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10 Necessary Technology in the Classroom Skills

10 Necessary Technology in the Classroom Skills | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
Which technology in the classroom skills do you think every teacher should know?
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Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator

Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
Looking for an amazing, fun, free, and easy to use online storyboard creator? See why students, screenwriters, and businesses love Storyboard That.

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dilaycock's curator insight, February 24, 2014 6:21 PM

I really like this comic strip creator. Very user-friendly. Requires free registration to save, print and export strips. Free registration allows the creation of three comic strips per week.

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Welcome to the Dark Side: An Introduction to Night Diving

Welcome to the Dark Side: An Introduction to Night Diving | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
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How Technology is Changing the Way People Learn

How Technology is Changing the Way People Learn | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

"We can make all sorts of assumptions about the way technology is changing learning, but what does the science actually say? According to Alfred Spector, Google’s vice president of research, it says a lot. For example, virtual tutors have helped average students reach the top 2% of their course; video games provide immersive environments that take the bordedom out of studying; and social networks are being used to increase interaction between students."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 15, 2015 10:56 PM

Technology...some argue for it and others against it, but was does the research say? This post explores current research. Sections include:

* Better at maths, worse at reading - In short, "edtech applications boost mathematics achievement, especially when individualized computer-assisted instruction is involved."

* More games, bigger brains - Research shows that playing video games can make an impact on the brain. One study cited stated "a robust positive association between the cortical thickness and video game duration in teens who invested the most time in games." Two areas of the brain, the prefrontal cortex (responsible for decision making and self-control) and the Frontal Eye Fields (which govern visual-motor processing) showed cortical matter increases.

* Selective knowledge, shallow creativity - This section discusses how technology may make it easier for us to recall information. Are we potentially "outsourcing our knowledge to digital tools"?

What do you think? Many schools are moving towards 1-to-1 digital devices to help students learn. Will this improve their outcomes at school? This post explores some of the issues that may help us choose the best ways to use digital tools, and when it may be better to approach learning using other methods.

Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 16, 2015 8:56 AM
Beth Dichter's insight:

Technology...some argue for it and others against it, but was does the research say? This post explores current research. Sections include:

* Better at maths, worse at reading - In short, "edtech applications boost mathematics achievement, especially when individualized computer-assisted instruction is involved."

* More games, bigger brains - Research shows that playing video games can make an impact on the brain. One study cited stated "a robust positive association between the cortical thickness and video game duration in teens who invested the most time in games." Two areas of the brain, the prefrontal cortex (responsible for decision making and self-control) and the Frontal Eye Fields (which govern visual-motor processing) showed cortical matter increases.

* Selective knowledge, shallow creativity - This section discusses how technology may make it easier for us to recall information. Are we potentially "outsourcing our knowledge to digital tools"?

What do you think? Many schools are moving towards 1-to-1 digital devices to help students learn. Will this improve their outcomes at school? This post explores some of the issues that may help us choose the best ways to use digital tools, and when it may be better to approach learning using other methods.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 16, 2015 9:08 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

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You Can Learn to Love Criticism. Here's How. - InformED

You Can Learn to Love Criticism. Here's How. - InformED | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

"Stephen King's first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas.' Oprah Winfrey was fired as an evening news reporter for Baltimore's WJZ-TV because she couldn't separate her emotions from her stories. Steve Job was fired from the company he started, Apple, but was desperately brought back in to save in 1997."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 19, 2015 6:40 AM

What is similar about all the situations mentioned above? In each, the individual was criticized, but they each moved on and became public figures who were incredibly successful. They learned from criticism.

This post explores criticism, sharing a section on how criticism originally focused on literary criticism, which was also at a time when many could not read or write, and tracing the history forward to today, where we often use the word feedback.

The post provides insight into why people often react negatively to criticism and then moves to ways to embrace criticism. Below are three examples from the post. More information on each is in the post as are additional ideas...and think about this as a type of mindset that may help our learners move forward.

