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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners
A collection of user-friendly digital tools to leverage the power of technology to support all learners.
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View the CoolTools Blog, a regularly updated source of ideas for efficient and effective technology integration


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Join Kathy Schrock in Creating a Collection of 360 Images for Schools | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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Dive Into the ThingLink VR Challenge this Summer! | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of using 360/VR images in education. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Sign up for more information about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.
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A SK12 Free Google Day of Learning! | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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Simple K12 is hosting a free online Google Event on Saturday April 23rd starting at 10:00 am EDT. This day of webinars promises to be filled with great ideas for using Google for teaching and learning. It will be a great day packed with amazing educators eager to learn and share, some in their PJ's!
Simple K12 is hosting a free online Google Event on Saturday, April 23rd starting at 10:00 am EDT. This day of webinars promises to be filled with great ideas for using Google for teaching and learning. It will be a great day packed with amazing educators eager to learn and share, some in their PJ's!
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ThingLink Brings Interactive Virtual Reality to Schools | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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Since Higher order skills such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking are best learned at the human level, educators might want to redesign face-to-face instructional time to embrace the VR experience. 

One implementation strategy is to utilize a flipped-classroom approach, allowing students to explore virtual lessons online using their mobile devices outside of the classroom. When they return to the brick and mortar learning environment they can bring common experiences with them so they are prepared to collaborate, solve real world problems, and create. This type of engaging homework might just put an end to those worksheets, as the restructured learning environment sets the tone to maximize classroom instructional time.

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Facilitate Interactive Learning Adventures Using Thinglink, Hyperdocs and App Flows

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The Internet can be a very overwhelming place for young students. There are many kid friendly search engines and databases, but they still provide a large amount of information that may or may not ...
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Here Are Some of The Best Word Cloud Generators for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here Are Some of The Best Word Cloud Generators for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

Below is a collection of some of the best tools and mobile apps to use for generating word clouds. We have arranged these resources into three main categories:  word cloud generators for Google Drive, iPad word cloud generators, and web based tools for creating word clouds. As for Android users, the one we recommend is Word Salad which is also available for iPad.

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Explore a Powerful #ESL Project & the Tools Used to Create It

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This project is very well done, I like the fact that the video is interactive and uses tools within Google Apps environment. Very engaging for both creators and their audience.

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Kicking off the New Year with Design Thinking | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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Over the course of the past 7 years I've been weaving a web of digital tools to support teaching and learning, and that work is documented on this blog

I began my journey into the use of digital tools for teaching and learning through blogging in March, 2009 and have thoroughly explored a substantial number of tools along the way. I've added the most flexible tools to my own digital toolkit, which has grown into a collection of tools capable of supporting powerful learning experiences. As I reflect on this learning journey, my mantra remains the same, I Blog to Learn! 
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Design Thinking for Communication | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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I've created an interactive image to introduce a method for combining the best features of popular apps to embrace visual literacy, powered by an iPad.


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Digital Differentiation: ThingLink Live & On Demand

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About Digital Differentiation

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers design and facilitate personalized learning experiences to address the diverse needs of all students. At the most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand, and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by essential questions and offer flexible learning paths, use of digital tools can break the learning barriers that exist in our classrooms.

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4 Ways to Tell Digital Stories with ThingLink EDU

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Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink EDU.
Authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. Just add an icon to annotate an image or video with embedded rich media to provide readers with opportunities to explore information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. Authors can turn multiple interactive images into books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink
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Creating My Personal ePortfolio of Learning | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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As I prepare for the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston next week I've found an incredible opportunity to practice what I will be teaching. I've started a ThingLink ePortfolio to document my own learning throughout the conference. I plan to capture the learning through images, photos and tags to prepare to use and share it.

This sounds like a lot of fun and I suspect my own session will include some very practical tips and tricks learned along the way since I will be attending 9 sessions and participating in the Creation Station all before my session on Wednesday.

