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Apps that rise to the top: Tested and approved by teachers

Apps that rise to the top: Tested and approved by teachers | Class Tech | Scoop.it

With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of appsvoted on by educators around the country.

 

“I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. Still others are bought, redesigned or just disappear — so it’s always good to know about an array of tools to suit the need at hand.

 


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Craig Crossley's curator insight, June 12, 2014 12:28 AM

Here the whole document - great ideas for IPAD use and OPTIONS FOR MULTI MODAL PRESENTATIONS....

Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, June 12, 2014 1:53 PM

Terrific list of apps to use at various levels.

Karen Sampson's curator insight, June 18, 2014 7:43 PM

Teachers and Techies are always looking for educational apps that are engaging for students, but promote student learning of content or skills and/or applying their current knowledge in a new way

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Free Online Poster Maker

Free Online Poster Maker | Class Tech | Scoop.it

x Nik PeacheyLucidpress is a professional-quality poster maker for everyone. With a library of templates and a drag-and-drop interface, you'll have an attention-grabbing poster made in no time.


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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 27, 8:12 PM

Very, very nice! Connect this to infographics, and away we go!

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 28, 9:52 AM

Not just for teachers!  Students could use it, too.  I see some GREAT formative assessment potential here~

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, June 29, 4:26 PM

Really nice smooth tool. 

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Using Technology in the Classroom to Improve and Encourage Peer Reviewing

Using Technology in the Classroom to Improve and Encourage Peer Reviewing | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Guest Post Peer reviewing is a timeless student task that encourages critical thinking, writing, reading and collaboration. However, the traditional process is not only unexciting—sitting down with a research paper and a red pen is anything but thrilling for students—but it’s clunky too, especially when done through email, where multiple replies and attachments are required to complete the process. Luckily, you can facilitate this assignment with a number of tech tools, streamlining the process

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Google tips and tricks presentation to educators on Nov. 6, 2014 at BIT14 (ECOO) in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.

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Patricia Thomson's curator insight, June 24, 3:55 AM

Includes a guide to the YouTube video editor.

Eileen Otero's curator insight, June 24, 8:38 AM

Very useful information, highly recommended

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I really didn't realize....

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Simple IPad Strategies To Get More Use - Used iPad Factory

Simple IPad Strategies To Get More Use - Used iPad Factory | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Knowledge is the only way to maximize the iPad's technological abilities. You must know all the details of the device, as well as how it works. In this article, iPad users who want maximum experience will gain valuable insight.

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The NEW Free Education Technology Resources eBook is Out!

The NEW Free Education Technology Resources eBook is Out! | Class Tech | Scoop.it
With nearly 200 free software applications, this new update is just jammed full of awesome free tools and tons of insights into how to use them in your courses and classrooms! If you’ve followed EmergingEdTech for a few years now,

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 13, 6:07 AM

Emerging EdTech has just released their newest version of the excellent e-book that covers free software applications. This version is free to download and it may become a great resource for you to check out when you are considering new projects to do with your learners.

The e-book has eighteen chapters, beginning with Blogs and Blogging Resources. Additional chapters include:

* Creating Your Own Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

* Educational Games and Gamification

* Interactive Collaboration Tools

* Open Educational Resources

* Screencasting

* Using YouTube Videos as Lesson Materials

* Video Conferencing and Video Chat Tools

And this is by no means a complete list. You will find many more tools if you download the free book. You will need to provide your name and email address to receive the download link. Click through to the post for additional information.

Maruja Romero's curator insight, May 13, 8:16 AM

Muchas aplicaciones interesantes. Me suscribí y me mandarán el libro por correo, espero sea gratis.

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Beth Dichter's insight:

Emerging EdTech has just released their newest version of the excellent e-book that covers free software applications. This version is free to download and it may become a great resource for you to check out when you are considering new projects to do with your learners.

The e-book has eighteen chapters, beginning with Blogs and Blogging Resources. Additional chapters include:

* Creating Your Own Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

* Educational Games and Gamification

* Interactive Collaboration Tools

* Open Educational Resources

* Screencasting

* Using YouTube Videos as Lesson Materials

* Video Conferencing and Video Chat Tools

And this is by no means a complete list. You will find many more tools if you download the free book. You will need to provide your name and email address to receive the download link. Click through to the post for additional information.

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8 Free Ways to Earn More Space on Dropbox

8 Free Ways to Earn More Space on Dropbox | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage providers in the market. It is great for storing photos and videos, hosting static websites, and safekeeping and sharing various other stuffs with friends and co-workers. Its wonderful features ease or solve many of our real-life problems, and it

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A List of All Educational Twitter Chats Teachers Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A List of All Educational Twitter Chats Teachers Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it

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Thx Chris Carter. I need to explore this during the summer.

