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Tennessee Quits PARCC, Leaving 15 Members

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Tennessee points to a new law that rules out the use of PARCC exams in 2014-15.
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Blended learning pilot means a new role for teachers in 16 Memphis schools

Blended learning pilot means a new role for teachers in 16 Memphis schools | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
At the Shelby County district building on Wednesday, school board members were digging deep into 10th grade English language arts—and […]
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REVIEW: TeacherKit: Favorite Classroom Management App of October | Edudemic

REVIEW: TeacherKit: Favorite Classroom Management App of October | Edudemic | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Used by more than one million teachers worldwide, TeacherKit is a classroom management app that easily organizes classes and manages grades and students. The app comes in 13 languages and is compatible with all Windows devices as well as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

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Craig Crossley's curator insight, October 23, 6:09 PM

Must check this!

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How to Embed a PDF Viewer in Articluate Storyline - eLearning Brothers

How to Embed a PDF Viewer in Articluate Storyline - eLearning Brothers | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
You can now allow your users to view PDF's in Articulate Storyline without forcing them to leave your course. Let me teach you how. Click here!

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callooh's curator insight, October 23, 10:06 AM

Eliminate the bad user experience of leaving your elearning course to read a pdf.

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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

"Using technology for learning makes sense. Technology creates access, transparency, and opportunity. Any smartphone or tablet is media incarnate–video, animation, eBooks, essays, blog posts, messages, music, games. The modalities of light, color, and sound all arranged just so to communicate a message or create an experience."


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Chris Carter's comment, October 23, 8:34 PM
Thank you for sharing, Luciana.
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, Today, 4:37 AM

En utilisant les TIC, d'abord c'est un moyen pédagogique. Puis cela change la manière de donner cours, et on a alors intégré la technologie.

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Single Source Authoring: Liberating Instructional Designers In The 21st Century

Single Source Authoring: Liberating Instructional Designers In The 21st Century | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

"Among the greatest misconceptions surrounding learning and development organizations is that learning is stuck in the traditional teacher-led classroom using content (textbooks and handouts) and management systems that had their heyday in the 1950s. Or, conversely, all an employee needs is a learning module on a computer screen. Increasingly, informal learning is composing the vast majority of learning opportunities in many organizations."


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Every child should learn to program, but not necessarily how to code - theguardian.com

Every child should learn to program, but not necessarily how to code - theguardian.com | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
I am a proud geek and father of three young children. I taught myself to code Basic at the age of 12 on my father’s Commodore 64, and I actively encourage my children to be enthused by the notion of building with digital tools. But I don’t necessarily agree with the notion that every child must learn how to code.

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asli telli's curator insight, October 23, 5:22 AM

Code, Program or both?

Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, October 23, 7:25 AM

Have been reading a lot about coding lately. "programming" as opposed to "coding"

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21 Tech Products That Teens Love

21 Tech Products That Teens Love | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
From Justin Bieber to the Khan Academy.

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5 Reasons Learners Hate Your Online Course

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"Pet peeves. Everyone has them. And as it turns out, learners might have a lot more pet peeves about your course than you realize! Today at Your Everything for e-Learning Place, we’re shining the light on 5 pet peeves learners have about online training courses."


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 23, 4:10 PM

Ouch! I don't agree with all five. though:

1) It may seem Patronizing to describe how your course works, but not if you explain to your students that some of their co-learners are new to e-learning.

2) Poor Design: Ok, some courses are packed with too many animations, clip art and embedded videos

3) Poor Performance: Broken links are a pet peeve of mine, but big graphics and lots of them, may be hard on those with spotty internet connections

4) Locked Navigation: This drives me crazy, so I don't do this to my students.

5) Zero substance:Since I usually teach tech stuff, I haven't padded it with buzz words, I usually pare down the content as well.

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The Hour of Code is coming

The Hour of Code is coming | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries and over 30 languages. Ages 4 to 104.
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FYI- The Hour of Code is coming!!!

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More AP courses slated for major overhaul - The Hechinger Report

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Despite the recent fallout over new guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. History, the College Board is making similar changes to most science and history AP courses in an effort to emphasize critical thinking. The College Board is in the process of retooling many of its 36 courses to more align with what it sees as …
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As Deasy’s fate in L.A. remains uncertain, other districts continue to move ahead in tech purchases - The Hechinger Report

As Deasy’s fate in L.A. remains uncertain, other districts continue to move ahead in tech purchases - The Hechinger Report | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
With the tenure of L.A. Unified School District’s school superintendent John Deasy in doubt, school officials across the U.S. say they have already learned one major lesson from the city’s botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is important to choose wisely. “There are recipes for success out there, and there …
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Teachable moments, Teachable moments...

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Report: Students Lack Wireless Access to Digital Learning Resources at School -- THE Journal

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Students have better wireless access to the Internet at home than at school, according to a new report.
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Has Google Outsmarted Microsoft and Apple in the Education Market?

