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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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The Beginner's Guide to Evernote

The Beginner's Guide to Evernote | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
For anyone looking to get more organized and productive, you can start off with Evernote with this handy beginner's guide.
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Think about introducing and using Evernote when teaching middle schoolers note taking and organization strategies.  Keeping e-files organized and using them is an essential skill.

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The Student's Guide To Proper Social Media Etiquette

The Student's Guide To Proper Social Media Etiquette | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you’re like me, you act differently on different social networks. You share certain things on Facebook that you wouldn’t share on Twitter. You post stuff on Pinterest that you wouldn’t post on Path or share on instant message. Because of this, it’s important for students (and teachers and everyone else!) to remember the proper social media etiquette that you should follow while sharing online.


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10 Google Drive apps for teachers

10 Google Drive apps for teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In a previous post, I wrote about five newer features of Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) which many educators may not be aware of. One of those points was that third-party applications and services can be added to your Google Drive account so that in addition to applications like Docs, Slides, and Sheets, you can access a large variety of other online services which can all save their files directly to your Google Drive account for safekeeping.

Here are ten Google Drive apps which teachers in particular will find useful.

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Easily Create Classroom Posters on iPad Using Pic Collage App

Easily Create Classroom Posters on iPad Using Pic Collage App | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Somebody has recently asked me for  a review of an app that can allow students to easily create posters on iPad. Pic Collage is the best option I recommend. With Pic collage you can take a bunch of picture and make one picture of it.

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The Best of TED Talks for Teachers to Watch in This Summer

The Best of TED Talks for Teachers to Watch in This Summer | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Today while I was working on a list of the best TED Talks that teachers can watch in this summer, I realized that the list is going to be very long and still would not include all the videos i want you to watch. One solution to this is to share playlists of  TED talks created by renowned educators and thinkers like Ken Robinson, Malcolm London...etc

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No! You Can't Just Take It!

No! You Can't Just Take It! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

No! You can’t just take it!

No! You can’t take it, because you found it on Google!

No! You can’t just right click>save>use, just because you can!

No! You can’t just pretend that you created it!

No! You can’t make money off my work that I shared FREELY under certain conditions!

No! You can’t just take it…even in the name of education!

No! You can’t just take it… even if AND ESPECIALLY BECAUSE you are a teacher!

Deb Gardner's insight:

Yup! This has got to be frustrating.  

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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:16 AM

Like Langwitches, I also create most of my work and use a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license & yes, it has been used wrongly-  a LOT. 

 

Don't be a hater, be a sharer - GIVE your AWESOME away & IT will come back 10 fold!  <3 Me CC BY-NC-SA!

 

-----> BUT, Like Langwitches said, DO NOT pretend it's YOURS! It's one thing to share, remix, re-use, & it's another thing to highjack!

 

Read this article fro more - it's quite important.

 

via @Edutech20

 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, July 25, 2013 1:38 PM

Great article.

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

QR Codes(Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them.

Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to:

  • take you to a website, 
  • read some text, 
  • give you a phone number, or 
  • generate a text message.


QR Codes are barcodes of information that hardlink the physical world with the online world.

Deb Gardner's insight:

These are just plain fun to use in the classroom. Personally, I enjoy it when Race Directors put QR codes on road racing bibs so runner can quickly access race results. How about you?

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Google Search: 10 Questions & Answers to Help You Search Smarter!

Google Search: 10 Questions & Answers to Help You Search Smarter! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

At the Google Teacher Academy Lisa Thumann awed me with her lively presentation on Google Search. I must do an average of 15 searches a day on a wide range of topics. I search for articles, images, power points presentations, key words, etc. but I had no idea what Google search could do for me and my students. 

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What Is Vine And What's It Doing In My Classroom?

What Is Vine And What's It Doing In My Classroom? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Vine, a mobile app created by Twitter, allows users to create and share short video clips. Like Twitter, brevity is valued and video clips can’t exceed six seconds in length, so users have to be quick about getting their point across. Vine is a pretty new addition to the social media canon. The service was founded in June of 2012, but just launched to the public in January of 2013 as a free app on the iPhone and iPod Touch. While only Apple users can currently enjoy Vine, development for other platforms is in progress and is likely to launch sometime later this year.

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Get Over It!

Get Over It! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
There are, no doubt,  many technophobes (among educators and in general) out there. Technophobia is defined by The Free Dictionary as: Fear of or aversion to technology, especially computers and hi...
Deb Gardner's insight:

Silvia's would be a helpful blog to subscribe to this summer. And since Google Reader is going away, this would be a good opportunity to try new  RSS subscription services to keep current on your fave blogs, etc. (I'm using Feedly).


Silvia offers reasources, strategies and a lot of wisdom, particularly for the younger learners.  View her awesomeness on Flickr as well!

