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Picking the Perfect Presentation Software

Picking the Perfect Presentation Software | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
One of the biggest challenges when creating a slideshow happens even before you begin production; knowing the right presentation software to use!

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flea palmer's curator insight, April 10, 2014 6:04 AM

A comparison of the features, scope and price of the 3 main tools. Also see emaze.com - more interesting than PowerPoint, less 'dangerous' than Prezi!

Teri Thomas's curator insight, April 10, 2014 10:07 AM

Yes, Prezi is an option for some presentations, the most universal information in this piece is the 2nd to last line.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 11, 2014 12:38 PM
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The article compares three most used presentation tools - PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi. There is a table that sums up pros and cons of each software and helps you decide which one is the best for you.

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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

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Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 14, 8:05 AM
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Gamification

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Gaming

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Critical-Thinking

 

 

Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 14, 8:21 AM
Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, March 18, 12:10 AM
Critical thinking is the most important skill to develop, since in these times of information at hand, we cannot believe everything we see, read, and hear, and that is why it is important to develop this ability as it allows us to be alert and question everything that comes from these means of information. Is a skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge. Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Meghan Moll (2014) suggests five tools to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college test and assignment. 1. Brain games: Recently, websites dedicated to training your brain have enjoyed increased popularity. Lumosity, for example, provides games that aid in improving memory and problem-solving. From timed matching games to order sequence memorization, websites like this can aid in cognition and the ability to ask, "What is the next step?" This skill is critical to learning how to approach complex problems on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Rather than playing time-wasting games when you have a lull in your day, search online for brain teasers and peruse the plethora of brain games at your fingertips. 2. Logic puzzles: Before the Internet, puzzles intended to exercise your brain were published in books. Collections of crossword puzzles, logic problems, riddles, sudoku, word problems and word searches can be found at your local bookstore or library. The puzzles in these books are a wonderful strategy to activate different parts of your brain for a round or two of mental gymnastics, and many collections even discuss what each puzzle is meant to target within the mind. 3. Board games: This suggestion may seem strange at first, but do not balk. Choose board games that require more than luck – namely, strategy – for players to win. Any game where players must carefully consider their next move, recognize patterns and remember details will aid in honing critical thinking skills. Certain games like Rubik’s Cube are single-player, while others involve multiple people. Checkers, chess and Mastermind are two-player games that challenge you to plan several steps ahead. Games like Boggle and Scrabble require analyzing information quickly and formulating words, while Clue and Risk test and strengthen your ability to anticipate and react to others’ moves, as well as infer motives. 4. Journaling: Daily reflection – such as maintaining a journal – is a simple way to revisit your day, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas. Writing encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections. A journal forces you to slow down and focus on just one or two ideas at a time, which hectic schedules don't otherwise allow. Use your journal to record important ideas and questions and narratives about your life. 5. Book clubs: Students who read for understanding find it far easier to think critically than those who rush to finish. Analyzing a book requires you to delve deeper and ponder complex questions. When reading, think about why the book was written the way it was, what motivates certain characters, and how plot developments may be symbols of foreshadowing. Locate a book club to hone these skills. You will read works you otherwise may not have, and you will learn to examine character development, plot, symbolism and a whole host of other features.
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20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers

20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Math learning and teaching can be so much fun especially when done through the right strategies. One of these strategies is through engaging video content.  To this end, we have compiled 20 of the best and most popular YouTube channels for math teachers. These channels provide a wide variety of  videos, tutorials and animated courses covering different mathematical concepts from algebra to geometry.

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, March 12, 4:36 AM
nice compilation 
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 13, 2:27 AM
Something for our Maths teachers 
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 13, 5:52 PM
Il fallait l'ajouter à la liste : des sites pour les profs de math.
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10 Very Good  iPad Math Apps for Elementary Students

10 Very Good  iPad Math Apps for Elementary Students | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Looking for some very good iPad math apps to use with young learners ? The visual below has you covered. It features some of the popular titles to utilize with your kids to teach them basics of math and enhance their mathematical thinking.  We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

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Innovate My School - An immersive world of learning through play

Innovate My School - An immersive world of learning through play | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Children are naturally creative, and in order to encourage their talents, we should be nurturing this creativity, rather than forcing it into a box-ticking process. It’s no secret that when children are having fun, they learn more about the topic as their engagement is greater. By allowing them to see subjects in a playful manner, they will be more enthusiastic about them later in their school careers, and they will have developed the cognitive and personal skills needed to work with others in their class more effectively.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 8, 4:42 AM

Absolutely.

