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Top 5 Apps You Want On Your iPad (including 'how to' video links)

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By Daniel Edwards

 

"Following a request for my favourite iPad apps, I have included those central to my workflow as an educator. I offer my top 5, with a few suggestions for application of each in the classroom. ((Please click on each title for link to video)."

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Connected Learning Certificate Program Launching ~ Educator Innovator

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By Kira Baker-Doyle, Assistant Professor of Education, Arcadia University


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"Christina Cantrill, senior program associate who directs the Digital Is project at the National Writing Project, facilitated this connected learning workshop for teachers through Arcadia University’s School of Education as part of last summer’s Making Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc). It was an opportunity for participants to learn more about Connected Learning Principles, and it was also an experiment by Arcadia University—testing the waters for interest in a new certificate program in connected learning.


"The experiment was a success and Arcadia will officially kick off its new Connected Learning Certificate program this May with the first course in the program, “ED676: Teacher Practice in a Connected World,” to be taught by Meenoo Rami, author of Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching(Heinneman 2014), Co-founder of #engchat, and teacher at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia."

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MakeUseOf

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"MakeUseOf brings together thoughtful, fun, irreverent, and generally useful web tools, tutorials, podcasts, and other helpful resources from across the web. First-time visitors can get a sense of the items here by scrolling through the homepage, which includes short articles such as "You Didn't Know You Could Do These 5 Awesome Smartphone Camera Tricks" and "3 Little-Known Android Apps to Keep Your Files and Folders Organized.” Visitors can search the articles by Topics, Top List, or via the embedded search feature. The Podcasts section is a real treat as it contains over 100 recent Technophilia podcasts that cover everything from mobile currency to small business apps."

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Cut the Clutter in Your Social Media Accounts ~ NY Times

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by Hanna Ingber


"BEING active on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook is kind of like having a basement in the suburbs. These accounts can quickly become so cluttered that you might as well shut the door and say goodbye — you’re never finding anything you need again.


"But like your basement, social accounts can be kept tidy with some occasional attention. And what better time for cleansing and renewal than spring? Here are some tips for cleaning out your feeds and timelines and making social platforms more useful. (These steps are to be used with the full Facebook site on a computer, not a mobile device.)"

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3D Printing: From Classroom Applications to the International Space Station -- THE Journal

3D Printing: From Classroom Applications to the International Space Station -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

FREE WEBINAR 4-29-14  12 NOON PACIFIC TIME  1 HR


'In the technological world that we live in, we have many choices when it comes to the equipment that we can use to complete a task. As teachers of technology, we must consider all our options. 3D printing is becoming more and more mainstream. Join this webcast to learn how this tool has become an integral part of the NASA HUNCH (High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware) Program which allows students to develop an experiment for testing on the ISS (International Space Station) using a Dimension 3D printer.'

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Find and Use the Best Channel for Home WiFi with Wireless Diagnostics

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Mozilla Webmaker's Thimble: A "Gamechanger"—An Educator Innovator Webinar

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What's It Like?

"Thimble is an online webpage editor and set of remixable projects designed to help kids learn how to write the Web. As part of Mozilla's Webmaker project, Thimble displays two windows at once to show kids how the code they write creates the webpage they see on a browser. As kids edit code in the left-side window, the changes they make to things like color, font, and images immediately take effect on the right. Thimble projects featured on the Webmaker homepage are great for beginners and experienced programmers alike. Comments included in each project explain its code and how to change it. Thimble also lets kids compose their own webpages from scratch when they're ready to work independently. Using Thimble lets kids experience the joy of discovering that they, too, can create and publish webpages using authentic code.


Is It Good For Learning?

"Because it's designed to show kids how what they do changes how their webpages look, Thimble a great way to learn code, web design, and problem-solving skills. Thimble gives kids immediate feedback about personally meaningful work. Alerts about "bugs" in the code help kids easily find and fix any errors that keep their webpages from looking just right. Once students get some experience coding, they'll be ready and eager to see how they can use Thimble to publish their classwork and projects online using text and multimedia. The comments in each project and the online community of volunteer Webmaker mentors provide immediate support as students remix projects and begin making their own webpages. As a free, open, and well-supported platform, Thimble, like Scratch, provides one of the most inviting and supportive environments available for kids who want to code and feel like they're a part of the current learn-to-code and social coding movements."

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Introducing Prism, Hot Literacy Tool for the Common Core ~ November Learning News

Introducing Prism, Hot Literacy Tool for the Common Core ~ November Learning News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The November Learning team is excited to share a hot new literacy tool, introduced to us by a brilliant teacher, Laura Robertson, from The St. Anne's Belfield Studio School in Virginia. This intuitive and multi-functional digital literacy tool can transform the way


 teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Students are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned activities, projects and learning experiences." 

