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A Guide to Google Tools – Tips & Tricks You Can’t Live Without

A Guide to Google Tools – Tips & Tricks You Can’t Live Without | Student Support | Scoop.it
Whether you're a student, educator, executive or a scientist, Google offers online services and products that help everyone remain as productive as possible.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 10, 2015 9:53 PM

Wow, this article is like the Grand Canyon of Google tips..I thought I knew a lot about these tools but now I do!

Shayne Train's curator insight, March 11, 2015 9:56 AM

So many useful tools, so little time.  Some wonderful suggestions.

Cheryl Hunter's curator insight, April 1, 2016 12:37 AM

So many useful tools, so little time.  Some wonderful suggestions.

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Outdated IT wasting time in the classroom

Outdated IT wasting time in the classroom | Student Support | Scoop.it
Around 10% of annual teaching time is believed to be lost due to inadequate technology, according to research from Brother UK
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Brother spoke to 100 schools in the UK to uncover what challenges they currently face and how technology can help support their ambitions. It found that 80% of teachers need better access to IT to improve learning in schools. Schools also recognised the value technology brings to learning environments – both in the classroom and behind the scenes – with almost 3/4 saying IT better engaged pupils’ learning experience.

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13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Content | VerticalResponse

13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Content | VerticalResponse | Student Support | Scoop.it

Creating your own images is also an excellent tactic for re-purposing text-only content into enticing images. Here are some examples: Turn quotes into an interesting slideshow, post an event announcement on a pretty picture, place stats onto eye-catching graphs, give a blog post title some pizzaz, create an infographic about the history of your biz, create a catchy, custom featured image for a video, etc. The possibilities are endless.


To help you create images that get BuzzFeed-worthy engagement, here are 13 of our favorite and easy-to-use visual content creation tools....


63% of social media is made up of images according to Citrix.Photos account for 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook according to Socialbakers.Photos get 53% more Likes, 104% more comments, and 84% more click-throughs on Facebookaccording to KissMetrics.On Twitter, tweets with images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites, and 150% more retweets according to Buffer.Adding a photo URL to your tweet can boost tweets by 35% according to the Twitter Media Blog.Instagram currently has 300 million monthly active users and 70 million new photos are shared each day.
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ffeog's curator insight, March 13, 2015 4:38 AM

A picture speaks a thousand words - some good resources here for visual content and creation to add a visual dimension to your messages, which tend to perform much better for opens and clicks than text alone.

Carlene Kelsey's curator insight, March 25, 2015 10:22 AM

Content is shared in many forms.  These tools make it pretty easy to get creative.

Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, March 25, 2015 3:14 PM
Good article to help anyone wanting to create better content.
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5 Good iPad Apps for Learning Vocabulary - EdTech & MLearning

5 Good iPad Apps for Learning Vocabulary - EdTech & MLearning | Student Support | Scoop.it
Below is a list of some useful iPad apps to help students learn new vocabulary in interactive and engaging ways. Unlike the old plain vocabulary learning, these apps enhance students learning of new vocabulary  through a variety of engaging actives such as : playing games, using flashcards to build word lists, working on brainy quizzes and many more.

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How Assistive Technology has Changed Disability Employment - Blogging4Jobs

How Assistive Technology has Changed Disability Employment - Blogging4Jobs | Student Support | Scoop.it
Learn how technology has changed the disability employment landscape for the better and what we can expect for the future.
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Assistive Technology: Calming Chair For Children On The ... | Sensory

Assistive Technology: Calming Chair For Children On The ... | Sensory | Student Support | Scoop.it
See more about chairs, student and autism.
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10 Must-Have Chrome Extensions For 2015

10 Must-Have Chrome Extensions For 2015 | Student Support | Scoop.it
Imagine the last time you installed a Chrome extension and it became a lifesaver. An over the top adulation for a piece of code? Sure—because matching the right extension to your workflow is a recipe for lifelong productivity.

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10 Great TED Talks on How Our Brain Works

10 Great TED Talks on How Our Brain Works | Student Support | Scoop.it

March 8, 2015
If you have some time, you might want to check this list of TED talks on the human brain. 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 8, 2015 10:39 PM

Want to know how students really learn? Here's the videos to answer your questions.  

