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You can now share ebooks straight to iTunes U from your iPad - Book Creator app | Blog

You can now share ebooks straight to iTunes U from your iPad - Book Creator app | Blog | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Apple have updated their iTunes U app so you can export your ebook straight from Book Creator.

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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, January 25, 8:33 PM

I was just looking for something like this!  Awesome.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 26, 1:40 AM

Attention Online Students!  Want to  make their online teacher' happy campers?   

 

Learn how to take screen shots to illustrate any questions you have. 


The flip side: Online teachers create quick job aides illustrated with screenshots! 

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 26, 4:03 PM

Thx John Evans

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Word Cloud Generator

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Carmen Ramos's curator insight, January 26, 10:10 AM

Tolles Tool zum Erstellen von Word Clouds!

rwestby's curator insight, January 26, 1:47 PM

Easy to use...just type/paste url. 

juanjovilar's curator insight, Today, 1:21 AM

Para generar nubes de palabras.

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Meet Pecha Kucha, the Japanese presentations changing everything about PowerPoint

Meet Pecha Kucha, the Japanese presentations changing everything about PowerPoint | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

As I prepare for my presentation this week at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) on “Presenting with Pecha Kucha,” my colleagues have repeatedly asked me, “What is Pecha Kucha?” The short answer is it’s a great presentation style that gets students thinking and learning, not reading slides.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, January 23, 12:01 PM

An interesting post about how Pecha Kucha type of presentations is used in education.

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 24, 12:15 AM

I know peche kucha from conferences' but this would be brilliant with my students! 

Dennis Danielson's curator insight, January 26, 5:02 PM

Death to long PowerPoints !

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Creating Book Trailers

Creating Book Trailers | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Sometimes it's the last minute ideas that work the best! I had a teacher ask me to present something about creating book trailers to his students. I threw this Slides presentation together, added some sample Powtoons I'd made last week, and they loved it.


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Great way to promote character trait "creative" as a conclusion to reading the book.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, January 17, 11:45 AM

Quick ppt for tips on creating a booktrailer.

Mick Huiet's curator insight, January 19, 11:56 PM

Great visuals and links to creation sites.  Good for most ages intermediate and up!

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, January 27, 7:49 PM

Great slides to start a convo about book trailers. 

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How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015

How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015 | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

We never stop learning. But unlike our school days, when our brain is constantly challenged and exercised to become better, our adult lives don't make time for this. In 2015, give your brain a boost. It's easier than you think and takes only a few minutes of your life each day


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tom cockburn's curator insight, December 24, 2014 6:08 AM
Worth a try
Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, December 25, 2014 12:41 PM

Might be useful for reading

 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, December 26, 2014 9:53 PM

Some great habits to pick in the new year. 

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The 10 Key Questions That Help Tell Your Story | Seeking Story

The 10 Key Questions That Help Tell Your Story | Seeking Story | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

"Telling a great story is even harder when you are living in the middle of it. This is why so many powerful and moving stories are never told.

 

So how do you get started on a story?  How do you keep from getting overwhelmed by the details?"

 

Read the full article to find out more about these 10 prompts to help you find your story:

What’s unique about you?What is interesting about how you got to where you are at right now?What problem are you equipped to solve?What inspires you?What “aha!” moments have you experienced?How have you evolved and grown?How do you feel about your work, the people you interact with, and yourself?What is a nontraditional way to tell your story?What do you consider normal and boring, that others might think is cool?How will you change the world?
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The 23 Best Game-Based Education Resources for 2014 | Edudemic

The 23 Best Game-Based Education Resources for 2014 | Edudemic | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Edudemic has covered game-based learning and gamification in the classroom on numerous occasions in the past. When learning becomes a game, it’s an enjoyable, effective experience for students and teachers alike. We’ve curated 23 of the best game-based education resources for 2014. If your class hasn’t gotten its game on yet, then now is the time.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 27, 2014 12:14 AM

Shall we play a game?  We all know in our guts that the engagement and learning that takes place in a game is a power force.  How can we connect our content with that itch to play. How can we create an itch to learn?

Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 13, 10:00 AM

Game- and quest-based learning!

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- HOTS for Teachers: 25 Top Resources For Higher Order Thinking Skills


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 4, 2014 1:37 PM

From guest blogger Laura Turner comes this great list of resources for HOTS! From articles to websites to Livebinders, there will be something here for everyone. Enjoy!

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What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking

What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
December 7, 2014
When it comes to differentiating critical thinking from creative thinking, things get a little bit blurry as there is now consensus as to what really defines these processes. This...

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Yvonne Krishnan's curator insight, December 9, 2014 4:27 PM

A fantastic infographic that solidifies the differences between these two sought after ways of thinking.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, December 14, 2014 7:56 AM

Great visualization of the ways we may encourage and nurture thinking.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, December 19, 2014 12:05 PM

Since we need to be encouraging (and teaching) both kinds of thinks, visuals like these will reinforce the metacognition of our students.

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Kathy Schrock's Guide to Infographics

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Infographics are a visual representation of data. When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. This page includes links to help you develop formative or summative assessments that have students creating infographics to showcase their mastery of knowledge.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 2014 8:24 PM

Here's a treasure trove of expertly curated resources about Infographics.  Thanks Kathy!

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 5, 2014 2:24 PM

I agree that infographics can convey a lot; I need to learn to make them.  

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Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking

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Critical thinking. We all endorse it. We all want our students to do it. And we claim to teach it. But do we? Do we even understand and agree what it means to think critically?

According to Paul and Elder’s (2013a) survey findings, most faculty don’t know what critical thinking is or how to teach it. Unless faculty explicitly and intentionally design their courses to build their students’ critical thinking skills and receive training in how to teach them, their students do not improve their ski

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Ruby Day's curator insight, December 2, 2014 5:20 PM

The challenge with projects can be getting students to go into depth, think critically about their research - its relevance and the conclusions they draw and apply to the project. Some probing questions in this article to help.

BogDan Wrzesinski's curator insight, December 3, 2014 2:33 AM

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sian etherington's curator insight, December 4, 2014 4:16 PM

Useful insights - particularly that critical thinking skills can't develop in a knowledge vacuum.

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Transcribe - online transcription and dictation software

Transcribe - online transcription and dictation software | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Transcribe saves thousands of hours every month in transcription time for journalists, lawyers and students all over the world.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 2, 2014 3:50 AM

Useful tool for transcribing audio recordings from research or listening materials.

Jose Pietri's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:17 AM

Compare to Dragon, etc. Test for use in creating training guides, etc.

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Prezentt - Share your slides & content seamlessly

Prezentt - Share your slides & content seamlessly | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Prezentt is a web app that helps presenters to get a 1000% better interaction with their audience through a range of tools. Share your slides with your audience immediately, track questions and follow ups, save time and get much greater audience engagement.


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Roberta Bano's curator insight, November 17, 2014 6:07 AM

beautiful presentations, also interactive

Benjamin Labarthe-Piol's curator insight, November 21, 2014 10:31 AM

Useful

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Self publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

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Prepare Your File: Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Creator Beta helps you convert PDFs of your textbooks, course notes, study guides and other educational content that includes complex visual information like charts, graphs and equations into Kindle books.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 25, 5:22 PM

This looks like Kindle's attempt to compete with Apple's iBook Author. It's free so why not give it a try.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Giving #PechaKucha Presentations

PechaKucha is a specific style of presentation that originated in Japan that entails presentations of 20 slides, displayed for 20 seconds each...


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LucaVanin's curator insight, December 19, 2014 4:42 AM

Non sai cos'è il Pechakucha?!? Come hai fatto a vivere senza fino ad oggi?

Leggi un po' qui e... impara!!!

Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, December 19, 2014 12:51 PM

This is a creative way to present. The visuals have to enhance the presentation.

