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Great, Free Lessons for Teaching Copyright Laws to Students (and Adults)

Great, Free Lessons for Teaching Copyright Laws to Students (and Adults) | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Copyright can be a confusing topic for adults as well as children. The EFF's Teaching Copyright lesson plans provide teachers with the materials and resources needed for teaching appropriate use of copyrighted materials.

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The Gp Tutor's curator insight, May 21, 2013 5:57 PM

Industry should take more involvement in teaching, educating and highlighting issues that affect producers and consumers.

 

Michael McGary's curator insight, May 22, 2013 1:12 PM

A good definition of copyright.

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Google Now on your #iPhone and #iPad, with the @Google Search #app

Google Now on your #iPhone and #iPad, with the @Google Search #app | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
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Google Now is about giving you just the right information at just the right time. It can show you the day’s weather as you get dressed in the morning, or alert you that there’s heavy traffic between you and your butterfly-inducing date—so you’d better leave now! It can also share news updates on a story you’ve been following, remind you to leave for the airport so you can make your flight and much more. There’s no digging required: cards appear at the moment you need them most—and the more you use Google Now, the more you get out of it.

Google Now for iPhone and iPad is available as part of the updated Google Search app. Together, Google Now and voice search will make your day run a little smoother.

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10 Devices You Should Consider Donating To Schools

10 Devices You Should Consider Donating To Schools | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
If you just got a fabulous new device, why not consider giving back by donating to schools? Send that old device to a BYOD classroom near you.
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Please lend schools a hand by looking into dontating some of the following gadgets and accessories so students may enjoy a fair and equal chance in their studies.

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InfuseLearning's curator insight, January 13, 2013 5:55 PM

Agreed! Why does this not happen more!

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The Only App I Couldn't Live Without: LastPass Password Manager (Make sure to upgrade to premium)

The Only App I Couldn't Live Without: LastPass Password Manager (Make sure to upgrade to premium) | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Passwords have gotten so complicated that even people with ferociously sharp memories can struggle to recall the eccentric combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. There are passwords for personal e-mail, work e-mail, bank accounts, Twitter, and Facebook, and woe to anybody who uses the same one for those two malware magnets. On top of that, it's recommended that you regularly change your passwords so they don't get compromised. Passwords are a pain, but LastPass slices through the Gordian knot of password management with a deft and effective cross-platform browser add-on/app/online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure. Although I prefer it on Chrome and iOS, LastPass is also available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, your descktop, and on Android.

 

The bottom line: Effective, secure, and easy to use, LastPass offers a broad base of password-management features for free that can be expanded when upgrading to the premium version. It's an essential add-on for modern Web browsing.

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NJSBA: Responding to Hurricane Sandy

NJSBA: Responding to Hurricane Sandy | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Resources for public schools responding to Hurricane Sandy

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50 Education Leaders Worth Following On Twitter

50 Education Leaders Worth Following On Twitter | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Consider adding some of these 50 education thought leaders curated by Online College to your stream to keep it lively and interesting!

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80 Ways To Use Google Forms In Your Classroom

80 Ways To Use Google Forms In Your Classroom | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Google Apps are some of the most widely used tools in education today. From Gmail to Calendar to Image Search, they’re a big part of the current education technology model. In my experience, I don’t see enough written about how to use Google Docs / Drive in the classroom. This extremely powerful tool can do so much and it’s all free. Lucky for all of us, Tom Barrett has built a crowdsourced Google Doc (of course) of more than 80 ways to use the forms part of Google Drive in the classroom!

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How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.

 

Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.

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Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:22 PM

twitter alone might not be sufficient, as we (or most of us) not 'always online', we have to do other things. combining twitter with a mechanism to comb through the # and compile personalized feed, would be useful.

Catherine Smyth's comment, April 23, 2013 9:20 PM
I'm a fledgling tweeter but love the way Twitter ignites discussion and ideas within a professional community.
Laura Conley's curator insight, April 29, 2013 1:28 PM

Twitter is a fantastic resource for PD.

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10 Places to Buy Digital Textbooks Online

10 Places to Buy Digital Textbooks Online | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Digital textbooks provide a convenient and tree-friendly alternative to their printed counterparts. As a perk, they're also typically much less expensive than traditional textbooks. This article details ten of the best places to find digital textbooks online.

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Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest - Online application due by Oct. 31

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest - Online application due by Oct. 31 | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Students show how STEM can help improve the environment in their communities. Online application due by Oct. 31.

