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21 Good iPad Apps for Middle School Teachers to Try This Summer Gr 6- 8 - iPad Apps for School

21 Good iPad Apps for Middle School Teachers to Try This Summer  Gr 6- 8 - iPad Apps for School | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"The summer is a great time to explore new-to-you iPad apps that you might want to add to the iPads that you have in your classroom. Each day this week I’m going to share a selection of apps appropriate for four ranges of pre-K-12 grades. On Monday I shared 21 apps for Pre-K through 2nd grade. Yesterday, I shared apps 3rd through 5th grade students. Today’s list features apps for grades six through eight. "


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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, June 7, 2014 8:51 PM

Middle schoolers !!!

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The 8 Digital Productivity Tools Everyone Should Adopt

The 8 Digital Productivity Tools Everyone Should Adopt | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

These eight technologies are at the top of the list: they’re the sites, programs and features I wish every computer user would start usingtoday. Every single one of them is available in a free version, though you may well find yourself paying for premium features once you discover how useful they are.


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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, August 6, 1:41 PM

Whether you're an online /blended teacher, trainer or student, these are great tools to make your life a lttile easier.

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PingPong - SPOT Networking

PingPong - SPOT Networking | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Instant classroom response tool.


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Get student responses. Appears to be a free app.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 5, 12:39 AM

Deceptively easy to use classroom response tool. Just select the type of response you want and get students to your online class using a simple code.

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10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Drive Master

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Drive Master | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Think you know Google’s online productivity suite back to front? Whether you’ve been using Google Drive for five minutes or five years, there’s always more to learn, and in that spirit we present 10 valuable tips and tricks for mastering the service.

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Mitchell Kearsley's curator insight, August 4, 6:27 AM

Take a peek. You'll be surprised what you learn. (I was!)

Lee Hall's curator insight, August 4, 10:52 AM
I love voice typing it is super fast. 
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 22, 10:34 PM
Some great tips here!
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mysimpleshow - create your own explainer video in minutes

mysimpleshow - create your own explainer video in minutes | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
It has never been easier to create your own explainer video. mysimpleshow transforms any text into an animated video you will love.

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Looks like a great way to encouraging students to be organized and think logically by building their own step-by-step instructions. 
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Steve Snyder: A Practical Approach for Increasing Students’ In-Class Questions

Steve Snyder: A Practical Approach for Increasing Students’ In-Class Questions | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Steve Snyder:

 

I usually offer a few parameters as well:

Avoid yes/no questions.Be specific in terms of ideas and passages (i.e., specify page numbers).Ask about the areas or ideas you struggled with and/or those that really aroused your curiosity.


The latter point is key. The best questions usually arise from a sincere questioner.


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Great prompt sheet included!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 13, 2:32 PM

Thanks to Steve Snyder for this Faculty Focus article on how to develop students' questioning skills.  This applies to both traditional classroom instruction and to discussion forum participation in online classes.

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Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube #Showbox

Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube #Showbox | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Ever felt the urge to launch a YouTube channel, only to find that the results don't quite pass muster? A new web app called Showbox is the answer.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 6, 5:58 AM

Showbox is a new web app (in Beta stage) for creating videos. You will need a Chrome browser to use it.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 11, 7:39 AM
This is an excellent resource for your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum

Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Phraseum is social, so you can share phrases and phrasebooks with anyone else on the site and follow other people if you like the kinds of things they are saving and sharing. You can also click on any of the tags on your phrase to find other related words or phrases which have been saved by other users and add those to your own collection.Click here to edit the content


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A way to save and organize quotations.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 8, 1:14 AM

An old blog post about a very useful tool.

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, July 8, 3:38 AM
Aplicação para partilha de frases e citações.
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How Orange Juice Is Made

The process of making orange juice on a humongous scale. The Americans drink so much of the stuff I'm surprised they still have any left for export.

