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7 Excellent iPad Games to Develop Kids Critical Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Excellent iPad Games to Develop Kids Critical Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

Via Sam Gliksman, James Skinner, Jenny Smith, kallen214
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 Some recommended apps for critical thinking skills. I have not tried any of them yet, so I cannot comment on quality.

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Donna Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2013 12:15 PM

A list of great games designed to improve your students critical thinking and creative powers.Check them out below...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 14, 2013 6:40 PM

Fits with the earlier one scooped about using games in the classroom

Steven Blomdale's comment, March 9, 2013 10:10 PM
these games will help students develop learning and innovation skills such as critical thinking and problem solving to allow them to succeed in work and life in the 21st century.
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51 Twitter Chat & Hashtag Tools To Help You Connect

51 Twitter Chat & Hashtag Tools To Help You Connect | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
51 Twitter Chat & Hashtag Tools To Help You Connect
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Often we get stuck using the same basic hashtags. Here are some resources to help you connect to a wider audience.

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Teacher Voices For Connected Learning

Teacher Voices For Connected Learning | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
A review of the new e-book Teaching in the Connected Classroom from the National Writing Project and Digital Media and Learning Hub.
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Free e-book re: stories from the classroom on the new way to view teaching students in the classroom.

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iPads In The Classroom: 25 Ways To Use Tablets To Enhance The Learning Experience - InformED

iPads In The Classroom: 25 Ways To Use Tablets To Enhance The Learning Experience - InformED | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

Via R.Conrath, Ed.D., Juergen Wagner, Heiko Idensen
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Though I grow wearly of "# list" articles, here are reasons broken into categories, in case you are working to justify or get a district to invest in technology. 

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A Wonderful Visual on How to Use SAMR Model On Different Classroom Tasks | ETML

A Wonderful Visual on How to Use SAMR Model On Different Classroom Tasks | ETML | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

"In this quick post I want to share with you this beautiful interactive image on the SAMR model. I learned about this resource from a tweet shared by our colleague David Fife. As you can see from the image below, iPadders provided examples of how to use each classroom task according to the different SAMR categories. And in each category, a set of apps and tools are provided to help you carry out the task under study. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues. Enjoy"


Via John Evans, Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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Another example of SAMR model.

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, February 21, 11:40 AM

Useful way to think about productivity tools

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 23, 6:23 PM

I've heard a lot about SMAR but never really taken the time to look into it. It might be time now that I'm looking at integrating more technology into my classroom. This model clearly supports technology and expects the use of it. 

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 27, 6:42 PM

Explains a lot about how digital tech can help, though on investigation this seems to be a model developed seemingly from nowhere without much academic work behind it. Example of a simple model stating the obvious? Does it matter that it's origins are hazy? Having had the chance to look into it and its creator, it's interesting to note how popular it is and how accepted it is, without much critique. Is it really that great a model?! Just wondering! Raises a lot of questions.

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SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning

SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
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There are excellent examples/resources to understand how to incorporate SAMR and ways to conduct teaching in general. "The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning.  It also shows a progression that adopters of educational technology often follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology."

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Selecting Free Online ePortfolio Tools

Selecting Free Online ePortfolio Tools | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
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E-portfolios are meaningful. Think about how you can showcase student learning in one place.
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Beyond IT: The Changing Role of The School Technology Specialist | Remake Learning

Beyond IT: The Changing Role of The School Technology Specialist | Remake Learning | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
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It is more important for districts to understand the value of having a tech specialist (whatever title you wish) in a district. 

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Pocket : iPads (or other devices) and Literature Circles – co-starring Edmodo.

Pocket : iPads (or other devices) and Literature Circles – co-starring Edmodo. | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
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Good blog experience on how one teacher uses Edmodo for his Lit Circles.

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Lectures Didn't Work in 1350—and They Still Don't Work Today

Lectures Didn't Work in 1350—and They Still Don't Work Today | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

It’s all about engagement. I’ve heard things like a child’s attention span, in minutes, is equal to their age in years. That’s so not true. If children are engaged in something, they’ll spend hours on it. We have a 6-year-old grandchild who will spend hours working on Legos or Tinkertoys because she’s got something in her mind that she wants to build, and she’ll do it. If children aren’t paying attention, it’s not because of a decreased attention span—it’s because they aren’t given tasks that honor their dominant ways of learning.


