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Check out Ginger!

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Your #1 grammar and spell checker for social media, e-mails and documents!


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Take a look at the promo video - this free spell checker uses context to make its corrections - quite cool!

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Apps Across the curriculum to Support Struggling Learners

Apps Across the curriculum to Support Struggling Learners | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., AT Specialist

 August 17 - September 4, 2015  

How do you support struggling learners on all of these devices, using free and low cost Apps & AT solutions?  A  3 week, in-depth, online learning module focusing on the most important assistive technology tools for ensuring success for all learners on all devices!

Register at http://goo.gl/pLmeU5 ;


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CTD is a terrific resource for AT and has some wonderful courses and webinars - and this is one of them.  Get ready for the school year by attending this course - and I believe it is Free (actually, grant-funded - but free to you and me).

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Blending technology and traditional teaching shows promise

Blending technology and traditional teaching shows promise | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Harnessing technology in the classroom has created “blended” learning environments — a combination of teacher instruction and online learning. Administrators say students are more motivated by technology, but it’s too early to measure success on a spreadsheet.
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A good read about how blended learning is doing in one large US community - and how it can help broaden options, choices, and outcomes for students with widely varying needs - uch as thosde who are "in the margins".

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Accessibility Guidelines for United Nations Websites

Accessibility Guidelines for United Nations Websites | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
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Just out from the UNITED NATIONS, intended for use on websites an other online venues to indicate that the site meets recommended accessibility guidelines. Great idea, I think! What do you think about this new symbol?
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Just out from the UNITED NATIONS, intended for use on websites an other online venues to indicate that the site meets recommended accessibility guidelines. Great idea, I think! What do you think about this new symbol?

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Technology Holds Promise for Students With Poor Vocabulary Skills

Technology Holds Promise for Students With Poor Vocabulary Skills | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Individualized instruction can give students with poor vocabulary skills the learning experiences they need to bridge the gap, writes neuropsychologist Steven L. Miller.
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Not surprised, but I am pleased to see this commentary on the potential value of technology in building vocabulary.  Considering that technology has access to many variations for representation and engagement (as per UDL), this makes sense and is great news!

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Not surprised, but I am pleased to see this commentary on the potential value of technology in building vocabulary.  Considering that technology has access to many variations for representation and engagement (as per UDL), this makes sense and is great news!  The article focuses on K-12 students, however it seems very reasonable to relate this to adults as well.

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Happy Anniversary, ADA! - Live Stream panel July 23

On July 23, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Access Board will present “A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act” available as a live stream broadcast onADA.gov.

Speakers will include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Vanita Gupta, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, Senator Bob Dole, Senator Tom Harkin, and Representative Steny Hoyer. 

NPR’s Joe Shapiro will moderate a panel of people with disabilities, who have seen their lives changed because of enforcement actions that the Justice Department and the EEOC have taken to ensure that the civil rights of people with disabilities are upheld.  In addition, Bob Williams will read “Doing Justice,” a poem he wrote for this event.

The live stream broadcast on ADA.gov will include captions and audio description.  To access the event on July 23rd, go to the link to the broadcast. 

A re-broadcast will be available starting on July 25th, also at ADA.gov. 

For more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act visit ADA.gov, or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).

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Don't miss what looks to be a truly excellent panel discussion on ADA, focusing on how it has changed people's lives!

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The ADA is one of the most significant US acts affecting the lives of persons with disabilities.  This panel looks to be a great one, so put it on your calendar.

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Apps Across Curriculum and Platforms to Support Struggling Learners

Apps Across Curriculum and Platforms to Support Struggling Learners | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Course Start Date: 08/17/15Date: 09/04/15Led by Diana Petschauer, AT Specialist, this 3-week online course will consist of weekly synchronous webinars, application based asynchronous learning activities (both individual and group work), and multimedia materials (embedded videos, PPT). The module will assist educators use mainstream technology as assistive technology in education, including free and built-in accessibility, apps for iOS, and Google Chrome apps and extensions for education. Go to http://ctdinstitute.org/events to register for this and other great free training from the Center on Technology and Disability.
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Keep your skills and your knowledge up to date!  I signed up for this training today.  Get ready for the new school year, and have fun in the process.  I love online courses.