* Be intellectually humble.

* Remember your own human tendency to criticize.

* Lower your defenses and take responsibility.

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8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom

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As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today's classroom.  I really believe that classro...

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 25, 2015 7:55 PM

Good insight and suggestions to achieve this

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 24, 2015 11:13 AM

Thx Beth Dichter

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, June 25, 2015 2:36 AM

Clear and easy to understand!

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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 11, 2015 6:25 AM

Are you looking for resources that provide "copyright friendly" images, audio and video for your learners? This post, by Richard Byrne, provides six resources. Each one provides access to materials that are in the public domain.

* The Moving Image Archive. This is part of the Internet Archive and includes over 1.7 million clips.

* The Public Domain Review is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation and provides access to images, books, films, audio recording and essays.

* The Free Music Archive (FMA) provides access to free music. This collection is curated and provides a range of genres.

* Sound Gator provides free sound effects. Do you need the sound of a horn honking, or whipped cream coming out of a can?  This is a great place to go.

* Pixabay and the Morgue File are both great places to search for images. The Morgue File is a collection of photos, and Pixabay provides high-resolution images in the public domain.

Byrne provides additional details on each of these six resources in the post. Click through to learn more.

Marco Favero's curator insight, May 12, 2015 1:56 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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7 Brainy Ways to Boost Knowledge Retention in eLearning

7 Brainy Ways to Boost Knowledge Retention in eLearning | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
As instructional designers, you have to create courses that are easy to remember and difficult to forget. Here's how:

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 25, 2015 8:05 AM

When we think of ways to boost knowledge retention in our learners, what works for students that are online also works for students in face2face classes. This post from SH!FT provides seven ways to help student retain knowledge. The visual above illustrates the concepts. The post provides additional information as well as links to

#1 - When possible, use diagrams. Many people are visual learners. Consider using graphic organizers to provide "holistic views, expressing relationships, and identifying contrasting data."

#2 - Incorporate unique and out-of-the ordinary images. Why? Images stay with us longer, and the more unique, the longer they tend to stay with us.

#3 - Dish out sensory details. The more details that engage the learner the better.

#4 - Use color therapy. Color works on many levels. Color can be used to organize, to grab our attention, and it can impact our mood.

The last 3 suggestions are below...but you will need to click through to the post to learn more about each.

#5 - Exaggerate.

#6 - Small bites, at one's own pace.

#7 - Spaced repetition.

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Ways Reading Affects Psyche

Your Brain on Books: 10 Ways Reading Affects Psyche | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
Diving into a great novel can be an immersive experience that makes your mind come alive. Want to give your brain a workout? Open a foreign language novel.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 19, 2015 2:23 PM

Do your learners know what happens when the read, or when stories are read to them. This post, from the Open Education Database, provides a visual (that you may want to print out and share with learners and their families) as well as 10 ways that reading helps your brain workout. The list is below.

* We make photos in our mind, even without being prompted.

* Spoken word can put your brain to work.

* Reading about experiences is almost the same as living it.

* Different styles of reading create different patterns in the brain.

* New languages can grow your brain.

* Your brain adapts to reading e-books in seven days.

* E-books lack in spatial navigability.

* Story structure encourages our brain to think in sequence, expanding our attention spans.

* Reading changes your brain structure (in a good way)).

* Deep reading makes us more empathetic.

To learn more about each of these points click through to the post.

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Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic

Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

"Screencasting, or capturing what you do on your computer (or tablet) in a video format while you narrate your actions, is one of the most powerful functions that modern computer technology has delivered to today’s educators."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 23, 2015 3:37 PM

EmergingEdTech has been running a Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge and this week Screencast-O-Matic is the tool of the week. If you have not used this tool and are interested in doing screencasting (also known as screen capture) take the time to review this video.

