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Excellent Videos OnThe Use of Augmented Reality Apps by Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Videos OnThe Use of Augmented Reality Apps by Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

"Below are some good videos I got a few days ago on examples of how some augmented reality apps are being used with kids to help them improve their learning. If the concept of augmented reality if all new to you then here is a brief definition of it: Augmented Reality is exactly what the name implies: an augmented version of realty created by mixing technology with the known world. It might be a distorted, augmented, or less augmented version of the actual world but in its basic form, augmented reality is a simulation or rather a way of superimposing digital contents into the real context."


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The Department of Citizenship & Immigration in Australia created an augmented reality app for Harmony day which was AWESOME. I'm all for this near-holographic technology in classrooms! Best thing is - it's technology that gets students out of their chairs and keeps them engaged while they walk around exploring the 360 degree augmented "reality".

NASA also made a cool Mars Rover app.

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EddyRiduejo's curator insight, October 17, 2013 11:55 AM

Interesantes experiencias!! A revisar que merece la pena.

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, October 19, 2013 12:11 AM

This offers fascinating possiblities. Just need to sync the equipment and OS

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ideos n ayudar a enfocar el uso de realidad aumentada en el aula.

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Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs!

Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs! | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs.

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Check out all the "verbs" on the top branch (ie. "creating"). It is very easy to see how ICT can transform learning. There are countless iPad apps, web-apps, recording software, digital tech & websites that give students the opportunity to CREATE and therefore transform their learning and understanding (e.g. iMovie, GarageBand, photo editing software, comic strip creators, Glogster etc)

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How Tweens and Teens are Using Social Media — Infographic Labs

How Tweens and Teens are Using Social Media — Infographic Labs | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

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This infographic highlights the importance of teaching our students digital literacy & protective behaviours in the social media context. 91% post pictures to social media of themselves - not surprising - but nevertheless, shows we need to have a conversation with students about how they wish to be portrayed online, who can see their content, and how it could - potentially - be used against them in the future.

Teaching "tweenagers" and students with special needs about the consequences of their actions online is difficult when their cognitive development has not yet reached formal operational thinking. 

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Kaitlyn Kaminski's curator insight, July 2, 11:04 AM

This is a fantastic infographic that shows the relationships youth have with social media. The inclination of what they are posting is really fascinating. This is pretty new research too which is great as that is difficult to find. These medium are constantly changing and having an idea of these forms and their popularity would help educators understand where they need to focus their pedagogy.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 3, 3:32 PM

Nice infographic on use of social media

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The Teacher's Guide To Twitter - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter - Edudemic | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
This teacher's guide to Twitter is designed for anyone ready to use the service or already old hat. Whatever your skill level, this should help!
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Edudemic.com has covered EVERYTHING you need know, from beginner to PRO tweeters - you are sure to learn something helpful about how to use Twitter effectively (& ethically) as a teacher. 

 

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UKEdMag: A Digital Toolkit for our Classrooms | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community

UKEdMag: A Digital Toolkit for our Classrooms | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

Teacher confidence in using technology in the classroom

 

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As a teacher, where do you sit on this scale? Are you using tech to innovate or merely survive in the 21st century?

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Plickers

Plickers | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
Get Plickers on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Came across the App "Plickers" - allows you to poll your students with your iPhone or iPad simply by scanning PAPER barcodes that your students hold up, which represent their answers to multiple choice questions. The key here is that it eliminates the need for each student to have a device. Seems like a fun way for on-the-go formative assessment to check for understanding, and - unless you display the results on your SmartBoard - students are protected from feelings of shame or embarrassment if they are incorrect. 

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7 Ideas for Using Twitter in the Classroom

7 Ideas for Using Twitter in the Classroom | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
This post presents six quick ideas you could implement in your classroom tomorrow, assuming your students are old enough and your school allows twitter.
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Now, this wouldn't apply to ALL special needs classrooms (including my current students, because they cannot read or write), but many students at my Education Support Centre have some seriously good adaptive skills when it comes to using iPhones & Tablets, as well as social media like Facebook... For those students who have basic reading & writing skills, I don't see why Twitter couldn't be used to effectively engage students in meaningful and authentic learning? 

For example, although my 6 years of university education is over (for now...), being an active consumer of twitter, Facebook, and the "internet" is my ongoing education. Let's equip students with the skills to safely interact with & learn from their digital environment. This means embracing Twitter, teachers! 

Off the top of my head - your science students could tweet curly questions to Dr Karl? Or your Society & Environment students could participate in live discussions about current political issues - like the BUDGET. So many applications. 

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Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play - Mind/Shift

Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play - Mind/Shift | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
“ Video games can offer a playful approach to learning a new concept, providing a jumping off point for diving deeply into a topic. Games can’t do all the teaching, but they are an engaging way to get kids thinking -- even about ethics.”
Via John Evans
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I haven't played this myself, but a game that teaches kids about empathy and seeing another point of view would be perfect for my students with special needs whom grapple with social skills, especially empathy!
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Wordle - ACARA Students with Disability

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Wordle is an engaging resource that students find really fun! Just copy & paste whatever text you like and generate a "Wordle". The size of the words are determined by the frequency. The colour scheme, layout, orientation, font, and design is all up to you (hence the fun part...)

