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Ask3

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Looks like a very useful collaborative classroom tool.  Free too at the moment so well worth trying!

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John Dalziel's curator insight, August 12, 2013 4:26 PM

Ask3 (from TechSmith, the makers of Jing and Camtasia) is...
- screencasting software,
- collaboration tool,
- differentiation platform and
- scaffolded support system all rolled into one FREE iOS app.
Learners and/or practitioners can draw on a virtual whiteboard, record their drawings, narration and even annotate over pictures.
Ask3 also...
- allows learners to automatically upload these screencasts so that they are instantly viewable from all iPads logged into the same "class".
- also gives learners the ability to comment on each other's video - from within the video timeline; they can pause the screencast and add their own comment(s), question(s) or suggestion(s). All of these comments are instantly viewable for the class and practitioner to see and reply to.
There's more.
If text isn't enough to answer a question. Peers and/or practitioners can...
- pause the video where they want to provide help,
- comment,
- ask a question or solve the problem.
Ask3 then allows them to screencast over that paused image and to create their own video response, taking over from where the original video left off.
The video response is then available for the class to view in the timeline as well.
I'm sure that's enough to enthuse potential users.

Mark Ayton's curator insight, August 15, 2013 6:28 AM

Need a simple free tool for instantly preparing, presenting, pre-recording and flipping learning activities? This could be the very thing to get your suite of iPads out of the racks and into action! Thanks to @acljohn for another great find.

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The Educator’s Guide to Pinterest

The Educator’s Guide to Pinterest | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
If you’re wondering whether you should join Pinterest, we’ll show you how to get your account set up, how other educators are using Pinterest.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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As a library we have collaborative library boards for sharing our ideas. Very inspirational when looking for new ideas and expanding our vision.  We also 'pin' our own displays as a record that can be shared easily with and beyond our community.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 16, 11:19 AM

There are a surprising number of great resources on Pinterest. It's not all crafts and cooking! 

Karen Dunlap's curator insight, June 16, 11:35 AM

What a great way to continually get and give new ideas!

Kim Spencer's curator insight, June 18, 5:36 PM

integrate this into library programme,.

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Backchannel Chat - Safe Secure Classroom Discussions

Backchannel Chat - Safe Secure Classroom Discussions | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Safely and securely backchannel your classroom discussions. We provide educators full control of chat activities and provide students with a tool that makes learning engaging.

Via Nik Peachey
Tina Jameson's insight:

This looks like an extremely useful classroom tool.  (I'm hoping some of our class teachers will trial it).  There is a free usable version, but at only $15 per year for up to 50 students - the paid version is really very affordable.

The attractive thing about this tool is the high level of security it offers.  Access is restricted to the group, profanities are filtered out, and teachers are able to moderate comments.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 9, 4:29 AM

Nice backchannel tool designed specifically for education.

nicolaperry's curator insight, June 11, 5:43 AM

This looks useful. Lots of controls if you want to use them. Easy to use if you don't. 

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Teacher's Guide to Using Padlet in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Guide to Using Padlet in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

Padlet is a great platform for bookmarking and sharing digital content. Since in its launch a few years ago, Padlet (formerly Wallwisher)  has undergone several great updates that make it an ideal tool to use with students in class. Before we see some of the ways to use this platform with students, let us have a look at some of its features .

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I'm a big fan of Padlet - and use it like a library scrapbook to promote and provide evidence of displays and activities.  Also a fantastic collaborative tool to use in a classroom - brainstorming / feedback etc.  The free version has been more than adequate for my needs, and the privacy settings seem quite good - but they do also offer premium services - including one called Padlet Backpack - aimed specifically at the school market.

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Cybersmart - Internet and mobile safety advice and activities: Cybersmart

Cybersmart - Internet and mobile safety advice and activities: Cybersmart | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of theAustralian Government's commitment to cybersafety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.

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With information, videos and games aimed at all year levels, it is really worth taking the time to explore this site with your students.  Highly recommended.  My only wish for improvement is that they create a compatible App for Apple / Android users.  

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Email Etiquette for Students - YouTube

-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.com/ . Make your own animated videos and animated presentations for free. PowToon is a free to...
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A simple introduction / reminder to writing emails appropriately - useful at all levels, but particularly aimed at middle school students.

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Deploying iPads in Primary Education

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iPads are becoming an important part of education resources, whether as a learning tool for pupils or a teaching aid. The devices are being used in many subjects, often creating opportunities that were previously not possible.


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Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers

Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
How often have we sat in a Staff Meeting or Professional Development day and listened to the talk turn into a complaint session with no real solutions being offered? I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before …

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A brief argument for using Twitter as a PD tool.

