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I am pretty sure as you introduce the idea to your students everyone will want to have a say in their next e-magazine. There is nothing much more rewarding to students then to have a proof of their hard work recognized in a publication of some sort.
Most of the tools cited here are easy to use and have user friendly interface and they will let you create your own e-magazine or newspaper in few simple steps. Yet I would recommend your discretion as you use them with your students.
Via Gust MEES
November 30, 2012 by Angela Maiers
Love this great post from the folks at Always Prepared entitled: ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology‘ and the infographic it inspired from Mark Bates. Both highlight “The Habitudes” of educators who are effectively using technology to enhance and impact teaching and learning. Hat tip to Shawn McCusker for this awesome Twitter find!
A MUST read:
Via Gust MEES
By Jennifer Carey
Summary by GETideas
"Blogging for Powerful Learning Practice, tech-savvy educator Jennifer Carey discusses the following benefits of smartphones in the classroom, acknowledging that because all students may not have a personal smartphone, many of the activities she presents can be done in groups with just one smartphone per group:
-Support for in-class lessons and activities, such as reading, polling, quizzing, and backchanneling
-Research, via tools such as Google Search, Genius Scan+, Google Docs, Dropbox, and Evernote"
Description by The Scout Report
"This rather fine website, a collaboration with New York University Libraries, complements the recent publication of "Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception." This work argues that "much of the valuable journalism since before the U.S. Civil War has emerged from investigations that employed subterfuge to expose wrong." The fascinating material here has been gathered into clusters, highlighting award-winning series, exemplary proponents of the practice, or recurring themes, including prison infiltrations, shadowing migrants, work, and gender, class, or ethnic impersonation, and dozens more. The stories here include the Chiquita Banana expose from the Cincinnati Enquirer, a close look into the world of nursing homes, and several classic pieces of reportage from the Depression on the plight of people thrown into poverty. Visitors can use the Browse tab to get started, and additional instruction can be found under the How to Use area"
Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief
"Skype in the Classroom has grown since its 2011 launch to include 43,000 teachers and 2,400 suggested lesson plans that include the use of the free, Internet video-chatting program. Teachers interviewed say they recently used Skype to communicate with students stuck at home during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and to conduct virtual chats worldwide. "You're able to give an experience to a student that you could never possibly provide otherwise," said Allison Holland, an eLearning coach in Indiana's Plymouth Community Schools, where students have chatted on Skype with Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and basketball star Shaquille O'Neal."
If you're looking for some conflict resolution tips to use in school and the classroom, these are some of the best you can find.
Read more, very interesting...:
Via Gust MEES
Robin Good: Streamago is a live video streaming platform which allows anyone with an HD camcorder or a simple webcam to start video broadcasting directly on the web with the minimum fuss and at zero cost.
Streamago works also from smartphones and tablets, and it provides some fine controls to set the quality and resolution of your broadcast, as well as to add your brand name, tagline, or a RSS news ticker on top of your live streaming image.
Streamago provides you with unlimited channels you can use, storage of 20GB and SD video encoding quality. Streamago can also stream directly to your Facebook profile page and can record, if you want, each one of your live video streams.
Free version available (ad supported).
The premium version provides access to higher quality video encoding (up to 1.7Mbps), video scheduling/playlist, white labeling, extra storage and custom support and stats at 39.30eu/month.
N.B.: With the scheduling/playlist of the Premium version you can create a 24/7 professional TV schedule by assembling live transmissions, pre-registered videos or uploaded contents.
Premium features: http://www.streamago.tv/premium/plans.html
App store mobile version: http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/streamago/id433402336?mt=8
Try it out now: http://www.streamago.tv/
(Thanks to Fabrizio Pucci for bringing it to my attention)
Via Robin Good
Note-taking is a small yet important part of anyone’s digital routine. That’s why apps like Evernote prove extremely useful for anyone who needs to jot down pieces of information at any given time. It lets you quickly jot down text notes or take shots of important documents from any device you’re using, or directly from your web browser.
