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GoNoodle - Video for the Classroom

GoNoodle turns movement into a game and makes it easy to be active, the kid way—silly, energetic, playful, and fun. Just press play on hundreds of custom-created videos and get kids running, jumping, dancing, stretching, and practicing moments of mindfulness.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 15, 1:38 AM

Videos which get students active in the classroom or at home.

Cathia Gaïta's curator insight, November 17, 4:48 AM
Learning through movements is really effective!
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Genial.ly - Create Interactive Infographics

Genial.ly - Create Interactive Infographics | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Genial.ly is the best web tool to create engaging interactive visual content (pictures, posters, presentations, etc) for people without programming skills.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 21, 4:58 AM

This looks like a great free tool for creating interactive infographics.

רונית יעקב's curator insight, November 22, 3:57 PM
אינפוגרפיקה אינטראקטיבית
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How One School Changed Culture From Within So Students Could Succeed

How One School Changed Culture From Within So Students Could Succeed | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Of all the innovative things happening in education, teachers at PS 89 focused in on building strong relationships with students and are seeing good results.

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Technology Tips Newsletter - Visual Note Taking and Sketchnoting

Technology Tips Newsletter - Visual Note Taking and Sketchnoting | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Find the best resources about visual note taking and sketchnoting that allow individuals to utilize drawing and images when capturing and representing ideas for class assignments, during training, meetings or conferences.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 12, 1:21 PM

Do you teach your students alternative methods for note taking? Outlining and listing have their place. Think of visual note taking as a way to differentiate your instruction. Learn more about it in this overview from Shannon Mersand.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, November 15, 11:17 AM

Do you teach your students alternative methods for note taking? Outlining and listing have their place. Think of visual note taking as a way to differentiate your instruction. Learn more about it in this overview from Shannon Mersand.

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TRUTH: I Have Anxiety About Math Facts - Teacher Tech

TRUTH: I Have Anxiety About Math Facts - Teacher Tech | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Fact, I have anxiety about math facts.

I have a degree in math.
I graduated college with honors.
I got the highest score at my university on the Putnam exam, which is supposedly a big deal to get a non-zero score.
I taught high school math for 14 years.
I am the Queen of Spreadsheets.
I code for fun and share my coding projects.
I repeated the 4th grade due to math facts.
After 2 years of 4th grade, I never passed the timed math tests.

If you ask me to do basic arithmetic in my head, even 7×8, I freeze. My heart races. I try to dodge the question. I’m perfectly capable.

I’m more inclined to use strategies when doing math problems than memorization. When I’m alone and tallying student scores on a paper, I do great. If I need to design a spreadsheet and apply math, I excel at that.

I am not alone.
Reading Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler, for the first time in my life I realize

I am not dumb.

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Teachers Guide to Creating and Publishing Websites Using The New Google Sites

Teachers Guide to Creating and Publishing Websites Using The New Google Sites | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Google has recently introduced a totally revamped Google Sites available to its G Suite customers only. Compared with the classic Site, the new Google Sites comes with a bunch of extra interesting features that include intuitive technology, integration with G Suite apps, attractive design, ability to track site’s performance using Google Analytics, new colourful templates and many more. To learn more about the difference between classic Sites and new Sites, check out this resource.

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Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills - MindShift

Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills - MindShift | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
As the world economy shifts away from manufacturing jobs and towards service industry and creative jobs, there’s a consensus among parents, educators, politicians and business leaders that it is crucial students graduate into university or the workforce with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their thinking.

While many teachers agree with this premise, they don’t often know exactly how to teach these skills explicitly, especially because many of the mandates and required curriculum seem to push in the opposite direction. Process-oriented skills are hard to pin down; teachers can see them in certain students, but developing these competencies in students who aren’t already demonstrating them can be tricky. A few teachers in Ontario, Canada have been experimenting with tools they think could make the difference.

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Increase student engagement with podcasts

Increase student engagement with podcasts | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Much of the research on whether students are more engaged when using podcasts and other multimedia tools has so far focused mainly on college students. It’s been shown that some students, especially those who reported low levels of interest in the course, are more engaged when using podcasts in combination with traditional education tools. Until more research is done in K-12, we can assume that these results translate to younger students as well.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 1, 1:45 AM

Not a great fan of the podcast myself, but seems to be research here to support their use.

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, November 1, 12:57 PM
O uso de podcast em contexto sala de aula.
Edgar Mata's curator insight, November 2, 2:43 PM
El uso de tecnologías de la información tan simples como un podcast puede aumentar el interés del alumno en el trabajo de la clase.
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Exploiting Infographics

Exploiting Infographics | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

This ebook was designed with English language teachers in mind but should have some value for any teacher who is interested in developing their students’ digital literacy and critical thinking skills.
The book contains a wide range of suggested activities for both the creation and exploitation of infographics in the classroom.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 28, 1:33 AM

My latest book in the Digital Classrooms Series.