The free version allows you to record up to 15 minutes, but you cannot edit the film. There is a paid version for $15 per year, which allows for editing and unlimited length! Screencast-O-Matic may be used as a web app, or you can download it (PC and Mac).

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:27 AM

This is one of my go-to tools.  I use it for so many things.  It's a great tool for tech support when you can share a screen with someone.  Make a quick video to model what they should be doing on their computer.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:39 AM

This article includes a video tutorial on Screencast-o-matic, a video capture tool that can help you create videos for your students to help them in their learning.

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10 Questions to Ask When Planning Tech Infused Units

10 Questions to Ask When Planning Tech Infused Units | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
Here at Edtech at About.com, we've put together a list of potential technology-related questions that you may want to ask yourself when planning for instruction and designing curriculum. Many of these ideas are inspired by existing frameworks and philosophies focused on tech integration.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 24, 2015 8:35 AM

How can teachers best integrate technology into their lesson plans? This post looks at 10 questions we should consider asking ourselves, and provides suggestions of tools to consider using that will help us seamlessly integrate technology. Below are the first four questions.

1. How am I activating into my students' prior knowledge?

2. How am I presenting information to students in an engaging way?

3. How am I collecting, disseminating, and annotating student work?

4. What opportunities and resources am I giving my students for practice?

Integrating technology should become a component of our lesson design. As you review the additional questions you will find that not all apply to every lesson you teach. Think about your objectives and then select the question(s) most applicable.

As you look at the suggested tools in the post make sure that you try using the ones you choose. There is nothing more frustrating than to use a tool as a teacher, and you know it works...but when the student logs in the tool is blocked due to permissions. My lesson learned...I must test each and every tool, so that I know how to use it and to make sure students also have access.

Kimberly House's curator insight, April 25, 2015 8:16 AM

This is an excellent article and very helpful for teachers looking for a way in  to using or enhancing what they do with technology. The list of ideas for each section are high quality. Great recommendations and ideas here. 

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9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers

9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

"Interested in bringing maker ed into your classroom? Patrick Waters, teacher and Maker Ed professional, shares 9 creative (and easy) starter projects."

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 7, 2015 10:09 PM

Check out nine maker projects that you can do in your classroom. The projects are divided into three sections:

* Smaller Scale Maker Education Projects which includes

     - Towers of Power

     - Catapults

* Design Challenges

     - Bridge to Nowhere

     - Float the Boat

     - Egg Drop

     - Instruments

* Play with Light

      - Electromagnets

     - Squishy Circuits

     - MakeyMakey Controller Boards

Each of the projects includes a list of materials and tools needed as well as a brief explanation. Look over the ideas and consider having an evening where families could come in and experience hands-on science by completing a project (or two).

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Versatile and Free Teaching Resources from National Geographic

Versatile and Free Teaching Resources from National Geographic | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
National Geographic has embraced digital extremely well and provides a huge set of resources that can be used to inspire and teach students about the world.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 10, 2015 11:12 PM

National Geographic has a wealth of resources and this post from Fractus Learning shares many of them. You will find:

1. Ideas, Activities and Lesson Plans that are easy to search.

2. Five thousand plus amazing videos

3. The best photography in the world

4. Online games and apps - many interactive resources

5. This day in geographic history - help students learn geographic facts by using this resource

There is also a section that provides additional links and resources.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 12, 2015 5:40 AM

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 13, 2015 12:32 PM

Always of great quality when National Geographic is involved.

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Great Tools to Make Kids Enjoy Math Learning ~ EdTech and MLearning

Great Tools to Make Kids Enjoy Math Learning ~ EdTech and MLearning | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
Math is not only a necessity in everyday life, but it can be fun too. Don't believe me? Maybe one of these teacher-tested tools can change your mind.

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Story Me - A Free iPad App for Creating Comics

Story Me - A Free iPad App for Creating Comics | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

Story Me is a free iPad app for turning your pictures into comic strips. Story Me provides more than a dozen layout options to which you can add pictures from your iPad's camera roll."


