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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs

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Would you like to improve your students' writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world? 

 

Join me and Simple K-12 for a free webinar on June 24th at 3:00 PM EDT to learn how to use Google Docs to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 22, 2014 4:28 AM

Webinar for K-12: Google Tools and writing skills. A match made in Palo Alto. 

Gary Harwell's curator insight, June 25, 2014 1:10 AM

The problem in a pre-programmed system of teaching is that you don't have the time or classroom availability to use Google Docs effectively.

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, June 29, 2014 6:09 AM

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Just some really cool Instructional Technology related stuff I found on the "Internets" for my fellow, like minded- nerdy Educators out there!
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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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How to Convert Images of Text Into Editable Google Docs

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Google continues to blur the line between physical and digital. What used to only live on ink and paper can be edited right in your Drive. The OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature in Google Drive can convert an image of a physical page of…

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Tennessee's 2015 Teacher of the Year on teaching economically disadvantaged students in Memphis

Tennessee's 2015 Teacher of the Year on teaching economically disadvantaged students in Memphis | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Fourth-grade Memphis teacher Karen Vogelsang describes the joys and challenges of teaching in a district where 70 percent of students are economically disadvantaged.
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Great Educator!

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

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Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.
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Girls Who Love Math and Science Just Got $25 Million Worth of Good News

Girls Who Love Math and Science Just Got $25 Million Worth of Good News | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
The MasterCard Foundation announced a major investment that aims to support young African women interested in STEM-related careers.
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3 Good Text to Speech Tools for Struggling Readers

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99 Percent Invisible

Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 12, 2:17 PM

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love flags; I enjoy thinking about the cultural, economic and geopolitical symbolism embedded in the flags and what that means for the places they represent.  I share the above video for that purpose, but more importantly because it is an introduction to the audio podcast 99 Percent Invisible with a special ‘behind-the-scenes’ peek and how this podcast on flag design was made (and here is a snarky critique of all U.S. state flags).  Great geography resources rarely fall under the title “Geography” with a capital G.  It takes geographic training to “see the geography” in the world around us.  I’ve recently discovered the 99 Percent Invisible Podcast and while it is not explicitly (or even always) geographic, it is loaded with excellent materials about design and the details of the world around us that often go unnoticed, but deserve greater scrutiny.  For example the episodes on the Port of Dallas as well as reversing of the Chicago River show how the physical and human systems intersect within urban areas.  These two geo-engineering projects also were conceived on in very particular social, economic and technological contexts.

I also loved the episode Monumental Dilemma, about the uncomfortable 1800s New England memorialization of Hannah Duston for scalping Native Americans…this is incredibly awkward culturally as our society and social values have changes over the years.  Do we tear it down? Ignore it?  Apologize?  Since the historical legacy is unsettled, so is the monument.  So I’ll keep listening to the 99 Percent Invisible podcast and please recommend some especially geographic past episodes as I dig through the archives.                

 

Tagspodcast, architecture, TED.

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Brainspace: Augmented Reality Enhanced Print Magazine - @ClassTechTips

Brainspace: Augmented Reality Enhanced Print Magazine - @ClassTechTips | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
I’m a huge fan of augmented reality and want to share a magazine that is using this technology to engage readers. Brainspace is an educational print magazine that is interactive with iPads, iPhones, Android Tablets and Android smartphones. The pages come to life with extra content for 8-14 year old students as soon as they scan with the augmented reality app Blippar.

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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning

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Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning.

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Apps That Inspire Kids to Play Outside - Common Sense Media

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Give your smartphone or tablet a workout while you and the kids head outside for some healthy, tech-infused fun. Apps designed for outdoor adventures let kids do everything from study bugs to identify constellations and create a compilation video of bike stunts. Whether you're interested in family fitness, DIY, or survival skills, you'll find plenty to keep kids active and engaged. So grab your device and head outside armed with these amazing tools.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, June 15, 9:39 AM

With the exception of a few I want to try each one. "Zombies Run" is recommended for older teens. "Google Earth" is the only one on the list I have tried.

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How to Teach Concepts (and Make Them Crystal Clear) in eLearning

How to Teach Concepts (and Make Them Crystal Clear) in eLearning | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
As an instructional designer, you will have to teach concepts. Here’s a three-step process to help you teach concepts in eLearning.

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3 New Google Sheets Features You Should Know about

3 New Google Sheets Features You Should Know about | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

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10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology - Daily Genius

10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology - Daily Genius | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons teachers do not use education technology. It’s expensive. It’s hard to always find a reason to implement edtech into a particular lesson. That’s all true and valid, really. But what are the other big reasons that teachers don’t use technology in the classroom? We did a little digging through surveys, […]

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Marinhos's curator insight, June 13, 10:10 AM

E sempre haverá um professor buscando razões para não usar as tecnologias digitais em sala de aula por uma única razão: não querem sair de sua zona de conforto. Nada mais confortável do que repetir as velhas aulas expositivas.

M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, June 13, 12:18 PM

intéressante, cette analyse

Tony Guzman's curator insight, June 15, 2:42 PM

This article and infographic tackle many reasons why teachers do not use technology in the classroom. What are ways to address these issues?

