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13 Great Resources for Finding Free Public Doma...

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13 Great Resources for Finding Free Public Domain Books ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Effective Technology Integration into Education curated by Mark E.
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How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"Without some structure early on, an afterschool maker club can quickly turn into unorganized chaos.  Through a lot of trial and error, I found ways to set routines, norms and procedures that helped us to have more structure"

 

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NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition

NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and made possible by mindSpark Learning (formerly known as Share Fair Nation).

The preview provides summaries of the trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology which were ranked most highly by the 2017 expert panel and will be featured in the official NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition set to be released in August, 2017. View the Panel of Expert’s work and discussions in the 2017 Horizon.k12 Workspace.

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10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
It’s not just the tweens and teens that are addicted to Instagram, it’s the teachers too! So instead of scrolling through your celebrity crush’s feed, we’ve rounded up some legitimate, educational ways you can use Instagram in the classroom.

Of course, it’s important to protect students’ privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you’re interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to “private” and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo. Finally, be sure to check your school’s technology policies before you begin.

OK, disclaimer over! Here are 10 awesome ways you can use Instagram in the classroom

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3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement

3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Customized tech, the LMS and video conferencing are all tools today’s younger gen parents like to use for communicating.


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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 | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
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.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 23, 12:43 PM

All online teachers know this. We coach the technology right along with the curriculum. 

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 23, 5:38 PM
Yup, we have know this for years! This is why school librarians are important. 
MFaculty's curator insight, June 24, 12:28 PM
This is the 'open secret' many dismiss out of hand. Rather than assuming all my students know how to use Google Drive, OneNote, Box.com and other online applications, I take the time to walk them through it when we need it in class. Some students can be hyper sensitive to negative feedback, and others don't want to be the one that slows the momentum of the class with questions everyone else seems to know the answers to.

Rather than expose any student to peer scrutiny, I make it a point to remind the class that not everyone has the same level of knowledge as I do, so I need to ensure we all start out on the same page. This interview corroborates my gut assessments. 
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10 collaboration tips for 21st Century Teachers

10 collaboration tips for 21st Century Teachers | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The non-stop, brutal schedule that is a school year starts with all the finesse of trampling elephants, and doesn’t relent for the next nine months (not coincidentally, the same amount of time it takes to gestate a baby). That makes starting the year right important — and there are few more critical pieces to an educator’s success than collaboration.

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What Works In Education And How Do We Know?

What Works In Education And How Do We Know? | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
What Works In Education And How Do We Know?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 16, 12:39 PM
Teaching is relational. Good teachers teach well because they relate to each child. They do not look for shortcuts and understand each child is exceptional. It is essential to know content. When I knew my content well, I taught better. It was less stilted and technical sounding.
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Get girls coding to change the world

Get girls coding to change the world | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The statistics are staggering. Just 24 percent of tech jobs are held by women. Roughly 74 percent of girls in middle school express an interest in STEM, but by the time they get to college, just 0.3 percent major in computer science. There will be 1.4 million new jobs in computer science by 2020, but only 3 percent will be filled by women.

Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani is on a mission to change that. In just five years, her organization has grown from 20 girls in New York City to 40,000 girls in all 50 states – four times the number of women who graduate with computer science degrees every year in the U.S.

“Every solution we want to find in the next 100 years will involve technology, and if you give girls entry, they won’t sit on the sidelines anymore.”

A passion for getting girls off the sidelines and into coding and computer science is behind everything Girls Who Code does through its 80 summer immersion programs and 1,000 clubs where girls learn coding, robotics, website development and app making. Because when you introduce girls to computer science (CS), they get it.|

But that introduction is a necessity.

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Makers Movement Changes the Educational Landscape

Makers Movement Changes the Educational Landscape | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
With a focus on innovation and hands-on learning, students work to build a brighter future.

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A Huge eBook Library for Kids 12 and Under

A Huge eBook Library for Kids 12 and Under | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Looking for some good summer reading books for your kid? Epic has you covered. It provides a huge library featuring over 20.000 eBooks designed specifically for kids 12 and under. The library also includes audio books, comic books, graphic novels, educational videos, read-to-me, fiction and nonfiction books from leading publishers such as Scholastic, Macmillan, National Geography, and HarperCollins.  Epic is free for elementary teachers and librarians in the US and Canada.

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EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Maryruth Hicks 
Summer: June 26 - August 18, 2017

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 2, 1:19 PM

Build your facilitation skills - polish your online teaching resume!

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Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners - @JackieGerstein

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners - @JackieGerstein | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners.  I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” I laughed and told her, “It’s actually has become one of my passions. Collecting them has become a major hobby of mine.”

I usually use them for an hour per week with my two groups of gifted learners.  I am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. For their robotics hour each week, I am giving them the following choices with their goal of using five of the robotics to complete five of the tasks provided.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 29, 4:26 PM
All new to me and I have no experience with any of this but I am certain that kids will love the experience. This project describes working with very capable students in an extracurricular program.
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Learnclick Quizzes - Create cloze tests, gap-filling exercises, drag and drop, dropdown and multiple choice quizzes

Learnclick Quizzes - Create cloze tests, gap-filling exercises, drag and drop, dropdown and multiple choice quizzes | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
A powerful and flexible, yet easy to use tool for creating online gap-filling exercises as well as drag & drop, dropdown and multiple choice quizzes.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 24, 4:34 AM

This is a great tool for creating a range of interactive activitity types.

