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Managing interruptions during the read-aloud experience

Managing interruptions during the read-aloud experience | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
We have all been there. You are reading to a group of children only to find you can't get through the book without fielding questions or stopping to address some kind of interruption.Read more...
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Going Past Empathy: The Four Levels of Listening and How You Can Listen Your Way to Innovation

Going Past Empathy: The Four Levels of Listening and How You Can Listen Your Way to Innovation | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Listening can generate real change, produce unexpected outcomes and foster real innovation. So, how do we do it?
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I would argue that most pf us only reach the first level of listening.
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Do jobs run in families?

Do jobs run in families? | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Do jobs run in families? Are twins more likely than siblings to choose the same profession? We tackle these questions with interactive visualizations.
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What is leetspeak?

Computer dictionary definition for what leetspeak means including related links, information, and terms.
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This is one of the most appropriate resources to demonstrate LEET SPEAK.  It has a LEET generator, that also creates may other outputs: Upside Down, Pig Latin, Gibberish, Binary, ASCII,  morse code, stats, and more.

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Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, says OECD - BBC News

Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils' performance, according to a global study from the OECD.
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Could some argue that computers by themselves do not improve student learning, but paired with proper use or instruction, they may?

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Get Cardboard – Google

Get Cardboard – Google | education | tech | design | Scoop.it

Google Cardboard brings immersive experiences to everyone in a simple and affordable way. Whether you fold your own or buy a Works with Google Cardboard certified viewer, you're just one step away from experiencing virtual reality on your smartphone.

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Keeping kids safe online: 20 tips from a digital dad

Keeping kids safe online: 20 tips from a digital dad | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
We are in a race to keep pace with our digital children who don’t know a pre-internet world. With all the potential risks, how do we guide, protect, instruct and parent?
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These are 20 excellent digital tips not so much for teachers, but for parents.

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Free Handbook | Practical Ed Tech

Free Handbook | Practical Ed Tech | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
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I feel like Byrne has written about many of the things I am doing or exploring.  An excellent resource.

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5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb

5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Are any of these ineffective teaching methods still part of your practice? Time to reconsider. [...]
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Disk Inventory X

Disk Inventory X | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Disk Inventory X, disk usage utility for Mac OS X
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I don't know why something like this isn't part of the Mac operating system anyway, but it is definitely needed to understand where your hard disk space is being used.

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This Chart Shows Why You Shouldn't Trust Just One Scientific Study

This Chart Shows Why You Shouldn't Trust Just One Scientific Study | education | tech | design | Scoop.it

We’ve all seen news stories that claim a “new study” has come out that shows some new thing causes or prevents cancer. In case you needed a reminder not to trust just one study, this chart demonstrates the spectrum that single studies can fall on. How to Determine If A Controversial Statement Is Scientifically True.  Every day, we’re confronted with claims that others present as fact. Some are easily debunked, some … Read more Read more

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Ahh, using 'facts' to sway an argument.

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languages.png (980x1598 pixels) | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
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An interesting image of languages spoken around the world and the different dialects within.  

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How to Move a PC Game to Another Hard Drive (Without Re-Downloading It)

How to Move a PC Game to Another Hard Drive (Without Re-Downloading It) | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
So you’re running out of hard drive space (maybe on that fast-but-tiny SSD of yours), and you need to move a few of your PC games to another hard drive. Don’t uninstall and re-download them! You can actually move your games to a new drive without having to wait hours to reinstall each one.
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Kids (and adults) seem to ask me this a lot.  

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3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.
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I have never thought about the idea that 3D printed objects will now need considerations about copyright.

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Long-term study finds zero link between violence in video games and real life

Long-term study finds zero link between violence in video games and real life | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
ScienceAlert features cool and interesting science news and entertainment worth sharing.
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This changes what I thought about students and even my son's interaction with video games.  Good news, I would argue.
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The Best Youtube Channels You Can Work Out to Right Now

The Best Youtube Channels You Can Work Out to Right Now | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
It’s cold. The gym is crowded. Might as well stay home and watch videos...workout videos. Here are some of our favorite ways to get fit with YouTube.
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I have said before, but I am proving it now - I love lists of useful things - I love working out - and I love technology.  Here is a combination of all of this.

