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BBC - Teachers: Teaching resources from the BBC

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Teaching resources and classroom activities: lesson plans, worksheets, classroom games and video clips for all curriculum school subjects.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 5, 2013 4:34 PM

Great resources...

 

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Kimai - Open Source Time-Tracking

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Kimai - the free and easy Time-Tracking software application.

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12 Excellent Creativity Resources for Teachers | Educational Technology & Mobile Learning

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By Med Kharbach

 

"I want to share with you some of the articles I have curated and read about creativity, a topic of much relevance to us in education. I have collected these articles probably over a period of 6 or 7 months but they are some of the best reads you can find online and I enjoyed reading every single line of them. You can bookmark them too and read them when you have time. Enjoy."

 


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Thinking Tools | Teacher & Student Planners

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Higher Order Thinking Strategies and Tools

 

The following Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools are designed to provide a scaffold which enables students to think with more depth and structure.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://learningcurveplanner.com.au/thinking-tools.html

 


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Co-browsing: Share and Co-Navigate Any Web Page in Real-Time with Ve.rbatim.com

 

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/ ;

 


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The Role of Pinterest Inside & Outside The Classroom [Infographics]

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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.


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Digital Storytelling: how to make an animated PPT movie

How-to video for creating digital storybooks using custom animations in PowerPoint. For more resources from Nancye Blair, visit www.EngagingEducation.net.

 

Wonderful resource!  


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Paola Houston-Davalos's curator insight, June 26, 2013 10:24 PM

Interesting and well explained step by step tutorial on how to create digital storybooks using custom animations in PowerPoint.

Maria Persson's comment, July 18, 2013 5:47 PM
Absolute must and useful for so many contexts...thanks for the scoop!
Maria Persson's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:48 PM

All part and parcel of having your 'digital' voice heard.  Great tool.  

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15 Conflict Resolution Tips For Educators

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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...:

http://edudemic.com/2012/11/conflict-resolution-tips/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 


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Ricard Lloria's comment, November 29, 2012 6:13 PM
Thanks David, Jim :)
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Protect Your Kids - Teach Them About Social Media by Playing BeSeen

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BeSeen is a fun mobile game to teach kids ages 8-12 about using social media responsibly. Simply download the FREE game from the Apple App Store or for your Android phone from Google Play (formerly the Android Marketplace) and get started! The game focuses on:

 

- Securing personal information


- Protecting your reputation


- Defending friends

 


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Animation Library - Free animations for your presentations

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Over 14,000 Free Animations plus articles, reviews, tutorials, postcard, and everything else related to animated graphics.


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Bloom's digital taxonomy Wheel and Knowledge Dimension

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This is quite a clever and helpful device to tie together a large number of ideas about Bloom's Taxonomy in the Cognitive Domain. I highly recommend that interested readers visit the website and play with it. It's done quite well (although it would be even better if the few misspellings were attended to). Access it at http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf

 

But this gets me up on my soapbox because it highlights quite a significant oversight, in my opinion.

 

When Benjamin Bloom wrote his original work, he spoke of 3 domains, not just one. All 3 were, and are, of roughly equal importance in educating young people. The other 2 are the Affective Domain and the Psychomotor Domain. These correspond roughly to what, in today's parlance, might be called Social and Emotional Learning (Affective) and Mental and Physical Health (Psychomotor). Too much (or too little) emphasis on any one of the domains almost guarantees a lack of balance in childrens' learning and development. We can see this in the pejorative, hurtful names students call their peers when one of the domains assumes an unblanced priority over the others. Cognitive imbalance can lead to students being called eggheads or nerds, Affective imbalance to students being called geeks or loners, and Psychomotor imbalance to students being called dumb jocks or crazies.

 

It seems to me that the standards movement and the high-stakes testing movement have come to represent an educational environment that is seriously out of balance...with far too much emphasis on the Cognitive Domain, and too little on the Affective and Psychomotor. We have too many students who excel in one domain, and too few who are well rounded in two or three, as well as too many who do not reach their potential in any.

