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Updated - A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment ~ Free Technology for Teachers

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by Richard Byrne


"Back in January I published a guide to using backchannels in the classroom. Shortly after I published that guide Wallwisher changed its name to Padlet. This weekend I updated the guide to include the Padlet name as well as some updated directions. The guide includes ideas and directions for using Padlet, Socrative, and TodaysMeet. You can download the guide here and view it as embedded below."

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, December 25, 2013 12:00 PM

I have always been a big supporter of educators using backchannels to engage student communication.  Honestly, I have seen some of my quite college students actually shed their shell upon using this concept during video conference discussions. 

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Zaption: Changing the Way Students (and Teachers) Use Interactive Videos to Learn

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Chris Walsh, Zaption CEO, says he thinks the reason awards keep rolling in for Zaption — the 2015 South By Southwest LAUNCHedu competition winner was also named to Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Companies in the World,” a list that also features Disney — is that the company was quick to notice a trend toward using videos for learning, and jumped at the chance to convert a passive medium into an active one.

“The way to do that is interactivity,” he says. “We built a platform that very easily allows anybody, not just an expert in video platforms or curriculum design, but a teacher or student, to take any video and transform it to a deeper experience.”
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Annie Cushing's Must-Have Tools :: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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Numerous links to a wide variety of (mostly) free online tools to support SEO. -JL

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6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking

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So how can we design speaking activities that don’t make our students’ hearts race and palms sweat? Digital storytelling can be an effective way for ELLs to practice speaking English without the stress of being “on stage.” Apps and tech tools allow students to practice in the comfort of their own home by themselves or with a caregiver. With digital storytelling tools, students can spend time formulating their stories, self-reflect and self-assess, collaborate with peers of differing skill levels, and in the end, feel confident in their abilities.

Here are a few digital storytelling tools to help get your ELLs talking.
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These apps a great for English Language Arts and world language learning, as well as for ELLs.

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How to Create Perfect Social Media Posts: Infographic

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Want to improve your social media posts? Check out the great tips on this infographic, and make better posts on your blog, plus 9 social networks!
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How to Make an Explainer Video: Step-by-Step Instructions [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Whether you’re having your marketing videos made by an explainer video production company, an independent designer or simply by yourself, this neat infographic crafted by Yum Yum Videos will help you learn how the work is done, what to expect in each step, and how to check the video making process before it’s complete. Check it out:
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Don’t Be “Cool,” Be Interested — The Synapse — Medium

Don't Be "Cool," Be Interested - The Synapse - Medium
In thinking about this exchange, I think I’m coming to realize that what my students valued about the conversation may not have been the subject matter necessarily, but rather that I was willing to stop the lesson for a few minutes just to have a talk about why I found it interesting. When interacting with other students, I try to do the same thing: allow the conversation to proceed naturally from a genuine question, and not worrying about a specific academic goal for every interaction. I’ve had some of my deepest, most interesting, most academically rigorous conversations with students based on this questioning method — they aren’t used to teachers allowing themselves to get sidetracked from the lesson at hand, but once they realize that they aren’t being played in some way, they engage at an almost miraculous level.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 3, 10:37 AM
Expressing an interest in a topic and stopping to have a conversation with students in the midst of well-planned lessons is the magic of teaching.
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Where Did the Time Go? | #TimeManagement Tips

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55 Valuable Tips to Save Time

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 21, 7:03 AM

55 Valuable Tips to Save Time

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, April 22, 7:06 AM
Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. Another excellent application for time management is the use of mind maps. Each professional should have one, to organize ideas in time and thus optimize it. For those who speak Spanish or Portuguese, more about time management can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
Obalys Consulting's curator insight, April 27, 8:26 AM
La Liste est longue... Mais interessante
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CristinaSkyBox: Being Learner Centered

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The Teacher’s Guide to Tech Might Be Your New Best Friend

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The Teacher's Guide to Tech isn't just your new favorite technology guru. It's your new best friend!

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, April 7, 12:28 PM

Awesome resource!

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Wi-Fi-enabled school buses leave no child offline

Wi-Fi-enabled school buses leave no child offline | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl Adams took over one of the poorest school district in the nation, he made it a top priority to help his students get online 24/7. Special correspondent David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 29, 11:40 PM

Now this is a great idea! 

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Cause and Effect Analysis: Identifying the Likely Causes of Problems

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When you have a serious problem, it's important to explore all of the things that could cause it, before you start to think about a solution.

That way you can solve the problem completely, first time round, rather than just addressing part of it and having the problem run on and on.

Cause and Effect Analysis gives you a useful way of doing this. This diagram-based technique, which combines Brainstorming with a type of Mind Map , pushes you to consider all possible causes of a problem, rather than just the ones that are most obvious.
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Excellent explanation and demonstration of the technique.

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Vetting Web 2.0 Educational Tools: The Web in the Classroom…Part 2

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The web provides multiple opportunities to provide learning that is engaging, productive, and student-centered. Using interactive tools and resources is a valuable part of the 21st century classroom. Having a system in place to vet tools and resources is an important part of teaching in a digital environment. Please feel free to share this via email, and also reply back with any comment… as I am also always learning. While there might be other items to consider for vetting a Web 2.0 tool, I do hope this article provides a good starting place for facilitating exciting learning opportunities in the increasingly digital classroom.
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10 More Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 4

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In the last three posts I have been providing  ideas and reflection regarding the use of the internet in the classroom. You can explore these posts in the links that follow this paragraph.

