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Educational Technology Guy: Google Calendar for Educators

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From David Andrade

 

Google Calendar is one of Google's many free resources that I use. It has some features that make it very useful.

 

It's accessible on any web browser and integrates and syncs with smartphones, Outlook, Apple iCal and Mozilla Sunbird.

 

I have all of my appointments, due dates, deadlines, etc. on it. I color code them based on school, blog, degree program, meetings, fun, etc. My wife and I share our Google Calendar's with each other so we can easily see each other's schedules. If you use Google Tasks and set a due date for the task, it will show up on your calendar for that day. I also have US holidays and the Yankees schedule on my calendar.


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Braves Read's curator insight, August 21, 2014 10:31 AM

I use Google Calendar with teachers for online planning and scheduling media center events. 

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Explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides makes work a breeze — and makes you look good, too

Explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides makes work a breeze — and makes you look good, too | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We built Google Docs to help you create your best work — from work, school or home, and everywhere in between. We know crafting presentations, projects and reports takes time and energy. That’s why today we’re introducing Explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides to bring you insights, design tools and research recommendations so you can create better work, faster.
Explore uses Google smarts to help you create amazing presentations, spreadsheets and documents in a fraction of the time they used to take… so you can get on with what’s most important in your life. It’s like having a researcher, analyst and designer by your side
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The 35 Most Innovative Apps Of The Year

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"In the mobile-first 21st century, apps have become one of the most important elements of any product or brand. But as the users of millions of crappy apps can attest, designing a good one is tricky. So what separates a great app from shovelware?

After receiving hundreds of submissions for this year's 2016 Innovation by Design Awards, our jury selected the apps that landed on that magic formula. Check out this year's 33 finalists, and two winners, below."


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, Today, 5:45 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to John Evans.

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4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise

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During revision, students should work closely together, share often, discuss models, add details, delete the unnecessary, and rearrange for clarity and effect.

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Web 2.0 for ELT's curator insight, February 25, 2:14 AM

Very good ideas.

rajamedinah's curator insight, March 5, 5:37 AM

These are actually quite good steps for developing a process approach to writing.

Daniel Jäggli's curator insight, March 8, 5:54 AM

These are actually quite good steps for developing a process approach to writing.

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14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom

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Check out these 14 great ways students can use their amazingly powerful smartphone cameras for all kinds of classroom applications.

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The Most Important Teaching Skill for the Modern Educator to Master

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There are many abilities under the umbrella of teaching skill that educators needs today. But if there was only one you could pick, make it this one.

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, September 27, 12:02 PM
Habilidades profissionais docentes.
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Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Updated for 2016-17 :: by Richard Byrne

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"Last year I published a 30 page document that I called The Practical Ed Tech Handbook. This week I spent some time revising that document and updating it the 2016-17 school year. The Practical Ed Tech Handbook isn't just a list of my favorite resources. I've included ideas for using these resources and in many cases I've included links to video tutorials about my favorite resources.

"In The Practical Ed Tech Handbook you will find resources arranged in seven categories; communication with students & parents, web search strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios.

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A truly outstanding resource for educators of all subjects and grades, K-20. Chock full of strategies, techniques, and applications. You are certain to find something new, creative, and exciting here, no matter whether you are an expert or a beginner. It is just amazing that Byrne gives this away at no cost. With just this one resource, you could easily become the most popular techie educator in your institution.

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Nice collection of tools, tips, and best practices.
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When2meet

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When2meet helps you find the best time for a group to get together. It is a free survey tool that is quick and easy to use.
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A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

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"Machine learning, when "computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data," is becoming a bigger part of the everyday life of most Americans in ways that are both embraced and debated. For example, websites like Facebook use machine learning for facial recognition, while banks use machine learning to monitor credit card fraud. Still, it can be difficult to grasp exactly how this component of artificial intelligence actually works. This interactive website, authored by Stephanie Yee and Tony Chu, uses R2D3 - a data visualization tool created by Yee and Chu themselves - to help the general public better understand machine learning. Using vivid visualizizations and a concrete example (How would a machine determine if a home was in New York City or San Francisco?), this resource clearly explains the key vocabulary and concepts behind machine learning in an accessible, engaging way."