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Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning

Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Blogging should not be an add-on, not an isolated project, but should be seen as PEDAGOGY. Ann Davis shared a definition of Pedagogy beyond a  simple "method of teaching" (unfortunately I was not a...

Via Chris Carter
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If you are looking at 'blogging' as a possible classroom tool / strategy to use with students - then this infographic and accompanying 'blog' advice could be useful. 

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Mónica Silakowicz's curator insight, June 9, 2014 9:58 AM

Pedagogía: "Las estrategias, técnicas y enfoques que los profesores pueden utilizar para facilitar el aprendizaje."

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 9, 2014 7:05 PM

Los Blogs como herramienta pedagógica

Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, June 17, 2014 11:03 PM

Un buen medio de comunicación

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VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud

Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
Tina Jameson's insight:

This looks like a very interesting tool to use with the 'Flipped Classroom', for student peer reviews and presentations, and to become a seamless social tool that appears useful and easy to use.   (Note that this is a subscription based product, priced based on the numbers of users at educational institution.)

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How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning

How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
The opportunity to extend access to technology in the classroom and at home is enticing, but school districts can get hung up on important details like providing a strong network, making sure each child has a device, and questions about around distraction. Of course, no one answer will work for all teachers or students, but one guiding principle that's shown to work is for schools to focus on how mobile technology will help shift instruction to be more collaborative, learner-driven and inquiry-based.
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“Instead of this just being a technology initiative, it really is an instructional initiative".

Using BYOD to encourage inquiry based learning.

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3D Printing – Coming to a Classroom Near you (Sooner Than you Think)!

3D Printing – Coming to a Classroom Near you (Sooner Than you Think)! | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
3D Printing is less Costly and More Readily Available Then Most People Realize. Did you know that you can buy a 3D printer from Amazon.com for $1200 and start

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 20, 2014 3:05 AM

3D printers are being used right now is schools across the world. This post includes some examples.

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6 Cloud-based Tools For Creating Mobile & Web Apps

6 Cloud-based Tools For Creating Mobile & Web Apps | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

Living in the age of the web, it has become essential to create applications for both the web and mobile platforms. In order to build the best apps, you need the best tools. But, there are many tools available in the market, so it can be tricky deciding which one is the most appropriate. In this post, some of the best cloud-based tools to help developers in the process of building excellent apps are identified. 


Via Karen Bonanno
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Tools to write apps!

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:13 AM

This could be a great opportunity for students to stretch their creative ideas.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:18 AM

Stimulate the creativity.

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Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills?

Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills? | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
via MindShift Taking selfies at funerals. Tagging pictures of teens drinking alcohol at parties. Kids (and adults for that matter) post a lot of silly stuff online — and although most of it ...
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I think the easy answer is YES....article has a look at the whys and wherefores.
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Made with Code_Google

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Things you love are Made with Code. Code your first creative project and meet music producers, fashion designers, humanitarians, and animators who are coding the world they want to see.
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While aimed at encouraging girls to explore the world of coding - all students should enjoy this fantastic site.  Make a Yeti dance, create an avatar, animate a GIF, mix music, design and LED dress and so many more projects to explore.  As someone with very little experience in coding, I found the site both engaging and its projects achievable.

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Twittertastic Teacher's Guide

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The Twittertastic Teacher's Guide is the ultimate companion for bringing Twitter into your classroom, with 30 twitter-rific class activities, tips for expanding your PLN, and more!
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Will be very useful for those teachers looking to introduce social networking into their teacher toolkit.  

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Solution Fluency-Style Blog Writing: The Basics

Solution Fluency-Style Blog Writing: The Basics | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Here is a step-by-step pathway for using Solution Fluency to write a blog post, courtesy of the GDCF writing team!
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Would you like to have a go at Blogging with a class? 'Global Digital Citizen' shares the planning and processes they use to publish their own excellent Blog.  They even provide a very useful template that you could use. (Define / Discover / Dream / Design / Deliver / Debrief).

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Digital Compass | Common Sense Media

Digital Compass | Common Sense Media | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
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Digital Compass - aimed at a middle school level, allows students to make a series of 'online' choices through this role playing 'choose your own story' adventure.  It could be a useful and fun tool and a good starting point for getting kids to think about their rights, responsibilities and safety online.

Free to use and compatible with multiple devices. 

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Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World: outreach with Maggie Philbin | Information Literacy

Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World: outreach with Maggie Philbin | Information Literacy | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

The CILIP Information Literacy Group and InformAll submitted a joint response to the July 2014 UK Digital Skills Task Force’s interim report, Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World, which was authored by Maggie Philbin.

