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Classmint- Awesome Study Notes

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Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes

 

Classmint is an interactive study notes service rooted in research-proven scientific techniques that help to learn faster and apply learned knowledge.

Classmint lets anyone create annotable, audible, beautiful notes that can be folded like a paper. It also maintains automated revision list to aid in timely revision.

Students/Teachers can keep their notes private or publish them.

Save trees as you choose to use less paper.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Classmint notes features ability to add complex math, computer code, add images, explain notes with text and image annotations etc. to help create a note that you would love to study with.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, September 6, 2013 10:42 AM

Interactive study notes. 


Classmint lets anyone create annotatable, audible, beautiful notes that can be folded like paper. It also maintains automated revision list to aid in timely revision.

Students/Teachers can keep their notes private or publish them.

Amélie Silvert's comment, September 6, 2013 12:33 PM
Not only can you add links but also, you can "play" the note.Nice look and helpful for students.
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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Lists of great technology tools for teachers broken down by category - Learning, Lesson planning, etc
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Stay connected, organized and increase the ease of building multimedia lessons and learning tools.

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Daily 5 Work on Writing-Monthly Resources - Second Story Window

Daily 5 Work on Writing-Monthly Resources - Second Story Window | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Can I just say that this sight makes me so happy! There's a basket for each month just chock-full of writing goodies. (Rubber maid stackables for the win!)

 

The framework stays the same each month: journal prompts, list tags, research cards, and stationery.  Only the content changes.

 

 

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Enter the site for a month-by-month look...

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Bunkr is going beyond presentation: collect, organize, present

Goodbye PowerPoint! Bunkr is going beyond presentation.

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I still remember my first exposure to PowerPoint. Thought that was the wave of the future. Not surprised at that wave crashing upon the shore with one of even greater magnitude right behind!

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Peter (PJ) Fulcher-Meredith's curator insight, May 26, 2013 6:37 PM

This misses the point. Powerpoint is not the problem it is how it is used that is dangerous.  Bunkr as a tool looks great but my only problem is it makes it even easier to create 'crap' The process of producing visual support is all wrong.  Prezi is a great tool too but most of the presentations I have seen are full of garbage and lack any communication design. Maybe  this new segment of presentation apps should be called 'grabage'! 

Duan van der Westhuizen's comment, May 27, 2013 4:16 PM
Grabage?
Peter (PJ) Fulcher-Meredith's comment, May 27, 2013 5:41 PM
Grabage love it!
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Identity Crisis: Are the Stakes of Our Educational and Professional Futures Too High? | Education on GOOD

Identity Crisis: Are the Stakes of Our Educational and Professional Futures Too High? | Education on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Parents have always held visions of what professional uniforms their sons or daughters should wear. These visions are becoming fetishes in a world in which professional titles provide license to a reframed American Dream.

 

Christina Freeland describes it as a "winner-take-all economy" in which "education is the trump card." Consequently, parents over time have increased their investments in education to ensure that their children are not second-class citizens in a high skilled economy.

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City Year corps members prove that civics is not just a course to take. Service is not a noble but extraneous distraction. Service helps translate classroom lessons of English into improved moral discernment in our neighborhoods. Service provides opportunities for students to decode mathematics into community building. Through deeds and presence, service helps make clear the choices we all possess to make conditions in our communities better. And isn't that the point to a great education?

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5 Great Ways to Document Students Mobile Learning

5 Great Ways to Document Students Mobile Learning | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

I am actually working on an academic paper on Education 3.0 which I am intending to publish in one of the mobile tech journals. I will provide you with a synthesis of the main points I am covering but I can not republish it here in my blog though I have the full authorship rights because republishing a published paper is prohibited by most academic journal policies. However, one of the things that really drew my attention while working on this paper is how teachers can document students' learning in a world increasingly going mobile. Digging deeper into this topic, I decided to share this short guide with you to help you better understand and learn about the mobile tools to use to document your students learning while on the go.

