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Videoconferencing Tools Compared: Seven Low-Cost Solutions

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If you are looking for a free or low-cost video-conferencing tool you may want to check this fresh new review of seven different technologies that you can use to video conference online.


The tools reviewed include:

- Cisco WebEX

- Citrix GoToMeeting
- Microsoft Lync

- Adobe Connect Pro

- Brother OmniJoin

- Google Hangouts
- Skype


Informative. Updated. 7/10


Full article: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234680/7_low_cost_videoconferencing_services_Which_is_best_for_your_meeting_



LLatipi's curator insight, December 21, 2012 4:55 AM

Great tools for real-time online communication.

Kathie Nelson's curator insight, February 27, 2013 11:34 AM

The world of online meetings is changing. Get the latest review of the top 7 tools here. Thanks, @Barbara Saunders

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Technology Tutorials :: Matt Renwick

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Click on the links below to watch screencasts for the technologies listed. 


Jim Lerman's insight: Nice little collection of videos on Evernote, Google Drive, Google +, and Keynote for Mac.

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Using Video to Reflect on Teaching & Learning

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Video is a powerful tool for teachers. See how you can use video in your classroom to reflect on teaching and learning.


Jim Lerman's insight: Exemplary technique used by a 12th grade teachers of ELLs. Well worth a look.

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Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make:

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If you've ever wanted to know how the animators at Pixar do it, then you need to check out the Pixar in a Box classes from Khan Academy.

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Fausto Cantu's curator insight, February 11, 8:13 AM

Cursos gratis de Pixar?

Juan Jose Trujeque Garrido's curator insight, February 12, 6:47 AM

Hello, I can enter the course to take? that paguina I can see well the requirements to enter the course.

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6 Tips To Create eLearning Scenarios That Offer Real World Benefits : Christopher Pappas

6 Tips To Create eLearning Scenarios That Offer Real World Benefits : Christopher Pappas | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The most powerful, interactive, engaging, and effective eLearning scenarios are those that give your learners the skills and knowledge they need outside of the virtual classroom. These eLearning scenarios make them aware of the real world applications and benefits of the subject matter, so that they know how to put the knowledge to good use when it matters most, which is in their real lives. Here are a few ideas on how to create eLearning scenarios that offer real world benefits to every member of your audience.
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Teacher Experts: 9 EdTech Tools To Help You Succeed

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Interested in some amazing EdTech Tools that can help you succeed? Check these 9 EdTech Tools, as selected by teachers and other edTech experts. 

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Understanding Project-Based Learning in the Online Classroom

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Project-based learning puts students into the position of having to determine what information they need by asking the right questions.

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10 Simple Rules of Visual Storytelling — Visual Stories — Medium

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Learn How To Use Visual Storytelling For Your Brand or Content Marketing Strategy, by Following These 10 Simple Rules
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Google for Education Training Center

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Just what you're looking for
"Heard about an exciting new Google program? Want to learn everything about your favorite tool? We've collected help, training lessons, and educator-created materials for all our products."

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Using Fluency Tutor for Google with NewsELA :: Alice Keeler

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Fluency Tutor for Google by Texthelp allows you to hear your students read. Newsela allows students to read current news articles at different Lexile levels. Using them together allows students to record and share their reading of news articles with you.
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DRAFT 1 - 2016 ISTE Standards for Students

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First draft of the 2016 ISTE tech standards for students, ready for feedback. At first glance these look very well articulated, comprehensive, and challenging. As of this writing, the feedback period is still open and readers are invited to comment.

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Three Useful Growth Mindset Resources :: Larry Ferlazzo

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As I’ve written on many occasions in this blog (The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”) and in my books, I think the concept of a “growth mindset” can be very helpful in the classroom.
Here are three important new resources related to a growth mindset that I think teachers will find useful:
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The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A "Growth Mindset" :: Larry Ferlazzo

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An  exceptional list of resources from one of the best hunters and gatherers on the web.

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Control F – Find :: Alice Keeler

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Control F lets you find keywords on a web page or within a document. Command F on a Mac. This keyboard shortcut is handy in a gradebook to jump quickly to a student’s name in the roster.

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As we shift towards asking students complex questions, we need to help students filter through the “One Million” page results Google might return. Skimming articles is not efficient. If students use Control F to find a keyword on a page, the student can use context clues to determine if that article is helpful or not.
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Using Technology to Boost Confidence

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"We saw Johanna Paraiso in last year’s series as she facilitated a Socratic Seminar in her 12th grade English class. Many viewers have asked us how she gets students ready for such high levels of independence and quality discussions. In Scaffolding for Socratic Seminar, we see what Jo does in the beginning of the school year to build students’ skills, language, and confidence. Her use of controversial topics provides students a compelling reason to communicate and justify their thinking. In the accompanying video, Using Technology to Boost Confidence, Jo demonstrates how she uses technology to provide differentiated supports to students and bring communication to a whole new level."

