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Sokratik, create and share html5 audio-visual presentations

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Sokratik - a way to create audio-visual presentations in your browser and share them with the world.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 19, 2:54 AM

This looks like a really nice tool to get students creating presentations and using their own voice to narrate. Great way to get students speaking.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, March 21, 10:18 PM

Looks fun

Ana María Andrada's curator insight, March 31, 11:56 AM

Es fundamental en este tiempo, como diría el sociólogo Richard Rorty "mantener las convesaciones en movimiento, como forma de investigación implícita". Estas herramientas ayudan.

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Vocabulogic: What is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Aren’t We Talking More About it? (Zygouris-Coe)

Vocabulogic: What is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Aren’t We Talking More About it? (Zygouris-Coe) | mclearning | Scoop.it

What is Disciplinary Literacy and Why Aren’t We Talking More About it? (Zygouris-Coe)  In this post, Dr. Vicky Zygouris-Coe discusses theory and offers practical applications for helping older students develop disciplinary literacy. Vassiliki ("Vicky") Zygouris-Coe is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Central Florida, College of Education. Her research focuses in literacy in the content areas, online learning, and teacher professional development. Dr. Zygouris-Coe has impacted reading instruction in the state of Florida through the Florida Online Reading Professional Development project—Florida’s first online large-scale project for preK-12 educators. Her work has been published in a variety of professional journals. She serves in several editorial roles, including Co-Editor of Literacy Research and Instruction, Associate Editor of both the Florida Educational Leadership and the Florida Association of Teacher Educators Journal.


What is Disciplinary Literacy?Shanahan and Shanahan (2008, 2012) propose that disciplinary literacy, advanced (and specialized) literacy instruction embedded within content-area classes such as math, science, and social studies, should be a core focus of literacy efforts for middle and high school grades. Disciplinary literacy “involves the use of reading, reasoning, investigating, speaking, and writing required to learn and form complex content knowledge appropriate to a particular discipline” (McConachie & Petrosky, 2010, p. 16). According to this perspective, definitions of literacy in the secondary grades must be anchored in the specifics of individual disciplines. Disciplinary literacy highlights the complexity, literacy demands, and differentiated thinking, skills, and strategies that characterize each discipline.

 

Disciplinary literacy is built on the premise that each subject area or discipline has a discourse community with its own language, texts, and ways of knowing, doing, and communicating within a discipline (O’Brien, Moje, & Stewart, 2001). It moves beyond the notion of “every teacher is a reading teacher” and literacy as an “add-on” set of generic strategies used to improve the reading and writing of subject area texts. Rather, it situates literacy as an integral part of content (Moje, 2008) so that “literacy within the discipline” becomes the goal of disciplinary literacy.” (Zygouris-Coe, 2012, p. 4)

 

Findings from the Shanahan and Shanahan (2008) study suggest that each discipline (e.g. history, chemistry, mathematics) carries different cognitive and literacy demands. Participants in Shanahan’s and Shanahan’s (2008) study varied in the way the read, in what they considered to be challenges in the text, and in how the texts should be taught. For example, comprehension can be challenging with mathematics when text is extremely dense and students need to understand the flow of information from print to numeracy, to graphs. Vocabulary can be challenging in chemistry due to extensive technical vocabulary in the discipline. Whereas in history, vocabulary can be challenging due to the many dated words and metaphorical terms. In terms of discipline-specific strategies, for example, sourcing, contextualizing, identifying arguments and how the author portrays events, etc. are useful to history. In chemistry, separating essential from non-essential information, visualizing, and thinking of examples are some of the strategies that fit the content demands. Lastly, explaining concepts, writing equations, and illustrating data are some of the strategies that would help students read and comprehend text in mathematics.

Some of the challenges we are facing with preparing students to succeed in disciplinary literacy include literacy professionals’ lack of knowledge of each discipline to be able to provide teachers with specific tools to teach students the kinds of knowledge, literacies, language, and inquiry different experts (e.g., mathematics, science, history) use. In addition, content area teachers lack knowledge in the literacy demands of their discipline. As a result, we have many adolescents who cannot read and comprehend text in different disciplines—we must prepare teachers to develop students’ discipline-specific knowledge and skills (Lee & Spratley, 2010; Moje, 2008; Shanahan & Shanahan, 2008; Snow & Moje, 2010). As educators, we need to develop our knowledge of the unique structure, goals, practices, texts, and discourse of each discipline and how knowledge is created and shared (Fang, 2004; Fang & Schleppegrell, 2008; Geisler, 1994; Halliday, 1998; Schleppegrell, 2004).