If you think you’ve used Evernote for everything, thought, think again. The Evernote Trunk is full of apps, devices, notebooks, and more that can help you get the most out of the service. Here’s 10 of our favorite Evernote compatible web apps that showcase the different ways that Evernote can be of further use in any aspect of our lives.
Via Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, Louise Robinson-Lay
From the website
"Teachers all over the world are flipping their classrooms. Instead of doing homework and projects at home, students watch lectures and videos. When they get to class they engage students with activities and tests designed to test what students have learned. While flipping your classroom may sound like a good idea, it requires having a way to present information to students at home. These top 6 apps for flipping your classroom will give you the tools you need to turn your classroom upside down."
Via Jon Samuelson
By Glenn Wiebe
"The people at Spin have created a handy mobile app that brings the interactivity and engagement back to videos. Called Together Learn, the app provides the chance for multiple people, in different places, to watch the same video in real time while at the same time having live video / audio chats while at the same time using a live shared chalkboard. How cool is that?"
A well-stocked wiki of resources for National Louis University's ipad project, in which a cohort of pre-service teachers in training focused on preparation to teach in 1:1 classes with iPads. Action plans, links. apps, research, blog links, app reviews, and meeting notes. Quite a rich resosurce. -JL
By Ken Yeung
"Education disruptor, Khan Academy, has released an iOS mobile application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, giving users complete access to its collection of over 3,500 videos. Now, students will be able to continue their education on the go, whether they’re traveling on vacation, commuting, or sitting around with nothing else to do.
"The app covers a wide variety of topics, including topics within the K-12 space, such as math, science topics like chemistry, biology, physics, etc., and there’s even a focus on the humanities."
Robin Good: Ve.rbatim.com is a free web-based co-browsing tool which allows you to co-navigate with one or more people any web page, while being able to see the mouse cursor of your partner when desired.
The web app is very easy to use. You just click on "Start a sesson" on this page http://ve.rbatim.com/ and the new page that opens up has a URL that you can share with anyone you want to cobrowse with.
On this page you have an additional address bar in which you can input any url you want to cobrowse. An integrated text chat area is made visible by clicking on the large down arrow visibile on the top right side of your screen.
Free to use.
Check this video: http://youtu.be/XgeTWHSjhTQ
Google Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mjiigdnknfcmjgaapnimjbmopdfbkech
Try it out now: http://ve.rbatim.com/ ;
Via Robin Good, Dennis T OConnor, Gust MEES
With over 10 million users, Pinterest has rocketed to pop-culture fame since its launch in beta in March 2010. This rapid growth makes it the fastest growing social media site of the past year. Educators have caught on to Pinterest in a big way. From kindergarten to college, teachers, professors and students are using Pinterest creatively to organize and share ideas from all around the Web and even in their own classrooms and campuses.
Via Gust MEES
How-to video for creating digital storybooks using custom animations in PowerPoint. For more resources from Nancye Blair, visit www.EngagingEducation.net.
Via Baiba Svenca, Eva Buyuksimkesyan, EiriniKaragiorgaki, Let's Learn IT, Juergen Wagner, Louise Robinson-Lay, AnnC, Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Gust MEES
By Lissa Pompos and Kevin Yee
A thorough and informative descriptive analysis of the pros and cons of these two very helpful apps; along with links to a number of resources and tutorials on screencasting in general.
Not mentioned in the article is that Explain Everything added a supplementary rendering app in Oct. 2012 that enables much faster processing of video recordings made on the iPad. -JL
By Susan Curtis
Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief
"MiddleWeb co-editor Susan B. Curtis is back with another of her in-depth Resource Roundup articles. Student motivation has been an especially hot topic among educators in 2012, and she's pulled together blog posts, interviews and studies centering on some of the year's best commentary about intrinsic and extrinsic sources of motivation. You'll find plenty of solid research and advice that will serve you well in 2013 and beyond."