 

Here I used the text from the ACARA webpage: "Students with Disability". The most "important" words according to Wordle? Student, disability, learning, adjustments...sounds about right?

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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Life Skills Apps for iOS

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Life Skills Apps for iOS | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

Via Rebecca Topp, Catherine Selby
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A range of apps for developing independent living skills for people with special needs!

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Catherine Selby's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:05 PM

This page gives a variety of apps that will help to develop lifeskills of students with special needs. According to the Australian national curriculum for technology in the band 3 and 4 content descriptions it discusses how students are expected to "explore different types of information systems that suit particular needs, for example considering how an existing information system could be used to help a person with disability." The apps on this page address the content description and allows students to discover an app that suits their immediate need.

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Integrating iPads in your classroom for special needs

Integrating iPads in your classroom for special needs | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
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This is a bank of information! From accessibility features on the ipad, to apps and websites, to connecting apple TV to your SmartBoard - Spectronics are a great resource!

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11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook

11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
Next-generation apps that let users text, video chat, shop, and share their pics and videos are attracting teens like catnip.

Via Mark Pegrum
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This was quite fascinating! Many of our students with education support needs are using these apps, too, yet our students are not discerning cyber users and are therefore more vulnerable to inappropriate content, cyber-bullying, and online predators.

...A major issue for your average teenager and an even bigger issue for teenagers with an intellectual disability!

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Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category

Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
In recognition of the widespread use of iPad sin schools and general education, Apple recently released a new Apps for Teachers category in the App Store.…

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Thank you Apple!

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Milena Bobeva's curator insight, October 16, 2013 6:59 AM

My survival toolkit of apps includes Docs to Go, iAnnotate, FormConnect, Air Display, Keynote, Remote, and Dragon Dictation. I hope they are included in the collection. 

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 16, 2013 9:19 PM

Apples is moving forward with the iPad teacher resources.

Selin Gelinci's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:54 AM

This resource gave me quick insight on the app's that i could download for the future on the ipads. It was beneficial to me because as technology is very popular in regards to education in the 21st century, it is useful to have read this website and explore further into things that were launched by Apple in order to help teachers with their teaching with the use of ipads. 

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10 signs you are a tech-savvy teacher - Daily Genius

10 signs you are a tech-savvy teacher - Daily Genius | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
You love it when you don\'t know the answer to something. It gives you the opportunity to tap into the real-time learning happening on Twitter and other soc

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I'm not sure if I totally agree with the author's definition of a "tech-savvy" teacher (especially NOT #6 !!!) but these "10 signs" certainly help to ignite conversation about what actually constitutes a "tech-savvy" teacher. 

 

I believe you are a tech-savvy teacher if:

1) Your fundamental source for PD & personal learning occurs online

2) You find MOST of your classroom resources & ideas online (e.g. >90%)

3) You not only follow Twitter hashtags, but you also contribute and engage in such conversations

4) You actively try to network & connect with other educators & related professionals in online communities

5) You use social media to keep abreast of educational research 

6) You don't just learn about new technologies for the classroom - you actually USE it to improve learning #walkthetalk

7) Your students are connected to ICT in the classroom in some shape or form approximately 50% of the time; iPad apps, smartphones, iPods, computer software, internet websites, web-apps, email, social media, Skype, digital tech, SmartBoards etc

8) Using technology in the classroom comes naturally - you believe that lessons without the use of ICT are primitive and boring

9) You DO NOT feel the need to attend that nerdy conference in your holidays instead of hitting up the beach because everything you want to know can be downloaded from the webinar

10) Not only do you enjoy inspirational podcasts and TED talks - you think your students ought to make their own podcasts and TED talks, too. 

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Kaitlyn Kaminski's curator insight, July 12, 5:53 PM

After reading this, I feel like I'm a tech-savvy teacher! Can't wait to be back in the classroom.

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Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

What's the point of Twitter? Why should educators get involved? 9 great reasons!

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Credit goes to @elearninglaura for this interesting insight into "Nine Great Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Twitter"

 

What resonated most with me is the sentiment that - once your Twitter network reaches a "critical mass", your ability to use Twitter can become more powerful than a standard Google search. Ask a question with a smart hashtag or "@" community, and receive a tailored response, specific to your needs from respected people in your Twitter network. 

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Lauren Danker's curator insight, October 22, 7:44 AM

my twitter evolution

 

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Teaching Kids NewsTeaching Kids News - Readable, teachable news.

Teaching Kids NewsTeaching Kids News - Readable, teachable news. | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

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This is a great website that helps students to be an active consumer of current affairs in a way that they understand - very useful for older students with literacy difficulties. 

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Online safety for the home & SMEs | Cyber Street

Online safety for the home & SMEs | Cyber Street | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
Cyber Street provides easy tips so that you stay safe online. Learn how to protect your home or business from cyber crime in a fun and interactive way.
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A bright, interactive way to teach students about keeping safe online. I LOVE the cyber street design - the buildings, vehicles driving by,  and overall appearance is quirky, fun, and engaging. I would use on the SmartBoard and get students to take turns going into various buildings to discover what is in them.

