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Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning

Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Many people associate the Maker Movement with the ‘stuff’ things like 3D printers, but in my opinion, this isn’t what pushes children outside of their comfort zone, it is that opportunity for open-ended exploration that is key.  When creating a makerspace, many school districts just go out and buy things that other districts buy, really in essence, just replicating another school districts makerspace.  In my opinion though, no two school makerspaces should be exactly alike because no two school communities are exactly alike.  

In my opinion, every makerspace needs to have their own unique vision and that vision should be written down the form of a mission statement.  That statement will help you convey to others what your makerspace is trying to achieve and to help people better understand your space, but it will also help you be able to better select products that are appropriate and meaningful to your particular makerspace.

In addition to a mission statement, I cannot stress enough the importance of properly planning your makerspace.  

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In San Francisco, preschoolers can now learn STEM with 3D printing and laser cutters

In San Francisco, preschoolers can now learn STEM with 3D printing and laser cutters | Educational Technology | Scoop.it


"A few weeks ago, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) near San Francisco, 5-year-old Jack Stabenow climbed a step stool to peer into a machine that cuts cardboard with a high-powered laser. The red beam precisely followed a squiggly building design that Jack had just finger-drawn on a tablet computer. Jack’s goal was to make a building that could stand up to the wind of a nearby table fan.


With his cardboard cut, Jack hurried to the assembly area where about two dozen other kids his age labored over teetering, but well-taped, creations. If these first attempts toppled in the breeze, that was to be expected. In fact, back-to-the-drawing-board was kind of the point.


The kids were learning the cycle of design, prototype, test, and redesign that’s a hallmark of engineering."


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Free Screen Recorder | Download Ezvid

Free Screen Recorder | Download Ezvid | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Ezvid is exceptional because of the power of its cutting-edge effects and features. With voice recording, facecam, voice synthesis, screen drawing, and speed control, Ezvid the world's single best solution for making videos which entertain, inform, and enchant your viewers.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 24, 2:06 PM

Looks worth a free download if you need a versatile screen recorder.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 27, 7:08 PM
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Looks like a pretty versatile program. It's free!
 
vgpascal's curator insight, April 28, 4:09 AM
Testé et approuvé si vous avez un compte Youtube ! La solution propose de multiples avantages :

Les +
+ capture d'écran animés
+ banc de montage facile à prendre en main
+ ajouts de textes
+ ajout d'un filigrane de personnalisation
+ accès à une banque de musique de fond (issue de la bibliothèque ou la vôtre)
+ synchronisation de la voix
+ incrustation de la webcam possible
+ mixage d'images et de vidéos existantes
+ durée jusqu'à 45 minutes
+ ajout d'éléments pour le guidage d'attention (dessin, flèches...)

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- exports Youtube seulement
- compatible uniquement avec Windows
- le système stocke les fichiers qui composent votre vidéo (différentes séquences) dans le dossier username/my documents/ezvid/projects
- seule la version montée sera exportable sur Youtube... il ne manque plus qu'à la récupérer par des moyens tiers depuis Youtube ;-)
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Designing a School Makerspace

Designing a School Makerspace | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Jennifer Cooper, designer, maker and gardening teacher, presents a practical approach to defining and designing the right makerspace for your school.
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5 Best Prezi Alternatives

5 Best Prezi Alternatives | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
5 Best Prezi alternatives list from PowToon - the free animated presentation software for business. The best alternative to Powerpoint and Prezi alternative.

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Iva Golec's curator insight, July 31, 2015 9:18 AM

Five presentation apps (with helpful annotations) that you may want to use when you get tired of Prezi.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, August 16, 2015 3:36 PM

Prezi est déjà tendance, voici quelques concurrents.

Eduard Lorda's curator insight, February 3, 4:01 AM

#recursos

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How to Cite Images on Your Blog - @Langwitches

How to Cite Images on Your Blog - @Langwitches | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

When using Copyrighted work with written permission from owner...


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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 30, 2014 10:11 AM

Helping to keep everything documented.....

Reshelle Johnson's curator insight, September 1, 2014 11:56 AM

@SkilledUp can point me to a class to learn about citing image use on the web.  It doesn't stick when I read about it.

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Educational Technology and Copyright Law - Teach Amazing!

Educational Technology and Copyright Law - Teach Amazing! | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
In the educational technology world, the matter of copyright and “fair use” pops up with almost every project. Can you, use images from the Internet?

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Time-lapse video for dummies

Time-lapse video for dummies | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
More #elearning time-lapse greatness via @eLearningJeff #elhchallenge http://t.co/mnw18hTA0F

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The Future Is Here: Engineering Students Discover How To Use Wi-Fi to Charge Cell Phones

The Future Is Here: Engineering Students Discover How To Use Wi-Fi to Charge Cell Phones | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
In the future, cell phones will charge on air. We're almost there, thanks to the genius engineering students who figured out how to charge cell phones with a Wi-Fi signal.

