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Google Launches "Keep" For Note Taking on Android and in Drive

Google Launches "Keep" For Note Taking on Android and in Drive | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Keep is an Android app that you can use to type notes, dictate notes, take pictures, and bookmark websites. Notes can be written in a free form format or in a checklist format. All of the notes that you take with the Android app are synchronized with your Google Drive account.

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For the time being I think I'll stick with Wunderlist and Evernote but for all you Android users out there - this might be helpful.


I'm still mourning the loss of Google Reader scheduled for July 2013.  RIP Google Reader. Is Keep what Google was talking about when they wanted to drop Reader to focus on new ventures?  If so, not impressed.

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Deb's Public Diigo Library

Deb's Public Diigo Library | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Diigo - what I use in conjunction with ScoopIt! Over 2,600 bookmarked ed tech resources organized in over 200 categories.

 

It's my behind the scenes space where I save, tag and annotate digital resources relating to ed tech and K-12 education.

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How Teens Are Really Using Social Media - Edudemic

How Teens Are Really Using Social Media - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The handy infographic below takes a look at the social media use of teens and tweens: What platforms are they using and how much? What is appropriate for them? How can you monitor their use and ensure their safety? Keep reading to learn more.

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How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint

How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful  - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing online, but don’t remember exactly where…). But what happens when you need to delete your digital footprint (or more likely, a part of your digital footprint)? 

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I've considered protecting my digital footprint but never actually deleting it. In fact, many times we act as architects in building a positive online presence. 

 

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Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole-School Approach

Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole-School Approach | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
In principal Matt Renwick's school, digital portfolios are comprehensive collections of student work that drive assessment & goal setting for teachers and kids.
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An effective way to document growth and share it meaningfully with students, parents and colleagues.

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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

During the summer the IT department at your school may have been working to update the technology infrastructure in your school. At the same time, the developers of many of your favorite apps and services were working hard to update what you can do with technology in your classroom. Here are ten popular services that were updated over the summer. 

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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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From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback

From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

You know the feeling--that “gotta-get-this-grading-done” robotic trance. The blinding feeling of grading close to 180 essays. The guilt of balancing meaningful feedback without taking three weeks to do it.

 

I needed to change the tedious and difficult writing process in my classroom. So, I turned to Google tools.

 

Google scripts and add-ons to Google Drive drastically changed my approach to giving writing feedback. I have been able to quickly develop meaningful “writers workshops”, give individualized feedback throughout the writing process, and provide timely comments to a large student caseload.

 

With these tools (many of which are included in this list), students are placed in charge of their learning. They engage in meaningful self-reflection, highlight according to criteria, and use academic language to critique their own work. The shift is significant. With Google tools, I can provide ongoing feedback while my students showcase digital responsibility and revise throughout the writing process.

 

Here are my favorite Google tools that have changed the way I approach writing feedback.

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Assessment solutions that are helpful for students and manageable for teachers. #gogoogle

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Is Your Browser Updated? Here Are Two Easy Ways to Check

Is Your Browser Updated? Here Are Two Easy Ways to Check | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Using an outdated browser can not only slow your online experience, it can also make your computer more vulnerable to viruses and other dangers. A simple way to check if your browser is up to date is to visit Browse Happy. Browse Happy lists the five most commonly used browsers, the latest version of each, and links you to the download for the latest version.

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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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Presentation Tips: Slides vs. Prezi

Presentation Tips: Slides vs. Prezi | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered how your old slides might look as a prezi? How would a change in format affect the impact you make on an audience? Let's take a look at a side-by-side example that we like: the same information presented in slides and in a prezi. First, let’s look at the slides.

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Are you sweetening your students' learning or empowering?

Are you sweetening your students' learning or empowering? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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Nuff said.  Bill Ferriter makes his point.

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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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Social media or sociology: Does internet use in class affect test scores?

Social media or sociology: Does internet use in class affect test scores? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

"Students of all intellectual abilities should be responsible for not letting themselves be distracted by use of the Internet," lead researcher and MSU psychology professor Susan Ravizza said.

