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Curated content specifically for developing digital literacy, apps for English and strategies for teaching 1:1 iPad in an English or Society & Environment classroom. This page is an offshoot of the original Prendi eLearning page - http://www.scoop.it/t/prendi-elearning Follow me on Twitter at @prendielearning
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WeAreTeachers: 24 Must-Share Poems for Middle School and High School

WeAreTeachers: 24 Must-Share Poems for Middle School and High School | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
So your students aren't excited about poetry? These 24 poems will give them something to think about and might even change their minds.
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Oh there are some very arresting poems in this mix - perhaps something in here will get that magical discussion going in your classroom?

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This Is Why Handwriting Helps Students Learn Better ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This Is Why Handwriting Helps Students Learn Better ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

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An excellent infographic on the value of handwriting. This page explains why handwriting helps our brain learn at a faster rate than typing, and can allow better recall. They also list apps that can promote handwriting and allow natural writing on a device such as the iPad. There is a lot of debate about whether writing is losing its significance - I think it can be enhanced by technology. If I take notes of a presentation on paper, that is the only format my knowledge takes. If I type my notes, I can quickly rearrange my ideas into lists, mind maps, colours and more. Perhaps it is the way we think and organise the info behind our notes, and less of the notes themselves, that provide the key difference for whether we learn effectively or not? 

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Helen Teague's curator insight, February 8, 2015 1:28 AM

good information for a current topic.

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10 Excellent Lessons from Google to Help Students Better Use Google Maps in Their Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Excellent Lessons from Google to Help Students Better Use Google Maps in Their Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

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Using Google for S&E: 10 Great Ideas 

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Write About: online writing platform

Write About: online writing platform | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
At Write About, we believe that writing should be fun and sharing should be easy, so we built a social publishing platform for classrooms.

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This writing and sharing tool has a stack of writing prompts, visuals and ideas for writing. Students can publish their work and interact with the works of other students. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 16, 2014 5:57 AM

This looks like a great tool with lots of prompts to inspire student writing activities and a platform to enable them to share and interact around what they write.

Alexandra Koukoumialou's curator insight, December 17, 2014 4:48 AM

Great resource for authentic writing - thanks, Nik :-)

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How to dictate a book in Book Creator - Book Creator app | Blog

How to dictate a book in Book Creator - Book Creator app | Blog | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

When working with young students, typing can be quite a difficult thing for them to do. Why not make use of the iPad's dictation tool instead?


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The dictation tool on the iPad is a bit under-used. This might be part of the solution in encouraging reluctant writers to at least get their ideas out on paper before then editing the work. 

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, November 13, 2014 8:18 AM

Works in many circumstances.  Dictate your essay or your shopping list too.

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What Teachers Want To Hear Students Say

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What Teachers Want To Hear Students Say

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Create timelines, share them on the web | Timetoast timelines

Create timelines, share them on the web | Timetoast timelines | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Timetoast is a place to create timelines that you can add to your blog or website. You can create historical timelines of important events, or build a timeline of your vacation. It's all up to you.
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A great online tool for making timelines: and it works on iPads too! No need to download or install. Timetoast has some great examples ready to use in the class, or students can really benefit from making their own. 

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10 Alternative Apps to Wordflex Touch Dictionary | feature comparison guide

10 Alternative Apps to Wordflex Touch Dictionary | feature comparison guide | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
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Here are some other dictionary options for Wordflex as listed by the comparison chart on AppCrawlr. 

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Fragile States Index

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"Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today’s world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.  The Fragile States Index (FSI), produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure."


Via Seth Dixon
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How can political stability and security be measured? The Fragile States Index is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 2014 3:31 PM

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  The Fragile States Index (formerly known as the Failed States Index) is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.  There are  12 social, economic, and political/military categories that are a part of the overall rankings and various indicators are parts of the metrics that are a part of this index are:

SOCIAL

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Group Grievance

•Human Flight and Brain Drain

ECONOMIC

•Uneven Economic Development

•Poverty and Economic Decline

POLITICAL/MILITARY

•State Legitimacy

•Human Rights and Rule of Law

•Public Services

•Security Apparatus

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


Tags: political, statisticsdevelopment, territoriality, sovereignty, conflict, political, devolution, war.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 1, 2014 9:49 AM

APHG-Unit 4

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Literacy Everywhere

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Posts about Flipped Classroom written by Literacy Everywhere
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Literacy Everywhere is a resource site with a huge amount of content, particularly on the flipped classroom. It is a bit American-y but contains some good articles - you can search by tag or date. 

