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Parlor - A Social Reader for Critical Reading

Parlor - A Social Reader for Critical Reading | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Parlor is a social reader for critical reading.

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Hmmm...the future of the humanities classroom...can't wait to see what this turns out to be, as there is no further information given on the link...

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Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

"Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming."


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I love the analogy to learning a new language. Definitely going to try these with my children and middle school students.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, June 10, 5:43 PM

Two I'm trialling are Codecombat.com and codeavengers.com but I'm looking forward to looking at these.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 14, 7:43 AM

Possible additions to my "games" list. 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, June 14, 4:12 PM

A must read for teachers. Excellent list.

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Brainfeed: Educational Videos for Kids

Brainfeed: Educational Videos for Kids | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Tweet Tweet It is almost never too early to start teaching your children about the nature of this reality. Of..

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Great resource for adding a visual component to your lessons, or as as app on your classroom iPad!

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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 21, 10:23 AM

I worry that  young children who are encountering print obstacles need to have access to high quality information to develop their conceptual breadth and vocabulary.---Lou

Mark Hoffman's comment, May 21, 12:51 PM
Hi everyone, today Brainfeed was featured in Apple's iTunes Newsletter. "iTunes Education Spotlight" Thank you Apple! We are very proud. Enjoy exploring Brainfeed!
Catherine Douthard's curator insight, May 25, 8:57 AM

Love using this!

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3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning

3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Coding isn't just for computer science any more. Educators are finding that teaching students to write code and design games enhances learning and creates engagement. These examples illustrate how co

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Great way to increase engagement and learning in all subject areas.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 30, 4:37 AM

Thanks to Kim Flintoff.

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A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education

A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

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Great new apps many teachers may not be aware of that they can definitely be utilizing in their classrooms!

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Classcraft Gamifies Classroom Culture - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson

Classcraft Gamifies Classroom Culture - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
In this new game, Classcraft, the more students do well in class, not only academically but by supporting their classmates' learning, the more they gain points by succeeding with real positive actions, such as bringing notes to an exam.

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I would definitely like to see how this could work with some at risk classes which could use a different type of incentive to making successful choices in school.

 

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15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education @coolcatteacher

15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education @coolcatteacher | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
The Best Google Drive Add Ons for Education will help you be more productive and add cool academic content into Google Drive. Revise better and more...

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Very useful educationally related add ons many of us can use to be more effective and add versatility to our content.

 

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Writefull | A new way of writing with confidence

Writefull | A new way of writing with confidence | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

We all use Google to check if our writing is correct. We enter different phrases until we find the one that gives us most results – and this is the one we use in our own text. A smart approach, but not without its annoyances: revisiting the Google webpage breaks the flow of our writing, and its results often contain grammatical errors.


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An interesting twist on varying your writing. But the comment was correct - there is a bit of a disruption to the writing process and they students need to be reminded that google is not without spelling mistakes!

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Lara N. Madden's curator insight, March 17, 10:26 AM

Interesting new tool...we should share with students in courses with research and other term papers.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, April 2, 3:56 AM
Writing a story line or script its usefull ~This looks like an interesting software tool which you can download and use to check your writing against the texts included in thousands of Google books. It can even detect context from the text you are writing and compare it to similar contexts. Interesting stuff!
Ulrike Grabe's curator insight, April 24, 5:36 AM

The application helps to check your writing (in English) not only regarding spelling and grammer but adds tools to check examples of the use of a certain phrase, context and synonyms, too.

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills - Mind/Shift

5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills - Mind/Shift | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.


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Great extension resources for skills in language and math skills - plus the students are engaged at the same time!

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Woodstock School's curator insight, March 25, 8:56 PM

Great ideas for helping students get past their mental blocks.

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20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook

20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.

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So many teachers want to start using Google Apps, but don't know where to start and which are most suited for their classrooms. This list is a great starting point to share with my colleagues. There is so much more we can be sharing than we realize.

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Handy Chart Featuring 11 Good Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers and Students

Handy Chart Featuring 11 Good Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers and Students | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Digital Storytelling is an alternate and innovative option to the old school paper style we used to stick to. Student love the variety they can choose from and how they can customize their own based on style and preferences.

