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6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal

6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
Our expert’s sample activities show how using free tech tools can help students learn to analyze, evaluate and create.
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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process?

Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, t

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tammy bailey's curator insight, January 15, 10:48 AM

Using the iPad would make the research, peer editting process, and revising process easier.  Most students that enjoy writing do not enjoy the revise, editting process.  The use of the iPad definately streamlines the writing process!

Mary Kate Lavin's curator insight, January 23, 10:08 AM

This article describes the writing process by using an ipad to organize, compose, and edit their written language.  Many students do not enjoy writing because of the process it takes for them to write (think of an idea, form the letters, make a complete sentence, and then edit the work)

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The Best Free Mac Apps To Help You Stay Focused - Edudemic

The Best Free Mac Apps To Help You Stay Focused - Edudemic | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
It's not easy to stay focused on the task at hand. Here are some of the best free Mac apps to help you out.
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iPad Microscopy

iPad Microscopy | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
Being a science teacher, I have been experimenting with my iPad, trying to find a way of taking photos through the lens of an ordinary student microscope.  Science teachers whose students own iPads...
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Google Plus Daily: 10 Things to Do After Joining Google+

Google Plus Daily: 10 Things to Do After Joining Google+ | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
This simple guide shares ten easy, practical things things that you can do to help you get the most out of Google Plus.
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PixnTell – An App for Creating Simple Picture Stories

PixnTell – An App for Creating Simple Picture Stories | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
Pixntell is an iPad app for quickly creating simple narrated photostories. To create a story using Pixntell all that you need to do is start a new project, select some images, place them in order, ...
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The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad

The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
This post discusses three PDF annotation and management user profiles and presents an overview of 13 apps to annotate PDF files.
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Separates the tools by the type of PDF reader, rather than just by features or cost.

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20 Grading Apps To Save You Time (iOS and Android) - Edudemic

20 Grading Apps To Save You Time (iOS and Android) - Edudemic | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
Androids and iPhones are just waiting to help you save time in your grading. There are a number of grading apps that can cut down the time it takes to grade in no time. Here's a quick list!
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Pinterest Introduces Secret Boards For Private Sharing

Pinterest Introduces Secret Boards For Private Sharing | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
Pinterest is offering the option to make any new board a “secret board.” Any new collection can be for your eyes only, or it can be shared with a few close people.
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Teach Your Monster to Read

Web based game to introduce phonics and reading to young children. Teacher/parent needs to create an account but no personally identifiable information is required for children.

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How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it

Good thing to always keep in mind: "A search engine, and nothing more."
 


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Nancy Jones's comment, August 24, 2012 10:43 AM
This is a timely reminder as we begin the school year. Thanks for all the great stuff you share. I am learning a lot thanks to it.
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21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it

In an effort to bring my own classroom to the present, I’ve put together a list of 10 icebreakers that use technology and fit with 21st century students:  Teachbytes blog.


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Dale Borgeson's curator insight, April 22, 2013 11:48 PM

Have a look at these ideas and add one of them to your plans to start the new school year. 

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Building a budget iPad cart for education

Building a budget iPad cart for education | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
I was asked at one of my recent sessions if I could write a 'how to' for the iPad carts that I collaborated on building for 10 classrooms in my current school.  I am going to do that, but before I ...

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Five Good Options for Creating Mind Maps on Your iPad

Five Good Options for Creating Mind Maps on Your iPad | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
I’m a big fan of mind mapping as a method for organizing thoughts, connecting concepts, and visualizing the big picture of concept. In fact, I think that the mind mapping process is so valuable tha...
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iPurpose before iPad

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This iOS App Gives Answers To Your Handwritten Math Problems | Redmond Pie

This iOS App Gives Answers To Your Handwritten Math Problems | Redmond Pie | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it

Using the tip of your finger (or a stylus, which you may find on eBay), you simply draw out a mathematical calculation, and MyScript Calculator will work its magic, deriving an answer providing your scribbles are somewhat readable.

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Technology Tools for Teaching & Learning

Unlike other lists that promote “cool tools,” yet leave teachers wondering about purposeful educational integration, our list is driven by specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and community-mindedness

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A Student's Guide To Effectively Using Pinterest - Edudemic

A Student's Guide To Effectively Using Pinterest - Edudemic | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
Pinterest can act as a showcase and portfolio for graphic design students and artists of course ... but it's useful for nearly all other students as well.
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Technology – Providing Incredible Opportunities for Students whether we want it to or not

Technology – Providing Incredible Opportunities for Students whether we want it to or not | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it

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How to Use Evernote for Everything [Video]

How to Use Evernote for Everything [Video] | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it
While many productivity apps have built-in Evernote integration, many still don’t. Fortunately there is a terrific technique that allows you to integrate Evernote into almost every app or program.

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Collect Student iPad Creations with Edmodo

This video outlines how the Edmodo app can be used to collect student created IMAGES and VIDEOS from a classroom set of iPads.


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How To Capture Ideas Visually With The iPad

How To Capture Ideas Visually With The iPad | Discovering digital tools | Scoop.it

"Visual recording is what it sounds like it’d be. As opposed to recording audio, visual recording captures visuals, though not necessarily in photographic form. The process of visually capturing ideas with the iPad isn’t terribly complex in concept. If you can think of concept-mapping, you’ve halfway there."


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