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, July 16, 3:05 PM

So many great and free learning opportunities are available through CTD.  Be sure to take a look, and don't miss out on anything!

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Keep your skills and your knowledge up to date!  I signed up for this training today.  Get ready for the new school year, and have fun in the process.  I love online courses.

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Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
GCFLearnFree - The freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! Check out our Everyday Life, Basic Math, and Computer Training today!
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And there is SO MUCH more at GCF Learn Free. A truly amazing resource. If you don't know about it already, you should!! Materials, videos, all sorts of resources - and totally free.

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, July 13, 3:45 PM

SO MUCH available at GCF Learn Free. A truly amazing resource. If you don't know about it already, you should!! Materials, videos, all sorts of resources - and totally free.

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UDL and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture

UDL and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Jackie Gerstein proposes an experiential flipped classroom learning model where she believes there a  great opportunity to change the predominant didactic model of education that is especially prevalent in upper elementary through graduate school education.

 

"UDL is a strategy, a process that provides opportunities for all students, not just those with special needs (but I believe all learners have special needs), to be successful learners. This is the same goal for the flipped classroom model designed as an experiential learning cycle.

 

This model has experiential learning at the core of the learning process with the content videos supporting the learning rather than being the core or primary instructional piece. Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience.. Simply put, experiential learning is learning from experience. Experiential learning can be a highly effective educational method[ It engages the learner at a more personal level by addressing the needs and wants of the individual. For experiential learning to be truly effective, it should employ the whole learning wheel, from goal setting, to experimenting and observing, to reviewing, and finally action planning. This complete process allows one to learn new skills, new attitudes or even entirely new ways of thinking. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiential_learning)"

 

Thank you Jackie for your insight in creating this model where all learners can experience success!


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It is exciting to see so many good models for the implementation of UDL emerging in the field and in the literature. Here is one that is worth your time.

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Steven E Teator's curator insight, July 19, 9:48 AM

This article provides some "brain science" and discusses how the flipped classroom can be applied to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

asli telli's curator insight, August 1, 1:33 AM

Great article connecting UDL/brain science and experiential learning. It even integrates the "Three What " reflection method.

wernerio's curator insight, August 2, 11:27 AM

Great article connecting UDL/brain science and experiential learning. It even integrates the "Three What " reflection method.

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Google Apps for Education training from Texthelp

Google Apps for Education training from Texthelp | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
As part of our Read&Write for Google support, we'll be offering some summer training via webinar, during which you can earn 1 hour's credit towards your professional development*.

This webinar will teach you new skills and tips for using Google Apps for Education, as well as how to get the most out of Read&Write for Google in the classroom, setting you up for the new term.

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Looks like a great way to keep "in the game" during the summer - and it is free.  Offered on 2 dates - July 23 and Aug 6.  Texthelp is an excellent company that has staff that really know what they are doing.  Should be worth your time this summer.

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Looks like a great way to keep "in the game" during the summer - and it is free.  Offered on 2 dates - July 23 and Aug 6.  Texthelp is an excellent company that has staff that really know what they are doing.  Should be worth your time this summer.

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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - 10 Google Search Tips for Students

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - 10 Google Search Tips for Students | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
When given a question or a research prompt students immediately turn to Google. Unfortunately, while many students think that they know how to use Google they don't really know how to find informat...
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Google tools are becoming ubiquitous for teachers and students. This blog offers some great links to Google tool resources. Take a look and find some new and creative ideas to use in your teaching environment.

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Great advances being made in assistive technology | Toronto Star

Great advances being made in assistive technology | Toronto Star | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
As one researcher notes, “I think we’re in the middle of a revolution in technology for people with impairments.”
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Great article about what is cutting edge now, and what is on the horizon for tomorrow in AT.....

