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Various web tools used in teaching and learning. Pedagogy is key... How do I use these tools?
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Virtual Author Visits in Your Library or Classroom - Skype An Author Network

Virtual Author Visits in Your Library or Classroom - Skype An Author Network | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
A place to join a network of authors willing to Skype into classrooms to speak with teachers and children.
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This would be great to use. I'd be interested to see how many are in a time zone suitable for Australia!

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40 Sites for Educational Games

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Tech and Learning has just posted a wonderful article concerning Internet Gaming.  With school starting up, make sure you have your resources available to help that special student of yours make the...

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 17, 2013 8:27 PM

Adding more teaching resources...

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How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad

How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it

"The idea of a paperless classroom is not new.

 

In fact, there was recently one very good blog, TeachPaperless, dedicated to this very idea. In short, the idea promotes not just a reduction of paper and other physical resources, but rather a more efficient workflow, quicker communication, improved access to learning materials, seamless digital portfolios, and more naturally connected student-teacher-student networks."


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Luis Novoa's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:46 AM

I do agree thats because i always said... think more, use less.

 

Stacy Young's curator insight, August 13, 2013 12:39 PM

It's interesting how the younger generation is all tech, yet many of my middle schoolers still want a paper copy and work with paper.

ReallyOrganizedNow(RON)'s comment, August 14, 2013 2:44 AM
It is still a wonder to me why in this day of technological advancement, that there isn't a laptop or tablet on every desk in every school across the nation. Technology, need to be integrated more with the teaching and learning of our students.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Infographic flyer: What's your digital footprint?

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Infographic flyer: What's your digital footprint? | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
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Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students.

Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students. | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it

Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts.


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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, August 4, 2013 6:59 PM

The "Kid Blog' is a safe and effective way to allow your students to keep up to date blogs in a secure evironment. With these blogs students can not only post their own blogs, but oarticipate in discussions.

I feel this is a gerat resourse to use within the classroom, as students and teachers can keep track of students posts and especially look at their progress throughout the year.

Xyleme Alex's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:58 PM

Looks like a great tool and it's entirely free. I like that it is based on the Wordpress platform, but removes the clutter and distractions that other blogging services have.

Antonio Tejero Aparicio's curator insight, August 8, 2013 2:59 AM

Unaplicaciones recurso en línea muy útil para desarrollar la lectura y la escritura digital. Aquí tenéis un ejemplo

http://kidblog.org/6EnRed/


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40+ Tools to Create Infographics with Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

40+ Tools to Create Infographics with Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
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Great list! Share to spread the love!

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Two Video Guides to Website Evaluation

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Lourense Das's curator insight, July 28, 2013 7:13 AM

Two interesting videos on website evaluation from www.freetech4teachers.com

Dean Mantz's curator insight, July 29, 2013 12:33 AM

I would like to add to Beth Dicther's share, via Richard Byrne's Free Technology 4 Teachers, that website evaluation skills should be a necessity for any student and educator regardless of online or face-to-face. 

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:57 PM

website evaluation

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15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad

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15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad (RT @stumpteacher: 15 Literacy Apps To Create Books On The iPad http://t.co/yS7UbvgxKZ via @TeachThought)

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There are so many apps out there! Any suggestions as to which ones are better and easier to use, especially with primary/elementary aged children?

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Mark Gantt's curator insight, July 24, 2013 12:16 PM

WRITERS -Great list of apps for writing books on the iPad

Elaine Watkins's curator insight, July 25, 2013 11:14 PM

Great list. I'll be testing some of these out in the next couple of weeks.

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Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it

"In their attempts to establish a 1:1 program for the year 6 class, St Oliver Plunket has recently held a series of workshops in order to develop their students skills before they were officially given management of their very own devices.

The workshops were particularly centered around teaching students about some tips and tricks for managing their iPad, email etiquette, successful searching and copyright and creative commons. I personally was thrilled by the efforts these people from St Oliver are putting into making their 1:1 program a success and I hope other schools would do the same."


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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, July 2, 2014 7:34 PM

um big quadro de aplicativos utilizados para apoiar aprendizagem no seculo XXI...

faezams's curator insight, July 10, 2014 9:01 PM

App list visual

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 9, 4:24 PM

Here are two great visual lists of iPad apps for Teachers and Students.

