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5 Superb Google Docs Add-ons for Writers

5 Superb Google Docs Add-ons for Writers | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it
Check Out these 5 Superb Google Docs Add-ons for Writers.

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10 Ways Teachers Use massively multplayer online role-playing games (MMOs) in the Classroom

10 Ways Teachers Use massively multplayer online role-playing games (MMOs) in the Classroom | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

The media tends to love a story of some Cheeto-dusted, Mountain Dew-chugging troglodyte landing in rehab because Everquest or World of Warcraft more or less encompassed every millisecond of their lives and they, like, totally thought they were a Blood Elf mage in real life or something. Except MMORPGs, or massively multiplayer online role-playing games, actually benefit society when applied to certain situations, but nobody ever talks about it. Academics have seized upon these games in order to better illustrate classroom lessons, build necessary character skills, and other lovely things you’ll find out if you keep reading.


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The Future Of Textbooks Is Free … And It’s Now Available

The Future Of Textbooks Is Free … And It’s Now Available | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

The world of digital textbooks is more than heating up. It’s on fire. Amazon just launched a digital rental option for textbooks. Companies like Chegg are becoming academic hubs that can improve your education experience through more than just textbook rentals.

 

But all of the options to use digital textbooks have cost money. And teachers as well as students simply don’t have much.

Until now.

 

Boundless just launched the public beta version of its brand new site. What is Boundless? It’s a way to easily turn all of the open source information that exists in the world into a simple easy-to-use digital textbook. And it’s free.

 

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http://edudemic.com/2012/08/boundless-textbooks-free/

 


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The Top 10 Education APIs And Why They’re Important

The Top 10 Education APIs And Why They’re Important | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

First off, what is an API?


API stands for Application Program Interface. It’s a tool which allows web applications (websites and apps to the layman) to communicate with each other and share information stored in each other’s databases. This information can then be incorporated into new and different projects.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://edudemic.com/2012/07/the-top-10-education-apis-and-why-theyre-important/

 


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50 QR code resources for the classroom | ZDNet

50 QR code resources for the classroom | ZDNet | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it
How can QR codes be used effectively in class?

 

As mobile learning and technology is more readily integrated within classroom settings, QR codes can be used as an interesting method to capture a student’s attention and make lesson material more interactive.

 

Quick response codes, also known as ‘QR’ codes, are simple, scannable images that are a form of barcode. By scanning a QR code image through a mobile device, information can be accessed including text, links, bookmarks and email addresses.

 

In the classroom, QR codes can be used in a variety of ways — from conducting treasure hunts to creating modern CVs. Below is a number of articles, tutorials and lesson plans designed to help educators.

 

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http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/50-qr-code-resources-for-the-classroom/16093

 


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 4, 2012 4:50 AM
One of the most effective ways the QR code could be used is in mail order catalogs. In the catalog it would have information on each of the products, pictures and then a QR code with a call to action to scan it. When scanned, the code would pull up a promotional video that explains the product further and shows examples of the product being used. When the video finishes, it will prompt the user to directly add the item to their shopping cart. Additionally, because the catalog could have the QR code link to a URL of their choice, they can track all scans and conversions to measure effectiveness and make necessary changes.
Other ways to use QR Codes:
• to assign homework assignments
• to Link to Important Forms
• to Give Feedback
• for Polls, Surveys, etc
In adult education, QR Codes may be used for examinations, certification and many other applications.
Because of their unusual design, the QR codes would certainly draw the viewers eye, the problem is, these codes are meant to be viewed (primarily but not exclusively) on a mobile phone. If they have a PDF to fill out, it would be much easier to download it to a computer than a mobile phone.
Gust MEES's comment, June 4, 2012 8:08 AM
@Konstantinos Hi, thx for your comment. I agree on your comment, there are huge possibilities withe QR-Code. Please check also my #curation here http://www.scoop.it/t/qr-code-and-its-applications

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Twitter Basics for Students

Twitter Basics for Students | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it
Have you heard of Twitter? Do you like to tweet? Most likely you’ve utilized social networking websites such as Facebook. So why would you consider using Twitter?

 

To enhance and increase connections with classmates – and potentially your instructors, as you may not find it easy to network with students on other sites and it is very unlikely that your instructors will appear on your friends list. What if I told you that this can help you develop an academic network and support system?

 

===> By the end of this post I believe you will want to give it a try and more importantly, you’ll likely find it can be an effective personal learning network. <===

 


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edshelf - a Directory of Digital Tools for Educators

edshelf - a Directory of Digital Tools for Educators | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

 

- Discover new tools


- See what other educators use


- Rate and review your favorite tools

 


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The 21st century pedagogy teachers should be aware of

The 21st century pedagogy teachers should be aware of | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

The skills that are pivotal to achieve the 21st century pedagogy goals are :


- Critical thinking


- Active learning


- Problem solving skills


- Communicating, making connections,creating and expressing oneself in a variety of ways


- Contextualized knowledge. As you can see in the learning pyramid , uncontextualized and non-activity based learning could result in a low retention rate.

 

- Collaborative team work. This is mainly achieved through web2.0 technologies and social networking tools .