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What Parents Want From Technology In The Classroom

What Parents Want From Technology In The Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Here’s an interesting perspective to take on technology in the classroom. A new mobile learning report titled ‘Living and Learning With Mobile Devices‘ talks about a detailed study where parents were asked questions about technology’s role in the classroom, the technology being used at home, and how it’s migrating into education. In other words, the parents are the ones buying a lot of the BYOD we’re seeing in schools right now and it’s important to get their feedback

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Integrate iPads Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy With This 'Padagogy Wheel'

Integrate iPads Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy With This 'Padagogy Wheel' | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The Padagogy Wheel takes an expanded approach Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and offers 62 iPad apps that fit into the organized chaos that is Bloom's.
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Marie Jeffery's curator insight, June 10, 2013 11:09 AM

Very Cool!

Marie Jeffery's comment, June 11, 2013 8:51 AM
Actually, most of these apps are available on multiple platforms, not just iPads. Go play!
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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.
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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there’s a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-training and what they’re actually learning in school

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Inside a K12 teacher's math screencasts

Inside a K12 teacher's math screencasts | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
I have created 40 math tutorial videos which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Math. So far I have made one video for each of the 5th Grade Common Core Math Standards.
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Helpful, particularly for students who need explanations more than once. 

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2 Beautiful Templates to Create Classroom Newspapers using Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

2 Beautiful Templates to Create Classroom Newspapers using Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Today I am sharing with you an awesome newspaper template available for download free of charge from Google Docs gallery. I have been playing around with its features and did some customization to them and  found it really worth sharing with you here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Well I wouldn't call the templates "beautiful" and they sure aren't MS Publisher quality but they are online, collaborative, editable and free.  It's a starting place for teachers or students to publish e-newsletters for classrooms or PBL.

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Sharing Your Voice & Digital Storytelling

Sharing Your Voice & Digital Storytelling | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

“To address the most important issue first: there is no such thing as digital storytelling. There’s only storytelling in the digital age. . .Digital is not the difficult part in digital storytelling. Storytelling is.”

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8 Education Technology Books Every Leader Should Read

8 Education Technology Books Every Leader Should Read | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
These 8 education technology books cover technical, cultural and practical ideas and concepts to successfully integrate technology into the classroom.
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Good summer reads!

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The Power of a Networked Teacher Illustrated | MindShift

The Power of a Networked Teacher Illustrated | MindShift | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

A wonderful visual depiction of how educators can tap into their networks to expand and continually improve their teaching practice from a trove of rich resources.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 65+ Ways to Use ThingLink In Your Classroom

Free Technology for Teachers: 65+ Ways to Use ThingLink In Your Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Last year Donna Baumbach created a Google Slides presentation titled 26+ Ways to Use ThingLink In the Classroom. Yesterday, I received an email from Donna in which she shared the updated version of that presentation. The presentation now contains more than 65 tips and ideas for using ThingLink in the classroom. The presentation is open to contributions from others. If you have ideas to add to the presentation, you can do so here. Big thanks to Donna for creating and sharing this excellent resource about one of my favorite web tools. By the way, ThingLink is now available as an iPad app too.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Love this app because:

  • can be used in many grade levels
  • can be used in many subject areas
  • it's collaborative
  • it addresses multiple learning styles
  • it's web-based
  • it's free!
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5 Free Twitter Curation Tools To Enhance Your PLN - Edudemic

5 Free Twitter Curation Tools To Enhance Your PLN - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Your PLN and Twitter buddies are online seemingly 24-7. It's time to stop the madness and try out some of these free Twitter curation tools!
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I'm a bit partial to ScoopIt! and Hootsuite  #justsayin

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SAMR in 120 Seconds

This is a quick introduction to the SAMR Model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. It is not meant to be an in-depth view of the model.

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Is your classroom enhanced or transformed with technology?
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Flipped Classroom Insights and Tips from a College Biology Teacher

Flipped Classroom Insights and Tips from a College Biology Teacher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Experienced instructor offers her perspective on how the flip is helping her students and how to make it work. Classroom flipping is an education technology
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A Comprehensive Index to Educational Hashtags Teachers Must Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Comprehensive Index to Educational Hashtags Teachers Must Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you are still trying to figure out what educational hashtags  teachers are using then you do not need to go anywhere else, I got it covered here thanks to Chiew Pang document. Pang created an open document using Google Docs and named it " The Unofficial Index to Twitter Hashtags ". I have gone thorough the entire page and found it really helpful so I thought you might want to have a look as well.

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No wonder we are on "information overload." Seriously, 15 pages of Twitter hashtags? 

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Get Savvy with Creative Commons

Get Savvy with Creative Commons | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Get CC Savvy: Learn about Creative Commons licenses and how they work
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Tasks, discussions and resources about Creative Commons.

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