GIANFRANCO MARINI's curator insight, December 21, 2014 4:11 AM

Una guida pubblicata su Slideshare per realizzare presentazioni PechaKucha, uno stile originario del Giappone per realizzare presentazioni che utilizza alcune semplici regole illustrare nelle 36 slides della presentazione

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35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants

35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Take a tour through America's immigrant heritage — at its most and least welcoming


American politicians, and Americans themselves, love to call themselves "a nation of immigrants": a place where everyone's family has, at some point, chosen to come to seek freedom or a better life. America has managed to maintain that self-image through the forced migration of millions of African slaves, restrictive immigration laws based on fears of "inferior" races, and nativist movements that encouraged immigrants to assimilate or simply leave.

But while the reality of America's immigrant heritage is more complicated than the myth, it's still a fundamental truth of the country's history. It's impossible to understand the country today without knowing who's been kept out, who's been let in, and how they've been treated once they arrive.

Tags: migration, map.


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Jason Schneider's curator insight, January 27, 2:52 PM

As a former New Yorker myself, I find map 34 to be interesting. It's unusual how Staten Island doesn't have any Italian immigrants being that Staten Island contains a town called little Italy. I'm not surprised that many immigrants are all sorts of different races because New York City is right overseas from Europe and Western Asia. However, I don't understand why there are a lot of Chinese immigrants in New York, New York because if China were to go overseas to the United States, their closet state would be California. One map that I thought was pretty accurate was the first map. I thought it was accurate because most foreign immigrants were not scattered around the United States. For example, the most of the Mexican immigrants were mostly in the southwestern region of the United States obviously because Mexico is southwest of the United States. Also, many African-American immigrants were in the southeastern area of the United States and it makes sense because I did some research on Georgia and I found out that Georgia has many different ethnic groups. The most popular ethnic group would be African-Americans.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, January 27, 7:52 PM

 It is very impress on how immigrants has been change the shape of America in the past century. As an immigrant, America has been the protecting motherland and offering a lot of opportunities and better quality life. However, immigrants also has been contributed to America in different ways such as workforce with different cultural and values. In the past century, the theme of immigration has been like roller coaster in terms of legal, political and demographic aspects. Just like other immigrant, the Statue of Liberty brings a lot tourists and contribute to America for the tourist industry, immigrants have grown in population and cities over the past decades and has been change America in different ways. European, Asian, African, Hispanic have added a lot of values to America in terms of grown population and changing the shape of different cities. Immigrants have contributed to the history and change the contour of this country.

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Vimodi - visual discussion app

Vimodi - visual discussion app | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Vimodi has a unique nonlinear viewer and was designed so that content conforms to the discussion - and not the other way around. Its distinctive feature is that it lets you discuss content non-linearly rather than the linear format of PowerPoint or KeyNote. Perfect for business meetings, sales meetings or teaching where you want to keep the discussion open yet know in advance what the key areas for discussion should be.


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Amélie Silvert's comment, January 4, 6:56 AM
wonderful app! Thanks and a very happy new year!
Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, January 4, 7:26 AM

Design interactive content with Vimodi

Ann Luzeckyj's curator insight, January 6, 5:36 PM

If this does what it says it could be good... sounds more free form...

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Resourceful YouTube Channels for Teachers and Educators - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Resourceful YouTube Channels for Teachers and Educators - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
How do you look for educational videos for your classroom? I guess most of us just Google with the keyword and do little research to find out the appropriate video. However, your work will become little easier if you know some of the amazing YouTube channels.

Here is a big categorized list of YouTube channels that provide quality educational videos regularly.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 8, 2014 4:00 PM

This great list is a great way to find good EDU resources on Youtube

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 9, 2014 7:01 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 9, 2014 3:12 PM

This article shares some excellent YouTube channels useful for the classroom. Any educators care to share their experience with using YouTube in the classroom?

