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5 Excellent Text to Speech iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Excellent Text to Speech iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it

"Below is a selection of some good text to speech iPad apps that you can use with your students. Text to speech apps can be used for teaching all the four skills: listening, writing, reading, and speaking. They are also good for language learners and for special education students. You can also access the web version of text to speech tools here. Enjoy"


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Several Text to Speech apps for diverse learning needs.

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Tracy Webb Sharp's curator insight, November 4, 2013 9:04 PM

We should check these apps out at the next Title III meeting. 

Rachel Hall's curator insight, November 5, 2013 3:19 PM

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Teresa Pearl's curator insight, January 30, 2014 5:33 PM

Great text to speech app options for students who have difficulty decoding grade level text or need auditory feedback.

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Plickers Response Cards

Plickers Response Cards | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices

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I learned about this site from two teachers at Scranton Elementary School in our district. Students get a card, you scan their answers with your Android (at the moment iOs App is in transition) device. The website allows you to print cards, but you can get some durable ones at Amazon. Very cool and easy.

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Microsoft replacing MinecraftEDU with new education edition

Microsoft replacing MinecraftEDU with new education edition | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Starting this summer, classrooms hooked on MinecraftEDU will be given the option of migrating to a new education-focused Minecraft title, recently announced by Microsoft who has acquired the rights to MinecraftEDU.
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Minecrafters...beware or be aware...that your favorite platform has be bought by Microsoft. You will still be subscribed and will also get a free year (is my understanding) of use on the new iteration.

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A Big Ideas video series on Growth Mindset | ClassDojo

A Big Ideas video series on Growth Mindset | ClassDojo | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
A five episode video series that will change how your class thinks about learning
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Class Dojo is beginning a 5 video series on learning in conjunction with Carol Dweck's lab, PERTS, at Stanford. They will be released weekly through St. Valentine's Day.

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KeepVid: Download YouTube Videos, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitch.Tv, Dailymotion, Youku, Tudou, Metacafe and more!

The #1 Free Online Video Downloader allows you to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitch.Tv, Dailymotion, Youku, Tudou, Metacafe and heaps more!
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Not sure about the ethical issues of the "borrowing," but here is a site which lets you download and change the file format, too.

Found the suggestion on Edmodo's Computer Technology group in a green screen discussion from Mrs. Helck.

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CSTA - CSTA K-12 Standards

CSTA - CSTA K-12 Standards | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
This document delineates a core set of learning standards designed to provide the foundation for a complete computer science curriculum and its implementation at the K–12 level.
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This page on the Computer Science Teacher Association site provides mapping of their standards to core standards. With gaming and coding becoming a more important to aid student achievement this match of standards gives teachers what they need to use these tools in lessons.

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Families Matter

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"Over the last month, I came across three interesting data points about the importance of family engagement. Since three data points often indicates an emerging trend, I want to share with you what I learned." From the Desk of Elisabeth 

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Power My Learning is a force to improve education in low achieving areas. This is from their October Newsletter. Follow the link for the specifics of the data.

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SafeShare.TV - The Safest Way To Watch and Share YouTube videos.

SafeShare.TV - The Safest Way To Watch and Share YouTube videos. | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Not only does SafeShare.TV remove distracting and offensive elements around YouTube videos, but it also allows you to crop videos before sharing them.
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While visiting LCECC for Tech Cluster we learned of this site from Laura Ward. It is a free, membership not required. way to shorten and show YouTube videos. The site provides a host URL that is not blocked. (Although the site itself may be due to the .tv)

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FlipSnack | PDF to Flash page flip - flipbook software

FlipSnack | PDF to Flash page flip - flipbook software | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Interactive flipbooks!
Reach your readers across all online platforms, engage customers with rich media publications and sell directly from the pages of your flipbook.
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Says it works across platforms...Apple or PC or Android...and it's free.

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Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Make Student Portfolios with SiteMaestro

Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Make Student Portfolios with SiteMaestro | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it

I'm a Google Certified Teacher and authorized Google Education Trainer who teaches Science at Korea International School, in Pangyo, South Korea. Currently, I'm exploring uses of coding and Minecraft in the science classroom. My interests are STEM initiatives, maker culture, authentic assessment, and connected classrooms.  

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This blog post from Teaching Ahead of the Curve has a great tutorial on SiteMaestro. It is the Google Sheets add-on which duplicates a site template you make for all your students. It manufactures unique URLs for their pages and gives you links to all of them.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Sources for Free Lesson Plans

Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Sources for Free Lesson Plans | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Exploring free lesson planning resources can be overwhelming. Some are extremely useful, and others not so much. Here, VideoAmy shares a list of 10 of her favorite lesson planning tools available, as well as a playlist of videos to help teachers utilize them.
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Eutopia post from Amy Borovoy with addition sites to her video.

