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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 3 Ways to Use ThingLink Custom Icon Sets

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 3 Ways to Use ThingLink Custom Icon Sets | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
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ThingLink Custom Icon Sets are a new feature available to teachers with premium accounts. They offer a whole new layer of opportunities for using interactive images for teaching and learning. Think of Custom Icon Sets as visual labels that can be used to further define an image and provide a glimpse of the type of content to be explored behind the link.."


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ThingLink Custom Icon Sets are a new feature available to teachers with premium accounts. They offer a whole new layer of opportunities for using interactive images for teaching and learning. Think of Custom Icon Sets as visual labels that can be used to further define an image and provide a glimpse of the type of content to be explored behind the link..

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The Best Pinterest Ideas for Teachers We've Heard

The Best Pinterest Ideas for Teachers We've Heard | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Here are 5 great Pinterest ideas for teachers to incorporate into their own classrooms.
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Resources for Developing Questioning Skills in Your Students

Resources for Developing Questioning Skills in Your Students | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
A list of useful resources to help you develop questioning skills in your students in fun and challenging ways.
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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

"These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages."

 

Tags: language, culture, infographic.


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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, April 26, 8:02 PM

Some APHuG foreshadowing

Kaitlyn Evans's comment, April 27, 12:18 PM
If you were to look back 50 years ago, I'm sure that these statistics would be slightly different. It does not surprise me that English is still the most popular language and is spoken in more countries than any other language. I never realized how many people speak Chinese (1.39 billion speakers) in comparison to English (527 million). I think other languages will start to become more spoken than english in the years to come.
Scott Greer's comment, April 27, 5:07 PM
I live in China. The number of students taking English is huge. 3300 students at my middle school alone...
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Interactive documentary reveals how you're tracked online

Interactive documentary reveals how you're tracked online | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
A new web series, "Do Not Track," pulls back the digital curtain how your online life is monitored, manipulated and monetized

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 27, 8:45 AM

Interesting...and a little scary. ;)

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Rome Reborn: Take a Virtual Tour Through Ancient Rome, 320 C.E. | Open Culture

Rome Reborn: Take a Virtual Tour Through Ancient Rome, 320 C.E. | Open Culture | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

A few years ago, we featured Rome Reborn, which is essentially “a 3D digital model of the Eternal City at a time when Ancient Rome’s population had reached its peak (about one million) and the first Christian churches were being built.” Rome Reborn offers, declared Matthias Rascher, “a truly stunning bird’s-eye view of ancient Rome that makes you feel as if you were actually there.” You may also remember our posts on video analyses of great works of art by Khan Academy’s Smarthistory. Today, the two come together in the video above, “A Tour Through Ancient Rome in 320 C.E.”

In it, we not only see and move through ancient Rome reconstructed, we have our extended tour guided by renowned “virtual archaeologist” and overseer of the Rome Reborn project Dr. Bernard Frischer, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. He picks 320 C.E. as the year of the tour, “the peak of Rome’s development, certainly in terms of public architecture, for the simple reason that the Emperor at this time was Constantine the Great.” Shortly after this year, Constantine would move the capital from Rome to his city, Constantinople.

 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 21, 8:43 PM

Simply beautiful!

Luciana Viter's comment, April 22, 7:19 AM
Thanks for the mention, Chris!
Chris Carter's comment, April 22, 9:34 PM
Any time Luciana, you certainly do a wonderful job of assisting teachers and EdTech types with valuable resources
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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

"Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.

A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 15, 11:05 PM

How do you teach your learners to ask good questions? This post shares many resources to help you learn new skills that will assist you in teaching others.

The post begins with a visual, the Teach Thought Learning Taxonomy, which is a template for critical thinking that looks at cognition across six categories. This is described in depth.

Additional tools shared include:

* Socratic Discussion which includes a video from Tch (the Teaching Channel)

* Paideia Seminar - "an integrated literacy event built around formal whole class dialogue. The purpose for doing Paideia Seminar is to support students’ ability to think conceptually and communicate collaboratively." There is also a video.

* The Question Game (which was shared previously on this Scoop.it)

* Bloom's Taxonomy

* Question Formation Technique - See the visual at the top, or check out their website at The Right Question Institute. If this is of interest to you they are presenting a workshop in Boston in July. Information on this is available at their website.

* Universal Question Stems and Basic Question Stem Examples

This is actually part 2 of a two part post. The first post is A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom.

Mike Clare's curator insight, April 16, 5:16 PM

Great starting point.  

