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Hacktivity Kits for Webmaking

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" HACKTIVITY KITS is a collection of nine hands-on and web 2.0 activities intended to explain and reinforce the concept of web hacking -- that is, the idea of remixing, reusing, and re-purposing existing content to create new material or glean interesting insights. Created by NYC HIVE, a MacArthur Foundation-supported group of civic-minded organizations (there's a Chicago one, too), the Hacktivity Kits are largely built upon Mozilla WebMaker tools: Popcorn Maker, Thimble, and X-Ray Goggles. Each Hacktivity includes a detailed list of learning goals and objectives, expected results, and supporting resources. There's also an extensive list of icebreakers to get the creative juices flowing and skills tutorials for the WebMaker tools. For example, look to the Online Storytelling kit which explains the SVT (Story, Vision, Tech) model for making "web native" stories. In addition to introductory tutorials on how to use the kit and associated technology, there's also the Spectrogram icebreaker, Popcorn Maker deep-dive, and an out-of-the-box design challenge for teachers just getting their feet wet."

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This Unusual Japanese Technique Will Radically Improve Your Presentations

This Unusual Japanese Technique Will Radically Improve Your Presentations | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Most presenters fall short when it comes to engaging audiences while driving home their point. Too many slides, the wrong kinds of slides, rambling, lack of an objective and a weak argument are just a few of the presentation sins most speakers commit.

PechaKucha, a weird Japanese presentation technique devised by Tokyo architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham can help. They came up with the idea because “Architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect — or most creative people for that matter — and they’ll go on forever! Give PowerPoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.” PechaKucha’s basic message is a piece of advice I’ve been giving to presenters for years: the less you say the more valuable your presentation becomes.

PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) forces you to speak more concisely, precisely and clearly by allowing just 20 slides. Yup, 20 slides. Oh, and you only get 20 seconds to present each slide. An auto forward control ensures there’s no request for “next slide” or “please go back.” Also called a 20×20 presentation, PechaKucha gives you just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to deliver your presentation. Every second is precious which means you can radically tighten-up your presentation skills or fail. It’s high pressure, but it’s also a great learning ground.
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Getting Started with Genius Hour

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When it comes to Genius Hour, you may be like a lot of teachers: You love the idea of Genius Hour (or 20 Percent Time), the notion of setting aside time every week for students to pursue their own interests, to follow their passions, to create their own original products and share what they’ve learned.

But that’s where you stop.

Because HOW? How do you actually DO Genius Hour?

How do you introduce it to students? How do you grade Genius Hour projects? What do you do about students who can’t figure out what they want to study?

Is it chaotic? Is it messy? Is there some kind of record-keeping system?

How do you fit it into your already bursting schedule?

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could guide you through the process? If an experienced teacher who had actually done Genius Hour and helped other teachers implement it in their classrooms could show you exactly what to do?

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Create Videos in Minutes with Mysimpleshow :: Cult of Pedagogy

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Videos are becoming such important tools for teachers, but one thing that stops many of us from using videos is making them: With all the other things we have to do, there’s very little time to find the right video creation tool, learn how to use it, then actually create the videos.

If you want to get started quickly, or if you’ve already been creating videos but are ready for something new, mysimpleshow may be the perfect tool for you. In just a few minutes, you can create a student-friendly, HD-quality video that explains any concept you can imagine, then publish it right away, and it’s totally free.
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Haiku Deck Classroom: Unlimited Presentation Creation - Class Tech Tips

Haiku Deck is a long-time favorite presentation tool. Anyone can create beautiful and engaging presentations quickly and easily on a web browser, iPad, and iPhone app. If you love this presentation tool too, you’ll be excited about their recent release. Now they’ve come out with a new product just for educators called, Haiku Deck Classroom.
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CoSpaces Virtual Reality Creator for Teachers and Students - Class Tech Tips

