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Best EdTech Websites of 2014

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It's been a busy year here at the Common Sense Graphite Websites desk! Throughout 2014, we rated and reviewed hundreds of websites for their learning potential, using our research-backed rubric and rigorous process of evaluation.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 2, 2015 1:02 PM

Common Sense reviews the top websites for 2014.

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 4, 2015 7:37 PM

Great list to share w/ your teachers!

Encourage owning their own PD! On their own time

w/ great sites like these!

Amy Burns's curator insight, January 5, 2015 6:49 AM

Great collection of sites to try this year.

 

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What’s Up with QR Codes: Best Tools & Some Clever Ideas

What’s Up with QR Codes: Best Tools & Some Clever Ideas | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

QR codes can make classrooms more efficient and interactive.


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Well Connected Mom's curator insight, January 29, 2015 2:18 PM

Some great ideas with QR codes - think of creating some of these ideas at your home to familiarize your child with them.

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How-To: Add Your Own Voice to a QR Code - Class Tech Tips

How-To: Add Your Own Voice to a QR Code - Class Tech Tips | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it
You may have seen my post on "Talking QR Codes" and here's another tip for adding your own voice to a QR code.  RecordMP3 is a fantastic site that lets users record their voice using the microphone...

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Nacho Vega's curator insight, July 6, 2014 11:22 AM

The power of your #voice... Use it!

Chris Carter's curator insight, July 6, 2014 9:13 PM

Want to leave a clue QR for your kids as they work through an assignment?

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 16, 2014 12:27 AM

Great idea to make it more interesting for the students.

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Sli.do - polls for Prezi

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Give a voice to your audience with live polls and questions for Prezi. Set up your account in less than 1 minute and easily engage your audience.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 5, 2014 1:34 PM

Great little addition for Prezi users to create polls right within Prezi. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, June 8, 2014 12:27 AM

Excellent tool.  And it works without a Prezi presentation for an event that spans over a week.  Very cool.

 

Tanja Gvozdeva's curator insight, October 25, 2014 2:15 PM

Sli.do is a great assistant when you present with Prezi. It lets you have instant audience interaction via real-time polls.

Basic account is free but your data are public and they are retained for 1 week, however, it is a useful application for classroom activities.

Sli.do also works with Google Glass and Eventbrite.

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Gratisography - download free high-resolution pictures

Gratisography - download free high-resolution pictures | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it
Free, use as you please, high-resolution pictures.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 30, 2014 5:53 PM

dowload immediatly awesome free picturas from Gratisography

GranGoddessa's curator insight, June 3, 2014 10:10 AM

Free, use as you please, high-resolution pictures.

4twenty2's curator insight, June 12, 2014 4:15 AM

Fantastic resource with some great images - easy to use, brilliant for innovative presentations or compelling blogs!

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Five-Minute Film Festival: The Basics of Blended Learning

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"The dictionary definition of blended learning (sometimes called hybrid learning) is so broad, it sometimes feels like nearly every modern classroom could fit under that umbrella. But the key to understanding blended learning is that it's not about the technology; it's about transforming instructional design to maximize teacher time, to better utilize digital resources, and to build a community of engaged learners of all stripes. To help you navigate the meaning and the potential of blended learning, I've gathered a playlist of videos and resources to explore on the topic."

 

 


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Julio Cirnes's curator insight, May 27, 2014 1:51 PM

Maximize your time with blended learning

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The Evolution of Bloom's Taxonomy: Original to Revised to Digital

The Evolution of Bloom's Taxonomy: Original to Revised to Digital | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 4, 2014 7:10 PM

Check out three versions of Bloom's Taxonomy in this visualization. It includes the original Bloom's, the revised Bloom's, and adds on the Digital Bloom's, which provides a range of suggestions as to how students may demonstrate each level. This is another visual that you may want to share with other teachers in your school.

Sue Alexander's curator insight, April 5, 2014 5:21 PM

I love the clarity of the digital verbs! I think the specific content of the "doing" might allow for a bit of repositioning in the  chart, but it's certainly a great starting point in analyzing the tasks and output of a lesson.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 7, 2014 2:25 PM

It is interesting to see all of Bloom's side by side.

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7 Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning - Edudemic

7 Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning - Edudemic | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it
There are a boatload of awesome Google tools that we use every day. And they’re free, too, which tends to be a big winner for teachers and students. Free is probably the number one reason for giving Google’s tools a try – you haven’t lost anything but a bit of time if you decide you …

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 26, 2014 7:44 PM
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Google provides so many tools it is hard to keep track of all of them. This post provides information on 7 tools that may find a place in your classroom. 
Would you like to provide audio feedback to your students, or have peers provide audio feedback? If you are using Google Drive this is possible.

Do you have a student that needs a clean and clear space to write, with no distractions? If Chrome is available as a browser consider installing the app Write Space, a "minimalist text editor."

If students are working in Google Drive and are researching a paper they may have found the Research Tool that allows you to quickly search the web for specific information, make suggestions and more.