Via Nik Peachey
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I agree that 

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Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, November 21, 2013 12:50 AM

Great read - all beginning teachers should read this - and a few experienced ones too!

Viljenka Savli's curator insight, November 22, 2013 5:36 AM

kako res je to kar piše tukaj... razmislimo in upoštevajmo.

Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, November 23, 2013 4:01 PM

Engaging content and creativity will hold anyone's attention. 

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How to integrate digital literacy into the classroom - Learn Egg

How to integrate digital literacy into the classroom - Learn Egg | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
This is a fabulous guide that details, in visual glory, how to successfully integrate technology into your classroom for the purpose of
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http://beyondschools2.blogspot.com/2013/11/5-things-to-remember-about-teachers.html?spref=tw

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Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students.

Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students. | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
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While Edmodo is free allows you to do postings and share information, here is another safe way to have students blog and share online. The free subscription allows 50 students and two teacher account, 100 MB of storage and file sizes of 10MB. Paid obviously gets you more.

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21st-century-learning-synthesis

21st-century-learning-synthesis | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

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A updated graphic from a research paper---> Kereluik, K., Mishra, P., Fahnoe, C., & Terry, L. (2013). What knowledge is of most worth: Teacher knowledge for 21st century learning. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 29(4), 127-140.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:46 PM

 

A MUST have graphic!!!

 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, November 15, 2013 7:07 PM

21st-century-learning-synthesis | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

Ron Brenneman's curator insight, November 22, 2013 4:40 PM

nice way to lay it out

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The Hour of Code is coming

The Hour of Code is coming | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
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Hour of Code Week is December 9th-15th this year. A great way to organize as school-wide event, or for certain classes.You can also potentially win laptops. Every educator who participates in an hour of coding will get a free 10G from Dropbox.

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How Real Kids Create Real Infographics (EdSurge News)

How Real Kids Create Real Infographics (EdSurge News) | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
Infographics are a visually stunning way to deliver facts and statistics to readers.  They have become incredibly popular recently on Pinterest, Twitter, and lots of other social media tools because users are looking for a quick way to get reliable information.  Great infographics answer questions t
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Infographics can be powerful, if done correctly. I see many poorly designed infographics or infographics that are one-sided to sway a reader into thinking it is the truth. The nature of statistics should be a topic with students when using data.  That being said, here is a teacher's experience when working with students in creating infographics. Useful and informative.

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Maths Maps | edte.ch

Maths Maps | edte.ch | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
I am excited to introduce you to my new project idea that I hope will result in some engaging content for our classes. It is collaborative in the same way
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Google Math Maps- An interactive way to engage students with maps, technology, and math concepts. Activities range in age and grade. Teachers can create their own math map idea as well.

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What Teachers Need to Know about SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
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Some helpful video explanations on SAMR model for educators. #edchat #edtech

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6 Online Rubric Makers Worth Trying | Edudemic

6 Online Rubric Makers Worth Trying | Edudemic | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

Online rubric makers can make rubric creation pretty simple, so we’ve collected a few sites that offers online rubric makers (some of them are free) that can help you out in your classroom / learning environment.


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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Never hurts to check out online rubrics.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 21, 8:34 PM

These are great assessment resources for your teaching and learning environment.

 

I have a SWOT generators that is also helpful:

 

https://wwjs.wdfiles.com/local--code/wwjs/1

 

and 

 

http://www.wikiswot.com/SWOT/swot_template_generator.php

 

Enjoy!

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10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation | TeachThought

10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation | TeachThought | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation

 

For the Google Generation, information isn’t scarce, and knowing has the illusion of only being a search away.

 

I’ve written before about how Google impacts the way students think. This post is less about students, and more about how planning resources like standards and curriculum maps might respond accordingly.

 

Curriculum maps are helpful little documents that standardize learning. That is, they clarify the content to be learned, and offer a shared pathway and schedule to deliver that content to students. Curriculum maps function as a kind of overview of learning content, and can also provide a common ground for the reform of planned learning activities based on assessment data (O’Malley, 1982).