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dilaycock's curator insight, March 30, 2014 6:00 AM

Comics can be saved to your camera roll, emailed, printed ot shared on social media.

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Content Curation: Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Content Curation: Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
In planning my courses this term, the textbook for my LTEC 4000 course will be OPTIONAL. With a wealth of training and development resources digitally available online, in databases, from many prof...

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Fair Use is a contextualised legal framework and is not necessarily applicable in all jurisdictions. It's not ubiquitous.
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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes (most are interdisciplinary)

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes (most are interdisciplinary) | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
How can educators decide which tech to use in the classroom? There are specialists who can help with that.

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Nick Urban's curator insight, July 16, 2015 3:02 PM

These tech tools offer the teacher a wide array of options that can serve a multitude of purposes. In this article you can find a list of technologies this teacher has utilized and the tasks that they offer. From video creation, to word sharing, to primary sources this article offers an abundance of great information for any teacher, but really plays to the success of the social studies teacher.

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 1:48 PM

Technology integration for social studies

Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 2015 4:29 PM

I am supporting a social studies teacher integrate technology in her classroom  

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The NEW Free Education Technology Resources eBook is Out!

The NEW Free Education Technology Resources eBook is Out! | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
With nearly 200 free software applications, this new update is just jammed full of awesome free tools and tons of insights into how to use them in your courses and classrooms! If you’ve followed EmergingEdTech for a few years now,

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:10 AM
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Emerging EdTech has just released their newest version of the excellent e-book that covers free software applications. This version is free to download and it may become a great resource for you to check out when you are considering new projects to do with your learners.

The e-book has eighteen chapters, beginning with Blogs and Blogging Resources. Additional chapters include:

* Creating Your Own Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

* Educational Games and Gamification

* Interactive Collaboration Tools

* Open Educational Resources

* Screencasting

* Using YouTube Videos as Lesson Materials

* Video Conferencing and Video Chat Tools

And this is by no means a complete list. You will find many more tools if you download the free book. You will need to provide your name and email address to receive the download link. Click through to the post for additional information.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 24, 2015 11:12 AM

Thanks Beth Dichter

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:52 AM

Emerging EdTech has just released their newest version of the excellent e-book that covers free software applications. This version is free to download and it may become a great resource for you to check out when you are considering new projects to do with your learners.

The e-book has eighteen chapters, beginning with Blogs and Blogging Resources. Additional chapters include:

* Creating Your Own Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

* Educational Games and Gamification

* Interactive Collaboration Tools

* Open Educational Resources

* Screencasting

* Using YouTube Videos as Lesson Materials

* Video Conferencing and Video Chat Tools

And this is by no means a complete list. You will find many more tools if you download the free book. You will need to provide your name and email address to receive the download link. Click through to the post for additional information.

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7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

"In most ways, teachers that use technology in the classroom aren’t much different than those that don’t.

Any teacher worth their salt assesses, and then revises planned instruction based on data from those assessments."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 9, 2015 8:07 AM

What are seven characteristics of teachers that use technology? It turns out that they may be similar to those that do not use technology. Three of the seven characteristics are listed below

1. They always start with the why.

2. They are malleable and can easily adapt.

3. They embrace change.

For a larger version of the visual above, as well as the other four characteristics click through to the post. Do you have ideas that you think should be included? Consider sharing them with a comment.

Maruja Romero's curator insight, May 9, 2015 11:33 AM

características del profesor efectivo con el uso de la tecnología

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 24, 2015 3:11 AM

II am interested in becoming one of them

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ACPratas's LiveBinder Shelf

ACPratas's LiveBinder Shelf | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

Binders with interactive activities, tools, & platforms


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Marianne Hart's curator insight, September 16, 2015 9:36 PM

Using Live Binders is easy!

matterberry's curator insight, November 11, 2015 4:23 AM

nice

Marry Wislon 's curator insight, October 12, 3:43 AM
Apple Customer Support Service Number +1-800-281-3707 is an independent online technical support services offered by certified professionals to fixes Apple Mac PC issues through remote help. Web- http://www.appletechnicalsupportnumbers.com/macbook-support/
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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

"Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.

