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Why Teachers Participate in Twitter Chats (and What's Coming Next)

Why Teachers Participate in Twitter Chats (and What's Coming Next) | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Teachers who want to expand their knowledge, share instructional resources, and interact with others who have complementary professional interests ar
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Coding Allows Learning Disabled Students to Shine

Coding Allows Learning Disabled Students to Shine | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Learning to code is become increasingly prevalent in school curriculum’s. From after-school clubs to dedicated class periods, coding and computer science curriculum are popping up in schools worldwide.

One place surprising place where coding is also increasingly being used is in programs for students with learning disabilities.

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Ilprof Reina's curator insight, April 26, 4:17 PM
L'idea che il coding possa aiutare i ragazzi con DSA sul fronte dell'autostima, la capacità di risolvere i problemi, di organizzarsi e di lavorare in team apre delle prospettive interessanti che potrebbero portare ad una maggiore attenzione dei docenti a questo strumento didattico
malek's curator insight, April 26, 5:33 PM

I stand for special need children, coding is a great display of the great role of teachers 

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Unite for Literacy

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Unite for Literacy is a social enterprise that provides digital access to picture books, narrated in immigrant and indigenous languages. They are for everyone, for free, forever. We know that literacy is at the core of a healthy community, and so we UNITE with partners to create Picture Book Abundance and enable all families to read with their young children.

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What is Mystery Skype? – a 2016 update!

What is Mystery Skype? – a 2016 update! | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
So this post is one of my most popular, viewed by tens of thousands of educators from all over the globe. Since I posted this Microsoft have developed a much better system to search for ‘glob…

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Teachers: Embrace the Full Potential of Technology Education Through Creation

Teachers: Embrace the Full Potential of Technology Education Through Creation | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Embracing technology in the classroom can be as simple as sharing assignments via Google Docs or posting lessons on YouTube to study. However, the most engagement and learning will come when students are encouraged to create, not just consume, using technology.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 26, 8:01 AM

Yes. The part about students creating with the computer is the really important part.

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Wonderopolis | Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease

Wonderopolis | Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Wonder is for everyone. It can happen anywhere and at anytime. Connecting the learning we do in our schools, our homes, and our communities, Wonderopolis walks the line between formal and informal education. Each day, we pose an intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways. Our approach both informs and encourages new questions, sparking new paths of wonder and discovery in family and classroom settings.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 25, 12:30 AM

Wonderful site full of interesting content with lots of built-in language support.

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Great Apps to Celebrate Earth Day - April 22

Great Apps to Celebrate Earth Day - April 22 | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Earth Day 2016! The perfect day to raise your kids' awareness about our planet and how to protect it!
Every year on April 22, people show support for environmental protection. Your kids will for sure speak about it at school and to help you raise your kids' awareness Fun Educational Apps has selected some great apps for you and your kids to speak about, discover, explore and learn how to protect our planet.

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15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension

15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension
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The Best Online Cloud Storage Solutions for your iPad & iPhone

The Best Online Cloud Storage Solutions for your iPad & iPhone | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
If you’re using an Apple iPhone or an iPad, you’re probably thinking that you need some extra storage space for all your data, especially considering that Apple devices do not come with any expandable memory capabilities. If you don’t already have a cloud service that allows you to store and sync your data, you can sign up for any of the online cloud storage services that are available. The best cloud storage seamlessly integrate with apps and services, in order to provide you with a more fluid experience in your work.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 17, 6:33 PM

Google Docks and Dropbox, baby!

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Quick Tip: Easily Add Great Images to your Quizlet Sets! - Teaching with iPad

Quick Tip: Easily Add Great Images to your Quizlet Sets! - Teaching with iPad | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
If you’re a teacher, you’ll love to use Quizlet as a superb teaching tool. I use it regularly in my classroom, and my students use it as a means to review at home using their tablets or computers. Quizlet has proven to be an excellent way to review vocabulary and other facts both in the classroom and at home. It is a great way for new students to catch up on what they've missed in the past. Quizlet provides review games that are actually very fun and competitive.

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Leaderboards: Learning Lessons From Research & Gamification

Leaderboards: Learning Lessons From Research & Gamification | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
The more we compare people to one another, the more it tends to put people in a fixed mindset as opposed to comparing people to themselves

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 20, 1:12 AM

An interesting short read.

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App Smash Your Classroom into Digital Storytelling

App Smash Your Classroom into Digital Storytelling | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Giving students choice in the way they produce and publish their writing can give voice to the creativity that cements learning. And letting students tell their stories in different ways doesn’t have to be a lot of extra work for the teacher, either. With some academic guidelines, some expectations, and a few boundaries, it's safe to turn students loose to explore different ways of telling a story.

A great way to get started tapping into students' creativity is to implement "tech choice boards" and "app smashing" in your classroom. Simply put, app smashing is when students use multiple apps to guide the creative process or showcase their work. App smashing also makes it easy to evaluate the skills and techniques being used by students. By introducing your students to a core of key apps (tech choice boards), giving them the parameters of the project, and supporting them as they learn and create, you will very quickly be facilitating app smashing in your classroom!

