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12 Awesome Edtech Apps

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An edtech teaching toolkit should include reliable tools for your needs and circumstances. Whether that includes Kahoot!, Screencast-O-Matic, or Scratch, it's ultimately about your teacher-student relationship.

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MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools | edu521 | Scoop.it

Minecraft’s education options are as vast as the game itself. Don’t worry if you feel limited by time or your own imagination. Thousands of others are imaging worlds, too—and are willing to share.


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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 9, 2015 8:17 PM

We just ran a two-week J Term on coding using MineCraft and the kids loved it.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 10, 2015 11:13 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, August 3, 2015 1:49 AM

How Minecraft is being used in education.

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How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn

How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn | edu521 | Scoop.it
Spend more time teaching learning skills. Klemm recommends memory tricks like mnemonic devices, and visualizing ideas as complex images, to help students expand their working memory. “If they knew these things, they wouldn’t have to work so hard and school might even become fun,” Klemm said. “Once students start reflecting and become more self-aware, they have the opportunity to become better students.”

“Working memory gets overloaded,” Kleem said. “Most people can only hold four independent ideas in working memory.” But if images are used to represent a constellation of ideas, people can remember much more. Words are hard to remember, but images stick with people. “It’s like a zip file,” Klemm said. “This is a way to get your working memory to carry more.”

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/category/learning-to-learn/

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 2015 6:59 PM

This is an interesting article with some good practical points i.e. protected learning/teaching times.

 

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, April 10, 2015 11:31 AM

Teaching learning will help the process. It is about the process, always; that's the life skill.. Students need to get that message, early and often.

Sm_english's curator insight, April 10, 2015 6:24 PM

Study smarter not harder

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Future Of EdTech 101: Automation, Curation And Gamification

Future Of EdTech 101: Automation, Curation And Gamification | edu521 | Scoop.it

"Education is one of the fastest progressing industries. Today, research, materials and communication can be shared instantly and globally. However, information technology is hardly at its full potential, particularly in education. As a college senior set to graduate in 2015 and asked to write an essay about the future of higher education, here is what I see when I look into the crystal ball. By the year 2050 higher education will be transformed by three trends: automation, curation, and gamification."


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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, January 26, 2015 10:10 AM

Quelques pistes, j'aime beaucoup l'idée de gamification mais elle doit être entendue comme de l'apprentissage par le jeu et sortir du stéréotype du jeu électronique ... Le jeu est motivant par le défi qu'il propose, c'est ce levier d'apprentissage qui ouvre la porte à de belles perspectives en lien avec le "Problem Based Learning" ou le "Case Based Learning"

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Learning To Become a GOOD Digital Citizen | Digital CitizenShip | eSkills

Learning To Become a GOOD Digital Citizen | Digital CitizenShip | eSkills | edu521 | Scoop.it

Learning To Become a GOOD Digital Citizen | Digital CitizenShip | How To? Well, there is a lot of different views! WE will explore WHAT could be THE BEST way to teach and to learn about Digital...


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Lindsey Hammonds's curator insight, November 3, 2014 9:50 AM

Digital Citizenship!

Tony Guzman's curator insight, November 7, 2014 4:36 PM

Some excellent tips on being a good digital citizen. How many of these have you implemented already?

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 7, 2015 3:38 AM

The  infographic explores what could be the best way to teach and learn about digital citizenship

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12 Tech Tools Productivity Experts Can't Live Without

12 Tech Tools Productivity Experts Can't Live Without | edu521 | Scoop.it
Ever wonder which tools super-productive and über-organized people use to get things done? Fast Company contacted 10 productivity experts, and asked them which apps or tech tools help them get through their day.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, October 20, 2014 5:41 PM

Again, this is from the productivity world, and infotention has an important core related to attention -- not just tools, not just efficiency, but awareness and metacognition -- but I know that at least a couple of these tools help me handle my info-flow (I use Slack and Skitch regularly)

Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 21, 2014 5:08 AM

Some productivity tools here that I've not come across before. However I use Slack and can recommend this a useful information aggregation tool.

