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The what and how of utilizing technology in the learning process.
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Holman Technology Blog

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This is the main blog page for Holman ITRT. On this page you will find up to date posts concerning 21st century educational tools and best practices. This blog will also house important announcements for Holman Middle School teachers concerning Henrico 21 and Huskie Exchange. Be sure to check back often or subscribe to updates.
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Constitutional Rights Origins and Travels

Constitutional Rights Origins and Travels | Going Digital | Scoop.it
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Great visual exploring how constitutions are similar and different around the world.

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Teaching Digital Citizenship | Piktochart Infographic Editor

Teaching Digital Citizenship | Piktochart Infographic Editor | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Teaching Digital Citizenship
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Show - Discuss - Model. Every day. It is those teachable moments that we most not miss.

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5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi

5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi | Going Digital | Scoop.it
The research is clear: knowledge of words is knowledge of the world.

So what does this mean for us as educators? If we want students to access increasingly complex grade level text, we must Increase student vocabulary, knowledge, and capacity. We’ve highlighted five tools below that are a means to that end.

 

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Outstanding article that highlights 5 excellent digital tools to enhance students' literacy development.


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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio ^ School Library Journal ^ by Richard Byrne

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio ^ School Library Journal ^ by Richard Byrne | Going Digital | Scoop.it
I’ve written about a number of video, audio, and collage creation tools, with WeVideo, Audacity, and PicMonkey topping some of my lists. However, it can be a challenge for students to locate copyright-friendly media when using these tools for presentations or idea sharing. It’s always best for students to create materials or use ones that are in the public domain. Here are some of the best resources I’ve found for the latter.

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This is huge. If we don't direct students (and teachers) to public domain sites - they just google it.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, August 20, 11:01 PM

I would add http://photosforclass.com as a great tool to find CC licensed images from Flickr. The benefit is the CC license it adds to the bottom of the image for proper attribution. 

Mrs E.'s curator insight, August 21, 7:30 AM

Free images, audio and video ressources. A Must-Have

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Google Classroom: 8 Essential Tips Infographic ^ Teacher Tech

Google Classroom: 8 Essential Tips Infographic ^ Teacher Tech | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Google Classroom poster created by Alice Keeler and Michael Fricano ll. Check out Michaels blog at www.EDtechnocation.com

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Ra's curator insight, August 21, 6:39 PM

For teachers moving into using Google Classroom. 

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Google Slides Templates ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz

Google Slides Templates ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Now that our campus has a set of Chromebooks, my students have been delighting in exploring Google Drive.  One tool that has been an asset is the Presentation tool also known as Slides.  Similar to Powerpoint, the Google version has a few advantages in our environment: automatic saving (extremely helpful when the network isn’t always reliable), the rockin’ Research Tool, and the ability to use Google image search within the presentation. Even more importantly, a shared presentation invites collaboration.  I’ve enjoyed having the students work on slides in the same show simultaneously, such as the metaphor presentation I’ve embedded below.


There aren’t a whole lot of themes available in Slides.  But a growing number of templates are popping up online.  You can start with Google, itself, for public presentation templates that are free to download. Another fun resource, though somewhat limited right now, is Slides Carnival.

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Lots of potential for group projects. I love that you can use the Revision History to see who did what part of the project.

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Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World

Our Space is a set of curricular materials designed to encourage high school students to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their participation in new media environments. Through role-playing activities and reflective exercises, students are asked to consider the ethical responsibilities of other people, and whether and how they behave ethically themselves online. These issues are raised in relation to five core themes that are highly relevant online: identity, privacy, authorship and ownership, credibility, and participation. 

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These materials are a great way to get students to think beyond how online behavior impacts them.

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Graphic Organizers (Writing)

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Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, August 18, 11:15 AM

Great variety of organizers here. Something for everyone.

Chris Carter's curator insight, August 19, 3:49 AM

Always useful in helping students learn

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 19, 5:07 AM

Love these.!!

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16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation

16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation | Going Digital | Scoop.it
For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring websites and apps for making videos and animations. Teachers know that video making is a tried and true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These apps and sites feature user-friendly tools and features...

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Richard Samson's curator insight, August 17, 5:09 AM

Always good to stay up to date on video apps. Thanks!

Angela Ribo's curator insight, August 17, 10:27 AM

I think this will come in handy this year.

Mrs E.'s curator insight, August 20, 7:28 AM

Meant to be Your Favourite...