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Great article about what is cutting edge now, and what is on the horizon for tomorrow in AT.....

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8 Must-Have Google Chrome Apps for Students | Edudemic

8 Must-Have Google Chrome Apps for Students | Edudemic | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Google Chrome offers applications that function like software programs in the computer. With these apps you and your students can get work done more easily.
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Specifically focused on tools to help with student organization and productivity - such as 

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iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia

iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
This ‘Wheel of Apps’ is not comprehensive, but attempts to identify relevant apps and to categorise them according to some of the difficulties faced by people with dyslexia.
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From the great group "Call Scotland", specializing in communications and AT for people with disabilities.  Lots of great educational work and resources come out of Scotland.  Thanks, Call Scotland.

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, May 29, 10:55 AM

A great resource from "Call Scotland".  They have many other excellent resources, as well.  Thanks. Call Scotland.

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From the great group "Call Scotland", specializing in communications and AT for people with disabilities.  Lots of great educational work and resources come out of Scotland.  Thanks, Call Scotland.

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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Create Short Comic Stories

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Create Short Comic Stories | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
As I've mentioned many times over the years, creating comics is one of my favorite ways to get reluctant writers interested in writing short stories. For many of those students creating a comic str...
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I love this blog site - so many great ideas that are pretty simple to implement and can make a whole lot of difference for both teacher  and students.  This week he features Make Belief Comix - a very cool site for anyone to make their own comic strips.  Take a look.

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Technology Holds Promise for Students With Poor Vocabulary Skills

Technology Holds Promise for Students With Poor Vocabulary Skills | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Individualized instruction can give students with poor vocabulary skills the learning experiences they need to bridge the gap, writes neuropsychologist Steven L. Miller.
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Not a new concept, especially to those working in Special education or AT but this article does add to the argument for technology as a unique tool that is great for some very important areas.
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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 1, 4:29 PM

Not a new concept, especially to those working in Special education or AT but this article does add to the argument for technology as a unique tool that is great for some very important areas.

e-incluziune's curator insight, August 4, 1:11 AM

Not a new concept, especially to those working in Special education or AT but this article does add to the argument for technology as a unique tool that is great for some very important areas.

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Google celebrates 25 years of the ADA on steps across D.C.

Google celebrates 25 years of the ADA on steps across D.C. | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
We’re honoring leaders of the Americans with Disabilities Act, past and present, through portraits displayed on steps throughout Washington DC. #ADA25 The courageous actions of a few sparked change for many.
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Check out the message from Google today - honoring disability rights leaders.  Let's remember and honor the past, but work for a better future!

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11 recommendations for the next steps in online learning - eCampus News

11 recommendations for the next steps in online learning - eCampus News | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Global research team discusses quality models in online and open education around the world, as well as recommendations for the future.
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This is a comprehensive and important study - well worth your time.

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, July 25, 4:19 PM

An important and comprehensive study re: online learning for higher ed and adults - worth the read.

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"Digital Badges in Afterschool: Connecting Learning in a Connected World" by Afterschool Alliance.

https://goo.gl/KHPqqs

Just out - this report using various case studies that shares how digital badges really made the difference for many after-school youth.

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A very interesting report on the use of digital badges to motivate students in after school experiences.  Great to get some data and hear some real stories!

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Personalization, Tailored Instruction Vital to Blended Learning, New Report Says

Personalization, Tailored Instruction Vital to Blended Learning, New Report Says | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
In a new report, the nonprofit organization iNACOL explores the evolution of blended learning and argues that "personalized" learning is critical to the success of blended strategies.
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A very interesting report from INACOL on blended and f2f learning.  A pretty quick read - and lots of good points to think about.  

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, July 14, 4:16 PM

Lots to consider here.  Primarily cases K-12, but relevant for adult ed, too.  Take a look.

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The just released Report argues in favor of classrooms created to meet students' individual needs.

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ATCNE 2015 Will be here before you know it!