 

Reading time: 5 mins

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How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED | edu521 | Scoop.it

For all the wild variety of our cultures, personalities, and thought patterns, we’re all still operating with roughly the same three-pound lump of gray matter. But almost from day one, the allotment of neurons in those brains (and therefore the way they function) is different today from the way it was even one generation ago. Every second of your lived experience represents new connections among the roughly 86 billion neurons packed inside your brain.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 2014 4:50 AM

An interesting read.

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Infographic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology | Infographics Creator

Infographic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology | Infographics Creator | edu521 | Scoop.it
Infographic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology 1. They always start with the why Technology for technology's sake is dangerous. Highly effective teachers who use technology always have a reason for using new technology tools. Whether It saves them time. Improves learning outcomes, or helps with lesson planning, highly effective teachers always start with the why. 2. They are malleable and can easily adapt Technology is constantly changing, and the classroom environment will be drastically different In 2 years. Understanding the big picture Is key. 3. They embrace change Most teachers who use technology today are Innovators or early adopters. Embracing (not fighting) change is key. The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. 4. They share, share, and then share some more Technology has opened the door for collaboration beyond the school walls. A teacher In New Brunswick can now collaborate with a teacher In the UK. Knowledge Is

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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 9, 2014 5:10 PM

LOVING this!

Marinhos's curator insight, August 10, 2014 7:09 AM

Bons hábitos devem ser cultivados.

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An Annotated List of Flipped Class Tools and Resources

An Annotated List of Flipped Class Tools and Resources | edu521 | Scoop.it
Flipped Class Tool and Resource List from Turn to Your Neighbor We will keep a (clearly very incomplete) list of tools and resources we use and/or discover relative to flipped teaching here. Help u...

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niftyjock's curator insight, May 5, 2014 9:26 PM

Peer instruction checklist, fantastic

Елена Гончарова's curator insight, May 7, 2014 11:21 AM

добавить понимание ...

Murielle Godement's curator insight, May 30, 2014 1:35 AM

Annuaire commenté des ressources utiles pour une classe inversée. Création et partage de ressources

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Web Literacy Education for Educators

Web Literacy Education for Educators | edu521 | Scoop.it
Impart vital information literacy skills to your students.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 19, 2014 2:55 AM

Resources for Educators and Students on Digital Literacies. 

Martyn Cooper's curator insight, April 21, 2014 3:27 AM

Educators need web literacy:

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, April 21, 2014 3:42 AM

thanks!!!

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Turning Struggling Students into Superheroes: Comic Books as Teaching Tools

Turning Struggling Students into Superheroes: Comic Books as Teaching Tools | edu521 | Scoop.it
Drawing from personal experience, graduate student Michael Strom demonstrates the tremendous teaching power of comic books and graphic novels, and how we can use these as literary tools to reach our struggling students.

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Kerri Schaub's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:45 AM

My middle school students are hooked on graphic novels. So glad to see them reading. #mersd #Orton-Gillingham #reading

Audrey's curator insight, January 21, 2014 4:14 PM

Brilliant.  I absolutely agree.  Can be particularly helpful for foreign students learning English.

Lena Leirdal's curator insight, August 30, 2014 4:42 AM

Coming across the reluctant reader in the classroom in not uncommon. This is a link to a excerpt from a graduate thesis about using graphic novels and comics to teach struggling male readers. I tried teaching graphic novels in my own classroom this spring, and even though I thought it went quite well, I still have to become a bit more acquainted and comfortable with the genre. I will most definitely give it another try this year!

 

I find inspiration to do so in Michael Storm´s point that "we need to teach young boys that literacy still is the ultimate adventure, and they too have the chance to be the hero".

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18 Free Web Tools for the Classroom - The ICT Advisors

18 Free Web Tools for the Classroom - The ICT Advisors | edu521 | Scoop.it
A list of 18 Free Web Tools for the Classroom, with a short explanation of each one!

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Content Discovery Tools: a Directory of My Favorite Ones

Content Discovery Tools: a Directory of My Favorite Ones | edu521 | Scoop.it

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Marco Favero's curator insight, October 3, 2014 6:06 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

Roberto De Pedrini (Telnext - Italy) - Twitter: @depetwi's curator insight, October 4, 2014 2:39 AM

This is an Off-Topic but interesting !