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Sample Student's curator insight, April 16, 6:11 PM

What a fantastic tool. Text analysis is really important and committing one-self safely to this analysis is often problematic. Prism has the potential to support equity, engagement and involvement in text analysis as a collaborative tool. Perhaps it could be coupled with an individual and private activity, followed by the Prism highlighting activity. The individual would then be able to compare their responses with those of others and re-examine their decisions. Beyond this though, it links really well with the "Why did you say that" thinking routine. As a collaborative followup, two ideas occur to me - the first is simply to ask individuals to explain their actions and reasoning. The second is for individuals to explain why others might have made decisions different to their own, followed by interaction between partners, enhancing the complexity of the thinking around certain points.

I really love this. And it is suitable for any age and type of text.

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Twitter for Teachers - YouTube

by Erin Klein

"twitter 101 for teachers"


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A lot of useful suggestions are packed into this brief, well done, 10.5 minute video. Especially useful for educators who are trying to figure out how Twitter can be helpful in their personal professional development.

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Schools Shift from STEM to STEAM ~ EDTECH

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by Melissa Delaney


"Students in DeSoto West Middle School's iSTEAM3D Magnet Academy aren't just learning about cities, they're building one from the ground up — complete with running water and working lights. They're using MakerBot Replicator 2desktop 3D printers to create roads, homes and businesses that bring their imagined city to life.


"The lesson integrates all of the subjects students learn about in school — from the mathematics of engineering bridges to the art of designing the objects that will go in their cities. It's the type of project to which students have become accustomed since iSTEAM3D launched last fall.


"The unique moniker reflects both the international movement to add the arts — which can include the fine, language and musical arts — to STEM education and the school's desire to help students pursue a different kind of 3D: discovering, designing and developing."

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People ~ Fast Company

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BY HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF


"People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?"

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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup ~ Edutopia

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
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Download videos from ALL video sites, Free!

Download videos from Youtube, SoundCloud mp3, Facebook, VK, Xvideos, Vimeo, Metacafe, Putlocker and more.


Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a very powerful media downloading tool. Very useful for anyone who doesn't want to take the chance of that useful piece of media disappearing or the connection going flat when you need it.


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Kim Spence-Jones's curator insight, January 30, 12:47 PM

A tool like this is a must-have for anyone who wants to include video clips in presentations. Relying on a network connection is just too scary!

Nataliasterns's curator insight, January 31, 12:42 PM

para desc videos

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 8, 7:26 PM

This can be a teachers friend when the internet goes down or blocked. Thank you for sharing this valuable and free service.

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Oppia - Interactive learning creator

"It's hard to learn to play the piano just by watching a video of a great pianist. Interactive learning is much more effective! oppia.org helps you make embeddable interactive educational "explorations" that let people learn by doing."


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Interesting tool created by Google. Anyone can use it to create interactive learning experiences.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 3, 8:18 AM

Interesting tool created by Google. Anyone can use it to create interactive learning experiences.

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ImDisk Toolkit

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"Reboot Pro allows users to craft duplicate images of hard drives quite seamlessly. This handy tool supports a range of image files, as well, and the site also features a very useful FAQ section and online forum. This version is compatible with computers running Windows XP and newer."

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The Best Photo Organizing App? I’m Still Looking ~ NY Times

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by Molly Wood


"A new entrant from Dropbox, Carousel, looked promising, but fell short. A raft of others all have strengths, but nothing offers everything you want...


"...like so many services these days, Carousel is also designed to get you to use more services. In this case, more Dropbox storage. Presumably, the more people who install Carousel, the more will require extra storage, since Dropbox offers just 2 gigabytes free. Users can get an additional 3 GB for signing up for Carousel, bringing the total to 5. ICloud gives you 5GB free; Microsoft OneDrive gives 7GB; Google Drive offers 15GB; and Flickr gives its users a whopping 1 terabyte of free storage."

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Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow ~ NY Times

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by Nick Bilton


"Graphene is the strongest, thinnest material known to exist. A form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better than anything else. And get ready for this: It is not only the hardest material in the world, but also one of the most pliable.


"Only a single atom thick, it has been called the wonder material.


"Graphene could change the electronics industry, ushering in flexible devices, supercharged quantum computers, electronic clothing and computers that can interface with the cells in your body."

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michalistol's curator insight, April 19, 1:11 PM

ΕΝτυπωσιακό και πολλά υποσχόμενο

Vanessa Lara Cruz's curator insight, April 21, 7:54 AM

wow!

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STEM seeds | a community of STEM teachers sharing lesson ideas

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A great (fairly) new site where Wes Fryer is gathering all sorts of resources for mostly (K-8) STEM teachers. Archived here are periodic Google hangouts, ideas, and links. Check back often, this is sure to grow to an increasingly rich resource.


