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The what and how of utilizing technology in the learning process.
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Best voice recording apps for iPhone and iPad

Best voice recording apps for iPhone and iPad | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Students who record lectures, business users who record meetings, or an aspiring artist who records ideas on the go. There are many different people use, or
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Zipnote: The notebook that helps new knowledge stick.

Zipnote: The notebook that helps new knowledge stick. | Going Digital | Scoop.it
You probably already take notes when you learn. But often they lie forgotten for weeks or forever. Zipnote makes your notes useful by turning what you learn into reviewable Q&A cards.

Just take your notes in Zipnote! Use our easy, outline-based note format to add concepts, people, places and events you learn about.

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This is an interesting take on note-taking since one of the most difficult parts of note-taking is getting kids to actually look back at those notes.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 8, 11:29 AM

This is a useful online notebook that builds I revision.

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Gaby K. Slezák's curator insight, September 15, 5:53 AM
interesting take on a notebook app - to turn your notes into Q&A cards so you'll actually train your brain with what you once deemed noteworthy. Nice idea.
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Ten+ Webtools for Digital Storytelling and Book Trailers | Listly List

Ten websites using images, music and/or video to create book trailers to engage active reading for students.

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This Online Audio Editor Is Beautiful - Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne

This Online Audio Editor Is Beautiful - Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Beautiful Audio Editor is a free audio editor that you can use in the Chrome and Firefox web browsers. Beautiful Audio Editor lets you record spoken audio directly and or import audio that you have previously recorded in MP3 and WAV formats. You can edit and blend multiple tracks in the Beautiful Audio Editor. When your audio editing project is complete you can download it as an MP3 file, download it as a WAV file, or you can save it in Google Drive.

For the last few years I've recommended using Twisted Wave to record and edit audio on Chromebooks. Beautiful Audio Editor offers more options and is what I'll be using on Chromebooks from here on.

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Linda Foote's curator insight, April 28, 7:58 PM
Look for the Beautiful Audio Editor in the Chrome Web Store.  It's free.
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Kids Discover Online - Kids Discover

Kids Discover Online - Kids Discover | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Access Kids Discover's award-winning library of science and social studies material on any device, at any time,
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Some parts are free and some are not, but the layout is highly visual and the information is engaging and timely. There are different lexile levels as well as connections to educational standards.
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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? | Going Digital | Scoop.it
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
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Interesting look at correlations between depression and smartphones.
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Sharing a Great Resource and Techniques for Web Content Fact Checking | Emerging Education Technologies

Sharing a Great Resource and Techniques for Web Content Fact Checking | Emerging Education Technologies | Going Digital | Scoop.it
If you can't find anything about the information you seek to assess on any of the fact checker sites, then the next suggestion is to “go upstream”. That is, try to identify the original source of the information and consider its validity. This is where things really get going – the first technique is helpful and convenient, but this one is more fundamental.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 13, 7:50 AM

Some really useful techniques.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, July 13, 8:50 AM

Some really useful techniques.

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Fotostars - online photo editor

Fotostars - online photo editor | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Fotostars is a free online photo editor that includes over 50 photo effects that will add a unique style and character to every one of your photographs. To use the online photo effects, just choose the effect you like from the list. You will see results and your photo’s transformation right away.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 16, 1:55 AM

A useful and easy to use free online image editor.

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6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers

6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Must Have Ed Tech Apps, Tools, and Resources for the 2017-2018 School Year

Must Have Ed Tech Apps, Tools, and Resources for the 2017-2018 School Year | Going Digital | Scoop.it

"The right education technology can increase student engagement, enhance student learning, and save valuable instructional time. But with countless ed tech options available, finding the best tools isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite ed tech apps, tools, and resources for the upcoming school year."


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Ed Tech Tools for the classroom.

