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What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting | Educator Innovator

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting | Educator Innovator | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 21, 5:13 PM

Making and writing go together. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 4, 5:13 PM

Make it happen in the writing process classroom.

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Toolkit for Digitally-Literate Teachers | USC Rossier Online

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USC Rossier's Toolkit for Digitally-Literate Teachers provides teachers with how-to guides, actionable strategies and real-life examples of the benefits of digital literacy in the classroom.

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5 Things About Google Slides You Did Not Know - Teacher Tech

5 Things About Google Slides You Did Not Know - Teacher Tech | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
This is a little cheating as some of these features are new so you could not have known!! Google Slides is one of my favorites. I use it to have students GIVE ME information rather than get information. Truly transformative for teaching.

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Binary Code Necklace

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Here’s a computer science lesson and craft activity that speaks to my geeky heart.  I do it with groups of all ages, and it would be perfect for Activity Day girls. It could also work for Cub Scouts, perhaps with a hemp cord for a masculine look. It was inspired by the Code.org-sponsored “Hour of Code” event last year. The lesson plan by Thinkersmith is excellent,  and covers everything you need to know. It is comprehensive enough for someone without any computer science background to run the activity successfully. I’ll summarize a few points here, but you should go read it. The necklace craft was my own addition. My daughter is modeling her necklace in the photo at left.

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9 Very Good iPad Apps for Teaching Kids (American) Sign Language

9 Very Good iPad Apps for Teaching Kids (American) Sign Language | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of some good iPad apps for teaching kids and students sign language and American Sign Language (ASL). The collection which we have curated from iTunes App Store and App Advice, embeds some of the most popular sign language apps out there.  We have based our selection mostly on user reviews and ratings. Whether you are a parent, a teacher dealing with deaf or hard of hearing students, or simply interested in learning an extra important communicative code, the collection below is definitely a great place to start with.

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28 Teamwork Quotes From Great Leaders Infographic

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28 Teamwork Quotes From Great Leaders Infographic Teamwork is essential no matter how old you are. From a young age you learn how to “play nice” with others and as you grow up, participate in group projects, and eventually work with a team of colleagues, teamwork proves more and more... http://elearninginfographics.com/28-teamwork-quotes-great-leaders-infographic/
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Why Don’t We Differentiate #Professional #Development?

Why Don’t We Differentiate #Professional #Development? | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.

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10 Great Places to Find and Access Quality Audiobooks to Use with Your Students via Educators Technology

10 Great Places to Find and Access Quality  Audiobooks to Use with Your Students via Educators Technology | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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8 of The Best Audio Recording Apps for Teachers and Students

8 of The Best Audio Recording Apps for Teachers and Students | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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40 Simple Ways to Inspire Learning with Mobile Devices

40 Simple Ways to Inspire Learning with Mobile Devices | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it

For iPads, chromebooks and laptops.


Acclaimed author Sam Gliksman will show you “40 Simple Ways” to engage your students with creative projects - whether you’re a new teacher or experienced educator, whether you teach younger or older children, and whether you have one device or many.  ​


But this isn’t a book about devices. It’s about using those devices to create a culture of passionate learning in the classroom. Create exciting green screen videos, compose multimedia eBooks, produce old-time radio shows, document and explain experiments and much more. All of the projects come with precise step-by-step instructions, tips and a list of recommended apps for iPads, smartphones, and Chromebooks. Many projects also include detailed instructional videos that make it easy to get started right away.


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The 15 Most Useful Google Apps You Never Knew Existed

The 15 Most Useful Google Apps You Never Knew Existed | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Google can be your best friend when it comes to searching for answers or information online. Millions of people use it every day, but only few can utilize Google to its full potential. In fact, this powerful search engine can offer lots of great services, apps and features that aren’t on many people’s radar.

The Bright Side team will help you to uncover some of them. Here are 15 of the most useful Google apps that you probably didn’t know existed.

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Agi Anderson's curator insight, December 7, 2016 9:36 PM

Check out 15 of the most useful Google apps that you probably didn’t know existed. 

abdoss's curator insight, December 8, 2016 12:58 PM
It is tough to keep up with google- thank goodness other people do it for us!
Jamie Edwards (IDS)'s curator insight, December 9, 2016 8:21 AM
Sound search and search by image are new to me.
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Jennifer Gonzalez: 16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

Jennifer Gonzalez: 16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. (If you and your students want to learn more about how to use these apps, check out my Google Drive Basics course; more info at the end of this post!)

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 28, 2016 1:50 PM

It's the beginning of a new school year. Here's some quality ideas that will power up your thinking about this year's classes. 

 

Jennifer Gonzales is a National Board Certified teacher with a passion for teaching and learning.

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Very cool!

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8 Ways to Develop Critical Thinking Skills with EdTech

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New educational technologies, or edtech, are revolutionizing the classroom by improving learning efficiency and efficacy. Used wisely, edtech can help students develop vital critical thinking skills by changing the fundamental paradigms of education.