Why Aren’t We Talking More About Disciplinary Literacy?We are living in the midst of high accountability and educational reform. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted by most states and will be implemented in 2014. The CCSS call for literacy within each discipline, for critical thinking of complex texts, for complex knowledge development, and for evidence-based reading, writing, and speaking. Disciplinary literacy tasks are situated within the CCSS. So, why aren’t we talking more about disciplinary literacy efforts or initiatives in secondary pre-service teacher preparation and in-service teacher education?
Shanahan and Shanahan (2012) discuss the existing mixed perspectives about what literacy in the content areas should look like. In addition, they highlight that disciplinary literacy is not a new term for reading across the content areas. Disciplinary literacy refers to the knowledge, discourse, and habits of mind necessary for learning in each discipline (McConachie & Petrosky, 2010); it is not just about a set of strategies for reading and writing across the disciplines. Also, vocabulary learning is not about using core effective strategies to help students memorize or make connections among concepts; there are unique discipline differences that we should take into consideration in each subject area. Students need to learn the scientific vocabulary of each discipline and specific tools to develop and analyze it—they need to learn (and use) the language of each discipline, its grammar, patterns, and uses.

In my opinion, there should be more discussion among educators and researchers about disciplinary literacy, more learning about it in professional learning communities (PLCs), and planning for instruction that would meet both the content and literacy demands of each discipline. We need to get away from using generic strategies that only help students organize text and focus on helping students learn how to think, read, talk, write, communicate, and inquire in ways that are consistent to each discipline. This paradigm shift from generic to discipline-specific literacy would help bring about the development of content, literacy, and thinking skills we have been longing to see in our adolescents’ learning. Of course, this shift would require a different way of teaching and learning in secondary content area classrooms and schools and a different approach to teacher preparation and professional development. We need more dialogue, research, collaborations, and direction on this topic. In the following section, I will focus on one aspect of the disciplinary learning framework, that of accountable talk (McConachie & Petrosky, 2010).

Accountable Talk to Support Disciplinary Literacy Learning We know from research that students learn best when they are actively involved in their own learning. How can teachers maintain student engagement in, and facilitate ownership of, learning? One way they can do it is through modeling, promoting, and facilitating accountable talk in each content area. Accountable talk is an important component of a disciplinary literacy-learning framework (McConachie & Petrosky, 2010). It is talk that supports the development of student reasoning and their ability to verbalize their thinking (Michaels, O’Connor, Hall, & Resnick, 2002). Accountable talk is talk that reflects student understanding of words and concepts read or discussed in class, participation in co-construction of meaning, and monitoring of meaning as it is “molded” from student to student in class. Accountable talk is respectful of everyone’s ideas. Everyone is expected to participate actively in discussions, listen attentively, and expand on ideas. In addition, everyone is accountable to knowledge building, to providing sufficient evidence for assertions, and to rigorous thinking. According to this type of talk, everyone is “accountable” to the development of meaning “by all and for all.”

Accountable talk will help teachers to “revoice” students’ comments and prompt them to provide additional support for their assertions. It will also help teachers to provide further insight into student knowledge and use higher-level vocabulary while still maintaining contact with student ideas. Students will benefit from teacher modeling, feedback, scaffolded support, and a positive and collaborative learning classroom environment.

Here are some basic examples of accountable talk.

I have something to say about…

I agree with ______ because…

I disagree with _______ because…

I wondered about…

Is this your main point?

Can you prove that …?

I have a question for _______ about…

Could you repeat what _______ said?

Could you say more about that?

Do you agree or disagree with what ________ said?

Explain your thinking.Could you give us an example?

Could you elaborate more on the meaning of this word?

Do you agree or disagree with _________ statement?


Accountable talk will vary according to content area as a result of each discipline’s structure, goals, ways of thinking and learning, vocabulary, and texts. For more information on discipline-specific examples of accountable talk, please see Figure 1.

Figure 1. Examples of accountable talk in four disciplines. This figure illustrates sample discipline-specific questions that can promote student engagement, use of specialized vocabulary, and learning in each discipline.
ConclusionDisciplinary literacy includes the use of reading, thinking, speaking, inquiring, and writing required to learn and develop complex content knowledge appropriate to a particular discipline (McConachie & Petrosky, 2010); it is not about a set of generic tools transplanted into the discipline to improve reading and writing of content-specific texts (Moje, 2008; Shanahan, 2012). A focus on disciplinary literacy will help students develop content knowledge and critical literacy thinking skills needed for success in school, college, and career.

