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PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations

PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
PowToon is a brand new presentation tool that allows you to create animated presentations and cartoon style videos just by dragging and dropping.

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Have you played with it yet?I am finding it tricky to get the elements timed the way I want them in the little video.

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Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi

Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I regularly use my Nexus 7 or my Android smartphone (was Galaxy S2, now Nexus 5) to help me with my Raspberry Pi activities. Here is a 'top ten' roundup of my favourite Android apps that I use with...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Learning to Program With MaKey MaKey in Elementary School

Free Technology for Teachers: Learning to Program With MaKey MaKey in Elementary School | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Computer programming has become the new "literacy" that many teachers and school districts are implementing to help students exercise critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students of all ages gravitate towards creating and implementing programs--large and small--that they create digitally. Our technology department recently purchased two MaKey MaKeys for every elementary ITRT to use when collaborating with teachers on special projects that involve computer programming.

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Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products | UpNext: The IMLS Blog

Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products | UpNext: The IMLS Blog | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
As maker fever hits America’s makerspaces, libraries, museums, and schools, the focus is often on tools and products: what we bought, and what people made with it. These are important data points that validate purchases and provide tangible evidence that our efforts have borne fruit. But, there are more maker stories to be told: about access, diversity, and agency.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 28, 10:43 AM

Fun #makerspaces in learning commons.

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The Makings of a Makerspace: Three Examples ^ Getting Smart ^ by Lindsey Own

The Makings of a Makerspace: Three Examples ^ Getting Smart ^ by Lindsey Own | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"Tools, organization, student projects of the makerspaces at Marymount in NYC, Ann Richards STARS in Austin, and Edmonds CC in Seattle."


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'shelves arranged by “Invent Something” or “Prototype Something.”'

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Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, May 13, 3:09 AM

Handig overzicht!

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, June 27, 3:27 PM

Handig, met verschillende pro indelingen

Carey Leahy's curator insight, June 29, 3:24 AM

A few to investigate!

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Fuel Creativity in Your Makerspace with Makey Makey - GRANTWOOD AEA

Fuel Creativity in Your Makerspace with Makey Makey - GRANTWOOD AEA | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Creativity is at the heart of a makerspace. The possibilities are endless and the supplies in a makerspace can spark ideas. One of my favorite creativity-fueling components of our makerspace is a Makey Makey, or as they're known as - an invention kit for everyone. The Makey Makey comes in a simple box with very little instructions. For non-techies, the wires and alligator clips could scare people from exploring. So, let’s break this down, because there is no reason to fear the unknown.


The Makey Makey comes with a circuit board (your home base), a USB connector to connect to your computer, and alligator clips and wires (these help you connect and create). All of these components allow you to connect back to your computer to control what’s happening on screen through the USB cord. You can connect the wires in any combination you'd like to work with different programs on your computer."


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Six free edtech resources to transform your teaching - Innovate My School

Six free edtech resources to transform your teaching - Innovate My School | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Sometimes it’s just great to recommend cool stuff for your peers. Here, Social Media and Educational Technology specialist Scott Hayden and teacher / e-learning coordinator Rachel Jones discuss their favourite free resources for the classroom.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 6, 9:14 AM

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Students who can use social media, web tools, video, and audio to research, collaborate, and explore in teamwork tasks, to problem-solve, communicate clearly, and critically think are only going to enhance their employability. It is an honour to be teaching at a time of educational technological revolution and it is our responsibility to work with our learners to find the tools that allow them to develop these skills.

Here are some tools that have worked for me and are fun, easy to use, and free.

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Internet Controlled Arduino (no Ethernet shield)

Internet Controlled Arduino (no Ethernet shield) | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Ethernet Shields are a lot of fun, but they can be expensive. In this project I will show you how to control your Arduino from any computer that is c...

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Sticky Actuators

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Sticky Actuators are inflatable plastic pouches that you stick to the joints of the objects to turn them into animated robots you control by pumping air.

