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Resources for Teaching Digital Literacy - Inlcudes list of search engines for kids

Resources for Teaching Digital Literacy - Inlcudes list of search engines for kids | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
Search Tools Search is the essential 21st century skill. Developing search literacy in students should be the priority of our education. Teachers and students need the ability, search tools and str...
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Getting Ready for Primary Computing in September - July 2014 Blog Post

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I have spent this academic year as a test bed for the new Computing Curriculum. This has involved reviewing various resources including apps. I have decided, as I often do, in a less is more approach. A few iPad apps, Espresso Coding and Scratch can cover much of objectives of the programming aspect of the new Computing Curriculum.

 

In terms of apps, I am going to use Kodable https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kodable-pro/id649572737?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 as a starting point in Reception. Prior to that I will ask Pre-school teachers to introduce the sequencing activity in Bugs and Buttons https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bugs-and-buttons/id446031868?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 to introducing early programming skills. Year 1 will look at Daisy Dino https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/daisy-the-dinosaur/id490514278?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 as a stepping stone into Hopscotch and Scratch. Year 2 will look at drawing shapes etc in Hopscotch https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hopscotch-programming-designed/id617098629?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 before Year 3/4 look at more complicated game creation in Hopscotch. This will lead nicely into Scratch and continued Hopscotch use in Years 5/6.
Hopscotch is the key app with so many possibilities and a real blank canvas for pupils to be creative on.

 

Espresso Coding www.espressocoding.co.uk is a series of online activities and video tutorials that has been free this past year. The sample activities are quite prescribed but they offer a nice progression.

 

Finally, Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/
http://scratch.mit.edu/ has been used well this term by Year 6 who have created games such as multi-player racing. I intend to do even more with it next term as I have planned more time.

 

I would love to hear what everyone has planned for September in terms of Computing. Enjoy the end of term and the holidays.


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Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future

Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement has the potential to turn more and more people into makers instead of just consumers.
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Beyond Minecraft: Games That Inspire Building and Exploration

Beyond Minecraft: Games That Inspire Building and Exploration | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
The success and popularity of Minecraft in and out of classrooms is no surprise.
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Digital Tools for Teachers: coding

Digital Tools for Teachers: coding | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
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A great blog - this post lists and details coding apps and software for primary years.

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Primary Possibilities: Step by step instructions for keeping children on task - guided access to app

Primary Possibilities: Step by step instructions for keeping children on task - guided access to app | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Very useful for Preschool / Kindergarten where iPads are being used in rotation groups

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A Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it

"The folks in Common Sense Media have designed this beautiful poster for you to print and use in your classroom. The poster is an excellent guide for students to help them make the right informed decisions when it comes to photo sharing."


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Elania Garrett's curator insight, July 29, 2013 3:20 PM

Wonderful!

Monica Goddard's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:39 AM

I like it! Simple and straight forward!

Carey Leahy's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:29 PM

Encourages all to take time to 'think' through the steps! Choices.

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84 Math Websites for K-8

84 Math Websites for K-8 | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
Here are 84 math websites for grades K-8, including mental math, facts, money, business, economics, more: A Plus Math Adding Decimals Alien Addition Angles Arithmattack Be Your Own Boss Build a bug...
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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Why Your School Needs a Scratch Club [VIDEO]

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ICTmagic

ICTmagic | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
Educational Resources from the ICTmagic Wiki page
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37 Free Online National Geographic Books

37 Free Online National Geographic Books | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
37 fabulous non-fiction books from National Geographic. They e-books will even read the words to the kids! Find them all HERE
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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
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Why Programming Is The Core Skill Of The 21st Century

Why Programming Is The Core Skill Of The 21st Century | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
It's never been easier, more accessible, or more essential to learn coding skills.
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Teaching kids coding with Hopscotch - New Startups

Teaching kids coding with Hopscotch - New Startups | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
Hopscotch helps boys and girls aged 8-12 (kids) learn how to program / code with a bright and fun interactive iPad app.
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Another coding App

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4 Great iPad Apps for Creating Educational Comic Apps to Use in Class

4 Great iPad Apps for Creating Educational Comic Apps to Use in Class | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
June 15, 2014
Below is a chart I have created today where I embedded four of the top iPad apps that you can use with your students in class to create educational comic strips. Of course there are...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, June 15, 5:22 AM

This is help for creating educational comics for class! Enjoy!