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

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danahawkins's comment, August 8, 2013 10:34 PM
The curation comment is interesting... I think it's fantastic that students are able to gain these skills without the assistance of a teacher, but ultimately if they veer off the path or have been misguided, they will always need a facilitator to not only show students the tools but also give them some best practice ideas.
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:13 AM

A new approach to learning and teaching concerns students' selflearning and assessing and of course techer's coaching. More about main principals in this article...

Mary Kate Lavin's curator insight, February 6, 2014 2:39 PM

This describes the 12 principles of mobile learning.  It describes not only how to use technology in classes but also the reasoning behind using it.  

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5 Good Digital Storytelling Apps for Android ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Good Digital Storytelling Apps for Android ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
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I'm loveing this might down load a few to my tablet and have a play... I wonder if they have an i equivalent...

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Making iPad Kids think big

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I teach a unit to Years 7s and 8s on digital citizenship that centres on the theme of respecting yourself and others when online and using mobile devices. The opening lesson of this focusses on res...
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Using iPads and Android tablets is becoming more common in education. it's important to use these tools in a sound pedagogical way. Using higher order thinking skills is important. Using tablets for more than just drill practice and games makes them a powerful learning tool. This site has some great links to tools that can help create.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Picture Stories With Phrase.it

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Picture Stories With Phrase.it | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
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This looks simple and fun. 

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50 Awesome Facts About Earth To Share With Your Class [Infographic]

50 Awesome Facts About Earth To Share With Your Class [Infographic] | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
I bet you don't know the vast majority of these facts about Earth. I sure didn't and thought I was on my game. Guess not!

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Love this! I will share this one with my class

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Marco Pozzi's curator insight, August 18, 2013 6:11 AM

Veramente bello!!

Diana Turner's curator insight, August 18, 2013 4:57 PM

Geography factoids to stimulate academic reading and conversation in an intermediate ESL class.

Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, August 18, 2013 5:13 PM

I like how the information in this infographic is broken up into parts Space, Atmosphere, Sea, underearth and ground. It has lots of statistics that are backed up by sources.

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22 Simple Examples Of Social Media In The Classroom

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22 Simple Examples Of Social Media In The Classroom

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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, August 16, 2013 9:49 AM

Great ways to implement social media into the classroom!

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Video and Screencasting Apps for Learning

Video and screencasting apps can help teachers develop their own tutorials for students (similar to Khan academy) or can be used so students can make their own

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Great ideas and practical!

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Tony Gough's curator insight, August 13, 2013 1:34 PM
Lots of excellent resources for teachers and students, but also some information that applies to business. Check out http://www.touchcast.com/
Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:29 AM

A quick and easy to watch and learn from overview on screen casting.

Kristyn Curran's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:08 AM

This seems like a home run!  Make your own video tutorials for your students to meet THEIR needs. 

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Using Social Media in the Classroom - home

Using Social Media in the Classroom - home | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
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I've recently bought this book. I have found it very useful and thorough on it's approach to pedagogy and practicality. Though I know in a few years it will be obsolete it is certainly a great start for now. 

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Making Inquiry Mobile - Apps for Inquiry Learning

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Identifying apps that support the LADDER model which takes it name from the stages of the process, which are not linear, but iterative, as learners work through the process of creating responses to the inquiry question. The stages are:Launch, Access, Develop, Demonstrate, Evaluate and Reflect.


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Great ideas and links!

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 29, 2013 2:55 AM

A collection of apps to support inquiry learning

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4 Great Interactive eBooks for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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10 Web Tools Every Digital Classroom should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Web Tools Every Digital Classroom should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
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I use most of these tools, though some not with the children, for my own management of the classroom and ideas I use Evernote. I;d also add Pinterest to this list!

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A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
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This is a fantastic clear infographic explaining Creative Commons. I'm going to use this in my class and school to promote the use of ethical searching and using of images and audio for assignments

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ForAllRubrics - Super Powered Rubrics

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This looks really interesting! I might have to try it at school!

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 6, 2013 6:39 PM

Free to teachers, but you do have to sign up.

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A Wonderful Wheel featuring iPad Apps for Autistic Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Great list of apps. i need some of these in my classroom!

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Second Life: The Sweet Smell of Desperation

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As Linden Lab gradually loses landmass in its virtual world, as shown so graphically in Tyche Shepherd's Grid Survey data, the Lab turns again to a dog it kicked repeatedly in 2010: educators. Hamlet Au broke the story that the Lab is "quietly" reaching out to selected schools and nonprofitswho lost their 50% discount on the Lab's exorbitant tier rates: come back, and you will get the discount again. According the Hamlet, the discount works as "a full private island for $1,770 per year, or $3,540 for two years."

