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Maker Camp - Google

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A FREE summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring

 

Join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. Maker Camp inspires kids ages 13-18* to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it."


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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

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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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10 Gifts For The Hacker In Your Life - FastCompany

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 -FastCChances are you know someone who likes to code, build things, hack things, or make, break, and fix things. Chances are also good that you have no idea what to get them for a gift. But don't worry: Co.Labs has you covered. Whether they're into hardware or software, stuff you wear or stuff you fly, still in elementary school or retired from IBM, we have just the thing for the hacker in your life.


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A Great Periodic Table to Enhance Students Writing Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Periodic Table to Enhance Students Writing Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Figurative speech is the language we use to spice up our writing. Besides their aesthetic value , figurative expressions and axioms cast a flavour of 'writerly professionalism' on the written piece. It does take so much practice for students to be adept at the use of figurative language and there are no shortcuts to learn that quickly. There are however some useful tips to help them in their learning process. Periodic table of the figures of speech is an example of a very good document students can draw on to consolidate and learn different ways to use figures of speech.

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Using iMovie App in Physical Education Lessons - November 2014

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This month I have been supporting the PE department with using the iPads to enhance their lessons and pupils to analyse skills. Last year Apple updated iMovie app to include features such as Split Screen, Freeze Frame, Video Speed etc. This year the update has made some of these features a little easier to find.

 

Split Screen: We have used this to compare videos of the same skill taken from two different angles. For example, a cricket bowling action.

 

Video Speed: We have used this by splitting part of a clip where the skill is most demonstrated and slowing it down.

 

Freeze Frame: We can stop a clip at any point and create a freeze frame. This freeze frame can be split at either end to create a separate clip and textual analysis added.

 

I would also like to say a big thank you for all the great feedback to the iPad Teachers App. We are only at the start of the content we can add to this so look out for the first update in mid December with even more ideas. Details of the app can be found at www.ipadteachers.co.uk


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Dean Mantz's curator insight, December 8, 11:55 AM

I appreciate @John Evans for sharing this on his Scoop.it page "iPad in Education".  As I work with preservice students, those in certain fields claim technology is not an option as they don't understand integration.  With this article, I can provide my students another first hand example of how PE and technology blend.

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How to Deal with Incivility in the Online Classroom

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Incivility in the online classroom can take many forms. Angela Stone Schmidt, director of graduate programs in the School of Nursing and associate dean College of Nursing & Health Professions at Arkansas State University—Jonesboro, uses Morrisette’s definition: “interfering with a cooperative learning atmosphere.” So in addition to inappropriate, rude, offensive, or bullying behaviors, Schmidt considers behaviors such as academic dishonesty, over-participation or domination and under-participati

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4 best practices for Flipped Classroom implementation

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"The flipped classroom model has undeniably become a go-to learning model in the digital age of higher education, but what have educators learned since the model’s debut? What are the best practices that work?"


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Charles Nyakito's curator insight, December 3, 4:16 AM

The idea of a flipped classroom is a wonderful idea. Teachers waste a lot of time explaining new concepts to learners which time could have been saved if the teacher had given the learners the topics in advance to research using their mobile digital devices.and simply use class time to discuss. I wish to recommend for every teacher who has not tried these ideas to do so and enjoy the magic of flipping.

Lindsay Gaughan's curator insight, December 3, 3:16 PM

This is a great article

Amy Dooley's curator insight, December 5, 11:35 AM

Thinking about trying this for some of the Audio Recording modules. 

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11 Free Mind Mapping Tools Compared In One Chart

11 Free Mind Mapping Tools Compared In One Chart | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

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The 12 biggest study tips for students of any age - Daily Genius

The 12 biggest study tips for students of any age - Daily Genius | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Staying focused is harder than ever. Seriously. If you were a student a decade ago, your biggest distraction was likely AOL Instant Messenger or perhaps that party down the hall. Now there’s texting, social networks, blogs, videos, podcasts, you get the idea.


All of these are dangerous time-sucks when it comes to trying to get some proper studying done. If you’ve hit a few roadblocks during your time studying then this straightforward visual guide to the biggest study tips will help you out. It’s especially useful for distracted students who have trouble figuring out how to balance their online travels (web surfing?) with their required studying.

