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Curated ideas on digital learning for K-8 teachers and administrators.
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5 Robust Apps For The Chromebook Classroom - Edudemic

5 Robust Apps For The Chromebook Classroom - Edudemic | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
Helping kids show what they understand by making their thinking visible should be at the heart of most pedagogically sound technology integration. Chrome apps can help you do just that if you choose the right ones. Here are some of my top picks for achieving this in the Chromebook classroom. BookTrack This ingenious platform puts …
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For the Chromebook teachers at our school, these add-ons look essential.

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How Arduino And Raspberry Pi Can Enhance Your Connected Home

How Arduino And Raspberry Pi Can Enhance Your Connected Home | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
You don't need an expensive Nest to connect your home to the Internet of Things.
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Looking for interesting projects for your microcontroller?

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Education |  Makedo

Education |  Makedo | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
Create, play and imagine with Makedo. Makedo is a set of open-ended play tools that gets you making from the stuff around you. Discover our play and learn philosophy.
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Innovations in Education - From Technology Integration to Learning… by Design

Innovations in Education - From Technology Integration to Learning… by Design | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
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SAMR, TPACK or Learning by Design. Here's a handy chart for you.

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Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube - SxSWedu - Google Drive

Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube - SxSWedu - Google Drive | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it

Slide deck of a presentation for the 2014 SXSWedu conference by Lucy Gray, Google Certified Teacher.

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One of the best people in EdTech, Lucy Gray, has a whole lot of ideas and techniques around YouTube in the classroom.  How you make videos, edit them, share them, use them, etc.  Great resource

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Flippity.net: Easily Turn Google Spreadsheets into Online Flashcards

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Fill out a Google Spreadsheet with questions and answers, publish with one click, and share published link with students. Done.

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VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!

VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos! | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!
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Recommended by Alice Keeler.  Plugin lets you annotate any online video, keeping notes time synchronized.

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Google Apps for Education Help

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Google Apps for Education Resource Page For Del Norte Schools
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Rae Fearing's help site for Google Apps.  Full of tips and tricks for using all of Google's tools. Highly recommended.

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Design Thinking with Diane Darrow – from Beth Holland | Leading Change in Changing Times

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Beth Holland interviews Diane Darrow about Design Thinking tips. With a link to Diane's DT resource doc (apps and more).

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geddit

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Geddit is a tool to help teachers and students interact in a seamless, natural way - in real time.
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For the BYOD or 1:1 classroom, a mobile response system highly recommended.

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Heather Wolpert-Gawron » Going Paperless: The Digital Binder

Heather Wolpert-Gawron » Going Paperless: The Digital Binder | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
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Nice quick setup for students creating individual Google Sites in a classroom setting.

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11 apps for coding: From beginners to masters | eSchool News | eSchool News

11 apps for coding: From beginners to masters | eSchool News | eSchool News | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
A look at some of the hottest coding apps, ranging from multiplayer robot combat games, to making dinosaurs dance. Learn how to program!
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Some new apps in this list, including one for learning CSS, which is really great news.

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Danish government puts ENTIRE country on Minecraft to help teachers

Danish government puts ENTIRE country on Minecraft to help teachers | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
The model consists of about 4000 billion bricks, and is already being used in schools to teach geography and maths.
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Incredible!

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Who are We

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Footsteps2Brilliance™, a breakthrough early learning mobile game platform. Footsteps2Brilliance™ is an early learning platform that accelerates student achievement by uniting the explosive adoption of mobile gaming technology and the latest in cognitive research
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Recently adopted by Napa County Office of Education as a county-wide program.

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Twitter Pedagogy in 140 Characters or Less | Digital Pedagogy | Jesse Stommel  

Twitter Pedagogy in 140 Characters or Less | Digital Pedagogy | Jesse Stommel   | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
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Great intro for teachers on using Twitter.

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Designing what's next in teachers' professional development

Designing what's next in teachers' professional development | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
Teachers' professional development (PD) is in need of a re-design, writes d.school edu fellow Melissa Pelochino. Here's how she's going about testing new methods and prototyping for impact.
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2 minute videos of just-in-time professional development, complete with bloopers and out-takes.

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Nickel City Ruby 2013 My KidsRuby Journey by Katie Hagerty - YouTube

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6th grader gives TED-like talk (sprinkled with bits of cynical humor--wonder who her speechwriter was) and explains her love of coding in Ruby, which started in 4th grade.

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OPINION: Why That 'Learn to Code' App Won't Work at Your School (EdSurge News)

OPINION: Why That 'Learn to Code' App Won't Work at Your School (EdSurge News) | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it

Last week, the British government’s new “Year of Code” initiative got off to a rocky start. Critics raised questions over the feasibility of the new national curriculum, and the program’s director admitted she didn’t know how to code.

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Really like this article because it accurately describes what the coding culture is all about -- collaboration without plagiarism, failing first, then fixing your bugs. An interesting model for learning in general.

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Tales of a 3D Printer: Recommended Reading :)

Tales of a 3D Printer: Recommended Reading :) | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
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Christine Mytko led a fantastic intro class on 3D printing at the East Bay CUE Cool Tools conference.  Here is her blog's reading list on 3D printing. Buy these books!

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Putting the "emote" in remote work

Remote communication is better with emoji.
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Fascinating article from the tech world that argues that using emoji in email and other communications can enhance relationships and understanding.  This topic could be explored in a digital citizenship class.

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TouchCast

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Live video with embbedded "apps" that link to live web content. Create and publish on tablets and desktops.

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Melissa Hero's Ed Tech Adventures: Peer Review using Google Forms and the autoCrat Script

Melissa Hero's Ed Tech Adventures: Peer Review using Google Forms and the autoCrat Script | K-8 Tech Weekly | Scoop.it
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Google Apps scripts make peer assessment easy!

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Common Core & Ed Tech: Chromebooks in Education - Awesome Resources!

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More suggested Chrome extensions and a link to a Google Group on Chromebooks.

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