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Presentation Assistant for Doing Presentations, Teaching and Demo

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The presentation aid software allows you to highlight, zoom, spotlight, capture and annotate screen that can aid during presentations.


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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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Interactive 3D Content from Lifeliqe: 1,000 Augmented Reality Models - Class Tech Tips

Interactive 3D Content from Lifeliqe: 1,000 Augmented Reality Models - Class Tech Tips | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Have you used virtual reality in your classroom? Well if you’re ready to take it to the next level you’ll want to check out the interactive 3D content from Lifeliqe. Teachers can use augmented reality with Lifeliqe – every single one of their 1,000 models has an AR view, where you can either capture the model in the environment, or swap the camera and take a selfie or interact with the model yourself. With this tool, teachers can now integrate three-dimensional models in a digital format instead of the two-dimensional images students are used to seeing in traditional textbooks.

I’m a big fan of augmented reality and virtual reality so it’s been especially exciting to see all of the innovation in this space over the past year. Teachers who use Lifeliqe can drag and drop the interactive models right into a presentation, ebook or lesson plan. It’s a great option for educators looking to create engaging, interactive 3D experiences for their students.
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Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

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"Computers have already beaten us at chess, Jeopardy and Go, the ancient board game from Asia. And now, in the raging war with machines, human beings have lost yet another battle — over typing.

Turns out voice recognition software has improved to the point where it is significantly faster and more accurate at producing text on a mobile device than we are at typing on its keyboard. That's according to a new study by Stanford University, the University of Washington and Baidu, the Chinese Internet giant. The study ran tests in English and Mandarin Chinese."

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A School Replaces Curriculum with Exploration

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A School Without Multiple Choice

The Agile Learning Center (ALC) rejects basing education on rote memorization and standardized test preparation. In fact, there is no standard curriculum at ALC, nor are there distinct classes grouped by ages. Instead, students learn what they want when they want. One group of students might devote time to learning code in order to create a video game, while another might want to write and act in their own theatrical production. Perhaps one group simply wants to play with hula-hoops. All are acceptable and encouraged at ALC, which currently has one location in Manhattan and four others in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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A Preview of Our Hats & Ladders Career App Demo

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"What’s the First Lady’s favorite edtech tool? Today, it’s likely ThinkZone Games, the grand prize winner of theReach Higher Career App Challenge. In a YouTube video, Michelle Obama describes how ThinkZone’s Hats & Ladders appcaught her eye: “Their game-based app—Hats & Ladders—helps middle and high school students explore a variety of careers through self-assessments, fun activities, and mini-challenges. It’s a cool, exciting app that will open up a whole new world for our young people.”

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Inside ‘Room 21C’: This Iowa Classroom’s Redesign Inspired Seven Other Districts (EdSurge News)

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Designing a New Sort of Classroom: Research and Development

Imagine a learning space that puts students, literally, in the center, so that there is no front of the room (making it difficult to lecture); no single projection screen that “all” would watch (making learning more individualized and engaging); and an environment without rows or individual student desks (encouraging collaboration and teamwork). By changing the space, we could drive the shift in instructional practice, and re-design learning. There would be movement, noise, and students completing different tasks at different times.
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26 Ways to Foster a Transformative Maker Culture

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The idea behind the Maker movement includes allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, learn in a formative manner, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. The idea of making is really not a new concept. In fact,the art of making is at the root and mixed into to the very fabric of our culture. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced  consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make. As you set up or evaluate the Maker movement in your school or district I ask you to think about the ten ideas I have below. Use them as a vetting procedure or a filter. I also invite you to discover some amazing resources that might fit into your Maker culture. Enjoy the journey as you Make possibilities for your students!
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Don't miss the numerous great suggestions, apps, and other resources included in this article!

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Knowmia Teach

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Knowmia Teach is a tool for capturing teacher- or student-created videos on an iPad. Users can create slides that include images, diagrams, or text and then record themselves as they speak, draw, use a pointer, and otherwise walk viewers through their slides. Resulting videos (which can be up to 15 minutes long) are then stored on the developer’s website. Videos can be viewed only by other registered users of Knowmia.com, and users can control who can view their videos with strict privacy-control tools. 

Knowmia Teach PRO costs $29.99, although it’s often on sale for $14.99. Premium features in the PRO version include options for recording while the presenter views a website (like a video, for example, in which the presenter gives a tour of a website and its contents), and for uploading videos to the device’s camera roll or YouTube.

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Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad

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"Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad has the quality sketch tools you'd pay to use, so it's too bad the ads can be so distracting. The black and neon art screen looks more like an '80s video game than a serious sketching app -- but that is quite misleading! Within the app, the brushes work beautifully, and users can create sketches with the quality of a paper sketch pad. For teachers, the movie option is especially helpful. Create a sketch to demonstrate a technique and then play the movie for the class. Students will see step by step, in movie format, how the teacher created the work. You can easily share sketches via email or social media, or save them to the device. Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad does not have the professional-level features of SketchPad Pro, but for a free option (and the annoyance of ads), users can explore and create easily."

 

 

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Teacher Appreciation! Tips for Using Haiku Deck in the Classroom 

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Teacher appreciation tips for Haiku Deck in the classroom: managing accounts, teaching digital citizenship, visual storytelling, embedding in blogs, more.

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10 Things You Can Do On Google Classroom (Infographic)

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Learn 10 ways teachers use Google Classroom to improve communication and collaboration with their students and peers and save time.

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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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Description by TechBoomers

 

"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 prob