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104 Photo Editing Tools You Should Know About

104 Photo Editing Tools You Should Know About | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Hello, photographers. For the last two months, I've been doing market research for my project Photolemur and looking for different tools in the area of pho
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Lee Hall's curator insight, February 28, 12:28 PM
Photo editing tools arranged by categories. 
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104 Photo Editing Tools
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Une liste impressionnante pour l'édition de photos.
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Demco Post: 5 Makerspace Projects for Teen Tech Week

Demco Post: 5 Makerspace Projects for Teen Tech Week | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
ALA’s Teen Tech Week will be upon us before we know it (March 5-11).  To help get ready for this event, I’ve written a post for Demco Ideas with 5 makerspace project ideas to tie in with this year’s theme, “Be the Source of Change”.  It was hard to limit it to just five ideas, so each one has examples of several different variations on the project.

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Here's how to access the iPhone's hidden mode that turns the camera into a magnifying glass

Here's how to access the iPhone's hidden mode that turns the camera into a magnifying glass | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Apple included a nifty hidden camera mode in the latest version of its iPhone software, iOS 10. 

"Magnifier" mode uses the iPhone's camera to magnify text or other small things — handy, especially, for reading fine print, or zooming in on small details.

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Saturday Morning Share Outs: Beebots & Beginning Coding @krissyvenosdale

Saturday Morning Share Outs: Beebots & Beginning Coding @krissyvenosdale | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
On March 4… a Saturday morning… at 9am Central, I’m going to host a little web broadcast all about Beebots and Beginning Coding.  I’ll probably be drinking coffee, might have crazy messy morning hair and my dog might even make an appearance if she pulls her typical move of trying to drink out of my coffee cup.  It will be just a conversation from me to you, that I’m going to lead and share my own experiences.  Just one teacher to another. Because this stuff is everything I believe in and if I can help even ONE teacher bring robotics and coding into the classroom, my Saturday morning was well spent.

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Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making

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Making with early elementary students is not only possible, but incredibly rewarding. Alice Baggett describes how the maker mindset has helped her students to

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Know Recorder - Create Whiteboard Videos on iPads and Android Tablets

Know Recorder - Create Whiteboard Videos on iPads and Android Tablets | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Know Recorder is a free iPad app and free Android app for creating whiteboard-style instructional videos. With Know Recorder installe

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Identifying Fake News: An Infographic and Educator Resources - EasyBib Blog

Identifying Fake News: An Infographic and Educator Resources - EasyBib Blog | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
By Michele Kirschenbaum

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Identity Theft and How to Prevent It - A New Common Craft Video @rmbyrne

Identity Theft and How to Prevent It - A New Common Craft Video @rmbyrne | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Not every attempt at identity theft is as obvious as the Nigerian Prince scam. Attempts at identity theft come in the forms of emails that look like they might be from your bank and phone calls from people asking you to give away "confirm" your account information. I once had someone attempt to get me to divulge my health insurance account number in a phone call placed at 8:30pm on a Friday. Being aware of the signs of an identity theft scam is the best way to avoid falling for them. In a new video, Common Craft explains what identity theft is, the signs of it, and how to avoid it

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8 Enticing Student Design Projects and Tools for Middle School

8 Enticing Student Design Projects and Tools for Middle School | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Student design projects come alive in any classroom environment with the right kind of tools. Seeing creativity and understanding blossom is the pride of every teacher. Kids love to show creative prowess in projects with real-world applications. To do this they need awesome digital tools to explore and work with. Here are 8 great projects for middle-school students to test their design mojo. Along with them are the perfect online tools.

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9 Keys to Creating Effective eBooks with Students

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We constantly ask students to demonstrate their knowledge and writing is certainly one of the most commonly employed assessment tools. However, the last decade has seen a huge transformation in communication technologies. Almost 75% of US adults have a smartphone and media creation is skyrocketing. Today we communicate with each other using a hybrid of different media. One tool that allows students to express themselves by combining text with different media is the eBook.


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10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Drive Master

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Drive Master | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Think you know Google’s online productivity suite back to front? Whether you’ve been using Google Drive for five minutes or five years, there’s always more to learn, and in that spirit we present 10 valuable tips and tricks for mastering the service.

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Mitchell Kearsley's curator insight, August 4, 2016 6:27 AM

Take a peek. You'll be surprised what you learn. (I was!)

Lee Hall's curator insight, August 4, 2016 10:52 AM
I love voice typing it is super fast. 
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 22, 2016 10:34 PM
Some great tips here!
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There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart

There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart | BISD Digital Learning | Scoop.it
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country.

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Vera Weber's curator insight, October 26, 2015 6:43 PM

These are wonderful suggestions for engaging students with iPads that offer opportunities to create in a multitude of intelligences..

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, October 26, 2015 7:37 PM

Great resource list to have.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 5, 2016 5:21 AM

J'aime bien la variété des sources.