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Comic Tools & Resources - Symbaloo

Comic Tools & Resources - Symbaloo | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, October 4, 2015 9:17 AM

Great collection of resources for teaching with comics...or having students create their own comics.

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My Best of series

My Best of series | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I've separated my "The Best..." lists here by topics. A number of the lists, though, can fit into multiple categories, so it still might be useful to scan all of them. The Websites Of The Year page...
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This is a goldmine of resources for teachers seeking online resources to support learning in many different subjects. 

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Teachers Professional Development Guide: Must Have Tools and Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Professional Development Guide: Must Have Tools and Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In the midst of a growing storm of new technology-induced learning concepts such as flipped learning, blended learning, personalized learning (to mention but a few) , teachers are left with no other alternatives but to enhance and accommodate their professional development efforts to suit the changing educational paradigms. Edsurge called this "personalized professional development". This is the kind of life-long learning that involves the integration and leverage of digital media and technology (and offsite resources) for expanding one's field of expertise.

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always remember: what you can't readily understand from reading the text, YouTube videos are also a useful supplement. Somebody somewhere probably recorded a training video for the use of the tool, why it is used, and when it should be used. 

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic:

Favorite Apps
Best Practices
Engaging Activities




If you’re a high school teacher looking for iPad resources targeting your needs, you’ve come to the right place. Students

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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
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6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Via Bhushan THAPLIYAL, Juergen Wagner, RitaZ, Rui Guimarães Lima, michel verstrepen
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sarah's curator insight, March 18, 2014 1:37 PM

Utiles pour encourager les élèves à écrire et créer des histoires.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 23, 2014 12:49 PM

Using comic strips is one powerful way to get students excited and motivated about the writing act. Students love to interact with visuals and tools such as the ones listed below will empower them to do just that. Using these comic strip generators , students will get  to engage in conversations using cartoonic characters and build stories and share their works with each other.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:45 PM

I like these ideas! Teaching comic strip writing can be lots of fun!

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Help Students Use Creative Commons Images in Presentations

Help Students Use Creative Commons Images in Presentations | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - InformED

197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - InformED | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Becky Mowat's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:20 AM

A comprehensive and valuable curation of the most important sources for elearning videos!

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Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students

Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Some of the most important subject areas and activities we want students to learn are the very ones that are left out of many schools: the arts, computer progra

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Chris Carter's curator insight, October 27, 2013 8:32 PM

The 1st 3-minute video alone is worth it.

Mack James's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:00 AM

encouraging creativity helps inspire learning

Jeff Swanson's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:04 PM

Keyword: "ESSENTIAL"!

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About | Open Knowledge Foundation

Opening Knowledge for Everyone

 

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content.

- See more at: http://okfn.org/about/#sthash.t0VpjSDt.dpuf

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Nexum reports in http://www.slaw.ca/2013/10/18/less-serious-legal-research/: ; "In addition to necessary and unnecessary complexity and jargon, there is one more reason why legal documents are boring: they are exclusively textual which is not as fun and self-explanatory as graphics and images. The power of visual communication has long been exploited by other “boring” disciplines. The field of open data often emerges as a naturalplayground for visual applications. Visualization experiments are not recent at all as witnesses this article from 2007. Some readers may even remember data visualization efforts dating back to the nineties."

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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 350+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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The common core can be supported with these.

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Deborah Fillman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 4:06 PM

Bookmark this!

Margarita Santana's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:40 PM

Movies, great resources!

Gwen Little's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:02 PM

Excellent site to help you find relevant movies to enhance your curriculum. We try to end our Friday's with a movie that relates to something we have been studying or reading. This site is great!

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109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category

 

The transition to the Common Core Standards is likely the single most significant change in the last 10 years in American public education.

While the English-Language Arts and Math haven’t changed, what the standards say about those content areas–and their relative complexity and rigor–are indeed different.

In a recent survey, you let us know you wanted more Common Core resources and support, so we’re going to ramp up our Common Core resources over the summer of 2013, including this list of various Common Core resources, separated by content area.

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36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads

36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads

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50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners

50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners
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The Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims Revisited

The Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims Revisited | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Explore resources for exploding myths about the Pilgrims, the Indians, the Mayflower and the First Thanksgiving.
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The Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims Revisited

The Internet is full of useful materials for exploding myths about the Pilgrims, the Indians, the Mayflower, and the First Thanksgiving. Whether you teach kindergarten or college, you'll find valuable information and teaching tools on the WWW. This week, Education World explores the best of those online resources.


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"perhaps the most comprehensive source of information about the Mayflower and its passengers can be found at Caleb Johnson's Mayflower Web Pages. Visitors to this site get a fascinating glimpse of Pilgrim life that's sure to surprise, intrigue, and sometimes shock. Here, you can learn about the Mayflower's physical dimensions; see the ship's passenger and crew lists; find out about the lives of the girls and women aboard ship; read accounts of the Pilgrims' voyage, landing, and settlement of Plymouth; and learn the truth about their relationship with the local Indians. The site contains a first-person account of the First Thanksgiving celebration, a photograph of the Mayflower's original passenger list written by William Bradford, versions of the Pilgrim's Peace Treaty with Massasoit, copies of the Pilgrims' wills and estate inventories, and other documents that provide unique insights into the lives of the Pilgrims. Information about Pilgrim food, clothing, weapons, and games is also provided.


