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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 7:39 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 6:27 AM

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, May 25, 2013 10:05 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 8:32 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 9:20 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 10:03 PM

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

 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 10, 2013 8:41 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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Paper for the Web | Padlet

Paper for the Web | Padlet | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it

We give you a blank wall.
You put anything you want on it, anywhere.
Simple, yet powerful.


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Lyn Doolan's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:52 PM

a nice simple tool so useful for collaboration and group work

MelodyJenningsBowers's curator insight, March 28, 2013 10:24 PM

The "new" and imporved Wallwisher!

MrsM's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:14 PM

Great to be used both on a pad or an IWB to brainstorm ideas, quicker to use than a mapmind app; as a noticeboard; in a traditional classroom or in a flipped classroom.

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SLJ's Top 10 Apps: 2012 - The Digital Shift

SLJ's Top 10 Apps: 2012 - The Digital Shift | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
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IMA.N.O.TRON, Apps

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Coding comes to primary schools

Coding comes to primary schools | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
Volunteers have kicked off a project to set up after-school clubs that teach younger children how to programme computers
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Importance of teaching coding in primary schools.

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InTec InSights: Technology Integration Ideas for the Classroom: iPad Lesson: Animal Reports with FaceTalker

InTec InSights: Technology Integration Ideas for the Classroom: iPad Lesson: Animal Reports with FaceTalker | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
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The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child

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Laura Wright's class is official!!!! Check out "Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child" created by her 3rd grade class using iBook Author!!!!


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We could creat a similar iBook based on the life of a colonial Australian child

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Scratch 2.0

Curious about Scratch 2.0? Check out this special preview video about the new features that will be included in the next generation of Scratch.

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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

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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 7:38 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 8:43 PM

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

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2 Simple Ways To Use QR Codes In Education - Edudemic

2 Simple Ways To Use QR Codes In Education - Edudemic | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
If you have a smartphone in your classroom, you can leverage the power of the QR code! Here's a few simple ways to start using QR codes in education.
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5 Apps and Sites for Creating Animations

5 Apps and Sites for Creating Animations | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 5, 2013 10:45 PM

Richard Byrne offers up five aps and sites that students may use to create animations. He provides an overview of:

* Stop Frame Animator

* SketchStar

* Animation Deck (an iPad app available in a lite or paid version)

* Draw Island

* Wideo.co

If you are considering having your students create videos for a project this post will allow you to quickly find a tool or two for them to use...and make sure that you check the tool on the computers in your school. It is not unusual for some of these tools to be blocked by filters.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, March 7, 2013 9:12 AM

always on the look out for animation software.

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Resources for Digital Learning - The Digital Shift

Resources for Digital Learning - The Digital Shift | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Lists of Ebooks, research and curation tools, digital librarytools and Apps

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InTec InSights: Technology Integration Ideas for the Classroom: ipads

InTec InSights: Technology Integration Ideas for the Classroom: ipads | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Create your own iPad Games with Sketch Nation Studio

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Graphic Novels using Strip Designer app

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Joan Cay Vey's curator insight, January 4, 2013 3:56 PM

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, January 6, 2013 9:03 AM

This app can also be used to create vocabulary cartoons, cartoons depicting events in history and processes in science. 

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, July 17, 2013 8:01 PM

I am thinking this would be a great tool for media orientation materials next month.

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Five Reasons I Love Using QR Codes in My Classroom

Five Reasons I Love Using QR Codes in My Classroom | Embedding digital literacy in the classroom | Scoop.it
There are so many tools that educators can use to get students interested and engaged in their work. Like most teachers today, I integrate technology into my instruction everyday. I'm lucky to work i
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