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Great resource for FACS teachers.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 19, 8:59 PM

If you image that your orange juice comes from farmers on ladders picking, then hand-squeezing oranges into orange juice, then you need to see just how mechanized this agribusiness is.  The machinery alone means that a small-scale farmer simply can't compete on the open market.  

 

Questions to Ponder: Why is OJ concentrate cheaper in the store if they have to work hard to extract the water out of the juice?  How would OJ concentrate be an example of either a bulk-gaining product or a bulk-reducing product?  

 

Tagsfood production, agriculture, foodeconomic, industry, economic, scale, agribusiness.

Antonio Andrade's curator insight, May 4, 5:47 PM
Excelente conocer todo el proceso!

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What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

What does research really say about iPads in the classroom? | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Two educators put the research to the test. When (and how) are iPads in the classroom most effective?
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Gilles Boulanger's curator insight, May 17, 8:19 AM
Même si le texte est en anglais, l'étude mentionnée est intéressante sur l'impact d'utilisation d'un iPad en classe.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 17, 11:06 AM
Good teachers use tools wisely and understand that what works well in one classroom may not elsewhere. They understand that digital technology is changing so rapidly and there are commercial interests at play that it is important to learn skills rather than just use tools blindly. Teachers perform as craftspeople who use their tools wisely and teach with them and through them.
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Showbie - the Paperless Classroom App for Teachers

Showbie - the Paperless Classroom App for Teachers | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Showbie is a free educational app for teachers and students that makes creating and completing assignments, providing assessments, and storing grades easy.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 17, 1:27 AM

Haven't tried this, but it looks like a useful tool for managing student homework.

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, June 17, 6:45 AM
A tool to try ... Definitly
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21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers - More Than A Tech

21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers - More Than A Tech | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Looking for the best presentation software for your classroom? Check out our list of 21 top presentation tools for teachers.

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Ofra Ofri's curator insight, July 11, 11:43 PM
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 16, 7:00 AM
This is a great update on 21 presentation resources that can be used in your learning and teaching environments.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 19, 3:03 PM
At least read the descriptions and see if any will provide you the tool you are looking for. You will already be familiar with a few tools but a couple of others might interest you.
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Presentious

Presentious | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Presentious turns your live presentations into recordings that pair your audio with each slide. It’s a powerful format that combines the narrative structure of slides with the context of commentary.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 17, 12:55 PM

Very simple to use tool to get your presentations recorded and online.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 21, 12:53 PM
Easy tool for recording audio with slides. I don't like that you can flip ahead thus getting the audio off sync with the slides, but it looks like you can control that. 
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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 425+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 25, 2:18 AM
Extremely useful stuff! Do not miss it. Lots of things to engage our pupils!
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, May 26, 8:29 AM
Useful post, presenting an interesting concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
Barbara Goebel's curator insight, May 28, 6:27 PM
Free, densely-packed lesson plans using video clips from popular Hollywood features and science documentaries. 
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How to Teach Culture In Your Classroom

How to Teach Culture In Your Classroom | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
It has been said that culture is like an iceberg, that only ten percent of it is visible and the other ninety percent is hidden below the surface. For this reason, ESL teachers must make intentional efforts to teach cultural understanding and tolerance to their students.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 7, 12:26 AM

Some useful tips and materials.

Tiina Sarisalmi's curator insight, August 8, 12:45 AM
Käytännön vinkkejä, jotka me kaikki jo toki tiedämme. Voidaan käyttää lähes missä tahansa oppiaineessa tai monialaisessa oppimiskokonaisuudessa.
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Buncee | Create, Present and Share Engaging Multimedia Lessons

Buncee | Create, Present and Share Engaging Multimedia Lessons | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Buncee is fun and easy web tool for educators and students to create and share engaging multimedia presentations, interactive lessons, digital stories, and more

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Free Online Collage Maker | Graphic Design | Photo Editor - FotoJet

Free Online Collage Maker | Graphic Design | Photo Editor - FotoJet | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
FotoJet is a free online photo editor, collage maker and graphic designer that allows you to edit photos and create collages and designs easily. Try it now!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 28, 12:38 AM

A useful free online image editor for creating design work.

