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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/xrDuDaJm
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Are we telling Stories int he classroom?
Tell a story using the tool that works for you!
Powerful digital multimedia tools make a classroom much more dynamic.
As more people sign up for Facebook, it’s important to note that the site largely places privacy control in the user’s hands. The default setting for privacy is public, and many people don’t change it. So what steps can you take to manage your Facebook privacy like an expert?
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A quand la même chose en français?
Nice to get students to write.
“There are several ways to enable students to showcase what they have learned. While some of these ways do not require technology, my emphasis today is on those handy digital apps that learners can...”
by Demitri Lales
"BlendSpace enables teachers to take full advantage of the diverse learning tools that the web has to offer and use them to teach a specific learning concept. Creating an engaging lesson requires teachers to have the necessary research skills to find the right resource for their lesson, but the freedom offered by BlendSpace offers teachers nearly unlimited possibilities for building lessons. This customization lets teachers create a unique space for their class. While BlendSpace does not yet offer the individualized learning paths of adaptive learning, the platform is unique among more standardized and structured online learning spaces."
If you have information to present, there are tools for creating infographics and charts that help you to visually bring it to life. Get started now.
Image is of Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, originators of the idea of the Flipped Classroom
by Sascha Zuger
"One sure measure of the edtech’s explosive growth is the speed at which it changes. Just in the past 12 months since we last published our most influential list, acronyms like MOOCs, phrases like “flipped classrooms,” company names like Amplify, and phenomena like Minecraft have invaded educator conversations and affected their work. The people selected for this year’s Big 10 issue were selected by our editors and advisors based on both what they have accomplished so far as well as what potential they have yet in store. Whether or not that poetential is good or bad, we leave for you to decide!"
- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/features/0039/all-play-and-no-work/53827#sthash.0xJLnqS5.dpuf
by Mary Jo Madda
"Across the Atlantic Ocean, these slightly different approaches to computing are brewing in classrooms and after-school programs. In Italy and France, two teachers in particular support the practice of “creative computing” and integration of Scratch in their classrooms to combat growing unemployment numbers and a European resistance to technology--a certain “technophobia.”
"In honor of Computer Science Week, educators Maria Beatrice Rapaccini and Claude Terosier give a peak inside the “creative programming” behind their programming instruction."
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In an increasingly divisive U.S. political climate, there's at least one cause that has found support on both sides of the aisle — computer science education.
President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both stressed the importance of learning to to code, or write computer programs, in videos uploaded Sunday to YouTube by Code.org, a non-profit advocacy group. The joint call to action comes at the start of Computer Science Education Week, which began Monday.
"If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change how we do just about everything," Obama says in a short video. "
Don't just buy a new video game, make one. Don't just download the latest app, help design it. Don't just play on your phone, program it."
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Learning to code and developing videos
In an age of digital disruption, where the model for delivering education will change in the face of new media of delivery, schools will have to normalize the use of digital within their walls.
Sadly, there will be no one-size model for every school to adopt wholesale – schools will be on a spectrum of digitization – from fairly basic adoption to a full-scale blended model.
To succeed, digital must be a part of the way a school does things, and there’s a number of things to consider:
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via The Scout Project
"Have you ever tried to give a friend specific instructions for what to do and where to go on a website? Perhaps you wanted to show them a series of navigations but were unsure about how to tell them using written instructions. Surfly makes helping from a distance possible, "by showing what to do from your perspective." After registering on the site, visitors can create a unique URL that contains all of the navigation details involved with a set of site explorations. It's a great way to collaborate and share information with family, friends, or work colleagues. This version is compatible with all operating systems."
Interesting concept...eager to hear feedback from those who have tested it out.
by Greg Kulowiec
"If you have been following my blog at all, you likely have read a few posts about app-smashing. I thought I should make a helpful guide for other educators and students interested in experimenting with this concept. Below is my app-smashing app-pack, the key tools that I use to create my multimedia app-smashes. Please click on any of the app icons below to learn how I use the tool and watch a video tutorial (if possible)."Enjoy & smash on!"
Jim Lerman's insight:
Click on image above to go to a live thinglink for 12 of Kulowiec's favorite app-smashing tools.
by Tom Daccord
"One of the signature findings of the cognitive revolution of mind, brain and education research over the last few decades has been the overwhelming recognition of the tremendous diversity of human brains. In our population of students, there is a stunning variety of talents and capacities, and some of our peculiarities are both great strengths and weaknesses.
"For instance, an incredibly high proportion of the world’s leading astrophysicists are dyslexic. As it turns out, in the complex architecture of the brain-eye connection, some of us have very strong central vision, while others have very strong peripheral vision. Those with strong peripheral vision often have trouble with dyslexia, slowed down by the distraction of words scattered all over a page. However, this strong peripheral vision is a critical asset in finding patterns in wavelength images, which happens to be the core competency of astrophysicists."
by Danny Nicholson
"Moovly is a free online tool that lets you create interesting presentations and animations. You can incorporate both the hand-drawn style of apps such as VideoScribe and the hand-moved objects style that you’ll have seen in videos such as CommonCraft.
"Moovly lets you add voice, sound and music and synchronize everything using the simple timeline interface. Animations such as “hand drawn”, “drag on” and “drag off” can be added via the timeline. Some of the clips from the library also have their own animations attached to them, such as globes which spin or chickens which feed.
