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Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? | Idea Channel | PBS

If you've watched past episodes of Idea Channel, you know we're huge fans of Minecraft. This totally amazing video game allows you to build your own world fr...
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Minecraft a a game designed for players to build objects, craft tools, explore and fight off monsters. However, have you ever thought that it could be used for education purposes? It definitely can, this video illustrates the flexibility and engagement it has in teaching students. Watch the video to learn more and discard your misconceptions of Minecraft!

Here is the website for MinecraftEdu if you are interested: http://minecraftedu.com/page/ ;

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Technology is sometimes overlooked in the classroom. This curated collection aims to present teachers a variety of toys, games, gadgets and ideas that can be used to within the classroom to teach the KLA, Technology.

Furthermore this collections aims to give teachers:
- an understanding of technology, its history and future
- a clarification of technology misconceptions
- a collection of engaging resources and ideas to use in the classroom
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Augmented Reality in the Science Classroom

Augmented Reality in the Science Classroom | Toys + Technology + Education | Scoop.it

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I just finished week one of the new school year.  What an exciting four days!

Thanks to the ISTE Conference and a series of new connections, this summer was an inspiration.   Armed with too many new ideas to implement and a slew of new technologies, I jumped in, iPad first.  My new eighth-graders had never used iPads in the classroom, but based on their enthusiasm for technology, I knew anything I threw at them would be a huge hit!   I decided to go big and introduced them to augmented reality right from the start.  To say they were “impressed” is an understatement!"


Via John Evans
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This showcases an great app that focuses on Augmented Reality! The teacher who wrote this blog was teaching Year 8 students about safety, emergency protocols and tools in the science laboratory. He taught it in an engaging way with the use of an Augmented Reality app called Aurasma on the iPad. Each student had an iPad and were told to walk around the lab and take notes of the tools that were on benches.

 

He also talks about how he had a few dilemmas but worked his way around them and found other alternatives - it definitely shows his willingness to try something new in the classroom.

 

This is definitely worth reading, it could help you think of new engaging ways to incorporate Augmented Reality in the classroom.

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4 Incredible Apps For Children With Autism - Edudemic

4 Incredible Apps For Children With Autism - Edudemic | Toys + Technology + Education | Scoop.it
It's World Autism Day and we wanted to take a moment to showcase our favorite and downright incredible apps for children with autism.
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This article discusses about 4 useful apps for children with Autism, they include AutisMate, Proloquo2Go, TouchChat and Autism Tracker Pro. These are only examples of the endless tools that you can use for your students, other tools focus on particular skills or tasks and can range from free or expensive. Remember to always check what's available, you never know what great tools you can find!

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Essay Map

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Just like a graphic organiser, this is a great engaging tool for students to plan their essays (or other writing literature writing similar to this format, such as persuasive writing for NAPLAN). It could also be used for students who struggle with forming or structuring their paragraphs.

 

Other teachers have also used this tool, here are some ideas that they have shared:

 

1. This is a great tool to use with lower ability students who find it difficult to structure essays. These pupils found it much easier to create the essay with less support from me and it made them feel more independent.

2. Some groups of children don’t enjoy writing essays and I’ve found Essay Map can engage those students who don’t like completing an essay on paper.

3. Get students to complete the essay plan using the tool then email it to a partner or a group and get students to peer assess and give feedback on each other’s work. Then get the students to complete a final draft taking on board the feedback.

4. Use the essay-creating tool as a chain. Get one student to complete the first part (eg the title and intro) and then pass it on to another student who completes the next part and so on. By the end of the lesson you have a collaborative essay. 

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Just like a graphic organiser, this is a great engaging tool for students to plan their essays (or other writing literature writing similar to this format, such as persuasive writing for NAPLAN). It could also be used for students who struggle with forming or structuring their paragraphs.