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10 Places to Get Free Lesson Plans - YouTube

10 Places to Get Free Lesson Plans - YouTube | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Curriculum-sharing websites can be a fantastic way to collect materials and best practices beyond the four walls of your classroom. The Common Core has added...
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Amy Borovoy's video was referenced in Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup from Edutopia. This is a link to her playlist.

 
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Google Cultural Institute

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"The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum."

 

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Research with a "being there" plus: Art Project , World Wonders, and Historic Moments.

"Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces."

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How to Prepare Your Students for Student-Centered Learning

How to Prepare Your Students for Student-Centered Learning | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
As student-centered learning gains momentum in the American classroom, some education leaders are making the mistake of pushing change too quickly.
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Summer reading...

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Introducing Plickers Scoresheet

Introducing Plickers Scoresheet | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
We're thrilled to announce our best reporting feature yet: Scoresheet, a flexible way to review your students’ results over multiple questions. You can use Scoresheet to monitor student progress and save time grading: color-coded student and question averages make it...
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Plickers, non-electronic student learning system (SLS), is now helping you gather data with new Scoresheet. A wonderful help to those of use handheld deprived has gotten more useful.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Quickly Create an MP3 Recording

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Quickly Create an MP3 Recording | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it

Another Richard Byrne post on his blog, Free Technology for Teachers.

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This is an online recording tool that gives embed code, a link and from the link page a download of the file. Easy to use...

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Here Is A Great Tool for Making Quiz Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here Is A Great Tool for Making Quiz Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
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Another gamifier for assessments.

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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes | Tech Cadre Corner | 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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Some tools for SS teachers...

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StoryJumper

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Create illustrated storybooks from scratch or from charming templates
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This link is to Graphites review page for StoryJumper. There are also some how to use and recommendation of grades. It is a website and it is FREE.

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SAMR Model by Christi Collins

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TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink
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This is animated by Thinglink by Christi Collins in whose account it is housed, but the resource was shared in Edmodo Spotlight. It gives some samples for sites which will help implement transforming your teaching with tech.

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StudySC News | StudySC

StudySC News | StudySC | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
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A boon to SC teachers, especially those teaching social studies this is part of the SC ETV system available free of charge to SC teachers. It has resources leveled by grade and has a fact of the day on Twitter...@scfactoftheday is their handle.

Lesson plans are included...to go along with our Open Educational Resource theme for this issue.

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PowerMyLearning Connect | Free Education Games & Learning Activities for Kids

PowerMyLearning Connect | Free Education Games & Learning Activities for Kids | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Thousands of free K-12 education games & learning activities for kids tied to the Common Core. Create personalized playlists of activities & assessments.
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Free site for student educational games. See the blurb above for more.

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Ready for the New School Year? Get on Top of These Four Edtech Teaching Trends (EdSurge News)

Ready for the New School Year? Get on Top of These Four Edtech Teaching Trends (EdSurge News) | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
The power of edtech is defined by what great teachers can do with the technology. Educators who transform classroom learning experiences are changing how they plan, communicate, provide feedback, and collaborate with their students. All of this is thanks to some powerful and clever edtech tools and
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The post that started it all...one of the trends Kerry Gallagher mentions here is Open Educational Resources.

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it

Explore this educator's guide to open educational resources (OER) for information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.

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Blog post guide to OER sources and the reason behind them.

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WatchKnowLearn - Free K-12 educational videos

WatchKnowLearn - Free K-12 educational videos | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Free K-12 educational videos … organized. Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory. Organized, reviewed, rated, and described by teachers. Ideal as a supplement to a curriculum or for independent study. Designed for teachers, students, parents, homeschoolers, educators … and all life-long learners!
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Looking for free resources for teachers...this is wiki styled site that categorizes videos for classroom use.

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Gone Google Story Builder

Gone Google Story Builder | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.
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This is like the Ether Pads I have used except that the labels are very distinct which helps with identifying the participants...have seen it used with a screen capture to make a video for a presentation.

Mentioned by Jennie Magiera for ISTE 2013( Googleize your classroom).

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Best of the Best: Apple and Google Educator Programs | Edudemic

Best of the Best: Apple and Google Educator Programs | Edudemic | Tech Cadre Corner | Scoop.it
Apple & Google products are indispensable to many teachers. Both companies have designed programs for educators who want to make the best use of technology.
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Something to fill your days until school begins...

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