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Why Confusion Can Be a Good Thing

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Explore sylviaduckworth's photos on Flickr. sylviaduckworth has uploaded 80 photos to Flickr.
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 asdfasdfasdfWell designed sketchnote by Sylvia Duckworth.  If you are not following her drawings then you are missing out on some great material.  designed sketchnote by Sylvia Duckworth.  If you are not following her drawings then you are missing out on some great material. 

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9 things tech-savvy teachers do on a regular basis - Daily Genius

9 things tech-savvy teachers do on a regular basis - Daily Genius | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
There are a few key things that tech-savvy teachers do on a regular basis to stay ahead. These edtech teachers are looking for new ways to innovate, refine, and deploy new learning strategies and goals. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Check out the visual we whipped up to help explain what […]
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What I truly like about these nine items is that it encourages folks to take on new challenges and change their pedagogy.  I could even say one can interpret the infographic as a challenge to "Fail" (First Attempt in Learning) by being a life-long learner and encourage exploration. 

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4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom - Daily Genius

4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom - Daily Genius | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Blogging is a popular activity in classrooms today because it allows students to share their writing with a broader audience and teachers to communicate with parents. There are a myriad of platforms to choose from: edublogs, Kidblog (especially good for elementary age children), Blogger, wordpress, and most LMS systems have a blogging platform built in.

How to set up blogging in the classroom will depend on your platform, and is pretty easy to figure out with all of the “how-to” videos and help center collections. What teachers most often ask me is why they would set up a blog for their class. What value is there in a class blog?

Here are some great ideas and applications for class and/or individual student blogs that you can explore in your classroom.

Via John Evans
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As I promote the integration of blogging with my preservice students, I have also seen a growth in local teachers adopting the concept.  This post shared by @John Evans ,from Daily Genius, takes the discussion to another level with concepts for implementing this form of modern day writing. 

, from Daily Genius, takes the discussion to another level with concepts for implementing this form of modern day writing. 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 24, 10:16 AM

Definitely some great ideas for implementing blogging.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, April 25, 3:31 PM

Aplicaci'on de los blog en el aula.

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Where Does Our Digital Literacy Come From?

Where Does Our Digital Literacy Come From? | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

These assessments could then be used to create in-house professional development tracks to bolster organizational digital literacy, fill in knowledge gaps, and grow individual skill-sets.


Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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Thanks to @Alberto Acereda, Ph.D. for sharing this article on his "Trends in Higher Education" Scoop.it page.  

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 28, 4:23 PM

Great question. A digital literacy development is hampered by educators at all levels who are not digitally literate. And the label of a so-called digital immigrant is a lousy excuse for an educator who is supposed to be about learning.

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6 Inspiring Websites That Teach You To Code

6 Inspiring Websites That Teach You To Code | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
If you've always had a desire to build your own apps or create your own websites, then you can begin your coding education with nothing more than a browser, an internet connection, and some spare time. Here we've picked out six of the best resources currently available online.
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This post provides a solid starting point for schools and teachers looking to start offering coding for students. 

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How Do I Group My YouTube Subscriptions? | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial

How Do I Group My YouTube Subscriptions? | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
By default, YouTube lists all videos or activities from your subscriptions under one list. If you have subscribed to channels in several different categories, the list could become unorganized which makes keeping up with the channels a hard task. Just imagine that you want to view a gaming video, but you have to scroll through […]
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This tutorial is simple yet effective in assisting all YouTube users in organizing the channel subscriptions.   I will be organizing my subscriptions and favorite videos. 

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Creator Playbook - YouTube

Creator Playbook - YouTube | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Explore this site for more information on creating content for YouTube.
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I really like this site and the materials being shared to guide users through the development phase of a strong, beneficial YouTube Channel. 

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Accessibility

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Accessibility content and links for Google websites.
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Google has shared 18 different products that fall under the "Assistive Technology" umbrella including some common resources like Android and Chrome OS and Chrome Browser. These common resources have features one can enable to permit screen reading, spoken feedback, screen magnifiers, etc. One of the features mentioned that caught my attention includes Google Hangouts' sing language interpreter app.

 

Google also offers JustSpeak for voice commands, TalkBack as their screen reader and WalkyTalky as a hands-free navigation tool. 