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Help Students With Comprehension Through Collaborative Reading - Edudemic

Help Students With Comprehension Through Collaborative Reading - Edudemic | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Collaborative reading and digital devices can give students a huge boost in comprehension. How? Take a look at these great tips from Holly Clark.

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Great analogy to the older woman reading the newspaper and how much information sharing has changed. Great ideas for the classroom as well to be aware of using the technology to the fullest to boost comprehension.

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Sharing Technology: Great Sites to Help Teach Cyber Safety

Sharing Technology: Great Sites to Help Teach Cyber Safety | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

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Thank you! Very useful to pass on to my elementary classroom teachers who are asking for resources on this - such an important topic for us to be addressing with all students.

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Deb's curator insight, August 22, 2013 4:49 AM

Sites to teach Internet Safety and Creative Commons.

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Analyze and Improve Your Writing Skills Online With Slick Write

Analyze and Improve Your Writing Skills Online With Slick Write | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

"Even the best writers from among us are prone to the odd mistake. Slick Write is an online tool which helps to correct and even improve your writing on a number of levels.

"Slick Write enables you to evaluate the stylistic features and potential flaws of your work, as well as giving you the ability to identify spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. Interestingly, the tool gives you an insight into the structure of your content, breaking up paragraphs and sentences in a unique, informative way.

"You can analyse the flow of your work, and assess some of the statistics which Slick Write provides for you. When using all the features in unison, it becomes relatively easy to turn an average piece of text, and turn it into a literary masterpiece.


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Will be a great addition to my lower level writing class who struggle with grammar or ideas. Passing this on to other Writing teachers in my division as well, thank you!

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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, July 28, 2013 9:35 AM

Lijkt een mooie tool te ziijn, helaas alleen beschikbaar voor Engelse teksten en voor WordPress.

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App Smashing: Combining Google Drive, iTunes U, And Apps In The Classroom - Edudemic

App Smashing: Combining Google Drive, iTunes U, And Apps In The Classroom - Edudemic | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Many schools that have adopted one-one tablet technology struggle with the pre-requisite skills associated with moving files from app to app. This process is now called App Smashing, and when you learn how to use it to your advantage, it really does make things nice and simple. Workflow is king and the easier it is …

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Definitely a practise we need to be aware of and get into if we want students to be able to move their information and assignments from app to app in a more efficient way.

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Booktrack Classroom - for Teachers

Booktrack Classroom - for Teachers | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 9, 4:16 AM
Using Booktrack Classroom

Booktrack can be used in a variety of ways to engage with students. Here are just a few examples:

  • Narrative Writing – Students add music and audio to their original stories.
  • Informative and Explanatory Writing – Students compose essays and articles selecting suitable audio to accompany their text.
  • Literature Study – Students gain insight and increased understanding of the text by creating their own soundtracks for novels, stories, and plays they are reading in class.
  • Read-Alouds – Teacher and student led read-alouds are enhanced through the addition of sound and music to the chapter or act being presented.

Booktrack Classroom achieves multiple learning objectives, while simultaneously promoting digital literacy and creative thinking among students. It can be used on both an individual basis as well as in group learning exercises.

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Free Game Design Curriculum Invades Math Classes -- THE Journal

Free Game Design Curriculum Invades Math Classes -- THE Journal | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

"A long-tested curriculum for middle schoolers that blends algebra and geometry concepts with the programming of games is getting a new boost. Bootstrap, which has been around for about six years, is teaming up with Code.org and the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC) to help educators learn how to teach students algebraic and geometric concepts with computer programming.

 

The middle school curriculum  http://bit.ly/1mvgIVV developed by Bootstrap, is free and aligns with the Common Core math standards. The organization also offers paid professional development workshops at locations around the country."


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Great resource! Will definitely be using in my middle school classroom!