 

Other teachers have also used this tool, here are some ideas that they have shared:

 

1. This is a great tool to use with lower ability students who find it difficult to structure essays. These pupils found it much easier to create the essay with less support from me and it made them feel more independent.

2. Some groups of children don’t enjoy writing essays and I’ve found Essay Map can engage those students who don’t like completing an essay on paper.

3. Get students to complete the essay plan using the tool then email it to a partner or a group and get students to peer assess and give feedback on each other’s work. Then get the students to complete a final draft taking on board the feedback.

4. Use the essay-creating tool as a chain. Get one student to complete the first part (eg the title and intro) and then pass it on to another student who completes the next part and so on. By the end of the lesson you have a collaborative essay. 

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Augmented reality. What is augmented reality?

Augmented reality. What is augmented reality?
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Augmented reality, this could be the future of education. Imagine its potential on your lessons, activities, assessments and classroom management. This video discusses the high potential of benefits that augmented reality can bring in our daily lives and explains in detail what it is and its special features.

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talkPrimaryICT's curator insight, November 9, 2013 4:48 AM

The ability to browse 'life' rather than just browsing the web.....

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To understand how it works!

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What is Augmented Reality? This video examines what Augmented Reality is and it's potential use in education.

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4 Visual Guides To Bloom's Taxonomy Apps - Edudemic

4 Visual Guides To Bloom's Taxonomy Apps - Edudemic | Toys + Technology + Education | Scoop.it
Today, we're looking at some apps and web tools that address the Bloom's taxonomy objectives - helping bring Mr. Bloom into the 21st century.
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Bloom's Taxonomy, a fantastic tool used to plan out higher order thinking activities, lesssons and assessments. This article shows 4 useful visual guides that lay out the thinking levels and provide various webtools and apps that are applicable to the specific thinking level!

 

This is very useful if you are intending to use technology-based activities in the classroom and you are looking for resources for the computer or iPad.

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Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? | Idea Channel | PBS

If you've watched past episodes of Idea Channel, you know we're huge fans of Minecraft. This totally amazing video game allows you to build your own world fr...
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Minecraft a a game designed for players to build objects, craft tools, explore and fight off monsters. However, have you ever thought that it could be used for education purposes? It definitely can, this video illustrates the flexibility and engagement it has in teaching students. Watch the video to learn more and discard your misconceptions of Minecraft!

Here is the website for MinecraftEdu if you are interested: http://minecraftedu.com/page/ ;

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Isle of Tune

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This is a fantastic game that can be used to introduce basic computer programming, it's not overly complicated and gives students the basic concept of sequential knowledge. Furthermore, it's visually and musically engaging, there is also a saving and sharing function that allows students to work on previous work and share the URL with other students or family members.

 

This could be used as an activity that links with the Draft Australian Curriculum for Technology; students work with others to organise and create ideas and information in the form of text, images and audio using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments (Foundation to Year 2, digital technologies knowledge and understanding 2.6).

 

 

Found out about this website from here: http://bloggineducation.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/a-different-way-to-start-understanding-sequential-logic/ 

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DESIGN PROBLEM AND BRIEF

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This is a very useful website which has a collection of Design Briefs that students can complete indepenendtly or be used at your discretion. The Design Briefs are designed for upper primary students. There is also a link at the top where you can download a .pdf file that you can print for your students.

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What games studies can teach us about videogames in the English and Literacy classroom (article)

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An insightful article, written by Thomas Apperley, which promotes the use of videogames in the classroom; especially for the purpose of teaching Literacy. Apperley shows that videogames (an overlooked piece of technology) can be use as an interactive, engaging and in-depth literacy lessons. This is through the process of encoding and decoding, where decoding is the player interpreting meaning through interaction of the text and encoding (which in this case is not similar to writing/creating texts) allows the player to create/make their own decisions/actions that affect the game.

Overall, a very interesting read! It certainly gives you a different perspective of videogames! 