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6 Must-Have Apps for Teachers' Back-to-School Toolkit -- THE Journal

6 Must-Have Apps for Teachers' Back-to-School Toolkit -- THE Journal | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media’s service Graphite has compiled this list of apps to help teachers make their classrooms interactive, creative and productive in the new school year.
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15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College | Going Digital | Scoop.it
"Netiquette" refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.Read more →
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What’s ‘Value Added’ About Tech Tools in the Classroom? ^ Educator Innovator ^ by Nicole Mirra

What’s ‘Value Added’ About Tech Tools in the Classroom? ^ Educator Innovator ^ by Nicole Mirra | Going Digital | Scoop.it
During our conversation, Dr. Beach identified what I consider to be one of the most important educational innovations that digital texts bring to the classroom, namely their dialogic nature. While print texts may inspire dialogue, they exist as static, fixed entities offering one-way communication. Digital texts, on the other hand, can exist in a state of collaboration and change as users create, remix, mash up, or annotate.

More than any other aspect of digital texts, this sense of malleability is what I find most exciting as an educator because it helps us expand the definition of what constitutes writing and it reminds us that writing, just like all forms of creation, is a social practice in conversation with others in the world around us.

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GoNoodle | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community

GoNoodle | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community | Going Digital | Scoop.it

Great site to get your class moving with music, fitness and mindfulness videos.

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Using Diigo in the Classroom - Student Learning with Diigo

Using Diigo in the Classroom - Student Learning with Diigo | Going Digital | Scoop.it
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Diigo is a great way to curate the web - as well as to collaborate on the research process.

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What digital storytelling is and is not ^ Langwitches ^ by Sylvia Tolisano

What digital storytelling is and is not ^ Langwitches ^ by Sylvia Tolisano | Going Digital | Scoop.it

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Free Technology for Teachers: The Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Download It Today ^ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: The Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Download It Today ^ by Richard Byrne | Going Digital | Scoop.it
In The Practical Ed Tech Handbook you will find resources arranged in seven categories; communication with students & parents, web search strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios

 

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Don't miss this great resource. Download it free, today


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Google Drive: Locate Your Files ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler

Google Drive: Locate Your Files ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler | Going Digital | Scoop.it
When you create a new document or if you use File->Make a copy, the document is most likely in your main “My Drive” in Google Drive. If you are having trouble locating your file, here are some tricks.

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20 Ways to Transform Learning with Technology ^ Teacher Reboot Camp ^ by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

20 Ways to Transform Learning with Technology ^ Teacher Reboot Camp ^ by Shelly Sanchez Terrell | Going Digital | Scoop.it
This year try integrating technology to get students researching, exploring, creating and moving. Hover over the infopic below to discover lessons, free apps, and resources!

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Charles Myers 's curator insight, August 26, 7:03 PM

Nice list of things to do with tech in the classroom #ipaded #teched 

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20 Ways to Transform Learning with Technology ^ Teacher Reboot Camp ^ by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

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Google Classroom Gains New Features ^ Campus Technology ^ by Leila Meyer

Google Classroom Gains New Features ^ Campus Technology ^ by Leila Meyer | Going Digital | Scoop.it

"Google has incorporated several new features into Google Classroom, the company's platform for creating, sharing and grading assignments, and has other features set to roll out in the coming weeks.

"In a blog post, Will Phan, a software engineer for Google Classroom, wrote, "Most of these features are rolling out this week; stay tuned in the next few weeks for more back-to-school goodies in Google Classroom, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides." 


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Yay! Love that it is now incorporating the Calendar feature. Sad that it creates a totally new calendar instead of being able to link to one already created.

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Digital Citizenship During The First 5 Days Of School

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Digital citizenship is not a one time discussion. It is an ongoing process that needs to be taught to all grade levels and to all stakeholders.
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And then, of course, you need to keep digital citizenship training going all year. 

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10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

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10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

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8 Tips and Tools for Teaching Digital Citizenship -- THE Journal

8 Tips and Tools for Teaching Digital Citizenship -- THE Journal | Going Digital | Scoop.it
This list of four tips and four tools will allow every educator to create lessons and units that can help make all of your students better digital citizens.
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4 tips, 4 tools. 

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15 Online Resources That Help Improve Essay-Writing Skills ^ THE Journal ^ by Julie Petersen

15 Online Resources That Help Improve Essay-Writing Skills ^ THE Journal ^ by Julie Petersen | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Throughout the journey from kindergarten to 12th grade, students are supposed to gain appropriate vocabulary and grammar skills that need to be successfully implemented into essay writing. Here are some effective online tools that can help you make the art of essay writing more attractive for your students.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Rubric in Google Sheets - Video Demonstration

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Rubric in Google Sheets - Video Demonstration | Going Digital | Scoop.it
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This is helpful -- especially since rubrics need to be in Google Sheets to work with Doctopus and Goobric -- in Google Classroom.

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