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11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads - Class Tech Tips

11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads - Class Tech Tips | EdTech | Scoop.it

"The iPad is a great tool for accessing and creating content.  Teachers can also use this device to collect and organize student work.  Here are a few ways you can turn your iPad into an assessment tool:"


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My paperless dream. My school is a long ways away, but I try to chip away a little at a time.

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Profesor Mills's curator insight, February 15, 2014 4:32 AM

A good collection of assessment tools. Assessment pad looks good

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#SXSWedu: Code like a girl | SmartBlogs

The 2015 SXSWedu Conference and Festival is in full swing in Austin, Texas. Team SmartBrief is there, bringing readers coverage of the discussions and happ
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Apple is making it easier for schools to put iPads in classrooms - Engadget

Apple is making it easier for schools to put iPads in classrooms - Engadget | EdTech | Scoop.it
Apple's dreams of putting iPads in classrooms have run into a number of roadblocks, but one of the biggest is simply the amount of work involved -- each slate needs its own account, making it a nightmare if you want to outfit an entire school. That won't be a problem for much longer, however. Both MacRumors and 9to5Mac have discovered that Apple is ditching the requirement for individual IDs on school-supplied iPads as of this fall. Staff will just have to decide which devices get apps or books, letting teachers focus on the actual education instead of getting things running. They'll still have plenty of control, so kids can't load up on games and other distractions unless they get the green light. It's too soon to know if this will lead to more kids taking home tablets instead of textbooks, but there will at least be fewer barriers to making that happen.

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Finally! 

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, March 8, 6:03 PM

This will make deployment so much easier.

Debbie Rogers's curator insight, March 9, 8:31 AM

Wondering how this will integrate with third party MDMs

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Educational Technology Guy: Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish

Educational Technology Guy: Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish | EdTech | Scoop.it

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, September 25, 2014 2:36 AM

Le mélange est intéressant, même si par exemple personne ne parle d'Edmodo chez nous. 

Libchelle's curator insight, September 25, 2014 4:18 PM

This looks quite helpfuL. 

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, September 26, 2014 9:07 AM

Una lista  miy completa de aplicaciones.

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Technology Leadership Requires a Walk in Another's Shoes

Technology Leadership Requires a Walk in Another's Shoes | EdTech | Scoop.it
The use of technology in teaching, learning, and sharing is not a requirement that can be passed on to the teachers without an understanding of the ease and complexities involved.
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Well written article about the nuts and bolts.

All the gadgets and devices, infrastructure, staffing will do no good without strong leadership and leaders who walk the walk and talk the talk. Do your school leaders have blogs? 

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5 Productivity Skills Every Educator Must Have -- THE Journal

5 Productivity Skills Every Educator Must Have -- THE Journal | EdTech | Scoop.it
In a national survey, we asked teachers, administrators and tech leaders to tell us what it takes to make a 21st century classroom run smoothly. Here’s what they said.
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Simple nuts and bolts. In this age of "data diarrhea," this is a good place to start, or reassess your edtech productivity skills and those that need to be passed on to your students.

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How One Woman's Discovery Shook the Foundations of Geology

How One Woman's Discovery Shook the Foundations of Geology | EdTech | Scoop.it
Without ever setting sail, Marie Tharp mapped the ocean floor and made a discovery that shook the foundations of geology. So why did the giants of her field dismiss her findings as “girl talk"?

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Not EdTech but great story. Embarrased I had never heard of Marie Tharp until now.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 11, 2014 3:14 PM

I love this article, because it is a fantastic reminder of some excellent principles. 

  1. Women in science are awesome and we need to encourage girls in STEM disciplines. 
  2. Mapping the unknown can lead to shocking discoveries. 
  3. Underlying grand discoveries is tedious work with unexciting data. 
  4. It wasn't too long ago that we didn't understand foundational principles about the Earth (such as plate tectonics). 


Tags: tectonicsphysical, mapping, cartography, 201, statistics, STEM.

Prof. Hankell's curator insight, December 19, 2014 9:27 AM

Marie Tharp v Experts...

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, December 20, 2014 11:32 AM

Marie's Ocean Discoveries ...  