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Understanding Project-Based Learning in the Online Classroom

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Project-based learning puts students into the position of having to determine what information they need by asking the right questions.

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7 Tips To Develop a Successful Interactive eLearning Strategy - Christopher Pappas

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In this article you'll find some invaluable tips that can help you to create a winning interactive eLearning strategy, so that learners can receive the most benefit from the eLearning course that you've worked so hard to develop.
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How To Apply Gagné's 9 Events Of Instruction In eLearning

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What eLearning Professionals Should Know About Gagné's 9 Events Of Instruction In eLearning? How To Apply Gagné's 9 Events Of Instruction In eLearning!

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12 Rules For Flipping Your Classroom - eLearning Industry

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Want to know how to begin Flipping Your Classroom? It's not difficult! Just check 12 simple rules (tips, really) to begin Flipping Your Classroom. 
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Google Cardboard: virtual reality at low cost

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Google Cardboard, as well as Samsung Gear, lets you use your smartphone to view movies and video games in VR mode.

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Thanks to Mondivirtuali.

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Wood Shop Enters the Age of High-Tech :: NY Times :: John Schwartz

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These days, tinkering is a bit more high tech. The blending of technology and craft in tools like 3-D printers and laser cutters has made it possible for ordinary people to make extraordinary things. And many ordinary people, living as they do, more and more in their heads and online, are yearning to do something with their hands.

So the “maker space” movement — D.I.Y. communities to get people creating, be it for fun, for art or for entrepreneurship — is booming. Maker Faires are held around the world. Commercial operations like TechShop have popped up across the country. And tinkering is being promoted on college campuses from M.I.T. to Santa Clara University, as well as in high schools and elementary schools.
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75+ Awesome Tools for Designers — Medium

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Excellent collection of resources. Many are for professional designers, but tech-y teachers will find much of value here. -JL

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Using Artifacts and Photos to Inspire Writing: Discovering the Writer's Life :: Betsy Hubbard

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"There are unlimited ways to use artifacts and photos to encourage writing. You can start by providing the item yourself or allowing students to bring in their own. Here’s a list of ideas to get you going:

1. Collect photos and images of people from magazines or a free use site. Have students create a character map, detailing behaviors, likes and dislikes, and traits for character development.


2. Have students make an initial list of descriptive words connected to their artifact. Then ask students to go item by item on their list to create a more descriptive word or phrase. For instance, a student who brings in a fuzzy brown teddy bear might start with a list similar to the one on the left, but progress to a list similar to the one on the right:
brown                         chocolate
fuzzy                         matted fuzz flattened from snuggles
red bow                      crimson tied ribbon


3. Get out the magnifiers and allow children to examine their object looking for small details that might go unnoticed. Jot down these tiny details and talk about the parallels between little details in their writing.


4. Artifacts are fun to use as inspiration for writing mask poems. It forces students to really think about words that describe the item and opens the door for similes and metaphors.

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5. Once students are comfortable writing personal narrative stories, allow them to write a true story inspired by their artifact or photo. Then, in a twist, have them re-create the story using the same item as inspiration but creating a fictional story."

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The next wave in storytelling is short-form video :: Anish Patel

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This interesting article explains how many companies are using the affordances provided by Meerkat and Periscope on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram in order to win customer attention. The techniques themselves are interesting and creative educators will surely find ways to harness this delivery system in service to their students.

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The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A "Growth Mindset" - Help Me Find More :: Larry Ferlazzo

The Best TV/Movie Scenes Demonstrating A "Growth Mindset" - Help Me Find More :: Larry Ferlazzo | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Last week, readers were very responsive to my request for help in finding TV and movie scenes that demonstrated metacognition, and you can see them all at The Best Movie/TV Scenes Demonstrating Metacognition – Help Me Find More.
Now, I’m looking for clips showing characters demonstrating a growth mindset.
I’ve got plenty of great clips and animations that explicitly explain what a growth mindset it, and you can see them at The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”
But video clips from TV and the movies are obviously more engaging to students, so I’d like to have a few in the mix.
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I Did My Best Job Teaching A "Growth Mindset" Today - Here's The Lesson Plan :: Larry Ferlazzo

I Did My Best Job Teaching A "Growth Mindset" Today - Here's The Lesson Plan :: Larry Ferlazzo | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
As regular readers know, I’m a big believer in teaching and implementing strategies to promote a growth mindset (see The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”). Plus, you can find additional related lesson plans in my books.
Today, I tried a new version with my IB Theory of Knowledge classes that went very well. In fact, I think it’s the best one I’ve ever done, and it’s very simple.
Here’s what I did:
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