My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
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My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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15 Tech Tool Favorites From ISTE 2016

15 Tech Tool Favorites From ISTE 2016 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference brings together a huge cross section of educators who share a common belief that technology in the classroom can make learning more relevant, engaging and fun for kids. 


Among the 20,000 or so conference-goers are ed-tech evangelists, teachers new to technology, passionate makers and many others. Educators at the conference are looking for new ideas and tools to bring back to their districts and classrooms. 


Monica Martinez creates professional development for the EdTechTeam, a partner of Google For Education. She has tried and vetted many of the apps available to teachers on many different platforms and has compiled an in-depth list of resources that can help educators find what they need. During an ISTE session, Martinez highlighted several of her favorite tech tools that often get overlooked by both savvy ed-tech teachers and those newer to the space.

Deb Gardner's insight:
Making it look easy for teachers, fun and engaging for students - go Google!
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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Whether you're new to using ed tech in the classroom or and "old pro" looking for new ways to integrate tech, Padlet is a "go to" platform for multiple subjects, platforms and grade levels.
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Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology

Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
What exactly do the Common Core standards say about technology?
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A Great Tool For Planning Global & Collaborative Project-Based Learning -

STEAM, English Language Arts, and Social Studies are among the core-curricular skills students practice within the larger context of cultural investigations on topics such as what it’s like to grow up in Turkey or Cambodia, the causes and effects of poverty globally, and how recipes from Spain, Russia, Holland and the American South reflect regional beliefs and customs.

 

ePals Experiences are designed to inspire, challenge and empower kids by opening their minds to new understandings and points of view,” says  Cricket Media CEO, Katya Andresen. “When they collaborate on language learning or other activities with peers in places like Thailand or Argentina, these personal connections foster the global awareness and empathy called for in the 21st century.”

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10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs by Google Collaborate with colleagues Use Docs to collaborate with your colleagues on joint lesson plans or training…
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Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Rather than picking an app and trying to find a place for it in the classroom, Luhtala is hearing educators and their students describe what they want to do and then how they chose a tech tool to make that happen. “They’re talking about what kids are doing in the classroom far more than they are about the devices and the apps,” Luhtala said. “That’s where we want to be.”
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So what have teachers been talking about? Using?

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Kingston students love a good mystery

Kingston students love a good mystery | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Teachers are now able to take advantage of ever-evolving technology to help enhance lessons in their classrooms.

At Sir John A. Macdonald Public School, Cassidy Pilutti’s Grade 3 French immersion class held its second Mystery Skype challenge.

For a 20-minute session, the students got the chance to see and talk with another class through Skype, with one exception.
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Tools for Creating & Sharing Online Corkboards

Tools for Creating & Sharing Online Corkboards | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
This afternoon on Twitter I was asked for suggestions for tools similar to Padlet. I love Padlet, but it's always nice to have some alternatives bookmarked. My list of alternatives to Padlet is featured below. I've ordered the list according to my preference for each tool.
Deb Gardner's insight:

Not sure why anyone would need a digitool beyond Padlet.  Padlet is easy to learn, easy to use, free, and is mutli-subject/multi-grade level. 

 

Always nice to have choices I suppose.

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8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring

8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Are you tired of delivering the same old lectures on the same subjects year after year? Are you using the same lesson materials over and over and wishing you could make learning in your classroom more interactive?

 

While lectures and lessons can be informative and even “edutaining” when delivered with passion and good materials by knowledgeable experts, sadly many traditional lectures and lessons are boring, and even worse often ineffective. The good news is that the Web is loaded with great free tools that can enable teachers to bring a sense of fun and engagement to their lessons.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Starting with standards... what digital apps/devices can teachers and students use to make learning more engaging, effective and sticky?

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11 Simple Ways To Start Using Technology In Your Classroom

11 Simple Ways To Start Using Technology In Your Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you’re on the education technology fence, you probably can’t decide which device or app is the best one to really use. You aren’t sure if you want to jump into the edtech pool with Evernote, Moodle, an iPad, a Chromebook, or some other hot new product or service. That’s because there are an overwhelmingly large number of options out there.

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A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources

A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As I am sure it is for any educator, my student teaching experience was definitely memorable for many reasons. Some good. Some bad. One particular moment, however, has stayed with me all these years. My department chair at the time, Mrs. Kelly, recognized my ceaseless and struggling search for anything that could augment my classroom practices.

 

Since it was 1996, valid internet resources were not that common, and my ability to locate such files was close to nil. Enter Mrs. Kelly with arms full of educational gold. That’s right. Educational gold disguised as manilla folders. This very generous veteran of teaching delivered a stack of transparencies, worksheets, handwritten notes, lesson plans, and project exemplars. Basically, her life’s work introduced itself to me with a loud and resounding thud on my desk. Her generosity can be likened to the opening of Fort Knox’s vaulted doors while someone yells, “Take aaaaaaall the gold you can use!” And that…well…that just about sums me up these past 18 years. But I’m not talking about the taking; I’m referring to the sharing.

