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A collection of articles, information and tutorials for all things technology, curriculum and pedagogy, currently being explored at Prendiville Catholic College, Australia. Follow me on Twitter: @prendielearning
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Did Microsoft Buy Minecraft for eLearning?

Did Microsoft Buy Minecraft for eLearning? | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

"t’s officially a done deal: Microsoft has acquired Swedish company Mojang, developers of the wildly popular sleeper hit, Minecraft for $2.5 billion dollars. And while it’s unlikely that the acquisition will change Minecraft gameplay, there’s a strong case to be made for Minecraft application in an eLearning setting. In fact, Microsoft might be making a play for gamification as an education tool, both inside and outside the classroom. By getting their hands on Minecraft, Microsoft uncovers some of the ways the game can be used for eLearning."


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 16, 10:54 PM

Thanks to Web Teachers.

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5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics

5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

Professional infographic designers rely primarily on a core vector graphics software program to create their infographics designs. The main advantage is that all the icons, charts, images, illustrations, and data visualizations are treated as separate objects that can be easily moved, resized, overlapped, and rotated. 


Via Baiba Svenca, Kevin Kaatz
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These tools are mostly web-based and provide ways in which students can visually represent their ideas. 

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Maria Serrano Correia's curator insight, October 13, 7:06 AM

visual visual visual, never stop mastering your skills in infographics

Eliana's curator insight, October 13, 9:19 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

Stephan Hughes's curator insight, Today, 9:27 AM

Getting students to create infographics and using them ourselves to present information are more than justifiable reasons for these kind of tools

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Let's bridge the digital divide!

Let's bridge the digital divide! | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
Five billion people can’t use the Internet. Aleph Molinari empowers the digitally excluded by giving them access to computers and the know-how to use them.

(Filmed at TEDxSanMigueldeAllende.)
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An old one, but a good one. 

There are many people who do not have access to the resources that we do. We spend it lolling on Facebook or reading clikcbait. Others could potentially use it to change their lives. 

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39 Apps to Promote Student Creativity from edshelf

39 Apps to Promote Student Creativity from edshelf | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
Teacher-recommended iPad & iPhone apps that foster student creativity, such as iMovie, Photogene, Book Creator, Puppet Pals, VoiceThread, Doodle Buddy, etc.
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This page includes a list of apps with a sort description and what they can be used for. Many of them are free and would assist students in improving presentations, working collaboratively and thinking differently about their work. 

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Technology in the Classroom: What Happens When It Fails?

Technology in the Classroom: What Happens When It Fails? | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

'Technology in the Classroom: What Happens When It Fails?


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , The Rice Process, Ivon Prefontaine
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 'In the end, learning is a student responsibility and teaching is about inviting students into an environment where this can happen.'

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Randy Moon's curator insight, September 9, 8:55 PM

Whew!

Daniel C. Renson's curator insight, September 10, 5:38 AM

and what about the large interactive board?

Charles R. Juarez Jr-Realtor's curator insight, September 10, 7:36 PM

After you leave the classroom go to http://Charlesjuarez.net and look for a good home to buy....

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3 App Smash Video Projects to Challenge Your Students | Edudemic

3 App Smash Video Projects to Challenge Your Students | Edudemic | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

An app-smash is just using more than one app to creat eWhen app-smashing on iPad, students and teachers use multiple apps to create individual pieces of content that are then merged or smashed together into one culminating product.


Via Dr. Joan McGettigan
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An app-smash is the use of more than one app to create a product - so for instance, using clips from Explain Everything and Tellagami within an iMovie. It is very effective and gets students thinking about making creative content (PLEASE no more default iMovie templates!)

Tip: Use Keynote to make engaging text-slides to import into iMovie as images. This way, you can customise more fully and have more freedom over the layout. 

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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

"Eight solid, actionable tips for using tech in ways that actually improve the classroom ..."


Via Leona Ungerer
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This is a great article for keeping perspective in a tech-soaked classroom. 

1. Put the learning goals ahead of the technology. 

2. Opt for the open-ended.

3. Don’t let tech make learning easy.

4. Take feedback seriously.

5. Stay skeptical of individualised learning — for now.

6. Bring in student interests, authentically.

7. Start conversations.

8. Make it open, make it better.


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8 TED Talks from Inspiring Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 TED Talks from Inspiring Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

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Staff at Prendiville have seen Rita's talk, but there are seven more inspiring and interesting talks listed here, all on TED-Ed. 

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Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect -

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Going Google On iPad: What To Expect by TeachThought Staff Maybe you love Google. You use Gmail, use YouTube like a television, and consider Google Search your second brain. But while you like Google’s first-party...
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Here are some ideas on how you can integrat Google into iOS (these two don't always play nice!)  Google services such as Youtube, Gmail, Google Apps for Education (GAFE) actually play pretty well together on iPads - here is a slideshow with some ideas. 