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The Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech: 40 Ways to Improve Your Writing

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At the root of all good writing lies an understanding of how sentences are built. In kindergarten, we learn the fundamentals of grammar and the basic concepts of how sentences are constructed. For most of our elementary and secondary training in writing, we are taught simply to improve those grammatical and mechanical skills. A good writer, however, understands the complexities and rhetorical effects of how modifying sentence structure (known as sentence "schemes") improves the flow, interest, a

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 16, 2014 3:05 PM

This is a fantastic re-imagined periodic table for ELA - and why not put it up right next to the original? Great idea for a classroom poster.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, December 19, 2014 9:38 AM

This is an interesting way to examine the teaching of writing skills.

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How Teens Are Really Using Social Media | Edudemic

How Teens Are Really Using Social Media | Edudemic | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
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A number of very interesting statistics in the article.

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11 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education

11 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
November, 2014
Twitter is a social network of huge importance for us in education. We have posted several articles about it here inEducational Technology and Mobile...
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:03 AM

Keep in mind that Twitter has a "13 + " age requirement for an account. That won't keep those of you in high schools from using these great ideas, though! Enjoy.

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, December 9, 2014 1:02 AM

I like.

Michelle Franco's curator insight, December 10, 2014 5:09 PM

Social media sites like Twitter can be seen as distractions, but they can actually be helpful in education. This short yet informative source simply lists several uses that Twitter provides to help educate an individual.

 

Twitter is a form of communication and can be used to hold after class discussions or allow students to create an online community where they can share what they learned. It is also a place where students can ask questions regarding course materials. Using hash tags on Twitter can make it easy for students to focus on specific discussions by creating a unique hash tag for a class or assignment. Links can be posted to share online materials or get feedback on a completed work. Teachers and classes are becoming more modern with the advancement of technology. The Internet allows for students and teachers to communicate outside of the classroom, which enables student to work longer and learn more. Incorporating Twitter in education is another form of extra resource or help for a student who is working on an assignment.

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Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
10 eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 Infographic shows elearning professionals what to follow in the coming year.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 9, 2014 11:16 AM

Comprehensive infographic with some trends to watch for 2015. Interesting information worth thinking about.

Itsdevelopmental's curator insight, December 10, 2014 4:01 AM

A good list  - no surprises here and what has changed from 2013, 2014?

Lucila Pérez's curator insight, December 10, 2014 8:16 AM

Proyecciones 2015 sobre E-Learning: Aprendizaje Personalizado, Gamificación, Realidad Aumentada, Aprendizaje Móvil, entre otros

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Creative Writing App Smash - Learn Moore

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Earlier this month I decided to participate in the Thinglink App Smash Challenge, facilitated by Susan Oxnevad. The goal is to use ThingLink as a presentation tool to demonstrate how to combine the functionality of two or more apps to create, publish and share content. It was more difficult than I thought because I had a hard time narrowing down which apps I wanted to use in my submission. I finally decided on Book Creator because of its cross-curricular nature, and its ability to include various types of media. Here is the flow of the lesson:

Students choose a scene maker app to create an original visual writing prompt
Students upload their image to Book Creator
Add original composition using the text feature
Add narration by recording
Publish final project as e Book or movie

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Debbie Rogers's curator insight, November 28, 2014 2:48 PM

Empowering students comprehension through their active creation!( not Consuming the teacher's creation)

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 5, 2014 8:46 AM

Re-scooped from John Evans' page and well worth it! Great ideas that can immediately be used with students!

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Top 20 Educational Websites for Young Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 20 Educational Websites for Young Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Today I am sharing with you a number of useful websites that are particularity designed for younger learners. Yes, finding kids-friendly website is not an easy task and it even becomes harder for those busy teachers and parents who can hardly afford an extra hour or two to conduct online searches. The list below is not comprehensive but it does include some of the best websites for helping kids learn better.

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Heath Detweiler's curator insight, December 1, 2014 2:51 PM

I know some teachers so maybe this will be useful. 

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- The Things I Did That Stopped A Love of Reading

- The Things I Did That Stopped A Love of Reading | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 2014 7:27 PM

Choice helps in reading.

 

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Karen Draper's curator insight, November 17, 2014 3:29 PM

I am going to share with my English department.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, November 21, 2014 3:12 PM
It is worth thinking about the classroom practices that really energize readers; this article looks at many standard practices.