"Videos can be published via YouTube or Facebook, or can be downloaded for offline use as Flash or Movie files. Free videos are watermarked with a Moovly Logo. There doesn’t seem to be a way to embed them directly from the Moovly website. Downloading may well be the best option for schools – but you might have a class YouTube account which could be used for sharing presentations."
Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2013/11/create-engaging-presentations-moovly/
They are road signs for your daily rituals—the instantly recognized symbols and icons you press, click and ogle countless times a day when you interact with your computer. But how much do you know about their origins?
by Andreas Hofer
by Paul Boutin
"Evernote provides a comprehensive single archive of your digital life, giving you one location to store and find practically everything saved on a computer or phone. And the files are automatically backed up on Evernote’s servers. It even makes sharing things with others far easier than emailing attachments around — but it will do that, too.
"The only real downside with Evernote is that it has so many features, which can make getting started with the app daunting. But once you understand how to do a few things with it, you can get working and worry about the rest later.
"Here’s the big point to understand: Use Evernote as the place you put everything you might need later. You can drag it in, tap it in or forward it in, and then search for it, share it or post it later. When you need to dig it up, you don’t first ask yourself which device it’s on — it’s in Evernote, from whatever device is at hand."
The NY Times discovers Evernote...we all knew
I keep going on and on about Evernote and I mean it. It is wonderful and means I am well on the way to a paperless office at home. Everything useful is scanned; everything not needed is shredded. The Evernote web clipper is a fantastic resource for saving stuff from online - you do not need to worry that one day the info will be missing. Highly recommended - and free.
In an internet age dominated by readers scanning short-form articles, how can we communicate something complex, nuanced, or dense in a short period of time? Queue the infographics.
"Children entering the education system are doing so at a time of significant change. In most states, kindergarten students are among the first cohorts to be fully immersed in a new set of national academic standards. These same children are also wholly of the digital age, arriving to the classroom with an entirely new set of information-gathering habits and technological expectations.
"At Utica Community Schools, a school district in Macomb County, just outside Detroit, these changes are apparent. UCS is in the heart of the auto industry, which is facing an important transition from traditional manufacturing to a need for knowledge of high-tech systems. Students entering the district will have a very different academic and post-graduate environment awaiting them than previous generations."
Educação #digital e #inclusão paradigmas de #superação
Absolutely excellent. Wonderful to see these changes being implemented! I totally agree... "Students entering the district will have a very different academic and post-graduate environment awaiting them than previous generations."" We must provide students with what they require to succeed in today's changed world.
"In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops.
"Now we are teaching them to code.
"We are teaching them to code, however, not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, we can now wrought in code. We are teaching coding to help our kids craft their future.
"In this collection, we share perspectives on coding from a university professor's vantage (MIT's Mitch Resnick describes why learning to code is like learning to learn) to an elementary school's point of view (Sheena Vaidyanathan describes the program for sixth graders in Los Altos, Calif.), and other points in between."
"Intrigued by game-based learning, but not sure where to begin? Edutopia's new series takes a look at game-like learning principles in action and commercial games in real classrooms -- and offers tips and tools for bringing them into your own practice. The Made With Play series is a co-production with Institute of Play; visit their website for many more resources around game-based learning for both educators andparents, including a comprehensive games and learning reading list (PDF)."
The Chicago Public School district is elevating computer science from an elective to part of its K-12 core curriculum while simultaneously laying groundwork to become the first urban school district in the nation to add the subject to its elementary core.
Components of the five-year plan include adding a survey course in computer science to every CPS high school (at least half of which will ultimately offer AP Computer Science); creating a computer science pathway for elementary students (K-8) and allowing computer science to count as a graduation requirement, potentially for subjects like math, science or foreign language.
CPS is getting the new computer science curriculum as well as professional development for staff free of charge thanks to a partnership with the non-profit group, code.org, the Tribune reports.
Citing the "tech-driven economy," Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett announced the plan at Von Steuben High School in the city's Albany Park neighborhood on Monday. Emanuel touted the plan as CPS' way to "help support the next Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Marissa Mayer."
“This plan will help us compete with countries like China and the UK, where children take coding classes in elementary school,” Emanuel said in a statement.
Early adopters share how schools can find success with teachers and students alike--even when the technology seems as topsy-turvy as the lessons.
"Curriculum Inspirations is a collection of resources for Middle and High School Math Teachers that demonstrate practical ways to engage students in the lively exploration of mathematics and mathematical thinking using problems from America’s longest-running and most successful mathematics competition. Developed by James Tanton, these resources include Ten Problem Solving Strategy Essays and Curriculum Bursts.
- See more at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/teachers/curriculum-inspirations#sthash.FJQEWzPx.dpuf
Steve Hargadon announces in his most recent Learning Revolution Newsletter:
We are excited to announce that the keynote sessions from the following conferences can now be watched on YouTube: School Leadership Summit 2013, Homeschool Conference 2013, STEMxCon 2013, Library 2.012 and 2.013, and the Global Education Conference 2012 and 2013. Visit each of the conference sites to see all of the session recordings.
What a treasure trove of resources. Hargadon is a master organizer.
Some great resources here!
Excellent Guide to Information Resources
Choose from your existing library of images on your iPad or iPhone, or take new pictures as you go.
Once you have selected your pictures, you can reorder them to your heart’s desire, even delete them if you change your mind.
Once you have your timeline finalized, record your voice or music over your photos.
Save your video, and share it with friends and family on Facebook, Youtube, or through email as an .mp4 file.