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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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SoundCloud — Hear the world’s sounds

Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio
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Have something to say? Want lessons pushed through the ether? Soundcloud may be the answer you'v been looking for.

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Captivate your students using Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Gaining our students' full attention in the digital world is challenging. Find out how we can leverage OERs to move beyond traditional course resources (books,…

Via John Shank
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OERs may change the rules of he education game.

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The slides from my recent seminar @ BCC - Enjoy!

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Virtual Reality System Brings Abstract Concepts to Life in Schools Nationwide

Virtual Reality System Brings Abstract Concepts to Life in Schools Nationwide | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
New zSpace stations consist of large screens connected to PCs that teachers and students can use with special 3-D glasses and a stylus pen.
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Fascinating!

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The Augmented Future Of eLearning: Augmented Reality In eLearning - eLearning Industry

The Augmented Future Of eLearning: Augmented Reality In eLearning - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Wondering about Augmented Reality in eLearning? Check the The Augmented Future Of eLearning: Augmented Reality in eLearning
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Sometimes I feel as if I were born 20 years too early.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Two Good Mathematics Glossaries for Students - One in English and Spanish

Free Technology for Teachers: Two Good Mathematics Glossaries for Students - One in English and Spanish | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Highly useful!

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An Edtech Minute with Padlet - BAM! Radio Network

An Edtech Minute with Padlet - BAM! Radio Network | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Padlet is a great wayto allow a group to quickly collaborate using a variety of media. When you begin you padlet,you are given a blank space where anyone who is working on the project can drag and drop images, comments, video, etc. into the space to be sh
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I love Padlet for specific functions. One of the easiest tools I have ever used.

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55 Great Websites To Download Free Sound Effects

55 Great Websites To Download Free Sound Effects | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Sound effects are used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or
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What is that I hear ... a Jabberwock?!?

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8 Reasons that today’s high school is poor preparation for today’s college

8 Reasons that today’s high school is poor preparation for today’s college | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
I'm working hard on my next literacy post: Meanwhile, this occurred to me on my walk just now, after pondering recent chats with my two kids who are currently in college: The schedule. No college h...
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Feeling vindicated in my course construction choices for my history classes!

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edshelf

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A discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning.
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Please check this site out. The resource reviews are impressive.

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How To Create A Meaningful eLearning Experience: 6 Tips For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry

How To Create A Meaningful eLearning Experience: 6 Tips For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Looking for tips to create Meaningful eLearning? Check the How To Create A Meaningful eLearning Experience: 6 Tips For eLearning Professionals!
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Christopher Pappas is on a roll! This piece mirrors the last post, viewing the challenge from a course designer's perspective.

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8 Ways to Develop Critical Thinking Skills with EdTech

8 Ways to Develop Critical Thinking Skills with EdTech | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
This article covers 8 different edtech strategies that can bring a positive difference to any tech-oriented student's classroom experiences.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Yes, the emphasis must be on skills. Lifelong learning is not gathering ever larger amounts of content knowledge, but the forever refining one's ability to apply one's intellectual skills to the tasks at hand.

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Coding from kindergarten to graduation

Coding from kindergarten to graduation | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
We interact with computing devices every day—so should we have a better understanding of the science behind them?

An increasing number of districts are saying yes.

This year, 25 states require c
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It is the computational thinking that is essential to teach and learn.

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How to Create a Website Style Guide that Builds Your Brand

How to Create a Website Style Guide that Builds Your Brand | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
© 2014 Weebly, Inc.
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I believe that it is not too early to introduce this topic to high school students. If they have a website project, certainly. They already contemplate clothing style and choice, and typically choose a consistent look to communicate their brand to the world. Introducing this same concept for websites may allow a discussion of personal brand, appearance, messaging ... an opportunity to address self-representation.

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The Guide to Competency Based Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Guide to Competency Based Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The Guide to Competency Based Education Infographic serves as a visual guide to everything you need to know about competency based education (CBE).
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The History of the Future of Education

The History of the Future of Education | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The History of the Future of Education Technology
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Can't beat the title.

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6 Tips For Creating Engaging Synchronous Online Training Courses - eLearning Industry

6 Tips For Creating Engaging Synchronous Online Training Courses - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
How to create Engaging Synchronous Online Training Courses. Check the 6 Tips For Creating Engaging Synchronous Online Training Courses
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Christopher Pappas is hitting on all cylinders. 

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Top 10 Instructional Design Challenges in eLearning

Top 10 Instructional Design Challenges in eLearning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Instructional Design Challenges
“What do you do, exactly?
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Know the challenges that we face!

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Universities seek alternatives to expensive textbooks

Universities seek alternatives to expensive textbooks | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
With the rising cost of college tuition and debt, many students skip purchasing textbooks to cut costs, risking poor academic performances.
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I have not seen significant price drops by going digital. The excuses for high priced textbooks used to be const of transport and storage. Now I hear that paying royalties is so expensive. I find both excuses to be disingenuous. 

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Afomia Seleshi's curator insight, April 28, 12:49 PM

Books, often costing $2,000 per year, hinder college students from getting a sound education. More so, they rack up the debt and cripple the students later on. 

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How to Deal With Exam Anxiety Infographic

How to Deal With Exam Anxiety Infographic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
How to Deal With Exam Anxiety Infographic
When it comes to coping with exam stress I’m sure you feel that you’re suffering on your own.
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PearDeck: A Fruitful EdTech Tool

PearDeck: A Fruitful EdTech Tool | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
By John Hardison - If you've used EdTech tools like Socrative, Kahoot, MoveNote, and even the now-defunct InfuseLearning, you must take a look at PearDeck.
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I've seen it and I like it. Now, to find time to explore it!

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Teaching with Aurasma - YouTube

A helpful teaching tool on how to integrate Aurasma into the classroom at high cognitive levels via Bloom's taxonomy. For further examples, follow our channe...
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Interesting YouTube celebrating various academic applications of Aurasma.

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Getting to Know Skype Translator and its Uses for Education - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Getting to Know Skype Translator and its Uses for Education - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Skype Translator is a fantastic tool that removes the language barrier in your communication in real time.
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Yes, we have seen the video. I said on the day of release that the world has changed forever. I stand behind my statement. As the world moves to greater internet connectivity I foresee the day when smart devices will allow people from all works of life and languages to communicate face to face and distantly. the Universal Translator of Star Trek fame is arriving centuries earlier than imagined. 

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7 Tips To Create eLearning Experiences That Stick - eLearning Industry

7 Tips To Create eLearning Experiences That Stick - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Wondering how to create eLearning Experiences That Stick? Check the 7 Tips To Create eLearning Experiences That Stick
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Christopher Pappas hits another home run with this piece on e-learning. Collaboration and reflection are essential components, as they are with any effective learning experience.

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Gamification Does Not Equal Games, It Equals Engagement And Innovation

Gamification Does Not Equal Games, It Equals Engagement And Innovation | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Gamification Equals Engagement And Innovation The first example is an onboarding program that we at Apex created for an international mining company, who approached us after an Association of Talent and Development (ATD) presentation we gave on...
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Yes, more than a distinction, gamification is taking aspects of games and game-mechanics to motivate and engage students.

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My Favorite Teachers Use Social Media: A Student Perspective

My Favorite Teachers Use Social Media: A Student Perspective | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
High school freshman Katie Benmar writes that teachers who enhance learning with technology hold students' attention.
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Worth a read.

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Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, April 24, 12:08 PM

How to hold the attention of anyone, including students? Use social media!