There are actually five ways for teachers to document students mobile learning :


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The world of technology never ceases to amaze me! Did I retire too early? Nah!

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Carolyn Wiberg's comment, May 8, 2013 9:17 PM
Sharla, I ask myself if I ducked out too early all of the time!
Sharla Shults's comment, May 8, 2013 9:34 PM
I know I retired at the right time but still marvel at all the new technology. Still an educational consultant but get to work at home! Love it :-) Not ready to completely sever the educational umbilical cord!
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Why online education is mostly a fantasy

Why online education is mostly a fantasy | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"If you listen to the advocates of online learning, MOOCs and Internet-based courses will cure all of our education problems. Just hand out some Android tablets, stream some courses in Python, and sit back and watch as everyone magically becomes a highly productive knowledge worker propelling the United States to new heights of economic prosperity. But this vision of online learning is so ridiculous I’m waiting for Ricardo Montalban to show up in a white suit and welcome these people to Fantasy Island."

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Did this article ever hit home! While I am not an advocate of disbanning online learning, I do see extreme merit in a combination of online and face-to-face. Our daughter, Nicole, is presently working toward her Master's Degree in finance. While she has performed extremely well in both the classroom and online environments, she was told recently by one of her professors that she would have better success in landing that higher salaried job at the executive level if she allowed her education to venture outside the virtual into the real world. In other words, interact face-to-face with teachers, professors, students, for there is a plethora of learning to be made outside the boundaries of a keyboard! Afterall, when the education is complete, doesn't the 'job' require personal communication and the ability to communicate effectively?

 

I find this also true in my own educational consultant work which has transitioned from the face-to-face to totally online. It is often very difficult to put into the written word what could so easily be communicated face-to-face. We are not all born writers but we are certainly all born talkers!

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12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education

12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
If you run a classroom, school, district, or country, you need to know how to properly integrate technology in education. This should help.

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The innovation of technology integration in the classroom!

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Anand Davda's comment, May 13, 2013 6:51 AM
I would like to share on thing here for e-learning visit to http://www.redchipsolutions.com/elearning.php
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Create a Classroom or School Google+ Community

Create a Classroom or School Google+ Community | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Google+ Community A Google+ community is a forum where people with common interests come together to interact on the Web. This would be an ideal tool for schools who use Google Apps in Education.

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Create a Classroom or School Google+ Community... What will be next?

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vananh.com's comment, April 20, 2013 7:36 AM
Oh, when did you start to use this in your school? Paul ?
carfrasa's curator insight, April 22, 2013 8:28 AM

Alcuni spunti per usare Google+ nell'insegnamento

Lily Bolig's comment, April 23, 2013 1:46 AM
I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I'm definitely interested!
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How 7 Education Technology Platforms Have Changed How We Learn

How 7 Education Technology Platforms Have Changed How We Learn | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
From iTunesU to YouTube EDU, how 7 education technology platforms have changed how we learn.

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Education technology has changed what’s possible in learning. Anyplace can be turned into a classroom!

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10 Ways to Teach Innovation

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Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether s

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Thinking outside the box...not really anything new. Just keeping project-based learning in the forefront.

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The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech

The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

This in an update of older posts about the benefits of educational blogging.

 

2013 is the sixth year that I have maintained a classroom blog. When I first began I didn’t know much about blogging at all and I didn’t realise there could be educational benefits to running a blogging program.

 

I thought having a class blog would be a bit of fun and a good way to connect with parents.

 

As time has gone on I’ve come to realise that blogging brings many educational benefits. Years later I am still discovering new advantages for my students.

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Examine the diagram on the website and watch the videos where students highlight some of the advantages of having a class blog.