Google Forms continues to add features, including the ability to create surveys. Have your students design a survey and graph their data, or use it the survey tool to do a quick formative assessment as an exit ticket.

Learn more about Moderator, Image Directory, and Google Templates (that's right, Google has templates designed for students and teachers) in the post. Chances are you will find at least one or two tools to use for yourself or with your students (or both)!

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 27, 2014 3:47 AM

Discover delightful Google tools

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 28, 2014 8:12 PM

I love my Google tools! What do you use them for?

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10 Free Online Educational Game Sites

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Web-based games can prove to be a treasure trove of learning opportunities, and there are a variety of content-areas, age ranges, and skill levels to choose from. The true pay dirt for browser-based learning games can be found on large online digital game hubs. Here are 10 game hubs players that teachers can use to as one tool in their arsenal.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 27, 2014 9:41 PM

Finding games that you can use in the classroom is not always as easy as one would like it to be. This post shares 10 websites that are "game hubs" and the games range from one for students as young as preK to students in high school. The list of the sites is below and additional information is in the post (as are links to each). Have fun exploring them and sharing them with your students, and if you know a site that is not listed leave in the Comment section.

* Shepperd Software

* PBS Kids Games

* Mr. Nussbaum

* National Geographic Kids

* Poptropica

* Funbrain

* BBC Schools: Games

* Primary Games

* ABCya.com

* Arcademic Skill Builders

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 28, 2014 1:08 PM

Some wonderful resources here. 

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:41 PM

The ages range from Pre-K to High School.

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Add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets - template gallery

Add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets - template gallery | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it
Add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets is a fantastic new addition to Drive. See these Add-ons for Google Docs and sheets and how you can use them with students

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Quick Comparison of Five Popular Backchannel and Informal Assessment Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: A Quick Comparison of Five Popular Backchannel and Informal Assessment Tools | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

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Amy Burns's curator insight, February 25, 2014 5:20 PM

Backchannels  are powerful tools for collecting immediate feedback and giving voice to the often reluctant student.  The chart offers essential information and links to getting started.

Stacy Maynard's curator insight, February 26, 2014 4:06 PM

Using online informal assessment tools has been very useful with my elementary students. It is time saving by providing instant feedback which allows for higher quality instruction. Taking the time to watch Richard Byrne's video is worthwhile.

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10 Useful Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes and Polls ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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10 Tools For Classroom Quizzes

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Making classroom quizzes more interactive can be an easy and fun way to do the same checks on understanding and comprehension without hearing the inevitable groans from the students.
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Best EdTech Websites of 2014

Best EdTech Websites of 2014 | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it
It's been a busy year here at the Common Sense Graphite Websites desk! Throughout 2014, we rated and reviewed hundreds of websites for their learning potential, using our research-backed rubric and rigorous process of evaluation.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 2, 2015 1:02 PM

Common Sense reviews the top websites for 2014.

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 4, 2015 7:37 PM

Great list to share w/ your teachers!

Encourage owning their own PD! On their own time

w/ great sites like these!

Amy Burns's curator insight, January 5, 2015 6:49 AM

Great collection of sites to try this year.

 

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014 | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

"The 2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 2, 2014 7:49 PM

Yesterday I posted the top choices from the American Association of School LIbrarians (AASL) on the best apps for 2014. Today they listed the top websites in the following categories:

* Media Sharing

* Digital Stories

* Manage & Organize

* Social Networking & Communication

* Content Resources

* Curriculum Collaboration

As you review the websites you will find one or more standards that are addressed by the websites.

Although I know many of the websites, there are some that are new to me that I look forward to exploring. Below are several that I have used and really like, or are ones I have checked out and will be using in the future.

Are you looking for new tools and want ideas on how to use them as well as examples and links to learn more about the tool. Check out Remix-t, a site from the University of Notre Dame, that is chock full of great ideas and resources. Although this site is geared to college teachers the resources and examples will provide you with great ideas and you will be able to modify them for your classroom. You will find in under Content Resources.

Mixed Ink is a new site to me. It allows you to create a group of students who will write together. They may comment and evaluate the submissions and each students' writing will show up in a different color. This looks like  a great site, esp. for schools that are not using Google apps.

There are many more that I will be exploring. Do you have a favorite website? Share them in the comment section and let us know why it is a favorite of yours.

Murielle Godement's curator insight, July 3, 2014 1:54 AM

Annuaire (partiel et) commenté par catégorie.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, July 3, 2014 1:01 PM

the American Association of School LIbrarians (AASL) listed the top websites in the following categories:

* Media Sharing

* Digital Stories

* Manage & Organize

* Social Networking & Communication

* Content Resources

* Curriculum Collaboration

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Life Feast: App smashing more Study Guides for students

Life Feast: App smashing more Study Guides for students | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

"Is it time to revise for examinations?


How can we make study guides more visually appealing?