 
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Blog, Wiki, or Website - Key Points to Consider

Blog, Wiki, or Website - Key Points to Consider | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the questions that I am asked on a fairly frequent basis is, "should I create a blog, a wiki, or a website for my classroom?" Each platform serves a slightly different purpose. Years ago I created a small set of slides to outline the features of each platform. Yesterday, I rediscovered those slides and found that they are still useful. I have embedded them below.

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That's the question.... what online platform will you use to connect with students, parents and/or community. 

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The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now)

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school.

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How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools

How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Seesaw's educational app lets students save and share their assignments with their teachers, parents, and fellow classmates. They just snap a photo or video,..
Deb Gardner's insight:
Think of Seesaw as a portfolio app with benefits.
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How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Padlet is a fantastic tool to use in the classroom. This classroom how-to guide for Padlet will get you started creating pages and using it with students.
Deb Gardner's insight:

On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

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On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, March 1, 2016 4:42 PM

On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

Michelle Comeau Khatib's curator insight, April 15, 2016 12:59 PM
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A great tool for online learning.  This allows students to interact and learn from each other.  Students can attach video as well. 
 
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12 Awesome Edtech Apps

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An edtech teaching toolkit should include reliable tools for your needs and circumstances. Whether that includes Kahoot!, Screencast-O-Matic, or Scratch, it's ultimately about your teacher-student relationship.
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Skype Connects Classrooms With Field Trips Around the World

Skype Connects Classrooms With Field Trips Around the World | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Skype's video chats have developed into an innovative tool for global classroom collaboration.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Popular Ed Tech Tools That Work on Nearly All Devices

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Popular Ed Tech Tools That Work on Nearly All Devices | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
There are certainly many more solid apps available for Android tablets than there were a few years, yet there are still many times when someone will ask me if one of my recommended tools is available for Android. In no particular order, here are five of my most frequently recommended tools that will work on Android tablets as well as on Chromebooks, iPads, and in your laptop's web browser.
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7 Ways to Use Technology With Purpose

7 Ways to Use Technology With Purpose | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Why are you using technology? Or more importantly, how are you using technology to better the learning in your classroom and/or school? If you are like me, then you’ve had your fair share of technology screw ups. Projects that didn’t make sense (but used the tech you wanted to bring in). Activities that were ruined by a crashing website or some technological problem. And of course you’ve probably dealt with the students, parents, and teachers that want to do things “the old way”.

In order to make sure you are using technology the right way, you must first “start with why”. If your students understand the “why” behind your technology use, then the class will have a purpose and technological glitches and issues can be worked through. If they don’t understand the “why” then any small issue could turn into a major problem.
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Drive Higher-Order Thinking with RSA Animation

Drive Higher-Order Thinking with RSA Animation | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

RSA animation is essentially whiteboard animation. The artist draws pictures on a whiteboard to depict concepts using a combination of words and pictures. If you've never seen an RSA animation, I'd suggest watching "Changing Educational Paradigms" which took a section of Ken Robinson's TED Talk and

Deb Gardner's insight:

Wow!  Pretty much includes all the "C"s: creativity, close reading, collaboration, and critical thinking.  Awesome project!

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5 Social Media Must Knows for Every Teacher

5 Social Media Must Knows for Every Teacher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Social media in the classroom reminds me of the saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Instead of perceiving it as a distraction or a hindrance to learning, we must embrace opportunities for social media to expand capacity and facilitate education. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube can become an integral part of enhancing the 3 C’s of successful teaching: Communication, Collaboration and Coordination.
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New Google Docs Feature: Editing Student Documents Just Got Easier!

New Google Docs Feature: Editing Student Documents Just Got Easier! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Today I took my classes to the computer lab to do synchronous editing on an essay they are writing. As they continued to work on their essays, I edited them. This way we can work simultaneously on their documents and use the instant chat window to discuss questions or problems.

 

While I was working, I saw a new feature in the upper right hand corner of their Google documents below the grey “Comments” button.

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A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources: Part II

A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources: Part II | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In continuation of Part I of “A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources,” please find below the accumulated list for Part II. As always, I have given you my best, but I am quite sure I have left off some technology tools that may flabberghast you. No problem. Simply help us all improve by adding comments at the bottom of this blog post. After reaching a word-count limit for this blog post, I quickly realized a Part III could be necessary. Anyway…enjoy, my talented colleagues.

 

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5 More Cool Tools to Take Classroom Collaboration to a New Level

5 More Cool Tools to Take Classroom Collaboration to a New Level | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In May, we published the post, 20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration. Given the high level of interest in this topic, today we offer a guest post with 5 more fun tools for collaborating in (and out of) the classroom!


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4 Ways The Internet Is Making Kids Smarter

4 Ways The Internet Is Making Kids Smarter | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The internet brings so much information to our fingertips. It makes doing research a much smoother, faster process, and it enables us to not have to lug around tons of heavy books. We can connect more easily with old friends and new acquaintances. It streamlines our work in the classroom and our students’ work too. …
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Some actionable data  here and other good-to-know. Dispels a lot of myths surrounding technology use.

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