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14 Web Tools For Teaching Without Student Logins - Edudemic

14 Web Tools For Teaching Without Student Logins - Edudemic | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
What happens when you or your students forget your online password? You should start using some of these web tools for teaching without student logins.
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Thanks for this great list - looking forward to looking at them.  This year I've used Popplet, My Storymaker, Visual Poetry and Blabberize successfully with K-2. Last year we used Glogster but the log ins were a pain.

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Kleinspiration: Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!

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Skitch: Must Have FREE App

Skitch: Must Have FREE App | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
I have mentioned Skitch in several posts (here and here) before but I realized I never actually made a post dedicated to the app itself, and it deserves one. Skitch is a FREE app that is part of Ev...
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Skitch - great for creating annotated maps of the school or nieghbourhood too

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QR Codes in The Classroom- Awesome Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

QR Codes in The Classroom- Awesome Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
QR Codes in The Classroom- Awesome Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/bNG5P4wgtJ via @medkh9

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 3, 2013 9:13 PM

Here's an update on using QR Codes in the classroom!

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Picadilo - Photo editing at its best

Picadilo - Photo editing at its best | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it

Picadilo is a 100% free online photo editor that's both easy to use and powerful. Transform your photos using eye catching effects, versatile editing tools and classy textures - plus the flexibility of multiple editing windows.


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Hopefully this might be the answer to the loss of Piknic.

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Gayla Keesee's curator insight, August 7, 2013 6:53 AM

I'm familiar with Pixlr and Photoshop--looking to see how this tools is similar.

Al Wright's comment, August 13, 2013 6:16 PM
Amazing site!
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Perfect for those who want to experiment or have a little fun with filters and effects without paying big bucks. :) 

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The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms - Edudemic

The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms - Edudemic | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
Here's a useful list of the best web tools for flipped classrooms, complete with what each tool is and how teachers are using it right now!
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QR Codes - LiveBinder

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Video explantion

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Includes link to "Book Trailers for Readers"

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Free Technology for Teachers: Make PicMonkey Collages to Pique Kids' Interest in Books

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The Secret Door

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Open a door to the world with this intriguing site which transports users to indoor spaces from all over the world with a Google StreetMap mashup. Found via http://twitter.com/@SparkyTeaching.

 

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/PSHE%2C+RE%2C+Citizenship%2C+Geography+%26+Environmental

 

 


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Great tool for developing oral language - children could open the Secret Door on an iPad, describe the setting to the group in five or six sentences then reveal the picture on the SMARTboard to see how the pictures created in students' heads match Google image.

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Excellent spark for narrative writing and describing setting! Thanks!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Every Stock Photo - A Search Engine for Free Images

Free Technology for Teachers: Every Stock Photo - A Search Engine for Free Images | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it

"The next time that you need to find some high resolution images for a slideshow skip the Google Image search and head over to Every Stock Photo. Every Stock Photo is a search engine for public domain and Creative Commons licensed pictures. When you search on Every Stock Photo it pulls images from dozens of sources across the web."


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Yahya Qachach's curator insight, May 25, 2013 3:27 AM

http://amecselblog.overblog.com

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, May 25, 2013 7:05 PM

What a wonderful source of images plus built in lesson in digital citizenship. I love having to opportunity to discuss both attribution and resolution during an image search. 

Natassa Dourvetaki's comment, May 26, 2013 5:32 AM
Definitely it's worth spending some time across this site!