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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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How to Create and Publish Audio Recordings With SoundCloud

How to Create and Publish Audio Recordings With SoundCloud | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

SoundCloud works on Android, iOS, and as a web app. Recordings created with the mobile apps are saved to your online SoundCloud account. From your SoundCloud account you can grab the embed code for any of your recordings. In the video below I demonstrate how to use SoundCloud to create recordings and publish them in your classroom blog.

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Unlimited curricular ideas when combining Sound Cloud with other apps - think upper level Blooms and CREATE!

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The Tools & Apps for Inspiring Creativity within the Common Core

The Tools & Apps for Inspiring Creativity within the Common Core | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
A collection of education technology by Annette Kratcoski
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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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Two Free Google Apps that Bring Out the Best In an iPad

Two Free Google Apps that Bring Out the Best In an iPad | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Many of us using technology in the classroom find ourselves caught between two worlds: Apple and Google. Apple’s iPad is a fantastic tool in the classroom which provides students with various opportunities to consume, create, and communicate. Similar to a swiss-army knife, it is only limited by how we choose to use it. At the same time, Google apps provide students with cloud-based services, from search to document creation and sharing, that work seamlessly on iPad.

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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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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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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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Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects (and yes there's more than one way to make a movie)

Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects (and yes there's more than one way to make a movie) | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below. You can download the PDF here.
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Chromebook Creation: Slides, ThingLink, & Snagit

Chromebook Creation: Slides, ThingLink, & Snagit | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

With Chromebooks being adopted as the 1:1 tool of choice in schools throughout the country, it is helpful to note that there a number of options that allow for student creation that go beyond the suite of Google tools. One example of this creative potential takes advantage of a staple in the Google Apps library, Slides, and works in combination with Thinglink as well as the Chromebook screencasting option from TechSmith, Snagit.

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LOVE Snagit!!

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Check Out What My Kids Created with Canva

Check Out What My Kids Created with Canva | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Regular Radical readers know that I'm a huge fan of Canva (link is external) -- the digital service designed to make visual design easier for everyone.  What makes Canva so powerful as a classroom application is that kids can create pretty darn stunning images with ease.
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Powerful message. Simply stated.

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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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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.

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

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10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried

10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you do a quick search for word cloud, you’ll see so many different types. Look at which ones draw your eye the most. My recommendation would be to pick some test text to use, and paste it into each one of the text boxes for the tools below to see what will garner the result you’re looking for visually, and go from there.

 
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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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Using Google Slides with Little Learners

Using Google Slides with Little Learners | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Google Presentation Slides have a handful of built in supports to make it easy for students to research, create and publish without leaving the page, so it is well suited for working with young students with little or no experience creating on a computer. The integrated research tool was useful for teaching students to begin to learn to search without yielding an overwhelming amount of results to sift through. The built in image search helped students easily find and insert images labeled for reuse, and it allowed me to introduce copyright to them. This is a concept I will continue to build on as we work together in the future. Best of all, the sharing feature allowed us to work collaboratively to build one slide show, which set an attainable goal for these little ones.
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