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9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools- Fractus Learning

9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools- Fractus Learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“ There is a lot take into consideration when trying to find the best iPad cases for schools. What age group will be looking after the devices? How will students be using their iPads? What kind of budget is available (or not as the case may be)? It’s important to take all of these factors into consideration as well as the needs of your students, and all going well you should have iPads that can handle even the toughest environments. So before we jump into the list, here is my number one top tip… Regardless of what case you decide to go with, if you have any fears of screens getting scratched, cracked or even just unusably filthy, I would highly recommend investing a small amount in getting clear screen protectors. These microscopically thin films will not only protect your iPad screens, they will also repel dust and will reduce many signs and impediments of daily wear. For the small price, these have saved many an expensive iPad display.”
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7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar

7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“In a world of spellcheck and texting abbreviations, few people want to take the time to learn about subjects, objects, and dangling modifiers. Besides, computers can fix our sentences for us. However, as anyone who's suffered an autocorrect embarrassment knows, computers don't always get it right. Language is a human tool and requires the insight of…”
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 23, 2015 2:40 AM

Good "on-the-go" tools for grammar reference... let's go mobile!

Joseph J Filoramo's curator insight, April 23, 2015 9:13 AM

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, April 25, 2015 2:24 PM

Here could be a reason for students to use their cell phones in class during down time.  Three of the apps discussed are free and a few more are under $2.  They offer workbook like practice in the selected grammar area.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“ Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube.”
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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways Students Can Share Videos Without YouTube

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways Students Can Share Videos Without YouTube | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“ It is not a secret that I enjoy helping teachers learn how to use video creation tools with their students. Creating videos is a process that students enjoy because the final product is something that they can share with a potentially large audience. Teachers like video projects because students get engaged in developing and sharing their best work. At the end of the project there is always a question of how to share the work. If your school doesn't block it, YouTube is a good way to share (depending on your situation you might make the videos unlisted instead of public).”
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Digital_Storytelling - LiveBinder - Dean Mantz @dmantz7

Digital_Storytelling - LiveBinder - Dean Mantz @dmantz7 | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
A great Collection of Digital Storytelling resources, projects, and collaborative sites curated by Dean Matz.
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Why so many schools fail to get impact from iPad - Innovate My School

Why so many schools fail to get impact from iPad - Innovate My School | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
"70% of UK schools are now using mobile devices in the classroom, according to Tablets for Schools. The vast majority of those devices are likely to be iPads, yet how many schools can you name who are standout users of the device? That is to say, how many schools are using the device to deliver true 21st century transformational lessons? The answer, disappointingly, is very, very few. In the past two years, I’ve worked with over 200 schools across the spectrum of the UK education system. Only a handful remain memorable from what I watched them use iPad for. But what about the likes of ESSA Academy and Cedars School of Excellence, I hear you say! Both have transformed their schools and results through the use of iPad. The answer is far simpler than you’d probably guess. It’s all about the training of staff. It’s a recurrent theme with all the successful schools using iPad. Look through any interview or press release, and all reference a well thought-through training program as the foundation of their project. In my new venture I’m lucky enough to work with schools on a daily basis to better implement devices while targeting improvements. These are some of the core factors I talk through."
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NPR for Audio Informational Text - ClassTechTips

NPR for Audio Informational Text - ClassTechTips | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
#There are lots of great apps for gathering information about current events and finding stories that are of high interest to your students. NPR has an easy to navigate website and high quality iPad app that makes it easy to find articles and interviews. In addition to accessing print content that you might find in other newspapers
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Read Alouds: Audio exposes students to complex informational texts

Read Alouds: Audio exposes students to complex informational texts | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
"There are lots of great apps for gathering information about current events and finding stories that are of high interest to your students. NPR has an easy to navigate website and high quality iPad app that makes it easy to find articles and interviews. In addition to accessing print content that you might find in other newspapers, NPR has audio recordings that students can listen to straight from their device. Not only is this a great option for students who may struggle to follow along with the vocabulary in a news story but it also helps students grow as listeners."
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6 Good iPad Apps to Enhance Kids Mathematical Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Good iPad Apps to Enhance Kids Mathematical Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
"Below is a set of good iPad apps that you can use with your kids and students to enhance their mathematical thinking. These apps are meant for young learners and are specifically useful when introducing kids to those rudimentary notions of mathematical computations. The purpose of teaching kids to think mathematically, as detailed in Kaye Stacey's paper, is three folds: First, it will allow kids to conduct mathematical investigations by themselves. Second, it will help them acquire other thinking skills particularly problem-solving and as mathematician Paul Halmos (1980) stated, 'problem solving is the heart of mathematics'. Third, it helps kids get a deeper appreciation of mathematics and use it in their daily and working lives."
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Close Reading Is A 'Life Skill'