ResourcesTo learn more about disciplinary literacy, please examine the following resources.
Dr. Timothy Shanahan’s blog: Shanahan on literacy.Topics in Language Disorders (January/March, 2012). Themed Issue on Disciplinary Literacy.University of Pittsburg, Institute for Learning.
ReferencesFang, Z. (2004). Scientific literacy: A functional linguistic perspective. Science Education, 89, 335–347. Fang, Z., & Schleppegrell, M. (2008). Reading in secondary content areas: A language-based pedagogy. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.Geisler, C. (1994). Academic literacy and the nature of expertise: Reading, writing, and knowing in academic philosophy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Halliday, M. A. K. (1998). Things and relations: Regrammaticising experience as technical knowledge. In J. R. Martin & R. Veel (Eds.), Reading science: Critical and functional perspectives on discourses of science (pp. 185–235). London, UK: Routledge.Lee, C. D., & Spratley, A. (2010). Reading in the disciplines: The challenges of adolescent literacy. New York, NY: Carnegie Corporation of New York.McConachie, S. M., & Petrosky, A. R. (2010). Content matters: A disciplinary literacy approach to improving student learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Michaels, S., O’Connor, M. C., Hall, M. W, & Resnick, L. B. (2002). Accountable talk: Classroom conversation that works. (Version 2.1). [Online resource]. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. Moje, E. B. (2008). Foregrounding the disciplines in secondary literacy teaching and learning: A call for change. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(2), 96-107. Schleppegrell, M. J. (2004). The language of schooling: A funcilinguistics perspective. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Shanahan, T., & Shanahan, C. (2008). Teaching disciplinary literacy to adolescents: Rethinking content-area literacy. Harvard Educational Review, 78(1), 40-59. Shanahan, T., & Shanahan, C. (2012).What is disciplinary literacy and why does it matter? Topics in Language Disorders, 32(1), 7–18.Snow, C. E., & Moje, E. B. (2010). What is adolescent literacy? Why is everyone talking about it now? Phi Delta Kappan, 91(6), 66-69. Zygouris-Coe, V. (2012). Disciplinary literacy and the common core state standards. Topics in Language Disorders, 32(1), 35-50.


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Beyond the Chalkface: Demystifying dyslexia

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A great article on the nature of the issues for the learner.

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What is Differentiated Instruction - Wiki


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, January 3, 7:04 AM

"Differentiated instruction implies a purposeful process for adapting the teaching and learning processes of the classroom to accommodate the needs of all learners" (Murray & Jorgenson, 2007, p. 1).

 

 

 

Carol Ann Tomlinson summarizes that "a differentiated classroom provides different avenues to acquiring content, to processing or making sense of ideas, and to developing products so that each student can learn effectively" (Tomlinson, 2001, p. 1). 

 

 

 

When a teacher tries to teach something to the entire class at the same time, “chances are, one-third of the kids already know it; one-third will get it; and the remaining third won’t.  So two-thirds of the children are wasting their time.”  - Lilian Katz

 

Paul McKillop's curator insight, January 3, 11:48 PM

Great article that clears up misconceptions.

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The Rise of Compassionate Management (Finally)

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Why years of research are finally making a dent.

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Free online video editor. Make a video using Shotclip.

Free online video editor. Make a video using Shotclip. | mclearning | Scoop.it
Easy and free online video editor. Edit videos and photos to make great home movies.

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BookChook's curator insight, October 15, 2013 6:01 PM
Free version = 15 mins per month.
KB...Konnected's curator insight, February 11, 6:24 AM

Free version provides up to 15 minutes of video export each month.

Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, February 12, 5:22 AM

Videos are a great way to "test" knowledge - so this tool is a useful one for teachers

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The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You - Edudemic

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You - Edudemic | mclearning | Scoop.it
It's time for the annual mega-list of the best of the best tools for teachers. From A to Z, more than 900 resources were submitted and this is the final list. Do you know each of these tools?

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Jean-François "JFMA" Moreau's curator insight, August 24, 2013 2:18 AM

MAKING YOUR MEDICAL STUDENTS AND HUMAN RESSOURCES MORE MOTIVATED!

If they don't where they're going to, let's them know at least where they come from!

Let you teach your students the universal history of the hospital and the medical school like I'm proposing it from Hippocrates of Cos to now.

Our university hospitals originated from Nestorians and Syriaq bimaristans! If you're interested in and you don't know how to do it, let you be free to invite me as a visiting lecturer. I'll do that for the best of your students. You just have to pay my C-airplane ticket and a 3-night-stay in a good hotel. Since Gl. Patton's army delivered my village on 4 August 1944 from Rommel's one, I don't request honoraria. This is a gift to the US people.
Prof. Dr. JF Moreau, MD, of Paris, France, is Honorary Fellow of the American Collège of Radiology. I was Visiting Professor twice at UCSD, once at the Downstate Medical Center of Brooklyn NY, and at the Arizona Health Center, Tucson, AZ. I lectured many times in plentiful main universities in the whole USA and Canada from 1979. I speak English and Spanish fluently.