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Animaker - Make Animated Videos

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Animaker.com is a cloud-based do-it-yourself (#DIY) video making app that is bringing studio quality professional animation tools within reach of everyone.

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Here is a new tool for making animations direct from the browser - no apps, no downloads, no cost. I have had a play and it looks pretty good!

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 8, 2015 8:39 PM

something new to check out :)

Roselink's curator insight, March 9, 5:32 PM

Looks quite impressive. In beta currently, but worth keeping an eye on.

Roselink's curator insight, March 9, 5:32 PM

Looks quite impressive. In beta currently, but worth keeping an eye on.

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Use Pulp-O-Mizer to create amazing vintage pulp magazine covers.

Use Pulp-O-Mizer to create amazing vintage pulp magazine covers. | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
You, too, can create a customized pulp magazine cover with the astonishing PULP-O-MIZER, right here in Cornelius Zappencacklers Derange-O-Lab!
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Use Pulp-O-Mizer to create amazing vintage pulp magazine covers. Add your text, select an image and you are away. Great for making posters to display in learning centres or generate some interest in a new topic. Students could also make their own magazine cover for a book study. 

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Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools

Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Schools are gaining access to the high-powered geographical information system software that enables detailed mapping and analysis of data. Learn how they are using it to teach students.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 29, 2014 2:51 PM

Examples from projects that allow students to solve real-world problems in their communities - creating a 911 responder map, for example.

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Note taking and the iPad - Educate 1 to 1

Note taking and the iPad - Educate 1 to 1 | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Note taking with digital tools during lessons or lectur …
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It is pretty clear that notetaking by hand is more effective than typing for remembering and understanding information. But what about a tablet, which allows for handwriting on its surface as well as typing? Find some great examples of notes here in this article, which argues for the enhancement of traditional notetaking through touchscreen technology. 

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

Via Seth Dixon, Jim Lerman
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A great collection of maps - although because they are on a pop-culture website, it might be worth downloading and then referencing them in class. 

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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, March 15, 2015 8:47 PM

It is interesting to see the same trends over and over again.  These maps are a great tool to show the history of the area, as well as the history of religion and political views.  I appreciate the information provided since the Middle East has undergone the most transitions (going all the way back to Mesopotamia) and its history can be confusing. 

Alex Vielman's curator insight, November 23, 2015 3:17 PM

Maps like the ones posted in this article, really helps people to understand and break down deeply of understanding the entire region as a whole. Visualization is very important in geography when trying to understand the region people are talking about. this region as goes down to the Mesopotamia Era. It is important to know, how the culture was in this area to how it differentiated during the Ottoman Empire. During the first couple of maps, we can begin to see the division of the entire region. As you go on, we begin to notice the divisions between people, religion, language between states and in-states. There is so much information to know about the Middle East region and it may be even harder to understand due to the tons of changes and separations, but it is important to understand these divisions like the Sunni's and the Shi'ites in order to fully explain the development and the current situations that are occurring in this region as we speak. 

Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, December 7, 2015 5:18 PM

These 40 maps are a very interesting way of showing how people have traveled around and moved about the Earth from the time of the fertile crescent era to the people of today. It shows us the paths that people have taken to move to a new location. How they used the Meditteranean Sea to move from one side to the other. It also shows how the Tigris and Euphrates came together to form a smaller area of the Persian gulf. This led to smalled economic growth because now there is less land for imports and exports.

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5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion

5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

Sure, games can teach gravity or supply and demand, but can they show us how to build a good argument? The following five games do just that by modeling the work of argumentation.


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That Was History - YouTube

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That Was History is your destination for historical content delivered in a fun, informative, educational manner. Our various series include This Day In Histo...
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An excellent Youtube channel with some great content on history (some is Americanised but there is an excellent variety.) This day in History is a great feature.  

