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Book Trailers for Readers - home

Book Trailers for Readers - home | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

Here is a GREAT site that provides strategies to engage your students in the craft of creating excellent Book Trailers!  Imagine if you had a QR code on the inside cover of each book in your class library (or on a chart, bookmark, or handout) for students to scan and watch the trailers before choosing their next books!  

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What a great resource!
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$100,000 In Educator and Organization Grants Offered In Support of $250,000 Youth Ideas Contest

$100,000 In Educator and Organization Grants Offered In Support of $250,000 Youth Ideas Contest | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Private foundation announces free STEM lesson plans and $250,000 in grants to inspire students and reward teachers
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With Math I Can - Growth Mindset Tools

With Math I Can - Growth Mindset Tools | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Take the With Math I Can growth mindset pledge and access worksheets, lesson plans and other growth mindset resources for use at home, in your classroom and in your district. From Amazon Education, TenMarks, Common Sense Education, ClassDojo, PERTS, Jo Boaler and more. Stop saying I’m not good at math.

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Inquiry, PBL, Makerspaces Pinterest Board

Inquiry, PBL, Makerspaces Pinterest Board | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Explore Library Patch's board "Inquiry, PBL, Makerspaces" on Pinterest, a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas | See more about Engineering, Genius Hour and Stems.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 26, 6:17 PM

SWEET! I love following cool boards like this!

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The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning

The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Guidelines and instructions are not the enemy of makerspaces.  Working through guided projects can help students to develop the skills that they need to further explore creatively.  It’s true that some students can just figure it out, but most need that gentle push to get them started.  While things like LEGOs and K’nex are intuitive, many other activities are not.  If you just sat me down in front of an Arduino with no guidance, I wouldn’t have a clue what to do.  But after following some example projects, I can start to feel more comfortable with branching out on my own.

The problem comes when all we ever do are guided projects.  Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager warn against the “20 identical birdhouses” style class projects, where there is zero creativity involved.  It’s very easy to fall into the trap of focusing too much on standards, rubrics and guided projects and zapping all the fun and creativity out, turning a makerspace into nothing more than another classroom.  It’s tempting for many educators to just print out a list of instructions, sit students down in front of a “maker kit” and check their e-mail while students work through the steps one by one.  This is obviously not what we want in our makerspaces.

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6 Minecraft lessons offer a motherlode of learning - ISTE

6 Minecraft lessons offer a motherlode of learning - ISTE | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
News that Microsoft is buying MinecraftEdu and beefing up the classroom version of the insanely popular game got us thinking about all the great ways educators use Minecraft to teach everything from math and social studies to team building and cell biology.

"As an educational tool, Minecraft is a wonderful platform for learning," says Pam Simon who runs an after-school program called Fidgets2Widgets that has incorporated Minecraft since 2013. "You have to have mathematical understanding to build sound structures. Architecture and design features allow for innovation. Redstone in the game acts as the electrical circuitry system, so you can run minecarts, light torches, and create pressure plates."

Read these six articles to get ideas for using Minecraft to engage students in deep leaning in your classroom, school or program.

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iPad Math App | Math Application for iPad | Math Learning Center

iPad Math App | Math Application for iPad | Math Learning Center | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Download MLC's free iPad math apps.
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Explore the Underground Railroad on iPads - Class Tech Tips

Explore the Underground Railroad on iPads - Class Tech Tips | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

"National Geographic has tons of fantastic apps and The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom is a great choice for upper elementary and middle school students.  This interactive app introduces children to the Underground Railroad by placing them in first person experiences.  They’ll have to make decisions on how to proceed from on step to the next while they learn about this period in history."

 


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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, November 23, 2015 5:07 AM

Vanochtend een gesprek met iemand die games kan genereren voor elke lesstof...

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, January 20, 4:37 AM

A good way to promote empathy and a better understanding in an age where a third of the world is on the move,many migrants refugees from war,poverty or eco destruction etc

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Identifying the Top Four Challenges in K-12 Education - Digital Promise

Identifying the Top Four Challenges in K-12 Education - Digital Promise | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

Across the country, schools are adopting new approaches to teaching and learning in order to prepare students for life in a technology-rich world. For example, South Fayette Township School District implemented computational thinking projects at every grade level, and Piedmont City School District usescompetency-based learning so students can work at their own pace. Yet as schools break away from traditional models of education, new challenges emerge. We wanted to know: what do educators see as their top challenges? What kinds of solutions can be created to help?