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CodeCombat: Multiplayer Programming

CodeCombat: Multiplayer Programming | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
Learn programming with a multiplayer live coding strategy game. You're a wizard, and your spells are JavaScript. Free, open source HTML5 game!
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Put simply - this is a game designed to help children learn how to code javascript! Pretty cool, pretty nerdy, and a pretty engaging way to learn something as complicated as this! Obviously not for all SEN students, but perhaps could be used with those with overall higher abilities, or kids with high functioning Autism? 

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8 Best Games, Apps, and Sites for Music and Composing

8 Best Games, Apps, and Sites for Music and Composing | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we're featuring games, websites, and apps for music and composing. Students can listen to music, make it, or both, as they experiment with rhythm, pitch, and lyrics. Watch them turn tunes from major to minor, hear songs arranged for a range of...
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This article has some really cool music-creating apps & websites that could easily be used within a SEN classroom context.

 

I recommend the Incredibox website - I created an awesome song (alright, an OKAY song) in about 5 minutes flat, just by dressing up a bunch of hipster beat boxing dudes in various clothing accessories...confused? Ha ha give it a go for yourself www.incredibox.com 

 

Garage Band, of course, doesn't really need a mention because it goes without saying that this app by Apple is amazing, and you don't need any knowledge of music (or fundamental ability) to make songs. Perfect for SEN kids!

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6 Creative Tools for Displaying Learning Objectives

6 Creative Tools for Displaying Learning Objectives | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
Here's are several creative tools that you might want to use to display your learning objectives in a more exciting and engaging way than normal.
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All these digital tools sound like fantastic ideas to engage students in the classroom! The Star Wars crawl creator was a lot of fun! The avatars sound like fun, and the sign-creator could be used for many things, including classroom enterprise and literacy-based activities.

I can see a lot more applications for these tools beyond introducing lessons and sharing objectives. Great blog post!

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Thought Crane's curator insight, May 24, 10:26 AM

Some really fun stuff here...time to play with learning objectives.

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20 Top Video Explanations to Help Teachers Become Tech Savvy

20 Top Video Explanations to Help Teachers Become Tech Savvy | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, Catherine Selby
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Far out this is awesome if you are a teacher (or parent) and lagging behind in your knowledge and understanding of pod casts, crowd sourcing, the "cloud", blogs, torrent dowloads, apps etc

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Tina Chapman's curator insight, June 6, 2013 11:15 PM

A useful web site for eductors who tend to get bogged down or lost in the technology jargon.  The attached video presentations can enhance educator understanding and so that implemention of devices can enhane the creativity and ICT integration processes.

Shradha Kanwar's curator insight, July 13, 2013 4:32 AM

great input!

 

Thought Crane's curator insight, May 24, 10:35 AM

Has explained a few things to me....

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Excellent Videos OnThe Use of Augmented Reality Apps by Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Videos OnThe Use of Augmented Reality Apps by Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it

"Below are some good videos I got a few days ago on examples of how some augmented reality apps are being used with kids to help them improve their learning. If the concept of augmented reality if all new to you then here is a brief definition of it: Augmented Reality is exactly what the name implies: an augmented version of realty created by mixing technology with the known world. It might be a distorted, augmented, or less augmented version of the actual world but in its basic form, augmented reality is a simulation or rather a way of superimposing digital contents into the real context."


Via John Evans
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The Department of Citizenship & Immigration in Australia created an augmented reality app for Harmony day which was AWESOME. I'm all for this near-holographic technology in classrooms! Best thing is - it's technology that gets students out of their chairs and keeps them engaged while they walk around exploring the 360 degree augmented "reality".

NASA also made a cool Mars Rover app.

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EddyRiduejo's curator insight, October 17, 2013 11:55 AM

Interesantes experiencias!! A revisar que merece la pena.

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, October 19, 2013 12:11 AM

This offers fascinating possiblities. Just need to sync the equipment and OS

montse lzluzuriaga's curator insight, January 5, 2:41 PM

ideos n ayudar a enfocar el uso de realidad aumentada en el aula.

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Web Sites vs. Web Apps: What the experts think - VisionMobile

Web Sites vs. Web Apps: What the experts think - VisionMobile | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
This article discusses the opinion of various prominent figures in Web technology on the web apps vs. web sites debate

Via Mark Pegrum
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I think this distinction is important and certainly fits somewhere within the SAMR model...

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Mark Pegrum's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:58 AM

A helpful overview of the web app/website distinction.

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The Australian Curriculum Packaged with ABC Reading Eggs

The Australian Curriculum Packaged with ABC Reading Eggs | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
… (Why is 3P Learning trusted by 3.5 million students and 10,000 schools globally? http://t.co/aTFQdj40wE #education #lovelearning #21stedchat)
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How is Technology Affecting Our Kids?

How is Technology Affecting Our Kids? | Technology in the Special Needs Classroom | Scoop.it
How the technology age may shape the next generation, the good and the bad. (RT @Entiendelas: ¿De qué manera afecta la tecnología a nuestros hijos? ¡Cuidado!

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