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More Spanish: Five for Friday: 5 Web 2.0 tools to record oral communication

More Spanish: Five for Friday: 5 Web 2.0 tools to record oral communication | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Today I want to share my favorite five Web 2.0 tools to record oral communication in the classroom.The biggest shift in oral assessment for my class occurred because of the variety of web 2.0 tools that can be used to record students. I still believe the best way to practice the language is in person, with a partner or in small groups, but the best way to formally assess a large group of students (at the same time) or gauge their progress is by using the following tools. Each one will fulfill a different need.

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Five Ways to Empower Students

What's the most powerful resource in your classroom? Is it the formidable stack of textbooks, the encyclopedia, the computer? As much of a reader and education technology enthusiast as I am, I believe this most powerful resource is something else entirely. It's something collective -- the diverse imaginations, observations, opinions, hopes and dreams of students. By empowering students, you can engage them further in learning, provide a more democratic learning experience and, of course, find the most powerful resource in your classroom: us.

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100 Incredibly Inspirational People To Follow On Twitter | Edudemic

100 Incredibly Inspirational People To Follow On Twitter | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

How do you get your inspiration? Books, blogs, websites, and movies are a great place to start, but have you ever considered trying out Twitter? Twitter is full of people who are doing all kinds of inspiring things, from helping save the world, to providing spiritual advice, to overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their lives, as well as to those who just want to help others succeed in work, fitness, and all aspects of life.

 

We’ve compiled an extensive list here of some of the most inspirational tweeters out there that are sure to get you motivated and feeling confident, but feel free to share your own suggestions for “tweetspirational” people as well.

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5 Tips for Teachers Getting Started on Twitter

Twitter is by far the most powerful professional learning network (PLN) I participate in. Using it is like being at a teaching conference every day. I am constantly exposed to new ideas that inspire and challenge me to try new approaches and rethink old ones. Through Twitter I’ve met a great group of educators from around the world, all of whom are passionate about teaching. We have great discussions and share resources.

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12 Reasons to Get Your School District Tweeting This Summer

Everyone is on Twitter these days, so why not your school district? Twitter provides an easy platform to keep your followers updated -- moment by moment, if necessary! -- about developing situations, sudden brainstorms and calls to action. Following are 12 reasons to get your school district tweeting this summer so that you can hit the ground running at the start of the next school year.

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3 Big Reasons To Consider A ‘Digital Classroom’ | Edudemic

3 Big Reasons To Consider A ‘Digital Classroom’ | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Because of their youth, students are at the front lines of the parallel digital experience. They were born into a world in which rapid technology, the Internet, even online profiles would play a de facto role in their lives. And whether they’re sharing pop-culture sound bytes or completing online assignments for school, students exist comfortably with an online parallel world. And educators have every opportunity to not only buy into, but reap the benefits of that phenomenon.

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Digital Discussion: Take Your Class to the Internet

Digital Discussion: Take Your Class to the Internet | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Many teachers have started to experiment with blogs. For some, a blog is an electronic notebook -- one students can't lose (or claim the dog ate). For others, it's a forum where a class discussion can unfold 24/7. Either way, blogging can be a powerful educational tool. Suggestions for setting up a classroom blog follow.

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The Fitness Revolution: A Video Game Makes Gym Class Fun Again

The Fitness Revolution: A Video Game Makes Gym Class Fun Again | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

It's 10:30 A.M. on a Tuesday, and a dozen ten-year-olds are jumping up and down, arms flailing in the air, in a classroom at Los Angeles's Marvin Avenue Elementary School. They've been at it for a half hour now and have yet to exhaust their energy, although a few are audibly gasping for breath over the dance music that's driving their activity.

 

It may sound like all hell has broken loose, but these fifth graders are neatly lined up in rows, their eyes glued to a television screen, trying as best they can to follow the game. They're playing Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), a video game that's helping schools nationwide revive student interest in gym class.

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

The 21st-Century Digital Learner | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

I give presentations to educators at every level, all around the world. All of the teachers are earnestly trying to adapt their educational system to the twenty-first century. During my talks, however, I typically look out at oceans of white hair. Never -- I can't even say rarely -- is a kid in sight or invited to the party.