With CoSpaces, virtual reality isn’t only experienced from a consumer, but also a creator’s perspective. It gives kids the chance to get creative with a new medium. You might use it in class for storytelling, building models, immersive infographics, or to create VR exhibitions. CoSpaces is a free platform consisting of a browser and a mobile app. With the browser app, you create VR content via drag and drop (on a computer or laptop). With the mobile app, you experience your own virtual reality content on a smartphone plus a cardboard headset or look at someone else’s creation if they share it with you.
Visit CoSpaces’ website to learn more!
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appear.in :: Alternative to Google Hangouts

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"Appear.in is one of the simplest Google Hangouts alternatives, as you don't have to sign up for an account, and you don't have to download or install a program.  Basically, you just go to the website, and pick a name for your chat room.  Once you're inside, just copy the web address and send it to up to 8 other people whom you want to talk to (over email, phone, text message, etc.).  When they enter the address into their Internet browser, they'll join the chat.  Then, you can talk to each other on video, exchange text messages (including Internet links), and even lock the chat room if you don't want anyone else joining the session.  Appear.in also has an app for mobile devices."

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Biocubes: Life In One Cubic Foot | Smithsonian Ocean Portal

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How much life can you find in one cubic foot?

The answer will surprise you. It turns out, quite a lot! Biocubes are hollow one foot cubic frames, that can be placed almost anywhere. They have been used to study mussel beds, rivers, trees, fields, coral reefs, and even the ocean midwater where there is nothing to cling to and no place to hide. 

The Biocube program was inspired by a feature article in National Geographic that involved Smithsonian scientists and led to a book, "A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity." The sites featured in the book were documented by photographer David Liittschwager, assisted by a professional field crew and in consultation with various biologists. David set out to document how much life would pass through one cubic foot over the course of a normal day. The cubes were placed around the world and highlighted the staggering biodiversity revealed by studying one cubic foot at a time. Almost every cubic foot sampled yielded more than a hundred different species. Because of the standard sampling size, biocubes can be used to show interesting differences among living communities from different continents, different habitats, and wild versus domesticated land.
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Mathigon

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Discover Mathigon, a groundbreaking new education platform that adapts to every individual student. Mathematics has never been so colourful.

 

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"Mathigon provides a series of free, interactive, online courses that are designed to complement 6th grade through college level mathematics instruction. The website was founded by Philipp Legner, who studied mathematics and the University of Cambridge and mathematics education at the London School of Economics. Legner, who currently works at Google, wanted to design a website that enabled learners to examine mathematics concepts by actively engaging in problem solving. Each course explains key concepts and skills through a series of short explanations, helpful visualizations, problem sets, and quizzes. Learners receive feedback as they work their way through each course. Visitors to this website can find courses by browsing through the course library, which sorts available courses by grade level (6-9; 10-12; College, Fun and More) and by topic (Geometry; Functions and Equations; Probability and Statistics; Calculus and Mechanics; Applied Mathematics, etc.)"

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Blended and Personalized Practices at Work

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"Nonprofit The Learning Acceleratorrecently released an interactive website, “Blended and Personalized Practices at Work,” that highlights how six different school models handle data, blending in-person learning with online learning, and mastery-based grading. The six schools include CICS West Belden in Chicago, ReNEW Data Academy in New Orleans, and Pleasant View Elementary School in Providence."

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How The Activity Learning Theory Works

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How The Activity Learning Theory Works 

Vygotsky’s earlier concept of mediation, which encompassed learning alongside others (Zone of Proximal Development) and through interaction with artifacts, was the basis for Engeström’s version of Activity Theory (known as Scandinavian Activity Theory). Engeström’s approach was to explain human thought processes not simply on the basis of the individual, but in the wider context of the individual’s interactions within the social world through artifacts, and specifically in situations where activities were being produced.

In Activity Theory people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals. In the social world there are many artifacts, which are seen not only as objects, but also as things that are embedded within culture, with the result that every object has cultural and/or social significance.

Tools (which can limit or enable) can also be brought to bear on the mediation of social interaction, and they influence both the behavior of the actors (those who use the tools) and also the social structure within which the actors exist (the environment, tools, artifacts). For further reading, here is Engeström’s own overview of 3 Generations of Activity Theory development. The first figure shows Second Generation AT as it is usually presented in the literature.