As promised I have ten more digital citizenship resources to add to the ten that were included in the last post. I do hope you find these links beneficial for student of all ages. If the facilitation of digital citizenship is not part of your district or schools curriculum… now is the time to include it. It really is a great way to assist students as they discover the wealth of learning experiences available on the worldwide web.
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How-to: Use Preview to put signatures on PDF’s, Pages Documents, and Mail messages

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As we have written about in previous articles, Preview is a valuable tool in OS X that does not get a lot of press. In this article, we will review how you can use Preview to capture your signature using the iSight camera on a Mac, then use it in Pages documents, to sign PDF documents, and as an image in your signature in the Mail app.
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The Global Education Conference Network - YouTube

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The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It i
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Dozens of great videos for educators from the Global Education Conference, going back to 2011. 

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5 Major Tasks Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Major Tasks Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Google Classroom is one of the best web-based platforms teachers can use to facilitate their work and create paperless classrooms. It can help you establish a virtual space for your class where you can share educational resources with your students , distribute assignments, hold discussions, collect feedback and grade your students works among other things.  Additionally, Classroom seamlessly integrates with your Google Apps for Education account allowing you to access and use materials you have on other Google services including Docs, Calendar and Gmail. The purpose of our post today is to share with you what we think are the five main tasks every teacher should be able to do on Google Classroom.  We have only included instructions for Classroom on the web, for those of you using Classroom mobil apps, click on the hyperlinked titles to access details about how to use it on your mobile devices.
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10 Steps to Writing an Explainer Video [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Sometimes you just need someone to explain to you how to write an explainer video. It's not circular logic, it's a great new infographic. Starting with the planning and detailing the writing process, this infographic will have you ready with a script in no time. Clarify your objects and identify your audience and start writing!
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Obviously, this infographic is for a business setting. But, as they say, a little thought will enable the process to be transposed to education.

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How to Make a Content Calendar Using Evernote - The Noshery

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I have been using Evernote for sometime now as a content calendar and this year I want to also use it to help keep track of content curation to share on social media.  I am going to share with you how I use Evernote to create content for my blog.
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So you have a Twitter account. Now what?

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I hear it all the time: “I have a Twitter account, but I don’t really know how to use it.”

I understand this thinking completely. Before I signed up to Twitter less than three years ago, I didn’t get it AT ALL. I would go to someone’s Twitter page—if that’s what it was even called—and none of it made sense. It was only slightly easier to read than HTML. I had a vague understanding that a “tweet” was a 140-character post, and some fuzzy memory of Ashton Kutcher doing some kind of charity thing on it a few years back, aaannnd that was pretty much it.

But I kept hearing people say things like, “Twitter is the best professional development I’ve ever had.” In my head I was basically calling BS on that. Because that’s what I tend to do when I don’t understand things. (It’s not my best quality.) So I went ahead and opened an account, and I pretty much did nothing with it for a while. Over time, I picked up a few tips, but it took about six months before I started using it with any regularity.

Now that I’ve been using Twitter for a few years, I get it. I really do. And I want you to get it now. Because I believe every educator really needs to be on Twitter and be able to use it well. All those Twitter accounts just sitting there, not getting used, are just wasted opportunity.
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10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher [Infographic] by GDC

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Med Kharbach lists 10 essential social media skills for teachers of all sorts in a creative infographic, based on an article by Doug Johnson.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 22, 4:19 PM
This article and infographic share ten social media skills for today's instructors.
drula eric's curator insight, May 3, 1:02 AM
Peu de domaines dans les affaires et dans la société qui n'a pas été affectées par la révolution des médias sociaux, même comme il a commencé il y a moins d'une décennie. De nombreuses entreprises ont réagi à cette nouvelle situation, en prenant la pleine mesure de la force et le potentiel que ces technologies représentent pour leur organisation ainsi, les wikis permettent une collaboration virtuelle plus efficace dans des projets transversaux; blogs internes, forums de discussion et des chaînes YouTube promouvoir les échanges avec le partage à la fois la connaissance comme un aperçu de chacun; campagnes virales sophistiquées possibles pour engager la relation client et la fidélité; prochaine génération de produits co-développé grâce à des processus d'innovation ouverte; et enfin les dirigeants travaillant pour définir leur stratégie d'entreprise
Susan Wegmann's curator insight, May 3, 9:15 AM
Could relate to Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
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27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students

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27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students by TeachThought Staff Innovating thinking is one of those awkward concepts in education--on
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Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 22, 4:04 PM
This article and infographic share over two dozen ways to help your students be innovative thinkers.
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How to create a Google Drive Classroom

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Using the cloud in the classroom can be a powerful thing.

One of the most common uses of the cloud in today’s classroom is word processing, and one of the most common cloud-based word processing platforms is Google Drive.

We’ve talked about offering voice feedback to documents. In the above below, teacher Bjorn Behrendt explains how to set up a classroom in Google Drive. He offers dozens of tips to pre-empt the kind of challenges that you’re likely to see (e.g., students unknowingly duplicating the same file several times, not knowing which folder to turn work in to, etc.)

Since he clearly has experience in the classroom, this video is immediately better than the vast majority of universal Google Drive tutorials you’ll find.

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Removing QuickTime for Windows in a Hurry :: NY Times

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With Apple no longer providing security updates to fix holes in its Windows QuickTime code, computers running the software could be at risk. The security software company Trend Micro issued a warning this month describing two “critical vulnerabilities” in QuickTime for Windows and advised users to uninstall Apple’s abandoned program immediately. The Homeland Security Department posted a warning based on Trend Micro’s findings and also recommends that PC owners remove QuickTime from their systems.