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10 great Classroom Management Apps for teachers

10 great Classroom Management Apps for teachers | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some very good iPad apps to help teachers with classroom management. Some of the tasks you can do with these apps include: conduct instant formative assessments in class, create seating charts, record class attendance, randomly pick students for classroom participation, create and share permission slips, visualize and assess students understanding, set timed tasks in class, improve students behaviour by providing real-time feedback, poll your students and many more. The apps featured in this list are among the best titles you can find in the category of classroom management.

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[Infographic] Student Mobile Workspaces

[Infographic] Student Mobile Workspaces | Class Tech | Scoop.it

Having a powerful mobile workspace has become a crucial component in higher education. The Student Mobile Workspaces Infographic gathers mobile device statistics from 2013–2014, showing how the challenges of the mobile campus can be transformed into new opportunities for learning!

The wide variety of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices used on campus by students and faculty create a significant opportunity for anytime, anywhere learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

58% of students own three or more mobile devices.89% of students own a laptop43% of students own a desktop computer31% of students own a tablet76% of students own a smartphone16% of students own an e-reader
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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools | Class Tech | Scoop.it
A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 13, 8:50 AM

Nice list of sites on which students can find free images to use in their school work. 

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How to Transform Teaching with Tablets

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets | Class Tech | Scoop.it

Bereft of examples and inspiration, many educators struggle to conceive of iPad integration beyond mere substitution for whatever came before. Educators need guidance on how to leverage iPads as hubs of innovation that nurture the learning skills, competencies, and habits of mind that help students develop skills for today's world.


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Rosa Saló Sagué's curator insight, May 18, 4:16 AM

Tablets, m-learning

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Karen Anson's curator insight, May 23, 2:02 AM

A long read but a great reminder that effectively using devices means more than just a new way to take notes and distribute materials.

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16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation - graphite

16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation - graphite | Class Tech | Scoop.it
For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring websites and apps for making videos and animations. Teachers know that video making is a tried and true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These apps and sites feature user-friendly tools and features that make it more fun than ever to get kids’ productions edited and polished.

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Jane Gardner's curator insight, May 1, 1:22 PM

Even thought the blog post is written for family and easy kid tools, the takeaway of course is anyone can use them and they are free! Have you tried Animoto yet? 

Fausto Cantu's curator insight, May 1, 4:51 PM

16 sitios de Apps para hacer cine y animación 

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33 Graphic Design tools to publish visual content

33 Graphic Design tools to publish visual content | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Digital literacy is, in part, about digital publishing.

Digital publishing is, in part, about the writing process–choosing an audience and purpose, drafting content, revising and editing that content, and then sharing it with the world.

But digital publishing is also about the right tools for the right platform and the right device. Education is no different; digital publishers in your classroom need the right tools to do amazing things. The pathway from idea to socializing has been lubricated by incredible technology. In fact, that’s a key theme of progressive technology: It makes new things possible.

If you think this isn’t true, sit down to create a book cover with Microsoft Word instead of Adobe InDesign. Or a stunning video game with Scratch instead of Unity. Tools matter.

In an era of digital literacy and digital publishing comes a new genre–visual content. Memes. eCards. Blogs. Gifs. Inspirational quotes. From magazine layouts to pinterest fodder, “visuals” are a new genre gifted from the ease of digital publishing and sharing.

So this list of graphic resources from Kimberly Reynolds for visual content fits right in this context–for you as a teacher, or your students as creators.

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Favorite Web Tools

Favorite Web Tools | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Schoology- Learning management system with an online discussion capability perfect for extending conversations beyond the walls of the physical classroom to give every student a voice. Evernote - C...
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How to Convert Images of Text Into Editable Google Docs | The Gooru

How to Convert Images of Text Into Editable Google Docs | The Gooru | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Google continues to blur the line between physical and digital. What used to only live on ink and paper can be edited right in your Drive. The OCR (Optical Character (…) Read more

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Thx Tom D'Amico. Wow, what a time saver being able to convey a scan to a Google doc!

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Create Professional Diagrams & Charts with These 6 Free Tools

Create Professional Diagrams & Charts with These 6 Free Tools | Class Tech | Scoop.it
We've looked at how to use online tools to create databases, edit images, and improve your productivity – but something we've never investigated is how to create professional diagrams and charts by using nothing more than an Internet connection. Contrary to popular belief, diagrams and charts are not solely the domain of office workers and…

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3D Printing Basics - Instructables.com

3D Printing Basics - Instructables.com | Class Tech | Scoop.it
A 3D Printer is a manufacturing tool used to create three-dimensional artifacts that have been designed on a computer. 3D printers have a wide range of shapes, sizes, and types, but in essence they are all computer controlled additive manufacturing machines. Similar to how paper printers lay down ink in one layer to create an image, 3D printers lay down or cure material layer by layer to create a three-dimensional object.