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Learner Revolution in, Ed Tech Revolution out?

Learner Revolution in, Ed Tech Revolution out? | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it

"New report suggests investors should focus on companies servicing the “Learner Revolution,” which creates pathways of success that guide individual students"


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Professional Development: Got a Twitter Minute?

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Funny how a Learning Network trail can lead one to unexpected destinations :)  Follow along the bread crumbs to see where the trail came from and what it led to... 1. I shared a presentation on Ske...

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DPG plc's curator insight, December 2, 8:37 AM

Great example of networked learning, connectivism and following breadcrumbs on a journey of discovery

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Autodesk - Newsroom - Press Releases

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fulfilling its promise to expand access to its professional design software in education, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has made its industry-leading design, engineering and entertainment software free* to students, instructors and academic institutions worldwide.
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Free Software to Schools via Autodesk- nice!

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Value of Video for Instructional Design

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"Have you ever tried to teach someone how to swing a baseball bat using only your voice? What about describing the color red without any visual representation? Both are – if not completely impossible – definitely difficult.

 

Some things simply need to be seen to be understood. Perhaps that’s why video is such a vital part of an effective eLearning strategy: It shows learners things that are difficult to explain using text or audio alone. Adding video to your modules is a step toward creating a visual knowledge culture within an organization, making L&D efforts even more valuable."


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Preach ON! I've been a Poster Boy for video use/integration in instruction for ages!

#IMediasite

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7 takeaways from ConnectED to the Future | SmartBlogs

7 takeaways from ConnectED to the Future | SmartBlogs | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 110 of the nation’s top superintendents, U.S. Department of Education officials and representatives from a myriad of organizatio
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Leading Us Deeper Into 21st-Century Schools

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Change is demanded by the times we live in, by those who are at the edge of the new economy and, most importantly, by the children who are arriving at school.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 36 Online Games Kids Can Play to Learn About Engineering

Free Technology for Teachers: 36 Online Games Kids Can Play to Learn About Engineering | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Try Engineering is a site that hosts lesson plans and games designed to get students interested in engineering. The lesson plans, more than 100 of them, are arranged according age and engineering topic. The lesson plans can be downloaded as PDFs.

The games section of Try Engineering features 36 online games. Some of the games were developed specifically for Try Engineering while others are hosted on other educational sites like those of NASA and PBS. Like the lesson plans, the games collection cover a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and bio-engineering.

The games section of Try Engineering also includes links to a dozen iPad apps that students can use to learn about engineering and programming.

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TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events - ClassTechTips.com

TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events - ClassTechTips.com | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
You may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet.  Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text.  Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other interactive features.

With The TIME For Kids Classroom app educators have access to reporting and lesson plan tools and can accommodate different reading levels.  Select content is translated into Spanish and there is also a read-aloud feature.  Students can access definitions of keywords throughout the text.

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The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code - Mashable #hourofcode

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code - Mashable #hourofcode | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Even if you think the buzz around "learning how to code" is overkill, you have to admit it's here to stay.

Just like it's easier to learn a foreign language if you start in grade school, getting an early grasp on mark-up and programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Java ensures you'll have an idea of what makes our digital lives and devices tick, even if you don't plan on becoming a software developer.

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Sylvie GAMET's curator insight, December 9, 6:03 AM

Always usefull nowadays.

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 9, 9:20 AM

It's not too late to participate in the Hour of Code as it continues through Dec 14. Let's get . . .let's get. . . let's get coding!

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Comparing Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning

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"Both synchronous and asynchronous approaches to eLearning have their advantages and disadvantages. While one approach may be more effective than the other in a given situation, it is not to say it is best for all learning situations.”


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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, December 4, 9:55 AM

This was an excellent and brief article that explains the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning, the benefits and challenges or both, and how to evaluate what kind of learning is best for the situation. This is a great read for teachers integrating and moving into a globally designed classroom to be sure that the best platform for learning is offered.

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A Beginner's Guide To Personalized Learning - TeachThought

A Beginner's Guide To Personalized Learning - TeachThought | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
There is a difference between personalized learning and differentiation.