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Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:47 AM

So needed! 

Camilo Rivera's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:10 PM

I can only guess that the next step would be to recover some of the energy spent by 3G/4G networks. It remains to be seen how efficient this material is. It will probably face some of the same challenges of solar panels, but still quite an accomplishment.

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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably...

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Annika McGinley's curator insight, October 28, 2013 9:37 PM

Being a visual spatial, I groove on infographics! Nice roundup of tools to make it happen.

Deborah Owen's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:57 AM

Another useful list of options.

Marshall Van Fleet's curator insight, June 4, 2014 1:36 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably...

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How To Teach Critical Thinking Using Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic

How To Teach Critical Thinking Using Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
You can now easily integrate Bloom's Taxonomy into the teaching of critical thinking skills in your classroom using a fabulously simple chart!

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Dovid's curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:12 PM

Bloom's Taxonomy simplified for developing thinking skills!

Rudolf Kabutz's curator insight, October 3, 2013 12:30 PM

Thanks, dear Fabienne, this is really insightful.

In teaching one might want to progressively move from one level to the next, yet I would expect that one could work on all levels simultaneously.

How much more would children learn when they ask their 3-year-old, "What do you think ..."

Cassandra's curator insight, October 11, 2013 11:57 AM

Good information for teaching or treatment plans.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Quickly Compare Two or More Things in Wolfram Alpha

Free Technology for Teachers: Quickly Compare Two or More Things in Wolfram Alpha | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"Wolfram Alpha has had a comparison function for years and it works very well. To compare biographical information about two or more people, just type their names into the Wolfram Alpha search field (use commas between names). To compare other things just type them into the search field (again, use commas to separate them) and Wolfram Alpha will provide data for comparison. You can even compare apples, oranges, and bananas (Wolfram Alpha will provide nutritional information for the fruits)."


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How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios - Edudemic

How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios - Edudemic | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
As iPads proliferate in schools around the world, and students as well as teachers create more and more content, questions about what to do with all of those learning objects have arisen.

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John Purificati's comment, September 16, 2013 9:54 PM
Good stuff.
Senad Dizdar's curator insight, January 2, 2014 11:21 PM

Making the best use of #Evernote and #GoogleDrive

Michaela Vila's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:42 AM

This is a fantastic idea for students to combined PBL and technology. I think this is also a way for teachers to digitally document PBL. I use an iPad and Evernote every day for school, but I never thought of it being a tool for as a future teacher. Though this idea would could only be used for a small amount of classrooms right now, I love this idea and I want to keep it in my back pocket. 

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Create, Mash, and Inspire | Kdan Mobile

Create, Mash, and Inspire | Kdan Mobile | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
AniZone is a free social media platform that welcomes animators of all levels. Participate to post your work, give feedback, and learn from peers so you can showcase your talent to the world!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 4, 12:03 AM

Looks like a great versatile tool for creating content.

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Why Making Is Essential to Learning @Edutopia #makered

Why Making Is Essential to Learning @Edutopia #makered | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Making is as old as learning itself. While the maker movement may only be about a decade old, the human desire to create dates back to the earliest forms of human activity, from making stone tools to drawing on cave walls (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014; Martinez & Stager, 2014). Thinkers such as Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Papert helped paved the way for the maker movement by stressing the importance of hands-on, student-centered, meaningful learning. Instead of viewing learning as the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, these thinkers embraced the idea that children learn best when encouraged to discover, play, and experiment.

More recently, maker education is being used as a way to connect do-it-yourself informal learning to classrooms. Driven by new technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, and kid-friendly coding, making is emerging as an effective way to introduce students to STEM, particularly women and minorities. By incorporating elements of making into the classroom, educators can bridge the gap between what students are passionate about and what they're learning in school.

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20 + Things you can do with QR codes in your school

20 + Things you can do with QR codes in your school | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

QR codes are possibly one of the most underused useful features of new technology. Perhaps one of the main reasons for this is that many people see them as a form of barcode and wrongly believe that they can only be produced by companies, but the reality is anyone can produce a QR code within seconds.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 25, 2015 5:02 AM

My latest blog post on using QR codes.

Edina kurdi's curator insight, September 25, 2015 11:12 AM
Just recently created my first qr code, it was fun, let's see how it will work in class...
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Fair Use in Education and Research — Columbia Copyright Advisory Office

Fair Use in Education and Research — Columbia Copyright Advisory Office | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Fair use offers an extraordinarily important opportunity for educators, researchers, and others to make reasonable and limited uses of copyrighted materials. Clipping, cutting, pasting, uploading, posting, and many other activities that are common at the university may be copyright infringements or may be within fair use. When do you need to think about fair use? Some example situations:

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Stephen (Steve) Evans's curator insight, July 14, 2015 7:29 AM

Good resource for copyright information.....

Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, July 14, 2015 11:23 AM

This is a hot toping in K-12 and Higher Ed. - Columbia U is offering some information and guidelines. Take a look at their examples. 

Ashley Anne Abeling's curator insight, July 15, 2015 9:03 PM

Goes along with our first blogs of the semester! Great resource to refer back to.

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Instagram launches Hyperlapse, an iPhone app for capturing smooth time-lapse videos - The Next Web

Instagram launches Hyperlapse, an iPhone app for capturing smooth time-lapse videos - The Next Web | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Following Bolt, Instagram is back with another new mobile app. It’s called Hyperlapse and promises iPhone owners an easy way to record tracking shots and stunning time-lapse videos. These two shooting techniques are... Keep reading →

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How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week

How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
As a teacher, you may think slick production is the way to go in building engaging learning videos, but new data shows that variables within your control (and budget!) have more of an impact.

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 29, 2014 7:39 PM

Videos are a great way to engage students. Yes it can be time consuming but can be used over and over again.

WEAC's curator insight, August 31, 2014 10:28 AM

Here's a good back-to-school overview about creating classroom videos.

Reshelle Johnson's curator insight, September 1, 2014 11:36 AM

I enjoyed making instructional videos for my students and letting them make them as well.  This article covers why we should not be hung up on having a polished video because shorter, less formal videos can be more effective.  I used the app Explain Everything on my iPad to record lessons, but there are some who say that having the teacher in the video is more effective.  I wasn't ready for that.

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Technology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 2: Community Interaction

Technology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 2: Community Interaction | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Through the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model of technology, school communities can function more easily in supporting students and keeping parents informed. (New!

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Free Technology for Teachers: TouchDevelop Helps Students Understand Programming

Free Technology for Teachers: TouchDevelop Helps Students Understand Programming | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"TouchDevelop is a great platform through which students can learn to program simple animations and games. Miles Berry gave an entertaining presentation about it at TeachMeet BETT. As I watched his presentation I was struck by how much TouchDevelop reminded me of Logo Writer that I used as a student in 1990. If you used Logo Writer you'll probably notice the similarities too."


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le Targat's curator insight, January 30, 2014 5:37 AM

a tester, un outil pour créer facilement des animations... une idée de support pour créer des cours ?

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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Writing used to be strictly an in-school activity. Now, kids do 40 percent of their writing outside of school. Called “life writing,” young adults’ social writing spans texts, tweets, social media, and blogs -- and all of it’s making kids more literate.


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16s3d's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:02 AM

Histoire de recadrer les pessismistes et passéistes: l'écriture est plus que jamais vivace!

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:28 PM

I can't believe kids are doing more than 40% of their writing outside of school. "Life writing" may make grammar teachers cringe, but at least students are engaging with others and sharing ideas in this format.

Catherine Byrd Bushby's curator insight, June 21, 2014 10:13 PM

That's why we need to bring social writing into school.

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Coffee's Complicated Relationship With Capitalism

Coffee's Complicated Relationship With Capitalism | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"The concept of sustainability is not just a feel-good marketing concept; it is both a moral and functional imperative. And so, to make the financial case for paying farmers more is simple: if we don't do it now, there won't be coffee to sell later..."

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If you think you can freely use anything you find on the Internet, check out this infographic

If you think you can freely use anything you find on the Internet, check out this infographic | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Every month or so, I find myself having to educate people on copyright infringement.  It seems that some bloggers still don't understand that the Internet follows the same rules as the offline worl...

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:17 AM

This great infographic busts all the major myths about copyright. I have to deal with a lot of content scrapers, so this resource will be very useful to educate them on ethical practices. 

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7 Ways Teachers Can Create Videos without Installing any Software ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Ways Teachers Can Create Videos without Installing any Software ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"Today while I was reading a short article on the importance of videos in education, it dawned on me to compile a list of some of the best video creation tools to share with you here. I do have a separate section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning where I have been featuring a plethora of video tools . But today's collection is somehow different not only because it contains the cream of the crop but also because these tools are all web based.

All of the web tools below do not require any software installation and you can work on them right from your browser. I am pretty sure you will find them very useful particularly  when working on video projects with your students. Please have a look and share with us if we have missed any important title. Enjoy!"


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Pratima Patil's comment, September 25, 2013 3:00 AM
Cool stuff. I loved creating my own videos.
Character Minutes's curator insight, September 25, 2013 11:22 AM

Students could create use one of these to make their own "character" commercial or the teacher could use it to introduce the "monthly" character trait.

Jorge Leal's comment, September 25, 2013 12:23 PM
Pow toon is a good option, but I had problem when I tried to export the video.