The search giant has been gaining ground in territory that has traditionally been dominated by its rivals. - Daniel Kline - Tech and Telecom

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 13, 7:55 PM

Interesting stuff.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Innovation Incubator -- THE Journal

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Innovation Incubator -- THE Journal | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is launching a new incubation effort, HMH Labs, in an effort to spur innovation in technology solutions for education.
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SMART Educator2Educator Virtual User Group - Cool Tools for your SmartBoard - Oct. 28 - 5:00 (EST)

A wealth of knowledge about SMART products exists in SMART educators - people like you who are passionate about the products and their role in enhancing teaching and learning.

Join Marketing Manager Heather Lamb for this monthly professional development opportunity! Join our SMART Educator2Educator Virtual User Group.

October 28, 2014 - Let's continue the conversation!

Connect. Share. Learn. How are you using the clone tool or capture tool in SMART Notebook? Join Heather (@heatherlamb08) & Ashleigh (@ashjenJensen) as we review these cool tools and more. Jeff Peterson (@jefflcisd) will join us to share a few of his own best ideas.

Don't forget, no matter if you are a novice, intermediate or advanced user of our hardware or software solutions, there will be something for everyone.

We love this new format and we hope you do too! We start each month with our regular format introducing new ideas, tips & tricks shared by our educators from our Ed2Ed community. We follow up with a session for you to ask your questions, learn more and provide your own ideas.

Missed any of our webinars? No problem, just check them out on our Educator2Educator YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/smarted2ed.

Follow us on twitter #smartE2E

Looking for archived sessions: https://www.youtube.com/user/smarted2ed
Looking for the resources shared during the session? Join our learning network: http://www.coursepark.com/learningnetwork/board/index/id/2400

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With no internet at home, kids crowd libraries for online homework

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"Once again, Christina Morua found herself in the South Dade library longer than she would like on a school night. The 28-year-old single mom sat in the bustling children’s section on a recent Thursday, waiting for her fourth-grader to get on a computer and start some online math homework."


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I don't think most public libraries are ready for this continued computer usage patronage...

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, October 23, 6:26 PM

What happens when you do not have internet access?

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3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Whiteboard animation videos are videos that draw themselves. They involve an animated use of images, shapes, characters, sounds and voice-overs to create a clip. This form of video production has been very popular recently and is widely used by some leading educational YouTube channels such as TED Ed and RSA Animate. Creating a whiteboard animation video is no longer a graphic designer's job. There are actually several web tools that allow you to easily put together an animated video with as simple tools as drag and drop. As a teacher, you can  use these animations to create and share tutorials,  presentations, step by tsp guides, and many more. Below are three  of my favourite tools I would recommend for you:

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José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, Today, 10:05 AM

Vale a pena conferir as sugestões do professor John Evans.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, Today, 10:57 AM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
The rise of the standing desk may appear to be a response to the modern, eat-at-your-desk, hunched-over worker chained to her computer, but history paints a different picture: Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all stood while they worked. Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk, and so did Charles Dickens. Workplaces are moving toward more standing desks, but schools have been slower to catch on for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, and perhaps the assumption that “sit down and pay attention” is the best way to learn.

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Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, October 21, 5:42 PM

Easy fix for some kids, not everyone can sit for 84 minutes. What ever it takes for kids to learn, I am all for it!

LET Team's curator insight, October 22, 4:27 AM

Timely article. 

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How to Disable Auto Play Video Ads in Google Chrome | Google Gooru

How to Disable Auto Play Video Ads in Google Chrome | Google Gooru | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

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Be sure to join us for a Google+ Hangout and Twitter chat on October 22 at 8 PM EST. Our guest will be Diana Rendina and the topic will be makerspaces in your school library. The hashtag for the...
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Yes!

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Send Your Name to Mars - Mars Exploration Program

Send Your Name to Mars - Mars Exploration Program | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Exploration of the Planet Mars - missions, videos, images and information
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Awesome Sauce! Send your Name to Mars! Thanks NASA!

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What Is 'Personalized Learning'? Educators Seek Clarity

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Education technology advocates, philanthropies, and others are trying to create a clearer definition of what qualifies as "personalized learning," one of the most popular terms in education today.
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Apple - OS X Yosemite - Overview

Apple - OS X Yosemite - Overview | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
OS X Yosemite features a redesigned interface, powerful built-in apps, and some amazing connections between your Mac and iOS devices.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 16, 10:56 PM

Upgrading right now! ;)

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All Fun & Games? Understanding Learner Outcomes Through Educational Games

All Fun & Games? Understanding Learner Outcomes Through Educational Games | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
A good educational game offers engagement, assessment, and learning, with the game data providing a valuable invisible assessment opportunity for students, teachers, and parents.
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‘Gamification’ Is Dead, Long Live Games For Learning | TechCrunch

‘Gamification’ Is Dead, Long Live Games For Learning | TechCrunch | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Editor's note: Michael John ("MJ") is responsible for all creative product development at GlassLab. An industry veteran who has designed commercial video..
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Preach on!!!

 

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20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator

20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

Do you have a set of defined, school wide instructional practices? I bet you have defined practices for attendance, discipline, fire drills, cafeteria, bus drills, and registration. How can we call ourselves professionals when the very business of which we are about--teaching and learning--has no defined practices?


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