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Free Technology for Teachers: Try the New Fakebook for Creating Fake Facebook Pages

Free Technology for Teachers: Try the New Fakebook for Creating Fake Facebook Pages | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Russel Tarr has just released a new version of FakebookFakebook is Russel's tool for creating fake Facebook profiles. The latest version of Fakebook makes it easy to create a page by just clicking on a field and entering as much information as you like. In the profile picture field you can enter a name and Fakebook will search for images to use. For example, if you create a Fakebook page about George Washington Fakebook will search for pictures of George Washington.

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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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5 Keys to Making Algebra Work + Resources

5 Keys to Making Algebra Work + Resources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In our newly released Smart Bundle: Blending Middle School Math, we dive into just how important the middle grades are to future success in mathematics. Algebra can be a turning point for many in their math education. As a gatekeeper subject, it indicates future success and acts as a gateway into advanced math. We continue to see more and more resources developed to better teach and prepare for Algebra. 

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What If Every Teacher Tweeted?

What If Every Teacher Tweeted? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Like any tool, twitter is designed for a task. The results of that task depends on the knowledge and skill of its user. There is nothing other-wordly about twitter, if we’re being honest. It has its talents (a few of which we looked at in why twitter works in education), but it is, in shorty, some thing some one made.

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Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect -

Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect - | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Maybe you love Google. You use Gmail, use YouTube like a television, and consider Google Search your second brain.

 

But while you like Google’s first-party Nexus devices and variety of second-party tablets from Samsung and others, there’s something about the iPad that draws you closer. The question then becomes a matter of utility and function. Or even manners.

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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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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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Revisiting Khan Academy with a Clean Slate

Revisiting Khan Academy with a Clean Slate | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I encourage readers to forget everything they have heard about KA and revisit the site with a fresh perspective. More importantly, I hope this article sparks conversation about how technology is used in your school this year. This is just one example of using technology to differentiate student outcomes, and meeting the needs of each individual student are driving this approach. Some teachers can get caught up in the latest ed tech resources and forget to prioritize educational value above all else. Read more about not falling into the trap of cool tools rather than learning in this Connect IT article.

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KA is so much more than the vids. #truth

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How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core

How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

At a time when many teachers and parents (and students!) can feel overwhelmed by the seeming overabundance of standardized tests and educational standards more generally, it falls to the teacher to help the students and parents understand how all of this fits into the larger picture of what students will need to know and be able to do to be successful in the future. This means helping them understand how educational standards fit into 21st century learning, a concept that to many seems contradictory.

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Back-to-School Questions for the Effective & Efficient Educator

Back-to-School Questions for the Effective & Efficient Educator | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
August 12, 2014 by John Hardison. Check out these 50 "Back-to-School" questions for the effective and efficient educator.
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3 Useful Google Docs Add-Ons for Teachers and Students

3 Useful Google Docs Add-Ons for Teachers and Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google Docs Add-Ons are new tools created by 3rd party developers that add functionality to Google Docs. Users can access and search for Add-Ons through the menu bar in any Google Doc or Spreadsheet. There are many handy tools to Add-On to Google Docs to improve  efficiency and help get work done, and there is even a section for education. Here are a three of my favorite Add-Ons, which I believe are well-suited for teachers and student

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Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Middle School and High School Students

Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Middle School and High School Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In response to yesterday's post about digital citizenship lesson materials for elementary school students I received requests for middle school and high school resources. Here are five of my favorite resources for teaching digital safety and digital citizenship to middle and high school students.

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Taking a Page From Humanities, College Engineering Gets Flipped

Taking a Page From Humanities, College Engineering Gets Flipped | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

"If you're just going to get up there and do a traditional lecture, that's going to work for some people, but if that's the only way they can get the information, the people it doesn't work for are not really getting anything productive out of the class," says Randy Weinstein, associate dean for academic affairs for Villanova University's College of Engineering. "When they're going to be able to focus on your material is not always going to be Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m."

 

At Villanova, Weinstein helped lead a pilot program for flipping engineering courses. New data from the program given to U.S. News shows the bottom third of students' grades were more than 10 percent higher than in a traditional classroom (the difference between a D+ and a C) and more than 3 percent higher for the class as a whole (moving from a C+ to a B-). 

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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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The Skinny on #EdChat

The Skinny on #EdChat | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The team at USC Rossier School of Education, who run the Twitter handle @USCTeachers, recently pulled together a resource guide for one of the most popular hashtags in education, #EdChat. The Essential #EdChat Resource Guide is a quick and simple guide, that provides the ins-and-outs of how to use #EdChat and what it can do for teachers, students, and education. New to Twitter? This guide shows you how to access past #EdChat discussions.

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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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What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’?

What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Google launches new tools for teachers and expands its brand among students.
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The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology

The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology
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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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A Collection of Examples of Classroom Blogs

A Collection of Examples of Classroom Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As the new school year starts many teachers will be trying to develop classroom blogs for the first time or revamping old blogs for the new year. The slides below contain examples of classroom blogs. You may find a new-to-you idea in these examples. The slides were created last fall with the help of many readers of Free Technology for Teachers.

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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 Technology Is Being Used In Music Classrooms

How Technology Is Being Used In Music Classrooms | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Even though I’m not a music teacher (nor have I ever been, or will I be), I tend to find technology in music classrooms to be some of the most exciting ways that technology is being put to use in classrooms overall. While there’s lots of time-saving-efficient-cool-useful stuff happening in all types of classrooms, there’s something particularly awesome about making music and integrating some awesome digital technologies into the process. There are a million and one ways to use aniPad or other tablet in your music classroom, but it definitely doesn’t stop there! The handy infographic below takes a look at how technology is revitalizing how musicians compose, record, perform, and distribute music – both in and out of the classroom.

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Technology in the music classroom? That's music to my ears!

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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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Visually Explore Current Events 100 Images at a Time

Visually Explore Current Events 100 Images at a Time | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Ten by Ten presents visitors with a grid of 100 images linked to current events stories. Every hour the top 100 news stories from around the world are linked to images on a ten by ten grid. The stories are ranked according to traffic to the articles. Clicking on an image will provide you with more information including links to more articles about the story. (You must allow pop-ups for the article links to work).

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What a cool site! So many opportunities to use in a middle, high, higher ed learning experience.

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5 Unusual Ways To Use Google Presentations

5 Unusual Ways To Use Google Presentations | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you’re a user of Google Drive, then no doubt you have also heard of and likely used Google Presentations (Google’s version of PowerPoint). It’s a great tool to create slick presentations in the cloud, especially after its most recent overhaul. However, Google Presentations is also a handy tool for doing some great projects with your students that have nothing to do with public speaking. Here are some fun exercises you can try in your classes.

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Skype For Learning: The Taxonomy Of A Technology-Based Conversation

Skype For Learning: The Taxonomy Of A Technology-Based Conversation | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Nonetheless, Skype has a potential role in the 21st century classroom. (In fact, in August of last year we looked at 50 ways it could be used in the classroom.)

 

To help in that regard, langwitches has created a helpful taxonomy to guide teachers on how to plan, evaluate, and execute a Skype conversation for learning. It starts off at the bottom with forced, awkward conversations, and eventually grades to the top, where authentic, free-flowing conversations occur. You can download a pdf versionon her site.

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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!

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I LOVE Google Forms!

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