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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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16 of the Best Blended Learning Resources

16 of the Best Blended Learning Resources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In February 2014, Edreform.com published a paper on digital and blended learning that points out over “68 percent of parents support digital learning” and “digital learning has tri-partisan support, with 61 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Independents, and 67 percent of Democrats in favor.” Such strong support may make blended learning the future standard for education. How can you make blended learning a success in your school or classroom? The following resources explore the topic from various angles.

 
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I'm trying a couple of these this semester - stay tuned for updates!

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iPad Apps for K-12 Students

iPad Apps for K-12 Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Many of you are already aware that I maintain a few other blogs in addition to FreeTech4Teachers.com. One of those is iPadApps4School.com to which I have applied some lessons that I learned from making mistakes with this blog. One of those mistakes was not making it easier to sort resources according to grade level.

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Richard Byrne now provides a category for each level making it so much easier to review and select apps to use in your classroom. 

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Skills Matter More than Tools

Skills Matter More than Tools | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

This is simple, y'all:  Before spending a dime, decide what you actually want your kids to know and be able to do.  If you can't answer that question, do us all a favor and don't buy anything.

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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As both hardware and software design improve, the possibility of mobile learning is increasingly accessible.

 

Video is undoubtedly at the core of a modern mobile learning experience. (As opposed to, say, an early 20th century “mobile” experience that was likely hands-on, place-based, and experiential.) To actually be useful beyond the cool-video-as-a-writing-prompt-every-once-in-a-while stage is going to require smarter tools. Teachers need to be able to capture, upload, download, edit, slow down, speed up, annotate, curate, share, and otherwise “own” video content so that is fully merges with everything else.

 

With that in mind, below are 25 of the best resources for teaching with YouTube. Some are web-based, some are apps, and others are guides or tips. Let us know in the comments what your favorites are that we might’ve missed!

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5 Social Media Must Knows for Every Teacher

5 Social Media Must Knows for Every Teacher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Social media in the classroom reminds me of the saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Instead of perceiving it as a distraction or a hindrance to learning, we must embrace opportunities for social media to expand capacity and facilitate education. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube can become an integral part of enhancing the 3 C’s of successful teaching: Communication, Collaboration and Coordination.
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Reflections on the Class Dojo Kerfuffle | CTQ

Reflections on the Class Dojo Kerfuffle | CTQ | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Based on the posts I've been seeing in my Twitterstream lately, I probably shouldn't admit this, but I am a Class Dojo(link is external) user.

 

I know the complaints that people have with the app:  Awarding points for good behavior feels Pavlovian; allowing peers to see points awarded and taken away from their classmates can be publicly embarrassing; and patterns established over time might just result in kids being unfairly labeled.

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7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom

7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

To educators who embrace new technologies wholeheartedly, digital devices are a powerful tool for creating an engaged and individualized educational experience. To those that are a little more hesitant, digital devices seem more like a quick route to Instagram and Facebook — that is, to distractions that interfere with the educational experience, rather than boosting it. 

 

Most educators, however, believe both of these things at once and to varying degrees throughout the day, based on the types of classes and resources available to them, and, really, what time it is.

 

Within this debate, there’s only one thing that’s crystal clear: digital technology in the classroom is here to stay, whether it’s provided directly by the school or used surreptitiously by students on the sly. The question is not, “Should we allow digital devices in the classroom?”, it’s “Now that they’re here, how can we prevent digital devices from becoming a distraction?” Let’s take a look.

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Would you disallow students the use of pencils in the classroom because students might write something other than what was intended or taught?

 

Do distractions occur due to classroom management and intentional lesson planning issues rather than the tool itself?

 

Let's not lose it just because students haven't learned how to use it appropriately (yet).

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Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online

Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
I'm writing a series of blogs titled "Get Common Core Ready" that are inspired by my next book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology (to be published by Corwin in spring 2015). This first blog will focus on helping students to transfer their pen and paper annotation
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Find it Faster using Google

Find it Faster using Google | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Vicki Davis shares this Google Search Modifiers Poster (link opens a PDF). Many of the modifiers featured in the poster can also be used by opening the advanced search menu in Google and making search choices.  

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Weekly Twitter Chat Times - organized by day of the week

Weekly Twitter Chat Times - organized by day of the week | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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Time to jump in and get #connected!

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A Visual Math Glossary for Your iPad

A Visual Math Glossary for Your iPad | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

For years Jenny Eather’s A Maths Dictionary for Kidshas been a favorite resource of mine and many other teachers for years. Maths Charts by Jenny Eather is the iPad companion to the website.

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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads

50 Resources For Teaching With iPads | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

So we thought we’d start an ongoing collection–that is, one that is updated to reflect trends and changes–of the best resources for teaching with the iPad.