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 17, 7:31 AM

SOME TIMES KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTION TO ASK WILL GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR THE PROBLEM YOU ARE TRYING TO SOLVE!!  IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO ASK YOU MAY NOT GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR YEARS BUT THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED!?!

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Classcraft - Make learning an adventure!

Classcraft - Make learning an adventure! | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

Transform your classroom into an immersive game, played with your students throughout the semester or school year.


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Alaa Al-zaidi's curator insight, October 29, 2014 1:57 AM

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Class into immersive game...

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What Does Your Classroom Look Like? Design Matters, Say Researchers

What Does Your Classroom Look Like? Design Matters, Say Researchers | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
A new report finds that simple factors like classroom lighting and use of color can have a significant impact on student performance.

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RebeccaMoore's curator insight, April 8, 2:21 PM

This is an article to come back to at the beginning of each school year. These factors (temperature, lighting, color, size of the room) may not always be under the teacher's control, but working to include student work, the proper amount of wall space, etc., could be beneficial for student achievement.

Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, April 8, 7:04 PM

Some good research and indicates that simple changes in classroom set up and design can have large impacts in student development.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 9, 10:42 AM

No more desks in rows! Abolish it now!! ;)

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Apple offers 'For Educators' collection of App Store, iBooks, & iTunes U educational resources - 9TO5Mac

Apple offers 'For Educators' collection of App Store, iBooks, & iTunes U educational resources - 9TO5Mac | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Apple today published a new iTunes section that recommends apps, books, iTunes U courses and other Apple educational content for educators and classrooms using iOS devices.

The new online resource includes suggestions for teachers on apps from the App Store, books from iBooks, and courses from Apple’s iTunes U service.

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EuroSys Education's curator insight, April 3, 7:30 AM

Weet niet of dit in de Belgische Appstore ook is, maar kan het maar delen...

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 10, 11:52 AM

Great place to start if you just got your iPad.

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If all the Ice melted: National Geographic's Interactive map on Rising Seas

If all the Ice melted: National Geographic's Interactive map on Rising Seas | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

What if all the ice melted in the world? Now whether you believe global warming happens because of human activities or naturally is another debate. The questions “How would the world look if ALL the ice melted?” How much would the sea rise by? What would be the average temperature on Earth? are of interest to everyone.

Trust National Geographic not only to capture such questions in the best manner possible but also to visualize it in such geoawesome manner! Here’s the super interesting map by National Geographic “IF ALL THE ICE MELTED“!

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, National Geographic, climate change, water, visualization.


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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, April 5, 9:05 AM

Climate change is all about the "Pendulum Effect," where the extremes is what matters, not so much the median or average. The average may fluctuate some, but the real problem comes when the weather goes haywire. Too much water can be as destructive as too little water, and this doesn't only happen in time but in space as well, where regions get too much of one and too little of the other. We'll see strips of drought and strips of wetness, strips of cold and strips of heat, like bands across regions and across the planet. If he ice melts, the sea and fresh water strips in the ocean will keep the fresh water atop and it'll probably freeze in great bands in winter and provoke an extreme albedo effect cooling down the planet radically followed immediately by a potential mini ice age.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 5, 9:23 PM

IMpact of climate change on landforms and landscapes 

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LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.8

LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.8 | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Get your kids to design LEGO models

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:58 AM

Many of my students love this tool and it can be used for fine arts as well!  

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 10, 2013 12:00 PM

Design and play all mixed in together to make learning fun and exciting!  Five stars for this design oriented game which your male students will love!

J Weidenbenner's curator insight, January 3, 2014 9:05 AM

Legos for learning, anyone?

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How The Activity Learning Theory Works

How The Activity Learning Theory Works | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
How The Activity Learning Theory Works 

Vygotsky’s earlier concept of mediation, which encompassed learning alongside others (Zone of Proximal Development) and through interaction with artifacts, was the basis for Engeström’s version of Activity Theory (known as Scandinavian Activity Theory). Engeström’s approach was to explain human thought processes not simply on the basis of the individual, but in the wider context of the individual’s interactions within the social world through artifacts, and specifically in situations where activities were being produced.

In Activity Theory people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals. In the social world there are many artifacts, which are seen not only as objects, but also as things that are embedded within culture, with the result that every object has cultural and/or social significance.

Tools (which can limit or enable) can also be brought to bear on the mediation of social interaction, and they influence both the behavior of the actors (those who use the tools) and also the social structure within which the actors exist (the environment, tools, artifacts). For further reading, here is Engeström’s own overview of 3 Generations of Activity Theory development. The first figure shows Second Generation AT as it is usually presented in the literature.