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Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset - Edutopia

Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset - Edutopia | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
You've heard some good stuff about the maker movement such as how making helps students learn through embodied cognition, creates a mindset that's empowering, and builds creative confidence. You're interested in crafting some maker lessons but don't know where to start or how to do something that works in your classroom. Or perhaps you're worried that you don't have time to do a long, involved project. How do you still teach the Common Core or cover the required curriculum? These simple steps will get you started.

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Beyond the Yellow Boat @YellowBoat @Facebook HOPE! Floats!!! @JayJaboneta @docAnton

When Jay Jaboneta heard that a group of children in the Philippines have to swim to school, he started a fundraiser on Facebook to buy them a boat—only to realize that the solution required a more local perspective.

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To donate to the foundation, please use the donation page onhttp://www.yellowboat.org . Thank you in advance!... 

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http://povertypitch.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/beyond-yellow-boat/

Not another advocacy

Jay Jaboneta’s story isn’t like most of the fundraising charity stories that I often see and share on my newsfeed. Seeing that it was a Facebook featured story, I was expecting it to be another case of social media charity. You know the type. It goes from a sob story to a happily ever after all thanks to the amazing power of online social networking and advocacy. These often come with a picture of a child and their new shoes/books/clothes/school, etc that were donated thanks to the supportive people who ‘liked’ the cause.

 

Yes, it started out typical with the efforts to buy a boat for the community, but it didn’t stop with that. I was very impressed with the video’s emphasis on the limits of this charitable act and the switch to thinking long-term and local. Instead of top-down charity, Jaboneta switched to a bottom-up perspective that switched his efforts towards fostering local education through college scholarships for highschool students.

However, given that it is only a 3 minute video, it left a lot of questions unanswered. Why did they focus only on the kids and not the rest of the community? What were the children doing in the middle of the video with the plants that they tied together? Was this child labor? Can these kids even make it though highschool to get the college scholarships? Why do those families live in that area in the first place and is the government doing anything about it?

Nevertheless, this video serves the same purpose as most other short videos in our current digital age. It gives us a small dose of interesting material to suit our attention span and then gives us the opportunity to search for more of the same topic on the internet.

 

Yellow Boat of Hope @YellowBoat 

We are the @YellowBoat of Hope Foundation, Inc. We ferry kids to school. Like us on Facebook

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Philippines 

http://www.yellowboat.org

 

 


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Impact of social media and problem solving.

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.

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Amy Burns's curator insight, January 5, 1:18 PM

Great suggestions!  If you do use YouTube as a starter, consider using a site like QuiteTube to cut out ads and suggested content.

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10 of the best Raspberry Pi projects for kids: How to teach kids to code ... - PC Advisor

10 of the best Raspberry Pi projects for kids: How to teach kids to code ...
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This is a really cool project carried out by a Dad with his son: making a mini beast habitat fit for an insect, complete with connected camera via Raspberry Pi.

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Introduction to Arduino

In this video I introduce the Arduino platform, explain the pin configuration of the Arduino Uno, and what a bootloader is. I then proceed to demonstrate how to ...

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25 Resources For Teaching With Movies And Film

25 Resources For Teaching With Movies And Film | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

“ 25 Resources For Teaching With Movies And Film”


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Daily Shoot: Miss Dunsiger’s Class – Day 187 Maker Day Madness!

Daily Shoot: Miss Dunsiger’s Class – Day 187 Maker Day Madness! | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"Today was Dr. Davey's first Maker Day, and an amazing one at that! Here's a look at our day.

 All of the Grade 1-Grade 7 students participated in today's Maker Day. Students attended two of seven different sessions based on their interests: Minecraft/Coding, Collaborative Art, Beautiful Junk, Positive Graffiti, Making Music, Lego/Blocks, and Egg Drop. Staff members paired up together to facilitate the learning at each of the sessions, and the students directed most of the learning based on their interests. I (Aviva) worked with an amazing Grade 4 student that led the Minecraft/Coding session, and even worked with small groups of students on coding the Arduino. It was really quite incredible!
After two sessions, students reflected on the day and on their learning, and then extended the "Maker Learning" back in the classroom. Today was all about the Learning Skills, problem solving, creativity and critical thinking. As you can hear in our video reflection, there were also links to our classroom learning includingScience (Structures) and Math (shapes, figures, and non-standard measurement). There was also a lot of Arts learning today (with creating music and creating works of art including the elements of design). What an amazing day!"