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3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink VR Challenge This Summer

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The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of the 360/VR Editor. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Here are 3 reasons to take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.
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ThingLink launches Virtual Reality Lessons App For Education | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink launches Virtual Reality Lessons App For Education | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
We are excited to launch VR Lessons, our first virtual reality content app. The app is designed for elementary school students, their teachers and parents. VR Lessons by ThingLink is a collection of interactive, 360° image and video journeys on a variety of topics including science, language, and arts. 

The first stories take students to visit different kinds of ecosystems from the French Alps to a jungle in the archipelago of northern Australia. As students turn their heads to look around, they can spot details and unlock additional information of each habitat in a narrated virtual reality environment.Virtual reality can take students to places they could only dream of visiting, but it is also an open canvas for students to imagine and build new worlds and experiences. We are making it possible for schools to use virtual reality as an engaging learning platform.
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Apps for Global Collaboration: Questions & Tools to Inspire a Worldview

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ThingLink Brings Virtual Reality to the Classroom

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Virtual Reality and 360 content is about to find it’s way into schools and classrooms with a new layer of interactivity! ThingLink is evolving from image and video annotation to 360 content, which gives educators a larger canvas to create virtual learning experiences.

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A Beautiful Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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A few days ago we published a post featuring what we believe are the 9 basic digital skills every teacher should have and for each of the featured skill  we provided a number of key tools and apps to help you better cultivate it. Based on your interaction and feedback with this post we decided to create a poster/ infographic embedding all of these skills so you can print and use it in your class. The apps in the visual are not hyperlinked but you can check out all of the links from this chart. Enjoy
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EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit Resources | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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I had a fabulous time presenting at the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit in sunny San Diego yesterday.  It was inspiring to be around passionate educators with exciting ideas. It was refreshing to be surrounded by crisp air, bays and palm trees.

 

The innovation summit combined an iPad Summit with a Google Summit. This made the conference highly appealing to me since Google Apps is most highly used tools in my toolkit.

Of course, my favorite way to use a Google Doc is to embed it into a ThingLink.

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3 Ways to Embrace ThingLink EDU in the New Year

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Happy New Year to All!

 

ThingLink EDU has continued to grow in 2015 to include more than 1,000,000 edu users. Along the way we’ve developed some pretty great ways to use our amazing tool to transform teaching and learning. Please explore 3 Ways to Embrace ThingLink EDU in the New Year. We hope you will get inspired to try one of these ideas in the classroom this year!

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Design Thinking for Communication | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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Happy Holidays ThingLink Style!

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Explore this interactive image to learn the story of Christmas Pluto.

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ThingLink Live & On Demand: Digital Differentiation | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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Many years ago I began building a digital toolkit of resources for using technology as a tool for differentiated learning. At that time I was lucky to discover ThingLink as well. My toolkit quickly grew into a powerful model that has remained current and useful over time. 

 

Join us for a free webinar on Monday, November 30th to explore Digital Differentiation with ThingLink EDU. Learn how to use toolkit of strategies and resources to facilitate personalized learning experiences while addressing the diverse needs of all students in your classroom. 
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Creating My Personal ePortfolio of Learning | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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As I prepare for the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston next week I've found an incredible opportunity to practice what I will be teaching. I've started a ThingLink ePortfolio to document my own learning throughout the conference. I plan to capture the learning through images, photos and tags to prepare to use and share it.

This sounds like a lot of fun and I suspect my own session will include some very practical tips and tricks learned along the way since I will be attending 9 sessions and participating in the Creation Station all before my session on Wednesday.

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ThingLink Launches Corporate Creative Challenges with the #StayAmazing Campaign!

ThingLink Launches Corporate Creative Challenges with the #StayAmazing Campaign! | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
We know that educators are amazing! Fairfield Inn & Suites and ThingLink want to know the tips and tricks you use to #StayAmazing!
ThingLink, in partnership with Fairfield Inn & Suites, is pleased to announce the launch of Corporate Challenges, where users will have the opportunity to get creative for their favorite brands!
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