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Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012

Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.

I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.

 


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What about Skype? Too well-known?
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How One Classroom Actually Used iPads To Go Paperless (Part 1: Research)

How One Classroom Actually Used iPads To Go Paperless (Part 1: Research) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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New Rules for Schools

"The truth is, if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules. That’s not a bumper sticker, but we terribly mislead people by saying otherwise."

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Teacher shares “secrets to success” in breaking the ban cell phones

Teacher shares “secrets to success” in breaking the ban cell phones | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Editor's note: For innovative educators back to school means establishing classroom policies & procedures. Find out how this can include the use of mobile devices from 11th grade social studies teacher Melissa Seideman broke the ban at several schools and made technology a part of that work. For additional ideas, policies, lesson plans, permission forms and more, check out Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning.

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Mobile devices have become one the fastest and most popular forms of communication. They can be an important classroom tool, however many many schools regard them as disruptive, distracting, and have implemented zero tolerance policies that prohibit them. The reality is that students still use cell phones in school even if they are banned. According to Time Magazine, "even though the vast majority of students own cell phones--something like 80% by eighth grade--more than half of schools prohibit the use of any mobile device." I am amazed that teachers of the 21st century are not embracing the power of technology in their classrooms.

Surrounded by Mobile Devices

As a member of the millennial generation, I grew up surrounded by mobile devices. I find it difficult to go to meetings with paper and pen, or store papers in a file cabinet, or even use a book for my lesson plans. My life is digital and I think it is time for educators to teach our students to become members of the 21st century. Our students need to be taught to use technology to adapt and THRIVE in this ever-changing world.

Breaking the Ban in Four Schools

Since my very first year teaching, five years ago, I have encouraged other teachers and strongly persuaded my administrators to approve mobile devices in the classroom. Due to my husband’s job relocations, I have taught in five schools in both New York and Pennsylvania. Every school, except one in Westchester County, embraced this new form of technology. I have used mobile devices in my classroom for parent communication, polling, instant response, peer to peer contact, first day of school sharing, QR code web searches, and so much more. "
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Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Welcome Back to School with Ice-Breaker WebTools via @shellterrell

Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Welcome Back to School with Ice-Breaker WebTools via @shellterrell | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
“Summer holiday is already over and it’s school time for many of us again. If you are thinking of integrating technology into your lessons this year,  here are some ideas to start the new year with some techie icebreaker and warmer tools.

Ask children to create their biographies on Animoto which is a video maker with music, text, pictures and transitions. 

Symface is a cute tool to express your emotions changing the face expression of an animated emoticon and writing why you feel like that.  Let the children create their own symfaces and talk about their feelings on coming back to school.

Create a Vyou video and let children ask you questions about you or the lesson. Encourage children to create their own videos, brainstorm about the questions that children can ask each other in the classroom. Listen to the questions and the answers in the classroom when they are ready. 

TodaysMeet is a backchannel room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions and many more. Create a room in TodaysMeet. While each child is introducing themselves, the rest asks questions on the backchannel.”
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25 Online Games for English Language Learners

25 Online Games for English Language Learners | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
by Angelita Williams, OnlineCollegeCourses.com GameZone: Dozens of simple, straightforward games about grammar, spelling, and vocabulary reach out to English language learners at all levels. Keep i...
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Cheynee Scott's curator insight, May 31, 2013 11:36 PM

1. In what way/s can online games help develop your english learning levels?

2. What genre of games could best identify with english criteria?

Mae Guerra's curator insight, July 5, 2013 12:08 PM

ELLs should be taught to bookmark suggested sites on there ipad and practice at home.

Cathy James's comment, August 22, 2013 12:56 AM
Well this is a good idea to learn English.
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Grockit Unlocks Mobile Social Learning:'Learnist' App for iPhone/iPad Avail

Grockit Unlocks Mobile Social Learning:'Learnist' App for iPhone/iPad Avail | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Grockit announced the release of its Learnist mobile apps for the iPad and iPhone this morning. 

