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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12 Awesome Edtech Apps

12 Awesome Edtech Apps | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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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Back-to-School Night 2.0

Back-to-School Night 2.0 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
With innovation and technology vital to our profession, let's use both of those elements to engage and connect with our students' families this year.
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Some ideas on how to freshen up Back to School night... and how to continue to communicate with parents using digital tools (and not just email.)

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Blogging in The Classroom: How to Get Started

Blogging in The Classroom: How to Get Started | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As education continues to evolve and expand, people are beginning to see that blogging in the classroom is a real concept for teachers. Learn how to start!
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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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44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work

44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Educators are often admonished to design work that “leaves the classroom.”

This is partly a push for authenticity. Work that is “real world” will naturally be more engaging to students because it has more chance to have credibility in their eyes, and usefulness in their daily lives. This kind of work has value beyond the current grading period and culminating report card.

But work that is made public has other benefits as well. If someone besides the teacher is actually going to read it, students may be more willing to engage their hearts and minds in their work. This kind of work is also often iterative–done in stages, with drafts, revisions, collaboration, and rethinking. It’s design work, and as design work, it gives students a chance to show what they know. This is one of the gifts of digital and social media, and an idea we’ve approached before with 7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know.

Tony Vincent from learninginhand.com revisited that idea with the following graphic that clarifies another talent of education technology–shared thinking.

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Screencasting Resources Galore!

Screencasting Resources Galore! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Screencasting is the capture all of the action on a computer screen while you are narrating. Screencasts can be made with many tools and are often used to create a tutorial or showcase student content mastery. This page provides links to information, ideas, rubrics, and tools for the creation of screencasts by both teachers and students.
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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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25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher

25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

2015 is almost upon us, which means we’re somewhere between 1/6 and 1/7 of the way through the 21st century.

 

Which is an odd quantitative analysis, but does underscore that we’re past the point where “21st century” is an adequate label. These are odd times we live–and teach–in, the following 25 signs as proof that you’re teaching in 2015.

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Kind of like motherhood - energizing and exhausting! :)

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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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Dayton classroom is 'totally transparent'

Dayton classroom is 'totally transparent' | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Through social media, a public cellphone number and a classroom blog, the fourth- and fifth-grade high-ability teacher makes himself and the classroom readily available to parents.

A website serves as a virtual timeline of what Scott's class does on a daily basis. Photos of the day's activities, reminders for parents and students, and links used during lessons are on the site, which serves as the classroom newsletter.

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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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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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The periodic table of education technology - Daily Genius

The periodic table of education technology - Daily Genius | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

We had a crazy idea over the weekend here at Daily Genius. What if we organized all the top education technology tools into a simple graphic? Then we took it a step further by identifying some of the best ways to organize data into a single visual. What better way to do that than by taking a page from the Periodic Table of the Elements? So we set out to identify the top edtech tools and conferences and then figured out which categories they all fit into.

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Now THIS is uber cool....

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Kleinspiration: Guest post: Share the story of your classroom with parents

Kleinspiration: Guest post: Share the story of your classroom with parents | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Beginning this week, teachers and parents can now access Class Story - an addition to ClassDojo that lets teachers safely and instantly share important updates, photos of amazing moments, and announcements to all parents.
Class Story is a beautiful, Instagram-like feed of what’s happening in the classroom: teachers can share moments instantly - whether they are photos or just quick notes - and only parents can see these posts.  Our hope is this makes it easier for parents to stay engaged without eating up valuable class time, and maybe they'll get to know their kids and their teachers just a little bit better!
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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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Three #edtech Tools Worth Exploring Right Now | CTQ

Three #edtech Tools Worth Exploring Right Now | CTQ | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

An interesting email landed in my inbox the other day.  A middle school teacher from California asked me what #edtech tools I was planning on using this year.  "There's so many tools to choose from," he wrote.  "Where should I start?"

 

While there's no one right answer to his question -- choosing #edtech tools should start with a clear sense for the kind of learning space that you are trying to create -- here are three tools that I've used in my classroom already this year:

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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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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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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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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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10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic

10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Instagram is a hugely popular social network for photo sharing. Though the use of social media in the classroom may have skyrocketed, Twitter and Facebook definitely reign supreme as the key social media tools for schools and teachers. Somehow, despite the widespread popularity of Instagram, few teachers are employing it in the classroom.

We’ve heard from a few of you that your concerns lie in the privacy arena. Since sharing photos that may be of students in your classroom should obviously be a concern – make sure your classroom account is private. You can choose to have a single account for your class, which would be the ‘safest’ way of approaching these privacy concerns. The teacher should be the only one who can vet followers – and they should only be associated with the class (parents, students, other classes in your school). Using a group hashtag for a particular project or theme is a good way to keep track of what they’re doing, eg: #edudemicclassproject14.
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5 stimulating web apps that will engage K-5 students

5 stimulating web apps that will engage K-5 students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As the world is ever changing, so are the students we teach. We, as teachers, can’t just open up a textbook and teach a lesson like we did 10 years ago. Modern day students have grown up in a world of iPads and smart phones—a world of constant stimulation.

 

Now, they need teachers who can provide lessons that are just as stimulating. We must evolve with the learner and update our teaching strategies so that they are engaging, motivating, and hold our students’ interests.


Here are a handful of web tools I’ve used in my elementary classroom that will create a stimulating educational environment.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Some of these are a little "gimmicky" but we can purposefully go there!

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