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7 Elite Secrets To Focusing In An Age of Distraction

7 Elite Secrets To Focusing In An Age of Distraction | Going Digital | Scoop.it

Newport says that managing one's attention not only makes you more productive, but also is, in the words of science writer Winifred Gallagher, “the sine qua non of the good life and the key to improving virtually every aspect of your experience.”
Here are seven tips for learning to do deep work and cultivating time for it.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 16, 5:13 AM

Some interesting tips.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 10, 1:22 PM
Being present is essential to what we are doing and who we are with. It means ignoring distractions i.e. email, being bored, quite social media, etc.
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TED talks for autonomous listening: ten activities

TED talks for autonomous listening: ten activities | Going Digital | Scoop.it
The first week of the Electronic Village Online is in full swing! I'm co-moderating the session on teaching listening, and this week, under the guidance of Lizzie Pinard, we've started out with the topic of encouraging learner autonomy. One great thing about online sessions like this one is that there are a lot of participants who share a…

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, June 23, 5:55 PM
These are great activities to use with older students, especially if one is looking at autonomous learning.  
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BibMe: Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard

BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard
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6 Good Chromebook Apps for Recording and Editing Audio

6 Good Chromebook Apps for Recording and Editing Audio | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students -

54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students - | Going Digital | Scoop.it
54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students by TeachThought Staff The flipped classroom has continued to enjoy momentum years after its introduction, speaking to its flexible nature, and to the need for a real change in thinking in how we think of time and space in education.

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12 Tools That Made The Biggest Difference In My Teaching This Year

12 Tools That Made The Biggest Difference In My Teaching This Year | Going Digital | Scoop.it
There are so many digital tools available today to promote student learning in the classroom. The task is in figuring out what you need for your classroom. What could benefit your students the most?

Over the past year, I took as many opportunities to learn as I could, spending time gathering information from reading books and blogs, staying active through social media in Twitter chats, Voxer groups, and by attending many conferences, both physically and virtually. I created long lists of new ideas, new tools, and created new accounts for many digital tools and tried as many as I could.

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In age of alternative facts, a scholarly course on calling out crap

In age of alternative facts, a scholarly course on calling out crap | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Tired of alternative facts, two Seattle professors aim to strike a blow for science. Their weapon? A new course: “Calling Bullshit In the Age of Big Data.”
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The creators are declaring the content free to use and adapt. Some of the case studies might be worth trying to adapt for my middle school students.
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Laptop Study - The Most Complete Buying Guides & Best Laptops For Everyone

Laptop Study - The Most Complete Buying Guides & Best Laptops For Everyone | Going Digital | Scoop.it
The Most Complete Buying Guides & Best Laptops For Everyone
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It's that time of year. Great site to check out before heading to college -- or sending your son/daughter off to college.
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Assessing iPad Work - December 2015

Assessing iPad Work - December 2015 | Going Digital | Scoop.it

When I first started using the iPad with my students 5 years ago there was not the array of solutions we now have for assessing the work. The first few weeks of using iPads I was writing post-it-notes on the iPads to provide feedback. Schools just starting their iPad deployments certainly have the benefit of hindsight and also have many options for assessing iPad work. However, schools using too many tools can confuse both staff and students of where to put work and resources. Here's what we use:

 

For EYFS, digital profiling can certainly save teachers lots of time. It also allows teachers to quickly capture the children's learning and match with EYFS. iPad apps such as Tapestry http://tapestry.info/ or 2Simple Build a Profile https://www.2buildaprofile.com/ are good examples of this.

 

In Key Stage 1 and Year 3 (Ages 5-8) we have this term been using SeeSaw www.seesaw.me. It is a free app that allows the teacher to, in essence create a private class blog that the children post to. I really like the fact that the students log on by scanning a QR Code which certainly saves time. The app includes simple features that allow the children to reflect on learning by uploading images, videos and drawings then annotating them with text and audio. The teacher can then moderate the work, approve them and comment. Very simple and nice way into using tools such as www.showbie.com

We use Showbie with our children aged 8 and above. It is widely used as a way to provide individual feedback to pupils and capture their progress across a task/project. The assignment structure means teachers do not have to create folders for students. We use Showbie to provide resources for students, comment on their work and it is our main iPad assessment and evidence tool. Other features such as the built-in e-reader and annotation tools have also been popular.

 

A problem with iPad evidence is linking the digital media the students create to their exercise books. We have recently started using Aurasma app to embed videos into the books. For example, a science experience could be recorded, edited in iMovie and attached to the physical work in the student's Science books.