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Create Professional Diagrams & Charts with These 6 Free Tools

Create Professional Diagrams & Charts with These 6 Free Tools | Differentiation Strategies | 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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Create your own electrostatic motor using a 3D printer | MakerED | MakerSpaces

Create your own electrostatic motor using a 3D printer | MakerED | MakerSpaces | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
An Instructables user by the name of ‘Joehan’ shared a 3D printable solution for what is perhaps the only component that is more important than the actual wind turbine itself - an electrostatic motor that can reside within the wind turbine.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace

 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 21, 3:24 PM
An Instructables user by the name of ‘Joehan’ shared a 3D printable solution for what is perhaps the only component that is more important than the actual wind turbine itself - an electrostatic motor that can reside within the wind turbine.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace


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The 6 C`s of Education for the 21st Century | Infogram, charts & infographics | eSkills

The 6 C`s of Education for the 21st Century | Infogram, charts & infographics | eSkills | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

 

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.

 


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Lena Leirdal's curator insight, June 16, 9:07 AM

Very inspirational and relevant!

Christiane Windhausen's curator insight, June 24, 12:26 AM

6 wichtige Fähigkeiten, die es braucht, um gemeinsam zu lernen und gemeinsam zu wirklen.

Bibiana Vargas's curator insight, June 24, 5:08 AM

A veces lo que creemos lejano no lo es tanto.  Con un poco de orden, estructura y algo de información podemos conformar un paisaje de cultura digital y ciudadana para ser usuarios del siglo XXI.  

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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media - Edutopia

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media - Edutopia | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course?

If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners. If any of these scenarios bring back memories as a teacher or student, then you understand that we have many more tools today to ensure that learners succeed despite struggles, because students and teachers have so much more available to meet every learner's needs.

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EduTechie Teacher: Makerspace Activities: Stop Motion Animation ~ EduTechie Teacher ~ by Lisa Mele

EduTechie Teacher: Makerspace Activities: Stop Motion Animation ~ EduTechie Teacher ~ by Lisa Mele | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I was really impressed with how quickly everyone picked up how to make a stop motion video and the creativity involved. All of the students who experimented with stop motion animation were able to create a finished product, and most did it in 30 minutes or less. This is a great, engaging, creative activity for our Makerspace!

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Meet 'Eddie' the 3D Printed Balance Bot

Meet 'Eddie' the 3D Printed Balance Bot | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
3D printing and robotics are two fields that continue to converge on a daily basis. We are constantly seeing new ideas and open source projects emerge based on

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, February 1, 9:54 AM

3D printing and robotics converging...I like that. ;)

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Two Great Lego Tools to Enhance Students Creative Thinking (Work on Chromebooks too) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Lego Tools to Enhance Students Creative Thinking (Work on Chromebooks too) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Below are two useful apps that allow students to engage in creative activities through building and experimenting with Lego bricks.These apps are easy to use and students will definitely enjoy working on them. They are also compatible with Chromebooks.

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, January 19, 2:30 AM

Webapp to test in the Art class!!!

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Using Assessment to Elevate Learning

Using Assessment to Elevate Learning | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
If we hope to improve student learning, we need to build into every student a growth mindset and a passion for becoming a better student and a better person.

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Arduino Day 2015 Set for March 28th - Geeky Gadgets

Arduino Day 2015 Set for March 28th - Geeky Gadgets | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
The Arduino Day 2015 annual event which started last year will now take place on Saturday, March 28th 2015 and will be a world wide event that

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Making Raspberry Pi Web Controls

This video will show you how to control your Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins from a web interface. This will allow you to control motors, lights and other electronics from the web! You can even make...

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