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3D printers: A buyer’s guide - ISTE 

3D printers: A buyer’s guide - ISTE  | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
You may have heard about all the cool things 3D printers can do. If you’re a math teacher, maybe you’ve thought about letting your students make their own manipulatives or get hands-on in geometry with 3D solids. If you’re an economics or business teacher, perhaps you’ve considered assigning students a project to design, market and sell their own 3D-printed products. Or maybe you’re a science teacher interested in exploring 3D models of cells, atoms or DNA with your students.

Wait! Slow down. Before you jump into purchasing and integrating this new gadget into your classroom, take a moment to consider the logistics and realities of becoming a 3D printer early adopter. Here’s a basic FAQ I’ve developed based on my own experiences and extensive research into classroom 3D printing.

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How to Make a Paracord Lanyard: Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos

How to Make a Paracord Lanyard: Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Instructions how to make paracord lanyard necklace. How to make a paracord lanyard using the cobra knot? How to make a paracord lanyard belt? How to make a paracord lanyard bracelet?

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Ways to Use Lego in the Classroom

Ways to Use Lego in the Classroom | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
When I'm not busy working on our teaching websites, I can usually be found playing Lego with our children! It's an incredibly creative toy, but it can also be used to support work in a number of different curriculum areas. Here is our HUGE list of ways to use Lego in the classroom. Many of these ideas have been contributed by our wonderful Facebook community. If you have any other suggestions, please add a comment at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget that many of these activities could use Duplo too!

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6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life - Edutopia

6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life - Edutopia | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Imagine that you're a student. Your class has just learned something new. Your teacher asks for someone to share his or her strategy for the problem that you've just solved. You're beginning to feel as though you understand the new concept, and you have a strategy that you could share, but something is holding you back. You're worried that your ideas aren't good enough to be voiced. You want so badly for your teacher and your classmates to know what you know, but the fear of embarrassment keeps you from raising your hand.

Later, you're working in a group with your friends. Everyone else seems to have come to the same conclusion about a number pattern, but you've noticed a point where their reasoning goes wrong. Is it OK to tell your group what you noticed? You've been told that it's disrespectful to argue. How can you explain your thinking in a respectful way that is helpful and not hurtful to your group

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Nonverbal communication signals in your classroom are worth considering.
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Two Great Resources for Teaching Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Resources for Teaching Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Two Great Resources for Teaching #Writing via @medkh9 https://t.co/bcKcU9AkN2 #ocsb #edtech https://t.co/7JJWQPoDbB
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Free Screen Recorder | Download Ezvid

Free Screen Recorder | Download Ezvid | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Ezvid is exceptional because of the power of its cutting-edge effects and features. With voice recording, facecam, voice synthesis, screen drawing, and speed control, Ezvid the world's single best solution for making videos which entertain, inform, and enchant your viewers.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 24, 2:06 PM

Looks worth a free download if you need a versatile screen recorder.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, April 27, 7:08 PM
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Looks like a pretty versatile program. It's free!
 
vgpascal's curator insight, April 28, 4:09 AM
Testé et approuvé si vous avez un compte Youtube ! La solution propose de multiples avantages :

Les +
+ capture d'écran animés
+ banc de montage facile à prendre en main
+ ajouts de textes
+ ajout d'un filigrane de personnalisation
+ accès à une banque de musique de fond (issue de la bibliothèque ou la vôtre)
+ synchronisation de la voix
+ incrustation de la webcam possible
+ mixage d'images et de vidéos existantes
+ durée jusqu'à 45 minutes
+ ajout d'éléments pour le guidage d'attention (dessin, flèches...)

Les -
- exports Youtube seulement
- compatible uniquement avec Windows
- le système stocke les fichiers qui composent votre vidéo (différentes séquences) dans le dossier username/my documents/ezvid/projects
- seule la version montée sera exportable sur Youtube... il ne manque plus qu'à la récupérer par des moyens tiers depuis Youtube ;-)
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Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class!

The World’s easist way to search for safe, creative commons images and cite them.
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Watchkin - Watch videos without distractions

Watchkin lets you watch youtube videos without all the distractions of related videos and comments, and creates a safer viewing environment for families.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 22, 9:25 AM

Good tool for showing YouTube videos in kids classes.

vgpascal's curator insight, April 28, 4:10 AM
Une alternative à Viewpure
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6 Very Good Trivia Game Apps to Enhance Kids Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Very Good Trivia Game Apps to Enhance Kids Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Looking for some good trivia games to recommend for your students, the collection below has you covered. Trivia games are particularly effective in stimulating learners thinking and conceptual skills. Students can use them to test their knowledge, expand it and, in the process. acquire new cognitive competencies. There are actually tons of trivia games out there to use on different devices but the ones we recommend the most for iPad are the following:

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EdTechTeam: Get coding in your classroom! Enter the Challenge.

EdTechTeam: Get coding in your classroom! Enter the Challenge. | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
We know how important it is to get kids exposed to computer programming, but how? Here are 10 easy ways to get started with coding in the classroom.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 18, 9:41 PM

Thanks to Mark Deschaine.

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My Green Screen Setup - Learning in Hand

My Green Screen Setup - Learning in Hand | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
For my series of instructional videos I have a green screen as my background. I then use software to replace the green color with different backgrounds. This chromakey effect allows me to place objects behind and in front of me. I think it helps my videos look slick and puts the focus on my content.

I'm often asked about the set up I use to film my videos. Here's a 360 spherical photo that I've annotated. Feel free to scroll and zoom around to check out my setup.

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