 

A similar thing is done using QR Codes where we put them on display with the children's work to link to the digital files. Apps such as My Story Maker and Hopscotch programming app allow the user to create a web-link which can then be attached to QR codes. For example, My Story will display eBooks the students have created on a web-page so parents can view them on any device.

 

We are also looking at Foldr, www.freeyourfiles.co.uk as a way to save iPad work and files from any device at home or school to our school network. iTunes U now has Showbie-esque assessment tools that have really enhanced that solution. Particularly with ability for students to submit in their own work and be graded/receive feedback. http://www.apple.com/uk/education/ipad/itunes-u/ 

 

There are now lots of options for assessment and storing iPad work and it is worth testing as many as you can because it is not as simple as one size fits all.

 

We have updated the Assessment and Evidence section of our iPad Teacher Guide app, more details at www.ipadteachers.com


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Evaluating ed-tech tools | CORELL

Evaluating ed-tech tools | CORELL | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Here at COERLL we value the use of technology in the language classroom. As open educators, we believe that educational materials and tools should be open. By “open”, we mean: easy to access, customizable, affordable for teachers and students, and created for the greater good of a community of educators. Unfortunately, educational technology and openness do not always go hand in hand.

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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News | Going Digital | Scoop.it

"A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically. One of the biggest misconceptions students at last week’s New Media Consortium’s Summer Conference (NMC) brought up was the idea that millennials are digital natives.

"Most people have heard this story before: the eight-year-old son teaching his forty-year-old dad how to use some new device or app. However, despite being an allegory of our times, a lot has been said off-the-record about misconceptions regarding students’ technological abilities. In an interview with EdSurge, Alexandra Pickett, the Director of New York State University’s Center for Online Teaching Excellence, noted that many of her students know how to use online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for fun, but have no idea how to leverage them for academic and professional use. It’s a point the students at NMC echoed."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 25, 12:42 PM
What we use digital tools for in our daily lives is not what we use them for in classrooms. Neil Selwyn's and Larry Cuban's research have shown that digital tools used poorly do not improve teaching and learning
Chris Carter's curator insight, July 25, 7:17 PM
So true. Born into a digital world, we assume kids know how to navigate it. But really, did you know how to navigate your world when you grew up? Most kids are digital "naives" rather than digital natives, knowing just enough to do what they want to do. When I chaired a student-centered panel at EduTECH Asia in Singapore, the kids said the same thing. We should not unnecessarily put students in a box that assumes they know how to use the tools, to full effect, that the digital world provides.
GwynethJones's curator insight, July 25, 9:39 PM

I'm kinda not surprised by this!

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Best Digital Literacy Websites: 32 Great Resources and Tools

Best Digital Literacy Websites: 32 Great Resources and Tools | Going Digital | Scoop.it
A comprehensive list of the 32 best websites and resources to help you improve your digital literacy, or help you teach digital literacy to others.

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Class Tech Tips: 5 Ways To Use Spark Creation Tools To Empower K-12 Learners

Class Tech Tips: 5 Ways To Use Spark Creation Tools To Empower K-12 Learners | Going Digital | Scoop.it
This past weekend I had the chance to share tips, strategies and lesson ideas for educators looking to empower their students with creation tools. At the Tomorrow’s Classrooms Today Conference in New Jersey I led a session with ways to use the totally free, BYOD-friendly Adobe Spark creation tools. I first started using the Spark creation tools when looking for a way for students to publish their creations on an iPad, Chromebook, or any device with a web-browser.

If you haven’t checked out these three tools before, Spark Post is perfect for making graphics, Spark Video lets students make their own movies, and Spark Page is a powerful and easy tool for creating a website. Click here to access all three free tools or for links to download the iOS apps. In the list below I share five ways to use Spark creation tools to empower students across in any subject area!

 

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If you haven't encountered Adobe's Spark Tools previously, Monica Burns provides an excellent starting point. The Spark Tools are very powerful, easy to use, and also FREE.


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8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling

8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling | Going Digital | Scoop.it
First appeared on Edudemic.  (Updated 3/14/2014) 8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling Stories bring us together, encourage us to understand and empathize, and help us to communicate. Long before paper and books were common and affordable, information passed from generation to generation through this oral tradition of storytelling. Consider Digital Storytelling as the 21st Century version…
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