3D printers have a huge range of applications; designers use them to test out product ideas, manufacturing companies use them to make complicated parts for assemblies, and makers use them for DIY fabrication for anything they can imagine. Although the different types and uses of 3D printers vary widely, all 3D printers can be simply described as tools; they allow people to make things that they weren't able to make before.

From this guide you will learn what 3D printers are, how they work, when they should be used, and how to design for them and use them. I'll also provide some resources on purchasing printers and 3D printing services. Once you're through it, hopefully you'll be able to print some things yourself!

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Thx John Evans for an excellent intro to 3D printing article

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Lee Hall's curator insight, June 23, 9:39 AM

Many schools are purchasing 3D printers. Do you know how to use one?

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How to make great presentations with Pecha Kucha

How to make great presentations with Pecha Kucha | Class Tech | Scoop.it
A Pecha Kucha presentation utilizes imagery and efficient use of spoken word to create a seamless, memorable, meaningful and concise presentation. It’s a great method for teaching students how to create their best presentations for class projects.

Designed to be completed in 6 minutes and 40 seconds, the rules regarding its composition are likened to visual Haiku. 20 images, 20 seconds each, and connected seamlessly with well-developed narration are your only rules. Certainly as both you and students acquire more skills, your messages can become strikingly unforgettable.

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[Infographic] Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning

[Infographic] Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Project-based learning is a dynamic approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge. Project-based learning should be student-driven, with a real-world connection. It should be core to learning, include structured collaboration, and have a multifaceted assessment. Giving students a real problem to solve, getting them engaged in their work, having them work with others, and assessing their work with more than just a grade sounds a lot like how many things in the ‘real world’ work, doesn’t it? After all, aren’t we trying to prepare students for the world after school?

Many of the digital tools used in classrooms are made especially for education. This is a great thing in many ways, but if you can integrate tools that students will also encounter in the real world, that should be considered a bonus, too. So why not dig deep into your Google Toolkit and build your project based learning tasks to use these tools? The Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic presents how teachers can use google apps in project-based learning to streamline learning and processes and bring a wealth of information to their students’ fingertips.

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20 Amazing Sites to Get Best Free Stock Photos

20 Amazing Sites to Get Best Free Stock Photos | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Finding the right photo to use for your website or blog can be challenging considering that almost every image is now copyright protected. Copyright grants the original owner exclusive legal rights to use and distribute their creative work.

The good news is that, there’s a growing number of websites that share visually-appealing stock photos that are not only beautiful, but most of them are free to use.

Today’s post will focus on the 20 websites that offer the best free stock photos you can find to add to your websites, blogs and social media posts. If you have other suggestions that included in the list, you may add them in the comment section below.

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How Games Affect The Brain Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

How Games Affect The Brain Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Class Tech | Scoop.it
The How Games Affect The Brain Infographic examines the neurology of gaming.
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[Infographic] Student Mobile Workspaces

[Infographic] Student Mobile Workspaces | Class Tech | Scoop.it

Having a powerful mobile workspace has become a crucial component in higher education. The Student Mobile Workspaces Infographic gathers mobile device statistics from 2013–2014, showing how the challenges of the mobile campus can be transformed into new opportunities for learning!

The wide variety of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices used on campus by students and faculty create a significant opportunity for anytime, anywhere learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

58% of students own three or more mobile devices.89% of students own a laptop43% of students own a desktop computer31% of students own a tablet76% of students own a smartphone16% of students own an e-reader
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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 | Class Tech | 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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Thx John Evans! A step by step video tutorial with audio instructions for creating a movie from video clips etc.

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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

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Gamindex

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Gamindex focuses on bringing games to education through game reviews written for teachers.  Each review features a summary, benefits to the game, challenges for implementation, and ideas for class use.  You can also search for that perfect game based on your content area, gaming platform, and other information.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 8, 8:17 AM

A really useful resource for those interested in game based learning.

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Sally Reeve's curator insight, May 19, 7:35 AM

Useful guide to games that could be used in teaching. Searching limited to one category at a time though so not easy to refine the search. Very US orientated and aimed  mostly at school pupils rather than students or adults. Good for getting overview of various games and possible uses.

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Create, Publish, Promote: An iPad Workflow For Learning

Create, Publish, Promote: An iPad Workflow For Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it
5 Tools For Teachers To Create And Publish Apps Of Their Own
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