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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A nicely written article with strong points on what is beneficial for students. However, the reality of implementing some of the tips is beyond just the teacher in the classroom and exposes other challenges. #edtech #instructionaldesign

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 21, 8:44 PM

I do wish in Google Education, that Google would bring back the Google Wonder Wheel and Time line.  This was very useful in teaching with English Language Learners.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, February 21, 11:43 PM

10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation & The Age Of Information

1. Make the work Google-proof

2. Force them to grapple with big questions without answers

3. Actually make social networks and media channels part of curriculum

4. Focus on learning strategies 

5. Create curriculum and lessons that absorb data seamlessly

6. Anticipate student needs

7. Focus less on “understanding”

8. Use spiraling by design

9. Discourage use of traditional units

10. Illuminate the nuance of the world

and bonus!

11. Promote discovery and curiosity and self-direction over coverage and compliance

 

The Age of Information is characterized by discovery, curiosity, whimsy, and connectivity–all which necessitate self-monitoring and self-direction.

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Thinking Blocks - Model and Solve Math Word Problems

Thinking Blocks - Model and Solve Math Word Problems | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
Learn how to model and solve math word problems. Ideal for students in grades 1 to 6.
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An app that lets you model, which is great for more interactive thinking for kids.

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Stephen Hawking's first official app teaches the basics of the universe

Stephen Hawking's first official app teaches the basics of the universe | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

Stephen Hawking has gone to great lengths to promote science through books and videos, but he has been conspicuously absent in the software world --


Via Dr. Joan McGettigan
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Looking forward to checking out this app!

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process?

Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, t
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The continuing conversation on how you can use iPads in writing projects. Some apps noted in article. My students have defnitely responded to the projects we have done for class on iPads. Engagment is important.

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

Why not keep paper and evolve screen-based reading into something else entirely? Screens obviously offer readers experiences that paper cannot. Scrolling may not be the ideal way to navigate a text as long and dense as Moby Dick, but the New York Times, Washington Post, ESPN and other media outlets have created beautiful, highly visual articles that depend entirely on scrolling and could not appear in print in the same way.


Via Nik Peachey
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A detailed paper discussing screens vs paper. Lots of other links included. There is no research paper connected with article. I did a paper on practice modalites that involved print text vs media for learning and engagement. More papers are needed out there on such topics, as technology research studies can quickly become outdated.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 28, 2013 1:53 PM

Surveys indicate that screens and e-readers interfere with two other important aspects of navigating texts: serendipity and a sense of control.


People report that they enjoy flipping to a previous section of a paper book when a sentence surfaces a memory of something they read earlier, for example, or quickly scanning ahead on a whim. People also like to have as much control over a text as possible - to highlight with chemical ink, easily write notes to themselves in the margins as well as deform the paper however they choose.


Helen Teague's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:03 AM

from Nik Peachey---this article compares screen reading with paper-based text

Mirna Goldberger's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:21 AM

I am definitely not made to scroll, my brain prefers printed paper.  I cannot focus and retain as well, when I read online.

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Getting eBooks into Schools (EdSurge News)

Getting eBooks into Schools (EdSurge News) | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
Many of the thousands of schools that have snapped up tablets this past year face a daunting problem: What to do with them?

Putting books on tablets seems appealing, depending on the price and complexity of the content.
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An area I am interested in using and helping to create. Textbooks are a ripoff for districts and often pretty awful/boring. 

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LimeSurvey - the free and open source survey software tool!

LimeSurvey - the free and open source survey software tool! | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it
LimeSurvey (formerly PHPSurveyor) is an Open Source PHP web application to develop, publish and collect responses to online & offline surveys.

 

"I keep collecting open source server-side software for doing things for free in the academic world - and LimeSurvey is definitely one of the jewels in the collection." -Konstantin Tovstiadi in his blog


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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A free way to create ad collect responses to surveys.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 16, 2013 9:24 PM

This program is similar to Survey Monkey in its use but the data collection is free to download and import into SPSS. I like the online and online survey applications. This is not a hard program to learn and work with. It is an open source survey application so support is limited.

unitechy's curator insight, November 18, 2013 8:28 AM
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MrLoPeZanswers's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:23 AM

Investigate for use in creating integrated online assessments for online trainings.

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Excellent Poster Featuring The 7 Essentials of Project Based Learning

Excellent Poster Featuring The 7 Essentials of Project Based Learning | Technology Resources - K-12 Schools | Scoop.it

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To help assist when working with PBL's. 

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