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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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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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7 Ways to Use Technology With Purpose

7 Ways to Use Technology With Purpose | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Why are you using technology? Or more importantly, how are you using technology to better the learning in your classroom and/or school? If you are like me, then you’ve had your fair share of technology screw ups. Projects that didn’t make sense (but used the tech you wanted to bring in). Activities that were ruined by a crashing website or some technological problem. And of course you’ve probably dealt with the students, parents, and teachers that want to do things “the old way”.

In order to make sure you are using technology the right way, you must first “start with why”. If your students understand the “why” behind your technology use, then the class will have a purpose and technological glitches and issues can be worked through. If they don’t understand the “why” then any small issue could turn into a major problem.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Newswordy - Short Lessons About News Buzzwords

Free Technology for Teachers: Newswordy - Short Lessons About News Buzzwords | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Newswordy is a neat website that features a new buzzword of the day everyday. Each buzzword is picked from the currently trending topics being discussed on news programs, political talk shows, and news websites. Each buzzword of the day is accompanied by quoted examples of that buzzword being used and links to articles and other media in which the buzzword of the day was used. You'll also find some links to the buzzword being used on Twitter. You can find previous buzzwords of the day by clicking on the very small archive button in the upper right corner of the Newswordy homepag
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5 Outside of the Box Assessments Ideas

5 Outside of the Box Assessments Ideas | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As another school year comes to a close, many of us are designing our end of the year assessments or knee deep grading them. For those still in the planning stages of their end of the year assessments, I want to encourage you to think outside of the box. The final assessment does not have to be a
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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...  

 

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Digital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection

Digital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Too often, conversations about digital portfolios center on the tools: how to save, share, and publish student work. Mastering the technical component of digital portfolios is critical, and students do need an opportunity to showcase their work to a broader audience. However, when we let the process of curate > reflect > publish serve as the sole focal point, digital portfolios become summative in nature and are viewed as an add-on at the end of a unit, project, or activity.

For digital portfolios to be truly valuable to both teachers and students, they need to provide insight into not only what students created, but also how and why. If the ultimate goal is to develop students as learners, then they need an opportunity for making connections to content as well as the overarching learning objectives.
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30 Tutorials on Visual Design - And Infographic Lesson Plans

30 Tutorials on Visual Design - And Infographic Lesson Plans | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

A couple of months ago Canva launched aneducation page full of lesson plans built around the idea of getting students to think and express themselves creatively through visual design. Since the launch Canva has added more lesson plans and more design tutorials to their education page. In all there are now thirty design tutorials that students can work through on their own or with guidance from you. I've been slowly working through the tutorials myself. Some of what I've learned has been put to use in the blog post images that have appeared in posts like this one about the pros and cons of using social media for school announcements.

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Response: Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios

Response: Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Several educators - Rusul Alrubail, Michael Fisher, Frank Serafina, Kristin Ziemke, Kate Muhtaris, Jeb Schenck, and Joe Rommel - share suggestions on how to effectively utilize digital portfolios with students.
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50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom

50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
There are so many ways to use technology in the classroom. This video shows not only how to use technology in the classroom but 2-step innovation secret.
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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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