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How Do You Play Games

How Do You Play Games | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
This site features instructions and guides to fun games, icebreakers, activities for classrooms, parties, youth groups, camps and businesses. Click on a game to read how to play!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 29, 8:55 AM

Useful ideas for teachers.

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Story Maps

Story Maps | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 12, 1:20 AM

Story Maps is a great alternative to PowerPoint.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 12, 1:36 PM
Interesting tool. 
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Chalkmotion

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ChalkMotion is a a collaborative library of simple hand drawn images and online presentation tool, designed to help visualize and share ideas


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 11, 10:03 AM

Great way to animate students' drawing.

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A New Map for America

A New Map for America | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
The 50-state model is holding the country back. It needs a new system, built around urban corridors.

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Great way to encourage critical thinking in students: what would this impact? Adv & Disadvantages? Compare 50 states vs this model? How would new plan be implemented? 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 15, 4:51 PM

This is a great article to get students thinking about the spatial network of cities, not just the internal structure of particular cities based on some models. In this article, Parag Khanna argues that the United States is stuck in "an antiquated political structure of 50 distinct states" that isn't aligned with growing urban regions that shape our internal and external economic linkages. He proposed that our infrastruture should strengthen these networks that cut across state boundaries more so than it currently does. "Federal policy should refocus on help these nascent [urban] archipelagos prosper, and helping other emerge...collectively forming a lattice of productive metro-regions efficently through better highways, railways, and fiber-optic cables: a United City-States of America." 

 

Questions to Ponder: What political obstacles would this proposal receive?  Demographically, who would support/oppose this type of restructuring?  How would this impact the economic geographies of the United States? 

 

Tagsop-edregions, urban, transportationeconomic, planning.

 

Jean-Simon Venne's curator insight, April 28, 8:13 AM
We should build a similar map for technology innovaton
Alex Smiga's curator insight, August 30, 2:26 PM
...and back to city states?
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5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices - Edutopia

5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices - Edutopia | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices. With these tools, your children can take videos and edit their work to make professional quality movies using iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and Android tablets."

 


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Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 6, 2014 4:43 AM

Using mobile devices in the classroom

Carmen Herrero's curator insight, May 14, 4:12 AM
#film #literacy @filta_communtiy
elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, May 16, 4:38 AM
Excellent for student who's teacher is smart enough to ask them to produce their own videos
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My Top Ten iPad Apps from 2015

My Top Ten iPad Apps from 2015 | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
In lieu of writing a reflective blog for this year I thought I would share the top ten iPad Apps that have been impactful in my working with hundreds of schools and teachers around the world this year.

With a focus on a few key types of Apps such as workflow and demonstration apps alongside those that support learning activities such as note taking, research and sketching, here are my top ten iPad Apps from across 2015.

As it says below, those that know or have worked with me will testify, I’m not really one for ‘Apps for a subject’ but there are some Apps which work well everywhere. I have been asked by many for my top ten apps for 2015, so instead, here are my top ten apps for learning that have impact in the schools I have worked with in recent times. Enjoy!

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Instructables - DIY  - Learn to Make - Everything!

Instructables - DIY  - Learn to Make - Everything! | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.

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Several recycle reuse ideas.
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How to Teach Essay Writing: Tools for Educators

How to Teach Essay Writing: Tools for Educators | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 21, 12:56 PM
Some excellent resources here for any subject that incorporates writing. I prefer Zotero to citation machine, though. 
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theLearnia - Free Online Whiteboard

theLearnia - Free Online Whiteboard | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
theLearnia helps teachers to flip their classroom by creating awesome video lessons within minutes and share with their students

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 22, 10:57 AM
Add background, images, text, lines and shapes. Split the content of your story between pages or simply import your power point presentation into the whiteboard
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