 

Furthermore, the emphasis on the separation of the Cognitive from the Affective and Psychomotor, has created structural imbalances in the operation of schools (read allocations of time, financial and material resources, personnel, and intellectual energy) that work to the detriment of our young people and our communities.The drive toward home schooling and charter schools can be viewed as two manifestations of this structural imbalance...increasing numbers of parents view schools (especially public ones) as unsuitable places to send their children and clamor for alternatives that offer a better balance among the 3 domains.

 

This is a great graphic organizeer, but it represents only an exaggeratedly large part of a much more important whole. -JL

 

 


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Roberto Ivan Ramirez's curator insight, July 16, 3:35 PM

La rueda taxonómica se irá enriqueciendo en la medida que las TIC sigan su propia evolución creativa e innovadora en lel proceso de implementación, evaluación y seguimiento en los entornos de aprendizaje físicos, virtuales y mixtos.

Al Post's curator insight, July 29, 5:32 PM

Pretty cool...interactive Adobe Flash site. Click on an area to see additional information.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, July 31, 7:20 PM

http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf

 

Interactive animation that breaks down the 'wheel' - includes suggested 'tools' that could be used for different related activities.

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11 Secrets Of Effective Communication And Empathy | Appitive

11 Secrets Of Effective Communication And Empathy | Appitive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Communication and empathy are the basis of all social and relationship skills, and a core competency of emotional intelligence. The communication competency includes listening with an open mind, sending convincing and clear messages, and cultivating an empathetic give-and-take. The empathy competency includes understanding other people and being actively interested in other people’s concerns, thoughts, and feelings.

Here are my 11 secrets of effective communication and empathy.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://appitive.com/business/2012/08/10/11-secrets-of-effective-communication-and-empathy/

 


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When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier

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Happiness interview: Andrew Mangino. By Gretchen Rubin...

 

How can we usher in a new era of happiness (and inspiration) in America's schools?


I had to include this question because it's the one I think about every day!

 

Our team at The Future Project believes that just as there is an achievement gap, there is also an inspiration deficit in our schools. When students (and teachers, administrators, custodians, coaches, and parents) are not inspired, they are not happy -- at least not as happy as they could be! Nor do they learn well; reform, we believe, must be built on a foundation of inspiration. So, we're aiming to bring about the world in which all students have found something that inspires and truly excites them, whether civil engineering, French food, botany, or the Roaring Twenties, and channeled it to improve the world around them. All before finishing high school!

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-happiness-project/201107/when-students-are-inspired-they-and-their-teachers-are-happier

 


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 4:51 AM
1. Explain. Some recent research shows that many students do poorly on assignments or in participation because they do not understand what to do or why they should do it. Teachers should spend more time explaining why we teach what we do, and why the topic or approach or activity is important and interesting and worthwhile.
2. Reward. Students who do not yet have powerful intrinsic motivation to learn can be helped by extrinsic motivators in the form of rewards. Rather than criticizing unwanted behaviour or answers, reward correct behaviour and answers.
3. Care. Students respond with interest and motivation to teachers who appear to be human and caring.
4. Have students participate. One of the major keys to motivation is the active involvement of students in their own learning.
5. Teach Inductively.
6. Satisfy students' needs. Attending to need satisfaction is a primary method of keeping students interested and happy.
7. Make learning visual. Use drawings, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs, bulleted lists, even three-dimensional objects you can bring to class to help students anchor the idea to an image.
8. Use positive emotions to enhance learning and motivation. Strong and lasting memory is connected with the emotional state and experience of the learner.

Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 4:52 AM
Also, we have a large number of WEB 2.0 tools for free use in our class.
Gust MEES's comment, July 5, 2012 5:08 AM
@Konstantinos Kalemis,

Hi,
Thanks for your comment, much appreciated...

have a nice day :-)
Gust
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MathCast

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MathCast is an equation editor, an application that allows you to input mathematical equations. These equations can be used in written documents and webpages. The equations can be rendered graphically to the screen, to picture files, or to MathML - today's leading standard language for describing mathematics. 

MathCast is a free and open source application. Feel free to use it to help your studies, to add mathematics to your website, etc. 

 


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20 Creative Ways To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic

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The buzz around Instagram might have you thinking about jumping ship. Instead, why not consider a few ways to use the app in your classroom?

