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5 Effective Ways Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Effective Ways Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

"What has started as a simple answer to the question "what are you doing?" has now developed into one of the most popular online social networking platforms  with 255 million Average Monthly Active Users (MAUs) as of March 31, 2014 . The potential of Twitter in education is uncontested and the research literature in this regard abounds with accounts of teachers leveraging it in their instruction. Twitter is also a powerful medium for teachers professional development and below are some of the ways you can use it to enhance your PD."


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There is still a lot of untapped potential for teachers to use Twitter to improve teaching and learning. I have used all of these except home/parent communication. Maybe this will help, but I'll need to do a parent training.

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Apple acquires education technology startup LearnSprout, as Apple pushes new education features for iOS 9.3

Apple acquires education technology startup LearnSprout, as Apple pushes new education features for iOS 9.3 | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

Apple has acquired education technology startup LearnSprout for an undisclosed sum, via Bloomberg. LearnSprout's software lets teachers track student progress and test scores, ..."

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Is this a push towards competition with Google Apps for Education? 

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Alternatives to Student Presentations - @AliceKeeler

Alternatives to Student Presentations - @AliceKeeler | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Let’s keep things interesting and mix things up! I’m a fan of focusing on the learning objective, not the assignment. Providing students choices for ways they can demonstrate their learning definitely keeps things interesting!! When we ask students to “create a presentation” or “make a brochure” you can almost hear the groaning in the room since they have made so many of them. I received a tweet asking for ideas for alternatives. A lot of great suggestions followed…

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Yes, for alternatives to the classic presentation assignment.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 18, 2:47 AM

Refreshing take on students demonstrating mastery.

Janet Ward's curator insight, January 27, 7:57 PM

Many useful tips!

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20 More Top Educational iPad Apps Teachers Can Actually Use By a Teacher Who Actually Uses Them

20 More Top Educational iPad Apps Teachers Can Actually Use By a Teacher Who Actually Uses Them | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
It's been about three years since I posted my original list of iPad apps teachers can actually use.

Since then I have compiled a few other app lists:

Chess Apps to Improve Your Game and Your Mind
Creativity Apps
Critical Thinking Apps
Earth Science and Geography Apps
But I do think it's time I update my original post. Or at least added to it. Most of the apps and tools on the original list are still around, but there are a whole lot more that are useful.

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MarkLawler's curator insight, January 5, 1:03 PM

Phenomenal apps, the must check out list for 2016

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Email - Planning for Play in TK Webinar - Early Edge California

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Join in for a "play" date.

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Office of Educational Technology

Office of Educational Technology | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
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New goals are out for edtech policy via the 2016 Ed Tech Plan. Is your district on target for the current infrastructure, professional development and digital learning policy objectives? @LynwoodSchools  is on track and moving in a good direction.

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The Only Google Drive Guide You’ll Ever Need to Read

The Only Google Drive Guide You’ll Ever Need to Read | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Google Drive is a fantastic resource for those who need free (or cheap) online storage space. It synchronizes beautifully with Google's own suite of products, as well as several third-party services such as desktop email client Mailbird, productivity and organization software Evernote, and online communication tool Slack. Here we take a complete look at how…

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Sue's curator insight, December 6, 2015 7:06 AM

Invaluable!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rupert Murdoch’s leap into education technology business ends badly

Rupert Murdoch’s leap into education technology business ends badly | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
He's selling his Amplify education division, which was run by controversial former New York schools chancellor Joel Klein.
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Amplify was no boom and all bust like many edtech ventures. Everyone wants to claim to revolutionize education without really having any data to support their rationale. Why are tablets the platform of the future and so much better than desktops?

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Now you can dictate to Google Docs, and it really works | Komando.com

Now you can dictate to Google Docs, and it really works | Komando.com | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

d Give your fingers a break! Now you can type using your voice in Google Docs, and it's completely free. Not only that, but the software really works well. You can try it for yoursel...

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I have tried this new feature and given my fingers a break. It takes a different kind of thought process to speak your writing into the software, but it is so easy you have to try it. I am looking into trying this out with my students. Handwriting and keyboarding skills are still needed but this is a sign that writing for the next generation is going to be something entirely different than we are used to.

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6 Great Tools for Blended Learning - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

6 Great Tools for Blended Learning - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Teachers who have access to the right tools are doing a great job in teaching the 21st century kids. Let’s look at the six great tools for blended learning.
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Goal: try some I haven't yet this month.

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Create graphs and complex math equations directly from the Google Docs sidebar with g(Math)

Create graphs and complex math equations directly from the Google Docs sidebar with g(Math) | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
If you're looking for the easiest method of inserting math equations and graphs into your Google Docs, here is the solution for you.
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Look like a math wizard even if you aren't.

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Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Lego Story Maker- A Great Digital Storytelling App for kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

Nice

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It is free and very kids-friendly. 

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10 Digital Tools for Teaching You Can Learn This Summer

10 Digital Tools for Teaching You Can Learn This Summer | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
You've reached the time of year that EVERY teacher dreams of from the first day of school: summer break. Now, as you pack your bags and head for that

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jbcassidy's curator insight, July 23, 2015 8:48 AM

Gotta get going on some of these digital tools! Amazing possibilities!

