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Why I spent 10th grade online

Why I spent 10th grade online | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Last year, while my classmates at Washington International School sat at their desks by day and did their homework by night, I skipped school. And not just once. I didn’t attend a single day of 10th grade.


In ninth grade, I was frustrated. In school, I marched to other people’s orders, leaving little time to complete projects I was really interested in. So I arranged with my parents and my school to take a year off — my own sabbatical.

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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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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 3,500 bookmarked ed tech resources organized in over 350 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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Google Forms Can Now Automatically Grade Quizzes Without an Add-on

Google Forms Can Now Automatically Grade Quizzes Without an Add-on | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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This is going to make using Google Forms SO much easier for quick formative assessments!
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An absolute "must" for getting a grip on your Twitter feed

An absolute "must" for getting a grip on your Twitter feed | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
So you’ve worked hard to build up your Twitter profile, follow the right people, and stay connected. But now you have a Twitter feed that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and a little confused. What’s the solution? Twitter Lists, my friends!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Rubrics for Assessing Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, and Digital Portfolios

Free Technology for Teachers: Rubrics for Assessing Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, and Digital Portfolios | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The University of Wisconsin, Stout has organized a nice collection of rubrics for assessing digital projects. In the collection you will find rubrics for assessing student blogging, student wikis, podcasts, and video projects. Beyond the rubrics for digital projects there are rubrics for activities that aren't necessarily digital in nature. For example, you can find rubrics for writing, research, and oral presentations.
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Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer

Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Curtis Chandler shares a shortlist of teaching tools to check out this summer: nonfiction goldmines, video ideas, and apps to supercharge projects. All free!
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Some of my fave ed tech tools are on this list!  
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Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities

Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
This is the time of year that we think about activities that we can do to help students review the school year. At this time of the year I frequently receive requests for suggestions for tools to create review activities. The tools presented in the slides below can be used to create online games, iPad games, video quizzes, and interactive classroom exercises that engage students in reviewing the year's lessons.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Multiple Chrome Profiles to Use Multiple Google Accounts

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Multiple Chrome Profiles to Use Multiple Google Accounts | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As more schools adopt Google Apps For Education (GAFE), increasingly teachers and students are dealing with multiple Google Accounts - one for work/school and one for personal use. When this situation happens, we often want to keep our two worlds separate. 

Google has a way to make this possible that is built into Chrome. Users can establish multiple Chrome profiles tied to specific Google accounts. As the Director of Technology in my school district, I often see teachers attempt to solve this problem by adding a second account by selecting their profile picture in Gmail and choosing “add an account.”
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21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary -

21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary - | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? 

 In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing. Vocabulary is a foundational component of an effective K-12 comprehensive lite
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10 Reasons Why You Should Get Into a Flipped Class

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Into a Flipped Class | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Are flipped classrooms generally easier, harder, different than what you’re used to, or just a trend? I am sure the short of what you are wondering is: “I’m used to lecture, should I run for the hills?” Here are 10 reasons why students should actually be excited if they get a professor who is using flipped methods and how learners might even benefit by seeking those classes, and teachers, out.

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Literacy in the Digital Age

Literacy in the Digital Age | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I have identified thirteen literacies that our students need to become well-rounded 21st-century citizens. These literacies are not taught as separate literacies but are taught across the content areas.

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Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

What's the difference between the "flipped model" and "flipped master model" of teaching and how does it relate to competency based education? I want to learn more!

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Click to Spin - A Fun and Free Random Name Picker

Click to Spin - A Fun and Free Random Name Picker | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

What K-12 teacher can't use this at some point in the year?

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Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students

Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Note taking skills are essential for the modern student. Here are some tips, videos, and strategies for teaching note taking skills to the modern student.
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Yup... students need to be taught how to be effective notetakers whether they technology or not.

