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The Ultimate Guide to Watching Online TV with Private Internet Access ~ MakeUseOf ~ by Matthew Hughes

The Ultimate Guide to Watching Online TV with Private Internet Access ~ MakeUseOf ~ by Matthew Hughes | library | Scoop.it

"...[R]ecently, the general public has started to use anonymous VPN services – such as those provided by Private Internet Access — in other, more interesting roles. For example, many use them in order to mitigate against ISP-level censorship, as is common in countries like China, the UAE and yes, even the United Kingdom. Others use VPNs as a tool to defend themselves against government surveillance of the Internet.

 

"As a tool, VPNs are useful and versatile. Indeed, we’re a big fan of them at MakeUseOf and have listed some of the unusual potential applications for VPNs in the past. But did you also know that VPNs can help you catch up on the latest TV shows?

 

"Yes, it’s true. There is a phenomenal amount of streaming websites which allow you to watch the latest shows, but are only available in certain locales. You might be familiar with some of the more prominent ones, such as Hulu, Netflix, and the BBC’s iPlayer.

 

''These sites only allow people living in certain countries to access them. It seems unfair, doesn’t it? Just because you live in France or Germany, doesn’t mean that you should have to go without the latest episode of Family Guy. Similarly, just because you live in the US doesn’t mean that you should have to wait to watch the latest episode of Doctor Who."

 

This one's just for the sake of entertainment. -JL


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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | library | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 27, 2013 11:09 AM

Writing skills and drawing skills hold hands together for visual learners.  

Marisol Espinoza's curator insight, February 21, 9:51 PM

Since I'm a visual learner and seeing this title I had a huge excitement to read it and see what it had to say. Basically the realms of this article is that children can draw whatever they want and they don't care whether if it is good or not. But as we get older we stop drawing because we are either bad drawers or simply we don't want too. But a teacher says she lets her students write whatever they want and not get graded on and it actually helped them visually learn because they aren't being stopped what to write about. The teacher from the article also said "writing and reading go together" also said "If you write well, you'll be more excited about reading" which is so true. When I started writing about how my day was and all that almost like a diary I wanted to start reading more which even made my writing better. I hope more teachers could do this so it could help improve students ability to be able to write freely without truly thinking about it and being able to visually learn from it.

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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? | library | Scoop.it
A school library blossoms from a quiet reading and research space to a full-scale "Learning Commons."
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Create Ebooks - PapyrusEditor

Create Ebooks - PapyrusEditor | library | Scoop.it
Papyrus is a simple online editor to create ebooks.You can edit the cover using a simple drag and drop cover editor, import content from the web, or create new content as easily as writing a blog post.If you want to sell your ebook, all you have to do is set a price and click publish.

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Curatorially Yours's curator insight, May 2, 2014 5:09 AM

Looks interesting - I'll be checking this one out when I get a spare moment!

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 3, 2014 2:05 PM

An awesome web based ePub & PDF creator. Create & edit online & it will generate ePub & PDF of your book for download.

sarah's curator insight, May 4, 2014 1:32 PM

Intéressant pour nos UD´s. en ligne.

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3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech - Edudemic

3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech - Edudemic | library | Scoop.it
Dear “Nervous To Try Something New With EdTech”: You know when you spoke with me the other day and told me that that introducing more tech into my class was fine for me because I was ‘into it’ and ‘understood’ it? That you were not going to try a new way of doing things (edtech-wise) …

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 23, 2014 1:41 AM

I've done edtech training for nervous teachers since the days of the Apple ll and the  Commodore 64. Some things never change.  I think it's not so much the fear of tech as it is the fear of losing control of a class when the tech fails (as it always will).  


The cure? Perhaps being flexible enough to have multiple fall back positions when the tech crashes and accepting the role of teacher as learner as you learn the ropes along with your students. 

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, April 24, 2014 3:39 AM

Great article - supports the SAMR theoretical framework for gradual introduction to technology integration in the classroom.

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5 Simple Tools For Teachers To Create And Publish Apps Of Their Own - TeachThought

5 Simple Tools For Teachers To Create And Publish Apps Of Their Own - TeachThought | library | Scoop.it

"What with the almost universal proliferation of smartphones among students, even at the elementary school level, it would seem like a no-brainer for an educator to utilize mobile apps as effective and readily-accepted learning tools. And if an educator can’t find an app that does exactly what he or she wants, the logical next step is to develop and publish their own. Besides, what else do they have to do with all the free time with which all educators are blessed?"


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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, April 14, 2014 10:44 AM

And now I'm inspired to create my own BCI Library Learning Commons App! 

