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BoomWriter- A Great Tool for Conducting Engaging Group-Writing Projects with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

BoomWriter- A Great Tool for Conducting Engaging Group-Writing Projects with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

"BoomWriter is a collaborative writing website that is free for teachers and allows students to create, share, and even publish stories and other original content. BoomWriter’s easy-to-use and interactive group writing platform lets teachers deliver a fun and engaging personalized learning experience, while elementary, middle, and high school age students work online to develop their reading, writing, and peer assessment skills."


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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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Talent Search by Khan Academy - teachers apply here!

Talent Search by Khan Academy - teachers apply here! | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
We’re on the hunt for educational videos by brilliant explainers, captivating storytellers, and those who illuminate the complex and fascinating, as if by magic

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An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION

An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
There is merit in school students learning coding. We live in a digital world where computer programs underlie everything from business, marketing, aviation, science and medicine, to name several disciplines. During a recent presentation at a radio station, one of our hosts said that IT would have been better background for his career in radio than journalism.

There is also a strong case to be made that Australia’s future prosperity will depend on delivering advanced services and digital technology, and that programming will be essential to this end. Computer programs and software are known to be a strong driver of productivity improvements in many fields.

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4 Ways Digital Tech Has Changed K-12 Learning -- THE Journal

4 Ways Digital Tech Has Changed K-12 Learning -- THE Journal | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Digital technology has taken the world by storm — particularly in the past decade. It makes sense that this trend would have an impact on K-12 learning because there is nothing in modern American society that digital technology has not touched. While the names of the mobile applications and computer programs may change, there are some foundational ways that technology has already changed the face of education forever. Here are four examples.
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8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome

8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
The 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic presents the usefulness of badges as indicators of skills learned inside or outside the classroom.

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Thinking through the badge idea in Professional Learning...

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Badges are the new trophies, are you using them?

David Bell's curator insight, May 22, 4:15 PM

This infographic is an great way to share the Open Badge concept with those who don't yet know about it.

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Coding: 123...Doodle! #SketchNoting

Coding: 123...Doodle! #SketchNoting | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
 I have been exploring sketch-noting and brain-doodling lately and thought it would be a great vehicle my students to think, process, and organize information.  I started off with a class discussion and asking my students what they find challenging about note-taking.  Many of them shared that they found it hard to keep up with the speaker, and others said that they sometimes wrote so furiously that they couldn't understand their own handwriting when it came time to study for the tests.  Others shared how they found it difficult to make sense of their notes.  Sketch-noting seemed a great way to address some of these issues.  Introducing it through sample images of sketchnoting from Google images and sites like Sketchnote Army was a great way to start.  For more tutorials and ideas of places to start with doodling, I went to Brain Doodles.

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Liens vers des sites insipirants !

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Doodling should become a required skill for summarizing ideas

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Can Technology Help You In Creating A Better Learning Experience?

Can Technology Help You In Creating A Better Learning Experience? | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

"Education technology has completely revolutionized the way we learn and teach. With constant advancements in technology more educators and students are adopting newer IT tools to create a better learning experience and achieve the desired academic outcomes."


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Preparing Teachers for Blended and Online Environments

Preparing Teachers for Blended and Online Environments | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
There is a growing need for today's teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and environments.

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Dustin Fowler's curator insight, May 13, 2:47 PM

If there's one thing we should all know about the future of education, it is that technology will play a huge role.  Digital sources provide us with seemingly unending capacity to adapt our courses to meet the needs of modern learners.  College programs centered on blended instruction signifies a coming shift, not only in how students learn, but in how teachers teach. 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 15, 8:57 AM

It's important for pre-service teachers and veteran teachers learn more about blended learning and about "technology-rich teaching and environments."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Last week at the Riding the Wave conference in Gimli, Manitoba someone asked me for suggestions on sites that her students could access to find story prompts. StoryToolz.com was the first thing that came to my mind then. I also suggested Make Beliefs Comix. Those are two of the ten options that are included in my slideshow of suggestions embedded below.

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Check out this AWESOME #Maker #Education site! Thank You @jackiegerstein

Check out this AWESOME #Maker #Education site! Thank You @jackiegerstein | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement is a technological and creative revolution underway around the world. Fortunately for educators, the Maker Movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. Embracing the lessons of the Maker Movement holds the keys to reanimating the best, but oft-forgotten learner-centered teaching practices. New tools and technology, such as 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computing, e-textiles, “smart” materials, and new programming languages are being invented at an unprecedented pace. The Maker Movement creates affordable — even free — versions of these inventions, and shares tools and ideas online, creating a vibrant, collaborative community of global problem-solvers.