To identify top challenges, we asked educators and education leaders to use a wiki survey crowdsourcing tool to answer the question: “Which is a bigger challenge in K-12 education?” Participants could vote multiple times for one of two possible answers (i.e. A or B?), and could also choose to submit their own ideas. The tool calculated a score for each possible answer, resulting in a prioritized list of challenges. A total of 276 people participated in the survey. Here are the top eight challenges that emerged from the responses: 

 


Next, we combined responses that share similar elements. For example, we grouped together “creating authentic learning opportunities,” “challenge-based or problem-based learning,” and “developing civic knowledge through hands-on community engagement” because they all use hands-on, collaborative activities that are based on real-world conditions. We also combined non-cognitive skills with social-emotional development due to their shared focus on developing students’ personal and social skills. We were left with a list of the following top four challenges in K-12 education:

Creating opportunities for authentic learning;
 Supporting students’ non-cognitive and social-emotional skill development;
 Fostering deeper learning; and
 Supporting students’ ability to solve real world math problems.

Collaboration among all education stakeholders, including researchers, entrepreneurs, community members, and educators, is needed to alter traditional teaching and learning processes and successfully meet these challenges. The following sections explain each challenge in greater depth, to provide all stakeholders with the background needed to find innovative solutions.


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25 Best Education Apps for the iPad - Daily Genius

25 Best Education Apps for the iPad - Daily Genius | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
One of the very best learning tools ever made in the history of mankind is sitting on a table, couch, bed, or in your hands right now. If you think your iPad is just a toy, you’re only half-right at best since that is perhaps one of the best computers available right now.

That’s right; it’s a computer just like your desktop or laptop, as well as your mobile phone. You get screen size and portability all in one, and that is exactly what you need in a learning tool.

With its convenience and power all in one package, you should make the most of it as a learning tool right now and download some apps that will help you expand your understanding of the world and become a more complete human being, as well as help others do the same.

Here are 25 of the best educational apps for the iPad available right now

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Celebrate Hour of Code with These Quick Programming Activities | Make:

Celebrate Hour of Code with These Quick Programming Activities | Make: | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I shared some strategies to prepare for the Hour of Code with those who wanted to get ahead of the game and introduce kids at your local school to the power of programming. Well, the week we’ve been waiting for is finally here! Code.org’s annual initiative Hour of Code is a worldwide event in which newbies can get their first taste of programming by spending an hour doing one of numerous coding activities. So whether you’ve prepared for a blow-out series of school-wide introductions or you just want to join in the Hour of Code spirit with some playful coding at home, read on to find the perfect activity.

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The Hour of Code is coming

The Hour of Code is coming | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries and over 40 languages. Ages 4 to 104.
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15 Stunning Data Visualizations (And What You Can Learn From Them)

15 Stunning Data Visualizations (And What You Can Learn From Them) | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
In the hopes of inspiring your own work, we’ve compiled 15 data visualizations that will not only blow your mind, they will also give you a clearer understanding of what makes a good visualization–and what makes a bad one.

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Ra's curator insight, November 12, 2015 6:42 PM

Short, snappy - visual. Good reminders.

Josep M Torra Colom's curator insight, November 14, 2015 5:42 AM

añada su visión ...

Gonzalo Moreno's curator insight, November 15, 2015 9:33 AM

Reporting & Analysis... Aún TANTO que aprender...!

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Math Cartoons in the Classroom: Lesson Ideas & Tips from 5 Educators

Math Cartoons in the Classroom: Lesson Ideas & Tips from 5 Educators | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Educators share practical tips and ideas on how they are using math cartoons in the classroom to invigorate their lessons and engage students in math.

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Makey Makey | Lesson Plans

Makey Makey | Lesson Plans | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Makey Makey: Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone
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Top 5 Coding Games for Kids That They'll Want to Play - EdTechTimes

Top 5 Coding Games for Kids That They'll Want to Play - EdTechTimes | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
If you’ve been keeping up on edtech news in the past decade, you might have noticed that coding courses have been targeting younger and younger students every year. Starting in college? Lost cause. High school? Behind! Elementary school? Perfect. The younger and younger the lessons will start, until we learn how to pre-program babies to be tech geniuses.

While this might seem like micromanagement of children’s destinies to some, we must all face the truth: coding is the new writing. As computer programming skills become more and more crucial to future careers, coding will become more prevalent as a required skill for high school graduation.

