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A collection of user-friendly digital tools to leverage the power of technology to support all learners.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners Blog

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View the CoolTools Blog, a regularly updated source of ideas for efficient and effective technology integration


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ThingLink UnPlugged: Capture Learning on the Go

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The ThingLink Teacher Challenge for week 4, ThingLink UnPlugged, is the perfect compliment to any educator's summer fun. This challenge encourages educators to grab the free mobile app for iOS or Android and capture life and learning on the go with or without wireless.
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Quick Tip: Click Action on Tags

Quick Tip: Click Action on Tags | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

ThingLink EDU Premium provides users with the ability to control the click action on tags. This is a very useful feature for educators who Create a Collaborative Student Project because you have the ability to help students successfully navigate through a lesson.

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Free Webinar: Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Free Webinar: Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

I'm excited to have the opportunity to present a new webinar on Simple K12 this Tuesday,Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video. This webinar will feature some of the most recent work I have been engaged in, creating interactive image books for teaching and learning.

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Extending the Classroom Walls During Virtual Learning Days in Indiana | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Extending the Classroom Walls During Virtual Learning Days in Indiana | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the eRevolution Conference in Evansville, IN. I was invited by Tim Wilhelmus, via Twitter to "Bring ThingLink EDU to the teachers of Indiana!" 

Given my excitement about ThingLink EDU, my passion for teaching, and my desire to take on this challenge, I eagerly travel to the southern tip of Indiana. It wasn't until my first ThingLink workshop that I discovered that Indiana has begun to utilize virtual learning days for inclement weather. What a fabulous idea!
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ThingLink Teacher Challenge Collect & Curate Incredible Content | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink Teacher Challenge Collect & Curate Incredible Content | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
This week the ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed to help participants discover and collect great content to remix and reuse. At the same time, participants will be able to connect with like-minded educators to share the workload and get inspired. Week 2 is all about working with ThingLink Channels.
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The New Literacy Equation, Visual Literacy is Non-Negotiable

The New Literacy Equation, Visual Literacy is Non-Negotiable | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
By Tracy Clark - 40+ sessions at ISTE featured visual literacy, and even beyond that there was opportunities for encouraging and exploring digital mediums.
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Join Our Global ThingLink Teacher Challenge

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With just a few short days until the official launch of the 2nd ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge, I am pleased to announce that nearly 200 educators from 18 countries have signed up to participate.  This will be a great opportunity to build our personal learning networks globally and grow as educators as we create and share a useful set of resources. Use of an EDU Premium, district level organization account will streamline the collaboration as we share a full featured workspace.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Rounding Up a Community of Learners with the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

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Building a global community of learners is a powerful way to adapt to the changing climate facing educators today. This summer's challenge offers educators the opportunity to build global relationships that lead to trust and turn collaboration into results.  Explore this interactive Wordle of participant locations so far, and please consider signing up to join us for the next ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge. The first activity will be launched on June 28, 2015 via the ThingLink Blog.
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To put tech into any lesson, start with the lesson | eSchool News | eSchool News

To put tech into any lesson, start with the lesson | eSchool News | eSchool News | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
One simple way of understanding our ed-tech pedagogical theory is that we don’t want computing devices to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks. We want them to be objects to think with.
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An Evening with Google

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I am excited to be hosting a Google Docs Writing webinar next Thursday evening for Simple K12 as part of a free evening of Google. Join me and a lineup of fantastic presenters for a fun and informative evening of learning. We hope you can join us on Thursday, May 28th!

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Show Teacher Appreciation with an Upgrade to Premium EDU

Show Teacher Appreciation with an Upgrade to Premium EDU | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

The end of the year is the perfect time to show appreciation for the educators who have worked very hard to help our children learn and grow throughout the year.

With already hundreds of thousands teachers and students using ThingLink to create interactive images and videos, parents can power up their favorite educator's or school’s digital toolkit with a ThingLink EDU Premium account for the entire year.

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An Interactive Newsletter by Christi Collins

An Interactive Newsletter by Christi Collins | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
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Christi Collins is an amazing educator who is passionate about using ThingLink for Education. She combines her great sense of instructional design with passion and enthusiasm to create ThingLink powered learning experiences for her primary students in Wise Virginia.

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Quick Tip: Reorder Images in a Channel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Quick Tip: Reorder Images in a Channel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

This functionality is built into the free app for iOS or Android. You can easily drag and drop images to new locations within a channel using a mobile device and the app. Changes you make will immediately be visible when viewing channels through the web based version of , allowing users to work seamlessly between devices with ThingLink EDU.

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9 Interactive Collaborative Projects to Explore & Reuse

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Week 3 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge asks participants to Create a Collaborative Student Project. The first of many project have landed in our group channel and it is with great pleasure that we share these 9 Collaborative Student Projects created by talented educators.
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Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video, a Free Webinar | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video, a Free Webinar | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video

Every image has a story - and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories withThingLink EDU. Join me and Simple K12 as we demonstrate how authors of all ages can use ThingLink EDU to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. When a reader moves their mouse over images or videos annotated with ThingLink EDU, they can explore additional information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. We will share how to create an interactive image, as well as how to turn multiple images into interactive image books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Come explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink EDU.

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Quick Tip: Convert ThingLink to EDU Account

Quick Tip: Convert ThingLink to EDU Account | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

If you are an educator using ThingLink you want to be sure you are using the EDU version of the tool instead of the business version. This will allow you to utilize the features designed for education when you  Build Your ThingLink Classroom.  

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Quick Tip: Post a ThingLink to a Channel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Quick Tip: Post a ThingLink to a Channel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

This morning I received a comment from a reader requesting a brief tutorial to demonstrate how to Post a ThingLink interactive image to a Channel. Here is a resources that will help...

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Meet the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Participants | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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The Teacher Summer Challenge participants have begun to add images to our channel, Design Your Digital Self. We invite you to explore our channel and watch it grow. Connect with these educators on Twitter with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Join our Google+ community and expand your own PLN this summer and take the ThingLink Teacher Ch
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Visual Literacy Resources from #ISTE2015 | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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've created a poster to highlight the interactive images shared during my poster and playground sessions at ISTE. I hope this poster will be helpful for helping all of the amazing educators I spoke with to quickly access the resources.

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3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce the 2nd ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge, back by popular demand.  Sign up now to prepare to join us when we officially launch at ISTE 2015 during the week of June 28th.


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3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge

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We are pleased to announce the 2nd ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge, back by popular demand.  Sign up now to prepare to join us when we officially launch at ISTE 2015 during the week of June 28th.

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Endangered Animals Book & Poster Project

Endangered Animals Book & Poster Project | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

Still in school? Here's an interactive book and poster project I've assembled that could be a nice way to explore and learn about a real world topic of interest to students. I hope it will get used during these final days of the year.

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Bring the TextBook to Life! Tornadoes

Bring the TextBook to Life! Tornadoes | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
Sharing Stories About Schools

If you've ever gone to school in the Midwest, you've probably experienced the threat of a tornado. Students at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Iowa lived through one on May 25, 2008.

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Emergent Readers as Young Authors

Emergent Readers as Young Authors | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a group of 1st graders for 20 minutes on most days at my school. These are students who have passed out of their phonics program and I get to work with them to use tech as a tool to build literacy skills.

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New Topics for Bring the Textbook to Life!

New Topics for Bring the Textbook to Life! | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

We have collected participant feedback to help fine tune our Classroom Creative Challenge to get the most out of the learning as the school year quickly comes to a close. We have selected the most popular topics to offer participating classrooms choices and  hope you find these topics simple and enjoyable.

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