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Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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Whether you're new to using ed tech in the classroom or and "old pro" looking for new ways to integrate tech, Padlet is a "go to" platform for multiple subjects, platforms and grade levels.
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5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature -

5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature - | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Whether they’re reading, predicting, or decoding a piece of classical literature or writing and producing short bits for their YouTube channels, the craft of story is critical. Good stories have universal themes that can apply anywhere with swipe of a pen. They draw the reader in and evoke surprise. They make the reader say, “Wow…that could’ve been me.” These themes are what we experience when we read great literature.
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Free Technology for Teachers: What is Hotlinking? - Why You and Your Students Should Avoid It

Free Technology for Teachers: What is Hotlinking? - Why You and Your Students Should Avoid It | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

When I teach courses on classroom blogging I always talk about how to correctly use images in blog posts. One of the things that I stress in that lesson is avoiding hotlinking to images that you don't own and control online.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Last night I watched the conclusion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. A recap of the finals is available on the Associated Press YouTube channel. Like many others who watched the finals, I have to admit that there were some new-to-me words in the final rounds. That reminded me that I have a bunch of sites and apps in my archives that can help students learn new vocabulary words and practice
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The 50 Best Free Teacher Resources of the Decade So far

The 50 Best Free Teacher Resources of the Decade So far | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
It’s the 21st Century. We Have Access to Quite A Lot of High Tech Resources. Here is a List of the 50 Best Free Teacher Resources Available Today.
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Grow your ideas with Evernote and Drive

Grow your ideas with Evernote and Drive | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Being able to capture your ideas is a pretty big deal — after all, you never know which one might become the one. But for an idea to really take shape, it often needs context like research, drawings, documents, and photos. Evernote is a popular tool for capturing ideas and, starting today, you can easily drop any file from Google Drive into Evernote notes to add context.
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54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students -

54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students - | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The flipped classroom has continued to enjoy momentum years after its introduction, speaking to its flexible nature, and to the need for a real change in thinking in how we think of time and space in education. 

Teachers have taken advantage of not just video channels like YouTube but a collective video literacy to realize the potential of flipping the classroom. Students are comfortable viewing videos, and teachers are more and more able to quickly create, edit, and distribute video content.

Below is a list 54 flipped classrooms tools for teachers and students–both equally important because in a flipped classroom, both teachers and students are consistently interacting with technology, often independently and asynchronously. Let us know in the comments if there’s a great tool you think that needs added to the list.
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Five Ways to Motivate Unprepared Students in the Flipped Classroom

Five Ways to Motivate Unprepared Students in the Flipped Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The flipped classroom relies heavily on students coming to class ready to engage in the learning activities. But what if they don't do their preclass work?
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Informative article however the image is flakey in so many different ways.
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Ten Guidelines for Using Twitter With Elementary Students

Ten Guidelines for Using Twitter With Elementary Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Guidelines for using Twitter with elementary students.
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20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading

20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As anyone with a toddler knows, iPads are addictive for children. They seem to have some sort of special radar that lets them know when an iDevice i
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How to Blur Faces & Objects in YouTube Videos

How to Blur Faces & Objects in YouTube Videos | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Sharing video highlights of school events can be a great way to build community interest in the good things that are happening in your school. The challenge that many teachers and administrators run into is making sure that the privacy requests of parents are honored.


In the past YouTube offered an automatic face blurring tool, but it was a bit crude as it blurred all faces including those that you might want to show like your own. This week YouTube introduced a better object and face blurring tool. In the YouTube video editor you can now select which faces and objects you want to blur in your videos.

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How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Padlet is a fantastic tool to use in the classroom. This classroom how-to guide for Padlet will get you started creating pages and using it with students.
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On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

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On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, March 1, 4:42 PM

On of my favorite classroom tools. You can use it with any subject, any grade level, it's easy to use, easy to learn, and it's free!

Michelle Comeau Khatib's curator insight, April 15, 12:59 PM
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A great tool for online learning.  This allows students to interact and learn from each other.  Students can attach video as well. 
 
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100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Google Classroom helps teachers manage student work in Google. More than 100 resources for educators about classroom, docs, spreadsheets, forms and more.
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