 

If you have read the UNESCO’S publication “ The four pillars of education “ you would realize that collaboration is the core element of the four pillars which are :


-Learning to know


- Lerning to do


- Learning to live together


- Learning to be

 


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IXL-Maths for the left and right brain

IXL-Maths for the left and right brain | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it
IXL is the Web's most comprehensive math practice site. Popular among educators and families, IXL provides unlimited questions in more than 2,000 topics.

 

===> An adaptive learning system, featuring games and awards, inspires students to achieve. <===


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Leslie Taylor Ercole's curator insight, March 1, 5:25 PM

Warm up with practice problems every day. One of my students has completed over 70 hours of practice!

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Video Games for Learning: Resource Roundup | Edutopia

Video Games for Learning: Resource Roundup | Edutopia | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and resources on using video games and simulations in the classroom.

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Bloom's digital taxonomy Wheel and Knowledge Dimension

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Very impressive digital animation, a must see...

 

Here the link: http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf

 


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Roberto Ivan Ramirez's curator insight, July 16, 3:35 PM

La rueda taxonómica se irá enriqueciendo en la medida que las TIC sigan su propia evolución creativa e innovadora en lel proceso de implementación, evaluación y seguimiento en los entornos de aprendizaje físicos, virtuales y mixtos.

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Pretty cool...interactive Adobe Flash site. Click on an area to see additional information.

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http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf

 

Interactive animation that breaks down the 'wheel' - includes suggested 'tools' that could be used for different related activities.

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Technology Integration Matrix | Arizona K12 Center

Technology Integration Matrix | Arizona K12 Center | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

What is the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix?
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments.

 

Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells.


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Use Google Story Builder in your class to engage young authors

Use Google Story Builder in your class to engage young authors | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

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50 Great Twitter Chats in Academia

50 Great Twitter Chats in Academia | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

Check out 50 of the best Twitter chats in academia, offering a great way to get connected and stay informed in the world of education.

 

Read more:

http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/09/09/50-great-twitter-chats-academia/

 


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Google Apps Expert | Google Apps Training Videos

Google Apps Expert | Google Apps Training Videos | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it
Did you know that in 2011, Google Apps released 100+ new updates? With so many new updates how to keep does one keep up with all the new releases and updates? Try Ask Google Guru where you can find Google Apps Training Videos by topic, by level (beginner, intermediate, Gooru), and Migration Guides.
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BYOD in the 21st Century

Wondering what BYOD means or if your school is ready for it? In this 8-minute Pedagogical Quickie, I present some of the many advantages and limitations of his concept for education.

 

Gust MEES: A MUST WATCH Video! Best I have seen about BYOD... It explains very well...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;amp;v=SSXyfX8ABhA


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Stacey Marten's curator insight, March 11, 2013 12:50 AM

Cute cartoon figures combined with a Star Trek analogy is a recipe for success. Thanks for passing on this BYOD gem.

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The History Of Learning Tools [Infographic]

The History Of Learning Tools [Infographic] | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

You’re going to want to print out this infographic and, at the very least, share it with your fellow teachers and even students. It’s all about the history of education technology and could be used to educate just about anyone on how far we’ve come in a short period of time. We did a more in-depth look at the history of education technology about a year ago but this infographic is a lot more… fun.

 

Anyway, the below infographic from CTU can be viewed below or downloaded as a PDF here (so you can fire up that color printer). Enjoy the walk down memory lane!

 


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François Arnal's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:32 AM

De l'ardoise à la tablette, du projecteur de diapositive au vidéoprojecteur interactif...

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What’s a connected educator?

What’s a connected educator? | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it
I know it’s nothing new any more. If you’re reading this blog you are probably part of a community of connected educators. We read blogs. We write blogs. We share resources and ideas vi...
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Five PowerPoint add-ons that go beyond ordinary slide shows

Five PowerPoint add-ons that go beyond ordinary slide shows | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever been disappointed by tools claiming to help you create killer presentations, take heart: Here are a few that might renew your fai...
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Radi-Web animation

Radi-Web animation | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

FOR WEB ANIMATION
Draw vector shapes and give them life with motion animation and shape poses. Add images, patterns and text. Publish as HTML that's compatible with smartphones, iPads & e‑books — no Flash required.

 

FOR GRAPHICS PROGRAMMING
Making graphics in JavaScript can be fun, and now it's easier than ever: write some code and press Play! Use script parameters to easily explore values without changing your code.

 


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Museum Box tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period

Museum Box tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

Welcome to Museum Box,

 

This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary?

 

You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.


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Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 | We Are Teachers

Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 | We Are Teachers | Teaching 21st Century | Scoop.it

 

 

 

Reviews and best practices from teachers who have used apps:

 

 

 

 

- Instructional Support Apps

- Educational Reference Apps

- Critical Thinking Apps

- Early Learning Apps

- Elementary Reading Apps

- Elementary Math Apps

- High School English Apps

- High School Math Apps


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Building an Effective School BYOD Plan

Schools are needing increasing amounts of expensive educational technology at a time when budgets are shrinking.

 

Building an Effective School BYOD Plan


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