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Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
BIE’s Essential Project Design Elements contain two new items, both of which are familiar to those who know PBL. One is “authenticity,” which has to do with how real-world the project is. The other is “reflection,” which we have previously coupled with “revision” but now stands on its own; students should reflect on what they’re learning, how they’re learning, and what they have accomplished in a project.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 27, 1:25 AM

Useful article for anyone interested in Project Based Learning.

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Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning

Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Writer's block is  a crippling condition in which one's creative process slows down to the minimum. It's a symptom of 'creativity blockage' which hits writers. People differ in how they deal with their writer's block but one effective way we have at our hands is the use of technology. There are several iPad apps that can provide writers with all kinds of prompts and incentives to write creatively.  Below is a sample of some of the best iPad apps to help you with writer's block. We invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions:

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Great ways to encourage student writing in all areas.

 

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Free text to speech software with Naturally Sounding Voices -- Free NaturalReader

Free text to speech software with Naturally Sounding Voices -- Free NaturalReader | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
text to speech software for naturally sounding voices. Let your computer read most documents with naturally sounding voices and convert text to MP3, or text to WAV files, text to audio files, read text aloud, download free text to speech software now text readers, computer reader, Reader, online reader, talking text, voice text. naturally sounding voices, TTS, learning disability, reading disability, visual impaired, low vision, text to speech solutions, text to MP3, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Screen Reader, Dyslexia Software, Dyslexia.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 19, 11:29 AM

Test this out and see what you think.  I think it was definitely automated sounding, but not horribly so.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, May 19, 6:26 PM

Interesting free tool that could help with section 508 compliance. Only the paid versions of the program have the "natural" voices. 

David Swaddle's comment, May 19, 11:09 PM
I think the fact that they went for a professional 'real human' voice on their video says a lot for the product. When the manufacturer won't use it themselves you have to realise that it's not quite there yet.
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Ofslides — Convert PPT to Video Presentation

Ofslides — Convert PPT to Video Presentation | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 24, 3:59 AM

Ofslides lets you turn your documents into video presentations.

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How-To: Link Images to QR Codes - ClassTechTips.com

How-To: Link Images to QR Codes - ClassTechTips.com | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
QR Codes are a fantastic way to take students directly to a website and I’ve shared tons of ways I like to use them!  If you want your students to find a picture without doing a Google Image search, it’s easy to create a QR code that takes students directly to a photograph.

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How an Indian Teacher is Transforming High School Practices Using Technology

How an Indian Teacher is Transforming High School Practices Using Technology | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Technology has helped me tremendously in converting my class from ‘Teacher Driven’ to ‘Student Driven’. Technology tools also provide me real time data about students learning – so I can adjust my teaching accordingly. Moreover, because of technology, I can encourage students to pursue their other areas of interest as well. For example, if a child has to attend any national level camp or any sports event, now can access lessons from my E-classroom or connect with class through video conference .


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Great insight and advice.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 15, 10:32 AM

Interesting interview.

ajit jhangiani's curator insight, May 16, 7:39 AM

Fabulous. Very necessary. Might I assume that you have gotten together the necessary skill sets, the helpful team, that can assist you?

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, May 21, 2:18 AM

añada su visión ...

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Welcome to Show Me the Future by Mapping Your Future™

Welcome to Show Me the Future by Mapping Your Future™ | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

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iMovie - How to Create Effective Videos in Crowded Classrooms - Banyan Global Learning

iMovie - How to Create Effective Videos in Crowded Classrooms - Banyan Global Learning | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
BGL recently created a how-to for creating iMovies in crowded classrooms. We hope you and your students find it useful!

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tom cockburn's curator insight, May 14, 4:22 AM

Reality tv for classrooms or  additions to the  video library or media explorations,case studies in teaching etc,use your imagination

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 14, 7:51 AM

Thx John Evans! A step by step video tutorial with audio instructions for creating a movie from video clips etc.