 "Please, oh please," Linden Lab might have added. Here's why educators should reply with a firm "no thanks."

Fairness to All Customers: Why should some educators get this discount, and not others? While vendors in education do offer volume discounts, it is unclear if the new educational offer applies to potentially large estates: a cap-and-gown version of the Lab's Atlas Program. 

I'd prefer across-the-board cuts for all customers, something the Lab apparently cannot do. Focus on Entertainment, Not Business or Education: I've long felt we made a mistake in thinking that SL would be amendable to education. We educators thought of Linden Lab as just another software vendor. 

When the educational discounts had existed in an earlier era of Second Life, the preferential treatment made sense, as educators were then a sort of "halo" customer for a product the purportedly would be a "disruptive" technology intent on changing the world. 

Today, the Rosedale/Burning Man dream is long gone. SL, under CEO Mark Kingdon, tried to enter the enterprise market and failed, even as the Lab's educational team was fired and the discount for educational and non-profit customers ended. I'd hoped that Rod Humble, with his impressive Electronics-Arts pedigree, would at least restore some sense to an unsustainable revenue model based upon extracting tier payments from a declining user base.

Instead, since his coming the Lab has clearly been milking SL, not even featuring it as one of four "shared creative spaces" on the Lab's page that points to potential investors and employees. Meanwhile, SL has chased the social-gamer market, with advertisements looking more and more like IMVU's. Marketing counts here. One look at the Lab's images for "what is Second Life" show beautiful people often in romantic embraces. 

I really like this whimsical and sexy image by Strawberry Singh that the Lindens use as the default on their site's home page, but it would elicit laughs in the classroom and worse in the IT conference rooms where purchasing decisions get made. It illustrates how far the Linden Lab strategy has shifted, and I don't think a granting agency or IT department would look at today's SL and say "here is your $150 per month, prof. Go play with Victoria's Secret pixies." A Company and Platform Out of Touch With How Millennials Communicate: I polled my current section of 16 first-year students. Not one brought a desktop computer to campus, and only three own one at their home. 

My residential campus is not typical today, with full-time undergraduate students who don't commute. That said, many of my current students are also computer-science majors. They use mobile technology for everything: laptops for making content and phones plus, increasingly, tablets for communication. SL does not play well on many laptops with wireless and not at all on phones and tablets, barring a third-party viewing with limited functionality. The platform is wedded to the desktop computer that remains popular with the sorts of users who can swap out a video card on a weekend. Students can't do that with laptops, and our labs, where desktops remain available, are not set up for that sort of on-the-fly upgrades.No Sense of the Academic Year: Like the sucker-punch of 2010 this current offer comes, once again, in the midst of the US academic and fiscal year. Budgeting decisions are tricky to time but don't get made, short term, in March or October. The Lab needed to give educators more warning time in each case. 

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me: Why should we trust these guys? Here I will turn to a few educators who responded to Hamlet's post. I called the treatment of educators a "buggering" and a wag named A.J. summed up the Linden offer as "Come back. Join our dying world again." Ken Hudson, whose Border-Crossing project had attracted such acclaim before moving his work to Unity 3D, and, notably, still gets promoted on the official Linden Lab wiki, noted that "I love that LL believes we all forgot how they dicked us around. We didn't."

We've not forgotten, Linden Lab, the whip-sawing policies that marked the 2010 buggering. Many of us have moved on, and it's likely my last-ever semester using virtual worlds for a class project.

So, no thank you and thanks for all the prims.


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R Hollingsworth's curator insight, March 18, 2013 8:58 AM

from Joe Essid, a faculty member in the departments of English & Rhetoric & Communication Studies, at the University of Richmond.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 13, 2013 9:05 AM

OK, one more. Thanks to CherryNetwork.

Gord Holden's comment, July 17, 2013 3:26 PM
If SL was at all serious about re-engaging the educational community, they'd have to start by paying some attention to their login pages and attending to the prevention of children accessing adult sites. I think this would be a reasonable priority, even over reducing costs!
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Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Tools Today | Scoop.it
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Moodle can be a useful tool but it's important to know what it can do. this table is very useful

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