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Plumbed Down: Monkeying Around With Humor in the Classroom

Plumbed Down: Monkeying Around With Humor in the Classroom | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Teaching is a lot like being a baboon zoologist.  One must be aware that at any given moment, the caged can expose their teeth and forget the fact that you've been cleaning their stalls for years, reverting back to their wild natural ways.  Which is why I always have a plan B, or an escape plan, if the $#!+ hits the fan.  This is one reason I don't use oscillating fans in my classroom.  No sense in exacerbating excrement.

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Having spent 30+ years in education (I say + because I am still an educational consultant in retirement), I can certainy relate to the ever-pressing need for humor in the classroom.

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45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators

45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a comprehensive learning environment seamlessly connects the classroom with the opportunities of the digital world for young students; and where system-level solutions help more students gain access to college.


Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/45-design-thinking-resources-for-educators/#ixzz2bfi3WYHm


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A collaborative, solution-oriented approach is becoming the trend rather than an individualistic, problem-oriented approach.

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Fawn Canady's curator insight, August 11, 2013 7:30 PM

Haven't looked through all of these, but looks promising!

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 18, 2013 6:08 AM

Estupendo.

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12 Powerful PDF Tools For Teachers And Administrators

12 Powerful PDF Tools For Teachers And Administrators | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
We all seem to use PDFs every day. Here are a few powerful (and mostly free) PDF tools for teachers and admins worth trying.

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PDFs have become too convenient to avoid. Now we find them being used everywhere. Since many teachers and administrators use PDFs regularly, this site offers a list of a dozen great PDF tools.Check them out including a crisp description of what you can do with them.

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Shannon Petty's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:35 PM

Tech tools

Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, July 20, 2013 9:35 PM

Excellent collection with goood brief decriptions

Robin Skogen's curator insight, July 25, 2013 11:23 AM

Tech help w/ PDFs

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Study Skills Teacher Resource Guide and Activities

Study Skills Teacher Resource Guide and Activities | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
In this section we help students and teachers better understand how they learn best. We provide a ton of examples and survey sets.

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Helping students understand HOW they learn!

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Beatriz Montesinos's curator insight, May 28, 2013 4:23 AM

Muy buena página de recursos para profesores.

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The Teacher of Tomorrow – What makes a 21st Century Educator?

The Teacher of Tomorrow – What makes a 21st Century Educator? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Technology makes the tools, but what are the general characteristics that make an effective educator a 21st century educator?

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It is not just having the technology; it is knowing how to use the technology effectively!

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Cathleen Nardi's curator insight, May 23, 2013 5:58 PM

The ability to adapt and the ability to encourage one's students to do the same.

Jane Sowter-Maranion's curator insight, May 23, 2013 7:12 PM

Being a 21st Century educator is creating a learning environment that is social, collaborative and project based. Teachers, nor anyone else for that matter, will ever be able to keep up with all new technologies. The trick is to focus on digital technologies that facilitate student collaboration.

Michael MacNeil's comment, May 28, 2013 10:23 AM
What makes 21 st Century learning so interesting is the rapid rate of thechnological change. Who knows what new learning tools will arrive on the scene tomorrow.
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Could This Reimagined Traveling Carnival Get Kids Hooked on Science? | Technology on GOOD

Could This Reimagined Traveling Carnival Get Kids Hooked on Science?  | Technology on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
 When we were kids my brother Tyler and I played A LOT of video games. Our dad was in the game business and would bring home all the latest consoles and accessories.
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Sadly, too few kids today grow up in the type of supportive, creative environment that nurtured us. And the consequences are staggering.

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How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? | Education.com

How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? | Education.com | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
This article discusses how technology can be used as an educational tool in the classroom to foster meaningful learning.

 

Some of the first educational technologies were illustrations in 17th-century books and slate chalkboards in 18th-century classrooms. Educational technologies in the 20th century include lantern-slide and opaque projectors, later radio, and then motion pictures. During the 1950s, programmed instruction emerged as the first true educational technology, that is, the first technology developed specifically to meet educational needs. With every other technology, including computers, educators recognized its importance and debated how to apply each nascent commercial technology for educational purposes. Unfortunately, educators have almost always tried to use technologies to teach students in the same ways that teachers had always taught. So information was recorded in the technology (e.g., the content presented by films and television programs), and the technology presented that information to the students. The students’ role was to learn the information presented by the technology, just as they learned information presented by the teacher. The role of the technology was to deliver lessons to students, just as trucks deliver groceries to supermarkets (Clark, 1983).

