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Free Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

Free Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Take advantage of your iPad's creative side with these free digital storytelling apps. They are a great way to create a multimedia narrative that you or your students can be proud of!
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A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
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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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What's Worth Learning in School?

What's Worth Learning in School? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
We teach a lot that isn’t going to matter, in a significant way, in students’ lives, writes Professor David Perkins in his new book, "Future Wise." There’s also much we aren’t teaching that would be a better return on investment.
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I find it difficult to articulate my vision of pedagogy that stresses skills over content because the emphasis in many a mind is that I am cutting something out rather than adding critically needed skill acquisition in. I’ve long known that the vast majority of my students will not recall the specifics of Bacon’s Rebellion, or even get the century in which it occurred right, a few years after attending my class. I do not blame them. If Bacon’s Rebellion has no significance to their lives, then why should they waste brain cells remembering it? There are far more useful materials to hold on to. Historical thinking skills, critical thinking skills, the ability to analyze sources, corroborate or refute the veracity of data, connect learning from one realm to another … these are the skills I seek to impart. I just need a way of articulating this vision in a way that is inviting, even enticing. This article points, I believe, in the same direction. If k-12 education is to be relevant, then we must teach what is useful to know.

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The power of believing that you can improve

The power of believing that you can improve | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
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Dweck rocks!

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Mónica Beloso's curator insight, January 23, 5:08 AM

añada su visión ...

Chris Carter's comment, January 26, 1:51 AM
Thank you for sharing this site, Jim. Dr. Dweck is research based and highly motivating. She empowers kids with the knowledge that they can succeed.
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A Great Resource of Rubrics to Help You Teach with Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Resource of Rubrics to Help You Teach with Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
RT @medkh9: A Great Resource of Rubrics to Help You Teach with Technology #edtech http://t.co/kORy6eweH3
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Why reinvent the wheel? Tweak good rubrics to make them great for your class.

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'The Cloud' and Other Dangerous Metaphors

'The Cloud' and Other Dangerous Metaphors | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Contemporary ideas about data and privacy are tied up inextricably with language choices.
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Intelligent and thought provoking piece on the power of words to drive perception.

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Informal Formative Assessment Practices: The Why, The What, and the How - edWeb

Informal Formative Assessment Practices: The Why, The What, and the How - edWeb | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Informal formative assessment practices can assist daily, to solicit input and provide feedback to students. These practices can be used to adjust instruction in a timely fashion in order to best meet the needs of students in your classroom.

Via Cindy Rudy
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Tickets out of the door, share-around ... kids processing the material and reflecting on what they have learned.

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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! :)
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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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15 Ways Students Can Beat Procrastination Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

15 Ways Students Can Beat Procrastination Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The 15 Ways Students Can to Beat Procrastination Infographic presents 15 efficient techniques to get rid of procrastination and be more productive!
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I waited until the last minute to put this link up ... kidding!

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Meet Pecha Kucha, the Japanese presentations changing everything about PowerPoint | eSchool News | eSchool News

Meet Pecha Kucha, the Japanese presentations changing everything about PowerPoint | eSchool News | eSchool News | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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They are powerful when one has the time to nail the timing. Emphasis on the visual plays to the power of presentation software.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, January 23, 7:33 PM

The thought behind this presentation model of Pecha Kucha aligns reasonably with the neuroscience of attention and engagement for an audience.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, January 23, 7:35 PM

The thought behind this presentation model of Pecha Kucha aligns reasonably with the neuroscience of attention and engagement for an audience.

Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 6:45 PM
Thank you for sharing. Also, it is reassuring to know that neuro-scientific evidence broadly supports the Pecha Kucha approach!
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5 Safe Search Engines for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Safe Search Engines for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
RT @medkh9: 5 Safe Search Engines for Kids #edtech http://t.co/Hhj3pOpjZX via @medkh9
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Teaching online literacy and citizenship are musts, and having safe search engines helps young internet users.

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'Soon We'll All Be Gamers' -- THE Journal

'Soon We'll All Be Gamers' -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Are games really a waste of time? For Jane McGonigal, the first person to earn a Ph.D. in the study of the effects of gaming, they're a crucial part of what makes us human — a crucial part that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
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I'm already there.

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