WEAC's curator insight, April 14, 2014 11:00 AM

Develop an app? Are you kidding me? Although it may seem a bit intimidating, if you have any inclination at all for developing an app for your classroom these tools are designed to help the non-programmer get it done.

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 14, 2014 11:13 AM

Access to creativity in the Information Age.

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A New Fantastic Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Fantastic Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | library | Scoop.it

"Today while I was browsing through my Twitter feeds I came across this fabulous Bloom's Taxonomy wheel of apps shared by Anthony. If you still recall, some previous versions of this wheel have already been featured here in Bloom's Taxonomy for Teachers section .

As you can see, the wheel outlines a wide variety of verbs and activities related to each thinking level of Blooms taxonomy coupled with iPad apps that go with it. These apps are supposed to help teachers and students better cultivate these different thinking levels in their use of iPad apps. And because the the visual is not hyperlinked, I went ahead and provided the links for each of these apps in the lists below. Enjoy"


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Jon C's curator insight, March 27, 2014 7:33 PM

This could be useful resource to connect the old Bloom's taxonomy to new resources out there on the iPad. And a nice visual to boot.

Eileen Sepulveda's curator insight, April 15, 2014 3:29 PM

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Daniel Stebbins's curator insight, June 19, 2014 12:49 AM

These app guides are very useful to all teachers from the newbie to EdTech in the classroom, to the theoretical teacher to the 21st Century ESL Digital Classroom Practitioner. 

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Use the “Vanishing Spell” in PowerPoint

Use the “Vanishing Spell” in PowerPoint | library | Scoop.it

...Speaking of the spell, do you remember the scene when Harry wished he knew a good Vanishing Spell to escape his fan Colin’s photograph-clicking spree? Or the time when Bill Weasley used this incantation to make a stack of scrolls disappear while cleaning up after a meeting of the Order of the Phoenix during Harry's first night at number twelve, Grimmauld Place?


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Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 2014 4:05 PM

Great attention grabber for your presentation.

Lon Naylor's curator insight, March 24, 2014 6:53 PM

Interesting animation using one of the "legacy" effects we tend to forget about...

Anna Costikoglou's curator insight, June 30, 2014 12:44 AM

 Let objects or text disappear slowly behind an object and later make it appear slowly from behind the same object.

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Comic Master - graphic novel creator

Comic Master - graphic novel creator | library | Scoop.it
Comic Master allows you to create your own short graphic novel. Brought to you by 'Reading for Life'

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, March 17, 2014 10:07 AM

More than Bitstrips, it's creating a whole comic book.

T. Love's curator insight, March 27, 2014 2:13 PM

Will share this with a teacher who is preparing for a graphic novel unit. #graphicnovels #libchat #readingchat #edutechchat

Päivi Palosaari-Aubry's curator insight, September 2, 2014 5:22 AM

Learning & creativity - using comics and story telling in learning.

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11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads - Class Tech Tips

11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads - Class Tech Tips | library | Scoop.it

"The iPad is a great tool for accessing and creating content.  Teachers can also use this device to collect and organize student work.  Here are a few ways you can turn your iPad into an assessment tool:"


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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, February 14, 2014 6:08 PM

My paperless dream. My school is a long ways away, but I try to chip away a little at a time.

Profesor Mills's curator insight, February 15, 2014 4:32 AM

A good collection of assessment tools. Assessment pad looks good

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Improving Student Writing Using iPads - Dr. Wesley Fryer

"Slides for a series of hands-on iPad workshops by Dr. Wesley Fryer with elementary teachers in Lewisville, Texas, January 23-24, 2014. Learn more on: http://maps.playingwithmedia.com"
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Gunnar Sewell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:56 AM

While tablets such as the iPad can be a very useful tool for teachers and for student engagement, it is my strong belief that they should never replace or reduce interpersonal activities. Educators must always remember that the push to use technology in the classroom is mainly the result of high tech companies' marketing campaigns. 

Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:31 PM

teachers often underestimate or underuse the power of the iPad

Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 27, 2014 5:45 PM

Interesting perspective ... will engaging kids in elementary school translate to the stronger writing we expect of students.

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Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States | library | Scoop.it

"The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond has created an enhanced version of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, which was published in 1932. The atlas, which took dozens of researchers to assemble, used maps to illustrate a variety of political, demographic and economic concepts."


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Claudia Patricia Parra's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:37 AM

Muy buen material!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 21, 2014 11:24 AM

Atlas de la geografíia histórica de Estados Unidos.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 2014 1:33 PM

Okay, this is actually pretty cool. The atlas is huge and has tons of information within it. No wonder there were tons of helping hands who created this map(s) of insightful looks at demographic and political debate.

