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Assistive technology produces results for special ed students

Assistive technology produces results for special ed students | Student Support | Scoop.it
by Dale Rodebaugh - Malcolm Kelly has more than books in the backpack he lugs around at Mountain Middle School.
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Get the picture

Get the picture | Student Support | Scoop.it

Images are an extremely powerful way of telling a story and the photos that accompany articles in the media have great impact. Mental health is a broad and complex topic to illustrate, but Time to Change are campaigning to end the stigma surrounding mental health with their #GetThePicture campaign

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Are You Writing Rockin’ Course Objectives? 7 Do’s and Don’ts

Are You Writing Rockin’ Course Objectives? 7 Do’s and Don’ts | Student Support | Scoop.it
Keep on reading to learn some essential do's and don'ts for writing meaningful objectives for your eLearning courses.

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A Free Web & Mobile App for Reading Comfortably — Readability

A Free Web & Mobile App for Reading Comfortably — Readability | Student Support | Scoop.it
Readability is a web and mobile app that zaps online clutter and saves web articles in a comfortable reading view.
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The Readability extension for Chrome not only removes the clutter and distractions, it also offers a reading experience that is comfortable for users with visual impairment or specific learning differences.  

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Accessibility: Low-Vision Support - The Chromium Projects

Accessibility: Low-Vision Support - The Chromium Projects | Student Support | Scoop.it

Chrome should provide a complete and satisfying experience to users who have low vision. Here are three of the most common needs, and how they can currently be addressed in Chrome:

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Study Shows iPads Could Improve Literacy Skills in Young Children - InformED

Study Shows iPads Could Improve Literacy Skills in Young Children - InformED | Student Support | Scoop.it
A recent study has found that kindergartners who use iPads in school are likely to score higher on literacy tests than those who do not.


The study, which was carried out in Auburn, Maine early last year, looked at 266 kindergartners who had been given free iPads to use in class as part of an experiment. Out of the 266 students, 129 were given lessons using iPads, while the remaining 137 were taught through traditional methods.


The results, which were published on Apple’s unofficial tech blog, TUAW, showed that in addition to better scores in every literacy test, children who were taught through the use of an iPad also showed an increased interest in learning and were more enthusiastic about going to school."


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CTD Institute's curator insight, March 23, 11:25 AM

While the iPad certainly has huge potential as an educational tool, it is important to remember that iPad is just another tool. To bring about positive results in the classroom, a lot depends on how it is implemented as well as the teaching methods employed.

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How to Create a Powerpoint Presentation that Won't Put People to Sleep

How to Create a Powerpoint Presentation that Won't Put People to Sleep | Student Support | Scoop.it
Before a presentation your nerves become fired up and your heart starts to pound. While the audience may be sizing you up, they are only hoping for an engaging presentation. They want you to succeed and quite frankly they need you to succeed. The infographic provided by Udemy walks us through the three critical points to creating a great presentation.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, March 23, 12:42 PM

Attractive and informative infographic on PowerPoint presentations.

Thanks for the suggestion to Ivo Novy.

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Fenia's curator insight, March 24, 2:37 PM

Useful guide to good presentations - not only for ppt but also for other presentation tools 

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Teach for Google Overview - YouTube

Teach for Google is a brand-new collection of resources designed to help teachers get the best from Google Apps for Education. You’ll find many short courses...
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10 Things You Have To Know When You Teach Reading - Education to the Core

10 Things You Have To Know When You Teach Reading - Education to the Core | Student Support | Scoop.it
If I could name the 10 most important things to know when you teach reading, this would be it! Try these tips for success in literacy.
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Loops - The iPad animator

Loops - The iPad animator | Student Support | Scoop.it

Loop lets you easily create short hand-drawn animations on your iPad and share them via email, Tumblr and in the Loop gallery.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 10:06 AM

This looks like a useful free tool for creating short hand drawn animations on the iPad. A great way to illustrate or get students to illustrate meaning and concepts.

GG's curator insight, March 24, 11:39 PM

This could be good!

