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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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Free Technology for Teachers: Best of the Web 2013

Free Technology for Teachers: Best of the Web 2013 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

This morning at NCTIES 2013 I gave an updated version of my Best of the Web presentation. As promised to everyone in the room, I've uploaded the slides to Slideshare. You can view them on Slideshare or view them below.

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Richard Byrne is one of my fave bloggers that I faithfully follow using Google Reader. I've learned so much from him!

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Apple TV In The Classroom: 4 Reasons To Try It Out - Edudemic

Apple TV In The Classroom: 4 Reasons To Try It Out - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Consider an Apple TV in the classroom or looking for ways to effectively display your iPad or iPhone on a projector screen wirelessly? Check this out.
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15 Ways Digital Learning Can Lead To Deeper Learning

15 Ways Digital Learning Can Lead To Deeper Learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Let's say you start digital learning by encouraging students to use Animoto or just use a device in the classroom. Then what?
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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
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Top Five iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas

Top Five iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I’m going to share five applications for the iPad that will take the place of student supply lists, provide savings and replace dread with anticipation.

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A Visual Guide To Twitter For Beginners - Edudemic

A Visual Guide To Twitter For Beginners - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Need a refresher or introduction to Twitter? This visualization is packed full of useful tools, tips, and ideas - a solid guide to Twitter for beginners!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Wallwisher Is Now Padlet

Free Technology for Teachers: Wallwisher Is Now Padlet | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

This afternoon I introduced Wallwisher to a group of teachers at Paradise Valley Christian Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. This evening when I got back to my hotel room I had an email from Wallwisher announcing that they are changing names to Padlet. Fortunately, the name change means almost nothing from a functionality standpoint.

Padlet will operate just like Wallwisher does. The only difference is that the name of the service and URL will Padlet.com. Any walls that you currently have in your Wallwisher account will continue to operate just as they always have.

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And it was only this week I posted on the merits of Wallwisher. Oh well, whatever it's called, consider using it in your classroom as a backchannel, brainstorming or formative assessment tool.  And don't forget to consider embedding your walls on your classroom website or blog (consider using the moderation function to monitor).

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17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom

17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom - For many schools this year, the dream of having iPads in the classroom turned into a reality.
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Paper for the Web | Wallwisher

Paper for the Web | Wallwisher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The simplest way to create. From any device, with anyone.
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I love Wallwisher for many different reasons:

  • it crosses subject area and grade levels (kinder to college, seriously)
  • it's easy to learn and use
  • no bias against Windows or Mac platforms, works well on both
  • great collaborative tool
  • it's FREE!
  • it's both visual and auditory, and
  • let's face it, who doesn't like to "write on a wall"


Check out this teacher's idea for using best practice vocab approach. Sure beats write the words, three times each and use in a sentence.

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Google Slides gets offline editing, begins rolling out today

Google Slides gets offline editing, begins rolling out today | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Google made Docs available for offline editing this past summer and now it\'s extending the capability to Slides. In a rollout slated to begin today,
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Great news for collaborating students and teachers!

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Technapex #Edchat: The Rising Popularity of Twitter Among Educators | Technapex

Technapex #Edchat: The Rising Popularity of Twitter Among Educators | Technapex | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

What I’ve discovered over the past year is that Twitter is an amazing resource for news, which this media hound utilizes daily. But as I’ve learned more about the world of education technology and have explored the social media site, I also discovered that Twitter is an incredible resource for #educators as well, and has become a hot spot to discover the latest ideas in education and #edtech. As a former educator, this development endlessly thrills me.

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8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today’s classroom.  I really believe that classrooms need to be learner focused. This is not simply that students are creating but that they are also having opportunities to follow their interests and explore passions.  The teacher should embody learning as well.

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Google Chromebooks now in 2,000 schools

Google Chromebooks now in 2,000 schools | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Google has said there are 2,000 schools worldwide using its Chrome OS devices, twice as many as there were three months ago.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: The ThingLink Interactive Image Contest

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: The ThingLink Interactive Image Contest | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The ThingLink Interactive Image Contest invites students to connect audio, video, images, and text in one cohesive presentation.  Students will dig deeper into content through research to present knowledge and ideas as they learn, practice and demonstrate digital literacy skills in image creation, selection, content curation, creativity, tagging and sharing.

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One of my fave new apps, ThingLink!