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Literacy Apps for Students on iPad

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"25 graphic organizers for students to use to organize their thinking while reading preparing to write. Covers all common comprehension skills: cause /effect, main idea/detail, sequence events, pro/con, story elements, characterization, word meaning, plot, KWL and much more."


Via Stephanie Sandifer, Kathleen McClaskey
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Some excellent apps here to help students think about their writing!

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

"So how are we doing on the push to teach “digital literacy” across the K12 school spectrum? From my perspective as a school-based technology coach and history teacher, I’d say not as well as we might wish – in part because our traditional approach to curriculum and instruction wants to sort everything into its place."

 


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A very interesting article that examines whether digital literacy is a surface approach, or something understood clearly by students. I think we could do it a little better, and this involves some extra awareness of these teaching moments when they arrive! For instance, I use the first presentation-style assignment for my Year 7s to teach about plagiarism and referencing online sources. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 27, 2014 9:14 PM

How often have you heard the term digital native or digital immigrant? Are our students digital natives because they were born after digital items were widely available? Does this factor mean that they understand how to use these tools effectively and that they are digitally literate? For me the answer to that is that they do not fully understand how to use digital tools effectively and they are not digitally literate. This is something we need to teach them.

This post does an excellent job looking at this issue. Specifically it looks at these areas:

* Students must learn how to evaluate online content - Think of this as a research skill.

* Students must be able to engage with others online and communicate - Think of this as a communication tool.

* Students need to learn how to create and projects can be digital.

These three areas come together and create the skill sets needed to digitally literate. More information is available about this in the post.

And if you happen to live in the New England area you might consider checking out the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute that will be taking place in at the Kittredge Center in Holyoke, MA from July 8 - 10. Information for this may be found at http://mnli.org/. This institute looks at three cornerstones: Online Content Reading, Online Collaborative Inquiry and Online Content Construction "preparing future-ready teachers."

Julie Hogarth's curator insight, November 4, 2014 9:09 PM

Digital Literacy should be integrated into every day curriculum to be effectively instilled into student thinking and behavior.

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The Science of Storytelling

The Science of Storytelling | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 1, 2014 3:55 PM

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 3, 2014 2:02 AM

One more proof to show how important storytelling may be!

Birgitta Edberg's curator insight, March 29, 2015 3:31 PM

Learn how storytelling affect your brain.

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Wordflex Touch Dictionary

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s anGet Wordflex Touch Dictionary on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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This is an incredible app for anyone who loves words. Explore up to 2 million language nodes in this dictionary/thesaurus combo. Developed in association with Oxford University Press, this app takes the idea of mind mapping to the next level. This is an interactive reference book that allows easy navigation through a tree-like structure for a fun, tactile exploration of language.

Features to check out:

Audio pronunciations of words.Tree-based view for easy navigation between entries.Flexible search.Print out or share ‘word posters’ via email, Twitter, Facebook.

 

It IS pricey, so I will post some alternatives, but it has a fantastic interface and is well worth it.

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Digital storytelling enhances K-12 classrooms | eSchool News

Digital storytelling enhances K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling uses various types of media to illustrate academic concepts in an engaging way for today's students.
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An example of using digital storytelling to teach the story of the Holocaust has some interesting effects. 

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wesley Fryer's Blog

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wesley Fryer's Blog | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

Moving at the Speed of Creativity is Wesley Fryer‘s blog: "I use this site to digitally document my own journey of learning and collaborate with other educators and lifelong learners around the globe. I focus primarily on issues related to engaged learning, web 2.0 technologies, digital storytelling, educational leadership, literacy, blended learning, creativity, appropriate uses of educational technologies, digital citizenship, and educational transformation."


Via Bethan Morgan
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There are a great number of resources here with ideas for teaching creativity and literacy. He also gives some tips for managing technology in the classroom and digital storytelling projects. Wide range of articles. 

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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art

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Through transmediation (or observation, analysis, and creation), students can use the experience of studying a piece of visual art as a creative writing prompt.

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Margarita Parra's curator insight, August 25, 2014 2:22 PM

Una excelente idea para desarrollar pensamiento creativo y habilidades de comunicación

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What are children reading?

What are children reading? | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
DERN is developed and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
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A new study seems to indicate that while children are comparatively reading less print-based material, they are reading more - and enjoying it more. 

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