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10 best apps for kids encouraging real-world play and exploration - the guardian

10 best apps for kids encouraging real-world play and exploration - the guardian | Student Support | Scoop.it

"Their features vary, but their common goal is to get children to look up from their screens, whether it’s taking photographs, making papercraft animals or spotting constellations in the night skies.

Here are 10 worth investigating with your children. It’s iOS-heavy, which sadly reflects the priority being given (or, rather, not given) to other platforms by developers of these kinds of apps."


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10 Techniques for Scaffolded Social Learning

10 Techniques for Scaffolded Social Learning | Student Support | Scoop.it
“ I recently presented a model for the design of Scaffolded Social Learning: it’s a way of combining both formal and co-created components into one coherent learning narrative. The formal elements wi...”
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David Baker's curator insight, March 19, 11:53 PM

Components of Social Learning are mentioned but this defines and helps teachers think about the individual skills.

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IOS Accessible App Spotlight - TextGrabber - YouTube

This OCR app takes a picture of print material, and reads it aloud via VoiceOver.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Add Annotations to YouTube Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Add Annotations to YouTube Videos | Student Support | Scoop.it
Adding annotations to YouTube videos is a good way to add little bubbles of information to a video or to create a series of choose your own adventure videos. A great example of using annotations in student-produced videos can be found here. In the video embedded below I provide directions for adding annotations to your YouTube videos. You can also find screenshots of the process in this post.

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Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, March 18, 11:16 AM

Just in case you want to add commentary to YouTube videos - another fun way to use Web 2.0 tools!

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How to record or present your iPad screen without wifi - Douchy's Blog

How to record or present your iPad screen without wifi - Douchy's Blog | Student Support | Scoop.it

It is now possible to display your iPad to a projector screen using the white charge & sync cable that came with your iPad. There are many ways to display (or record) your iPad to your class ov...


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The (5) best ways to use Spotlight Search on your iPad | iPad Insight

The (5) best ways to use Spotlight Search on your iPad | iPad Insight | Student Support | Scoop.it
Spotlight Search is probably one of the most under used tools on the iPad.  I know I have taken it for granted for years.  I know it’s there.  I know it can be a very useful search tool, and I know that it was enhanced with iOS 8. But, how often do we really ever use Spotlight Search on our own without being prompted?  If you’re anything like me, the answer is probably close to never.  I know there have to be some seasoned veterans out there who take full advantage of the powerful search capabilities of Spotlight Search–and that’s great.  Most of us, however, don’t.  So I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite benefits of this built in utility, in no particular order.

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ChromeVox - Giving Voice to Chrome

ChromeVox - Giving Voice to Chrome | Student Support | Scoop.it
The ChromeVox Screen Reader is an extension that brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users.
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10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips - TeachThought

10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips - TeachThought | Student Support | Scoop.it
In the age of digital learning, exit tickets are no longer confined to small slips of paper collected by educators as students leave their classrooms (although this method is still fine). There are numerous digital tools at the disposal of educators to collect this valuable performance data from their students.

Here are ten digital exit slip tools to choose from.

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Foldpass - A Creative Haiku Writing Game

Foldpass - A Creative Haiku Writing Game | Student Support | Scoop.it

Foldpass is a creative game where you write haikus with your friends. Write a line, invite friends to finish it. Make a nifty poster out of the completed work.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 23, 7:29 AM

This is a nice free app for the collaborative creation of haikus. Just write a line and then pass it on.

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The Best 4 Google Drive Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Diagrams

The Best 4 Google Drive Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Diagrams | Student Support | Scoop.it

Looking for some good mind mapping and brainstorming tools? Here are four of the best tools we would recommend for you. All of these tools are integrated with Google Drive which means that you can easily create, edit and share your mind maps and diagrams right from your Drive. Also, these tools support real-time collaboration, a feature ideal for students group work. 


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Gerald Carey's curator insight, March 23, 5:50 AM

Mind mapping tools to use with Google Drive.

