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Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology

5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the things I hear most often from teachers who are reluctant to put technology into the hands of their students is that they have visions of students goofing off constantly behind their screen instead of focusing on their work.


Playing games, chatting with their friends, and browsing the internet are all likely suspects drawing your students’ attention away from whatever the task at hand happens to be, but just because students have access to technology doesn’t mean you have to transform into device police and forget about teaching. Even if your students would much rather be watching videos on YouTube than learning about the Roman Empire, you still have the upper hand: they want to be using the device. Period.

So how can you leverage that into students who are actually working on what they should be? Here are a few tips. Tell us what you do in your classroom to keep your students from goofing off while they have devices in hand! Share with the Edudemic community by by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, September 24, 2014 4:00 PM

Good advice - simple and straightforward!

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Google Drive Blog: Sharing just got a little easier.

Google Drive Blog: Sharing just got a little easier. | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
One of the perks of using Docs, Sheets, and Slides—along with any other file types you’ve saved in Drive—is that you can invite others to view, edit, or comment on any file or folder you choose.


Today we’re introducing a new sharing experience that makes it easier and faster to invite others to access your files.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Too easy not to use! Google Apps... probably the most under appreciated and under used suite of apps ever. 

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5 Tips to get Organized with Google Calendars

5 Tips to get Organized with Google Calendars | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of my favorite Google Apps resources is Google Calendar. If your school has enrolled inGoogle Apps for Education, it is part of the GAFE suite of tools. With a Google Calendar, you can more effectively organize and plan your class. Here are five quick tips to help you create an enhanced classroom Calendar to make your school year run smoothly.

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60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern Teachers

60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

But technology may be able to help. This list, for example. We’ve offered ideas in the past to help teachers save time, but those can only do so much. As can these apps, but every little bit helps, yes? Your workload, grade level, school climate, personal organizational habits–even beliefs about what a teacher is supposed to be and do all matter more than an app, but if you’re mobile and connected, you at least have a chance.

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friEdTechnology: Smarter Chrome: Session 1 Bookmarks and Tabs (Video)

friEdTechnology: Smarter Chrome: Session 1 Bookmarks and Tabs (Video) | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you're just switching over to the Chrome Browser or getting started with Google Apps for Education, this series is for you. Become a Chrome expert in no time starting with the first video in what will soon be a series. Hope you enjoy it!

  
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PREPS: 5 steps for electronic note-taking success

PREPS: 5 steps for electronic note-taking success | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Students everywhere are taking pictures of the board. It is almost like a “get out of jail free” card when it comes to taking notes. Can they find them later? Do they ever look at them again? Do they review them for the test? Obviously, we need new note-taking systems to help students learn, recall and capture in this modern age.

Deb Gardner's insight:

I love Evernote!

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55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content

55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content
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Curation: a relatively "new" and essential skill for working productively as a digital citizen.

 

Feedly, ScoopIt! and LiveBinder are my personal faves.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Pieces of Google Apps News

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Pieces of Google Apps News | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Over the last seven days Google has made a few announcements that educators should note. The most significant of those announcements came today with the news of Classroom by Google. 

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Educational Technology Guy: Meeting Organization with Evernote

Educational Technology Guy: Meeting Organization with Evernote | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Meetings, meetings, meetings. They are a necessary evil. But, you can make them more organized and productive by being organized yourself.

I use Evernote as my main work (and personal) tool. For meetings, it is indispensable. Here's how:

Deb Gardner's insight:

I can use this tool a lot more productively than I do now.  It sure would make my life easier.

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Google Drive Blog: Edit images right in Google Slides and Drawings

Google Drive Blog: Edit images right in Google Slides and Drawings | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google Slides and Drawings make it easy for you to tell a story and share your ideas. And a big part of storytelling is the images you use to bring a concept to life. Now it’s even easier to get those images just right, because Slides will let you crop, apply shape masks, and add borders to your images right within your presentation. 

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Five top technology tools for the English classroom

Five top technology tools for the English classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Whether you're a seasoned techy or terrified by Google, here are five useful educational tools to help students learn and teachers manage their workload
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Yep! Good selections!

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Google Docs: Which Workflow Works for You?

