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Videoconferencing Tools Compared: Seven Low-Cost Solutions

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Robin Good's curator insight, December 19, 2012 10:50 AM


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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#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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25 Critical Thinking Apps For Extended Student Learning - @teachthought

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Critical thinking apps aren’t the sweet spot of mobile app design.

Most of the more popular apps are focused on social media, productivity, or what always seem to be mindless games (we’re looking at you Kim Kardashian and Candy Crush). The fact that most apps don’t force users to think critical doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, however. The lack of cognitively demanding apps is more of an indictment of the users than the technology itself.

There are many apps that do promote critical thinking–and often extended critical thinking and learning at that. These aren’t clinical “critical thinking building” programs either, but rather often enjoyable exercises in strategy, tactics, and problem-solving thought. So below we’ve collected 25 of these critical thinking apps. Most are for grades 8-12, but several are for students as young as kindergarten.

Helping students think critical is less a matter of direct instruction, and more a matter of providing them with access to dynamic tools with unique and playful barriers or goals that require the best strategy they can muster, while providing instant feedback to the player as they go. Though they’re not learning specific academic content in most of these apps, they are practicing extended thinking over a period of time that encourages to look at digital circumstances with a critical eye.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 26, 12:07 AM

There are many apps that promote critical thinking–and often extended critical thinking and learning at that. These are enjoyable exercises in strategy, tactics, and problem-solving thought. Teach Thought have  collected 25 of these critical thinking apps: for grades 8-12, but several are for students as young as kindergarten.

Whilst providing instant feedback to the player as they go,  they are also practicing extended thinking over a period of time that encourages to look at digital circumstances with a critical eye.

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 26, 12:55 PM

Here is a great article on critical thinking apps for students, check it out.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 1, 6:03 AM
Quelques applications intéressants qui vont changer les cours.
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Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

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An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.

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I've been meaning to upload this since it appeared about 3 weeks ago in New York Magazine. Terrific piece, well worth reading.

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I've been meaning to upload this since it appeared about 3 weeks ago in New York Magazine. Terrific piece, well worth reading.

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I've been meaning to upload this since it appeared about 3 weeks ago in New York Magazine. Terrific piece, well worth reading.

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16 Easy Ways To Think Of Amazing Infographic Ideas

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Do your content marketing ideas feel stale? Here are 16 great ways to come up with infographic ideas that will get attention.

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The Case for More African American Active Users – Medium

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African American leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is nothing new. From doctor, engineer, and academic Dr. Mae Jemison; former U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot Dr. Guion S. Bluford; entrepreneur, iOS developer, and student Kaya Thomas; to Blavity — a tech multimedia company — co-founder Morgan DeBaun, the obstacles to innovation and creation in STEM careers have been obliterated in the African American community when equitable access to technology and rich coursework have been made available.
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VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!

VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"VideoNotes (http://videonot.es) is a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotesallows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of thescreen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your GoogleDrive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes andcollaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document. You can use VideoNotesto have students submit questions to you and each other while watching videos. Of course, youcan insert questions into the conversation for your students to answer too. The video availableat http://bitly.com/1E6NR3V will show you VideoNotes in action."

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50 Watts

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"50 Watts is a website dedicated to book design and illustration. Curated by Will Schofield, who works in publishing and loves to collect books, the site features colorful art and design from around the world and across centuries. Visitors can search this impressive collection (over 800 works total) by Location or by a number of Groupings, including Children's Books, Comics, Ephemera, and Science Fiction. Not sure where to start? Check out Schofield's personal favorites in Editor's Choice. Here, visitors will find a collection of gorgeous, vibrant children's textbook covers from 1920 Japan, beautiful, abstract illustrations from the 1974 Czech children's book, Button Tales, and illustrations by Guatemalan-born Mexican artist Carlos Merida for the 1946 book, The Bird. Each entry includes several images, along with detailed information about the book and the artist."

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Many wonderful illustrations. What a great place to browse!

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Tabletop Whale

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"Eleanor Lutz, a doctoral student in biology at the University of Washington, is a gifted designer and visualization artist. Her personal blog, Tabletop Whale, presents readers with a virtual treasure trove of "charts, infographics, and information about any and all things science." The most recent graphics featured on Tabletop Whale include a rainbow color clock that blends into a new color every two minutes; three-dimensional trading cards of virufses; and a remarkable map of Mars in which Lutz combines her own hand drawn map - inspired, as she explains, by historical hand-drawn maps - with topographical images of the planet from NASA. Each creation is accompanied by an explanation of her creative process, including her sources of information, the tools she used to create her infographics, and the fonts she selected. Tabletop Whale also includes a tutorial about creating animated infographics for those interested in learning more about the process and craft."

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Civic Media Project: Civic Media Project

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"Civic media is the practice of using media and technology to promote a collective good. The Civic Media Project (CMP) "is a collection of short case studies from scholars and practitioners from all over the world that range from the descriptive to the analytical, from the single tool to the national program, from the enthusiastic to the critical." These case studies are written by scholars across a number of fields, including journalism, digital media, political science, and education. Case studies highlight civic media projects in four Sections: Play + Creativity; Systems + Designs; Learning + Engagement; and Community + Action. Highlighted projects include Presenting our Perspectives on Philly Youth News (POPPYN), a youth- produced TV News show and Aliens on Campus, an Alternative Reality Game at the University of Western Cape designed to address gaps in digital literacy education. Many of these projects focus on youth empowerment and education, so CMP may especially be of interest to youth workers and educators in alternative or out-of-school settings."

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Open Yale Courses

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Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided.
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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Create, Share, & Print Thematic Maps

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Google’s My Maps and Google Earth tools can provide a great way to create thematic maps. Unfortunately, those tools are quite limited if your students don’t have Google Accounts to use at school. National Geographic’s Mapmaker Interactive is a free map creation tool that doesn’t require students to have any kind of registered account in order to make great thematic maps. Some of the excellent tools offered in Mapmaker Interactive include measuring distances, adding placemarks, layering information, and switching between base map layers. All maps created in Mapmaker Interactive can be printed. They can also be shared online. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of the features in National Geographic’s Mapmaker Interactive.
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MiddleWeb

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"For the middle school educator looking for new ways to improve classroom instruction, MiddleWeb may be a welcome find. Since 1996, the MiddleWeb team has pulled together web resources, book reviews, and interesting blog posts to share with educators, parents, youth workers and others engaged with teaching and learning in grades four through eight. The goal? To create a community space where the voices and insights of educators are easily shared. In addition to five categories of original content (Resource Roundups, Themed Blogs, Guest Articles, Book Reviews, and Interviews), MiddleWeb also offers SmartBriefs as a way to keep readers up-to-date on educational news and practices. These email newsletters, which are delivered three times each week, feature sources from around the web, including the New York Times, Edutopia, and Education Week."

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New Google Sites: Double Click - Teacher Tech

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Google Sites has had a major update. You possibly do not have access yet to the new Sites (sites.google.com/new) unless your Apps administrator signed up for the preview. Be patient, it will roll out to everyone eventually (If you want to know when it comes out, follow @jrochelle).

When designing pages in Google Sites you do not have to use the toolbar on the right-hand side. Double clicking on the page brings up this attractive wheel with the option to insert a text box, upload a file, embed a URL, or insert an image.
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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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