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Giacomo Bono's curator insight, April 1, 12:46 PM

Social interactions with close others, technology, and our motivation to master environments all work together to change us. An important process not represented in this otherwise cool model is close relationships with older peers and adults (i.e., community) who know kids and the learning task at hand well enough to use the ZPD to support their learning.

HC's curator insight, April 1, 7:08 PM

An interesting article on the Activity Theory where "people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals." This article explores how this theory can be applied in education, "...teachers should be aware that everything in the classroom has a cultural and social meaning. " 

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 1, 7:15 PM

A useful framework that can move well into higher education to inform learning design.

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Andrew Carnegie's Story

Andrew Carnegie's Story | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919) was among the most famous and wealthy industrialists of his day. Through the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the innovative philanthropic foundation he established in 1911, his fortune has since supported everything from the discovery of insulin and the dismantling of nuclear weapons, to the creation of Sesame Street and the Common Core Standards. Millions of people have benefited from his foresighted generosity—a legacy of real and permanent good.
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9 Tools for Making Infographics in the Classroom

9 Tools for Making Infographics in the Classroom | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Here are 9 great tools for constructing infographics, perfect for any student project involving data visualization techniques.
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Curate Your Favorite Content Into Visual Topic Channels with Topik.in


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Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 27, 8:34 AM

A news curation tool. A possible alternative to Scoop.it. Easier to use, but not as feature rich (e.g. lacks some of Scoop.it social sharing and publishing options)

 

Reading time: 5 mins

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 27, 8:39 AM

A new curation tool, similar to Scoop.it, without the discover features.  Simple and promising for creating on-the-fly boards and organizing topical content. via @robingood

Stephanie Diamond's curator insight, April 27, 11:33 AM

Worth a look

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How to add music to your Google Slides presentation

How to add music to your Google Slides presentation | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Google's presentation app doesn't support audio files, but with these workarounds you can still give your slides a soundtrack.

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Sara Margarida's curator insight, April 26, 7:16 PM

Uma app que nos permite melhorar os nossos trabalhos

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, April 27, 8:13 AM

Here is a great tip for adding music to your Google Slides Presentation.

Candi Whitman's curator insight, April 27, 4:41 PM

Music always enhances.   Never put too much information on a slide.  That's what talking is for, and I like to keep them up only 10-15 seconds so you keep people's interest.  

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Using Mail Merge from a Google Form

Using Mail Merge from a Google Form | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
  If you use Google Forms with students you can use mail merge to provide students with feedback. The Flubaroo Add-On allows you to add personalized comments to each students responses before ...

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How to enhance your lessons with Google Art Project

How to enhance your lessons with Google Art Project | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
This is reblogged from my post on Daily Genius. Google Art Project is one of my favorite tools available online. It is a repository of high resolution images and 3D “museum view” virtual art galler...

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Miguel Damiani's curator insight, April 22, 10:41 AM

¿Conoces algo sobre el Art Project de Google? Podría ser muy util para tus clases

GwynethJones's curator insight, April 22, 9:51 PM

Cool beans!

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Content Curation Takes Time

Content Curation Takes Time | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

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Filomena Gomes's curator insight, April 18, 9:52 AM
Robin Good's insight:

 

 

Notwithstanding the viral content-marketing tam-tam keeps selling the idea of content curation as a miracle-shortcut to work less, produce more content and get all of the benefits that an online publisher would want to have, reality has quite a different shade.

To gain reader's attention trust and interest, it is evidently not enough to pull together a few interesting titles while adding a few lines of introductory text.

 

Unless your readers are not very interested themselves into the topic you cover, why would they take recomendations from someone who has not even had the time to fully go through his suggested resources?

Superficially picking apparently interesting content from titles or even automatically selecting content for others to read is like recommending movies or music records based on how much you like their trailers or their cover layouts.

 

Can that be useful beyond attracting some initial extra visibility?

 

How can one become a trusted information source if one does not thoroughly look and understand at what he is about to recommend?

This is why selling or even thinking the idea of using content curation as a time and money-saver is really non-sense.

Again, for some, this type of light content curation may work in attracting some extra visibility in the short-term, but it will be deleterious in the long one, as serious readers discover gradually that content being suggested has not even been read, let alone being summarized, highlighted or contextualized.

Content curation takes serious time.

 

A lot more than the one needed to create normal original content.

To curate content you need to:

Find good content, resources and references. Even if you have good tools, the value is in searching where everyone else is not looking. That takes time.

