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Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology
A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
Curated by Chris Carter
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How-To: Link Google Forms to QR Codes

How-To: Link Google Forms to QR Codes | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
I've shared some of the reasons that I love Google Forms, including how they can be used to collect assessment data.  Google Forms can also be used for students to turn in information.  They might ...
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No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children

No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Programming for young children gets pared down to its analog basics in several board games that teach sequences of commands.
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Yes! Computational thinking simply does not require computers.

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Excellent Speech to Text Tool Integrated with Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Speech to Text Tool Integrated with Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

We are ge@reedahs @ahsbp Check this out, talk to text app that integrates with Chrome and Google Drive: http://t.co/op3ffzUkM8 via @gcouros #edtech

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We are getting closer to the end of the keyboard.

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7 Good Examples of Gamification in Education - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

7 Good Examples of Gamification in Education - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Various edtech companies are working for some effective ways to create process of learning “fun”. Here are some of the good examples of gamification in education.

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Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
If you are an elementary teacher looking for apps for your classroom, then here is a perfect list of apps for you.

Via John Evans
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Very nice!

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Diane Therrien's curator insight, January 27, 8:40 PM

Thank you John!

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Top eLearning Stats and Facts For 2015 Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Top eLearning Stats and Facts For 2015 Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Top eLearning Stats and Facts For 2015 Infographic that every eLearning professional should know by eLearningIndustry.com
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I am surprised by China;s growth rate  in e-learning.

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Parents Helping Kids with Homework Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Parents Helping Kids with Homework Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Parents Helping Kids with Homework Infographic presents some directives of the educational system on how parents should help their kids with homework.
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Word choice could be improved, but stats are interesting, and revealing.

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An EdTech Primer: Technology Use, Benefits, And Online Safety Tips

An EdTech Primer: Technology Use, Benefits, And Online Safety Tips | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
An EdTech Primer: Technology Use, Benefits, And Online Safety Tips
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It is what it is.

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8 Tips To Use Personal Experiences In eLearning Course Design

8 Tips To Use Personal Experiences In eLearning Course Design | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
How To Use Personal Experiences In eLearning Course Design
Chances are that you have a variety of insights and knowledge that you'd like to impart upon your learners.
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All learning is relational at some level. Why not make it overt?

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Padlet: Create a Virtual Wall & Engage Your Students

Padlet: Create a Virtual Wall & Engage Your Students | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Years ago I stumbled on Wallwisher, a virtual post-it note board. I liked the concept, but the backgrounds were garish and hard to look at for long.

Via Cindy Rudy
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I frequent;y use Padlet. I find that setting up a virtual board through Padlet is exceptionally easy. Further, the artifact of the activity is preserved indefinitely so kids can refer back to the materials with a click on a link.

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning
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An excellent guide.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 8:24 PM
Thank you, Luciana, for passing this article on to your PLN. this piece hits so many of my philosophy cylinders!
Luciana Viter's comment, January 26, 5:09 AM
My pleasure, Chris, and thanks for the special mention! :)
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 27, 9:25 PM

We have to be careful that we don't think design and teaching are the same thing. I found that some of my best classes were knowing when to go with the flow. Certainly, there was some advanced planning and the six principles likely fit into that, but improvising was part of what unfolded.

 

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The Emerging Science of Human-Data Interaction | MIT Technology Review

The Emerging Science of Human-Data Interaction | MIT Technology Review | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The rapidly evolving ecosystems associated with personal data is creating an entirely new field of scientific study, say computer scientists. And this requires a much more powerful ethics-based infrastructure.
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Every teacher should have his or her nose into recent brain research/studies. It is the only way we can maximize the teaching/learning process. 

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13 Tools Teachers Would Love For Formative Assessments - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

13 Tools Teachers Would Love For Formative Assessments - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are some great tools that teachers across the globe are incorporating into classroom practice for the formative assessment process.

Via Leona Ungerer
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That which is unobserved is unknown.

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Louise Taylor's curator insight, January 26, 3:30 PM

Digital tools for formative assessment. 