A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 15, 2015 11:05 PM

How do you teach your learners to ask good questions? This post shares many resources to help you learn new skills that will assist you in teaching others.

The post begins with a visual, the Teach Thought Learning Taxonomy, which is a template for critical thinking that looks at cognition across six categories. This is described in depth.

Additional tools shared include:

* Socratic Discussion which includes a video from Tch (the Teaching Channel)

* Paideia Seminar - "an integrated literacy event built around formal whole class dialogue. The purpose for doing Paideia Seminar is to support students’ ability to think conceptually and communicate collaboratively." There is also a video.

* The Question Game (which was shared previously on this Scoop.it)

* Bloom's Taxonomy

* Question Formation Technique - See the visual at the top, or check out their website at The Right Question Institute. If this is of interest to you they are presenting a workshop in Boston in July. Information on this is available at their website.

* Universal Question Stems and Basic Question Stem Examples

This is actually part 2 of a two part post. The first post is A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom.

Mike Clare's curator insight, April 16, 2015 5:16 PM

Great starting point.  

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 17, 2015 7:31 AM

SOME TIMES KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTION TO ASK WILL GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR THE PROBLEM YOU ARE TRYING TO SOLVE!!  IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO ASK YOU MAY NOT GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR YEARS BUT THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED!?!

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Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic

Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

"Screencasting, or capturing what you do on your computer (or tablet) in a video format while you narrate your actions, is one of the most powerful functions that modern computer technology has delivered to today’s educators."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 23, 2015 3:37 PM

EmergingEdTech has been running a Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge and this week Screencast-O-Matic is the tool of the week. If you have not used this tool and are interested in doing screencasting (also known as screen capture) take the time to review this video.

The free version allows you to record up to 15 minutes, but you cannot edit the film. There is a paid version for $15 per year, which allows for editing and unlimited length! Screencast-O-Matic may be used as a web app, or you can download it (PC and Mac).

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:27 AM

This is one of my go-to tools.  I use it for so many things.  It's a great tool for tech support when you can share a screen with someone.  Make a quick video to model what they should be doing on their computer.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:39 AM

This article includes a video tutorial on Screencast-o-matic, a video capture tool that can help you create videos for your students to help them in their learning.

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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design | Tech snaps | Scoop.it
Are you planning and communicating your feedback criteria? Here is our Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design, an infographic to help you plan better assessments.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:32 AM

Great tool as a reminder about the kinds of feedback we should provide.

Matt Vernon's curator insight, May 5, 2015 2:32 PM

Nice info graphic for Blended Model Design and think through. Just add toolsets , curated content and PD

davidgibson's curator insight, March 8, 11:10 AM
Cool!
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A Visual on Building Excellence

A Visual on Building Excellence | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 13, 2015 3:23 AM

and it's an important one ...

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, April 13, 2015 5:38 AM

This is worth sharing. Attitudes of learning.

Helen Teague's curator insight, December 3, 2015 7:28 AM

love this!

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"What Is Graphicacy?" - An Essential Literacy Explained

"What Is Graphicacy?" - An Essential Literacy Explained | Tech snaps | Scoop.it

"We live in a visual world. Smartphones, television, Internet, and social media all push information in real-time, all the time. Visual media bombard us in constant streams. Learners of every age, therefore, need to understand how to analyze pictorial information. This skill of parsing images, interpreting pictures, and decoding diagrams is known as graphicacy."

 


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Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 25, 2015 12:17 PM

The whole field of visual literacy and interpretation has exploded in the last 25 years. It is time to recognize its value and teach our students not only the ability to decipher and interpret them, but to create them as well.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 25, 2015 9:43 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

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amazing design