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Kids' Summer Movie Preview 2014

Kids' Summer Movie Preview 2014 | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Everything from aliens to X-Men are in store for moviegoers this summer -- check our sneak peeks and reviews to find out what's right for your family.
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14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Screencastify makes it easy to record video of your screen or with your webcam. Here are ideas for classroom implementation.
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20th Anniversary Video Contest, Enter to Win a New Car! | Audible.com

20th Anniversary Video Contest, Enter to Win a New Car! | Audible.com | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Submit a video on why you love to listen to Audible. Our favorite videos win a new Volvo XC60s SUV customized for the best listening experience!
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Audible has been a game changer for me. I never would have been able to keep up with all the reading needed to book talk books from 2 large libraries without audiobooks. Now I am always reading. And seriously, I HATED running until I started listening to books while I ran. Now there are times I can't wait to run so I can listen to my book with no interruptions. And that running dropped my cholesterol substantially. Please vote for me--and consider listening to Audible.
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Teachnology: The Writing Process in a Digital World - EdTechTeam

Teachnology: The Writing Process in a Digital World - EdTechTeam | Going Digital | Scoop.it
Cross-posted from Seeing the Forest for the Trees by Scott Bayer I really like this idea. But I don’t know if it will work. This whole thing—whether a success or not—is about doing something we should be doing at all times—taking risks. We ask students to do it, so we need to model it. I …
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I do believe that living in a digital world has inevitably altered the writing process. Whether that is in a good way or a bad way depends on the writer.
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10 Best ELA Tools for Middle School

10 Best ELA Tools for Middle School | Going Digital | Scoop.it
These 10 top-rated apps and websites understand the best ways to evolve and expand on kids' elementary foundational skills in the middle school years. They also encourage students to flex their creative skills and express their style through digital creation an

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5 Tools to Convert and Edit The PDF Format

5 Tools to Convert and Edit The PDF Format | Going Digital | Scoop.it
There are a number of tools that make working with PDFs a lot easier. Starting with a simple way to convert files, we feature five PDF related tools.

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Helpful to have for converting PDFs.
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There are a number of tools that make working with PDFs a lot easier. Starting with a simple way to convert files, we feature five PDF related tools.
 
Flores Marisol's curator insight, December 2, 2016 9:09 AM
Useful tools!
Rosa Mª Fernández's curator insight, December 3, 2016 8:04 AM
Herramientas útiles para PDF
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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.

Via Nik Peachey, Elizabeth E Charles
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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.

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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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Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017

Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017 | Going Digital | Scoop.it

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Rebecca Scriven's curator insight, October 3, 8:58 PM
This list is great for finding out what's new on the tools scene.
 
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 8, 6:31 AM
Une belle liste d'outils.
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Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media | Going Digital | Scoop.it
A primer for ensuring that students’ personal information remains confidential on social media.

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50 Best Educationists to Follow on Twitter :: TeachThought

50 Best Educationists to Follow on Twitter :: TeachThought | Going Digital | Scoop.it
For now, here are–in our mind–50 of the best education accounts on twitter. Depending on our leanings one day–ed reform, tech, equity, etc.–this list could’ve been much different.

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Students Guide to Building A Digital Portfolio

Students Guide to Building A Digital Portfolio | 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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How to Integrate Mailchimp on Your Blog? | Blogger Templates + Wordpress Themes|Kotryna Bass Design

How to Integrate Mailchimp on Your Blog? | Blogger Templates + Wordpress Themes|Kotryna Bass Design | Going Digital | Scoop.it
So once you sort out your blog design, it’s time to bring in some extra functionality! Growing a newsletter list is the best thing you can do for your blog or business. The easiest way to start building one is through the use of Mailchimp. Let me show you how you can set it all up on your Blogger or …
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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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