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instantly capture the wisdom of your crowd with instavibe

instantly capture the wisdom of your crowd with instavibe | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
Pulse audiences for free using mobile devices: from a group of friends to hundreds at events. Watch results appear instantly and share them easily. Zero setup, it's a web app.

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35 Educators You Should Follow on Pinterest

35 Educators You Should Follow on Pinterest | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
35 Educational Pinners You MUST Check out! I love Pinterest! It’s kind of hard to believe this is my first post about this wonderful curation tool. Pinterest is NOT just for crafts and recipes, and...

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Cristina Reyes's curator insight, April 4, 2015 2:03 AM

I agree , it´s a great curation tool. Intuitive interface and a variety of topics for educators 

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 6, 2015 3:48 PM

Are you just getting started using Pinterest? Check some of these people for ideas.

Mark Rasi's curator insight, April 13, 2015 8:56 PM

A wealth of info out there!

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27 Presentation Software & Powerpoint Alternatives For 2015

27 Presentation Software & Powerpoint Alternatives For 2015 | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
At CustomShow, we decided to list some powerpoint alternatives that could help solve your overall presentation software problems. These programs serve many purposes.

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Dr. Nirmala Raghavan's curator insight, May 25, 2015 7:55 PM

very useful

 

Елена Гончарова's curator insight, May 29, 2015 12:07 PM

добавить ваше понимание ...

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Cowbird · Home

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Cowbird is a public library of human experience. Our mission is to gather and preserve exceptional stories of human life, so the insight and wisdom we accumulate as individuals can live on in the commons, as a resource for others to look to for guidance. We offer a simple set of storytelling tools, designed to encourage contemplation and depth — for free, and without ads.


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Carolyn Quarterman's curator insight, May 26, 2015 8:43 AM

Great site to get students finding, reading and creating short picture stories.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 27, 2015 9:56 AM

A source of inspiration. A rich bag of secrets to wake our students' creativity and sensitivity.

Angela Mitchell's curator insight, July 5, 2015 9:44 AM

Will share with colleagues as we search for new and exciting tools to motivate learners.

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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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, May 22, 2015 1:09 AM

Fun way to set up a creative writing assignment.

Елена Гончарова's curator insight, May 27, 2015 6:52 AM

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Imelda Elliott's curator insight, June 27, 2015 4:45 AM

Great tool for language teachers.

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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, 2015 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, 2015 6:00 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

Ruby Day's curator insight, May 25, 2015 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, 2015 6:04 AM

Some nice tips here.

Rosa Saló Sagué's curator insight, May 18, 2015 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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No Boxes's curator insight, May 18, 2015 5:25 PM

I love infographics!  Thanks to HubSpot for sharing these.

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, May 21, 2015 8:15 PM

a good visual tool

 

Sally Spoon's curator insight, August 6, 2015 12:18 AM

This is a helpful post for those who would like to make infographics in Powerpoint. You can also download 10 free templates.

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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, 2015 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, 2015 5:07 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Supporting Cultural Diversity in e-Learning - YouTube

short presentation video

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Greay food for thought thT relates to online classes that reach students outside the USA.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 25, 2015 6:03 PM

Interesting case study that will help you shift your point of view.

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30 essential iPad Apps for the paperless classroom (infographic)

30 essential iPad Apps for the paperless classroom (infographic) | Character and character tools | Scoop.it
I make no apologies for making this an iPad focused post. So many of the schools that I work with have iPads both for students and for educators. The majority of the 30 Apps I've chosen are ones I ...

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Creatubbles - The place to nurture children’s creativity

Creatubbles - The place to nurture children’s creativity | Character and character tools | Scoop.it

Creatubbles is a safe place for those who care about creativity to upload, share and start conversations around young people’s artwork. Start Now - It's Free!


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Great way to promote character trait of creativity.

 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 24, 2015 12:07 PM

Great place for safely connecting young artists.

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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, 2015 1:25 AM

Useful article for anyone interested in Project Based Learning.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 3, 2015 8:33 PM

Thx Nik Peachy

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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, 2015 11:29 AM

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

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, May 19, 2015 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, 2015 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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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, June 28, 2015 1:01 PM

Diseñando vídeos...Ofslides — Convert PPT to Video Presentation | @scoopit via @baibbb http://sco.lt/...

Nick Urban's curator insight, July 17, 2015 3:40 PM

For teachers interested in transforming their social studies classroom from the traditional mode to a more digitally based curriculum will find this fascinating. The ability to convert old PowerPoint presentations into videos that can be directly uploaded to YouTube are a tremendous offering. Creating and crafting your own podcast channel via YouTube is a terrific way of allowing your lessons to go home with the class and allows you more time in class to spend engaging students in the content!

Iva Golec's curator insight, August 10, 2015 11:34 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, 2015 10:32 AM

Interesting interview.

ajit jhangiani's curator insight, May 16, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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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