 

It is a measure of the malaise of our educational system that these old folk -- smart and experienced as they may be -- think they can, by themselves and without the input of the people they're trying to teach, design the future of education.

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40 Open Education Resources You Should Know About | Edudemic

40 Open Education Resources You Should Know About | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

One of the best things the Internet blessed us with (besides Maru the box-loving cat) involves increased educational opportunities for children and adults alike. Although some progress still needs to be made when it comes to accessibility opening lessons up to special needs learners, there are plenty of resources for engaging a wide variety of absorption styles.

 

Whether you’re a teacher looking to incorporate new media into a classroom setting, a homeschooling family, or a parent hoping to supplement the day’s formal coursework, the following resources offer some particularly great examples of using digital technology to get kids exploring the universe. They’re fun. They’re free. And they feature a diverse selection of topics and strategies, meaning almost every user will find something of interest.

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181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time | Edudemic

181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Back in 2009, we published 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School. But in nearly three years, Google has developed new products, discontinued a few, and offered new features, and more people have found great ways to save time with Google. So we’ve gone and found even more great tips for saving time with Google, and this time around, the list has made it all the way to 181 different tricks. Explore our collection of tricks to find new, faster ways to search, read email, manage your time, and more.

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10 Ways To Be Better At Email | Edudemic

10 Ways To Be Better At Email | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Chris Anderson has come up with some basic rules to help guide email users to reduce the email effect, and free people up to be more creative, what he calls 10 Rules to Reverse the Email Spiral. His ideas appear below.

 

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Free positive behavior reinforcement | StudentPositive

Free positive behavior support and classroom management. Simple for teachers, real-time feedback for students, and robust reporting for data-driven schools.

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Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes

Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

As mobile learning becomes more and more prevalent, we must find effective ways to leverage mobile tools in the classroom. As always, the tool must fit the need. Mobile learning can create both the tool and the need. With safe and specific structures, mobile learning tools can harness the excitement of technology with the purpose of effective instruction. Using QR codes for instruction is one example of this.

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Pinterest: Unexpected Ways Schools Can Tap Into the Power of Pinning | TeachHUB

Pinterest: Unexpected Ways Schools Can Tap Into the Power of Pinning | TeachHUB | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Back in the old days, more or less a few years ago, I would collect shared resources by printing them and filing them into folders for various purposes. Fast forward a year, and I found myself labeling emails into categories, compiling resource lists into wikis, and organizing my favorite sites by Delicious and my notes by Evernote.

 

Despite the clear leaps and bounds I’ve taken, nothing has topped Pinterest for organizing all facets of my life, from classroom ideas to vegetarian recipes. Beyond the curation of content, however, there are a few ways schools and teachers can tap into the power of pinning.

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100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic

100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

We love librarians. They’re the gatekeepers of knowledge and always looking to explore new ways to enhance the learning experience. I learned about the latest trends in libraries at this year’s CALICONin San Diego and love the move toward open source, cross-library sharing, and going digital.

 

But what if you weren’t able to attend CALICON or simply want to get a regular update on all the fun stuff happening with libraries? Lucky for you, our friends at Online College shared the following post with us. It details 100 great blogs librarians around the world should add to their RSS reader. Enjoy!

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Minecraft in the Classroom is a recent addition to the field of game-based learning. It is a sandbox game where players can create and build, fight off enemies and explore vast landscapes. As is the nature of sandbox games, players can roam free, choosing objectives as they go. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, the teacher can choose how he or she wants to use it. Just as the student has the ability to be creative, the teacher has the same. That can be overwhelming, but luckily, there is a tool for using Minecraft created by teachers for teachers.

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Using Blogs to Engage English Language Learners

Using Blogs to Engage English Language Learners | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

"Robbie doesn’t write," his mom told me. When he first came into my fourth grade class, asking him for 20 words was like pulling teeth. He actually scribbled a number on top of each word to keep track so he wouldn’t write any more than the absolute minimum. Four months after I introduced him to blogging, he’s consistently writing more than 100 words per post. Not only that, Robbie turned from a shy, introverted kid to a source of inspiration and information for his peers. He sees himself as a writer.