Intriguing Networks's curator insight, August 24, 2013 5:13 AM

best tools for teachers

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 30, 2013 2:45 PM

A lot of tools I already know but always handy to have a reminder of what is out there.

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Capture Screenshots and Auto-Upload Them Online with Puush (PC & Mac)

Capture Screenshots and Auto-Upload Them Online with Puush (PC & Mac) | mclearning | Scoop.it

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Robin Good's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:29 AM


Good free screenshot grabber available on Windows, Mac and iOS. It captures whatever you need on your screen and it immediately uploads it to its own servers, while providing you with a URL you can instantly share with your contacts.


After a month of no-use of any image you have captured, the image gets deleted. You have unlimited upload space and you can also upload your own files.


From the official site: "Puush is a super-quick way to share screenshots and files. Quickly capture any portion of your screen, upload any file, and share them with a short URL automatically placed in your clipboard."


My comment: Extremely useful tool on paper. Good features. Haven't been able to make it run on my Mac.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://puush.me/



Similar tools: Grabbox


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Cory Cannon's curator insight, January 21, 6:32 AM

I might be trying this...

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45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators - InformED

45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators - InformED | mclearning | Scoop.it

"Design thinking consists of four key elements: Defining the Problem, Creating and Considering Multiple Options, Refining Selected Directions, and Executing the Best Plan of Action.

An early example of design thinking would have been Edison’s invention of the light bulb. This invention carried with it a “human-centered design ethos,” meaning Edison was able to envision how people would want to use what he made, and then engineered toward that insight. He created an entirely new marketplace for his product, not just a single device modeled after preceding devices of similar use.

In education, design thinking empowers students to realize that they can create their own futures by borrowing frameworks from other areas, which allows them to design their own participation and experiences. For example, game designer Katie Salen has talked about her students experiencing video game design and implementing those principles into the classroom; she said her students interact within a framework that allows them to take on social challenges as designers..."


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Jenny Pesina's curator insight, July 29, 2013 12:16 AM

A very comprehensive resource! 

Stephen Gwilliam's curator insight, August 5, 2013 6:09 AM

Design thinking can be applied across all learning areas from planning to delivery, making then appraising. 

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5 Journalism Techniques To Borrow For eLearning: The eLearning Coach

5 Journalism Techniques To Borrow For eLearning: The eLearning Coach | mclearning | Scoop.it
Journalists inform, educate and entertain. You can use journalistic techniques to motivate and entertain learners and improve the quality of your eLearning.
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Top 10 EduBlogs All Online Teachers Must Follow

Top 10 EduBlogs All Online Teachers Must Follow | mclearning | Scoop.it

Here’s a list of blogs that feed my teaching soul, hunger for knowledge, and need for deeper insights into teaching,  learning and writing. There are so many wonderful blogs that it’s impossible to list them all here,  so I’m listing the ones that have been most relevant to my own professional development. As such, they should be relevant to any teacher who wants to turn online teaching and/or publishing into a fully-fledged career.

 


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stevecarter's curator insight, August 6, 2013 5:46 AM

A must for our staff

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, September 1, 2013 5:40 AM

I am making my way through these but am excited about the content I am finding here. What did educators ever do with all this wisdom before we had the place to make it heard? How wondrous that we can each become an expert and a motivator in our field!

HerrMess's curator insight, September 16, 2013 2:02 PM

Für mehr Blog-Input von medienbegeisterten Lehrern wie uns :-)

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2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest | mclearning | Scoop.it
The 25th annual

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Fabulous shots with only a few feeling contrived. Thanks Ana.

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Seve Zubiri's curator insight, May 18, 2013 3:32 PM

Bonita conjunción de realidades.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, May 24, 2013 12:29 AM
Glad you enjoyed them Paul! I grew up looking, reading, watching the National Geographic and continue respecting it's awesome work, especially their photographers!
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A compact Instructional Design Review Checklist

A compact Instructional Design Review Checklist | mclearning | Scoop.it
Would you be interested in a Compact Instructional Design Review Checklist? What you will say if I was telling you that at this article you will find 8 Free Instructional Design and eLearning Review Checklists!
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Collins English Dictionary | Always Free Online

Collins English Dictionary | Always Free Online | mclearning | Scoop.it
The official Collins English Dictionary online. Comprehensive and authoritative, rely on Collins for up-to-date English with insights into language trends and usage.