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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Butcher paper and Post-it notes can help students understand the collaborative thinking that takes place on a shared Google Doc.
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Going retro! No, really, I love the beauty of simple tools. Sometimes a pencil and paper really are the best tools.

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YouTube Audio Library Features Tons of Free Music to Use in Classroom Multimedia Projects ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

YouTube Audio Library Features Tons of Free Music to Use in Classroom Multimedia Projects ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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I am always on the lookout for non-copyrighted music and video materials for my students.

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Chris Carter's comment, Today, 2:39 AM
Bonnie, I very much appreciate that you are passing this link along. Combined with FreePlay Music, another brilliant site for non-copyrighted, high quality music, YouTube's offering is a gift for any student building documentary films, websites, etc.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Build Model Atoms and More on the NOVA Elements App

Free Technology for Teachers: Build Model Atoms and More on the NOVA Elements App | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Cindy Rudy
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Fantastic!

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Information Is Beautiful

Information Is Beautiful | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.
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We have to look at the data!

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How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices?

How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Librarians may be a teacher's best resource when it comes to implementing inquiry-based teaching strategies.
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We are incorporating the Library's functions into a Learning Commons, complete with Genius Bar, cafe, reading rooms, etc. It will bring us closer to our vision of a flexible space capable of empowering the creativity, intellect, and enthusiasm of all of our stakeholders.

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Broadband: The Electricity of the 21st Century

Broadband: The Electricity of the 21st Century | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Broadband brings with it new access to health care, education, and economic opportunities that have not been available in the past. But there are still many for whom this is not yet a reality.
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OK, whitehouse,gov, then why do we not commit the will and political capital to make broadband access seen as a public good, like electricity and water?

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Digging into Data: It's Not Just for Math Class

Digging into Data: It's Not Just for Math Class | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The American Statistical Association, in collaboration with others, aims to introduce statistical problem solving to students starting in fourth grade.
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We actually have a Big Data elective course in our HS, run by a PhD of Mathematics. It is oversubscribed!

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Audio Review # 41| Freeplay Music - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast

Audio Review # 41| Freeplay Music - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
FreePlay Music Website Overview FreePlay Music is a site where everyone can access music, both complete pieces and bumpers. Importantly, the site specifically caters to educational institutions, allowing the free use of their music files as long as the application is for student- or teacher-created materials intended to be used in the classroom. The specific …
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FreePlay Music is a little known, under-the-radar source of non-copyright, high quality music. I use it to download Bach pieces, audio bumpers for broadcasts, ring tones, and scoring for documentary films. The search engine is worthy of the site, allowing searches based on "feeling" and "mood." Powerful, powerful site. Please check it out.

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Why We Should All Learn Coding Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Why We Should All Learn Coding Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Why We Should All Learn Coding Infographic presents the importance of learning to code. Enthusiasm for learning how to code is on the rise.
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While the crack about being easier to learn than Spanish has to be seen in the light that it was intended, the info-graphic is useful.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 26, 8:43 AM

My pick for Infographic of the Week. 

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PUBLIC DOMAIN PROJECT

PUBLIC DOMAIN PROJECT | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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An incredible resource to all students of history, this site has already secured over 80,000 non-copyrighted music and video files. The database search function is robust, making finding what you need surprisingly easy.

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5 App and Mobile Use Guides for Parents

5 App and Mobile Use Guides for Parents | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Matt Davis has curated a list of resources for parents for using mobile devices and apps with children, tweens, and teens.
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I use parent guides so that I can better work with my middle school aged daughter to choose safe, effective apps over less useful alternatives.

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Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 10:54 PM
Thank you all for sharing. We need methods of cutting through the noise to find useful information.
Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 25, 11:05 PM

This article contains several guides that are excellent for parents and caregivers. From apps to share with kids to fun, engaging family apps, to smartphone safety and information, there is a lot here. It is a little Americanised but the advice is very sound. 

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6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2015

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2015 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Although most of these tools aren't brand-new, they are all growing in popularity, and each one can enhance teaching and learning in unique, time-saving, or engaging ways. [...]
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Just one every two months.

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