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Three Social Trends That Will Influence Education in 2014

Three Social Trends That Will Influence Education in 2014 | library | Scoop.it

There are patterns within the trend predictions for 2014 that are worthy of paying attention to. There is strong, if not overwhelming evidence that behaviour patterns of students, educators, employees and professionals are moving towards the use of social tools for learning, working and teaching. Collaborating seamlessly face-to-face and at a distance, bringing the human element to virtual interactions, and personalized learning will prevail in 2014; each facilitated by technology. But it’s not going to be about the technology, it will be about making connections by voice and/or visual, contributing to new knowledge, and learning with and from others—all mediated through social media. It will be the behaviours of students, lifelong learners and educators—their use of technology, specifically social media applications that will influence education in the upcoming year.

 
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Ness Crouch's curator insight, December 23, 2013 3:09 AM

Trends for 2014

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Live with Purpose , Passion and Prosperity , Using Cheap Advancing Technology and Improving High Speed Internet to turn your Ideas into Internet Businesses. Join Us at www.firstandfastcapital.com  Right Now!

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:36 AM

Conclusion
Though we can predict and make an educated guess what the year 2014 will hold for education, we won’t really know until we are in it—knee deep. The year 2012 named by the New York Times as the Year-of-the-MOOC, shook the foundations of education, and no one saw it coming. Will social media influence education by increasing collaboration, humanize the learning experience, and support personalized learning in 2014? Time will tell.

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(Rethinking) Makerspaces — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

(Rethinking) Makerspaces — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | library | Scoop.it

"Kids have always made in my library.

 

We encouraged digital and visual and dramatic and rhetorical creativity before, during, and after school.  But for a while, I’ve questioned the value of using already heavily used real estate to randomly carve out space for a 3D printer, electronics stations and sewing machines. I had my doubts about the makerspace movement in school libraries.

 

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to chat with Amos Blanton, project manager of the Scratch online community, and a member of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab.  On his profile Amos notes:  I design and sustain creative learning environments for people with agency.

 

Amos makes the case for makerspaces as powerful, authentic, relevant learning experiences, and for when and why library may be the very right space to create a makerspace."


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Natalie Sing's curator insight, September 30, 2014 3:32 PM

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Wilson and Ditch | Virtual travels across the USA for primary/elementary students

Wilson and Ditch | Virtual travels across the USA for primary/elementary students | library | Scoop.it
PBS Learning Media Home Page

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Dos and Don'ts for Project Based Learning

Dos and Don'ts for Project Based Learning | library | Scoop.it
Here are some useful tips for a teacher. Take a look at these dos and don’ts for project based learning.

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Terry W. Holden's curator insight, April 24, 2014 10:19 AM

I was trained in this method of teaching which can be used for an evaluation-type observation in Louisiana (per the Charlotte  Danielson-style Rubric.) I have a powerpoint and would be available to make 30-, 45-,  or 90-minute presentations to your school or deparetment.

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7 of the Best New Add Ons for Google Docs and Sheets | Google Gooru

7 of the Best New Add Ons for Google Docs and Sheets | Google Gooru | library | Scoop.it

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Gone Google Story Builder

Gone Google Story Builder | library | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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Christina's curator insight, May 20, 2014 2:26 PM

Kids like this, would like to add graphics.

 

Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, June 2, 2014 9:33 PM

Amazing! A new Google tool allowing creating stories and converting them into videos.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 21, 2014 4:16 AM

Check it out!

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Launch: Programming for Kids - How to Make Coding Fun - Fractus Learning

Launch: Programming for Kids - How to Make Coding Fun - Fractus Learning | library | Scoop.it

Fractus learningWith examples of games, exercises, apps and more, the course will help you introduce your kids to programming and show you how to make coding fun.


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Teaching Kids about Global Poverty

Teaching Kids about Global Poverty | library | Scoop.it

"Living on One Dollar is a full-length documentary made by four college students who traveled to rural Guatemala to live on just a dollar a day. Upon their return, they created Living On One, a nonprofit to raise awareness and inspire action around global issues like hunger and poverty -- and started by publishing the Change Series of video shorts. I found it so compelling I've dedicated this whole film fest to it. Each episode not only succinctly frames an issue faced by people in the developing world and makes it personal, but also offers resource links to learn more -- and even better -- to do something about it."


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Character Minutes's curator insight, March 13, 2014 1:24 PM

Several character traits could be empasized using theses videos. The wheels in my mind are turning!

