Minecraft is one of those rare games that both educators endorse and kids love to play. Maybe it’s the cubic heads, the flying pigs, or just the ability to create anything you want, it has hit the sweet spot between education and fun.
So, what is the best way to start playing Minecraft and take advantage of this wonderful exception to the ‘edutainment’ rule? Well, lucky for you there are a LOT of different options! Here are 17 of the most popular:
The recording of our 9/18 webcast "Would You Watch It: Creating Effective and Engaging Videos" is now available. Over 200 librarians attended the webinar and the evaluation feedback was overwhelmingly positive. If you missed it or if you attended and want to share it with colleagues, please take advantage of the great information shared by Martin's.
"Audio recordings can definitely support students who have trouble reading directions or need extra help with new vocabulary words. I’ve shared one way to make QR codes talk to students but if you’d like to add your own voice to a QR code, here’s how:"
If you download apps, movies, and games on your iPhone or iPad, you're already familiar with what an iTunes account is and how it works. However, that doesn't always mean that the email or account you use for mail and iCloud is the same account you use for purchases. If you ever need to change what iTunes account is linked to your iPhone or iPad, you can do so in just a few steps....
This video is a companion piece to the article, "How to Add Voice Over to Powerpoint 2010 Slides (Using Built-in Functionality)" on EmergingEdTech.com [URL: ...
Sandra Carswell's insight:
This video demonstrates how to insert your narration in 2 ways, individual clips on each slide which the viewer may click or as one narration which will play as the viewer clicks through the slide deck. This is a great way to start flipping your classroom instruction or to just post your lesson presentation online so students can review it later. No need to start from scratch, just use the ppt s you already have.
"Last night while I was watching the total lunar eclipse " Blood Moon", it dawned on me to compile a list of iPad apps that students can use to learn more about space. Of course there are no better apps to recommend than NASA's. I have gone through all the apps NASA offers and picked out for you the ones below. Have a look and share with your colleages."
"Thimble is an online webpage editor and set of remixable projects designed to help kids learn how to write the Web. As part of Mozilla's Webmaker project, Thimble displays two windows at once to show kids how the code they write creates the webpage they see on a browser. As kids edit code in the left-side window, the changes they make to things like color, font, and images immediately take effect on the right. Thimble projects featured on the Webmaker homepage are great for beginners and experienced programmers alike. Comments included in each project explain its code and how to change it. Thimble also lets kids compose their own webpages from scratch when they're ready to work independently. Using Thimble lets kids experience the joy of discovering that they, too, can create and publish webpages using authentic code.
Is It Good For Learning?
"Because it's designed to show kids how what they do changes how their webpages look, Thimble a great way to learn code, web design, and problem-solving skills. Thimble gives kids immediate feedback about personally meaningful work. Alerts about "bugs" in the code help kids easily find and fix any errors that keep their webpages from looking just right. Once students get some experience coding, they'll be ready and eager to see how they can use Thimble to publish their classwork and projects online using text and multimedia. The comments in each project and the online community of volunteer Webmaker mentors provide immediate support as students remix projects and begin making their own webpages. As a free, open, and well-supported platform, Thimble, like Scratch, provides one of the most inviting and supportive environments available for kids who want to code and feel like they're a part of the current learn-to-code and social coding movements."
I have a few "learn to code" links on my Destiny homepage for those kids who want to "play" on the computers. This will be another one I'll add to that list as well as send to our Gateway to Technology and Tech Apps teachers.
March , 2014 Integrating digital storytelling requires more than just knowledge of the web tools to use for creating and sharing digital stories, the process if much more important. Helping kids and...
I am updating my workshop on how technology can be used to promote Voluntary Free Re...
Sandra Carswell's insight:
While there is really nothing here we haven't heard or used before, it is a good list to use to review what you have done in the past and update it. I know I need to promote books on my library website, but when was the last time I updated it? or what about your digital displays? are they stale? I think the thing is to chose where to focus your time and make a regularly scheduled time to update it.
In the middle of October, we invited educators to tell us about the "apps, games, and websites that are helping to tranform their classrooms this year." We asked that you submit your responses in the form of Field Notes and we received more than...
The renaissance of self-reliance has brought about such things as a flood of creative ideas on Pinterest, Arduino projects, popular YouTube DIY Channels, and the Raspberry Pi movement. But why should grown-ups have all the fun? Kids are born into technology, so why not include them in the experience? Teach them to fix and create things and you teach them to take control of their world.
"It’s time to do less typing and more talking with the new real time voice-to-text feature in iOS 8.
"Relatively little has been said about the new real-time dictation function in iOS, and in previous versions it may not have been worthy of the highlight. But with the recent iOS 8 update, Apple has restored bragging rights when it comes voice dictation and mobile devices.
"Past iOS dictation implementation wouldn’t show the text you dictated until you tapped the Done button, which meant activating the feature several times for long form dictation. Well, not anymore. For me, the new voice-to-text feature works more efficiently than Dragon Dictate on the Mac."
Jim Lerman's insight:
I have been a user of Dragon Naturally Speaking for about 8 years and have found it very, very useful -- both for myself and in teaching. Having an effective, "free" voice-to-text capability opens up fabulous opportunities for students to express themselves. The advent of easy voice to text moves writing in a whole new direction. I know because I dictated most of the last book I wrote and several recent funding proposals. It takes awhile to learn how to dictate efficiently and effectively, which has little to do with the software learning your voice patterns and much to do with developing a different though process.
"Willyn Webb and I contributed to the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE) Literacy Journal. The journal features innovative ways to enhance learning with technology. Our chapter is called, "The future is in their hands: Using cell phones for literacy learning. Unlike other journals, there is no pay wall to access the journal. It is available free!
"Emerging technologies is, can be, should be a driving force of this evolution towards Education 3.0. Information access, communication methods, the ability for creative express is qualitatively different than any other time in history due to technological advances."
Very good infographic to explain how the SAMR framework can be used to move education forward from the 3 Rs to 3 Cs (communicating contributing, collaborating) to 3 Cs (connectors, creators, constructivists).
"The November Learning team is excited to share a hot new literacy tool, introduced to us by a brilliant teacher, Laura Robertson, from The St. Anne's Belfield Studio School in Virginia. This intuitive and multi-functional digital literacy tool can transform the way
teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Students are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned activities, projects and learning experiences."
"Demonstrates how to start a Hangout and invite 9 others even those NOT in your Circles. A great workflow for educators using Hangouts. Note: This video does not demonstrate Hangouts on Air (just regular Hangouts ... no recording or public viewing).
"This tutorial was created with Movenote (a free, easy to use tool!)."
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