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The Road Ahead: Schools Can Be Different | maelstrom

The Road Ahead: Schools Can Be Different | maelstrom | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Schools can be different. Students can be trusted to do great things when given the opportunity. Will Richardson The word perhaps most frequently used in conjunction with the use of technology in our schools today is appropriate. This predominant concern with the word appropriate when it comes to technology is bewildering. While not wishing to dismiss…
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I have been asking students to consider not just a digital footprint, but a professional digital footprint for many years.  I think that this article sums up or articulates the message behind what I wanted for the students - to become digital leaders.

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SWGfL Digital Literacy - Home

SWGfL Digital Literacy - Home | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
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Need to add ideas or insight to your Digital Literacy program?  CommonSenseMedia is great, but here is more.  Worth a deep look.

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Out of Eden Walk | Out Of Eden Learn

Out of Eden Walk | Out Of Eden Learn | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
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"Out of Eden Learn is a unique online learning community designed to accompany Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk. Through Out of Eden Learn, students from around the world can engage in Paul’s journey and all that it represents. They explore their own neighborhoods, investigate contemporary global issues, and reflect on how they as individuals fit into a broader geographical and historical context. In addition, they share their perspectives and interact with one another on an exciting digital platform that uses social media as a springboard for deep, meaningful learning. The goal is to ignite students’ interest in the wider world and support them to become more informed, thoughtful, and engaged 'global citizens.'


Out of Eden Learn is an initiative of Project Zero, a research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in collaboration with Paul Salopek. With generous support from the Abundance Foundation, Out of Eden Learn is open to all schools and students, free of charge."

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Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes

Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Blendspace allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content.
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"Assess, organise, and track" - Some of our teachers swear by this space, as it becomes a one stop shop for creating units of inquiry.

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OpenStax College

OpenStax College | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Free, open-source, high-quality textbooks for your college course.
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Wow.  Look at the list of Universities that are working with this organization.

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Gemini: The duplicate finder

Gemini: The duplicate finder | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Find and remove duplicate files from your Mac with the help of Gemini app.
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A great free app that is worth the money if you just want to remove the duplicate files with the touch of a button.  At this moment in time, the program costs about $10 USD for one licence.   

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Lifehacker Pack for Chrome: Our List of the Essential Extensions

Lifehacker Pack for Chrome: Our List of the Essential Extensions | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Google’s Chrome browser is packed full of an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It’s tough to sift through the store to find what’s useful though, so let us save you some time with this collection of the best Chrome extensions.
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I could have used the Lazarus app a few times.

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How to Pick the Best Light Bulbs for Every Room in Your House

How to Pick the Best Light Bulbs for Every Room in Your House | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Lighting is a subtly powerful thing. It can impact everything from your sleep schedule to your brain power. So it’s understandable that you want your home, the place you presumably spend a big chunk of your life, to be lit nicely. But there are so many different options to choose from. Here’s a basic guide to get you started. Blue Light May Be Better Than Coffee for Boosting Brain Power Blue Light May Be Better Than Coffee for Boosting Brain Power Blue Light May Be Better Than Coffee for Boosting As you probably already know, caffeine, especially when taken at the right time, boosts alertness… Read more Read more
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General or Ambient Lighting, Task Lighting, Accent Lighting...Colors, Rooms, Bulb types, Brightness, and Appearance are all things that we may not consider when putting lighting into our homes, businesses, and places of frequent.

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This Graphic Helps You Pick Your First Programming Language

This Graphic Helps You Pick Your First Programming Language | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
When you’re first getting started learning to code, one of the hardest choices can be picking which programming language to start with. This graphic can help you choose by comparing options based on application, potential salary, geography, and more.
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I have had many students come to me and ask this question.  In doing research I would find partial answers, but this infographic excellently sums up the answer.

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6 Alternatives To Bloom's Taxonomy For Teachers -

6 Alternatives To Bloom's Taxonomy For Teachers - | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
This post is updated from an article we published in April. At the end of the day, teaching is about learning, and learning is about understanding. And as technology evolves to empower more diverse and...
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Just like the SAMR model, I am always looking for models to describe learning and pedagogy that help to articulate ways of thinking and doing.  These are some alternatives to Bloom's Taxonomy.

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