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Kathy Schrock's Guide to Infographics

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Infographics | EdTech | Scoop.it
Infographics are a visual representation of data. When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. This page includes links to help you develop formative or summative assessments that have students creating infographics to showcase their mastery of knowledge.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 2014 8:24 PM

Here's a treasure trove of expertly curated resources about Infographics.  Thanks Kathy!

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 5, 2014 2:24 PM

I agree that infographics can convey a lot; I need to learn to make them.  

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CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets

CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets | EdTech | Scoop.it

CommonLit is a nonprofit organisation building an open-source, free collection of news, poetry, and stories to support literacy, inquiry, and critical thinking.


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From what I perused, material is from grade 4 to grade 9; broken into 3 sections, grades 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 8 and 9. It seems to be a fast site (my location: Tokyo with fiber optic connection and copper backbone). Very well done site. Professionally sharp, simple and attractive. Would really like to see this site grow. Has good material and content. 

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Lindsay Sprague's curator insight, January 29, 4:16 PM

Cool!  I'm an English teacher, and anything that helps to promote literacy and exposure to new and interesting texts gets an A in my book.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 5, 5:57 PM

Choose a theme - choose a discussion question - choose a text.

Open-source resources offering a great range for primary through to year 12 students.

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, February 11, 9:07 AM

These texts can be downloaded and are aimed at varying literacy levels. The topics are broad and can be used to promote critical thinking. In an ELT context they could be used to form the basis of discussions. The text worksheets also contain questions to encourage reflection and debate.

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Get This Pair of Free Digital books from iPad Educators - Learning in Hand

Get This Pair of Free Digital books from iPad Educators - Learning in Hand | EdTech | Scoop.it

"iPad Educators is a great website with the tagline "Redefining Teaching, From Dubia to the World." The website is run by four educators and is non-commercial, which is great because their app reviews are not paid for by the app developers (as I have discovered, many app review sites get paid to write their reviews). iPad Educators also has featured articles and interviews with iPad educators."

 

http://learninginhand.com/blog/2014/3/20/get-this-pair-of-free-digital-books-from-ipad-educators


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A must bookmark for educators using iPads.

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Liz Wernig's curator insight, October 14, 2014 6:53 AM

Excellent! 

Paul Westeneng's curator insight, October 14, 2014 7:07 AM

Great ebooks When you're looping for iPad apps to support transformationele of learning. Note: they take a while to download. Be patient.

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Twelve Alternatives to "How Was Your Day?" | Education Rethink

Twelve Alternatives to "How Was Your Day?" | Education Rethink | EdTech | Scoop.it
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Maybe some questions worth asking.

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Using Augmented Reality in schools

Using Augmented Reality in schools | EdTech | Scoop.it

Essentially, Augmented Reality is hidden content, most commonly hidden behind marker images, that can be included in printed and film media, as long as the marker is displayed for a suitable length of time, in a steady position for an application (on a device such as a tablet or smartphone, by means of a camera) to identify and analyse it.

 


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Good list of cross curricular use.

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Fernando Mazzuli's curator insight, September 11, 2014 2:29 PM

Um convite para que nossos aprendizes interajam e descubram novos conteúdos

Helen Teague's curator insight, September 13, 2014 6:42 AM

Ideas for classroom use

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 29, 2014 10:45 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future

How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future | EdTech | Scoop.it

Nearly every other industry has been changed beyond recognition by the invention of computers. Why not education, arguably one of the industries with the most to gain?


The answer is probably some combination of rank incompetence, institutional conservatism, and perverse incentives.


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It's happening faster than a lot of people realize. Interested in seeing "results" in student learning growth between the "have and have not" countries. Hopefully the gap will close.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 26, 2014 7:51 PM
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A very technology orientated view, but well worth a read.

 

I would add to what Nik says. It's more than a tech view, it's quite dismissive of the role of the teacher. For example: "That one headset and computer could replace traditional textbooks, teacher time, educational props, and field trips, which cost far more than a VR headset."