Leonard R Williams's curator insight, September 28, 11:51 AM
Operator Interface Programming - designed for programmers, operators and application designers, who work with QuickPanel+ Operator Interface that is programmed using Proficy View; tasked at developing, modifying and maintaining Operator Interface Applications.
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The Best Outdoor Activity Apps for Kids

The Best Outdoor Activity Apps for Kids | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
If your kids spend more time than you’d like on smartphones and tablets then why not take advantage of their love of technology and introduce them to some apps that will help them spend more time outdoors. 

There are loads of apps that can help kids have more outdoor adventures. We’ve picked a few of our favourites.

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Fifty Recommended Books on Creativity – John Spencer

Fifty Recommended Books on Creativity – John Spencer | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Here is a list of my favorite fifty books on creativity. Some of these are more on the pop culture side while others are more academic. Some are books I agree with while others are books that I don’t necessarily agree with but still provoked a lot of thought. I hope you find this list helpful.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 17, 1:43 AM

Fantastic list.

Christine K's curator insight, September 23, 5:03 AM
The Joy of PL Book Club recommendations. #joyofpl @joyofpl @bethesquarepeg
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Motorized Coloring Machine Kids Can Make

Motorized Coloring Machine Kids Can Make | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"You know what STEM is right? Science, technology, engineering and math. These are skills that kids really need to have a nice handle on- both boys and girls. We incorporate STEM into our homeschooling as much as possible.


Let me show you how we took the parts from an old broken toy and turned it into a motorized coloring machine. My kids call this coloring of the future!"


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Larry Heuser's curator insight, September 2, 11:54 AM

Homeschooler Alert!!

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Using Minecraft In Education- 5 Good Books to Read ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Using Minecraft In Education- 5 Good Books to Read ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
In a relatively short time, Minecraft succeeded in marking a strong presence within the education sector  and became one of the leading educational learning platforms for students. As a culmination of its sweeping popularity among the educational community, Minecraft recently released  Minecraft for Education which is a website geared primarily towards providing teachers with a forum where they can share their ideas about how they use Minecraft in their teaching.

Given this growing potential of Minecraft in education, we decided to compile the list  below featuring some of the best reads on Minecraft. These books will help you learn more about how educators are using Minecraft as a powerful instructional tool to engage students and teach different subjects.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 28, 6:57 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to John Evans.

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ReadWorks - For developing reading skills

ReadWorks - For developing reading skills | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Improve your students’ reading comprehension with ReadWorks Digital. Access thousands of high-quality, free K-12 articles, and create online assignments with them for your students.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 15, 1:54 AM

This is an LMS for managing reading development through digital content.

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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

Thinking Critically through Digital Media | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

Through the use of these materials I hope teachers can develop more actively and intellectually critical students who approach digital media with the ability not only to comprehend and consume information but also understand the possible bias, motivation and underlying values of those creating the information. I believe these skills and abilities are key to creating a more tolerant, open-minded and critically aware global society.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 19, 1:28 AM

The rationale behind my latest ebook.

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The Global Search for Education: Have you Heard About the TeachUps? | The Huffington Post

The Global Search for Education: Have you Heard About the TeachUps? | The Huffington Post | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Technology is quickly and forever changing. The moment teachers master one new piece of ed tech, there may be something newer they need to know more about.

So you’re a teacher and you want to stay on top of your digital knowledge, plus expand your local community of fellow educators and collaborate with ed tech experts on how to improve student outcomes. Maybe you’re looking for a way to learn new things in an environment that’s slightly less structured than a formal training session? Consider hosting or joining a teacher meet-up. Or, as Edmodo likes to call it - a TeachUp!

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, November 22, 8:07 AM
I love this concept and planning to learn more.
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21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs @ericcurts

21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs @ericcurts | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

 Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.

In this blog post we will take a look at 21 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:
*Text to Speech
*Readability
*Reading Comprehension
*Focus
*Navigation

Some of the tools fit into more than one topic, but each is only listed once. Certainly this list does not cover all of the useful web extensions available for struggling learners, but it is a great place to begin. In addition to the list of extension, I have also linked in the video and help guide from a webinar I did a while back on "Google Tools for Special Needs".


