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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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Educators’ Guide to RSS and Google Reader Replacements

Educators’ Guide to RSS and Google Reader Replacements | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

For me, the most annoying part of Google Reader shutting down on July 1 is ensuring that we all continue to appreciate that understanding how to harness the power of RSS is an important skill for educators and students.

Google Reader made it easy!  You just had to explain RSS, why you use it and how to set up Google Reader.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Just exported my feeds from Reader with "takeout service" and will probably go with Feedly. Works for me!


Still can't believe Google is shutting down Reader...

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Stepping Up the Backchannel In the Classroom

Stepping Up the Backchannel In the Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Students need our guidance to use virtual platforms for ACADEMIC purposes. We can’t rely on their “so called” native status to know how and what to do. Just a few years ago, no one had heard of “backchanneling”, nowadays, it has become main stream (although most people might not associate the term “backchannel” and “backchanneling” with something they might be familiar with.


  • when you watch one of your favorite TV shows and are asked to use a twitter hashtag to interact with other viewers or the actors/participants…. you are participating in a backchannel
  • when you are listening to a live political speech and are updating your Facebook status,  “liking” of commenting on someone else’s status… you are in a backchannel
  • when you are passing a note (in the same room) or texting a colleague or classmate during a meeting or lecture… YOU are in a backchannel


Deb Gardner's insight:

Ok I admit it - sometimes I use backchanneling outside academia (#pacers) - but Silvia offers ideas for its use in the classroom.

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How Mind Maps Can Inspire Collaborative Learning

How Mind Maps Can Inspire Collaborative Learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Some of the most popular tools that are revolutionizing the educational field and not only are the so called “collaborative learning tools”.
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Currently I use Popplet and Bubbl.us - both are free, easy to use and versatile.

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Student Expectations of Schools

We hear often of the "high expectations" schools must have of and for their students, yet we seldom hear of the expectations students have of their schools. ...
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Technology can help us with these imperatives!

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5 Great Tools for Creating Your Own Educational Infographics

5 Great Tools for Creating Your Own Educational Infographics | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
These fun, mostly free tools can help educators easily create their own Infographics, and bring a very modern twist to instruction. “A picture is worth
Deb Gardner's insight:

A critical new digital skill for helping students evaluate, verify, consume and create!

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: I Teach Above The Line

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: I Teach Above The Line | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The quote is in reference to the SAMR model of tech integration and I have been very happy about Apple's consistent use of this model as a framework for 1-1 implementation. I have already introduced the staff at my school to SAMR and intend to continue to return to it whenever I am teaching teachers or working in their classrooms because it's simple, easy to measure and something to strive for.

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Explain Everything A Connected Creativity App

Explain Everything A Connected Creativity App | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As I dig deeper into the reality of the one iPad Classroom I am most intrigued by apps that allow me to create. On a computer I have learned to weave together digital tools to make them do exactly ...
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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
In order to implement modern technology in your classroom, you better know about the important skills modern teachers must have in order to succeed.
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Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I am using Google documents for all writing assignments this year. The day I assign a formal essay topic, students must create a doc, title it properly and share it with me. This makes it possible for me to check their progress throughout the writing process. It creates opportunities to provide formative feedback instead of waiting until the final draft is submitted to provide comments.


The challenge? How can a single teacher with 170 students provide feedback to every student multiple times during a single writing assignment?

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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.

Deb Gardner's insight:

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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Adding multiple Google Calendars for your Classes

Adding multiple Google Calendars for your Classes | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

While I was creating my courses for summer, I experimented with adding new Google Calendars and making them public, rather than using the table I ordinarily create for weekly dates and due dates. I was really surprised at how much time this saved me! Now, I am hooked, and I will only create my class timelines in this way. Below is a step-by-step to assist you if you’d like to do this as well.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Highly recommend using Google calendar (and if you're in teacher ed, teach your teachers how to use it!) Helpful!!

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3 Reasons Apps Put Our Kids' Education at Risk

3 Reasons Apps Put Our Kids' Education at Risk | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
You may believe that I am exaggerating here, however I stand by what I am about to write.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Video - How to Use Audacity and Other Tools to Create Podcasts

Free Technology for Teachers: Video - How to Use Audacity and Other Tools to Create Podcasts | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Have you been thinking about creating your own podcasts? Would you like your students to create and publish their own podcasts? Not sure how to get started? The following video fromDr. Wesley Fryer walks you through how to create multiple track podcasts using free tools including Audacity and AudioBoo.

Deb Gardner's insight:

I love Audacity - it's versitile, easy to learn and free!

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Using Voice Comments with Google Docs for End of the Year Projects

Using Voice Comments with Google Docs for End of the Year Projects | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I had a “just in time” professional development moment thanks to Jennifer Roberts and her video titled “Docs Voice Comments.” I wanted to share it with other educators as I know many of us are planning end of the year projects, assignments, and written pieces. These culminating assignments are incredibly time consuming to grade. I also wonder how many of my students carefully read the comments I make on these pieces since they get them back just as the school year ends and summer break begins.

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Quick Guide to Web 2.0 Services [HANDOUT] | CTQ

As a guy who has written two books about using technology in schools (see here andhere) and who regularly delivers two-day workshops on teaching with technology (seehere), one of the questions that I'm asked all the time is, "So what digital tools are YOU using in the classroom?"


While my first reaction is always to explain that choosing tools can only start once a practitioner has a clear vision for what they want their students to know and be able to do (see here), I also understand that having a sense for the kinds of services that other digitally driven teachers have embraced is useful -- particularly to people who are just beginning to integrate technology into their classrooms.

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Bill's quick list is in a Word doc with hyperlinks.  Useful!

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Using @Padlet in the Classroom to Collaborate & Create Interactive Sticky Notes!

Using @Padlet in the Classroom to Collaborate & Create Interactive Sticky Notes! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it


Padlet, formerly WallWisher, is a web space where you can add files, links, videos, and more.  You can create various walls to add your favorite content.  I developed the above wall to collect and share a few of my favorite technology resources.  People can also collaborate to continue adding to the same wall space.  Imagine the potential for classroom discussions!

Imagine having kids go up to a wall and sticking stuff to it.  Well, that is Padlet - but virtually!  While students can collaborate on Google Docs, Padlet tends to be a bit more visual in terms of a collaborative space.  Glogster has a similar look, but lacks the real time collaborative features that Padlet offers
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Google Launches "Keep" For Note Taking on Android and in Drive

Google Launches "Keep" For Note Taking on Android and in Drive | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Keep is an Android app that you can use to type notes, dictate notes, take pictures, and bookmark websites. Notes can be written in a free form format or in a checklist format. All of the notes that you take with the Android app are synchronized with your Google Drive account.

Deb Gardner's insight:

For the time being I think I'll stick with Wunderlist and Evernote but for all you Android users out there - this might be helpful.


I'm still mourning the loss of Google Reader scheduled for July 2013.  RIP Google Reader. Is Keep what Google was talking about when they wanted to drop Reader to focus on new ventures?  If so, not impressed.

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Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing

Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post by Catlin Tucker, one of SimpleK12's presenters. Click here to watch Catlin's Webinars inside the Teacher Lear
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Caitlin and her students leverage technology in productive and engaging ways. Consider ways teachers could collabortate across subject areas to dig in with additional texts and resources, (excellent issue for our Catholic school teachers).

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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.

Deb Gardner's insight:

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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