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Let’s Change the Conversation About Education (Technology)

Let’s Change the Conversation About Education (Technology) | edu521 | Scoop.it
The problem is that this debate often centers around the wrong question: Does technology belong in the classroom?

If we keep asking this question, we won’t make any progress. We know that technology belongs to the classroom. Have you ever asked whether technology belongs in your workplace? Technology is a tool that helps us develop and apply skills we all value – curiosity, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration, information literacy.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 17, 2:48 AM

Yes please.

Deb Talbot's curator insight, January 18, 12:11 AM

Its definitely time to enhance the traditional education system using technology as a tool engaging students to extend their skills.

Wendy Zaruba-Lundene's curator insight, January 21, 4:08 PM

Raises a good point ~ Have you ever asked whether technology belongs in your workplace? 

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44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work

44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work | edu521 | Scoop.it
44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work

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cherimacleod's curator insight, June 14, 2015 1:09 AM

Tools tools tools

Julie Lindsay's curator insight, June 14, 2015 5:37 PM

Tony Vincent - Learning in Hand - always provides excellent resources for classrooms.

James I.'s curator insight, June 16, 2015 9:43 PM

Love the fact that this infographic focuses both on the web and mobile possibilities.

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Conscious 2 - Mindfulness Minimizes Thought Overload by Ora Nadrich

Conscious 2 - Mindfulness Minimizes Thought Overload by Ora Nadrich | edu521 | Scoop.it
It is estimated that we can think up to seventy thousand thoughts per day. It’s no wonder therefore, that our minds can go into “thought overload.” But a great way to avoid that is by practicing Mindfulness, and making an effort to stay in the present moment.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, March 30, 2015 4:37 PM

Good infotention advice -- it applies, I believe, to the parts of the day when the flow of info online is akin to the flow of thoughts. Info overload is actually attention overload.

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Online Speech Bubble Photo Editor - Create comic strips with phrase.it

Online Speech Bubble Photo Editor - Create comic strips with phrase.it | edu521 | Scoop.it
Put speech bubbles on your photos and create your own comic strips within minutes! Great looking results, no sign-up needed, 100% free. phrase.it is probably the best speech bubble photo editor on the web.

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Fun tool, but unfortunately, only for older students

note Terms of Service:

"2. Restriction of age

In order to use the Service, you must be at least 13 years of age. You represent that you are at least 13 years old. If you are not at least 13 years old, please do not attempt to use the Services."

 
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ropesemphasize's comment, January 14, 2015 1:52 AM
Its terrific
ropesemphasize's comment, January 14, 2015 1:56 AM
Thats awe-inspiring...
Carrie Gossett's curator insight, February 8, 2015 12:00 AM

Great resource for LA in middle grades

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23 Seldom-Used Ideas for Utilizing Twitter Lists

23 Seldom-Used Ideas for Utilizing Twitter Lists | edu521 | Scoop.it
If you’ve read any lists on Twitter tips, whether for beginners or for experts, you’ve likely come across the common advice to use Twitter lists.

Twitter lists are useful, helpful, and effective for managing and optimizing your Twitter experience. There’s also a number of unique ways to go about them.

I researched the topic and found 23 popular and outside-the-box ideas for what to do with your Twitter list. See what I learned in the post below, and add your favorite uses in the comments.

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NLafferty's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:16 AM

It's worth having a look at Howard Rheingold's comment on this post where he mentions that he suggests to his students creating Twitter lists and then using Paper.li to create a briefing around the topic or network.  It's not something I've done but sounds like an effective way to curate #FOAMed resources insights to students and trainees. 

Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 28, 2014 10:59 AM

Twitter Lists are a great way of tracking people and conversations by theme or meme. Easy to set up, and easy to maintain. I've found them to be a very useful tool for the Curator's toolbox.

 

Reading time: 8 mins

Alex Grech's curator insight, October 28, 2014 12:51 PM

For most people who use Twitter for lifelong learning purposes, the 'Eureka' moment tends to be the day they understand how to put lists to good strategic use.

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How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn?