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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.
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The site claims that it will address 10 times more mistakes than a word processor including contextual spelling errors and poor vocabulary usage.

 

Where was this grammar resource site/tool when I was having to write so many papers in college?  Now this will be a great option to go right along with hemingwayapp.com for reviewing my blog posts.    

Time to share this with my staff and students!

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Google Ideas – Google Ideas

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Google Ideas explores how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability or repression. We connect users, experts and engineers to conduct research and seed new technology-driven initiatives.
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Checking out Google's "Ideas" site. From what I am viewing, this site must be a fairly new release as there was not a wealth of material yet.  However, the material shared is quite thought provoking as it addresses a number of current issues we face in our world today.  

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EdTechnocation: Get your FREE Google Classroom iPad App User Guides!

EdTechnocation: Get your FREE Google Classroom iPad App User Guides! | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
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Checkout the two user guides on using Google Classroom for iPad and Android. The two options are for teachers and students.

 

Great work Michael Fricano II and thanks for sharing!

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Multiple Google Forms to One Spreadsheet

Multiple Google Forms to One Spreadsheet | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
The magic of Google Forms is the ability to view all of your Form data in a spreadsheet. I use Google Forms a considerable amount in my classroom. Google Forms basically allows me to be paperless. ...
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Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) is one of the best resources an educator can follow and collaborate with when it comes to Google resources.  To top it off, Alice is the founder of #profchat and always willing to discuss higher education too.   

 

Make sure to check this blog post out regarding the ability to connect multiple Google Forms into a single spreadsheet.  Honestly, you should review all of her Google posts and share them with your staff!

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Student Sketchnotes Make My Heart Sing

Student Sketchnotes Make My Heart Sing | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Encourage your students to use sketchnotes! You don't have to be an artist! Here are some tips and resources to help.
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Great example of how students took it upon themselves to create visual notes illustrating the process of how an artificial tree is made.  The post also provides an insightful TED Talk on the subject of sketchnotes and why "Doodling" is a positive thing. 

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Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future
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Online Resources ~ 3D Printing Librarian

Online Resources ~ 3D Printing Librarian | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

"These blogs and websites will keep you up to date with 3D printing news and trends.

"These sites include 3D printing guides, instructions, history, and provide further context.

"These sites provide curriculum examples for 3D printing programming and instruction."


Very solid collection of quality resources -JL


Via Jim Lerman
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Thanks to @Jim Lerman for sharing this post containing several 3D printing resources. 

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Alfio Gangemi's curator insight, May 27, 12:29 AM

This resource looks very informative and interesting on how 3D printers are made and used. In the future I can see this being helpful in my chosen discipline of Industrial Design and Technology as i feel that as time goes on they will become more readily available and their uses and potential capabilities will expand. 

David Prince's curator insight, May 27, 12:46 AM

After working at the high school for prac 1, I found these machines interesting to say the least. After reading this resource I can relate by seeing them in action as well as having had the opportunity  to design and produce an item from one of these 3d printers. Although the printer I used was more like the generation 1 machine, I know that with continuing technology these 3d printers will improve to levels that we are yet to see in manufacturing. The article also contain valuable information pertaining to many sites giving information on the benefits and uses of these printers.

Brett Coleman's curator insight, May 31, 6:13 AM

This would be great for when students are learning about 3D printing. Also great to see that their are blogs that students could follow about this subject

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New Dept. of Education guide lists the kinds of tools ed tech needs | eSchool News | eSchool News

New Dept. of Education guide lists the kinds of tools ed tech needs | eSchool News | eSchool News | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
The Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) has released a new guide for developers, startups, and entrepreneurs in the ed-tech space, written with help from educators, researchers, and others in the industry. The goal is to help entrepreneurs apply technology to solve real, persistent problems in education
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It is interesting to read through the guide released by the USDE office of Educational Technology and what they point out as critical needs in developing digital tools and apps. 

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9 C's of Digital Literacy

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Diagram developed by Alice Chen @WonderTechEdu

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Nice and simple design by Alice Chen @WonderTechEdu addressing 9 elements of digital literacy. I really like the inclusion of Copyright, Character and Citizenship. 