 

This will include resources from all of the best sources, from Apple’s own stuff to TeachThought to edutopia to MindShift to DMLCentral to Jackie Gerstein and more. We can update it, or make it a wiki to crowdsource the process, or you can add suggestions in the comments below. Based on the activity of the comments, and the sharing of the post, we’ll decide how to handle it moving forward.

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6 Considerations When Launching a Class Twitter Account

6 Considerations When Launching a Class Twitter Account | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Many teachers are making the foray into using social media with their students. I am at the point of ‘dipping’ my toe in. There’s a number of things I’ve learned, and found out, as I have started tweeting to students and wanted to collect my thoughts on keys in beginning this path.

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The Global Search for Education: Our Global Top 12 Teacher Blogs

The Global Search for Education: Our Global Top 12 Teacher Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

It's a New Year Teachers! Are you ready to start that new blog? Want some tips from some pros around the world on how to make it a great one?

 

Everybody was blogging in 2014, and especially teachers. After all, blogging is an incredible way for teachers to share first hand knowledge with their peers. We askedThe Global Search for Education editorial team and our blogging advisors to submit their favorite teacher blogs and blog posts from around the world. We reviewed many great blogs. These 12 were our favorites.

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5 Blog Platforms for Teachers Compared In One Chart

5 Blog Platforms for Teachers Compared In One Chart | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Maintaining a blog is my first suggestion whenever I am asked to give a recommendation for a good way to keep parents informed about what is happening in classrooms. The blog can be updated by teachers or by students and teachers.

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52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

What are the best apps for your classroom? The best little bits of software to use tomorrow, in your school, to make your classroom go?

 

This is, strangely, not a frequent topic for us. We are more interested in helping you push your classroom towards something unrecognizable–something that reflects the extraordinary change the world has seen but many public schools have somehow resisted. Something that centers students, helps them learn what’s worth understanding, and then equips them–and you–to make that learning happen.

 
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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Good Resources for Avoiding, Preventing, and Detecting Plagiarism

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Good Resources for Avoiding, Preventing, and Detecting Plagiarism | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Thanks to an email from a kind reader I discovered that a couple of the resources about plagiarism that I reviewed in the past are no longer as good as they once were. Therefore, I have created this updated collection of resources for teaching students to how to avoid plagiarism along as well as resources for preventing and detecting plagiarism.
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Screencasting Resources Galore!

Screencasting Resources Galore! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Screencasting is the capture all of the action on a computer screen while you are narrating. Screencasts can be made with many tools and are often used to create a tutorial or showcase student content mastery. This page provides links to information, ideas, rubrics, and tools for the creation of screencasts by both teachers and students.
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Editor's Choice: The Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2014

Editor's Choice: The Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2014 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

So 2014 is almost over, and it’s time to start looking back at what’s happened in the last year. Today, we do that in the form of the best educational apps for iPad in 2014.


One way to think of this list (thematically) is as a kind of editor’s choice for TeachThought staff and contributors. Every single one of these apps is special, and worth a spot on every iPad in every classroom.

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Check Out What My Kids Created with Canva

Check Out What My Kids Created with Canva | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Regular Radical readers know that I'm a huge fan of Canva (link is external) -- the digital service designed to make visual design easier for everyone.  What makes Canva so powerful as a classroom application is that kids can create pretty darn stunning images with ease.
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Powerful message. Simply stated.

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Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Discover how some teachers have creatively applied the flipped learning model to increase quality class time in PE, woodworking, dance education, and elementary classrooms.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Guide to Blogging and Examples of Classroom Blogs

Free Technology for Teachers: A Guide to Blogging and Examples of Classroom Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In this post we present four key ways to support students in their academic language growth, so that they can more meaningfully engage with texts.

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Crowdsourcing Hashtags for Connected Educators Month

Crowdsourcing Hashtags for Connected Educators Month | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Last year, Getting Smart Staff produced a list of our top 50 hashtags for connected educators. In celebration of October’sConnected Educator Month (#CE14), we are curating a list of your favorites! That’s right, we want to know the social conversations you’re plugged into to stay connected, engaged and smart in all things EdTech.

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Twitter... one of the best digital tools to connect. It's easy, quick, wide-reaching and free.

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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Using technology for learning makes sense. Technology creates access, transparency, and opportunity. Any smartphone or tablet is media incarnate–video, animation, eBooks, essays, blog posts, messages, music, games. The modalities of light, color, and sound all arranged just so to communicate a message or create an experience.

But there is a difference, claims this graphic from teachbytes, between using technology and integrating it deeply into the learning experiences of students. This is, of course, what models like the SAMR model are based on–that idea of mere use to automate, to redefining what’s possible.

 

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This is kind of Goofus and Gallant revisited.

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Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.
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