Close Reading Is A 'Life Skill' | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“Part Two in my series on close reading includes responses from Sonja Cherry-Paul, Dana Johansen, Stephanie Harvey, Julie Goldman, Diana Sisson and Betsy Sisson.”
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4 Steps for A Better Tech Integration

4 Steps for A Better Tech Integration | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“4 Steps for A Better Integration of Technology in Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Keeping up with Ed Tech curated by WebTeachers”
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Twelve sources for free images to use on your blog and social media posts

Twelve sources for free images to use on your blog and social media posts | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
"The right image may be just the added touch your blog post or social media update needs to get noticed, but finding free, high-quality photos that you can use is challenging. You'll want to bookmark all of these resources to use time and again ..."
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Leonard Waks's curator insight, November 16, 2014 2:19 PM

For my blogs, presentations and other social media I am always on the lookout for free images. I have a list of sites, but they are usualyy disappointing. here is a better list. 

Cate Ferguson's curator insight, November 17, 2014 2:11 AM

Images are essential - a great free source of quality images to use is essential.  This post gives you lots of places to begin the search for that perfect image.  As always, double or triple check the licence.  

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The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom - Technology Erin*tegration

The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom - Technology Erin*tegration | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"This post is not meant to be judgey! Even the best techie teacher started somewhere and most likely made one of these common mistakes. I think I made all five during the same lesson when I first started to integrate iPads.

Whether you are just starting out with iPads or are a seasoned iPad integrator, let’s look at the 8 mistakes most teachers make when using iPads in the classroom and how to avoid them:"


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Martin Debattista's curator insight, April 24, 2015 2:35 AM

iPads or any kind of tablet for that matter.

Justin Henriks's curator insight, April 26, 2015 7:36 PM

Some really good thoughts! We certainly do need to change the way we use software/apps and allow students to have greater power in deciding which apps to use and how they use them. As teachers, we are not always the expert on how to use apps!

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The Problem With Math Problems: We're Solving Them Wrong

The Problem With Math Problems: We're Solving Them Wrong | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“Much of what we teach kids during their first decade of math education relies on students’ blind compliance and memorization of rules and facts. We reward correct answers, but we do not not encourage students to think independently about what these rules and facts might mean in the bigger mathematical picture.Tracy Zager, a math-education specialist and the author of the forthcoming book “Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had,” explained in an email why this kind of math education fails students: “It was never a sensible idea to try to have students memorize first and understand later; this approach to mathematics instruction is structurally flawed. I really feel for these parents and this kid, but the frustration they face is inevitable. If we teach kids math without understanding, we build on a house of cards.””
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, April 5, 2015 7:11 PM

"Purchase two copies of Carol Dweck’s Mindset, one for you and one for your child’s teacher. Ms. Dweck’s book is already required reading in many school districts because it articulates the difference between a fixed mindset (either you have it or you don’t) and a growth mindset (everyone can be taught to feel pleasure in the struggles that make us smarter). A growth mindset is a powerful thing and is an essential first step toward more effective teaching and learning (and parenting). "

Bobbi Miller's curator insight, April 7, 2015 1:12 AM

Highlights some weaknesses in mathematics teaching and places we can improve. Possibly with technology?

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Some of The Best Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - EdTech & MLearning

Some of The Best Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - EdTech & MLearning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“ The apps below are particularly useful for elementary students but they can also be used with other age groups. Elementary teachers often complain about the paucity of apps that are kids appropriate compared with apps for other age groups. So we thought it would be useful to create a section in this blog devoted entirely to apps specifically curated for elementary teachers. After we have covered math and writing apps, today’s post features some very good iPad storytelling apps to use with young kids. You can use these apps to help kids develop a wide range of basic literacy skills that include: writing, reading and speaking.”
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Tech Tools by Subject and Skills

Tech Tools by Subject and Skills | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“Resources by Academic Subject Math Science History English Resources by Topics Research and Writing Multimedia Presentations Discussion and Collaboration Google Apps for Education Resources by Learning Activity Create Timelines Publish their writings Backchannelling or enable a real time discussion Search and evaluate … Read more”
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:30 PM

If you are looking for something new that's technology-related to use in your classes, check out this site.  It has icons for several subject areas as well as presentations, Google apps, and creating timelines.  Just give yourself enough time to go through all of them-there's a lot here!