 

The study also found that students were not aware of how much effect laptops, tablets and smartphones had on their learning by being distracting.

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This is a keeper and a must share with students this fall.  #truth

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5 Great Ways to Use Google Forms - Edudemic

5 Great Ways to Use Google Forms - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Forms. If you’re unfamiliar with this, think of it as a way to create quick surveys that can be used for a number of applications. Google automatically aggregates this data into a Google Spreadsheet, making forms a great way to quickly collect and share information. I have seen educators and administrators use Google Forms in the most creative and inventive ways. If you’re just starting with Google Forms, here are five ways that you can use them to streamline your classroom!

Deb Gardner's insight:

I LOVE Google Forms!

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Three Elements I Always Add to Classroom Blogs

Three Elements I Always Add to Classroom Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As the new school year approaches many of us will be setting up new classroom blogs or revamping the ones we've used in the past. If you're setting up a classroom blog for the first time, here are the three elements that I always add to classroom blogs.

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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 5 Best Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Living EmergingEdTech

The 5 Best Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Living EmergingEdTech | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I’ve had an amazing, inspiring, and incredibly educational experience while evolving EmergingEdTech into one of the most visited education technology sites on the Web over the last 5+ years. The site now averages over 50,000 unique visitors a month and is approaching 20,000 subscribers consuming content across a handful of social media platforms.

 

If I could select a handful of concepts to “shout from the mountain tops”, what would they be? While I know that these ideas will continue to morph over time, as of right here, right now, here’s are 5 things I’ve learned that I think are worth emphasizing.

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Now You Can Create Accounts on TodaysMeet and Close Rooms Early

Now You Can Create Accounts on TodaysMeet and Close Rooms Early | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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Great app to use - particularly early on in the semester.

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:

 
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3 Ways to Use ThingLink for Video in the Classroom

3 Ways to Use ThingLink for Video in the Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Recently ThingLink introduced ThingLink for Video, an exciting new editor for annotating video content with rich media.
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Educational Technology Guy: Google+ Cheat Sheet - shortcuts and tips

Educational Technology Guy: Google+ Cheat Sheet - shortcuts and tips | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google+ is Google's social network. I use it to connect to other educators, IT directors, EdTech personnel, tech companies and edtech groups. It's easy to use and has more features than other social networks.

Here is a great cheat sheet with shortcuts and tips for using Google+. Take a look and try some out.

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With all the other integrated (and FREE) apps, Google + is a no brainer to use.

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New Horizon Report Insists Teachers Use Tech

New Horizon Report Insists Teachers Use Tech | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K-12 Editionwas released this past week, examining emerging technologies and their potential impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Part of the NMC Horizon Project, a 12-year effort, this report highlights “six trends, challenges, and emerging technologies that will affect current practice” over the next five years. Aside from being great content for your next Twitter chat, this year’s iteration of the NMC Horizon Report is a must-read for 21st century educators and education policy makers alike. Following is a summary of major points.

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Well we can't do it all but we can snatch low hanging fruit and prioritize.

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FIVE #ISTE2014 TWEETS THAT STILL HAVE ME THINKING.

FIVE #ISTE2014 TWEETS THAT STILL HAVE ME THINKING. | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of my favorite parts about attending a conference like #ISTE2014 is having the chance to think deeply with brilliant peers.  Every conversation that I had -- whether it took place in a diner, outside the Expo hall, in the backchannel of a session, or on a walk back to the condo that I shared with Philip Cummings and John Spencer -- was a chance to wrestle with teaching and learning in today's world.

 

Deb Gardner's insight:

Love this conference - always worth the trip.  Good tweets here to re-energize thinking about ed tech.

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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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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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Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs

Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the questions that I am often asked about using blogs in the classroom is, "how do you keep track of them all?" Even if you have all of your students contributing to the same blog it can be difficult to keep up with all of the posts. One strategy that I've used in the past is to have students enter their names and links to their most recent posts into a Google Form. All of their submissions will appear in a tidy spreadsheet. In that spreadsheet I can see a timestamp, name, and the link to go directly to a student's most recent post. I can also add a column in the spreadsheet for noting whether or not I have given them feedback.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Great idea!

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