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Digital Writing Tools

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writing and use the power of the digital medium to create multimodal, interactive texts.


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croak.it! - Create and Share Audio

croak.it! - Create and Share Audio | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

This is a great tool for creating short audio files which can be posted to Facebook, Twitter or shared by email. The tool runs in the browser but there are also apps for iPhone and Android. In the settings you can also change the speed and pitch of the wudio file. Very Useful.


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Udltechtoolkit - A Wiki with Resources

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Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012

Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012 | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.

I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.

 

Some, as good as Vidyo or Zoom.us may provide HD quality video and even full support for mobile platforms. Others, like MeBeam or Sinfor offer bare-bone ad-supported solutions that have zero frills but can do the job if you need an immediate, zero-cost solution.

 

Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/robingood/top-15-free-video-conferencing-tools-2012/

 

P.S.: Feel free to suggest tools you know that should belong in this collection.

 

 


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Susan's comment, September 15, 2012 6:57 AM
What about Skype? Too well-known?
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20 Must Have Posters for Language Teachers

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Posters are great learning tools that we use in our classrooms. They attract students attention and they can seamlessly communicate various concepts and ideas . These ideas can range classrooom rules to key grammatical structures. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has recently started a section called Educational Posters where we feature some awesome posters we come across online and that have a great educational value.


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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, September 5, 2012 12:29 AM
Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between. A great way to begin learning about Digital Storytelling is by watching the following video introduction to Digital Storytelling.
According to Bernard Robin, at the University of Houston, she states in her Power Point presentation that the educational uses of digital storytelling are immeasurable. She clearly shows that if this type of technology is used appropriately by classroom teachers its results will be effective in helping students with research skills, writing skills, organizational skills, technology skills, presentational skills, interviewing skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and assessment skills. She also mentions that students will learn information from digital storytelling that will influence and improve their digital, global, technology, visual, and information literacy skills. The questions that arise around the practicality of using such technology have lead others to write about how digital storytelling can be integrated into the classroom to allow students to construct their own learning. In an article in Library Media Connection (2003) titled, What’s Your Digital Story? the authors explain that when we integrate digital storytelling into classroom projects we also enable students to construct their own stories. This pursuit requires students to become active participants instead of passive viewers. They further state that when students structure in narrative stories they are more likely to remember this information and commit it to memory as it is believed that our brains are wired in narrative stories and the construction of these stories help us to better cope with conflict and give us the ability to put incongruity into neat little packages we call stories. There is also reason to believe that by producing digital stories students become more critical when viewing media such as television, computers, and video games. They can now see how easy it can be to manipulate images and text to produce information that is less than truthful.
According to (Barrett, 2006) she sees digital storytelling as a means of creating a reflective portfolio that ties into a new type of learning environment whereas the instruction is student centered with multi-sensory stimulation. As students work collaboratively exchanging information in an active mode with real opportunity they develop and use critical thinking skills. The new learning environment has application because it is authentic and the learning is not isolated or out of context. She states that students will be able to:

• Communicate using a variety of media and formats
• Access and exchange information in a variety of ways
• Compile, organize, analyze, and synthesize information
• Draw conclusions and make generalizations based on information gathered
• Know content and be able to locate additional information as needed
• Become self-directed learners
• Collaborate and cooperate in team efforts
• Interact with others in ethical and appropriate ways

JoanneMorris's curator insight, August 25, 2013 10:14 AM

This could be useful for my afterschool program

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10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects | open thinking

10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects | open thinking | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

In this post, I share ideas on certain types of videos that I’ve gathered and how educators might use related methods or styles to engage students in constructing and deconstructing media while becoming critical consumers and producers of digital media.


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Gooru - A Search Engine for Learning

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Teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos ,games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community.

Gooru is free (of cost and ads) and developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education.


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7 Ways To Curate Content More Creatively | TeachThought

7 Ways To Curate Content More Creatively | TeachThought | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

I love the description of the 5 year old boy who is exploring a creek, and then brings back some treasures to share with his parents. This is the joy of curating - given the freedom to explore, students will sift through what is available to find the treasures that are meaningful to them - that help them make connections.