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Two Great Periodic Tables of Educational iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Periodic Tables of Educational iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
Two Great Periodic Tables of Educational iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/i0JpFQqQbz #best3ch

Via Cindy Rudy
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iPad apps by category... and they just happen to be in the shape of a periodic table. There are some good ones on the list that are worth checking out! Many of them are used in our context. 

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Blended Learning in Plain English

bA nice way to introduce Blended Learning to newbies.


Via Ricard Garcia
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A bit cheesy but still explains blended learning well. It also shows how an LMS (learning management system) is integral to its success. For us, we already have this in place (SEQTA). 

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What is Blended Learning? [Infographic]

What is Blended Learning?  [Infographic] | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

"Blended learning incorporates multiple methods of instruction in order to customize the learning experience for each student, leading to increased student interaction and engagement."


Via Beth Dichter
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This method of teaching harnesses both teacher expertise and flipped, student-lead learning, all enriched with technology. It is beginning to sit quite well with me as I have noticed some students still want to take notes, listen and learn from you - the expert teacher in this case is still valued! This could also be supplemented with teachers online and so on!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 15, 9:41 PM

The blended classroom is beginning to happen in many school districts. This infographic provides a great overview of blended learning. In addition to the section shown above, which looks at how teacher-led instruction connects to quality digital learning time to group work and projects (and the ongoing cycle) you will find sections on:

* Turning Computer Time into Quality Learning Time

* Empowering Teachers with Real-Time Student Performance Information

* Tying It All Together

Online learning happens in a variety of ways. This post looks at some of the critical features that must be included for an online or blended class to be successful.

Coolwired's curator insight, April 16, 2:31 PM

This Infographic  illustrates the best of both worlds in modern education!

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App makes bulletin boards come alive at this school

App makes bulletin boards come alive at this school | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

"The bulletin boards throughout Green Hills School may look normal — with colorful paper and pictures covering them — but hover a tablet or smartphone loaded with a special app over them and they turn into learning tools, complete with videos and interactive lessons.

 

“I didn't want there to be all these passive areas throughout the school,” Superintendent John Nittolo said. “I wanted there to be chances for people to interact, to manipulate, to find info that changes so it's not static.”

 

The brainchild of Louis Rossi, the school's mathematics and ThinkSTEM coach, each bulletin board — technically known as “Augmented Reality Interactive Boards” — gives students an opportunity to learn away from the classroom."


Via John Evans, KB...Konnected
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Use of QR codes and Aurasma can create an augmented reality where students simply need to hold their iPad up to an image or code to receive information. These are great for scavenger hunts and any activity students need to gather ideas, but here is an idea to use them with bulletin boards. This is hopefully something we can do in the Library soon!

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, August 26, 9:08 AM

The app is FREE!

The Ark Toys's curator insight, August 26, 2:05 PM

Very cool!  It's great to see technology used in innovative ways to improve the educational experience for kids.

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MathChat App Allows Students to Collaborate on Math Homework

MathChat App Allows Students to Collaborate on Math Homework | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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MathChat is a new app that allows students to work on the same problem or receive help from friends on a problem. You can enter the work on one side and a chat window opens on the right. 

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Do you want to flip? Here's How!

If you are interested in how to flip a lesson in your classroom, just take a peek at this slide share! If you have any questions, are interested in the flipcl…

Via Marie-Hélène Fasquel, Juergen Wagner, John Purificati
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This slideshare presentation goes through some easy-to-follow steps for flipping - worth a look!

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Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters

Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
Students live in an information saturated world. The most effective way to keep them safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them how to be their own filters.
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FINALLY, this has been said. What is the point of restricting access to the point that children do not know what to do if they encounter content that is not for them? While we need to protect young children, we also need to allow older kids to make choices and decide in their own mind whether it is wise to continue. 

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The Pencil Metaphor - Attitudes of Educators and Technology

The Pencil Metaphor - Attitudes of Educators and Technology | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it

"For most educators, back-to-school decorations still include the proverbial apple, school bus, writing strips, and black and white composition notebooks...

Looking back, we wanted to round up some of our favorite resources that highlight the pencil as a metaphor for leadership, work, and fun."


Via Beth Dichter, The Rice Process
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The Pencil as a metaphor for educators and technology. 

I have yet to have a student ask, 'I won't do this because no-one's given me any PD.' 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 28, 10:41 PM

Perhaps you remember a few years back when the pencil became a viral hit on Twitter. Think back to the year 2011 and recall how tablets were becoming "the next best thing" in education. How was this technology going to be integrated into the school day?

This post provides a number of resources that moves the pencil beyond that viral chat. You will find an image of the pencil with each component representing various groups of people often found in schools.

The video, iPencil, takes a look at what actually goes into making a pencil, and will teach students about how one product impacts much of the world. And last, but not least,, is the Ode to #PencilChat, a short video that looks at technology integration in the classroom.