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25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.

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Think I may have already captured this one - but just in case
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CoSpaces: Making 3D Virtual Reality

CoSpaces: Making 3D Virtual Reality | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds.
CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.


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Bhushan THAPLIYAL's curator insight, February 5, 11:37 AM

Just amazing!

Gust MEES's curator insight, February 10, 8:09 AM

CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds.


CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=VR

 

RESENTICE's curator insight, February 14, 4:38 AM

Plate-forme en ligne gratuite de création d'espaces virtuels en 3D  simple à utiliser

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8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry via ILearnTechnology

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry via ILearnTechnology | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Ana Virginia Quesada's curator insight, January 8, 10:01 AM
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 13, 8:41 AM
Excellent resources for young researchers within a 21st Century teaching and learning environments. I suggest they add Zotero to the list.
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Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future

Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
What innovative technologies that have recently appeared will soon reside in the future classrooms?

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, January 1, 11:00 AM
Great article to start the new year.
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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 19, 12:25 PM
While this blog entry focuses on elementary grade classrooms, these same technologies will disrupt the high school and college classrooms just as well!
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How to Buy a 3D Printer: 3 Essential Questions Answered | All3DP

How to Buy a 3D Printer: 3 Essential Questions Answered | All3DP | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
You’ve heard so many great things about 3D printers and what you can do with them. There are so many wonderful machines which can make your builder’s dreams come true. But if you want to buy a 3D printer, what model should you choose? How much should you spend? And where’s the best place to buy a 3D printer? Here’s a guide to the most pressing questions when buying a 3D printer.

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30 Great Educational Web Tools for Librarians

30 Great Educational Web Tools for Librarians | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Yesterday we published top iPad apps for librarians and today we are featuring another equally important visual comprising some of the best web tools to help librarians in their everyday work. We have arranged these tools into 10 main categories: Database portals, research tools, curation tools, animated video tools, poster creation tools, note taking tools, timeline creation tools, tools communicate with parents, presentation tools and reference tools.

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Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators

Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Professional development for maker educators should introduce the materials and methods involved so that the teachers understand what students can learn from making.

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2017: Trends and predictions for education technology

2017: Trends and predictions for education technology | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
YesCourse says technology is vastly improving the online education sector, and there are several educational technology trends that can change the way of thinking in the future of online education.

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Phillip Morgan's curator insight, December 13, 2016 12:51 AM
Check out the trends and predictions for educational technology of 2017.
Carol Hancox's curator insight, December 18, 2016 3:18 AM
Trends in Education for 2017
mmartinez's curator insight, January 5, 6:39 AM

Great topic!

 

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What Kills Creativity in Kids?

What Kills Creativity in Kids? | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Creativity is a choice—and if children are going to choose to be creative then parents have to be careful not to stifle it. What kills kids’ creativity? Here’s what to avoid.


Ten creativity squelchers are listed below. Parents who catch themselves inadvertently being an accessory to any of these ten inhibitors can take stock of their actions, otherwise they risk suppressing their child’s creative expression. (Fear not. Each point below is followed by a practical suggestion that parents can use as a starting point to foster children’s creativity.) In addition, sometimes kids lack something—such as preparation, downtime, or incentive—and concerns like these are noted as well. "


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SchoolTube

SchoolTube | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
SchoolTube is the best source for videos from students and teachers everywhere. Endorsed by leading educational organizations.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 4:46 AM

Like YouTube for schools.

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Infographics & Learning

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A collection of infographics related to technology and education. | See more about Technology, Teaching and In the classroom.

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Karen Draper's curator insight, March 13, 10:20 AM
Great Infographs. I like 9 fundamentals-- Teachers must stay current in order to help prepare our students for success in the future.
Norton Gusky's curator insight, March 13, 2:06 PM
Making teaches into Digital Creators

Eneko Martínez Goikolea's curator insight, March 18, 8:31 AM
#Infographics & Learning | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...
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Discovery VR

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Discovery VR 360 videos can be viewed on your desktop in most modern browsers. For more immersive Virtual Reality experiences, download the app for your iPhone or Android device and check out these other ways to watch.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 11, 1:04 AM

Some fantastic VR content from the discovery channel.

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UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.