These are some examples of app smashed VISUAL STUDY GUIDES I've prepared for my students:"


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Martínez Andrea's curator insight, June 7, 2014 1:08 PM

Es el momento de revisar los exámenes? Cómo podemos hacer que las  guías de estudio sean atractivas visualmente para los estudiantes? Aquí algunos ejemplos.

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, June 7, 2014 5:31 PM

Great delivery method and system. Simple way to present your resources to your students. If you have a system and database to accessing your own resources, how much easier can it get?

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Awesome Web Tools to Create Interactive and Collaborative Classroom Activities ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Web Tools to Create Interactive and Collaborative Classroom Activities ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

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Tom Perran's curator insight, June 2, 2014 6:33 AM

Nice variety of new tools that I haven't seen before!

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SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0 - User Generated Education

SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0 - User Generated Education | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

"Emerging technologies is, can be, should be a driving force of this evolution towards Education 3.0.  Information access, communication methods, the ability for creative express is qualitatively different than any other time in history due to technological advances."


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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, May 31, 2014 2:48 AM

Yes!!! Clear and beautiful,,,thanks!

valerie_VW's curator insight, June 1, 2014 10:57 AM

Cela ne va pas être simple tout ça...

maria mora's curator insight, June 26, 2014 1:09 PM

Educación 3.0

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6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources

6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

"Most of our students love learning and creating...I was excited to discover the creativity and imagination taking place on Vine, a social network with over 40 million people creating and sharing 6 second videos. We can use this popular free mobile app and social network to engage our students and get them to connect with our subject matter. "


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 25, 2014 9:06 PM

What could your students create in 6 seconds with Vine? More than you might think. This post by Shelly Terrell shares over 22 ideas to help get your students creating Vines as well as information that is key to being successful. One example...did you know that students must be over 17 to have a Vine account? This means that most teachers would have to create a classroom account (and probably check your Acceptable Use Policy and get parents permission). The good news is that you can create an account that would only allow parents and students from your classroom to view the Vines.

Many additional resources are shared within the post including a recorded webinar by Turrell and also download her slides.

niftyjock's curator insight, May 26, 2014 5:48 PM

For all you Vine aficionados. Lessons using 6 second videos.

TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 26, 2014 6:57 PM

Great way to get students engaged in learning.  Creating something meaningful in 6 seconds takes a lot of thought!

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Effective virtual facilitation

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As virtual classes rapidly become de rigueur, the need for an effective virtual facilitation framework accelerates. I propose the 5-stage model of e-moderation developed by world-renowned networked...

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sdoukakis's curator insight, April 3, 2014 12:38 AM

Για το πλαίσιο λειτουργίας προγραμμάτων e-tutoring... 

Inger Langseth's curator insight, April 4, 2014 5:39 AM

Lesson design inpiration!

 

Bodil Hernesvold's curator insight, April 5, 2014 8:55 AM

I have rescooped this from Inger Langseth, trying to keep up with ideas on how to teach (online).

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Bloom's Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 28, 2014 9:41 PM

This pdf file is fairly large and looks at the original version of Bloom's Taxonomy but it is an in-depth look that moves from the lower ordering thinking skills to the higher order thinking skills and includes a definition for each level as well as:

* Key Words - an extensive list for each level

* Actions and Outcomes for each level

* Questions specific to each level

To access the full pdf: 

http://educatingmatters.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/blooms_taxonomy_teacher_planning_kit1.pdf 

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10 Teacher Resources For Lesson Planning Templates & Tools - TeachThought

10 Teacher Resources For Lesson Planning Templates & Tools - TeachThought | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it

"Lesson plans can play a vital role in simplifying a teacher’s job, and also can ensure that classes are conducted in a seamless and efficient manner. A good lesson plan can be a great way for teachers to organize activities, highlight areas of focus, experiment with different ideas, and set goals for student achievement. With effective lesson planning, teachers can have a solid diagram to follow in order to stay organized and ensure student success.

 

However, a quality lesson requires time, commitment, and creativity to create. Unfortunately, time is not a luxury that teachers possess; as they already have enough on their plate in addition to the time and focus needed to produce a customized lesson design."

 


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Debra Evans's curator insight, March 19, 2014 7:33 PM

Always useful to consider these types of tools

Javier Marrero Acosta's curator insight, March 20, 2014 7:04 AM

Lesson planning

Helen Rowling's curator insight, March 25, 2014 7:47 AM

Take time to discover and get organised before the next parent teacher night!

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Feedback with QR codes? C’est parti!

Feedback with QR codes? C’est parti! | Classroom Geek | Scoop.it
Following Jane Breen’s recent post on feedback, Frédérique Midroit writes on initial experiences with QR codes as a mechanism for spoken feedback. I went on a course last Thursday entitled “Outstan...
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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:56 PM

Moeten we gebruiken!

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Da's veul...

Moriah College EST's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:21 AM

Looking for a way to use cloud technology in your classroom? Give google drive a try today!

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The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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