Read, verify and vet each potential resource, by taking the time needed to do this thoroughly.

Make sense of what that resource communicates or represents / offers and be able to synthesize it for non-experts who will read about it.

Synthesize and highlight the value of the chosen resource within the context of your interest area.

Enrich the resource with relevant references, and related links for those that will want to find out more about it.

Credit and attribute sources and contributors.

 Preserve, classify and archive what you want to curate.

Share, distribute, promote the curated work you have produced. Creating it is not enough.


(While it is certainly possible to do a good curation job without doing exactly all of the tasks I have outlined above, I believe that it is ideal to try to do as many as these as possible, as each adds more value to the end result you will create.)

 

These are many more steps and activities than the ones required to create an original piece of content.

Curation is all about quality, insight and attention to details.

It is not about quantity, speed, saving time, producing more with less.

 
Robert Kisalama's curator insight, April 18, 11:37 AM

truly Curation should not be  merely aggregating different links without  taking off time to reflect indeed it is very to end up like some one buying clothes impulsively only to realise you could have done without some of them.

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 19, 2:24 PM

 

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18 Simple Ways To Make Your iPad Faster - TeachThought

18 Simple Ways To Make Your iPad Faster - TeachThought | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
You bought your iPad new three years ago, and now it’s getting a bit long in the tooth.

Opening apps can take forever. Sometimes they crash, stop responding, or won’t open to begin with. If you want to extend the life of your little glass rectangle–and make your iPad faster in general–the following tips can help. And all of these tips are simple(ish)–nothing crazy like jail-breaking or changing hardware.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 8, 12:08 PM

This article helps any iPad 2, or later, owners get more out of their aging mobile devices.

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, April 10, 9:49 PM

I need this "to-do" list for cleaning up my 2013 iPad.

GwynethJones's curator insight, April 12, 1:01 PM

I love this! What to do w/ my old iPad 2?

Sell it back to Amazon or donate it to my school?

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How to Create Awesome Infographics Without Being a Designer

How to Create Awesome Infographics Without Being a Designer | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s definitely possible to create some awesome infographics in any category that you choose, EVEN if you’re not a designer. In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to three awesome tools to create the best infographics, tell you how to use them AND how you can share your infographics in different channels all over the web. So, let’s get started!..


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Well Connected Mom's curator insight, April 10, 4:11 PM

Infographics makes statistics visually interesting and more palatable.

judyhaar's curator insight, April 20, 1:19 PM

Info graphics are the norm. Get onboard!

Daniel de Lisle's curator insight, April 23, 5:05 PM

New to infographics and want to get a handle on how to make complex data speak to your clients then read on.

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21st-Century Learning Using Social Media: Advice from Finland | eSkills | BEST PracTICEs

21st-Century Learning Using Social Media: Advice from Finland | eSkills | BEST PracTICEs | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Social media advice from a teacher's experience for 21st-century learning

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 5, 8:29 AM

Social media advice from a teacher's experience for 21st-century learning

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A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos!

A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos! | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

"Sharing YouTube video is easy using options available on the platform, but there is another way, a nicer way to share YouTube™ videos with your students. NicerTube is an amazing platform that allows users to share YouTube videos getting rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around YouTube videos."


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Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 6, 5:27 AM

 

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, April 10, 7:23 PM

This is a great way to show YouTube Videos in your classroom. Takes less than a minute to set up and gets rid of all the extra clutter. You can quickly select one of their own backgrounds or even use your own blog as the background. Check it out. It's free!

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 11, 10:09 AM

add some focus to your selections, and subtract the distractions.

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Making Posters Interactive With Aurasma

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  The days of student created posters using text and images alone are well in the past. We all know there is no such thing as the perfect app, which is why app smashing has become essential to...

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Javier Castro's curator insight, April 11, 7:47 PM

añada su visión ...

gabriela chaparro's curator insight, April 12, 5:00 PM

Muy bueno!!!!..

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
Text Engine was developed to offer cell phone users a means to search the web using their text messaging service. This is great news for educators and students in low-income and rural communities.  

And that's a good thing, because while smartphones are popular, there is still a great need for text-only services in low-income and rural districts. There is also a need in districts like NYC that empower students to bring their own devices to school, but don't have the means to enable students to connect to the internet.  

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 16, 12:06 PM

Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 12:01 PM

Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 30, 9:44 AM

In this short article and video advertisement learn how you can leverage a texting free tool to obtain Internet info. This is a great tool for anyone with limited data plan, or no data plan.