"Additional resources at the site include a Message to Teachers, a link to a page of myths about the Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving that have been taught in classrooms for generations, an area that allows students to email questions to the site's creator, some slightly scandalous accounts of the personal and criminal history of some Mayflower passengers -- and much, much more. In fact, exploring this site is almost as great an adventure as the one it describes."

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Game Building Resources

Game Building Resources | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The best FREE resources of game building for teachers and children: Building games for teaching Teach with Portal - Today, innovative educators are finding ways to incorporate Portal™ and Portal 2 ...
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Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb

Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Educators are responding to the close reading mandate with strategies that help students better understand complex texts. Our resource roundup has the links.

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Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:38 AM

Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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20 Great Math Websites for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Great Math Websites for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Below is a list I have been working on for awhile now. the list features some very useful Math websites specifically handpicked for teachers to use with their students. The initial list I compiled contained over 40 websites but as I reviewed it deeper I decided to take some out and keep the rest here. I invite you to have a loom and share with your colleagues. "


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math websites 

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Tom Perran's curator insight, January 26, 2014 8:30 AM

This is a great place to start when you are trying to find interesting and engaging activities for your students. Some old favorites and new  resources can be found here!

Jane Marsh's curator insight, January 27, 2014 4:24 AM

I need to take a look at these.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 27, 2014 7:14 AM
20 Great Math Websites for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
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5 Excellent iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Audio Notes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Excellent iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Audio Notes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"There are times when taking a note in a written format is not a practical option. You might for instance be attending a lecture or a conference or you might simply prefer to listen to your recorded notes instead of reading them, in these cases apps such as the ones below are what you will use for audio note taking. While keeping the basic note taking features, all of these apps are fantastic for recording notes and adding audio to your notes. I invite you to check out the selection I have below and share with us what you thin about it."


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tech resources for students and teachers (or any school personnel)

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Genie Alva's comment, January 30, 2014 1:43 PM
Thank you very much John Evans!
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:55 PM

Useful ideas

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:18 PM

Useful tools for those students who aren't big writers or need support with writing. 

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20 Programming Websites for K-8

20 Programming Websites for K-8 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
December 9-15, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code--a one hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it. It's a one-hour introduction to comput...

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Ideas for Using iPads for Digital Storytelling - MindShift

Ideas for Using iPads for Digital Storytelling - MindShift | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"The following is the first of a series of excerpts from Glickman’s book iPad in Education for Dummies.

 

The digital aspect of storytelling raises the art to a new level of experience. The emergence of technology and digital media has resulted in some significant departures from the traditional role of storytelling in education: Stories have become media-rich experiences. Billions of mobile devices are in the hands of people worldwide, and an ever-increasing percentage of those devices contain video cameras, still cameras, and microphones. Whenever anything of personal significance happens, it can be captured and chronicled in digital media that we edit, process, and publish. Within minutes, that moment is available to friends and family around the world. Media has become the language of today."

 


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The revolution will NOT be in Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

The revolution will NOT be in Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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This article poses powerful questions about transparency intiatives and access to information:  "What many open data initiatives do not consider is what happens after people are able to access and internalise open data and information. How do people act once they know something? As Vanessa Herringshaw from the Transparency and Accountability Initiative said in the “Raising the Bar for ambition and quality in OGP” session, “We know what transparency should look like but things are a lot less clear on the accountability end of things”. There are a lot of unanswered questions. Do citizens have the agency to take action? Who holds power? What kind of action is appropriate or desirable? Who is listening? And if they are listening, do they care? - See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/10/21/the-revolution-will-not-be-in-open-data/#sthash.Ns2da3cC.dpuf";

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Less serious legal research – Slaw

Less serious legal research – Slaw | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Why is it that legal texts turn off many eager readers? Sometimes this is due to their inherent complexity. No one can reasonably expect to obtain a simple overview of the Canadian tax system. It is complex and so are the rules that enforce it. Sometimes, legal information is made unnecessarily complex. One could think that plain language is heresy amongst authors of primary legal information. Even though court cases stand closest to common everyday communication, a trend becomes apparent that court opinions are getting longer and more complex. Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion. Evidently, contracts are among the less legible documents. 

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Although this page basically reviews Canadian law, it offers an important rationale for learning critical thinking skills and explains the problems of overly complex legal language. "Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion." So, there is problem in understanding the law and its interpretation as well as the reasoning involved in judgments, among other decions made in the courtroom. 

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Possibly The Best Math Chart Ever Created - Edudemic

Possibly The Best Math Chart Ever Created - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Math is fun, right? And very applicable to the 'real world', despite what all of those people who say they never use algebra - ever- tell you. But we all know it deep down: math and physics rule our lives.

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Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, October 19, 2013 7:04 AM

Next time you’re thinking that the lesson that you need to present to your class doesn’t have a ton of real-life relevance, think again. Even cosines and inverse cosines show up when you’re not looking!