Jason Flanagan's curator insight, March 26, 4:02 PM

A good site showing Drive apps for mind maps. Hey, that rhymed!

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Blended Learning to Address the Five Moments of Need Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Blended Learning to Address the Five Moments of Need Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Student Support | Scoop.it
The Blended Learning to Address the Five Moments of Need Infographic show how a blended learning strategy can effectively provide learning solutions to employees as and when these 5 needs arise.

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Jim Goldsmith's curator insight, March 23, 9:21 AM

A handy infographic of blended learning application of the useful Five Moments model developed by Bob Mosher & Conrad Gottfredson.

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How Music Can Improve Memory

How Music Can Improve Memory | Student Support | Scoop.it
Songs and rhymes can be used to remember all kinds of information. A study just published in the journal Memory and Cognition finds that adults learned a new language more effectively when they sang the words instead of spoke them. Even great literature is susceptible to this treatment. Book Tunes, a collaboration between educational entrepreneur Jonathan Sauer and hip-hop artist Andy Bernstein (he performs under the name Abdominal), turns long, wordy books into compact, catchy raps, spoken over an insistent beat.

 

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

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 21, 7:22 PM
Songs and rhymes can be used to remember all kinds of information. A study just published in the journal Memory and Cognition finds that adults learned a new language more effectively when they sang the words instead of spoke them. Even great literature is susceptible to this treatment. Book Tunes, a collaboration between educational entrepreneur Jonathan Sauer and hip-hop artist Andy Bernstein (he performs under the name Abdominal), turns long, wordy books into compact, catchy raps, spoken over an insistent beat.


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

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Opinion - Record & Edit Podcasts on your iPhone

Opinion - Record & Edit Podcasts on your iPhone | Student Support | Scoop.it

We asked ourselves why podcasting is a medium reserved for tech geeks and media corporations. Our answer is Opinion, audio recording and editing made human.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 10:28 AM

An easy to use podcasting tool for creating short audios and getting them online quickly.

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Guide: Using Apple TV in the Classroom - THAT #EDTECH GUY'S BLOG

Guide: Using Apple TV in the Classroom - THAT #EDTECH GUY'S BLOG | Student Support | Scoop.it
Firstly, despite its name, Apple TV is not a television. Instead it is a device which allows you to wirelessly stream content from your iOS devices or Mac on your TV or projector using AirPlay. AirPlay is Apple’s technology that will stream whatever is on an iOS or Macs screen and is built into all iPads with the exception the first generation iPad, and all newer iPhones and iPod touches. This means you or your students can easily display Keynote presentations, images, videos or content within apps on a large screen at the touch of a button.

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Aaron Oo Chun Yi's curator insight, March 20, 9:37 PM

I believe it's the same for the Google Chrome Play device too!

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Bridge the Physical-Digital Gap: QR Codes in the Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING

Bridge the Physical-Digital Gap: QR Codes in the Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING | Student Support | Scoop.it
In a digital world of links, likes, tweets and pins, there are very few mechanisms for connecting our ever expanding digital world with the physical one around us. QR codes are one of the simplest and most well established ways to make this connection, and for students it can create a number of unique and fun learning opportunities, meshing the digital and physical classroom.

In the below presentation, cutting edge educator Denise Webster shares the tools she uses, as well as some real world examples for making the most of QR codes in the classroom.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 24, 6:21 PM

If you're not familiar with QR codes, this is a nice introduction and overview for you. And then if you really dig QR codes, you'll really dig LearnPads.

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Mathspace: Step-by-Step Math Handwriting for iPad - ClassTechTips.com

Mathspace: Step-by-Step Math Handwriting for iPad - ClassTechTips.com | Student Support | Scoop.it
Students can now show every line of their math work on iPad and other tablets, writing all their steps by hand on screen. Mathspace digitizes each handwritten line and grades it automatically, giving students immediate, formative feedback at every step of the way – like having a teacher at their side. This is a huge step forward from multiple choice or single-input response math questions that most students and teachers are used to seeing on digital platforms.

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