Lucy Duarte's curator insight, March 9, 2015 1:45 PM

Understanding the brain can indeed help you understand the way your students think and process data. Interesting.

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Video Toolbox: A Good iPad App for Blurring Student Faces (when needed) - Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Video Toolbox: A Good iPad App for Blurring Student Faces (when needed) - Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Student Support | Scoop.it

"Despite our best efforts, sometimes a student who shouldn’t get photographed gets in a picture or video. If it’s a photo, in the past I’ve either deleted the picture or used the free iOS app “TouchBlur” to blur that student’s face if they were in a group shot. Here’s an example of a photo like that from my class last year, when students participated in a “cantilever span” building challenge idea I copied from Brian Crosby.

Today my wife realized a video she’d recently taken of students showing off the “Jitterbug Robots” they had built included a brief view of a “redshirt” student. The videos are SO great I didn’t want her to have to take the entire thing offline, so I searched and found five different iPad apps which are touted to support video blurring. Here’s the summary of what I found for these apps, along with my recommendations. "


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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning | Student Support | Scoop.it
Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning.
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17 visualisation tools to make your data beautiful

17 visualisation tools to make your data beautiful | Student Support | Scoop.it
You don’t need to be a seasoned data scientist or have a degree in graphic design in order to create incredible data visualisations.

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DocBiodiv's curator insight, March 16, 2015 4:01 AM

Ca donne envie d'essayer : nuage de mots, graphiques, cartes... Par  Christopher Ratcliff @ Econsultancy publié le 25/02

Fenia's curator insight, March 16, 2015 4:55 AM

Check out how to add visualisations to your presentations. 

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Screen mirroring: is streaming software or a hardware solution right for your school? Educate 1-to-1

Screen mirroring: is streaming software or a hardware solution right for your school? Educate 1-to-1 | Student Support | Scoop.it

 - Educate 1-to-1Getting the screens of teachers’ and pupils’ devices to mirror wirelessly on the classroom’s display unlocks a number of educational gains. It can be achieved either through a piece of streaming software running on a computer, or using a dedicated hardware solution (of which AppleTV is the most well-known example).


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The Power of the Visual for learning

The Power of the Visual for learning | Student Support | Scoop.it
Visuals are so powerful. Carl Hendrick wrote recently about motivational posters recently here and I tend to agree when they're used out of context, however I think visualisations can be a great le...

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Marie Vans's curator insight, March 3, 2015 10:04 AM

A good list of apps to try out.

David Baker's curator insight, March 4, 2015 5:35 PM

So many tools that I need to look at and think about using with professional development classes in a targeted process. Thinglink, wordclouds and Glogster are three that jumped out.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 9, 2015 2:44 AM

Un très bon résumé de tout ce qui est possible pour visualiser des informations au lieu de le mettre dans un slide avec du texte.

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Audio description app | RNIB

Audio description app | RNIB | Student Support | Scoop.it
The 'MovieReading' app allows users to download Audio Description (AD) tracks using their Smartphones and tablets, which will then sync to play as they watch films and TV programmes.
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Top Three QR Code Reader Apps for Teachers - EdTech &MLearning

Top Three QR Code Reader Apps for Teachers - EdTech &MLearning | Student Support | Scoop.it
Looking for some good iPad apps for scanning and reading QR codes? Here are the three titles we recommend the most. Of course, there are several other good QR reader apps out but the ones we are featuring today are especially helpful in that they allow you to scan and take you directly to the linked website.The first app in this list has  an added feature which is that of creating PDF files from scanned material

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, March 11, 2015 10:04 AM

I-nigma is one of my favourite readers. It is super fast and available for all major platforms.  http://www.i-nigma.com/downloadi-nigmareader.html

mrsjgarcia's curator insight, March 11, 2015 10:47 AM
i-nima is one of my favourite readers. It is super fast and available for all major platforms. http://3gvision.com/Downloadi-nigmaReader.html
Brendon Breen's curator insight, March 14, 2015 11:08 PM

Always handy to keep up to date with what apps for QR codes are out there and easy to use.