Grockit, a pioneer of the social learning premise that people learn best when they learn together, is a leader in the test prep industry.

 

Learnist takes the idea of social learning one step further, as it opens up social learning to the masses.  Because everything worth learning is already on the internet, says Grockit founder Farbood Nivi, we need only to make sense of it, which is exactly what Learnist does.  

Nivi states that learnboards are far more engaging and informative than textbooks, and that because many are creted by teachers and experts, they are properly  curated, sequenced and mapped, often offering assessments. 

 

The best news yet for educators--Learnist has boards aligned to and covering 100% of the Common Core State Standards, and now, it's all mobile. 

This will truly be a game-changer in education.

 

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Growing Up Lost in Appalachia

Growing Up Lost in Appalachia | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Ian Bates is photographing a group of Appalachian teenagers coping with a tough economy. The project, “Growing Up Lost in Appalachia,” is now the first installment of an exploration of his generation’s experiences growing up amid high unemployment and breathtaking technological change.

 

But it didn’t start out that way.

 

It began with a blast — from a carrot cannon.

 

In October 2011, Mr. Bates, a 20-year-old sophomore at Ohio University, was driving around looking for something interesting to shoot. He was passing through New Straitsville, a former coal mining town in southeastern Ohio, when he came across a scene that made him stop.

 

'I saw this house that had tons of old stuff in the yard and a big old oil rig truck, and these two young men were making a carrot cannon in the front yard,” he said.'"

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Big Think's Top Videos of Summer 2012

Big Think's Top Videos of Summer 2012 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Popcorn is required for reading this post. So is a good wifi connection on a beach near you as we hope you're enjoying the last days of summer, which we hope will be filled with relaxation, but also mental stimulation.

That is why we have compiled the top 10 videos from the summer featured on Big Think. How were the top 10 decided? You voted by clicking on them, and it's a good selection, covering religion and skepticism, genetics, philosophy, physics and human biology, among other topics. Enjoy!"
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Fact-Checking GOP convention Speakers

Fact-Checking GOP convention Speakers | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"We fact-checked several claims by Romney and the other speakers.

Newt Gingrich said, 'It's striking how President (Jimmy) Carter and President Obama both took our nation down a path that in four years weakened America's confidence in itself and our hope for a better future.'

 

Callista Gingrich continued, 'Both weakened the respect for America abroad.'

 

We compared favorability ratings of the United States from the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency to the most recent figure under Obama. The U.S. on average has higher favorability ratings now, according to surveys. However, America’s favorability has eroded somewhat since Obama’s first year in office, though it’s still above the final levels of the Bush administration. We rated Callista Gingrich’s statement Mostly False."

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Hispanic Student Population Swells at Texas Schools

Hispanic Student Population Swells at Texas Schools | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"By 2050, nearly two-thirds of Texas public school students will be Hispanic and probably poor. But in the Laredo Independent School District, for one, that is already the case."

"But geography aside, Texas public schools may increasingly find more in common with the South Texas district. In 2011, the state reached two landmarks. For the first time, Hispanics became the majority of public school students. And to cope with a historic budget deficit, the Legislature did not finance enrollment growth in the state’s schools — something that had not happened since the modernization of the Texas public school system in 1949. Though the first turning point passed quietly and the second with much political strife, they both underscore the challenges ahead as a dramatic demographic shift occurs in public school classrooms statewide.

By 2050, the number of Texas public school students is expected to swell to nine million from roughly five million now, and nearly two-thirds will be Hispanic, according to Steve Murdock, a demographer and director of Rice University’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas. The overall percentage of white students will drop by half to about 15 percent. Without an accompanying change in Hispanics’ current socioeconomic status, that also means Texas students will continue to grow poorer — and their education more expensive — in the next four decades, Dr. Murdock added. (Rice University is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune.)

State population figures over the last decade show the shift is well under way in the public school system. Economically disadvantaged children in Texas classrooms make up 60 percent of all public school students, up from less than half in 2000. Students with limited English skills now make up 16 percent of them. Of about 979,000 children added to the state’s under-18 population from 2000 to 2010, 931,000 were Hispanic.