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Union R-XI School District Professional Development Blog: What educators should know about the human brain... (91)

Union R-XI School District Professional Development Blog: What educators should know about the human brain... (91) | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
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This post provides several resource links and infographics addressing different effects of learning and life styles on the brain.  The post also addresses different components of memory. 

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11 Powerful Chrome Extensions to Try Out

11 Powerful Chrome Extensions to Try Out | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Power up your browser for increased productivity and easier surfing with these useful Google Chrome extensions.
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The Next Web posted this write-up today 2/27 and I chose to explore the 11 recommendations.  In exploring through each extension, I decided to test out Pullquote and SmartVideo.

 

Pullquote is exactly what the name states. Users, after creating an account, can copy/quote material from research material and share it via Twitter with no worries of exceeding the 140 character limit.  The extension provides a shortened URL that provides the quote as an image in your tweet.

 

SmartVideo is a great option for those connecting to slow Internet.  The extension will not start playing the YouTube video until the buffering has completed or downloaded enough of the feed to play and without reaching the current download point. 

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Redesigned WeVideo Editors and Updated Features

Redesigned WeVideo Editors and Updated Features | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
We made updates to our two editors and add a ton of new features based off of the feedback you have been sending in. Now creating videos is even easier!
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I am really liking the new enhancements that @WeVideo has implemented.  The simplicity of functionality and organization clears up the storyboard and timeline views. 

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How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic]

How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic] | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Most of us turn to the internet when we are looking for resources to use for a presentation, report or article. The internet holds the key to so many robust resources.

Yet how many of these resources can you legally use for free? How many of them can you adapt?

That’s where Open Educational Resources (OER) can help. Here’s an infographic from the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (at the University of Texas at Austin) that can help.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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Thanks to @Dennis T OConnor for sharing this infographic on finding and identifying open source education resources.  

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Richard Samson's curator insight, February 15, 1:13 PM

This is over two years old but it still sets out useful procedures for working with OER.

Suzanne's curator insight, February 17, 5:02 AM

Every language teacher and student should contribute to make this a powerful resource concept. Language is an instrument; use it, take care of it, share it.

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, February 19, 12:00 PM

Bastante úteis estas informações para professores e gestores educacionais.

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Bloom’s ‘Digital’ Taxonomy — Medium

Bloom’s ‘Digital’ Taxonomy — Medium | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
A printable reference table
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This is not your typical Blooms Taxonomy diagram.  Nick Grantham has taken it one step further by providing a column identified as "Blooms extended digital taxonomy".  The new column has actually added "Sharing" as a step higher than "Creating".  To go along with this new column, functional levels and activities identifying digital tools have been included. 

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WizIQ Recordor: Create, Share Powerful Video Lectures for Flipped Classroom

WizIQ Recordor: Create, Share Powerful Video Lectures for Flipped Classroom | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

WizIQ is a downloadable software that integrates into MS PowerPoint. This blog post is a how-to on setting up the software and using it with PPT.

I feel the ability to record/preview/re-record on each slide will be quite beneficial for students of all levels as well as those looking to learn a new language.

We have launched WizIQ Recordor: an amazing lecture-recording software designed exclusively for your teaching needs.

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WizIQ is a downloadable software that integrates into MS PowerPoint. This blog post is a how-to on setting up the software and using it with PPT.

I feel the ability to record/preview/re-record on each slide will be quite beneficial for students of all levels as well as those looking to learn a new language.

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Did I Plagiarize? The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations

Did I Plagiarize? The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Plagiarism is a hot topic in the academic world, but it applies in all aspects of our lives. In a country and culture that values intellectual property, it is imperative that we are conscious of plagiarism guidelines and standards. The reality is, in many facets of life, when we make mistakes, we can claim ignorance. But when it comes to plagiarizing, there is little slack given; we are all expected to understand plagiarism guidelines and what constitutes a violation. While plagiarism is never c
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For students and educators at all levels, this diagram regarding levels of Plagiarism is pretty easy to follow.  Each path finds its way to an individual image identifying the possible violation level.  I would encourage this image to be shared with all educators and students.

 

The Visual Communication Guy has already shared a similar flowchart focusing on the use of Copyright images.  Visit http://thevisualcommunicationguy.com/2014/07/14/can-i-use-that-picture/ to find the Copyright image flowchart. 

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