Why look at the pencil? Here are the last two lines of this post. "Whether metaphor, symbol, or tool, the pencil is flexible, durable and timeless. We wish everyone a great school year."

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The 15 most important announcements from Apple

The 15 most important announcements from Apple | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
A big iPhone, mobile payments, and a smartwatch -- Apple has finally delivered on three of its most longstanding promises about the future of its mobile business. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is now...

Via David W. Deeds
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A summary of Apple's announcements for the launch of its new products: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and ApplePay (where you can use your phone to make purchases). It is all very interesting - but this is an American site so keep in mind the prices are not realistic for us. Expect to pay nearly $1000 for the new top-model iPhone. :/

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 9, 5:28 PM

Thanks to Jonathan Nalder.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, September 10, 10:26 AM

A big iPhone, mobile payments, and a smartwatch -- Apple has finally delivered on three of its most longstanding promises about the future of its mobile business.

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NicerTube.com : A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos

NicerTube.com : A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
A Nicer Way to share YouTube Videos...Simply enter any YouTube URL and select a background type of either a fun design, a solid color, or even your own webpage. Works like Magic!

Via Deborah Welsh, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Get rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around YouTube videos by using NicerTube. 

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, September 7, 7:25 PM

Terrific idea to give clarity to video for the classroom.

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Let Them Be Heard! Discussion Strategies for Mobile Learners - 21st Century Ed Tech Pirates

Let Them Be Heard! Discussion Strategies for Mobile Learners - 21st Century Ed Tech Pirates | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
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This presentation contains strategies to allow students with mobile devices to have engaging discussions in the classroom. The video is by the EdTech Pirates, who presented at ISTE - they were very good!

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the AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder

the AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
Take notes synced to audio with the bestselling AudioNote app. AudioNote combines note-taking and voice recording software to create a powerful tool that saves you time while improving the quality of your notes. Available for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android.

Via Amy Burns, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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This app is $6.49 on the App Store, but is an extremely powerful notetaking app. May assist those who have difficulty taking notes or who need to capture more detail. 

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Albert Chia's curator insight, September 1, 11:29 PM

Useful app that harnesses technology to help students learn better

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The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses

The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
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Via verstelle
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No university can today afford to offer an introductory course for its paying students that is not of superior quality to what the same students can get for free from an open online course - this is something that needs to be considered. You can do introductory courses in all sorts of things - and it is actually ok if you do not finish them. I wonder if all universities will go MOOCs for their introductory subjects in a few years? I have studied online for the last 2 and a half years and honestly do not see what the benefit of going to the campus would be (plus, I don't have the time). 

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verstelle's curator insight, August 29, 2:34 AM

Why this new attention on the student experience in introductory courses? Much of the credit should go to MOOCs. No college or university can today afford to offer an introductory course for its paying students that is not of superior quality to what the same students can get for free from an open online course. If a campus-based introductory course is no better than a MOOC, students (and their parents) will begin to vote with their feet.

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Infographic - Setting the Context: A Brief History of EdTech - Getting Smart

Infographic - Setting the Context: A Brief History of EdTech - Getting Smart | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology and More | Scoop.it
For the first time in our history, we see personalization of learning for each individual student as a reality. With new technologies growing at a breakneck pace, we’re excited to work with our schools to see what this decade will become.
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This chart tracks some of the big changes in education technology that have happened since the beginning of the 1980s. From simply having computers to do information processing to having mobile devices that connect and are integrated, what we do with computers in schools has undergone a real shift. 

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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

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The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and students more creative learners.


Via Nik Peachey
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This article basically explains what blended learning is, and how to incorporate technology in a meaningful way. Also has useful advice on how to introduce blended learning within a school.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 1, 2013 2:32 PM

As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction — guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned. Here are four crucial factors to keep in mind as schools plunge in.

Mrs. B's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:01 AM

The emphasis is not on technology but what technology can enable: creativity and innovation in an ever-changing world. 

Sonja Hartemink e-learning Spanish's curator insight, February 4, 4:43 PM

Learn #Spanish in a fast and provicient way, #online - professional educational plaform, blended learning teaching invironment.

www.spanishonline.nl

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More info: info@spanishonline.nl

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Teaching 1 to 1 with Tablets: Nik Peachey

This is the presentation from my workshop on using tablet computers in a one to one context.

Via Nik Peachey, carldowse, Patricia Daniels
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Here is a great presentation filled to the brim with simple ideas for using iPads - from Tellagami (recorded animation) to TodaysMeet (backchannel) to Fotobabble (recording voice over a picture). Some of these are ones we have used at school before, others open up new channels we are yet to explore! 

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 20, 12:41 AM

Very good information.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 11, 4:06 PM

Yet another superb collection of ideas, tools and apps for education

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, August 26, 7:28 AM

Slides from Nik Peachey concerning iPad use in the context of one-to-one teaching. As well as providing some practical tips there are some useful links to tools that will enable students to practise diverse literacy skills.