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Automated Google Docs Self-Grading Quizzes

Automated Google Docs Self-Grading Quizzes | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Flubaroo is a free script you can easily add to the Google Docs Form to help you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments. Just follow the steps in the user's guide to install Flubaroo and you will get access to a Flubaroo menu. This menu replaces the need to add functions manually to columns in a spreadsheet and it automates email results.

Deb Gardner's insight:

This is a fantastic tool - quick, easy to use and informs instruction and provides feedback!

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5 Ways To Use Apple TV In The Classroom - Edudemic

5 Ways To Use Apple TV In The Classroom - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Figuring out how to use Apple's cheap but powerful tool has never been more important than right now. Here's how to use Apple TV in the classroom.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Drive for Online Discussions of Primary Sources

Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Drive for Online Discussions of Primary Sources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of my favorite ways to use the commenting feature in Google Documents is to host online discussions around a shared article. Doing this isn’t a radical departure from having a classroom discussion about an article that you’ve printed and distributed to your students, but there are some advantages to hosting your discussion in Google Documents. The first advantage is that your students can participate in the discussion from anywhere at any time they are connected to the Internet. Students absent from your classroom can still participate and can read others’ comments. The second advantage is that your students can have a digital archive of the ideas shared by you and their classmates. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Guest Post - Student Accountability Program in Google Spreadsheets

Free Technology for Teachers: Guest Post - Student Accountability Program in Google Spreadsheets | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Several years ago, we decided to design a more comprehensive way of evaluating our students' success in our middle school. We acknowledged that grades are just one measure of how students can experience success in school. In addition, we needed a more holistic way to determine if a student should be retained or promoted to the next grade. We created the Student Accountability Program (SAP). We brainstormed a list of all the ways students can demonstrate success in school. We decided on the following categories: grades, attendance, discipline, a standardized test called Acuity, reading test called STAR, and a bonus section for extra curricular activities. We put all of this together in a Google Spreadsheet we call the SAP Checklist

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A Guide to Involving Parents in Your Class Blog | Primary Tech

A Guide to Involving Parents in Your Class Blog | Primary Tech | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the many benefits of having a class blog is the strengthening of home-school relationships.


A class blog can provide a virtual window into the classroom.

After having a class blog for many years, I have found that most families enjoy being able to keep up with classroom events and student learning.

Unfortunately, I have seen a number of teachers almost give up on their class blog because of the lack of parent participation and comments.


I often get asked how we get parents involved in our blogging community.

Our parents are no different to those in other classes. They are busy people who need education, encouragement and ongoing invitations to participate.

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4 Ideas To Get Students Familiar With Teacher Websites

4 Ideas To Get Students Familiar With Teacher Websites | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
While teacher websites appear to be more popular, I have many colleagues who lament the fact that, halfway through a semester, many of their students have never found one.
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You've created a learner centered website for your students, but you're finding they don't use it! Read on for some ideas.

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6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads

6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The app store is loaded with options that allow students to share and collaborate with iPads. Here's a few helpful tips and apps for you to try out!
Deb Gardner's insight:

Especially helpful for those schools doing the good work of implementing Common Core State Standards where student collaboration using ed tech is an expectation.


Diigo and Google Drive allow me to so much more productive, mobile and current.  Students needs to know how to optimally use these tech tools, too!

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17 Topics to Teach K-8 About Digital Citizenship

17 Topics to Teach K-8 About Digital Citizenship | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Best practices now suggest that instead of cocooning students, we teach them to be good digital citizens, confident and competent in 17 areas:

Deb Gardner's insight:

Extensive list - anything missing?

  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital citizenship
  • Digital commerce
  • Digital communication
  • Digital footprint
  • Digital law—plagiarism, copyrights, fair use, public domain
  • Digital privacy 
  • Digital rights and responsibilities
  • Digital search/research
  • Fair use/Public domain
  • Image copyrights
  • Internet safety
  • Netiquette
  • Online plagiarism
  • Passwords
  • Social Media
  • Stranger danger
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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.

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100 Best Video Sites For Educators

100 Best Video Sites For Educators | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
100 Best Video Sites For Educators - Showcasing the top 100 video sites for educators to use in their classrooms. Appropriate for a variety of subjects and age levels.
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The Innovative Educator: 5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog

The Innovative Educator: 5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I have been an elementary-school teacher for more than 25 years and I am always on the lookout for meaningful ways to engage and motivate my young students. I started Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog in 2008 with the idea of sharing class activities with parents. Over time, the blog has grown to be the centerpiece of our third-grade classroom. It has become a true global learning community that offers myriad rewards for students, parents and teachers.

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