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If you deliver groceries, people will eat. If you deliver instruction, students will learn. Not necessarily! Learn why later in the article...

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TeachersPayTeachers.com - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources

TeachersPayTeachers.com -- 400,000+ free and priced teaching resources created by teachers for download including lesson plans, unit plans, novel studies,
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In a society (that's right, in America!) where education is definitely NOT at the top of the totem pole, survival is dependent upon teachers helping teachers. The doctors, lawyers, corrporate executives, etc., would not be where they are today without teachers! Can you imagine going to a doctor or hiring a lawyer who may not have even acquired a GED? I don't think so.

 

Then, why isn't a higher importance placed on the role of the teacher? Why is the teacher the one underpaid and overworked? Something is gravely amiss! Isn't it more feasible to place education at the top with all others residing under this foundational umbrella? Would this be the key to unlocking the door for teachers who are indeed highly qualified to either seek or perhaps remain in education?

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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss. It was published this month by Corwin.

Take a moment an (Classrooms as learning adventure spaces.

 

Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Close your eyes and picture it. What is that space like? What does it sound like? How are people interacting? Is there movement? Is there evidence of work in progress? Is it tidy, or busy-messy? Can you imagine working there?

 

Now, go to the article and see if your mental picture anything like either of the workspaces shown in the photos.


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Schools emphasizing project-based learning (PBL) offer designed workspaces specifically to foster creativity and innovation, allow for productive collaboration, and showcase student work in curated exhibits.

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Becca Wagman's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:49 PM

Classroom Climate: This article fits in well with Project Based Learning. I liked how it went through and made the reader imagine their idea of a classroom. It is important to know the kind of classroom you want, while also making sure that idea can involve project based learning. (SPACE)

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Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking?

Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Two academics discuss the pros and cons of using Twitter as a learning tool to encourage instinctive thinking in higher education

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The world is at our fingertips with insights far beyond any textbook. Youth today have technology tools and resources in real life that were stars of the sci-fi movies of yesteryear.

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27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher

27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
So what does it take to become a 21st century teacher? This handy chart details more than two dozen ways to get started. A must-read and share.

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Keeping up with the times and forging ahead!

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3 Easy Ways To Engage Students With Technology

3 Easy Ways To Engage Students With Technology | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"In today’s culture, students often come to the classroom with an attention span of a goldfish. They need new things to entertain them almost instantaneously. So how do you get a student’s attention for more than 5 minutes? You give them something entertaining to look at, something that they’re used to. With all the new technology that comes out, there is always something to look at or play with, so why not engage students with this new technology? There are a countless ways to get started–below are 3."


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Keeping students actively engaged in the learning process and making instruction relevant are key elements of effective lessons. Is this really anything new???

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John Purificati's comment, March 30, 2013 10:58 AM
Thanks for this.
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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Implementing Scoop.it in the classroom was an “Aha!” moment, and I think you’ll have the same experience." wrote Leanna Johnson in this review of Scoop.it and curation in an educational context.


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Scoop.it in the classroom becomes an “Aha!” moment! Share the experience...

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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:59 AM

Scoop.it and I fell in love at first glance.

 

Tim Pixley's curator insight, March 13, 2013 7:57 AM

I agree!  Once you find the right curators and develop relationships with them, they turn into mentors. Some of them are very successful, industry experts, and deeply respected.  Some material gets put out months before they're covered in a college class.  The trick is to be discerning as to what is merely a fad versus a long-term trend. ;)

Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:14 PM

Will this be the new MOODLE?