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ScienceCast: The Opposition of Mars - YouTube

Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter in April, an event astronomers call "the opposition of Mars."
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Australian Women in World War 1 (1914-1918)


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Designing eLearning to Maximize the Working Memory

Designing eLearning to Maximize the Working Memory | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
In eLearning, one of the most important brain functions to consider is the working memory, one of the more everyday functions of the brain.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 22, 8:39 PM

Once again SH!FT has created a post that works for eLearning and the face2face classroom. This post explores ways to maximize working memory, the memory that helps us "to perform efficiently and effectively in our daily lives."

Sections include:

* Working Memory as a Learning Tool

* Designing eLearning to Maximize the Working Memory

* Manage Capacity

* Effective eLearning Activities

Each of these sections includes at least one additional resource.

Learn more about each area by clicking through to the post.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 23, 1:58 PM

I am currently reading The Big Disconnect and find this an interesting connection. I have come to the conclusion that with all this technology and information, we really need to learn more about the brain and how it works to use technology and create learning opportunities that will best serve our students.

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.


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Andrea Stewart's curator insight, July 27, 12:09 AM

Not surprising. don't we all remember mor when we are excited about the situation? Involvement.

Terri Rice's curator insight, July 30, 11:39 AM

"Where students of all ages retain the kindergarten enthusiasm....[for] the joy of learning".... Now that is what I hope for in my students everyday. That joy and enthusiasm. Now we know this type of joyful, playful atmosphere enables better imprinting of information into accessible memories. Let's get back to kindergarten thinking!

LSE Learning Technology and Innovation's curator insight, August 1, 8:49 AM

Learning that is rewarding is also learning that's more effective. The challenge lies in producing engaging pedagogies which promote discovery and the joys of learning; something that can be quite challenging in an increasingly metrics driven sector

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So you think you know your phone — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

So you think you know your phone — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

"Confession: I love my iPhone and I thought I knew how to use it, until I attended Michelle Luhtala’s latest edWebwebinar.

 

I couldn’t make the session live, but I am actually kinda glad I watched it first in archived form.  The recording allowed me to pause and take a good look at the features and functions I didn’t know I had or didn’t really know how to exploit.

 

For instance, I am now convinced that voice texting is the only way to go and I can use my flashlight and alarm clock without unlocking. But that’s only the tip of the iPhone!"


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Introduction to Google Classroom - Edudemic

Introduction to Google Classroom - Edudemic | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

With the recent announcement of Google Classroom, school districts and educators across the country that are currently integrating Google Apps for Education into their classrooms are awaiting the opportunity to gain access to Google’s workflow solution. While there are currently a number of workflow solutions and approaches within Google Drive that classroom teachers can take that range from manual organization and file / folder sharingto advanced automation with tools such as Doctopus, Google Classroom provides a viable option that strikes a balance – blending tight integration with Google Drive, an intuitive interface and advanced features that experienced Google Drive users are looking for.


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Sue Walsh's curator insight, July 23, 9:07 PM

Mmmmm. What an interesting environment it is!!

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, July 24, 8:43 AM

Here is the summit of the mountain for educators who are committed to the excellence of Google products. Use the "down" hours of summer to check it out.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 27, 4:29 AM

the more we know the more we understand that we don't know.

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Mazwai - Free to use HD video

Mazwai - Free to use HD video | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
Download free creative commons HD video clips & footages.

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Joaquín Ballester's curator insight, July 21, 5:31 AM

Clips de video CC.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, July 21, 3:59 PM

Mazwai Uso libre de video HD.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 22, 5:13 PM

a new useful HD video collection

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Social media in numbers (July 2014)

Social media in numbers (July 2014) | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
Looking for some social media stats to use for your strategy or in your next presentation? You will find what you need in the list below.

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Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com's curator insight, July 18, 3:36 PM


This roundup is one for the books!

I found some stats for blogging, which is rare. Also included are neat infographics and demographic numbers for some major networks, including Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. 