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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.
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Stanford Unveils Free Platform To Run Your Own Online Courses

Stanford Unveils Free Platform To Run Your Own Online Courses | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Google and Stanford are more than just neighbors in Silicon Valley. They're becoming the leaders in the online learning revolution. And it's all happening fast and starting right about ... now.
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The Teacher’s A-Z Guide To Important Education Resources

The Teacher’s A-Z Guide To Important Education Resources | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

The following links are perfect for bookmarking and referring back to if you’re looking to enhance your understanding of the world of education. These links are chosen and maintained by Gutman Library Research Services staff at Harvard GSE.

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New ETS test on non-academic skills

New ETS test on non-academic skills | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Academic preparation isn’t the only factor in college readiness. Also helping to determine whether students get to graduation are social behaviors, like whether they show up for class, engage with professors and make eye contact. A new assessment from the Education Testing Service (ETS) seeks to measure those non-academic variables...

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School Security Resources from @NJSBA

School Security Resources  from @NJSBA | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

The safety of our schoolchildren is of paramount importance to all people in the education community. The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, has prompted school districts to reassess security measures in place in their facilities. The New Jersey School Boards Association has created the School Security Resources web page with the goal of assisting school officials in the process.

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Transfer contacts between Outlook and Google Gmail

Transfer contacts between Outlook and Google Gmail | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Contacts can be exchanged between Outlook and Google Gmail to save time and avoid manually re-entering your contacts.
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Thankfully, you can use the same contacts in both Google Gmail and Microsoft Outlook, without adding them manually to both locations. Here's how...

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The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series: Teacher Tenure & Evaluation: A Progress Report

The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series: Teacher Tenure & Evaluation: A Progress Report | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

New Jersey's overhaul of teacher tenure is now law, changing how educators are measured and evaluated -- as well as how they are rewarded and disciplined. More than two dozen districts are already piloting evaluation systems; the rest of the state must decide how it will fulfill the law in the next two months.

 

The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series brings together educators and key players to discuss progress so far, including the chief architect of the law, state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, and the director of education evaluation for the Christie administration, Timothy Matheney.


 Saturday, November 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Safe and Supportive Schools: Free resources for teachers to combat bullying from the USDOE to

Safe and Supportive Schools: Free resources for teachers to combat bullying from the USDOE to | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month this October, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released a free, two-part training toolkit designed to reduce incidents of bullying, for use by classroom educators.

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RightInbox: Gmail Scheduler Chrome app

RightInbox: Gmail Scheduler Chrome app | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

 Right Inbox will automatically send your emails specified time. Track your emails and get notified when it is opened. Integrates seamlessly with Gmail.

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Use Hello Sign to Add Your Signature to Google Drive Files

Use Hello Sign to Add Your Signature to Google Drive Files | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Hello Sign can now be used to digitally sign documents that are stored in your Google Drive account. To sign documents in your Google Drive account install the Hello Sign Chrome app then authorize Hello Sign on your Google Drive account. Then when you want to sign a document open Hello Sign and select it from your Google Drive list of documents.

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Fax Compare's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:20 PM

Legally binding and FREE!

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Wireless Generation Offers Districts Free 'Gap Analysis' for CCSS Transition

Wireless Generation Offers Districts Free 'Gap Analysis' for CCSS Transition | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

A company that specializes in helping teachers teach more effectively through the use of education technology has launched a series of services to help districts prepare for the adoption of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Wireless Generation has introduced a brief but comprehensive survey that will generate a free gap analysis to help districts understand how ready they are to make the transition to the new standards.

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Education Chief Wants Textbooks To Go Digital

Education Chief Wants Textbooks To Go Digital | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Worried your kids spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. "Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete," he declared. It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. It's about keeping up with other countries whose students are leaving their American counterparts in the dust.

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Spirit of Innovation Challenge: Student teams combine creative thinking with STEM skills to solve real-world challenge

Spirit of Innovation Challenge: Student teams combine creative thinking with STEM skills to solve real-world challenge | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

The Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for teams of students to create commercially viable products or services to address issues of global sustainability for the benefit of humanity.This annual competition is free and available to students, ages 13-18, from around the world. The Spirit of Innovation Challenge offers teachers, parents and afterschool coordinators a relevant and dynamic way to teach science, technology, engineering and math. Along the way, world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are available as virtual mentors to help teams Get Their Genius On.

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11 Reasons Teachers Should Make Their Own Videos

11 Reasons Teachers Should Make Their Own Videos | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.

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Free Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Edmodo & Common Sense Media

Free Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Edmodo & Common Sense Media | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Free K-12 “Digital Literacy and Citizenship in a Connected Culture" curriculum

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 17, 2013 1:21 PM

Common Sense Media does a suberb job developing onine curriculum to promote digital citizenship.  Check it out! 

Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, January 19, 2013 6:53 AM

This is a great resource.

Jennifer Turner's curator insight, February 24, 1:19 PM

This is a great way to introduce students to Digital Citizenship.  I teach in a computer lab, and this course is one of the first things we go over at the beginning of the semester.