Elizabeth Hartley's curator insight, August 4, 2015 5:03 PM

#EdTech #TechEd #STEM #DigitalLearning

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Altschool Raises $100M From Founders Fund, Zuckerberg To Scale A Massive Network of Schools Around Personalized Learning

Altschool Raises $100M From Founders Fund, Zuckerberg To Scale A Massive Network of Schools Around Personalized Learning | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

In one of the biggest funding rounds of the year in education and technology, Altschool is raising $100 million from Founders Fund, Mark Zuckerberg and..


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Reading up on the huge surge in funding for uber-personalized learning

 

Alt.School is a striking example of working out personalization to the n-th degree with the assistance of the most recent edtech support. Now in a private-school model (~$20,000/yr) it may eventually settle down into a workable public school option.

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100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homeschool Scientist

100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homeschool Scientist | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Here's 100 Engineering Projects For Kids to get that them excited about construction, design, electronics, and more.

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This is great and just in time to help parents help their kiddos with science fair type projects.

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Liz Curtis's curator insight, September 22, 2015 4:57 AM

Love anything to do with engineering education - especially when it involves bringing together the core subjects. Click for more engineering and programming projects

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100 Engineering Projects for Kids

Chris Carter's curator insight, January 18, 2:47 AM

Wow! 100 great ideas!

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Skellig Michael: An Island Far, Far Away

Skellig Michael: An Island Far, Far Away | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

"Star Wars Epiosde VII was filmed on Skellig Michael island in Ireland. What better place to depict an ancient, mystical, martial asceticism in a galaxy far, far away than an actual ancient eremitic settlement, dripping with stone-cold monastic austerity, located at what was for centuries the very ends of the earth, seven miles off the very tip of a western Irish peninsula?"


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Skellig Michael is sure to become a more common geographical interest since the success of Star Wars. 

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This island is dripping with geologic, biogeographical, and religious intrigue that makes this world heritage site a place that is shrouded in mystery.  This article from JSTOR Daily is a great introduction to the island for the incurably curious.  The already vibrant tourism industry is bound to increase after Star Wars used this incredible location in the recent film (much like New Zealand experienced a huge spike in tourism after the Lord the Rings films).  Filmmakers understand the power of place to deepen the narrative; they frequently situate their stories in a geographic context that will heighten the emotional impact of the story.  For more on the dramatic locations of Star Wars filming sites, see this article by National Geographic

 

Tags: geologybiogeography, religionChristianityplaceIreland, tourism.

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Teach Your Kids How To Draw In 3D | DIY Cozy Home @makered

Teach Your Kids How To Draw In 3D | DIY Cozy Home @makered | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
This craft is great for kids and adults alike. It’s pretty cool, really clever, and super easy. In my experience, those are the best kind of crafts when trying to hold the kids’ attention. Drawing in 3D is much easier that I ever imagined! You’re going to want to pay attention to this!

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A good example of use of video to support "how-to" lessons.

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Best First Kids' Apps 2015

Best First Kids' Apps 2015 | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
The best apps for your kid’s first iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, or Kindle Fire.
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You may find just the right app for the new device that Santa brought you.

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What can you do with a Raspberry Pi? Canadians get creative with ultra-cheap computer - CBC.CA

What can you do with a Raspberry Pi? Canadians get creative with ultra-cheap computer - CBC.CA | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
The era of the $5 computer has arrived.

The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is even being given away free with a magazine. Not a subscription. Just buy the single issue of Magpi and you get a free computer.

The devices have hobbyists and entrepreneurs excited about the possibilities of Pi.

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Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
http://www.readingrainbow.com
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I stumbled upon the renewed Reading Rainbow program. With millions of $ in Kickstarter they are pushing out to Title 1 schools, letting educators "try for free" and linking parents in with complimentary access. I'm signed up and am going to try out the resources.

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Making Makers (Alumni Books Podcast)

AnnMarie Thomas '01 talks about Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation (Maker Media, 2014). The book features interviews and reflections from MIT alumni and current and former facult

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For parents, kids and other types of tinker-ers

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New Google Docs, Sheets and Slides features make schoolwork less miserable

New Google Docs, Sheets and Slides features make schoolwork less miserable | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Don't worry, non-students can also use these new features.
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Google happiness.

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Quedify wants to be Uber for tutoring - Technical.ly Brooklyn

Quedify wants to be Uber for tutoring - Technical.ly Brooklyn | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Open the app and a tutor can be helping you out within the hour.
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Wow. Uber for the tutoring world. What an alarmingly disruptive concept.

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In Guatemala's Magic Classroom, the Tablet is the Teacher

In Guatemala's Magic Classroom, the Tablet is the Teacher | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
By using wireless speakers and tablets loaded with interactive activities, this nonprofit teaches young children the basics.
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Although not explicitly an endorsement of Cisco, this press-release type article shines some light on an effort to bring digital resources to remote Guatemala and early childhood programs. Very interesting application of media and connected-ness to help support literacy in early learning. Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com/.

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New- You Can Now Create Custom Maps in Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New- You Can Now Create Custom Maps in Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
RT @AngelynCheatham: New- You Can Now Create Custom Maps in Google Drive http://t.co/rueTniMl5n #edtech #web20 #edapps
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If you use Google Maps this is a good step to bring your maps together with your Google Drive aps.

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Powerful Technological Tools that Make Online Tutoring Effective - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Powerful Technological Tools that Make Online Tutoring Effective - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Devices and tools that are most useful and commonly used by online sites for empowering their tutoring ambience.
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He doesn't mention Google Hangouts or screensharing software, but it's a good list to be on the online tutor's workbench.

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