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Excellent Checklist for Evaluating Information Sources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Checklist for Evaluating Information Sources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

"Digital literacy, as a set of skills that students need to develop and master in order to properly use digital technologies , is an essential component of the 21st century education. Being digitally literate should not be confused with being comfortable  using certain types of digital media such as  social media. And as Danah Boyd argued in her book "Understanding The Social Lives of Networked Teens" http://bit.ly/1jYbePH teenagers know how how to use Facebook, but their understanding of the site’s privacy settings did not mesh with the ways in which they configured their accounts.They know how to get to Google but had little understanding about how to construct a query to get quality information from the popular search engine.

Along with learning how to conduct effective online searches comes the the second most important skill which is that of evaluating and assessing the validity of information found online.  One of the versatile tools teachers can use to teach students about web content evaluation is called CRAAP . The acronym CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, and Purpose. CRAAP is a test developed by the University of California at Chico to help students evaluate web content ( and any other content) based on those four dimensions. Below is a public domain document, a checklist, that teachers and  students can use to evaluate web content. Click here http://bit.ly/1isfRyI to download it."


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Blendspace - Teacher Resources - create interactive online lessons and more

Blendspace - Teacher Resources - create interactive online lessons and more | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Free Blendspace Teacher Resources

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ExamTime - Changing the way you learn

ExamTime - Changing the way you learn | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

Amazing software - found by one of our students who then created a video to explain how it is used. 

 

Make mind maps, notes, quizzes and flashcards from it in a very simple and easy to use fashion.


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Very useful software for assessment. Very versatile and appealing to different learning types.

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A Wonderful Visual Timeline of The History of Classroom Technology

A Wonderful Visual Timeline of The History of Classroom Technology | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

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Interesting to see how we've evolved and where we came from! Neat for today's student to see as well!

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Kaitlin Calhoun's curator insight, July 1, 6:54 PM

I am so glad the calculator was invented!!!!!

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7 Apps That Teach Literacy Skills -- THE Journal

7 Apps That Teach Literacy Skills -- THE Journal | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Visual and sonic aids can help students with language disorders improve their reading, writing and speaking.

Via Anna Hu
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Great apps that help improve skills which transfer over into all subject areas - literacy is not only in the ELA classroom. Thanks for the resources!

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Glean — Find the best videos in education for you

Glean — Find the best videos in education for you | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it
Explore awesome math and science video lessons from the best teachers online! High quality videos to save you time and help you ace your homework

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Going to pass this site on to the Science and Math teachers in our divisions - it's always nice to have supplementary materials and add some visuals into the lessons.

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Plan3t_t3ch's curator insight, March 5, 6:24 PM

a great combination of videos to support learning Math & Science

Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, March 7, 4:45 PM

Hay material interesante para algunos cursos preclinicos de la carrera de medicina, como calculo, quimica organica, etc...

Mack James's curator insight, March 12, 5:33 PM

More resources for you to use :)

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4 Powerful Chrome Apps for Teaching Students to Type Fast ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Powerful Chrome Apps for Teaching Students to Type Fast ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

Via Anna Hu
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Great resources! Going to use these with my beginning level group. It's nice to have a variety of platforms to choose from rather  than the same old typing games.

 

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Sharing Technology: My Garbology

Sharing Technology: My Garbology | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

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Great interactive site - great current and relevant information!

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Lettrs – Take Time To Write

Lettrs – Take Time To Write | Essential Skills in Education | Scoop.it

lettrs is the cloud and mobile platform for powering the world’s meaningful communications. Featured in TIME, Wall Street Journal, and NPR, lettrs has become known as “the correspondence cloud” for reinventing a new digital to postal system of letter writing


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Definitely an element which seems to be missing in modern technical communication. Love the personal element - teaching students to take the time and the patience to write an actual letter - instead of the quick often emotionless text.

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flea palmer's curator insight, September 5, 2013 8:35 AM

This sounds rather nice... I particularly like the idea of using letters to document your life story - reminds me of the hilarious 'Henry Root' (William Donaldson) books.

Yael BOUBLIL's curator insight, September 18, 2013 12:59 AM

Ce logiciel transforme votre prose électronique en une lettre postée, manuscrite si vous le souhaitez...

Un charmant petit air de "c'était mieux avant" non ?

Jorge Leal's curator insight, November 27, 2013 11:47 AM

for more  practice