 

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:14 PM

Fundraiser event taught by kids

lyn chatfield's curator insight, March 17, 2014 11:49 PM

The links

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You Are No Longer Allowed To Present

You Are No Longer Allowed To Present | library | Scoop.it

Here are some reasons why your presentations are BAD!   We know that so many of you use programs like PowerPoint or Prezi because they have been around for a while, and it is what you know, but change is not always a bad thing, especially if that change can lead to presentations beyond your wildest imagination. 


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Gavin Meikle's curator insight, March 10, 2014 6:02 AM

A (mostly) great post with some sound advice for better presentations.  Here's my take on it .....
 

Design

At the risk of upsetting all those wonderful Graphic Designers out there, I would recommend going easy on the fancy designs.   They are not essential.  What is essential  is a clear simple strategy with one idea per slide, minimal text, no bullet points (yes I mean it!) and clear simple pictures, graphs and diagrams to illustrate your verbal messages.
 

Content
Developing compelling content is important but try to avoid using a script when you deliver.    reading scripts leads to flat, lifeless delivery and makes it much harder to respond, "on the fly2 to your audience.  Instead use  a few cue cards with key points only or a simple mind map.  Either will keep you on track without restricting your ability to improvise in response to audience reaction.

 

Story Telling
To true. Stories are much more engaging that lists of facts or endless graphs.  Stories also create emotional engagement which is needed if you want the audience to be motivated to do something after the presentation. 

 

Humour
Yes it is powerful but it is risky too.   Telling jokes rarely works and can lead to all sorts of problems (poor timing, inappropriate content etc.)  Instead use gentle self deprecating humour.  Be willing to poke a little fun at yourself and the audience will warm to you. 

Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, March 10, 2014 10:43 AM

My take on good presentations:  1) Story 2) Content: Restrain your left brain 3) Design: the experience 4) Humor (optional).  Presenting starts with story and uses the visual design to reinforce and add new dimensions to your message. Design the experience, not the slides. Humor works if it's actually funny--not contrived. I've seen a lot that doesn't. Humor is optional.  If it comes naturally, great.  Focusing on story and image is mandatory.  Use serious restraint with putting words on your slides.  Words are processed by the rational, 'left-brain' which takes your audience out of any emotional experience and into thinking and linear processing.  Take them on a journey, don't give them a lecture.  If you feel compelled to give your audience words, give them a handout when you're done. 

rwestby's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:36 AM

PowToon, a Chrome Web App (in Beta) is a great presentation tool that can animate and jazz up even the most gray of presentations. Upgrades are available for those who like  a bit extra.

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom | library | Scoop.it
100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:56 PM

Moeten we gebruiken!

Dico Krommenhoek's curator insight, March 1, 2014 4:33 AM

Da's veul...

Moriah College EST's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:21 AM

Looking for a way to use cloud technology in your classroom? Give google drive a try today!

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23 iPad enabled alternatives to the Book Report Presentation

23 iPad enabled alternatives to the Book Report Presentation | library | Scoop.it

In January I was one of the Apple Distinguished Educators who got to talk at the Apple Leadership Summit. Below you can see my presentation. For more information check http://ipa...


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 9, 2014 2:08 PM

Teachers, check out this interesting slideshow by Suzanne Lustenhouwer about how to turn a boring book report into an exciting presentation using different iPad apps.

Thanks to Suzanne for the suggestion.

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EasyPrompter - free, web-based teleprompter

EasyPrompter - free, web-based teleprompter | library | Scoop.it
EasyPrompter - the best free online teleprompter software for professional and non-professional film, video, vlogs and other productions

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Ronaldo Dalio's curator insight, January 24, 2014 6:08 AM

Pode ser bastante útil e dar mais confianca em apresentacoes.

Mike McCallister's curator insight, January 24, 2014 9:44 AM

Haven't tried this, but certainly sounds like a helpful tool for your readings and presentations.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 31, 2014 9:30 AM

We have just started using a teleprompter app for our morning announcements.  It seems to get going pretty well - just a few more kinks to work out!  While we don't use this particular app, it looks to have the same options and is a free app for use in a classroom.

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Why school librarians are critical to digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

Why school librarians are critical to digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | library | Scoop.it
A new Follett-sponsored initiative aims to raise awareness of how important school librarians are to the success of digital learning.

 

School librarians are critical to the success of digital learning initiatives, and they deserve a place at the table in discussions about digital learning: That’s the message behind a new awareness campaign that targets K-12 superintendents and other senior school district leaders.


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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 1, 2014 11:39 AM

El rol del bibliotecario/a en el aprendizaje digital.

Marilyn Korhonen's curator insight, January 1, 2014 7:27 PM

In 2013 I learned about Maker Projects and Student-created information. Wonder what will emerge in 2014?

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 30, 2014 5:06 AM
Why school librarians are critical to digital learning