Differentiation is a kind of personalized instruction, where teachers adjust process, & product, according to a student’s readiness, interest, & learning style. Planning of the learning starts with the content, and the content remains the same for all students. This is a school and curriculum-centered approach that attempts to amend the delivery of the content to match the student’s needs, strengths, and general readiness.

Personalized learning starts with the learner and asks the question, “What does this student need to understand, and how best can that happen?” This is a student-centered approach, and is built around the idea of recognizing the vast differences in students–not just in terms of literacy or schema, but an authentic need to know.

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Carla Kessler's curator insight, November 30, 1:37 PM

Nice summary!

Niwamanya Gilbert's curator insight, December 7, 8:48 AM

Wow, such information is so much important to teachers at all levels from pre primary, post primary up to university

Carla Kessler's curator insight, December 17, 11:43 PM

Nice Summary!!

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How Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) are used in the United Kingdom - Daily Genius

How Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) are used in the United Kingdom - Daily Genius | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
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Dr. Shauna Mayo's curator insight, November 30, 10:13 PM

Whiteboards are a great asset in classrooms

Catherine Dennis's curator insight, December 2, 4:47 PM

I used the Promethean board in my placement classroom almost every single time I was there! It is so helpful and useful

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Virtual library helps low-income schools teach reading

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COCOA, Fla. — While home sick, Christopher Jamian-Fleck logged onto the tablet computer he earned last school year, after becoming one of Emma Jewel Charter Academy's top readers.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, December 1, 9:03 AM

Again, my New Year's resolution: PAPERLESS IN 2015! 

stephenotikori's curator insight, December 4, 4:19 AM

The image seen above is of a tablet computer in use. This is just but one of the many innovations the world of technology has invented.It is quite an interesting piece of hardware particularly since it is more handy.Despite the lack of apps provided by other pieces of hardware,the tablet is much more portable and therefore less inconveniencing since one can easily have it anywhere at any time.If one a teacher was to make a vote on those more favorable for learning surely i would go for the tablets for being more cheaper.

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The power to Lead change - "Don't Wait"

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The power to change

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Personalized Learning Heavy on Rhetoric, Light on Results

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"A new policy brief recently released by the National Education Policy Center suggests that digital technology has not influenced education for the better.

 

The report’s author, Noel Enyedy, an associate professor of education and information studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, said the lack of results from technology has many origins.  Enyedy suggests that the chief reason for this is that there are no clear suggestions pertaining to what “Personalized Instruction” actually means."


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EDTC@UTB's curator insight, December 2, 10:45 AM

I hate when they try to equate technology use with learning achievement. No one ever rates the quality of a house construction by the type of hammer the builders used. Gadgets are tools. Its how you use them that determines their effectiveness.

Cláudio De Musacchio's curator insight, December 2, 2:18 PM

Crítica sem fundamento. Não se avalia educação a distância pelos instrumentos e sim pela metodologia utilizada. O que falta nas escolas, universidades e instituições de ensino em geral é uma metodologia que diga claramente aos jovens para que a tecnologia é utilizada, qual o seu papel no aprendizado e como elas podem tornar a construção de conhecimento realmente significativa.

Miren Arregi Artola's curator insight, December 4, 2:19 PM

personalized learning

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190+ entertaining education videos perfect for classrooms - Daily Genius

190+ entertaining education videos perfect for classrooms - Daily Genius | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Want to find a better way to enhance classroom lessons? Discover interesting concepts you might not normally know about? This awesome playlist of entertaining education videos (embedded below) is perfect for classrooms and will have you learning on the go just about wherever and whenever you want.

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eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015

eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 | Cool Edubytes for Teachers! | Scoop.it
Fantastic infographic with eLearning Trends to you should follow in year 2015.

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Marco Bertolini's curator insight, November 30, 3:40 PM

Quelles sont les tendances de l'e-learning à suivre en 2015 ?  Réponse avec une infographie

Lauren Coakley's curator insight, November 30, 4:43 PM

m-learning - plus data analysis-gamification-

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 1, 10:46 AM

This infographic describes what the eLearning trends of 2015 might be.