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TOP 10 FREE Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers - eLearning Industry

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Free Educational Technology: TOP 10 FREE Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers.
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Timelines galore...

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10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on a Chromebook

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Chromebooks often get a bad reputation because misinformed people say, "It's just a browser" or "you have to always be connected to the Internet." But neither of those statements prove true. In fac...

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Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction

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Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to transform their direct instruction into more student-centered learning activities.
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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

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Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.
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Report: 6 of 10 Millennials Have 'Low' Technology Skills -- THE Journal

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American millennials may be the first generation that grew up with computers and Internet access, but all that time spent glued to a small screen hasn't translated to technology competence, according to a research project that analyzed data from an assessment of adult competencies that tests cognitive and workplace skills.
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4 Tips For Designing Captivating eLearning

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Wondering how to Design Captivating eLearning? Check 4 top tips for Designing Captivating eLearning.

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What do teachers really think of data tools?

What do teachers really think of data tools? | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of teachers in a Gates Foundation study said they are not satisfied with the data, or tools designed to help them work with data.

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Engaging Students Through the Arts, Sports and Community Service: Why Kids Need More Than the 'Three Rs'

Engaging Students Through the Arts, Sports and Community Service: Why Kids Need More Than the 'Three Rs' | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Every child deserves the opportunity to shine, whether academically, through the arts, in sports or via community service. School districts throughout our country work to fulfill their mission to provide these opportunities, first by offering the most robust curriculum possible. Financial strains, however, can often limit extracurricular activities. Yet we can all remember from our own experience that schools, at their best, provide an array of performing and visual arts programming and a wide variety of sports and community service clubs.

Numerous studies support engaging students in such a broad range of activities. In fact, as noted by John H. Holloway, a consultant for the teaching and learning division of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey, limiting outside activities can have a negative effect for students:

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Chromebooks For Education - YouTube

This video talks about the advantages Chromebooks can bring to education, especially as a 1 to 1 environment.

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The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020

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A look at the 10 most important work skills for the future.

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Joseph Palumbo, MBA,'s curator insight, June 18, 10:12 PM

Great article, but I would add: Intellectual Curiosity, Acceptance of Ambiguity and Entrepreneurial Mindset.; #leadership, #careermanagement, #careercoaching, #executivecoaching

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, June 22, 8:30 PM

Ao avaliar tendências sobre as competências fundamentais em 2020, pergunto-me : em que direção o processo de educação corporativa caminha?

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40 years of human activities you can see from space

Satellites have been watching us for 40 years. Here's what their images reveal.

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Fe'iloakitau Kaho Tevi's curator insight, June 18, 5:57 PM

Amazing to see  progress and its consequences on earth...our resources and the insatiable hunger for natural resources.....when is enough, enough?

Ambre Cooper's curator insight, June 25, 4:04 PM

This is a cool little video. It even shows the level of Aral Sea we read about.

Hamdou Wane's curator insight, June 29, 7:55 AM

Satellites have been watching us for 40 years. Here's what their images reveal

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200 Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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"Looking for some interesting free documentaries to use in your class or probably use for your own professional and intellectual growth? This list from Open Culture has you covered. It features around 200 free documentaries spanning a wide range of topics from history to arts and science. All of these documentaries are provided with a short description about their content together with a link to the page where you can watch them and read more about the contextual information surrounding the topic they cover. It will take you awhile to sift through the entire list but we are pretty sure you will come out with some good documentaries to share with your class."


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Juan Rodríguez-silvar's curator insight, June 13, 3:55 PM

Catro boas ferramentas recomendadas.

Four good tools recommended

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, June 15, 3:09 AM

Open education est en train d'arriver et mettra des discussion sur le droit d'auteur au placard (au moins un peu). Voici des ressources gratuites à utiliser en classe.

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An Introduction to Design Thinking (Part Two)

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In the constructivist-learning model, engagement and experience combine
with immersive environments and self-organisation of knowledge to establish
a context in which learning occurs naturally. Constructivism has since the
time of Dewey become closely affiliated with Project Based Learning and yet
despite years of efforts to refine the process the result does not always
match the promise (Scheer, Noweski and Meinel. 2012). Scheer et al. argue
that ‘Design Thinking’ is capable of providing

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, June 10, 7:14 PM

Taking Action begins by 'identifying a problem/issue'...and the investigation begins.

Helen Teague's curator insight, June 11, 4:37 PM

In the constructivist-learning model, engagement and experience combine with immersive environments and self-organisation of knowledge to establish a context in which learning occurs naturally. Constructivism has since the time of Dewey become closely affiliated with Project Based Learning and yet despite years of efforts to refine the process the result does not always match the promise (Scheer, Noweski and Meinel. 2012). Scheer et al. argue that ‘Design Thinking’ is capable of providing

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, June 15, 3:04 AM

Un article intéressant sur le lien entre constructivisme et l'apprentissage par projet. Cela ne marche pas toujours, et l'apprentissage par conception conviendrait mieux.