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Teaching Your Kid to Read? Let Her Play Minecraft - Good.IS

Teaching Your Kid to Read? Let Her Play Minecraft - Good.IS | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“ The first time linguist and game studies theorist James Gee played a video game, he failed many times over. But instead of giving up, he merrily persevered, choosing to exercise “learning muscles” he hadn’t worked out since his grad school days. “Lots of young people pay lots of money to engage in an activity that is hard, long, and complex,” he realized. Games were evidence that humans love learning. But why do they seem to love it more during Minecraft than in the classroom? A game, most simply defined, is nothing more than a set of problems that a player must solve in order to win. And whether played on a board, cards, a computer, an iPad, or a console, games have the ability to intrinsically shape the way we teach and learn language and literacy.”
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Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads - Innovation: Education

Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads - Innovation: Education | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
"These 6th graders found a way to do some digital global storytelling with a green screen and their iPads. They also managed to bust Tellagami’s animated personas out of the tablet, sending them around the world with a little green-screen magic. At Edmunds Middle School, two classes of 6th graders embarked on a new form of storytelling: Tellagami-smash! With a fleet of iPads at their disposal, along with the free green-screen app Veescope, students transported themselves or characters made with the Tellagami app to locations around the world."
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Julie Lindsay's curator insight, February 25, 2015 3:13 PM

Interesting applications for cross-school & global sharing

Scott Besterman's curator insight, February 27, 2015 8:42 AM

The use of green screens is a fun and effective way of "visually" bringing the outside world into your video stories.

Pauline denis's curator insight, March 23, 2015 11:31 AM

It's a new way to show a presentation and also "why not" to do a virtual travel all around the world!

 

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Why Great Teachers Blog (and How You Can Get Started)

Why Great Teachers Blog (and How You Can Get Started) | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“For great educators, teaching is a calling more than an occupation. That’s why educators spend so much of their time not only teaching in and beyond the classroom, but also constantly learning themselves, exploring every avenue that can make them more effective (like using Twitter for professional development).”So why would they take the time to blog at all, much less regularly? And is it something every educator should consider? To find out, we asked six Milken Educators with regular blogs on different topics to share their insights. What we learned was that there is no one reason to blog, but myriad reasons and benefits for doing so.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 11, 2014 8:13 PM

I owe my start in online teaching and learning to the Milken Family Foundation.  Back in '95 I became a Milken National Educator.  The world changed. My access to information and ideas grew and my teaching spirit soared.  The MFF is still doing the good work!

Heather Spiva's curator insight, February 8, 3:42 PM

Of course, this is great. I have two blogs and both are advantageous to learning -- for me and hopefully one day for my students.

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3 EdTech Tools for the One iPad Classroom - Daily Genius

3 EdTech Tools for the One iPad Classroom - Daily Genius | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“ iPads are amazing learning instruments that can improve instruction and student engagement dramatically. Those of us privileged enough to work in 1:1 iPad classrooms can attest to that. But lets be realistic: most classrooms around the world do not have access to the funds and resources necessary to equip a full classroom with iPads for each student. There are numerous teachers who have access to only one iPad at school, or they just own an iPad and think it would be a great idea to be able to use in the classroom. Luckily, there are several EdTech tools teachers can use in the One iPad Classroom in order to create lessons that are exciting, and provide unique educational experiences for all students.”
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Buyer Beware: Value-added modeling is really, really hard

Buyer Beware: Value-added modeling is really, really hard | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“Why one education research technique, coming into use by most states, is proving so controversial.”
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Great apps every iPad Air 2 owner should download right now! - iMore

Great apps every iPad Air 2 owner should download right now! - iMore | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“ If you own an iPad Air 2, the first thing you'll want to do is load up on great apps that take advantage of the all new A8X processor, Touch ID sensor, updated camera, and more. While all iPad apps available in the App Store will work perfectly fine on your new iPad Air 2, there are some that stand out from the crowd by taking advantage of the new hardware in some way or another. So if you're only looking for the best iPad apps, these are the ones we think you need to download ASAP!”
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Close Reading Can Be 'Fun or Awful'

Close Reading Can Be 'Fun or Awful' | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“Today's guest responses on the "what, why and how" of close reading come from Christopher Lehman, Cris Tovani, Pernille Ripp, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris.”
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Tom Whitford's curator insight, November 24, 2014 8:25 PM

A balanced approach still seems to be the key.....that and letting students have some choice in their reading so they develop interest in reading.

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Blended Learning: Working With One iPad

Blended Learning: Working With One iPad | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
“Learn how one educator has found a way to put a single iPad to use so the whole class benefits.”
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Helen Teague's curator insight, November 16, 2014 12:56 PM

What a dedicated educator implementing technology with what she has!

M. Piedad Orozco's curator insight, November 16, 2014 2:27 PM

Trabajando con el i-pad

Miguel Damiani's curator insight, November 16, 2014 9:15 PM

El uso del iPad en clase