywhere.

We love Webiners, The Webinar Portal. Promote, Discover, Learn, Engage. Everywhere. | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Webiners will be the webinar portal. Accessible everywhere without plugins or softwares. Maximizing your marketing efforts.
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Google Keyword Search Alternatives | Social Media Today

Google Keyword Search Alternatives | Social Media Today | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
It is an indispensable tool for developing a potent inbound marketing strategy and improving SEO.
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5 disturbing things social media taught us this year

5 disturbing things social media taught us this year | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
The Kim Komando Show: America’s top weekend talk radio program about all things digital! From Facebook's never-ending privacy changes to a whole new crop of troubling social media sites and apps, there was no shortage of controversy in 2013. Here are some hard lessons social media taught us this year - and what you can do to protect yourself in 2014 and beyond.
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Crazy things people say to teachers – and how to respond

Crazy things people say to teachers – and how to respond | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
We’ve compiled a list of comebacks to crazy questions, so at this year’s holiday dinner (or any other time your professionalism is called into question: legislators, are you listening?
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Teacher's Guide to Using Free iPad Apps to Support Higher Order Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Guide to Using Free iPad Apps to Support Higher Order Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Hot Apps for HOTS is an excellent guide packed full of apps and activities to support higher order thinking skills (HOTS). I learned about this eBook from a post by Tony Vincent in Learning in Hand almost a month ago and since then I downloaded the guide and read it from cover to cover and was really thrilled by the depth and practicality of the learning materials provided by the authors: Lisa Johnson and Yolanda."
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Teachers Easy Tools to Create Their Own Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Easy Tools to Create Their Own Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
App building is no longer as complicated as it used to be. You don't need to be a code developer to do it. Several online platforms offer the tools and know-how for you to embark on your own app-building experience. As a teacher, you might use one of these platforms to design your own apps; ones that would better speak to the learning needs and challenges of your students. It might sound a little bit challenging but let me tell you this : the more you practice the easier it gets."
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So You Want To Start A Blog? (Infographic)

So You Want To Start A Blog? (Infographic) | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
If you're planning on starting a blog, there's no shortage of reference material here at MakeUseOf -- we have an entire manual dedicated teaching you the ins and outs of Wordpress, and we've even compared two popular blogging platforms then laid...
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The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure And Often Unpatchable

The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure And Often Unpatchable | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
We’re at a crisis point now with embedded systems, which includes the Internet of Things. These computers are riddled with insecurities -- and there’s no good way to patch them.
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The Book and I: How the iPad has changed my reading life - TUAW

The Book and I: How the iPad has changed my reading life - TUAW | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Last week, I picked up a copy of The Long Earthby Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter at the library. The book was sitting there on the shelf. I had heard some reasonably good buzz about it. So when it caught my eye, I did something I haven't done in a while. I checked out a dead-tree version. I also did something I had never done before. As I was reading the book, I stumbled across an unfamiliar word and, rather hilariously, ended up tapping the printed page until it finally occurred to me that the book wasn't going to offer me built-in dictionary and Wikipedia access."
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Leadership & Success In Disruptive Times: Top Ten Posts 2013

Leadership & Success In Disruptive Times: Top Ten Posts 2013 | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Success at the speed of change is the mantra of courageous pioneers, avid learners and doers, pragmatic optimists and change-makers, transformational catalysts… leaders and builders of a better way forward.
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Five iPad Apps That Help Students Start Creative Stories

Five iPad Apps That Help Students Start Creative Stories | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
In the year that I taught language arts before moving into the social studies department one of the challenges that my students faced in writing short stories was coming up with ideas to get starte...
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 reasons cell phones benefit a 1:1 environment

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 reasons cell phones benefit a 1:1 environment | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Go into any office today and you’ll notice that 1:1 does not exist. To operate effectively in today’s workplace, at the very least, a 2:1 environment, with a computer and a phone, is required. It’s likely that there are one or two other devices in use as well. This is the world for which we have to prepare today’s students. Not only is it beneficial to support students with their success in school environments that look like real-life environments, it is also beneficial to schools."
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Creating Engaging Curriculum: A More Perfect World

Creating Engaging Curriculum: A More Perfect World | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Recently I revised my A More Perfect World curriculum unit. I reformatted it to a Weebly website for ease of access and update the links and web tools. This unit is driven by several of my core be...
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Kuizza - Online Flashcards and Quizzes

Kuizza - Online Flashcards and Quizzes | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Kuizza is a new entry into the online flashcard and quiz market. The free service offers a simple way to create multiple choice quizzes. The quizzes can have questions with single or multiple correct answers.
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Why Teachers hate Professional Development 

Why Teachers hate Professional Development  | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Recently I was asked if I had ever come across teachers who did not want to engage in professional development. My answer was a resounding "YES!" The truth is, when I was teaching full time, I was...
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In Search of Leadership Excellence: Self-Reflection

In Search of Leadership Excellence: Self-Reflection | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
We all know that leadership skills are soft skills. And that they are harder to acquire and master for most people when compared to mastering technical or hard skills. And to make this matter even...
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Should we care if over a million schoolkids have been fingerprinted?

Should we care if over a million schoolkids have been fingerprinted? | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
A study released last week by privacy campaigners Big Brother Watch (BBW) claims that as many as 1.28 million schoolchildren in the UK may have had their fingerprints taken by their school authorities last year. ===> It also estimates that over 30% of schools didn't get permission for taking fingerprints, <=== before new regulations came into force in late 2013 which meant parental consent had to be gained.
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3 Good iPad Sticky Notes Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Good iPad Sticky Notes Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Sticky notes are a good way to keep yourself organized and boost the pace of your workflow. I used to have paper sticky notes everywhere in my study room and I still have some dangling here but I shifted to digital sticky notes because I can access them anywhere I go. However, with the widespread of iPad, there emerged a need for apps to do the job the paper and web based stiky notes used to do and hence the development of some wonderful iPad sticky notes apps."
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