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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. 


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Tools to write apps!

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

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

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

Stimulate the creativity.

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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, 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, 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."


Via John Thomas
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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, 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. "

Tina Jameson's insight:

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
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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, 7:05 PM

So many to choose from! 

Juan Legarda's curator insight, March 23, 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, 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

Via Karen Bonanno
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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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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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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.

Via Linda Guthrie
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While being 'tech literate' is essential, we also need to explicitly provide times for prolonged concentration, without the distraction of technology.  This article links the ability to focus consistently with behaviour and the ability of people to regulate their emotions.

 

As a library professional whose main goal is to encourage reading, I  believe this article supports the necessity of valuing periods of 'tech free' sustained reading opportunities.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web - OEDB.org

The Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web - OEDB.org | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
The vast majority of the Internet lies in the Deep Web, sometimes referred to as the Invisible Web. The actual size of the Deep Web is impossible to measure, but many experts estimate it is about 500 times the size of the web as we know it.
Tina Jameson's insight:

Facinating and vital reading; understand the difference between 'surface web' - that which is easily accesible through traditional web crawlers, and the 'deep web' - favoured by intelligence networks!..This article also looks at why Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become so important if you want to build a strong online profile - and explores ways in which you can do this.

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Steal this: Student Guide to Social Media « thewikiman

Steal this: Student Guide to Social Media « thewikiman | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

This is an interactive online resource, giving information on various social media platforms, and on tasks you can accomplish using social media – it is aimed primarily at undergraduates but has applications across the board.

Tina Jameson's insight:

Great tool for students to use independently, helping them with the 'whys' and 'hows' of using social media effectively and positively.  Created through the collaboration of three UK universities of York, Leeds and Manchester.

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Phil Bradley's weblog: iGoogle 24 alternatives. (Updated)

Phil Bradley's weblog: iGoogle 24 alternatives. (Updated) | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
For those of you who are still using iGoogle, the time has come, since it's going to close its doors at the end of play today. I wrote a post a while ago on alternatives, which I'm including below, with some editing.
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If you like your homepage to be tailored to your personal needs and links - then Phil has a few suggestions / assessments of a few.  I like to use Symbaloo myself.

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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 …

Via EDTC@UTB, Melinda Miller
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A brief argument for using Twitter as a PD tool.

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Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning

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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, 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, 7:05 PM

Los Blogs como herramienta pedagógica

Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, June 17, 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, 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
Tina Jameson's insight:

Tools to write apps!

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

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

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 28, 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 ...
Tina Jameson's insight:
I think the easy answer is YES....article has a look at the whys and wherefores.
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9 Steps For Schools To Create Their Own BYOD Policy

9 Steps For Schools To Create Their Own BYOD Policy | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
  via TeachThought 9 Steps For Schools To Create Their Own BYOD Policy If you haven’t noticed lately, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is kind of a big deal, both in business, technology, and educ...
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This recommends a process to follow, as a school contemplates going down the BYOD path.

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Scoot & Doodle

Scoot & Doodle | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

“Scoot & Doodle, a social creativity site that blends the video conferencing capabilities of Skype with the playfulness of Draw Something.”


Via Nik Peachey
Tina Jameson's insight:

With up to 10 people able to collaborate at a time - would be a great tool for group 'brainstorming' and other shared activities.  As with any social site, you need to register to be able to use.

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LaraBadioli's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:31 AM

altro utilizzo funzionale degli scarabocchi in chiave social!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:33 AM

Scoot y Doole un sitio de creatividad.

Simon da Roza's curator insight, January 12, 6:09 PM

What a great way to collabrate and share and inspire!

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The how to make a great Prezi, Prezi

The how to make a great Prezi, Prezi

A complete how-to guide for Prezi - from what it is and why you should use it, to advanced Prezi techniques. by Ned Potter on 8 September 2013

 

Tina Jameson's insight:

Highly recommend this guide to creating Prezi presentations.  As this is being used increasingly in our workplace, this makes a fantastic introduction to anyone wishing to have a go.

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Gavin Meikle's curator insight, February 23, 6:38 AM

I am still struggling to make the switch to Prezzi but this video was really helpful

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4 Principals Of Digital Literacy

4 Principals Of Digital Literacy | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

4 Principals Of Digital Literacy (01/17/2013, Terry Heick,)
 

-Comprehension

-Interdependence

-Social Factors

-Curation

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Due to constantly changing technology and social network development, it is vital that we teach students  (and ourselves) the importance of filtering information and extracting the valuable.  They also need to be able to identify ways to link and share media appropriately, and to be able to curate and add value to information that is sourced.

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How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First.

How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First. | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. First. | Common Sense Media http://t.co/XKwqhJPUzc #hcslib

Via Karen Bonanno
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Prepare students for their online future: this freely available online tool allows students to 'play' and work their way through different levels, building up vital understanding of 'digital footprints' and cyber safety in the process.  Seems to be aimed at a junior primary to middle school level.

 

This article explains how one Librarian has used the tool successfully, and provides links to the 'Digital Passport' program.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:09 AM

Digital Passport™ : a game to become #digitalliterate #mediawijsheid

Deborah Fillman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:06 PM

Love the idea of teaching kids digital "self-defense," rather than focusing on erecting barriers they might see as challenges to overcome, or "problems" to solve. They not only need to guard against bullies and predators, but also that  that they have a "digital footprint" that will follow them throughout their lives. 

 

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:02 AM

Having to earn a digital passport or badge before you can get access to email or laptops/tablets in school is a great way of spreading the digital citizenship message and making sure everyone has had the same standard of training. This would be useful approach across all sectors, not just primary.