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4 compelling ideas for using Book Creator in the classroom - Book Creator app | Blog

4 compelling ideas for using Book Creator in the classroom - Book Creator app | Blog | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Book Creator is a versatile and intuitively set-up app that allows students to easily create digital content in a variety of ways. In Richmond, teachers have used their iPads and Book Creator to publish ebooks on a variety of topics and in a variety of genres. Below are some ideas for using Book Creator in your classroom.

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Post-it Plus App

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The Post-it® Plus App takes the momentum from your collaboration sessions and keeps it rolling. Simply capture your notes, organize and then share with everyone. It’s that easy.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 10, 12:17 PM

Great tool to use if you like brainstorming with Post-it notes.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 12, 3:09 AM

useful app for brainstorming and collaboration

ASA Awarding Body's curator insight, May 14, 11:28 AM

Could your tutors use this on a course?

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How to use SOLE in your school - Innovate My School

How to use SOLE in your school - Innovate My School | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Just what is a self-organised learning environment, and how can it help teachers? School In The Cloud’s Sally Rix explains how the idea changed her career tremendously.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 8, 1:54 AM

Interesting article about how SOLE was approached in one school.

Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, May 8, 6:19 AM

Students learn far more when fully engaged in passionate subjects and user friendly environments, these and thankfully coming to the fore now.  It's been a long long wait.

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Make videos online with photos, clips, music

Make videos online with photos, clips, music | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Make beautiful videos, online, easily! How to make travel movies, wedding videos, promo ads, property virtual tours: just add photos, clips, music and watch your video!

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, April 20, 1:08 AM
Another useful tool for projects ~
emilioet's curator insight, April 21, 5:29 AM
Make amazing videos in secondsMake beautiful movies using your photos and videos. Tell your story with text, maps. It's very easy, and super fun!
Paternina's curator insight, April 30, 1:06 AM

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WeVideo | Free Online Video Editor & Maker

WeVideo | Free Online Video Editor & Maker | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
WeVideo is the leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, MAC, PC.

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Carolyn Quarterman's curator insight, April 18, 1:32 PM

Rescooped from "Tools for Teachers & Learners" as a useful tool for video-based projects.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, April 20, 1:05 AM
A great recourse for video editing ~
emilioet's curator insight, April 21, 5:27 AM

WeVideo is the leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, MAC, PC.

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Web 2.0 Presentation Tools: A Quick Guide

Selected Web 2.0 presentation tools

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Thorough information and directions for using batons presentation formats.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 22, 12:31 PM

This slideDeck of Web 2.0 tools is actually an e-book with well ordered directions for classroom use. Solid 'job aide' style makes it easy to step through the process of creating presentations.

BOUTELOUP Jean-Paul's curator insight, May 27, 1:14 AM

Les solutions alternatives à Powerpoint sont nombreuses. Voici un guide présentant les avantages des 10 outils de présentations online indispensables. Chaque descriptif est accompagné d'un guide de mise en oeuvre. Idéal lors du choix d'une solution.

Antoine Sader's curator insight, May 27, 4:08 AM

A garder dans un coin de sa poche !

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Lots of ideas to allow students to use creativity in the classroom. Use the box in left-hand corner to select the template you want to use.

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ClassTools Breaking News Generator

ClassTools Breaking News Generator | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

This is a great tool from ClassTools.net.


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Have students create their own character news headline!

 

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 21, 8:00 AM

Love it!!! Soooo catchy!!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, May 22, 1:09 AM

Fun way to set up a creative writing assignment.

Елена Гончарова's curator insight, May 27, 6:52 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

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10 Tips for Building a Strong Story

Need to improve your storytelling? Here are 10 tips to help your presentation.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 24, 3:55 AM

This can serve as a guide to students who are learning how to build a presentation that has a strong backbone and impressive muscle.

Marco Favero's curator insight, May 24, 6:00 AM

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Ruby Day's curator insight, May 25, 2:48 AM

Basic tips, good resource for students. I like how it encourages building a script through practice as opposed to a written script 

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5 Tips for Planning Classroom Group Work - Innovate My School

5 Tips for Planning Classroom Group Work - Innovate My School | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Collaborative learning is a crucial part of education, but how to best go about organising it? GroupU’s Richard Canning gives his top five tips for this potentially-tricky area.

