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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!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Twister - Create Tweets from Historical Characters

Free Technology for Teachers: Twister - Create Tweets from Historical Characters | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Twister - Create Tweets from Historical Characters http://t.co/cxxFmgCmMn

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This trick is fun for history classes and for quiz bowls.

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Announcing the Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge!

Announcing the Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge! | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Okay, so you've been wanting to try out more of the awesome free web apps you know are out there, but you just haven't got around to it. Well, here's your
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Would that many teachers would do this one challenge. I believe that participants would find their lives and careers changed for the better.

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Data Visualizations

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The Gamification of Education Infographic #gamification #edtech
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I appreciate the practical suggestions offerer, like Dungeons & Dragons tied to probability. Why not? Young people can figure out what the percentage chance is of rolling either 1,2, or 3 on a twenty-sided die.

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[Infographic] Tips for Creating Online Courses with Offline Material - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] Tips for Creating Online Courses with Offline Material - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
This infographic might guide you with tips for creating online courses with offline material.

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I love this infographic!

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Ideas for providing PD to your teaching staff.

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Jazz Things Up with These 12 Music Tools

Jazz Things Up with These 12 Music Tools | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Music is a valuable teaching tool in any subject area. It makes complex concepts more accessible and engaging -- sustaining kids' attention and adding some fun to everyday learning. This week, we've highlighted 12 music-centric apps, games, and websites that really strike a chord. For a solid...
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Graphite rocks!

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Assistive Technology: 5 Keyboards for Aphasia & Autism

Assistive Technology: 5 Keyboards for Aphasia & Autism | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
3rd-party keyboards are great assistive technology for people with aphasia, autism, & communication disorders. See the top 5 for non-verbal communicators.

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ASCD Express 10.12 - Five Trends That Are Transforming Education

ASCD Express 10.12 - Five Trends That Are Transforming Education | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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I particularly agree with #2 and #5.

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The Anatomy Of Good Gamified eLearning

The Anatomy Of Good Gamified eLearning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Good Gamified eLearning
We’ve long known that playing games can help people to learn a well as being fun, that’s why we play games with our kids, and it’s not a new concept to bring games into instructional design.
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worth a look if you wish to gamify!

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The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
RT @mr_aylen: The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class #edchat #edtech http://t.co/RWcCmPXsCB
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I have used three of these, and I like them all!

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A Beautiful Visual Featuring The 7 Cs of Effective Communication ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Visual Featuring The 7 Cs of Effective Communication ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
RT @EdTechFam: A Beautiful Visual Featuring The 7 Cs of Effective Communication http://t.co/uFlWnYHbGX #Edtech
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I'm happy when I hit four of these seven ;)

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Teaching with the Library of Congress

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Teaching with the Library of Congress. A blog from the Library of Congress.
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The largest library resource in the world, and now LoC has hundreds of collections curated for teachers and students.

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Trends | Music as a Teaching Tool

Trends | Music as a Teaching Tool | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
When you think of a classroom singing a song together, you probably envision a kindergarten class learning the alphabet or counting.
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We learn the Dynasties Song for China, and I use songs rom Mary Poppins to teach Victorian England.

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6 Great Tools to Create Educational Flyers and Posters for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Great Tools to Create Educational Flyers and Posters for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
RT @ywsanchez: 6 Great Tools to Create Educational Flyers and Posters | http://t.co/uQ6i7PFuRx (via @medkh9) | #edtech #techcomm #scicomm …
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Google's 9 Principles of Innovation - Open Innovation Through Culture - InnoCentive Blog

Google's 9 Principles of Innovation - Open Innovation Through Culture - InnoCentive Blog | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Google employed an open innovation culture before the term was widely used. The way they treat employees and innovation is something engrained in the company’s culture not just its managers
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All innovators should take the three minutes needed to read this article.

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3 Technologies That You May Be Using Improperly

3 Technologies That You May Be Using Improperly | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
As I present at many national conferences, sit on many educational technology forums and judge for many educational technology award groups, I am very frustrated by what I am seeing in terms of our use of EdTech....
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I was rather hoping the author would mention presentation software. For many teachers. PowerPoints and KeyNotes simply replaced writing notes on the board while they lecture. This is a disservice to the students, and to educators who actually use these tools to do things that could not otherwise or as easily be done.

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Growing and Learning with Mobile Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Growing and Learning with Mobile Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Growing and Learning with Mobile Infographic gives you a better understanding of the Gen Z students and the role mobile devices play in their lives.
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It is no longer the future, but the present reality.

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Study Reveals Fascinating Possibilities for Video Gaming and Brain Development and Repair

Study Reveals Fascinating Possibilities for Video Gaming and Brain Development and Repair | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Early Brain Development and Gaming: A New Study on Neurogenesis and Brain Connectivity Could a recent study by neuroscientist Simone Kühn reveal new ways of

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All right! I am on the cutting edge being a old guy and playing Clash of Clans! Now onto Samurai Siege! I knew these games had to be good for me!

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Rome to Rococo: 7 Art History Apps and Sites

Rome to Rococo: 7 Art History Apps and Sites | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Gone are the days of dusty slides, dimmed lights, and the sound of a shuffling projector. The digital shift has drastically changed how we study art history. Slides are now high-resolution images. Museum visits are bolstered with virtual tours. Thirty-pound textbooks are reborn as online...
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Snaps! My AP Euro art mini-unit just became much easier! Thank you, Graphite!

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Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks

Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
At a two-year community college, textbooks can equal 40 percent of tuition. Free or low-cost electronic books can cut that way back.
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Boost Your Training with the Neuroscience of Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Boost Your Training with the Neuroscience of Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Boost Your Training with the Neuroscience of Education Infographic shows how knowing about the brain helps L&D people train.
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Interesting Online Assignments To Engage Online Students

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How To Engage Online Students With Online Assignments I teach philosophy courses online and while these courses don't seem ripe for innovative assignments I think I've developed some interesting online assignments in the various courses I teach...
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The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
What happens when students and teachers converse, share experiences, and participate in activities together.
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All effective teaching is, at heart, relational.

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How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Aggregation, curation, creation: A step-by-step guide to creating your own textbook -- and involving your students along the way.
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If you are excited to get off of the textbook bandwagon and build course readers instead (I am thinking IB and AP Euro), then this is the article for you. The Dolores Gende offers myriads ways to build a self-designed textbook from internet resources that best fits your course, your objectives, and your teaching style. Or you can choose to have that textbook, and build unit supplementary ebooks, too!

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10 of The Best Chrome Apps for Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 of The Best Chrome Apps for Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
10 of The Best Chrome Apps for Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Ed Tech & eLearning curated by Carlos Pinheiro

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10 Ways to Get Teachers Using Tech

10 Ways to Get Teachers Using Tech | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
So you've gone 1:1 but your teachers aren't using the educational technology to its full potential. Try these 10 ways to get teachers using tech.
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This final and essential step is the most challenging. All change is uncomfortable, but necessary for growth.

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