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6 Creative Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

6 Creative Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Like Google’s free tools and all the main social media platforms, Skype is one more free and infinitely useful tool that educators can add to their toolbox.

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How Blended Learning Changed My Classroom Experience: A Student Perspective

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At Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School in San Jose, CA, students are experiencing a new style of learning. Blended learning has provided students with the chance to learn and accumulate information at their own pace. These students are using various websites, such as ALEKS, Duolingo, Memrise, Ach

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10 tips & tricks that will make you a OneNote Ninja

10 tips & tricks that will make you a OneNote Ninja | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Here’s a bold yet true declaration: OneNote 2013 is the most versatile tool in Office 365. Whether you’re a busy parent making a shopping list, a software developer providing notes to a project manager, or a sixth-grade teacher assigning a collaborative class project, OneNote can make your life easier. We rounded up ten of our… Read More

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ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories

ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, May 22, 5:09 PM

I am a fan of ABCya and created a story like a kid would on this platform. This is an easy must-share platform that your children, grandchildren and students will have fun with. 

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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools - SLJ @rmbyrne

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools - SLJ @rmbyrne | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
I’ve written about a number of video, audio, and collage creation tools, with WeVideo, Audacity, and PicMonkey topping some of my lists. However, it can be a challenge for students to locate copyright-friendly media when using these tools for presentations or idea sharing. It’s always best for students to create materials or use ones that are in the public domain. Here are some of the best resources I’ve found for the latter.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, May 22, 12:51 PM

Excellent resources for free and royalty free video, sound and images. 

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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes - Mind/Shift

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes - Mind/Shift | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Rachel Langenhorst helps teachers in her district find solutions for those issues. She used to teach social studies, but is now the K-12 Technology Integrationist and Instructional Coach at Rock Valley Community Schools in Iowa.
“Really be cognizant of the digital tools you’re picking and why you are picking them.”

She put together a list of favorite digital tools for the social studies classroom and shared them during an edWeb webinar. She emphasizes that, as with any classroom technology, teachers need to be careful not to just substitute a tech tool for an analog one. Instead, technology should be used to enhance classroom learning in ways that wouldn’t be possible otherwise, including expanding learning beyond the classroom walls.

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13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING

13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Given the amazing freedom and creativity involved in this virtual playground, the best Minecraft books take on so many different forms. From handbooks to crafts to novels to activities, there there are so many different books to blow the mind of young Minecraft fans. So, to get things in order, we have gone exploring and found thirteen of the best minecraft books for kids!

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Levels of Interactivity

Levels of Interactivity | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Interactivity has many levels, and should be applied accordingly depending on the spectrum and where it falls in the eLearning sphere. Read more here.

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Let Kids Fidget in Class: Why It Can Be Good For Those with ADHD - Mind/Shift

Let Kids Fidget in Class: Why It Can Be Good For Those with ADHD - Mind/Shift | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Are you a pen-clicker? A hair-twirler? A knee-bouncer? Did you ever get in trouble for fidgeting in class? Don’t hang your head in shame. All that movement may be helping you think.

A new study suggests that for children with attention disorders, hyperactive movements meant better performance on a task that requires concentration. The researchers gave a small group of boys, ages 8 to 12, a sequence of random letters and numbers. Their job: Repeat back the numbers in order, plus the last letter in the bunch. All the while, the kids were sitting in a swiveling chair.

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Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them Like a Boss — Emerging Education Technologies

Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them Like a Boss — Emerging Education Technologies | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Video conferencing and chat tools can be a wonderful instructional resource, as most educators know. You can bring the outside world and guests into your classroom, enable a sick or disabled student to present from home and interact with the class, get to know online students better and have more constructive conversations than voice alone permits. The possibilities are endless!

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Like a Bossssss!

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The Benefits of Coding in Your Classroom

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Learning to code can be a great educational experience for students and teaches a skill that’s extremely valuable in today’s society. In our most recent blog post, Cordova teacher Laura Smith shares how she incorporates coding into her class and the benefits it provides for students.

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Great write up by a Super Star Educator! Thank you Laura Smith! ;)

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eLearning Hack: 7 steps to improve your online courses

eLearning Hack: 7 steps to improve your online courses | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

Even if your online courses are good enough, it's not that hard to make them even better. Enjoy these 7 quick steps and improve the quality of your courses.


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Edgar Mata's curator insight, May 11, 11:58 PM

7 pasos para mejorar cursos en línea.

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Utilizing Blended Learning To Encourage Critical Thinking: An e-Learning Solutions Perspective

Utilizing Blended Learning To Encourage Critical Thinking: An e-Learning Solutions Perspective | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Critical Thinking Can Help Learners Learn and Retain Better in e-Learning Solutions. Utilizing Blended Learning To Encourage Critical Thinking.

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