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Sergei Polovin's curator insight, March 27, 10:47 PM

A very useful resource.

Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, March 29, 8:04 AM

It's a must

Justin Hodge's curator insight, April 15, 12:41 PM

Great online dictionary.

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Two Must Have Resources for Every Academic and Student Researchers

Two Must Have Resources for Every Academic and Student Researchers | mclearning | Scoop.it

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Great words for assignment feedback separating grading bands. Thanks Ana, as ever.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, February 23, 7:33 AM

I don't know about "must have" but it could be useful. 

Patricia Baker's curator insight, February 24, 3:29 AM

How to ensure higher order thinking is happening

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Two Must Have Resources for Every Academic and Student Researchers
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Content Discovery Tools: a Directory of My Favorite Ones

Content Discovery Tools: a Directory of My Favorite Ones | mclearning | Scoop.it

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Volkmar Langer's curator insight, January 6, 2:54 AM

Wow, what a good structured Collection - thanks to Robin Good - his name is program :-)

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Finding material can be a challenge, after all, there is so much out there. Robin Good shares some of his go to content discovery tools here.

Nicoletta Gay's curator insight, January 29, 4:59 AM

Great resourcerces about Content Discovery collected by

@Robin Good

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What is Differentiated Instruction - Wiki


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Great article that clears up misconceptions.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, January 3, 7:04 AM

"Differentiated instruction implies a purposeful process for adapting the teaching and learning processes of the classroom to accommodate the needs of all learners" (Murray & Jorgenson, 2007, p. 1).

 

 

 

Carol Ann Tomlinson summarizes that "a differentiated classroom provides different avenues to acquiring content, to processing or making sense of ideas, and to developing products so that each student can learn effectively" (Tomlinson, 2001, p. 1). 

 

 

 

When a teacher tries to teach something to the entire class at the same time, “chances are, one-third of the kids already know it; one-third will get it; and the remaining third won’t.  So two-thirds of the children are wasting their time.”  - Lilian Katz

 

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100 Hand-picked Freebies for eLearning Designers: The eLearning Coach

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A few tools for filtering out

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TinyTake - Best Free Windows Screen Capture Software

TinyTake - Best Free Windows Screen Capture Software | mclearning | Scoop.it
Make the most of your screen captures. TinyTake gives you all the tools to capture, annotate, and share screen captures and screen casts for free.

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Alternative to Camtasia and the like.

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John Bostock's curator insight, August 26, 2013 3:58 AM

This looks an interesting alternative to Jing, with better tools for annotation.

technologytoteach's curator insight, August 28, 2013 11:15 AM

Will try this out, just downloading so unable to comment on its usefulness

Terheck's comment, September 1, 2013 1:54 AM
You can also try Greenshot : very nice, free and Open Source : http://getgreenshot.org/
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Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.

What is Google Drive? A complete guide how to use it. Cloud (storage), Creation, Collaboration, Communication How to access Google Drive, including from Goog...

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ExamTime's curator insight, August 23, 2013 3:48 AM

Great video detailing how to get the most out of your Google Drive - especially useful for teachers.

Tom Stub Christiansen's curator insight, August 25, 2013 12:54 AM

En god vejledning til Google+ universet..

Agora Abierta's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:09 AM

As useful as a guide!

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Welcome to NoRedInk! for Grammar and Writing Skills

Welcome to NoRedInk! for Grammar and Writing Skills | mclearning | Scoop.it
A fun way to practice and master grammar & writing skills!

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For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | mclearning | Scoop.it

In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it’s a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests.

What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions?


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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, July 30, 2013 12:34 AM

"The quest is for the question, not the answer."

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Game-Based Learning vs. Traditional Classroom Game Play

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Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.

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Easily Remove Image Backgrounds Online - ClippingMagic

Easily Remove Image Backgrounds Online - ClippingMagic | mclearning | Scoop.it
ClippingMagic: Online image mask generator

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Isabellefr10's curator insight, May 13, 2013 8:33 AM

Editar imagens , retitrar fundo...

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permanent Network Error :-(
Seve Zubiri's curator insight, May 15, 2013 2:57 AM

Nola kendu irudien atzekaldeko irudidi edo ingurua.

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Seven Key Traits of Great Online Content

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Gail Worthington-Eyre's curator insight, April 22, 2013 7:00 PM

Conversation with the consumer is the key and framing your content to deliver good conversation is vital to social marketing success.

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:42 AM

Macnifiaca reflexión de Jake Sorofman  y de Robinn- Recomiendo el artículo!!!