I don't know about you, but I find those numbers fascinating!

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10 Ways to Integrate Mobile Phones in Class

10 Ways to Integrate Mobile Phones in Class | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

Phones, tablets, iPads and e-readers… What do these mobile devices have in common? It’s probably a pretty safe bet to say that most students own at least one of them in this day and age. So, instead of continually confiscating these items or telling students to put them away, why not take advantage of the handheld gadget craze and leverage these tools for learning?

 

Allowing students to utilize their own devices provides them with access to a variety of digital activities, essentially creating a 1:1 environment with a tool they already know how to use.

 

Furthermore, with many schools experiencing limited budgets, the BYOD concept is one that should be seriously considered. Without devices to complement learning, students are missing out on a modernized education as well as the development of important life skills. Yeah, that means actually having the know how to use technology beyond gaming and social media!


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gwynethjones's curator insight, July 20, 12:50 PM

Great info! It may be nothing new to YOU - but think of those teachers who are still reluctant to engage with mobile media - this is a nice inforgraphic! 

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Meredith Mitchell | Learnist

A new website providing hundreds of learning resources that link directly to the Australian Curriculu...

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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning."


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DPG plc's curator insight, July 23, 6:02 AM

Time to move away from the 'read, click next, read. click next

Clare Treloar's curator insight, July 24, 8:08 PM

a great summary about ways to target our learners in the digital space. 

Mark Treadwell's curator insight, July 27, 3:47 PM

A great list of elements that contribute to a good prompt. Prompts initiate curiosity via the stimulation of the release of hormones that trigger astrocytic cells (75% of all brain cells) in the brain to trigger neurons to map and automate complex neural patterns we call ideas and concepts. MT

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Google Quality Guidelines Leaked

Google Quality Guidelines Leaked | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
An overview of the leaked Google Quality Guidelines

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13 Webcams To Observe Live Animals

13 Webcams To Observe Live Animals | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

A list.ly list with some science resource for the upcoming school year. 


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Prezi - How to rock a presentation when you can't see your audience

Prezi - How to rock a presentation when you can't see your audience | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
Giving a webinar or remote presentation? These tips will help you engage your audience even w...

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Mary Starry's curator insight, July 10, 4:15 PM

As more faculty move to the "flipped classroom" approach, incorporating these tips keeps the video presentations - whether done with or without Prezi - interesting for the audience.

Alfonso Gonzalez's curator insight, July 10, 6:01 PM

Good advice/ideas!

Elena Perrouin's curator insight, July 11, 4:11 AM

In today's connected world we're more and more often brought to communicate "virtually", a few tips how to make it a bit more engaging

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Create comic conversations

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Episode presents players with dozens of animated stories where their choices matter. Episode also empowers writers to write and animate their own stories for our community.


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Maru Peltonen's curator insight, July 28, 7:27 AM

Kokeiltavaa!

Christian Reuter's curator insight, July 30, 11:38 AM

EN: Unfortunately, no way to ad sound to text. Haven't managed to write my own comic yet. 

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 30, 12:51 PM

A great free app (iOS + Android) to help students learn conversational English.

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Cool Photo Apps for iPhone & iPad by Ms. Mara

Cool Photo Apps for iPhone & iPad by Ms. Mara | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

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How to make a photo slideshow on your iPhone or iPad - iMore

How to make a photo slideshow on your iPhone or iPad - iMore | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

"The Photos app for iPhone and iPad not only lets you edit and organize your pictures, but also lets you show them off to friends and family with just a few taps. That's thanks to the built-in slideshow feature, which ads movement and sound and special transition. If you'd like, you can even AirPlay them to an Apple TV for a family or group viewing experience. Just tell it what photo you want to start with!"

 


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▶ How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Technology - YouTube #makered

"Eighth-grader Quin uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills." 