How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn? | edu521 | Scoop.it

Digital Digital student portfolios can provide what other assessment tools cannot: Real, unabridged, minimally processed artifacts of learning that make sense to all the learners in the classroom, including the teacher. Technology used in this way can bring us as close as we can get to peering inside our students’ hearts and minds to find out what they currently know and are able to do.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 8, 2014 8:12 AM

Digital portfolios for students. Well worth looking in to.

Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 2014 12:34 PM

I've been wanting to integrate digital portfolios for language learners into my rolling-enrolment school for some time. With the growth in longer term academic year course students, this could be a realistic goal...And some good ideas here for how portfolios can help students learn.

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A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning.

A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River  What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. | edu521 | Scoop.it

In other words, they could read for all the same reasons that we can now use computers. We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us. It is the saddest of ironies that many people now see the fluidity and effectiveness of this process as a characteristic of computers, rather than what it is, which is a characteristic of human beings.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 13, 2014 3:51 AM

Rather a long read, but makes a valuable point about autonomous learning.

Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, August 14, 2014 2:47 AM

So much wisdom  in this article. Data doesn't have all the answers, and schools are becoming more and more driven by data. Favorite quote: "Because guess what? If there is one thing that the data proves, it’s that our children are all different."  And all children want to learn.

harloff's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:38 AM

It is not up to our children to accept a disability label in order to “qualify” for an appropriate learning environment; it is up to adults to provide learning environments which are flexible enough to accommodate the natural variations in our children.

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New Wonderful Twitter Guide for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Wonderful Twitter Guide for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | edu521 | Scoop.it

"The power of Twitter resides in the kind of connections and networks it allows you to make.Twitter is by far the social networking platform that teachers and educators populate the most. As such, creating a personal/professional learning network comprising kindred others is as easy as participating in the weekly educational chats organized on Twitter (#edchat as an example). These meet-ups enable you  to meet and connect with teachers from all around the globe. They also introduce you to a treasure trove of information, resources, links, tips, and learning experiences that can be leveraged for your own purposes."


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 19, 2014 9:17 AM

Love this!

 

maralma's curator insight, June 19, 2014 9:24 PM

Useful tools!

John Rudkin's curator insight, June 20, 2014 6:33 AM

Quick, simple....easy to take on board.

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Web Literacy Learning Pathways

Web Literacy Learning Pathways | edu521 | Scoop.it
A remix of Laura Hilliger's original work on pre-requisite and next steps for Web Literacy learning pathways.

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Jamie Torgerson Willett's curator insight, April 13, 2014 10:03 PM

Amazing Chart!  Great way to see the scope and sequence of developing information literacy skills.  

petra zuiderwijk's curator insight, April 25, 2014 2:10 AM

Je kan dit zelf aanpassen of maken met de HTML software die erachter zit.

Al Post's curator insight, April 27, 2014 10:44 PM

Even if you're not interested in "Web Literacy" - check out this web interface and think of how it could be used in other ways to assist people in learning new skills.

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Flipgrid - for short video discussions

Flipgrid - for short video discussions | edu521 | Scoop.it
Flipgrid is simple: Teachers create grids of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Flipgrid boosts community and social presence in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms.

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A possibility for. online discussions—wish there was a free version, maybe with 1 grid?

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Silverback Learning's curator insight, April 6, 2014 11:00 AM

Interesting

Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 6, 2014 7:56 PM

A handy tool to share discussions and create 'buy in' on relevant issues, thank you for sharing!

Ángeles GUTIÉRREZ's curator insight, April 14, 2014 1:15 PM

Los profesores crean redes de preguntas y los alumnos responden a  través de videos.

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Create Comics with Chogger

Create Comics with Chogger | edu521 | Scoop.it

Make your own comics online with Chogger. Our comic strip creator lets you draw cartoons, add captions to photos, and share your comics - for free!


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A Quick Guide to Using Diigo with Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Quick Guide to Using Diigo with Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | edu521 | Scoop.it

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JordiMarínba's curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:51 AM

Essential for bookmarking your webpages! Highly recommendable!

Bente Elisabeth Ryen's curator insight, March 31, 2014 3:05 PM

Her er en kjekk prezi for lærere som lurer på å bruke diigo i undervisning.

Takudzwa Kunaka's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:39 AM
e learning is the only way to go