A running record of all the links and ideas from each of the hangouts is posted as a Goggle Doc here

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Social emotional learning lessons - free ebook downloads

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A high quality archive of ebooks, monographs, chapters, brochures, and articles on social emotional learning from a variety of sources. A great deal of first-rate resources here.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 18, 7:44 AM

This site even includes popular titles -- such as Divergent--although to get the whole download, you need to pay. Could be helpful for "selling" the book to students. Read the first few chapters to hook them.

Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 18, 8:23 AM

I agree with Jim's insight...check this out teachers and parents. A wonderful way to engage learners for any subject.  This is teaching of the heart!

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Media-Making Tutorials from KQED Education—An Educator Innovator Webinar

Media-Making Tutorials from KQED Education—An Educator Innovator Webinar | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"KQED Education has developed a set of multimedia tutorials to help teachers and youth understand how they might leverage free, predominantly online tools to create media projects. Join this conversation to hear how several teachers have used these tutorials with their students as they've engaged in multimedia

argumentation via KQED's Do Now Twitter-based civic engagement project."

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How to convert a PDF to ePUB

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ePUB files offer a number of advantages over PDFs. Here's how to convert the latter into the former.


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Close Reading Relief: Re-engage Students with Digital Microstories ~ MiddleWeb

Close Reading Relief: Re-engage Students with Digital Microstories ~ MiddleWeb | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Mike Fisher


"Too much close reading is boring, say these ELA experts. Invite students to read & write digital microstories. It's fun and they'll strengthen key CCSS skills."


Jim Lerman's insight:

Good strategies here along with excellent resources as well as samples demonstrating useful apps.


Thanks to Sarah Tantillo

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 18, 7:49 AM

Love this idea! Especially in the middle grades, short attention spans make it difficult to do longer pieces again and again. Poor readers are also helped by working with microstories. Even slow readers see the piece as "readable" and reading and writing it several times does improve their skills.

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7 Guidelines for Building a STEAM Program ~ EDTECH

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by Melissa Delaney


"Educators offer advice to districts looking to create successful STEAM programs for their students."

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Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say

Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by David Plotnikoff

THE FLIPPED FLIPPED CLASSROOM


"A study of how students best learned a neuroscience lesson showed a distinct benefit to starting out by working with an interactive 3D model of the brain."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 12:37 PM

There are probably times where lecture comes first, reading comes first, hand's on comes first, and video comes first. It is part of the vital role of teaching.

iCoachP53's curator insight, April 10, 1:50 PM

Whole part whole...

Bill Ferguson's curator insight, April 10, 2:52 PM
I have been thinking this for a while. Elementary students need to try first. Discussions after go a long way towards increasing their understanding of the topic.
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Create and monitor engaging flipped learning

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"One other product I have been getting excited about is Verso. This platform is not quite a learning management system, and has built in interactivity. I like it because it is crazy easy to use. It is sort of the anti-LMS way to have students engage with your content."


Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a great free product to create flipped learning. It works with tablets on Android or iPad and also in the browser. Very simple to use and great way to make sure your students are engaging with content before class.


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Smith_Lin's curator insight, March 25, 11:48 AM

Something else to investigate

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, March 28, 6:02 AM

If students are using this in their schools, Unis need to step up their game re interactivity.

 

Looks like a great idea, and we should try this.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 9, 1:44 AM

This app has been a plaything of mine for the last couple of weeks, and I am going to play over the holidays to see how it works. It is very easy to use: upload a video, write some notes/activities and there is the lesson. Seems a simple way to make flipped content for those starting to flip. 

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Make Presentations Different

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"With SlideIdea, presentations are no longer a one-man show. SlideIdea gives presenters the tools to engage their audience through their audience’s smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Each SlideIdea presentation is provided a unique URL (i.e, www.sld.im/12345 ). Regardless of the location, an audience can simply input the URL into their internet browser and then immediately follow along with slides, participate in polls, ask questions, or even network."


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This looks like a great free tool for creating interactive presentations and recording and publishing them. Just downloading it myself.



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Filipe Cálix's curator insight, February 16, 4:38 PM

Slideidea, uma nova ferramenta online de criação de slides, permite-lhe criar excelentes apresentações a partir de uma coleção de templates moderna e muito completa.

Mas onde Slideidea se distingue verdadeiramente da concorrência é nas suas possibilidades de interação com a audiência: cada apresentação recebe um url único, para partilha, que permite, ao público acompanhar a apresentação slide a slide, fazer comentários, votações, questões, etc.

Slideideia permite ainda importar (e melhorar) apresentações Powerpoint e ficheiros Pdf.

Não chega? Muito bem: com Slideideia pode ainda gravar as suas falas durante a apresentação. Excelente!

Rosanna López 's curator insight, March 30, 6:40 AM

Otra forma de hacer presentaciones....

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 9, 1:45 AM

This is an excellent idea for letting kids work through your presentations at their own pace. I wonder how it integrates with Keynote for importing existing work?

I am definitely going to have a play with this one.