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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, February 22, 6:18 AM
UNESCO has launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 27, 2:01 AM
Information Literacy est la future base du savoir.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 27, 5:52 AM
Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
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Tell Kids to Get Good at Stuff Smart Machines Can't Do (Yet) - GettingSmart

Tell Kids to Get Good at Stuff Smart Machines Can't Do (Yet) - GettingSmart | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

“AI won’t obliterate jobs, but it will transform jobs,” said Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

Pink said he’s told his own kids to “think about what you can do to augment what AI does—work that only humans can do that smart machines cannot.” That includes:

    * Creativity;


    * Dealing with ambiguity, nuance and poorly defined problems;


    * Understanding other’s emotions and point of view;


    * Developing expertise and sense making; and


    * Identifying reliable sources." 


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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, January 16, 3:58 AM

Education and creativity goes a long way in life.

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Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning

Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Simulation-based learning allows us to play in a highly immersive environment that reflects aspects of the real world. In virtual simulations, we can explore and create with much lower stakes than we would encounter in the real world. Questions of “What if?” flourish in a virtual simulation as we create and experience new possibilities with increasing realism. With smartphones making access to virtual reality easier and easier, virtual simulations can now become part of place-based learning in the classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 1:46 AM

Really nice case study type article. Looks like a great project.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:57 PM

Geeky-cool stuff! Thanks to Peter Mellow.

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Google - Spaces

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You can create spaces for different topics and conversations to share with separate groups of people.
How to create a space
You can create up to 100 spaces to share with other people.
To create a space on your computer or phone:
 Open the Spaces app on your phone, or the Spaces website.
 Tap or click Create a Space Add.
Note: If you have many spaces, you may have to scroll to the bottom.
Now that you have a space, you can create a post or customize your space.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 5, 4:39 AM

This looks like a great tool for getting students to work collaboratively. Let's hope that Google can be trusted to continue to support it.

Greg Quinlivan's curator insight, January 5, 9:38 PM
It might also be a place for online teachers to create a space for each of their students or small groups to interact, get feedback, etc. Of course, the one issue is the blocking of Google by certain countries, including the PRC unfortunately.
vgpascal's curator insight, January 11, 1:36 AM
Un tableau de bord bien pratique pour organiser ses espaces collaboratifs avec Google Spaces.
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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for The Web

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for The Web | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for The Web is another of our most popular posts of 2016. The visual features a number of key educational web tools to digitally operationalize Bloom's thinking levels. For each of these thinking levels ( creating, evaluating, analyzing, applying, understanding, and remembering) we came up with five web tools that better correspond with it. Our selection process is entirely based on our long-standing experience of reviewing educational web tools. We invite you to check it out and share with your colleagues. Feel free to download, print, or share the visual the way you want provided you include a link back to our website. Enjoy

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What Does a 'Modern Classroom' Look Like?

What Does a 'Modern Classroom' Look Like? | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The classroom. Since the 1950s, the setup of your average second, sixth or tenth grade classroom hasn’t changed all that much. Desks lined up, students facing forward, teacher up at the front giving a lecture. The same can be said for higher education oftentimes, as well.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 29, 2016 12:51 AM

Well said, though nothing particularly new.

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The Top 100 Best Apps and Games Right Now

The Top 100 Best Apps and Games Right Now | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
These are the App Store titles we like the best at this moment. Based on the iTunes ratings, many of your agree. Come back often and see what develops.

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13 iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills - Global Digital Citizen

13 iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills - Global Digital Citizen | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"The phrase “don’t play games with me” is about to get a turnover. Play games all you want—your brain (and especially your students’ brains) will thank you for it!

When your students learn to recognize patterns and develop problem solving strategies, their probing questions and insightful answers will enhance instruction in every subject you teach. Gaming is a great way to develop these kinds of skills.

The following are a few short lists of great tablet games that develop and refine critical thinking skills. They’re separated by grade levels, and are among some of the best ones out there."


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Phone Scanner Stand -Instructables

Phone Scanner Stand -Instructables | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I am always scanning documents (answer keys, student work, etc.) and saving the scans as PDF's. For many years, I have user the scanner function on the office photocopier. Now, with the use of a scanning app on my phone, and this stand, I can scan the documents myself. Then after scanning, I can email the scans, upload them to Google Drive or to Dropbox.

So let's get started!

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Jamie Edwards (IDS)'s curator insight, December 9, 2016 8:17 AM
No only for scanning but use it as a doc camera and record video. It's just that easy...or just buy one for around $20