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How To Use Your iPad in Music Class

How To Use Your iPad in Music Class | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

We often offer up a variety of different apps that we think will be useful to teachers in the classroom. From math apps to apps that help students read at various levels and game apps that help users learn in the process,there sure are a lot of them out there. The handy infographic below takes a look at how musicians are using their iPad to learn, compose, and perform.


If the iPad (or any tablet, really) can help a musician do those things, why not a burgeoning musician? We think music teachers will find a lot of useful tools for their classrooms below. Keep reading to learn more.

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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 3,200 bookmarked ed tech resources organized in over 330 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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A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings

A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Over the last month, basically since I publishedthis post, I have received a bunch of emails from teachers asking about ways to publish their audio recordings/ podcasts. Here are the methods and platforms that I've been recommending.

Publishing your podcast through iTunes will probably give it the best opportunity to reach a large audience. People are familiar with the process of subscribing to podcasts through iTunes which will help you help them subscribe to your podcast. The drawback to using iTunes to publish your podcast is that the set-up process is confusing the first time you do it. WordPress can make the process a little easier. But if you're only publishing occasionally or only looking to share your audio recordings with a specific audience (let's say students, their parents, and perhaps another classroom or two) then you might be better served by using a simpler method of publishing your audio recordings.

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Infographic about World Backup Day (3/31) with some great resources

Infographic about World Backup Day (3/31) with some great resources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

March 31st is World Backup Day. Keeping your files and data safe is very important. Here is an infographic with more information and some great resources.

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Favorite Apps and Engaging Activities Using iPads in Grades 6-8

Favorite Apps and Engaging Activities Using iPads in Grades 6-8 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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How to Evaluate Web Resources

How to Evaluate Web Resources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Effective and credible writing requires authoritative and verifiable resources. Learn the best ways to evaluate sources of information on the Web.
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10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips

10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

These are just a few of the questions reflective educators are left to contemplate after the bell has rung.  In truth, many of these reflective questions educators are left asking themselves can be addressed if they use an exit ticket. Exit tickets are a simple, quick and oftentimes insightful formative assessment method employed close to the end of a lesson. It is a simple task that requires learners to answer a few questions or perform certain tasks explored during the learning process.

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What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom?

What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The word “mistake” is a harsh word. It implies flaws, pointing fingers, errors in judgement, something wrong and possibly even a dead end. I would rather think or connect the word “mistake” to first steps, stepping stones, experimentation and exploration. With that being said, those “first steps” or that exploration cannot become a routine cemented in stone how technology is being used in the classroom. Stepping stones are meant to lead to something else. For the sake of the prompt given, here are my top 5 “Mistakes” (in no particular order) which I  see, read and hear about as I travel the world to learn and work with schools, teachers and students:

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Instagram: Document and Share Grammar Gaffes

Instagram: Document and Share Grammar Gaffes | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Last week while out to dinner with my family, I stumbled across a sign with a blatant grammar error. I froze in front of the sign eyes wide and mouth agape. My initial reaction was one of disappointment because my students were not there to witness and correct this real life grammar gaffe! I could
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This is just "two" perfect...  

 

I knead to remember this one!

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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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60 Videos of Practical Ed Tech Tips

60 Videos of Practical Ed Tech Tips | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Last fall I started to put together a playlist of how-to videos that I have created. I called the playlist Practical Ed Tech Tips. In the videos I provide demonstrations of how to use some of my favorite educational technology tools and services. There are now 60 videos in the playlist and I plan to continue to add to the playlist. In the playlist you will find videos on things like creating custom columns on Padlet, finding Creative Commons images within Edmodo, and creating flipped video lessons. The entire playlist is embedded below.

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Another helpful learning resource from Richard Byrne. What an ed tech wizard!

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25 of My Favourite Googly Things by Sylvia Duckworth

25 of My Favourite Googly Things by Sylvia Duckworth | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink
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This is really cool!  Can also be remixed in ThingLink.

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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation. For pure productivity, you could consider the direction of Google Drive, Skype, Zoom Notes, iAnnotate–maybe a gradebook app, Class Dojo, etc.

 

But what if your classroom if is full of open-ended projects and you need to constantly communicate with students, parents, and the community? Google+, Google Hangouts, Remind, DIY, and maybe Trello?