'When you look at children, there is no doubt. The future of Texas — the future of the United States — is tied to the minority population,' said Dr. Murdock, a former state demographer and director of the United States Census Bureau. 'It’s just mathematically true.'l
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What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction?

What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Prof. Hacker shares a unique perspective on how Angry Birds can teach us about Universal Design for Instruction and Universal Design for Learning.

 

"I think that Angry Birds is so fun to play because it helps develop our meta-cognitive skills. Throughout playing Angry Birds, one must pay attention to the strategies being employed, adjust one’s play as needed to achieve certain goals and objectives, and transfer what you have learned about a bird’s capabilities several levels ago to the current level.

 

In short, Angry Birds is a powerful metaphor for learning. As I was recently playing the game, I could not help but think: what if my classroom was more like this? Would students have a better learning experience?"

 

Consider the following:

> Angry Birds involves practice without penalty.

> Angry Birds offers the opportunity for constant feedback.

> Angry Birds inherently teachers that different tools have different purposes.

> Angry Birds rewards perseverance.

> Angry Birds gives no time limit.

 

"No wonder we are all addicted to this game! Now if only we could ensure that our classrooms are always safe spaces to practice new strategies, offer students a range of possibilities for how to succeed in their learning, give our students constant feedback, and support knowledge transfer within and among our courses."


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Create Narrated Slideshows and Screencasts

The ability to create narrated slideshows and screencasts and share them online should be a basic skill for digitally literate learners today...


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Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life."
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A Class to Teach You How to Use Google

"Using Google seems simple enough. But the company says that most people are not taking advantage of all the features Google offers, from simple to sophisticated, to make searching more efficient."

"One of the search engine's biggest strengths is its simplicity -- type anything into the search box and you're off. But people could get a lot more out of Google, the company says, if they learned a few expert techniques, like searching by color, time or image. So Google is offering a free online course to teach search skills."
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Far From ‘Junk,’ DNA Dark Matter Proves Crucial to Health

Far From ‘Junk,’ DNA Dark Matter Proves Crucial to Health | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"At least four million gene switches that reside in sections of the human genome once thought to be inactive turn out to have critical functions in the body, researchers reported."
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6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process via @soxnevad @Getting_Smart #DigLN #EdTech, #IOLchat

6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process via @soxnevad @Getting_Smart  #DigLN #EdTech, #IOLchat | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Sharon J. Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project, said:

'Today’s young people are using a range of digital tools to compose and create in new and exciting ways. It is a game-changing moment for teachers of writing. The very notion of what it means to write is shifting, and educators are faced with adapting their teaching practices to integrate new technologies while redefining writing and learning for the 21st century.'

Google Docs is an online suite of digital tools that provides teachers with some powerful features to help students develop 21st century writing skills. Since Docs are collaborative and available 24/7, the tool is well-suited for facilitating digital writing workshops that combine peer editing with cooperative grouping and small group fine-tuned writing instruction.

Writing Workshop at a Glance

Teachers start by defining cooperative grouping jobs for peer editing that are appropriate for the the level and needs of the learners in the class. While students are writing drafts, teachers take advantage of opportunities to work with small instructional groups to focus on specific job-related writing tasks to prepare students to put their new skills to work and contribute to the peer editing process. Here is an overview of some of the integrated writing supports available in Google Docs to include in small group instruction to that will empower students and help redefine the writing process."
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6 Ways Principals Can Connect With Students

6 Ways Principals Can Connect With Students | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
This killed me today... My 8 year old girl when asked what a Principal does, It's that person that talks to you when you've done something bad. #cpchat ...
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50 Apps Students Will Be Using In Your Classroom | Edudemic

50 Apps Students Will Be Using In Your Classroom | Edudemic | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

A pretty nice app list from Edudemic.