Google Docs: Which Workflow Works for You? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
On Twitter this week I was asked how I manage Google docs with so many students. I realized there are several different answers to this question. I wanted to share a few different workflow options for managing Google documents when you go paperless with your students. #1 Students Create & Share
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Socrative 2.0 Is Coming In September

Socrative 2.0 Is Coming In September | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Earlier this month it was announced that Socrative had received a sizable investment. Part of that announcement included hints of what is to come from Socrative. Today, Socrative announced what a few of those features will be when Socrative 2.0 is released to everyone in September.

Deb Gardner's insight:

I don't think a week has gone by when I haven't read something on Richard's blog that I can use (or suggest using) in my classroom. Check out Byrne's blog; better yet add him to your Feedly subscriptions.

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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 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

There are a lot of ways the iPhone can (and probably does) make your life easier. For example, you can quickly whip out your phone and use it to discover new restaurants nearby using Yelp or perhaps find out where your son or daughter is using Find My Friends.

 

But there’s a lot going on underneath the shiny exterior of your phone that you may not realize. So, in honor of the new announcements coming out from Apple, we wanted to highlight a fun video that details nearly a dozen ways to use your phone that you might not (yet) know about.

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Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer

Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

A couple of weeks ago I published a round-up of popular ed tech tools that were updated this summer. I had a couple of readers ask if they could print the post to pass out in their schools. Yes, you can. To make it easier to print I put the post into PDF format. In creating the PDF I changed some of the "click here" items to written URLs for finding video demonstrations of updated features. The PDF is embedded below, you can also click here for the PDF.

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How to Save Time by Reducing Email: 6 Strategies for Staying Afloat

How to Save Time by Reducing Email: 6 Strategies for Staying Afloat | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Email should be a lifesaver instead of a raging flood. Save time and increase efficiency through developing new habits, using templates, and ruthlessly unsubscribing.
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Guilt as charged: When you take a break to check email, it's difficult to return to the original task.  

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7 Characteristics of A Digitally Competent Teacher

7 Characteristics of A Digitally Competent Teacher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Just like in real life, being well-rounded is important when you’re addressing technology use. Having the ability to say, use an laptop isn’t really enough. The handy infographic below explores what it means to be a digitally competent teacher. 

Deb Gardner's insight:

I can agree to most of this.

 

And ummm ya, I might have just transferred all my recipes to Google docs to access, share and edit from any internet connected device. (or offline if needed). And that's just for starters. You should see what we do in class.

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How Higher Ed Is Using Cloud Computing - Edudemic

How Higher Ed Is Using Cloud Computing - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I set up my mom’s new iPhone recently, while she sat alongside me and watched. At some point in the setup process, it asks if you want to enable Cloud backup. She looked totally confused and asked ‘what’s a cloud’? While I’m willing to bet that most of Edudemic’s readers are way ahead of my mom in understanding what the cloud is, I’m also willing to guess that most readers can’t talk about what the cloud is being used for aside from a general description of ‘data storage’. That is, in fact, correct. The handy infographic below takes it a step further – investigating today’s top cloud innovations in post-secondary education. Keep reading to learn more!

Deb Gardner's insight:

Yup - it's here to stay and I love it.

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Google Classroom This Fall: Online Learning, paperless classroom

Google Classroom This Fall: Online Learning, paperless classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Today, Google announced that using Google Apps for Education is going to get even easier to manage- this September, Classroom, the new learning management system developed by Google themselves will be available.
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Thanks, Google!

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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: A Handful of Helpful Google Forms Tutorials for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Helpful Google Forms Tutorials for Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google Forms and Google Sheets can be very useful for collecting all kinds of information from students and others. Three of the most common uses of Google Forms and Sheets in schools are creating quizzes, conducting surveys, and organizing workflow. The following videos, screenshots, and links will help you learn how to use Google Forms and Sheets in your classroom.

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5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices

5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices. With these tools, your children can take videos and edit their work to make professional quality movies using iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and Android tablets.

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10 Awesome Tech Tricks From David Pogue

10 Awesome Tech Tricks From David Pogue | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Y’all know we love TED talks. Short, watchable snippets of useful information, thought provoking questions, personal stories, inspiration, and learning. While I always take something away from every TED talk that I watch, some stick with me more than others. That said, most don’t come with a specific list of takeaways meant to help you with your everyday life.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Kinda cool! Didn't know about the scrolling short cut.

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5 Top Tech Tools (And How To Use Them In Education) - Edudemic

5 Top Tech Tools (And How To Use Them In Education) - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
What are some of the best tech tools being used by educators right now? Here are a few of our top picks plus how to use them in the classroom.
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