 
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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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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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Blogging for English-Language Learners

Blogging for English-Language Learners | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Student blogging provides opportunities for sharing, reflection, and ownership. With ELLs, blogs can provide deeper engagement and a public forum to demonstrate their developing skills.
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One of our first digital tools in education.... still going strong! 

 

Article includes concrete ideas for blogging with English Language Learners.

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How can iPads be used in Grades 3-5?

How can iPads be used in Grades 3-5? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in grades 3-5? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why

10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Like many of you, there are certain educators that I find frequently impact my thinking and teach me new things through their published works. Here I offer 10 of my favorites. Some of these passionate and informed minds have inspired me for years, and others I have become aware of more recently. Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful educators writing and sharing great ideas across the Web and in conferences and schools around the world every day, so I hope you — the reader — will share some of your favorites too!

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7 Ways To Prevent Cyberbullying

7 Ways To Prevent Cyberbullying | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If a child is expressing anger or anxiety after going online, it might be one of the signs he/she is being cyberbullied.

 

Cyberbullying is becoming a burning issue both for parents and teachers. Kids spend around 3 hours online and use cell phones 80% of the time, making it the most common medium for online bullying.

 

Cyberbullying is the same as traditional bullying but if traditional bullying stops, when the school ends, for online bullying there is almost no escape. Unfortunately, many kids torment and harass each other using the internet via computers and smartphones. So you have a full picture, we listed top cyberbullying facts and ways to prevent it below.

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Does The New ClassDojo Have Mass Mojo?

Does The New ClassDojo Have Mass Mojo? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I’ve found my 2 hardest responsibilities are keeping students engaged while keeping lines of communication open between parents and myself.
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How Can We End Violence Against Women?

How Can We End Violence Against Women? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowWomen 

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Many "Do Now" topics to engage students in digital conversations after critically thinking about topics relevant to today's issues.

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How Google Apps For Education Can Be Used In Your Classroom

How Google Apps For Education Can Be Used In Your Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Like Apple and Microsoft, Google also wants a place in your classroom.

 

Google Apps for Education is a free suite of cloud-based tools created by Google to use in your classroom. You probably knew that part, and likely have a vague awareness of what’s available (Google Drive, Google Form, etc.) ButSylvia Duckworth has gone a step further, giving you an extended metaphor (a train), a graphic (with color), and a brief description of each “stop” of the Google Apps for Education train.

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Best of the Web - Winter 2015

Best of the Web - Winter 2015 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

This afternoon at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference I presented my latest version of Best of the Web (and various app stores). This version contains some of the sites and apps that were in my fall 2014 version of the same slides. Those that have been included again either released some notable updates or are so good that I think they're worth including again. This version is also different because for the first time I included slides to denote sections of the presentation. Many people asked for the slides so I'm sharing them below as a Google Slides presentation. 

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Tools for Creating & Sharing Online Corkboards

Tools for Creating & Sharing Online Corkboards | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
This afternoon on Twitter I was asked for suggestions for tools similar to Padlet. I love Padlet, but it's always nice to have some alternatives bookmarked. My list of alternatives to Padlet is featured below. I've ordered the list according to my preference for each tool.
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Not sure why anyone would need a digitool beyond Padlet.  Padlet is easy to learn, easy to use, free, and is mutli-subject/multi-grade level. 

 

Always nice to have choices I suppose.

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NASA Is On SoundCloud - Listen to Audio from Missions and More

NASA Is On SoundCloud - Listen to Audio from Missions and More | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Whether you have an interest in NASA from a scientific standpoint or a cultural standpoint, NASA's SoundCloud channel has something for you. On NASA's SoundCloud channel you will find audio from Apollo, Mercury, and Discovery missions. You'll also find audio of rocket sounds and space sounds. The set of recordings of most interest to me is the set of three audio recordings of President Kennedy which includes his famous "We Choose the Moon" speech.
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Hope you have some time on your hands when you access Sound Cloud because one you start listening to these audio tracks, and others, it's hard to stop.

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The 5 Best Plagiarism Detection Tools for Educators

The 5 Best Plagiarism Detection Tools for Educators | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In a perfect world students would understand that education is for their benefit and put their all into every assignment. Unfortunately, every educator working today knows how far off the reality is from that ideal.   


Cheating isn’t just something that a few bad apples do every now and then, it proliferates. In a 2010 survey of high school students, one in three admitted to using the web to plagiarize. That makes it a problem no teacher can ignore.

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