I love, love, love technology and fun new toys, but I suspect it's going to be a loooong time before we can replace all of the above with one VR headset. When it comes to spending money on technology in education, we must be quite strategic. We can all cite examples where the technology was provided without training, so the new computers/laptops/tablets sat in the school unused. I suspect giving everyone a VR headset would fall into this same category unless it was carefully planned and implemented to support curriculum. 


I would, however, love to be the first person who gets to stand on the surface of Mars! 

Sieg Holle's curator insight, August 29, 2014 12:21 PM

Moving toward the age of "learning" abundance despite the opposition inevitable.....

Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 30, 2014 7:46 AM

Μία αρκετά τεχνολογική προσέγγιση που αξίζει να διαβαστεί

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Apple to release first public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday

Apple to release first public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday | EdTech | Scoop.it
The first public beta of Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.10 software update, known as Yosemite, will become available to download on Thursday, July 24 for testing ahead of its scheduled release this fall.
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Apple Overhauling iPad for Education Program to Simplify Sharing Devices and Apps

Apple Overhauling iPad for Education Program to Simplify Sharing Devices and Apps | EdTech | Scoop.it
Apple will be making significant changes to iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year that should eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when adopting iPads for use in the classroom.

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Nice to see Apple doing the right thing.

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Carol Ann Sass's curator insight, March 9, 12:44 PM

A needed development.

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The cheat sheet to choosing effective education apps - Daily Genius

The cheat sheet to choosing effective education apps - Daily Genius | EdTech | Scoop.it
Since there’s such a push to bring apps into the classroom, it’s time to figure out which ones are right for you. I threw together this cheat sheet to choosing education apps that will hopefully help you quickly choose what works (and what doesn’t).

So what are some of the best education apps for active learning? What are the top ways to get students actively engaged and interacting with one another? There are some seriously amazing iPad apps that are terrific for project-based learning, active engagement, and even flipped classrooms.

This cheat sheet will help – but first let’s run through the questions you see in the visual.

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 3, 4:26 PM

Nice graphic outlining steps to streamline app adoption for iPads in the classroom.

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Design Thinking with iPads - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Design Thinking with iPads - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | EdTech | Scoop.it
Design thinking is a powerful tool to really get your students thinking about and tackling a problem or topic at a much deeper level. It is a structured task that focuses on giving considerable time to thinking about and empathising with the people within the situation (Target audience or client), designing and prototyping a possible solution that is immediately challenged in order to improve it. It is used much in business and the design industry but can be used as a general classroom task within any subject area. It also gets students to work quickly without much introduction.

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, February 7, 4:40 PM

Teaching students the Design cycle

Debbie Rogers's curator insight, February 10, 2:05 PM

Systems design thinking!

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Google Earth Pro is now free

Google Earth Pro is now free | EdTech | Scoop.it

"Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.

Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free. To see what Earth Pro can do for you—or to just have fun flying around the world—grab a free key and download Earth Pro today."

Tags: google, mapping, virtual tours, geospatial, edtech.


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The link above to Google Earth Pro has a video that demonstrates its use and differences between Google Earth. See how Google Earth Pro helps science, and in particular, geology, in its application. Pretty awesome.

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Flora Moon's curator insight, February 4, 8:50 AM

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Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, February 6, 6:48 AM

Before you #holidayin1770agneswater check this out!

Rich Schultz's curator insight, February 11, 11:21 AM

Spread the word and get your Google Earth Pro FREE today!!!

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NatGeo Maps on Google

NatGeo Maps on Google | EdTech | Scoop.it

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. National Geographic Maps publishes more than 100 new print maps annually and is a leading developer of digital map content found in websites and award-winning mobile apps. All proceeds from the sale and licensing of National Geographic maps go to support the Society's vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs. www.natgeomaps.com


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 8, 2014 8:33 PM

Have you ever wanted an archive of all the fabulous maps produced by National Geographic?  And what if you could preview a digital version of all of these NatGeo maps seamlessly on Google Maps?  That is exactly what this gallery delivers.   

Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's comment, December 25, 2014 7:03 AM
happy holidays
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, January 1, 9:57 PM

Very US focused but a good source of many maps

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Distill: Free HD Stock Video Footage

Distill: Free HD Stock Video Footage | EdTech | Scoop.it

Curated HD Video Free For Your Personal and Commercial Use


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Breath of fresh air. Good quality. Aesthetically pleasing. Artistic. Done by people who can see. Nothing like the trash you see on YouTube.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 18, 2014 7:36 AM

Great free HD video clips to use in class for generating discussion.

jlkpodar's curator insight, January 16, 12:21 PM

Une collection de vidéos HD originales, qui peuvent servir comme déclencheurs d'écriture en français.

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Resourceful YouTube Channels for Teachers and Educators - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Resourceful YouTube Channels for Teachers and Educators - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | EdTech | Scoop.it
How do you look for educational videos for your classroom? I guess most of us just Google with the keyword and do little research to find out the appropriate video. However, your work will become little easier if you know some of the amazing YouTube channels.

Here is a big categorized list of YouTube channels that provide quality educational videos regularly.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 8, 2014 4:00 PM

This great list is a great way to find good EDU resources on Youtube

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 9, 2014 7:01 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 9, 2014 3:12 PM

This article shares some excellent YouTube channels useful for the classroom. Any educators care to share their experience with using YouTube in the classroom?

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See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas

See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas | EdTech | Scoop.it

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Earth is changing rapidly, and an increasing number of scientists say that humans have become the dominant force driving these changes. While the term has no formal definition, many agree that we are now living in an age shaped by human activity: the Anthropocene.

Evidence for the Anthropocene ranges from worldwide population booms to the expansive transformation of the landscape. But solutions are cropping up at the local level that could help create a more resilient global community." 

 

Tags: ESRI, anthropocene, environment depend, sustainability. 


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Olga Boldina's curator insight, December 3, 2014 3:25 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

Truthbehere2's curator insight, December 5, 2014 10:01 AM

Well duh...we are very greedy leeches that don't want to take the time to restore and repair what we take and destroy...

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:58 AM

Excellent use of an Esri Storymap to outline how humans have changed Earth over time.

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CoSN and AASA Launch Tech Toolkit for Superintendents -- THE Journal

CoSN and AASA Launch Tech Toolkit for Superintendents -- THE Journal | EdTech | Scoop.it
The Consortium for School Networking and the School Superintendents Association have released a new toolkit designed to help current and aspiring superintendents build their knowledge, skills and confidence as technology leaders for their schools.
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Does technology add value?

Does technology add value? | EdTech | Scoop.it

From the article:

 "... Does technology add any value?” 

 

Did the assignment create capacity for critical thinking on the Web?

Did the assignment reach new areas of teaching students to develop new lines of inquiry?

Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?

Is there an opportunity for students to publish (across various media) with an opportunity for continuous feedback?

Is there an option for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?

Were students introduced to the best example in the world of the content or skill?

 

" ...if the answer is “no” to any of the questions, the use of technology should be considered suspect."  

 

 


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Excellent article. Looking for probative value. If not, you might be wasting your time, or your students' time. But at the same time, if district or school has no support, or turned-on and tuned-in leaders to provide meaningful feedback, it's all one big crapshoot. Ouch.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 12, 2014 2:12 PM

Interesting article with some useful ideas.

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Here Are The Apps Apple Just Killed With iOS 8

Here Are The Apps Apple Just Killed With iOS 8 | EdTech | Scoop.it
Apple filled in the gaps with its newly announced iOS 8, generously borrowing from other apps and leaving their continued success a question.
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Change is good. Change is bad. Whichever way you look at it, you need to think about how to deal with it if your going to move on to iOS 8.

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A free 3D modeling app for iPad

A free 3D modeling app for iPad | EdTech | Scoop.it

We believe in the power of 3D thinking and our vision is to make 3D modeling, designing + printing more accessible and affordable for people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds.
There are many potential uses for Morphi - prototyping, visualization, making functional products and wearables, creating decorative items, rendering quick architectural models, building 3D models to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Math), literacy and much, much more.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 27, 2014 3:02 AM

This is a great app to get students started creating and designing 3D objects and printing them on a 3D printer.

Maru Peltonen's curator insight, July 28, 2014 7:28 AM

Ja lisää kokeiltavaa.