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Giacomo Bono's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:46 PM

Social interactions with close others, technology, and our motivation to master environments all work together to change us. An important process not represented in this otherwise cool model is close relationships with older peers and adults (i.e., community) who know kids and the learning task at hand well enough to use the ZPD to support their learning.

HCL's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:08 PM

An interesting article on the Activity Theory where "people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals." This article explores how this theory can be applied in education, "...teachers should be aware that everything in the classroom has a cultural and social meaning. " 

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:15 PM

A useful framework that can move well into higher education to inform learning design.

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Getting Learning Spaces Ready for School

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August is here and so is the start of school.  That’s always a special time filled with a little bit of apprehension and a lot of excitement.  That also means getting ready for your kids and the start of a great new year.  This year, take some time to ready the spaces where you and your kids will work together.  Here are my suggestions.
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Learn With QR Codes! 22+ Apps, Web Tools and Activities | Tech Learning

Learn With QR Codes! 22+ Apps, Web Tools and Activities | Tech Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
QR codes, Quick Response barcodes, inspire curiosity in our learners. QR codes get learners out of their seat scanning to discover what the knowledge they will uncover with their mobile devices. QR codes are mostly attached to websites or text, but we can also attach QR codes to audio, video, games, polls, or multimedia presentations. Below are a few ideas on how to make your QR codes more interactive. Once you are comfortable implementing a QR code activity, try getting your learners to create their own QR codes. Below are a few tips and resources to get your students started with learning with QR codes. Feel free to download the slides as a pdf and find the bookmarks here.
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4 Tips for Meaningful Student Portfolios

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Holistic portfolios allow students to showcase all the best traits and qualities of themselves.

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17 Teacher Tech Tools for High Quality Project-Based Learning - Getting Smart by Guest Author - Buck Institute for Education, Project-based learning, tech tools

17 Teacher Tech Tools for High Quality Project-Based Learning - Getting Smart by Guest Author - Buck Institute for Education, Project-based learning, tech tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

""To support good Project Based Learning (PBL), the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) recently created a model of Gold Standard Project Based Teaching Practices. These seven practices describe what teachers need to know and be able to do to make projects the “main thing” in their classroom.  

17 Tech Tools for High Quality Project-Based Learning

Teachers can use a variety of tech tools to translate each of the following Gold Standard Teaching Practices into rich and rigorous projects."  

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16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

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As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Although Drive also includes other tools, these three are particularly useful for creating rigorous, academically robust projects. If your school uses Google Classroom or at least gives students access to Google Drive, your students are probably already using these tools to write papers or create slideshow presentations, but there are other projects they could be doing that you may not have thought of.

Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. (If you and your students want to learn more about how to use these apps, check out my Google Drive Basics course; more info at the end of this post!)
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8 Tips for Teachers Using Google Cardboard in School - Class Tech Tips

Earlier this summer I shared a post on 5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard (read it here). It’s been super popular and I wanted to share eight tips for teachers who are using Google Cardboard in school this year. On this list you’ll find a handful of things you may not know about Google Cardboard and a few ways to take your use of this super cool tool to the next level.

Brand new to using Google Cardboard in school?
Google Cardboard is a special viewer that is used with a smartphone. Kids can look through the viewfinder and take part in virtual reality experiences. There are apps for iOS and Android devices making it great for BYOD (bring your own device) learning environments. You can use just one Google Cardboard in your classroom and have students take turns diving in a coral reef or peeking at the Great Wall of China.
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7 Ways Pythonroom Makes Starting A Coding Class Easy - Class Tech Tips

Thinking about starting a coding class? Not sure if you know enough about computer science to host your own coding class? The folks at Pythonroom have created a fantastic online platform for teachers who want to bring coding into the classroom but… don’t know how to code. Hiring a computer science teacher or training teachers on computer science might be a challenge for your school. Pythonroom was designed for teachers with no prior coding experience and it’s easy to get started.
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