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binumi.com

binumi.com | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Binumi is all you need to create and share videos using millions of royalty-free multimedia clips. Our vision is a world where anyone can easily tell video stories through digital storytelling.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 5, 12:58 AM

This looks like a great free tool for creating video for projects. Lots of royalty free images and video clips.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, July 5, 11:46 AM
Looks interesting. 
 
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Graphic Organizers

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, June 26, 6:27 AM
Ferramentas para diagramação e criação de gráficos.
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25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos

25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Directory of the Web's best educational video resources. Includes 5min, Academic Earth, BrainPOP, Brightstorm, iTunes U, YouTube EDU, and many more sites.

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, June 27, 5:13 AM
Sítios internet para vídeos educativos gratuitos.
magnus sandberg's curator insight, June 27, 9:16 AM
A great list of free video sites
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 30, 9:32 AM
These are an excellent video resource list that can be used within your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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16 Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Instruction via Educators Technology

16 Practical Strategies to Differentiate Your Instruction via Educators Technology | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | 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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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 28, 9:26 AM
Wonderful practical tips for libraries as well as libraries.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 29, 3:43 AM
Instructional technologies
Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, June 29, 8:32 PM
Differentiation strategies
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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, June 20, 9:32 AM
This has a great set of 15 discussion techniques - of course, Socratic seminar is on the list! I have become a big fan of gallery walks, especially if the students have specific guiding questions.
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 21, 10:19 AM
Engage your students in a variety of structures for class discussion. Changing things up a bit while holding the students accountable is refreshing. Try some of these!
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12 Sites and Apps for Learning to Code

12 Sites and Apps for Learning to Code | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Last week on Twitter I mentioned that Logo was my introduction to computers and programming. Today we have many more ways to introduce students to programming and coding. Here are some good resources that you can use to introduce students to programming and coding.

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, July 5, 7:47 PM
Fun! I love this.
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15 free games that will help you learn how to code

15 free games that will help you learn how to code | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it


"Online learning has come a long way in the last few years.Flickr/Laurie Sullivan

When I started learning to code, the options were limited—lots of books (not even e-books), some very basic online tutorials, and a whole lot of experimentation.

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.

While a game alone probably isn’t going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really incredible way to practice the skills you’re learning. It makes practice fun. And if you’re anything like me, you might suddenly realize you’ve spent the last four hours reinforcing your coding skills without even realizing it.

I’ve tried out some of the most entertaining and useful games for learning to code. Check out my favorites below. "


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Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images [Infographic]

Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images [Infographic] | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
A visual, easy-to-understand explanation of public domain, including a flow chart to help you decide whether you can legally use an online image or not.

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YEC Geo's curator insight, June 13, 8:46 AM
Off-topic, but important to any content creator on Scoop.it, or the web in general.
Martin Debattista's curator insight, June 19, 2:42 AM
Creative Commons remains the best licensing system that promotes creative work and its appreciated.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 22, 9:43 AM
Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images [Infographic]
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If you're new to coding, this is the programming language you should learn first

If you're new to coding, this is the programming language you should learn first | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
As we move more and more toward a world filled with screens, those possessing coding skills have never been more in demand.

If you’re trying to break into the field, whether you want to program robots, design websites, or become a more desirable employee, learning Python is a good place to start.

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Teaching Strategies: Models of Inclusion

Teaching Strategies: Models of Inclusion | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
These teaching strategies model how to help special needs students assimilate into a standard classroom.
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Apple's kid-friendly coding app can now bring toys to life

Apple's kid-friendly coding app can now bring toys to life | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"In 2014, Apple introduced a programming language called Swift that made waves in the developer community -- not just for its power and flexibility, but for how easy it is to learn. So easy, in fact, that Apple believes it could be anyone's first programming language. That's why it went ahead and created Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app designed to teach kids how to code. Now, a year after its release, Apple is ready to expand its educational repertoire. With the June 5th release of Swift Playgrounds 1.5, Apple's app will also teach kids to program robots and drones.
Gallery: Program robots and drones with Apple's Swift Playgrounds 

What this means is that kids will be able to program and control a variety of Bluetooth-enabled robots and toys right within the Swift Playgrounds app. So instead of just tapping around on a touchscreen to move virtual characters, kids can write snippets of Swift code and translate them to physical robot actions. At launch, Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will be compatible with the following third-party toys: Lego Mindstorms Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+ robotic ball, Parrot's Mambo, Rolling Spider and Airborne mini-drones, UBTECH's Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit, Wonder Workshop's Dash robot and Skoog, a tactile cube speaker. It bears mentioning that there are already several toys out there that aims to teach code to kids, but Apple's solution is one of a few -- if not the only one -- that uses a genuine programming language instead of just block-based code."


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27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students

27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Here is a handy visual we have been working on over this weekend. This is a collection of some good math apps curated from iTunes App Store specifically for elementary students and young learners. The apps provides students with a wide variety of educational games, hands-on activities, and challenging exercises to help them enhance their math skills and develop solid mathematical thinking. Links are included in the table under the visual.

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