From the website
"NBC Learn, the education arm of NBC News, has launched an original video series called “Writers Speak to Kids,” featuring interviews with popular and award-winning children’s book authors. Answering questions from NBC News correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, the authors share their writing process and experiences, helping students learn more about the craft and techniques of creative writing."
Robin Good: I used to love the Google contextual mini-browser (the Google Deskbar - 2003), something probably most people today have never seen nor have a memory of, but which in my humble opinion, was one of the best and most useful tools released by Google ever.
Well the little mini-search tool is back in a new customized format inside the Google Docs Presentation tool, where you can now easily search for reference, quotes, information and images related to the topic you are working on in your presentation.
Search becomes contextual and the relevant information found can be immediately integrated into the work we are creating. (Any information or image you find with the Google Research Tool can be intuitively selected and dragged onto the slide area, where it can be sized and positioned in any way you like.)
Each content item found with the Google Research Tool and utilized in your slide content is automatically linked back to its original source to simplify the credit and attribution process.
Extremely useful. Especially for quotes and images.
Try it out now inside your Google Docs / Drive account: https://drive.google.com/
Via Robin Good
Robin Good: BigMarker is a web-based team collaboration and videoconferencing service which allows real-time web presentations, audio conferencing, project management and file sharing tools.
BigMarker supports PowerPoints, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, or image files and once uploaded converts them all to PDFs.
BigMarker has a potential capacity of up to 100 participants in a video event and all live meetings can also be recorded.
Pro Communities, available only for paid accounts, enable you to host public or private conferences, discussions,and files, manage projects and tasks, and organize into sub-Communities.
Free version available.
Try it out now: https://www.bigmarker.com/
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By Ralph Fletcher
"I've spent most of my professional career helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. In the past few years I've become interested in how we might do a better job of engaging our boy writers. Empirical and anecdotal evidence suggests that boy writers are struggling. According to the most recent NAEP test results (2011) 38% of 8th grade girls scored "proficient" or above--only 18% of 8th grade boys scored proficient.
[I love the comment in this next paragraph, "Sometimes we may look at boys as defective girls....Try to notice what unique strengths boys bring to the table." -JL]
"Try to understand boy writers instead of judging them. Let's face it: elementary teachers, who are overwhelmingly female, may not always "get" boy writers and their quirks, strengths, and struggles. Sometimes we may look at boys as defective girls (I have done this myself) try to notice what unique strengths boys bring to the table.
"Boys and girls really are different, and I'm convinced that some of that difference is biological. A mother I know has two girls and two boys. She told me: "The boys made sound effects, almost from the moment when they could vocalize. My daughters never did that."
"Boy writing often differs from the writing created by girls. (For instance, in his book Why Gender Matters Leonard Sax points out that in their drawings, little girls draw nouns whereas little boys draw verbs/action.) Try to appreciate the difference."
Posted by Katie Lepi
"One of the biggest problems many people have with Khan Academy and YouTube Edu is simply the format. It’s not the fault of Khan or YouTube … it’s just that the passive video format is just that. It’s passive. Khan and others are introducing more interactive technology that acts as an added level of learning to the lessons but no one has nailed it quite yet.
"A San Francisco-based startup called Net Power & Light Inc. wants to change that. And they’re working with one of the most popular (in terms of YouTube views at least) Harvard professors to show off what they can do. Net and Professor Michael Sandel have partnered to offer a more interactive way to learn using the Apple iPad.
"Net’s software is called ‘Spin‘ which essentially turns passive video watching into interactive group learning. It’s like project-based learning but with the entire planet instead of just your classroom.
"Right now, Spin lets you remix and interact with content from Harvard, Stanford, TED, and the National Geographic Channel.
"“Teachers felt web-based learning wasn’t giving them the full experience,” Tara Lemmey, Net Power & Light’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said in an interview. “Education shouldn’t live by itself. It’s a world of together.”
Open-Sankoré is a multiplatform, open-source IWB program that is compatible with every type of interactive hardware. It is also translated into many different languages. Its range of tools is adapted to all users: from beginners to experts.
Via Nik Peachey