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What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography | Connected Principals

What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography | Connected Principals | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"I have taken a big interest in visuals and photography as I have found some amazing photo sites on the web, as well as simply enjoying using apps such as Instagram (along with a large chunk of the world). Recently, I was struck by this quote:

 

'(On digital photography) No wasted film, slides, or prints. And we are aware of this relationship between mistakes and consequences when we pick up the camera—so we click away, taking many more photos digitally than we would have in a world of costly film. Because we know failure is free, we take chances, and in that effort we often get that one amazing picture that we wouldn’t have if we were paying for all the mistakes.' John Hamm

 

When I thought about it, I wondered about the photography industry and how it has probably changed a great deal in the last ten years because of the evolution of digital photography. As I am admittedly no more of an expert on the field of photography as I am a strong photographer, I still wanted to share some observations and thoughts on what we can learn from photography and how it applies to what we do in school. The field of photography has grown and schools could probably learn a few lessons from the field."

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Xi urges Party to enhance leadership through learning

Xi urges Party to enhance leadership through learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping urged Party cadres to constantly absorb new knowledge and maintain theoretical study to improve the level of leadership.
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Share what you know | Learnist

Share what you know | Learnist | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Learnist makes it super easy to share what you know by curating the web. You can use videos, blogs, books, docs, images or anything on the web to explain how to learn something.
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Fact-Checkers Howl, but Both Sides Cling to False Ads

Fact-Checkers Howl, but Both Sides Cling to False Ads | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"In his very first television advertisement last year, Mitt Romney highlighted the nation’s dire unemployment crisis, its record number of home foreclosures and the rising national debt, and showed video of President Obama delivering this arresting remark: 'If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.'

 

There was one problem: the quotation was taken so wildly out of context that it turned Mr. Obama’s actual meaning upside-down. The truncated clip came from a speech Mr. Obama gave in 2008 talking about his opponent, Senator John McCain of Arizona. The full quotation? “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ ”

 

PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking Web site, rated the advertisement “Pants on Fire,” its most deceptive rating possible, but it achieved what the Romney campaign had hoped: people started talking about the sluggish economy and how Mr. Obama’s campaign promises had fallen short. And it set the tone for the campaign that followed, which has often seemed dismissive of fact-checkers.

 

“We’re not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Neil Newhouse, the Romney campaign’s pollster, said this week during a breakfast discussion at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., that was sponsored by ABC News and Yahoo News. He said that fact-checkers brought their own sets of thoughts and beliefs to their work, and that the campaign stands behind its ads."

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Digital Teaching Promises to Improve Grades

Digital Teaching Promises to Improve Grades | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Technology in the classroom is not about putting a computer on everybody’s desk anymore. It’s about getting the right software so students can absorb the information universities and schools are teaching."

"At its most basic, lecture capture does exactly that: captures audio or video recordings of classroom lectures. 'When I was in graduate school, students used to put recorders in front of lecturers to capture everything they said,' Russell says. 'That’s a basic function of this, but it can also be used in very innovative ways.'

For instance, the tool can organize a lecture into chapters, index accompanying images, videos, and whiteboard demonstrations, and highlight the most important points for scholars to zero in on at exam time. The content is compiled into a synchronized package that students can either replay in full or skip to and revisit exact points as often as they need to.
Professors, meanwhile, can use the software to animate their markup of students’ papers, recording verbal comments and tracking the cursor as they annotate and assign a grade."
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The 25 Secrets To Design Every Teacher Should Know

The 25 Secrets To Design Every Teacher Should Know | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Good design is everywhere: on websites, in objects you use in your home, the car you drive every day. But often, design is missing from the modern classroom, and we think that’s a big mistake.

 

Educators have a lot to learn from the principles of design, bringing strategic thought and creativity to today’s classrooms. Well-designed classrooms and educational plans can have a positive impact on educational outcomes, and it all starts with educators.

 

Read on to find out about the 25 design principles that we think are important for educators to use and understand.

 

Gust MEES: a MUST READ!

 

Read more:

http://edudemic.com/2012/08/the-25-secrets-to-design-every-teacher-should-know/

 


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