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4 Excellent iPad Apps for Creating Educational Comic Strips

4 Excellent iPad Apps for Creating Educational Comic Strips | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Below are some very good iPad apps you can use with your students in class to create educational comic strips. Students can use them to work on writing projects, engage in  storytelling activities , photo journalling and many more. The apps are very simple to install, easy to use and students will absolutely love them.

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Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills - MindShift

Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills - MindShift | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
As the world economy shifts away from manufacturing jobs and towards service industry and creative jobs, there’s a consensus among parents, educators, politicians and business leaders that it is crucial students graduate into university or the workforce with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their thinking.

While many teachers agree with this premise, they don’t often know exactly how to teach these skills explicitly, especially because many of the mandates and required curriculum seem to push in the opposite direction. Process-oriented skills are hard to pin down; teachers can see them in certain students, but developing these competencies in students who aren’t already demonstrating them can be tricky. A few teachers in Ontario, Canada have been experimenting with tools they think could make the difference.

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another.

Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does.

Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features.

Social Studies content can be an interesting mix of itemized information, and traditional paragraphs/imagery.

Literature? Well, that depends on if you mean the flexible form of poetry, the enduring structure of a novel, or emerging digital literature that combines multiple modalities to tell a story. (Inanimate Alice, for example.)

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 14, 9:36 AM
This is a great resource.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, November 2, 7:59 AM
I see the match of strategies to content area an important consideration. I also see each reading strategy as a mini lesson for the reading workshop followed by independent practice and application. Some Close Reading strategies could be added to this list.
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Tools for Professional Learning: Curate, Share, Connect

Tools for Professional Learning: Curate, Share, Connect | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Given the plethora of tools, there is no one way to engage in professional learning. Create a system that allows you to curate content, save great resources, and share with others in whatever way best fits your learning style, devices, and preferences.

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Rod Murray's curator insight, October 15, 7:52 AM
Learn about the power of Curation and tools to make it happen
Jemma Hillyer | EliteText's curator insight, October 15, 8:22 AM
A great list of tools for collecting and sharing content.
polyyking's curator insight, December 8, 6:19 AM
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How to Infuse the Arts Into Core Curriculum (and Why It Matters)

How to Infuse the Arts Into Core Curriculum (and Why It Matters) | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
At School 21, each secondary-level PBL unit is co-taught by a content teacher and an arts teacher. I usually pair up with a history teacher. When I first encounter content from a humanities curriculum, I don't think about the list of names or dates that the students need to learn. With my background in professional theatre, I instinctively think about the stories that exist within the content. Approaching the content like an artist, I think about how I would bring this idea alive in the real world with an ensemble. How will I make it matter to my students? Using theatre in this way not only gives the students stories to which they can emotionally attach knowledge, but by turning these stories into theatre productions, we provide students with a world in which their knowledge lives on after the life of their play.

To learn content is one thing, but to fuse it with a challenging form of art compels students to research it, know it, and be it enough to reinterpret and communicate it. This practice brings an enjoyable, engaging process with high outcomes. In a time when schools are tossing aside the arts, I think we must realise that if we place art at the centre of our curriculum, the learning environment transforms classrooms into stages and galleries, facts into stories, and memories into legacies.

If you want to bring art into your classroom, I offer these suggestions as a starting point.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, September 29, 9:33 AM
I can envision how these thoughts can be utilized in many classrooms. Thematic lessons and project based learning immediately come to mind. Bring the art, music, and tech teachers into your collaborative planning sessions and allow the creativity juices to flow.
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5 #Considerations for #Designing #Makerspaces – @DavidJakesDesigns @djakes – Medium #makered

5 #Considerations for #Designing #Makerspaces – @DavidJakesDesigns @djakes – Medium #makered | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"Makerspaces are a really hot commodity in schools and the focus of a lot of the conversation that surrounds improving learning spaces. That’s exciting, and an opportunity to provide new spaces that add capability for students and teachers is always a good thing.


So, given this interest, what are some design questions to consider when thinking of adding a space that has maker capabilities? Here are my top five which focus on the design of such a space:"


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Personalized Learning in 2016: What’s Working, What’s Missing

Personalized Learning in 2016: What’s Working, What’s Missing | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
We’ve made a great deal of progress in the last five years, but we’re still very early in the personalized learning revolution.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 13, 1:11 PM

A useful short article with a lot of links for further research.

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WeAreTeachers: 60 Apps to Teach STEAM in the Classroom

WeAreTeachers: 60 Apps to Teach STEAM in the Classroom | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
pairing—as kids drag, draw and create they learn more about technology and the world around them. That's why we've gathered 60 of our favorite apps for teaching STEAM in the classroom, with recommendations for every grade level. Read on to get our list!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, September 3, 8:24 PM

Great list - so, so graphics - too much like Comic Sans!