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Really like the idea of a "capture sheet." Use it to help a group or group member when the focus of the group is not on you or on your group.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 14, 6:04 AM

Some nice tips here.

Rosa Saló Sagué's curator insight, May 18, 4:14 AM

Collaborative learning 

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5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint

5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Learn how to easily create professional-looking infographics in PowerPoint with these 10 free templates.

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Christelle Quillet's curator insight, May 18, 9:40 AM

Outil utile pour créer des posters rendant compte de résultats d'enquête, par ex.

No Boxes's curator insight, May 18, 5:25 PM

I love infographics!  Thanks to HubSpot for sharing these.

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, May 21, 8:15 PM

a good visual tool

 

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19 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Classroom Management - Class Tech Tips

19 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Classroom Management - Class Tech Tips | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"If anyone tells you that an iPad is just for playing Angry Birds, this list of teacher tools is sure to change their mind.  Check out these tips, tricks and apps for classroom management!"


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The Ultimate Kit of Content Marketing Storytelling Templates: Free!

The Ultimate Kit of Content Marketing Storytelling Templates: Free! | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Download this content marketing kit, including 6 free templates to easily create ebooks, blog posts, infographics, social media content, SlideShare presentations, and press releases.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 11, 12:38 PM

Woo hoo -- just what we need to get started this Monday! Here's a free downloadable kit from HubSpot containing 95+ templates you can use for creating content and storytelling.


What's not to love about that? From blog posts to e-books, to infographics, to social media this kit has got you covered.


Fill the templates in with your stories and other material and you are good to go.


I hope this post makes an easier and fabulous week for you!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Deekit - A Whiteboard available for any device

Deekit - A Whiteboard available for any device | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Deekit is a shared whiteboard that enables online editing using any kind of content, be it drawing, text, image, anything. A whiteboard that is available anytime, anywhere on any device.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, May 10, 5:07 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Deekit - Online Whiteboard

Deekit - Online Whiteboard | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

nicely designed whiteboardDeekit is a shared whiteboard that enables online editing using any kind of content, be it drawing, text, image, anything. A whiteboard that is available anytime, anywhere on any device.


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Suzanne's curator insight, May 10, 4:48 AM

Looks good to try out for free.

Don't like that sign in options are only through Facebook, Google or Microsoft, though.  

Liz Horrocks's curator insight, May 10, 11:26 AM

Adult and Teenage students would love this - also good for out of the classroom learning, or virtual one-to-ones. 

Gav Morris's curator insight, May 15, 4:04 AM

This looks interesting.

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

 

This year’s report, Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students, provides landmark findings on the efficacy and value associated with popular digital learning initiatives: blended learning, online learning, school-assigned mobile devices and STEM learning.  The views, values and experiences of students taking part in these digital learning initiatives are compared with students in more traditional classroom-based education.
“We hope by highlighting the views and values of today’s students, especially those students who are living a digital learning experience, this year’s report stimulates new discussions around the effective use of digital tools, resources and content to support student learning,” said Julie Evans CEO of Project Tomorrow.


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Ly Torn's curator insight, May 4, 11:33 PM

Selles artiklis on kajastatud üht uuringut, mille tulemusena toodi välja, et ligikaudu 60% teismelistest kasutab oma nutiseadmeid koolis õppimise eesmärgil. 

Dennis Danielson's curator insight, May 6, 7:27 PM

LOTS of new data here on Digital Learning from the Speak Up survey.

CTD Institute's curator insight, May 8, 9:25 AM

A must for all educators involved with implementation of mobile projecst in K-12 institutions.

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Opinion - Record & Edit Podcasts on your iPhone

Opinion - Record & Edit Podcasts on your iPhone | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

We asked ourselves why podcasting is a medium reserved for tech geeks and media corporations. Our answer is Opinion, audio recording and editing made human.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 10:28 AM

An easy to use podcasting tool for creating short audios and getting them online quickly.