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Politics and Pathogens

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"The American Museum of Natural History has compiled this collection of twelve two hour-long lesson plans that are designed to provide students with a humanistic perspective on health care and disease. In addition to detailed lesson plans, readers will find ready-made PowerPoint presentations and links to related resources, such as articles and videos. Although these lessons are designed to be completed as a series, they also contain activities that can be completed in shorter time periods or as stand-alone lessons. Sessions facilitate student learning by using a number of compelling central questions, including "How does oppression make the experience of disease and illness different in different cultural contexts?" and "What is the relationship between humans and the microbes that cause disease?" In all, this Curriculum Collection contains lessons and resources that may be of interest to science, social studies, and health educators alike."

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Exploring Computer Science

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"Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is a partnership between the University of California Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, with funding from the National Science Foundation, that aims "to increase and enhance the computer science learning opportunities" in LAUSD and "to broaden the participation of African-American, Latino/a, and female students in learning computer science." ECS has compiled this resource list that may be of interest to computer science teachers as well as other K-12 instructors looking to integrate computer science education into their classrooms. Readers will find a number of articles of interest (such as Jeanette Wing's 2006 article about computational thinking), in-class worksheets and activities, and links to outside websites realted to K-12 technology education. Note that this page also includes a link to ECS's Student Resource list, which includes a number of resources about youth-centered technology programs and initiatives. These resources will be of interest to teachers and youth workers as well as students."

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HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework

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"HippoCampus is an extensive online resource designed to enrich secondary and post-secondary instruction in mathematics, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and humanities. The resource is a product of the NROC (which stands for Network, Resources, Open, and College and Career), a "community-guided, non-profit project focused on new models of digital content development, distribution, and use." On this website, readers will find resources created by the NROC as well as relevant resources created by other digital content creators, such as Khan Academy and PhET (Physics Education Technology). The site is essentially a useful "one-stop shop" for anyone looking for ready-to-use material. Resources are initially sorted by Subject, then by type of resource (including Presentations, Worked Examples, and Simulations). Within some subject areas, instructors can also check access complete open courses created by the NROC. Some subjects also include a Textbook Correlations tab, which allows teachers to quickly and easily discover the page numbers in a variety of commonly used textbooks that correlate with online resources."

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Soft Skills?

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Reading Portraits: Analyzing Art as a Primary Source  

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Tom Bober and Brianna Zavadil White write: "You may have seen a portrait of a famous individual used alongside a title slide of a presentation or accompanying a list of facts about that person. In classrooms, portraits are often used as window dressing to history, a face to put with a name, event, or date, but portraits can tell students much more.

 

The strategy of reading portraiture encourages the visual analysis of a piece of art, similar to closely reading a document. The visual clues found in portraiture may be decoded to learn about the individual featured in the artwork. To get started, select visually complex images that include objects and a compelling setting."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 14, 11:27 AM

Starting students off with primary source documents can be a challenge, as they struggle with archaic language, print quality, etc. Using images, in this case portraits, and having students examine them in a variety of ways, can make primary sources more appealing! I love the suggestion in the comments to compare two portraits to really get students thinking.

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#Podcasts to help Students think Creatively about Traditional Content @indianajen #PodcastDay

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One of the great privileges in my position at Ransom Everglades is that I still get to work directly with students in the classroom. I teach two sections of United States History. This work not only “keeps me honest” when it comes to technology, but it encourages to hone my skills as an educator and learner. Teaching a “traditional” subject using “non-traditional” tools can be a challenge. I want my students to think outside the box, explore things from new angles, and challenge accepted interpretations of historical events. This can be difficult not only for them, but to me. After all, history has been taught a specific way (focusing on names and dates and the expertise of Ph.D.’s) for generations.

One way I have found to disrupt this tradition is to bring podcasts into my classroom. Podcasting is an amazing medium that has disrupted terrestrial radio in unimaginable ways. As a result, there is a wealth of information out there to bring into the educational environment. By using engaging and well-researched material to provide students alternative perspectives and media. Here are a few of my favorite Podcasts (I’ve highlighted a couple of episodes). I hope that you will share your favorites below as well.

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