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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: 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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3 Vocabulary Apps For SAT Takers And Lifelong Learners - Edudemic

3 Vocabulary Apps For SAT Takers And Lifelong Learners - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Taking the SAT? Want to improve your vocabulary before a dinner party? Just love to learn? These are a few of our favorite vocabulary apps to know about.
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Poll Everywhere to Wordle

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Good for discussion starters, formative assessments, polling your students.

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Susan Oxnevad

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Susan Oxnevad has an interactive profile on ThingLink
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A repository of Susan's Thinglinks.  Note the use of Exit Tickets using Google Forms.  

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A Day In The Life Of A Connected Educator - Edudemic

A Day In The Life Of A Connected Educator - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Being a connected educator may be one of the newest but most important things a teacher should know about. From growing your PLN on Twitter to finding a job on LinkedIn to engaging your class using mobile devices, it’s a great time to be a teacher.


But what does the average (if there is such a thing!) day look like for a connected educator? A fabulous infographic from the folks at Powerful Learning Practice sheds some light on the day-to-day happenings. From leveraging web tools to using social media in your classroom … it’s all here. I personally think this is one of the best infographics I’ve seen in the past few months. Thanks PLPNetwork for

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Wonder what this looks like for her students! Engaged? Learning? Applying?

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30 elearning myths that need to die in 2013 - EdTech Times

30 elearning myths that need to die in 2013 - EdTech Times | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

For as long as eLearning has been around, it has been haunted by the voices of those who aim to criticize its authenticity, viability, and quality. But is it true? Do students of traditional institutions boast more success than those who’ve chosen distance learning?


It’s time for some of these myths to die.

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Selecting the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning – Use a Rubric! | Emerging Education Technology

Selecting the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning – Use a Rubric! | Emerging Education Technology | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the most valuable sessions I attended covered methodologies for determining which elements of an app make it most useful in the classroom. This session, offered by David Mahaley, addressed the question, “How can instructors maximize the effectiveness of apps used in the learning environment?” We learned about how to evaluate, test, and assess apps for the iPad and their potential for the educational setting.

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Helpful in evaluating and choosing the best iPad apts for your students.

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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!
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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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20 Digital Learning Day Activities For Your Classroom

20 Digital Learning Day Activities For Your Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The following are some of our favorite digital learning activities we've written about over the past couple years - curated just for you!

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Great ideas for a digital day!

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Technology integration by design

Technology integration by design | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Over the past year, most of my time has been spent helping fellow teachers and school leaders to “think backwards.” And while it’s tempting to imagine this merely involves reciting the alphabet from Z to A, it’s actually an instructional framework (developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe) where the goals precede action.

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Worth the read!!

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The 15 Education Technologies To Know About This Year

The 15 Education Technologies To Know About This Year | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn permanently.

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How To Integrate Blogging Into Math Classes - Edudemic

How To Integrate Blogging Into Math Classes - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I am so excited to incorporate writing in my math class during the new semester. My goal is to have students use blogging as an instructional tool to write and express their mathematical ideas. I hope to provide them with an opportunity to reflect on their understanding of mathematics.


Blogging and technology are two tools that go hand-hand. Blogging makes integrating technology in the classroom easy. I researched and wanted to find the easiest blogging site for me to use with my students.

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15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

iPad has made such a radical change in education with more and more school districts  adopting it as a learning tool inside the classroom. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning  has been helping teachers all along the way with reviews and tutorials on how to get started using iPad in education. We have reviewed more than 500 apps and we are planning to do more reviews this year.

Having accumulated a modest experience in dealing with educational iPad apps, we deem it important that we share with you some of the learning goals you should keep in mind when using iPad with your students. We have particularly associated sets of educational iPad apps with each learning goal to make it easier for you to achieve the targeted goal.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Looks like a fairly complete and well rounded list that is based on what students should be able to do.  I recently read another blog who was beginning to explore the same and concepted mapped the ideas here.


The two should get together!

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Notetaking In The Digital Classroom: A Blended Learning Approach

Notetaking In The Digital Classroom: A Blended Learning Approach | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

It’d be easy to fall victim to hyperbole here and suggest that notetaking is the stuff of electricity and holograms, but that’s only partly true. Today, 40% of students prefer a mix of physical and digital notes. In the digital classroom then, the primary shift parallels blended learning: a mix of physical and electronic information that serves as a compromise between “old” and “new” learning.


In the digital classroom, recording pens, tablets, laptops, audio software, and social media make recording, reviewing, sharing, and storing these notes different than it was even 10 years ago. The infographic below explores how.

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