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10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom - Edudemic

10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom - Edudemic | Toys + Technology + Education | Scoop.it
Using Skype in the classroom shouldn't be a daunting task. In fact, it's a simple and effective education tool that not enough students get to try out!
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Skype is a fantastic, easy-to-use tool that you can use within the classroom, what's great about is that it's also FREE! Here is an article that discusses 10 ways that you can use Skype in the the classroom! I thoroughly enjoy the idea of having guest speakers or mystery calls and implementing parent-teacher interviews!

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Linda Marshall's curator insight, November 11, 2013 11:15 AM

Great for virtual field trips in low budget times!

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Google SketchUp

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Google SketchUp, free download. Google SketchUp 8.0.16846: Powerful yet accessible 3D modeling software.
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Google SketchUp is a 3D modelling software that is FREE! It can easily be used within the classroom. Activities that are based around Google SketchUp can be applicable to Mathematics in areas of number, algebra, measurement and geometry. Students develop the ability to design, develop and edit 3D models whilst applying mathematical knowledge and understandings. Teachers can use this software to create engaging group work or project-based assessments or activities. Furthermore, this is very simple to use, there is also an online community where you can post questions or you can use tutorial videos that guides through various activities.

This is definitely worth trying if you're looking for something that expands on students' creativity, mathematical and technological skills.

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The Padagogy Wheel

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If you love Bloom's Taxonomy and you love using iPads in the classroom you need to check out The Padagogly Wheel. It was developed by Allan Carrington to help teachers easily use apps (on the iPad) to help teachers follow Bloom's Taxonomy Higher Order Thinking Skills.

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A visual guide on 27 ways to become a better 21st century teacher, this is very simple but conveys a strong message on student centered learning.

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What is Blended Learning ?

A short video introduction on what is Blended Learning.
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What are the current possibilities that technology can provide in education? Blended Learning. This is clearly a different teaching approach when compared with the traditional method of teaching, it accommodates for our students who are living in a complex world that is advancing in technology very fast. This video explains what Blended Learning is and how it can be implemented in schools.

Part 2 discuses the benefits of using blended learning such as engagement, participation, save and gain time, student centred learning, accomodating new learning styles and more! This is definitely worth watching too! http://youtu.be/hvYFToF97RA

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25 Things Teachers Should Know About Gamification - Edudemic

25 Things Teachers Should Know About Gamification - Edudemic | Toys + Technology + Education | Scoop.it
There are dozens of things teachers and students should know about gamification. Here's a handy simplified list to quickly learn from!
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A short article giving you, as teachers (and parents), 25 things you should know about gamification! Gamification is using games to engage students in learning, this is definitely worth reading if you have never used games (specifically video games or educational games) when teaching, it could help clarify any misconceptions you have about gamification.

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New to Wolfram|Alpha? Take the Tour: What Is Wolfram|Alpha?

Wolfram|Alpha is a computational knowledge engine for computing answers and providing knowledge; it is not a search engine.
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Wolfram Alpha a great alternative from search engines such as Google, it is a computational knowledge engine which provides answers, rather than 40 million websites!

 

This is a great and safe way to introduce to students how use search engines, and for the advanced students, it gets them straight to the answer which allows them to progress faster. It is very easy to use, giving teachers who may not be familiar with internet searching more confidence.

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What most schools don't teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Ton...
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This is an interesting video about coding! Our society is so advanced in technology, coding is almost every where! This short video shows everyone a the importance of teaching/learning coding and embracing technology in our classroom.

Personally, what I believe this video does well is it makes you think of various ways to accommodate learning for future generations.

 

In the Draft Australian Curriculum for Technology, programming is introduced in Year 2: Digital Technologies processes and production skills; 2.5 Follow, describe, represent and play with a sequence of steps and decisions needed to solve simple problems. This is definitely corresponds with the message in this video, in teaching students programming early for the purpose of developing their skills for future learning.


There is a longer version of this video here: http://youtu.be/dU1xS07N-FA ;

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