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6 Good Note Taking Chrome Apps That Run Offline

6 Good Note Taking Chrome Apps That Run Offline | Student Support | Scoop.it

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ccelinagq's curator insight, March 12, 2015 1:37 PM

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How Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Learning - InformED

How Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Learning - InformED | Student Support | Scoop.it
It's no secret that social and emotional well-being can directly influence academic outcomes. When we are in tune with our emotions, we pay attention to

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 8, 2015 10:18 PM

Mindfulness supports social-emotional learning (SEL),


This article defines mindfulness and provides quick summaries of 6 research studies that found a range of k-12 students benefited from mindfulness activities, weeks after the research study ended.


Plus, the article highlights six different activities you can use with your students: http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/contemplative-pedagogy/

James J. Goldsmith's curator insight, March 9, 2015 11:31 AM

From the article:  "We now know that neuroplasticity allows us to make profound changes in the way  our bodies and minds function at any age. So helping students learn to train  their bodies and minds through the use of mindful awareness practices can make a  real and lasting difference."  Some interesting points raised (and how would things be different if we all paused 2 seconds to think before responding to someone?)

Joan Serrat's curator insight, April 29, 2015 11:01 AM

Com promocionar el mindfulness

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Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain | Student Support | Scoop.it
Some tests show that reading from a hard copy allows better concentration, while taking longhand notes versus typing onto laptops increases conceptual understanding and retention
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New Apps for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

New Apps for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues | Student Support | Scoop.it
What apps can help kids with reading, writing, math, attention and other issues? Our partner Common Sense Media shares ideas for new apps, just in time for the holidays.
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Text-to-Speech Software: What It Is and How It Works

Text-to-Speech Software: What It Is and How It Works | Student Support | Scoop.it
Text-to-speech software can be used as assistive technology to help kids with reading issues like dyslexia. Learn more about text-to-speech and how to use it.
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Tools that Facilitate Documenting - Langwitches Blog

Tools that Facilitate Documenting - Langwitches Blog | Student Support | Scoop.it
One of the first activities of the week together was to draw an illustration to make their view of themselves as teachers visible to others. Directly afterwards, I asked them to use Post it notes to reflect on their thinking as they were drawing their illustration. Throughout the 5 days the teachers had many different opportunities of experiencing the power of metacognition (thinking about their thinking) and to use different kinds of media to make that thinking visible in order to document it and share it.

I chose for the first time to use the app Post-it Plus to document the activity.

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Fun App for Kids Turns Writing Into Interactive Game | Edudemic

Fun App for Kids Turns Writing Into Interactive Game | Edudemic | Student Support | Scoop.it
Do your students suffer from writer’s block? I’ve found a cure for what ails them: Writing Challenge for Kids, an app by Literautas. After reading several positive online reviews, I tried this app with my students and got results that surpassed my wildest expectations.

With this app, the task of brainstorming a story introduction, scenes, and characters becomes a game. Working against the clock, students respond to specific prompts that guide them through the story-writing process. It’s fun, it’s fast, and, as the name suggests, it’s challenging. Read on to discover if this challenge is right for your students.

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Writing For Online Learners And Readers - eLearning Industry

Writing For Online Learners And Readers - eLearning Industry | Student Support | Scoop.it
Check the article Writing For Online Learners And Readers to learn how to effectively write For Online Learners And Readers.

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Tanyam's curator insight, March 4, 2015 6:08 PM

Its been a while since my collegues and i did our "Writing for the Web".  Here are some reminders, or if you are a newbie, some tips, on writing for online learning

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Free Technology for Teachers: 75 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: 75 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos | Student Support | Scoop.it
A few months ago I started to create how-to videos on a more regular basis. I've been adding those videos to a YouTube playlist that I call Practical Ed Tech Tips. This morning I added the 75th video to that playlist. The video covers a wide range of topics including storyboarding, audio recording tools, blogging tools and tips, and a whole lot more. The playlist is embedded below.

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Using Blended Learning to Address the Five Moments of Need | Origin Learning – A Learning Solutions Blog

Using Blended Learning to Address the Five Moments of Need | Origin Learning – A Learning Solutions Blog | Student Support | Scoop.it

"The Five Moments of Need Model is a practical and useful approach that can be used to fill in the ‘learning’ gaps by analyzing the typical role of employees. Instead of focusing only on what the organization wants in terms of learning, it focuses on the specific needs of employees as they go about their work and addresses those needs by providing the requisite training. It is this very shift in perspective that makes it such an insightful and pragmatic model for delivering training."


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