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Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming

Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming.


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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
The main reason for encouraging students to learn to code usually centers around future jobs. These reasons are perfectly valid, but there are many more.

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Peter Albion's curator insight, May 25, 6:48 PM

Good reasons for adults and teachers to learn coding too

GwynethJones's curator insight, June 1, 11:04 AM

Great article!

Sheila Fredericks's curator insight, June 2, 12:11 PM

Good reasons for students should learn to code.

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Trends about Teaching and Learning in 2014

Trends about Teaching and Learning in 2014 | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 1, 5:56 PM

2014 is the year of personalized learning.


have a look to this simple and useful compilation of trends in Teaching and Learning for this year

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 5, 10:43 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

JOSE ANTONIO DIAZ DIAZ's curator insight, October 9, 7:49 AM

agregar su visión ...

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5 Tools To Help Create A Paperless Book Club

5 Tools To Help Create A Paperless Book Club | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
This post was co-written by Corey Holmer and Jamie Trow A class set of novels, binders, poster boards, and enough post-it notes to wallpaper a school…. all supplies associated with a traditional middle school book club model. With the addition of iPads, Google Apps, and other educational technology, the age of the “traditional” book club …

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 9:02 AM

There are exciting possibilities here for any level book club. With a first and foremost love for the written word, we need to be coming together virtually to have book discussions on a regular basis.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, May 28, 12:30 AM

Nice post detailing how-to conduct an online book club. 

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What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses

What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, May 14, 4:11 AM

Very useful guide to Creative Commons - especially important for referencing or other student work published online! For UK schools you can also use the National Education Network Image gallery -  http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, May 14, 4:12 AM

Very useful guide to Creative Commons - especially important for referencing or other student work published online! For UK based education institutions you can also use the National Education Network Image gallery -  http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/

Kelly Roach's curator insight, May 22, 7:44 PM

A great visual for explaining the different Creative Commons licenses.

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Mind Tree - Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Visual Thinking

Mind Tree - Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Visual Thinking | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Get Mind Tree - Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Visual Thinking on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 4, 2:01 AM

iPad users may now get a new mind mapping app Mind Tree which can be downloaded for free.


Dave Wood's curator insight, May 4, 3:13 PM

Another app for mapping ideas on the ipad.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Wellcome Images Releases 100,000 Images Under Creative Commons Licensing

Free Technology for Teachers: Wellcome Images Releases 100,000 Images Under Creative Commons Licensing | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

"The Wellcome Library recently made more than100,000 drawings, photographs, paintings, and advertisements available to the world under Creative Commons licensing. The images available through the Wellcome Images library are primarily of a historic nature. You can browse the galleries or search for images by keyword."


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Louis Levy's curator insight, February 9, 5:05 AM

Intéressante ressource.

Jeannie Proulx-Gignac's curator insight, February 9, 10:50 AM

Une excellente initiative! Très utiles comme supports visuels en histoire!

GwynethJones's curator insight, April 28, 3:13 PM

First the Getty Museum and now this! It's raining CC photo images!

No excuse kiddos for just going to Google image search!  W00t!

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Sparkol - create whiteboard videos with VideoScribe

Sparkol - create whiteboard videos with VideoScribe | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Sparkol makes video software to get your message across. Make your own whiteboard video animations with VideoScribe. Free trial available.

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, May 9, 2:34 PM

A great App for creating animated presentations and videos.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 3, 6:31 PM
An updated Sparkol version with considerable changes
There is a free trial (and some plans)
Also with and iPad app
Agora Abierta's curator insight, June 10, 4:40 AM

Un papel en blanco para compartir ideas vía pizarra

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Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning

Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
"Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event." -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Desig

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12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered - MichaelHyatt.com

12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered - MichaelHyatt.com | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Evernote is one of those rare apps I can’t seem to outgrow. I am always finding new uses for it. Here are twelve of my favorites.


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Jennifer Paziuk's curator insight, April 23, 10:58 PM

Just starting my Evernote Journey, and here are some good ideas for different uses. 

JC Dichant's curator insight, April 30, 9:19 AM

Quelques belles idées d'utilisation pour #Evernote

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.


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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 12:17 PM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 2:53 PM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 5:49 AM

Πώς εξελίσσεται η διδακτική πράξη.