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Computer Games Explore Social Issues

Computer Games Explore Social Issues | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Social studies teachers Karl Atkins and Scott Deckelmann take on a very serious subject by giving their students a very amusing challenge: Win a computer game. In fact, students have to win PeaceMaker, a simulation of the Middle East peace process, twice -- once while playing as the Israeli prime minister and once as the Palestinian president.

 

In both cases, students must respond to a rapidly evolving political situation by choosing which actions -- building settlements, launching rockets, making speeches -- are most likely to broker peace. The Scappoose, Oregon, teachers have played PeaceMaker with more than a dozen sections of their freshman global-studies and junior international-relations classes, and they say gaming is an effective way to explore intricate political issues. Indeed, PeaceMaker is at the forefront of a movement -- often called serious games or social-issues games -- in which educators use games to illustrate complex social issues, from immigration to climate change.

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Cheating Goes Digital

Cheating Goes Digital | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Cheating in the classroom is as old as the classroom itself. But teachers need to wise up to their students' technological savvy. Peeking over their shoulders to glimpse responses on a classmate's papers and coughing in tune with answers are old school. Today's students are cheating by programming answers into their graphing calculators and beaming them to friends, texting answers to exam questions -- or sending images of the answers -- and recording cheat sheets and playing them back on their iPods during exams.

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Wii Love Learning: Using Gaming Technology to Engage Students

Wii Love Learning: Using Gaming Technology to Engage Students | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

For those who've been under a rock (or buried in a busy classroom -- trust us, we understand), the Wii is today's hottest gaming console, vastly outselling the PlayStation and garnering gobs of media attention with its inventive and easily understood games. More than twenty-four million Wii units have sold globally, according to its maker, Nintendo.

 

Here's a thought: Why not take a tech platform that kids are already nuts about and put it to use? That was the thought at Cumberland Elementary School, in West Lafayette, Indiana, where first-grade teacher David Brantley used a parent donation to buy three Wii consoles. Brantley integrated some of the Wii's games and online channels into lessons on weather and geography. The result: "A great virtual map and globe activity," he says.

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Technology Tools to Get Teachers Started

Technology Tools to Get Teachers Started | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

The culture of learning is changing, and technology is playing a major role in the transformation. Educators and students are altering the very nature of the classroom experience by increasingly turning to technology as an integral component of learning.

 

The result is that school is beginning to more closely resemble the real world, thereby becoming more valuable, relevant, and useful for everyone involved.

 

Sounds good, doesn't it? That's certainly the ideal, but there is so much out there: wikis, blogs, Twitter, social networking, and the near-infinite resources of the Web. Teachers, like a lot of us, may be overwhelmed, especially if, like a lot of us, they don't have a natural affinity for technology and the online world.

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15 Ways To Become A Better Self-Learner | Edudemic

15 Ways To Become A Better Self-Learner | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

For many curious folks, their impassioned yearning to soak up as much of the world’s wonders as possible completely transcends the boundaries of a traditional classroom. Armed with an insatiable lust for knowledge, they set out to acquire it on their own terms, although a few pointers obviously can’t hurt before departure and landing! Not every possible technique will necessarily stick with all self-motivated learners, of course, but the only way to find out is to test them. Try some of the following and experiment with what works in a more independent educational setting.

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3 Ways To Use Pinterest In The Classroom | Edudemic

3 Ways To Use Pinterest In The Classroom | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

One of the most useful, and perhaps the most interesting, applications for students, teachers, and parents is Pinterest. The Pinterest platform is a visual pin board that allows users to pin images from blogs and websites, making it easier for them to refer to these later.

 

What can parents, students and teachers use Pinterest for? Here are five ways you can effectively use Pinterest for educational purposes

 

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100 (Updated) Ways To Use Facebook In Your Classroom | Edudemic

100 (Updated) Ways To Use Facebook In Your Classroom | Edudemic | Education and Technology Hand in Hand | Scoop.it

Back in 2009, we wrote a popular post, 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom. Now almost three years later, educators are still finding great ideas for putting Facebook to work on our list. But at the same time, Facebook has changed so much, and the site has even more to offer for the classroom. So we’ve compiled a fresh batch of ways to make Facebook work in your classroom, some tried and true, and others that have evolved with Facebook. Read on, and you’ll find a wealth of resources, assignments, and amazing uses for Facebook in any type of classroom.

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