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Free Technology for Teachers: Great Tools for Creating Screencasts - A PDF Handout

Free Technology for Teachers: Great Tools for Creating Screencasts - A PDF Handout | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Many people who read this blog work in BYOD environments or otherwise need tools for creating screencasts on a variety of devices. Therefore, this morning I put together a PDF featuring my favorite screencasting tools and methods.
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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2015 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2015 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The 2015 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. 
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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - 5 Good Tools for Creating Audio Recordings Online

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - 5 Good Tools for Creating Audio Recordings Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Creating and sharing short audio recordings can be a great way to have students reflect on what they’ve observed and learned in your classroom. Those recordings can then be posted in your classroom blog.  Another take on this exercise is to have students make audio recordings of interviews with classmates, parents, or people that they meet on a job shadow trip.
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10 Great Websites for High School

10 Great Websites for High School | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"There's still nothing as reliable as the Web when it comes to classroom tech. Given all the sites out there, there's also nothing as overwhelming. And when you add in the fact that it's tough to find great content for older students, sometimes high school students don't get as much exposure to tech. We're here to help with the best of the best Web-based tools that'll appeal to high school students and curriculum."

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How EdTech Is Now Being Used In Music Classrooms - Edudemic

How EdTech Is Now Being Used In Music Classrooms - Edudemic | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A middle and high school band/music teacher from Texas shares how he uses technology to facilitate learning in his classroom. Includes a wish list that I'm sure my music peeps will want to take note of!

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Popularity of Ed Tech Not Necessarily Linked to Products' Impact

Digital learning tools that don't disrupt the educational status quo tend to be the most widely adopted, despite their limited impact on student learning, a study finds.
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It’s about time: a round-up of time-lining tools — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

It’s about time: a round-up of time-lining tools — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Timelines are a perfect tool for inquiry projects. They force students to see contexts; to make critical decisions about relative importance; to make connections among people, events and movements; to visualize history and processes; to discover patterns and sequences; to examine cause and effect; and to juxtapose content from across disciplines and media.
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Enhancing Learning Through Differentiated Technology

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Three tech tools -- SAS Curriculum Pathways, Newsela, and EDpuzzle -- can help differentiate instruction by showing where students are and offering appropriate formative assessment.
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What Is Creative Commons and Why Does It Matter?

What Is Creative Commons and Why Does It Matter? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Creative Commons licenses are free copyright licenses that creators can use to indicate how they'd like their work to be used. Creators can choose from a set of six licenses with varying permissions, from the most open license to the least open license.

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If you haven't checked out Graphite yet, this article will give you a good sense of how useful the site can be.


"Graphite™ is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Education designed to help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students by providing unbiased, rigorous ratings and practical insights from our active community of teachers."

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Flubaroo: Automated Google Docs Self-Grading Quizzes

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Flubaroo: Automated Google Docs Self-Grading Quizzes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Math teacher Jason Phelps shared this tool with me and it is ridiculously easy to use with Google Forms.  You certainly can't use it for every assessment but it will make your life easier, it's well worth spending a little time learning how to use it.

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