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Check out this learn-to-code platform just for kids

Check out this learn-to-code platform just for kids | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Tynker Learning Platform, which uses its own visual programming language, is focused on bringing better STEM education tools into classrooms

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The modular tools used for programming here look very similar to those developed by MIT for their programme, "Scatch".  It am looking for award to trying Tynker out with my Year 2 students as they really enjoyed working with Scratch to create their own games.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:38 PM

Tynker is another new coding program designed for children that is free. Their philosophy is "that elementary school-aged children should understand the basics of how computers work and how they’re programmed." They have designed their own programming language which is "focused on bringing better STEM education tools into classrooms and is hence geared toward teachers." All the tools are free to use and include lesson plans and interactive tutorials as well as management tools. Projects are geared to student interests, such as buiding games, robots and creating comics. 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 10, 2013 5:43 PM

This is another coding platform that is free for now. This is designed for children to learn to code.

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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!
☆ Emma *・✧'s curator insight, August 19, 2013 12:04 PM

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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Tara Mitchell's comment, May 31, 2013 4:39 AM
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

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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!
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Hopscotch iPad app looks to teach building blocks of coding to girls

Hopscotch iPad app looks to teach building blocks of coding to girls | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
Rather than making young people wade through incomprehensible strings of words and numbers, writing code in Hopscotch consists of dragging and dropping different cute characters and running scripts on them.

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Another programme to make coding accessible. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 17, 2013 6:20 PM

This free app for the iPad will help students learn how to code! It is geared to students between the ages of 8 and 12. Using drag and drop students should be able to create games and animations. 

A ongoing debate in education is around the issue of teaching programming to students. This app may provide opportunities for students to begin to explore the concept of programming easily.

Sunny Jatana's curator insight, April 17, 2013 7:03 PM

Coding and girls! Yes, they can go together folks!

 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 10, 2013 5:41 PM

Here's something we need most even more than algebra. Girls and Boys that can code are in high demand for awhile.

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5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students

5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
Five 'design your own game' sites for creative students and learners to take gaming to a deeper level by creating and designing games them self.
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I have been using Scratch successfully with Year 2 students - very scaffolded and teacher directed at this stage but its great for developing early programming skills.

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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

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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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Check out this learn-to-code platform just for kids

Check out this learn-to-code platform just for kids | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Tynker Learning Platform, which uses its own visual programming language, is focused on bringing better STEM education tools into classrooms

Via Beth Dichter
Cath Parker's insight:

The modular tools used for programming here look very similar to those developed by MIT for their programme, "Scatch".  It am looking for award to trying Tynker out with my Year 2 students as they really enjoyed working with Scratch to create their own games.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:38 PM

Tynker is another new coding program designed for children that is free. Their philosophy is "that elementary school-aged children should understand the basics of how computers work and how they’re programmed." They have designed their own programming language which is "focused on bringing better STEM education tools into classrooms and is hence geared toward teachers." All the tools are free to use and include lesson plans and interactive tutorials as well as management tools. Projects are geared to student interests, such as buiding games, robots and creating comics. 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 10, 2013 5:43 PM

This is another coding platform that is free for now. This is designed for children to learn to code.