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John Rudkin's curator insight, July 27, 3:25 AM

If only video had been accessible when I taught CDT. Today, there is no excuse.

Cynthia Day's curator insight, July 27, 11:31 AM

Go Quin!

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A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely seen footage, including extraordinary shots of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italians fighting high up in the Alps, the half hour film explores the war and its effect from many different perspectives. Watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi.
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The e-textbook transformation

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A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.


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Dennis Granlund's curator insight, July 24, 9:18 PM

This site is timely as schools move from hard copy to etexts.

Martin Debattista's curator insight, July 25, 2:22 AM

A transformation which is not a revolution. It will take time and effort.  It's important we give it the space to take its natural course.

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, July 25, 2:11 PM

Thank you Nik. I like reading about innovations like e-textbook transformation that make learning more accessible to all students.

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5 Cool PowerPoint Slide Design Tools

5 Cool PowerPoint Slide Design Tools | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
Tired of the same-old presentations? These five free tools can help you add visual oomph to your PowerPoint slides.

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Brooke Hall's curator insight, July 30, 8:43 AM

Check out these FREE designs!

Beri Creative's curator insight, July 30, 12:34 PM

Scoop now, read later!

Cynthia Day's curator insight, July 30, 2:47 PM

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A round-up of interactive video options

A round-up of interactive video options | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

"We take for granted that we can interact with text, but up until recently it’s been a challenge to interact (read/write/talk) with media...

Being able to interact with video allows us to personalize video-based instruction, by leading learners to the segment of video we like them to watch, by adding voice-overs, notes, pop-ups, screenshots, maps, references, pauses. It also allows learners to create video with even more depth and features and can the interaction can be used to support media literacy learning."


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 22, 9:51 PM

A good overview on the available tools to make video interactive.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 23, 7:38 AM
  • Created for educators, EDpuzzle allows teachers to set up classes, to assign specific video lessons and to engage students in creating their own video lessons.  Analytics share which students watch, when they last watched, and whether they watched at home or at school.
  •  Mozilla PopcornMaker is a powerful multiple-layer video editor that invites users to remix videos to include pop-ups, text boxes, images, maps (even in streetview), as well as Wikipedia articles that continue to update.
  • ThingLink for video,  looks so promising.
  • eduCanon is an interactive learning platform into which teachers may embed questions and any html object.  
  • TED-Ed lessons offer educators the opportunity to customize a TED video to meet their specific instructional needs.
  • Write-on Video is an iPad app that allows users to annotate and animate videos and pictures, by arranging the elements into storyboards and slideshows enhanced by free-hand drawing, text boxes, stamps, and sound clips.
Becky Roehrs's curator insight, July 23, 10:31 AM

Excellent round-up of tools we have available to update our videos with voiceovers, notes, pop-ups, screenshots, maps, and references!

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How to take a photo while simultaneously shooting video with your iPhone or iPad - iMore

How to take a photo while simultaneously shooting video with your iPhone or iPad - iMore | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

'Sometimes you're shooting a video with the built-in iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad Camera app and you find yourself wanting to take a still photo at the same time. Whether it's an amazing moment amid the action, or just a great composition you want to capture in its won right, there are times when you'll want to have your video and photo too! Luckily, Apple makes it easy to do"


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Forget algorithms, follow an interest on Pinterest


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30-Second Tech Trick: How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook

30-Second Tech Trick: How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it
You'll need two to three fingers. Depends how crazy you want to get.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, July 16, 9:45 PM

Cool Trick for Chromebook Peeps

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ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities.

ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities. | Handy Online Tools for Schools | Scoop.it

The best part about ThingLink is you can jam pack everything onto one page and one image. By tagging your image with content from all over the internet  - YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, or  linking to a PDF to further explain something…you get the idea.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, June 30, 2:50 PM

Get more interactive using a free web-based tool called ThingLink.

TWCLibrary's curator insight, July 1, 6:58 PM

Great way to add depth of information to an inquiry