So, once we’ve faced the music about the need for students to start programming instruction young, where do we begin? Coding camps are all the rage right now, and well worth the expense, but not all parents can afford the additional cost of instruction. So, we took a look at a few of the more affordable coding games out there to see just what the worldwide web has to offer

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The 4 essentials of a successful Genius Hour - eSchool News

The 4 essentials of a successful Genius Hour - eSchool News | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
What are you passionate about? What do you want to do more than anything in the world? Well I hope you said what you are doing right now. This is not always the case. Some people hate what they are doing. They may hate it because it pays too little, but being a teacher doesn’t make me very wealthy and I love what I’m doing. More importantly, people may hate their job because they would rather be doing something else. This is where I think we can do better in education.

As educators, we can help our students find and explore their passions. Once they discover what they’re truly passionate about, the learning and engagement will never stop. The best way for students to explore their passions is through Genius Hour.

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Moving Students From Digital Citizenship To Digital Leadership - TeachThought

Moving Students From Digital Citizenship To Digital Leadership - TeachThought | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

"Digital Citizenship: Using the internet and social media in a responsible and ethical way


Digital Leadership: Using the internet and social media to improve the lives, well-being, and circumstances of others.


The idea behind the shift? A kind of empathy–moving beyond see one’s self, and moving towards seeing one’s self in the physical and digital company of others. As digital technology and social media become more deeply embedded in our lives, and more nuanced in their function, this is a shift whose time has come. The question becomes, then, what’s the next evolution of this idea?"


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A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs ~ EdTech and MLearning

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs ~ EdTech and MLearning | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Today we spent sometime going through our archive looking for special needs apps we have shared here in the past and ended up with the chart below. These are apps we would recommend for teachers and parents of kids with learning disabilities. We have arranged the apps into four main categories: apps for dyslexic learners, apps for autistic learners, apps for the visually impaired and apps for learners with writing difficulties.  For those of you using Android a similar list will soon be posted. Stay tuned.

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This article lists some great iPad apps to help students with special needs in their learning.

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Storybird - Read, write, discover, and share the books you'll always remember.

Storybird - Read, write, discover, and share the books you'll always remember. | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Discover an endless library of free books, picture books, & poetry or use simple tools to create books in minutes. Storybird is a creative community where readers & writers celebrate storytelling.
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Teaching in a Digital Age | Bates

Teaching in a Digital Age | Bates | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when all of us, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success. Book release date (final version): 1 April 2015. For subsequent updates, see Updates and Revisions.[Scroll down for list of contents]

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Arduino with Kids – Getting started: notes from week 1 – Dave's Educational Blog

Arduino with Kids – Getting started: notes from week 1 – Dave's Educational Blog | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
I got my two kids (7 & 9) an arduino starter kit for Christmas. I have this crazy idea that among the literacies my kids will need is some understanding of how our world is built up of little sensors tellings us everything. I have this hope that they’ll want to be part of it and try and build crazy little things around the house with these sensors. We’ve been playing for 4-5 days now and if we keep things up I’m sure I’m going to forget all the frustrations/victories that happened when we first started off. If you’re interested in getting started… this is what we’ve learned so far.

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Create an in-cell dropdown list - Docs editors Help

Create an in-cell dropdown list - Docs editors Help | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
You can create dropdown lists in individual cells using the data validation tool in Google Sheets. There are two options for in-cell dropdown lists: validation against a range and custom lists.
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25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, December 4, 2015 3:07 AM

Les applications sont sécondaires dans la pédagogie, mais sans elles on ne peut y arriver. Voilà une belle liste.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, December 4, 2015 5:04 PM

#Education #Apps #iPad

Scott Langston's curator insight, December 4, 2015 8:03 PM

I've gone through the 'download every new app and try to play with it' phase and now rarely seek out new apps. From time to time though, it's good to see what other professionals are recommending and using...

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Bitsbox Giving Teachers Free Coding Kits for CSED Week (Edtech Opportunity) via @EdSurge

Bitsbox Giving Teachers Free Coding Kits for CSED Week (Edtech Opportunity) via @EdSurge | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Bitsbox is donating completely free coding kits to teachers for Computer Science Education Week (December 7th-13th). Each kit is enough for thirty students, and they come with a teacher's guide to help run an Hour of Code.

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Terry Morley's curator insight, November 12, 2015 2:26 PM

Hands on kits fit with our initiative to promote STREAM by having a STREAM Lab

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Maker Education Is About More Than 3-D Printers

Maker Education Is About More Than 3-D Printers | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
The buzz around the maker movement obscures the benefits of maker education for students, writes researcher Jennifer Oxman Ryan.
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Interesting research about the necessity to provide balance, relevant background info, and tools to ensure maker education has the greatest impact with students learning.

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