Tina Jameson's insight:

This summarizes and provides the link to the report 'Digital Skills for Tomorrow's World' (Link also below):

http://policy.bcs.org/sites/policy.bcs.org/files/Interim%20report.pdf

While focusing on the UK, it is well worth reviewing, as it outlines the learning needs of students who are going to have to live, survive and work in our consistently developing digital world.

(I particularly like way the report divided the population into four distinct tech savvy groups: Digital Muggles - those for whom technology is as alien as magic, then the Digital Citizens, Digital Workers and Digital Makers).

There is also discussion as to how we can measure learning when 'information literacy is the process not the outcome'.

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Education Social - Education Social strap line goes here.

Education Social - Education Social strap line goes here. | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

Edusocial has been developed by The Education Foundation in partnership with Facebook UK In 2013, The Education Foundation and Facebook teamed up to write the Facebook Guide for Educators to help support educators in the positive use of social media for good in schools and other education institutions.


Via Dennis T OConnor
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A useful (Beta version) site - developing a support network for sharing good practice in using this popular social media to benefit education - How to set up pages to share homework, communicate effectively with parents, share professional development strategies with staff.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 21, 2014 4:28 AM

Many American Educators would run screaming from the classroom at the thought of using Facebook as a teaching environment. These folks in the UK have a different perspective. 

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Tackk — Content Creation + Sharing

Tackk — Content Creation + Sharing | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Quickly publish and share your message with one simple page. No signup, just easy, beautiful design.

Via Chris Carter
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What a versatile and useful tool - as a librarian looking for creative ways to market library events and displays I can envisage many uses for this.  From the little time I have spent creating my first 'tack' - I would describe Tackk as something of a cross between 'Padlet' (Wallwisher) and 'Pinterest'.  
It is also free to use!  If you want to have a 'play' without signing up, you can create a temporary tack - that will disappear after several days.  Signing up means your tacks won't vanish - and you can add to them / edit them later. 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 19, 2014 5:53 AM

Everything about this resource whispers professionalism and Ed Tech application.

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Surfly

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"Our real-time web sharing technology enables remote collaboration by showing others what you see in your web browser."


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This looks like a seriously useful collaborative working tool - and is reported to be simple to use; though unlike other curators who have reviewed this site, I cannot see how to use this without registering.  

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John Thomas's curator insight, February 1, 2014 5:46 AM

Surfly is a new web-based app which allows you co-browse any web page while being able to show and see each other live cursor in real-time. You can invite multiple attendees, and each one of them can see your selected web pages no matter what kind of device or screen size they have. As you scroll the page, they see it scrolling too. To start a session you simply share a URL with those who you want to invite. No software to download or install. No need to even to register or login. My comment: The best, easiest and most convenient tool to co-browse and collaborate over any web page at a distance. It works instantly. Nothing to do make it work. Simplicity and immediacy win over features. API available. Free to use. Try it out now: https://surfly.com/ Company Blog: http://www.surfly.com/blog/

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Changes to UK copyright law and how they could affect you | CILIP

Changes to UK copyright law and how they could affect you | CILIP | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

"The aim of these modernisations to copyright law – many of which do no more than put us on an even footing with the rest of Europe – is to try and foster a legal and fully functional digital environment that supports an innovative UK digital economy, and treats citizens as digital citizens. It certainly seems to me this is a significant step in the right direction. "

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Significant changes are being implemented in UK copyright law, which make sensible library / educational practice in data and media use - recognizing that staff and students are as likely to use music / video clips as part of a presentation as they are text excerpts.

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39 Tools To Turn Your Students Into Makers From edshelf

39 Tools To Turn Your Students Into Makers From edshelf | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
These web, desktop, and mobile apps will help your students become makers, inventors, builders, and programmers.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
Tina Jameson's insight:

Great selection of apps - going to take me a while to explore them all.  For those interested in STEM - a lot of potential here.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, March 23, 2014 7:05 PM

So many to choose from! 

Juan Legarda's curator insight, March 23, 2014 10:59 PM

The more we share, the more we learn…and therefore the wider we make the scope of possibilities for our students to discover!

Helen Rowling's curator insight, March 25, 2014 2:30 AM

A vast variety for students to explore

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Presentation Software that Inspires | Haiku Deck

Presentation Software that Inspires | Haiku Deck | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Haiku Deck is a completely new kind of presentation software -- it’s simple, beautiful, and fun.
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Looking for an alternative to PowerPoint?  Register with Haiku Deck to use both on PC or as an app to create simple slides that are easy to share.

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50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners

50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners

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Would you like an avatar to give your lecture for you?  One of many options suggested here.

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