This post by Terry Heick also offers descriptions and short videos of some curation tools for students. I am particularly intrested in finding safe curation sites for students to use. The one that caught my attention here is Learnist.
Learnist is a highly-focused method of curating content. Instead of curating-in-bulk, Learnist users create a learning board around a topic. The goal is for students to then teach others about their curated topic.


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Take the Test: How Fast Do You Read?

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Think you are a fast reader? Take the test and see..


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Why Open Education Matters

A video we made about a topic close to our hearts - Open Education! Blink Tower is a small team based in Cape Town, South Africa - and we love making explainer videos! Feel free to share it, anywhere you like!

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Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs

Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs | Curating the Web | Scoop.it
How would you like you like to improve your students' writing skills along with their technology skills? 

 

In this webinar, you will learn how to utilize the many features available in Google Docs to facilitate a digital writing workshop and maximize writing instruction in the 24/7 classroom.

 

Join me and SimpleK12 for a 30 minute webinar.

Tuesday, August 21 @3:00PM EST

 

 

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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

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Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:43 PM

I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 10:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

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QR Codes | Explained by Common Craft

QR Codes | Explained by  Common Craft | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

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The best children's apps are about great storytelling and strong characters

The best children's apps are about great storytelling and strong characters | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

Stuart Dredge: "Technology doesn't replace traditional skills, but it can bring kids into the creative process" ...


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Create Free Interactive Timelines – Stories Displayed on Maps | myHistro

Create Free Interactive Timelines – Stories Displayed on Maps | myHistro | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

This is a great tool for doing creative project work. On myHistro you can create advanced geolocated timelines that you can play as presentations. Pin your events, videos and photos to the map and share them with friends and family. You can also download a mobile app.


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Fröken Caroline Nilsson's curator insight, November 29, 2013 6:21 AM

Ska prova och se om det är ett bra verktyg.

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Prot-On, Protect What You Share

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Protect the files you share, allowing you to decide and track at any moment who, how and when their content is accessed...

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How to pronounce words (and use them) | A video pronunciation dictionary

How to pronounce words (and use them) | A video pronunciation dictionary | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

This site gives you example pronunciation or words and also finds videos with subtitles that show the words being used in context.


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Alejandro Restrepo's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:00 AM

Intersting concept for some that cannot pronounce certain words. 

David Montero's curator insight, March 30, 2013 4:00 AM

people in real situations naturally speaking and using the word in context. 

Ruth Vilmi's curator insight, April 1, 2013 9:52 AM

The best site I know for teaching you how to pronounce any word, and to hear it in authentic situations on You Tube. Please share!

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Animation Library - Free animations for your presentations

Animation Library  - Free animations for your presentations | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

Over 14,000 Free Animations plus articles, reviews, tutorials, postcard, and everything else related to animated graphics.


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Three Ways to Teach Yourself Something New

Three Ways to Teach Yourself Something New | Curating the Web | Scoop.it

If you look closely at people who are succeeding in this new digital world of work, you'll notice they have something in common: they're fast learners and they're willing to adapt. If you want to grow as a person and a worker and if you want to gain skills that will help you take that next step in your career, you'll probably have to


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Piktochart

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Piktochart App, Creating Engaging Presentations...

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Hi! We have updated our website and editor - please check it out and tell us what you think!
http://magic.piktochart.com/
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Top 12 Ways Technology Changed Learning

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With the help of her fellow teachers, Dr. Katherine McKnight shares the top 12 ways technology has changed the way we learn.

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The Google Yourself Challenge

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Just how much information about you is online? Google yourself to find out and reconsider what details should be kept private and off the Internet.

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The Year 2000, According To French Artists In The Year 1900 | Edudemic

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Free Technology for Teachers: Use Sound Gecko to Listen to the Web

Sound Gecko is a free service that turns text articles into MP3 files. Using Sound Gecko you can take an article from a website, paste its URL into Sound Gecko, and then listen to a reading of that article. The conversion isn't instantaneous, but it is relatively quick. You do have to enter an email address in order to get the MP3 file.


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Digital Writing Tools

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writing and use the power of the digital medium to create multimodal, interactive texts.


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