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Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today?

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Wes Freyer's awesome interactive resource for product-based learning.

 

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Gust MEES

 

Great examples how one can use 21st Century tools in the classroom while every part is well described with "Definition", *Workflow", *Tools", "Workshop Description"... This is how it should be, take it as a very good practice example!

 

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Read more, a MUST:

http://maps.playingwithmedia.com/

 


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Ariel Muñoz Prado's curator insight, January 11, 2013 11:22 AM

¿No estaremos hablando de una Educación Transmedia? De mejorar la experiencia del usuario universitario, combinar conocimientos y TIC`s en la construcción del conocimiento en el aula...

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 29, 2013 2:23 PM

"Como educadores do século 21, devemos oferecer oportunidades para que os alunos demonstrem o domínio e compreensão do currículo, não só com texto, mas também com imagens, áudio e vídeo".Wesley Fryer.

Website muito interessante que disponibiliza : definições, video exemplos, WORKFLOW, Ferramentas e tutoriais (Mapa de médias para o currículo)

 

Melissa Cooper's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:14 AM

A great resource list for a variety of tools

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Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla - Painless Team Collaboration for the Web

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Twiddla is a free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Voice and Text chat too!

 

Read more:

http://www.twiddla.com/

 


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9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class

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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.

 

Read more:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/11/9-tools-to-create-e-magazines-and.html

 


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Peter Parise's comment, November 25, 2012 9:02 PM
Wow this is a good collection!
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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [Infographic]

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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:

http://www.angelamaiers.com/2012/11/7-habits-of-highly-effective-teachers-who-use-technology.html

 


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AAEEBL's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:26 PM

Applicable to all learners, whether students or teachers or carrerists. 

Maria Kallergi's curator insight, April 3, 2013 7:23 AM

we don't want to be left behind

Terri Rice's curator insight, July 27, 7:08 PM

Absolutely! it is so good to know I have some of the qualities. Working on integrating them all into my daily life.

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Great Resources and Tools for Teaching Using Comic Strips

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Comic strips and cartoons are great learning and teaching materials. Students love them and you can see the excitement in their eyes the moment they know they are included in their lesson. Well, think of yourself when you were a student, I bet you had the same feelings about these materials.

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/12/great-resources-and-tools-for-teaching.html

 


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How To Start Developing Your Own Apps

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Software development is going mobile, bringing applications to phones, laptops and tablets everywhere, including the classroom.

 

- Gartner predicts that by 2015 mobile app development projects will outnumber PC application projects by 4 to 1.
- Mobile app developers are reaping the benefits of 45 percent year over year employment growth, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.


- Dice.com reported a 100 percent increase in job posting for mobile app developers between 2010 and 2011.

 

Read more:

http://edudemic.com/2012/09/how-to-start-developing-your-own-apps/

 


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Pathbrite

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Pathbrite ePortfolios are the best way to collect, track and showcase a lifetime of learning and achievements, and to get recommended pathways for continuous success.

 

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Very easy to set up and you can chose your own categories to make it very personal... You can even use it as an ePortfolio to show your skills to future employers...

 

Read more:

https://pathbrite.com/

 


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10 Truths About Educational Technology

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A few brief, high-impact guidelines for using technology in the classroom.

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Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012

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Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.

I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.

 

Some, as good as Vidyo or Zoom.us may provide HD quality video and even full support for mobile platforms. Others, like MeBeam or Sinfor offer bare-bone ad-supported solutions that have zero frills but can do the job if you need an immediate, zero-cost solution.

 

Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/robingood/top-15-free-video-conferencing-tools-2012/

 

P.S.: Feel free to suggest tools you know that should belong in this collection.

 

 


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Susan's comment, September 15, 2012 6:57 AM
What about Skype? Too well-known?
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Twitter Tutorials - A Brighter Web

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Anxious to learn more about the art of tweeting? Watch this video for a quick overview of Twitter, then dig into these tutorials to learn more Don’t see what you’re looking for? Shoot us a suggestion and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.

 

Read more:

http://www.abrighterweb.com/twitter/

 

 

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