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10 Free Online Educational Game Sites

10 Free Online Educational Game Sites | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Web-based games can prove to be a treasure trove of learning opportunities, and there are a variety of content-areas, age ranges, and skill levels to choose from. The true pay dirt for browser-based learning games can be found on large online digital game hubs. Here are 10 game hubs players that teachers can use to as one tool in their arsenal.

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Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad

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Get Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Susan Liner Fisher's curator insight, March 31, 1:39 PM

amen...

Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, March 31, 3:19 PM

Be aware you need to have an Office 365 subscription to edit and create documents and they take up a lot of space on the iPad with each one being over 200MB. 

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, April 1, 2:17 AM

Finally!  Try it!

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How to create a prezi that will blow away your audience

How to create a prezi that will blow away your audience | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
The folks at gtcreate know how to make a Prezi look awesome and blow audiences away becau...

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 8, 4:39 PM

Como crear un Prezi ? Parte 1

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, June 16, 11:14 PM

I love teaching Prezi to my students!  I can't wait to share these tips with them to create wonderful culminating projects!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 21, 4:03 AM

Here is an interesting alternative presentation style.

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Chromebook Soars As Power Player In Education Technology

Chromebook Soars As Power Player In Education Technology | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
With its limited functions and low cost, Google's Chromebook has become the No. 1 selling laptop in the US education system.

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John Purificati's curator insight, June 2, 7:03 AM

The school's in my district are moving towards Chromebooks and away from iPad. They are much easier to manage, much more versatile, and more importantly much less costly.

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Gratisography - download free high-resolution pictures

Gratisography - download free high-resolution pictures | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Free, use as you please, high-resolution pictures.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 30, 5:53 PM

dowload immediatly awesome free picturas from Gratisography

dj Goddessa's curator insight, June 3, 10:10 AM

Free, use as you please, high-resolution pictures.

4twenty2's curator insight, June 12, 4:15 AM

Fantastic resource with some great images - easy to use, brilliant for innovative presentations or compelling blogs!

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Newspapers, a brief interlude in a multimedia world | The Boston Globe

Newspapers, a brief interlude in a multimedia world | The Boston Globe | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

For almost 25 years, newspapers have been shedding jobs and closing up shop. A 2012 study by the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California predicted that most medium-circulation US newspapers would be history within five years. While readers who have already moved over to digital news may not notice, watchdog groups and media critics worry about diminishing coverage of both local and international affairs, and what it means to abandon the comprehensive presentation of the day’s news in one authoritative package.

 

It can sometimes seem like what’s under threat is the standard model for how we find out what’s happening. But historian Andrew Pettegree of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland has written a new history of news that puts the dominance of newspapers in context. In fact, he says, the golden age when the newspaper was seen as the central and undisputed source for news actually occupied a fairly short 150-year window, from the late 18th century up to the advent of radio and television.

 

In “The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself” (Yale University Press), Pettegree shows how Europeans in the 15th through 19th centuries got news from a cacophony of sources: their friends and neighbors, government edicts, songs sung by itinerant performers, sermons, letters, and expensive manuscript newsletters. Even after newspapers became available, they weren’t universally embraced. It took technological change, urbanization, and a few big political events to cement the daily newspaper at the center of the news ecology.

 

Today, that’s shifting once again, as we move back toward a messy, rich media landscape like the earlier one Pettegree describes—which, for all our nostalgia for the newspaper age, may be something closer to the norm. To Pettegree, it’s time for a new view of history inspired by our times: “The first histories of news were written when the newspaper looked like it was the end of the story,” he says. “Now that we’re getting to a post-newspaper age, or at least an age in which the position of newspapers looks uncertain, the multimedia news world of the age before newspapers makes more sense to us again.”

 

Pettegree spoke to Ideas from his office in St. Andrews. This interview has been edited and condensed.

 

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Inspire Student Writing with Picture Prompts

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“But I can’t think of anything to write.” Can you even count the number of times you've heard that line? Probably not. We've all experienced those moments when students sit and stare at blank sheet...

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9 Handy iPad Apps to Create Instructional Multimedia Materials for Your Class

9 Handy iPad Apps to Create Instructional Multimedia Materials for Your Class | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

These apps will allow you to design a variety of multimedia productions to share with students.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 30, 3:36 AM

Handy tools to create a range of different media formats.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 30, 3:40 AM

Create different multimedia presentations with these iPad Apps. 

TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 2, 2:45 AM

Some great apps to create and share learning opportunities

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15 Must Have Google Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills

15 Must Have Google  Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
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Google is one of the primary search engines students turn to when doing their research. On the face of it, searching Google seems as simple as typing in a search query and waiting for...

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Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, May 13, 3:40 PM

Kids do not know this stuff.

Jo Laretive's curator insight, May 14, 5:38 AM

Always keen to up-skill myself and students with online searching.

Sally Tilley's curator insight, May 15, 9:29 PM

Thanks for sharing, the more we teach on this the better of our students will be in the information-saturated world they live in!

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Why Doesn't the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core? | Diane Ravitch Blog

Why Doesn't the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core? | Diane Ravitch Blog | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

In story after story, the New York Times consistently misses the essence of the controversy surrounding Common Core.

 

Today’s New York Times gives its lead article on page 1, column right, top of the fold, to the battle raging within the Republican party, about the Common Core. On one side is Jeb Bush, standing up for the Common Core standards (presumably a moderate, let’s not talk about his fight for vouchers and for the destruction of public education in Florida), while on the other are figures like Ted Cruz and other extremists of the party. Common Core, we are told, is now the “wedge issue” in the Republican party, with sensible people like Jeb Bush fending off the extremists.

 

A few weeks ago, the newspaper wrote an editorial enthusiastically endorsing the Common Core standards, while giving no evidence for its enthusiasm other than the promises offered by the advocates of Common Core.

 

Story after story has repeated the narrative invented by Arne Duncan, that the only opponents of the Common Core are members of the Tea Party and other extremists.

 

Occasionally a story will refer to extremists of the right and the left, as though no reasonable person could possibly doubt the claims made on behalf of the Common Core.

 

Of course, David Brooks’ column on Friday echoed the now familiar trope of the Times, that only extremists could oppose this worthy and entirely laudable endeavor.

 

Missing is any acknowledgement of the many researchers who have challenged the wacky assumption that standards alone will cause everyone’s achievement to rise higher and higher, despite no evidence for this assertion.

 

Missing is any recognition that there are reputable educators and scholars and parents who are disturbed either by the substance of the standards or by the development process (Anthony Cody, for example, just won the Education Writers Association’s first prize award for his series of blogs challenging the claims of the Common Core).

 

Missing is the pushback from teachers that caused the leaders of the NEA and the AFT to call for a slowdown in implementation of the standards (the media sees this only as teachers’ fear of being evaluated by tests).

 

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12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered - MichaelHyatt.com

12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered - MichaelHyatt.com | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Evernote is one of those rare apps I can’t seem to outgrow. I am always finding new uses for it. Here are twelve of my favorites.

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Jennifer Paziuk's curator insight, April 23, 10:58 PM

Just starting my Evernote Journey, and here are some good ideas for different uses. 

JC Dichant's curator insight, April 30, 9:19 AM

Quelques belles idées d'utilisation pour #Evernote

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7 Online Tools for Creating Charts & Diagrams

7 Online Tools for Creating Charts & Diagrams | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

"Through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page I recently received a request for some suggested online chart creation tools..."


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flea palmer's curator insight, April 7, 11:45 AM

These look useful...

YB's curator insight, April 23, 10:32 AM

עוד כלים

http://tracks.roojoom.com/u/elapeleg,872/tsyvn-t-kly-vvb2,6236#/introduction

 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 23, 12:35 AM

Free tools are always great fun!

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Content Curation Through the SAMR Lens

Content Curation Through the SAMR Lens | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

There are a variety of helpful tools to choose from to make content curation fun and useful. It’s important to choose a tool that will grow with you as you strive to use technology as a tool that helps you "Teach Above the Line" and transform learning.


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The Cyberbullying Issue (And What Teachers Can Do To Help)

The Cyberbullying Issue (And What Teachers Can Do To Help) | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Cyberbullying poses a problem for students that teachers and parents often can’t help with – because they don’t always know.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 1, 4:27 PM

Infographic provides some statistics about cyberbullying, along with some tips for both parents and educators.