ATCNE 2015 Will be here before you know it! | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

ATCNE 2015  The 2015 Assistive Technology Conference of New England
is closer than you think!
Early Bird Registration for EXHIBITORS endsJuly 31st, 2015 http://www.assistivetechnologyconference.com/registration/exhibitors/

 Register soon for your best value
and to be listed on the ATCNE website.
We are getting 100-150 new visitors every week!!

Attendees:
We anticipate a very large crowd for the 2015 conference
and pre-conference.Early Registration to attend ATCNE 2015 is open! Register now to reserve your spot take advance of Early Bird pricing.
http://www.assistivetechnologyconference.com/general-registration/

We are also looking for nominees for the: 
Fran C. Dixon Advocacy Award
and
Elizabeth M. Dalton Assistive Technology Award

If you know someone or an agency deserving of these awards,
click the above link for the nomination submission guidelines.

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This is the largest (and longest running - since 1988) assistive technology conference in the NorthEast USA!  Both pre-conference sessions and general conference sessions are posted www.assistivetechnologyconference.com 

AT vendors won't want to miss the July 31 Early Bird deadline.  Attendees can get Early Bird registration now too!  With this program, it promises to be another great conference!

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, July 13, 3:19 PM

Don't miss the opportunity to either attend or exhibit at the Assistive Technololgy Conference of New England, largest AT venue in the NorthEast.  Early Bird reguistration for both is open now.  www.assistivetechnologyconference.com 

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Guess who: These people rarely control the ed tech budget, but they’re expected to make it work - The Hechinger Report

Guess who: These people rarely control the ed tech budget, but they’re expected to make it work - The Hechinger Report | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Teachers are the people who must effectively blend high-tech tools into their instruction, but relatively few of them have much say over what classroom technology is purchased. As a result, education technology companies spend a lot of time courting school administrators, because they’re the people most likely to decide what to purchase, according to several …
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What a unique concept.... having actual teachers and service providers part of the planning for technology.  This is an issue not just for ed tech, but for AT as well - there needs to be direct input from those who will use the technology as to what that technology can and should be - ultimately to work effectively to support ALL - students, teachers, and administrators.  Let's go!!!!

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Why Does Special Education Have to Be Special?

Why Does Special Education Have to Be Special? | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Guest post by Dr. Douglas Green Thanks to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act passed in 1975, students who have some kind of identifiable disability that gets in the way of keeping up with their able peers, get service from special education teachers in schools throughout the United States. While practices vary from state to state, there is some similarity as to how these services are provided. The law is well intentioned, and there is no doubt that much of what special education teachers do is helpful. However, we spend too much money and time on bureaucratic procedures that wastes...
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So...... I have heard this argument many times, but this particular blog is especially well done and lays out a solid argument for eliminating our catagorical system of supporting students with differing needs.  Current concepts of Universal Design for learning and Personalized Learning support this view.  Will we ever really get there???  With improved knowledge and greater vision, I believe we can.  Take a few minutes and read this post.

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Scholarships in Special Education - Grad level @ Portland State - begin June 22

Scholarships in Special Education - Grad level @ Portland State - begin June 22 | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Seeking individuals with bachelor degrees who want to earn certification in special education, with focus on working with culturally diverse populations.  Starts soon, so act now!

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Considering getting certified in special education?  This is a terrific opportunity!

 

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Web Accessibility: Is Your Content Ready for Everyone?

Web Accessibility: Is Your Content Ready for Everyone? | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Amy Ruell has been blind since birth, but software programs called screen readers help her read web content-that is, if websites are created in a way that makes their information accessible and usable for her, which is not always the case. Sometimes, sites that constantly refresh aren't coded right, and every page refresh causes her screen reader to start going through the page all over again. Some sites don't have properly tagged headings or descriptive links to help her find what she needs quickly; others are too cluttered with ads.
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Here you will find some really excellent information about a topic that is of great importance for achieving inclusive learning and inclusive access for ALL!

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, June 1, 12:16 PM

This is information that is relevant and important for persons of all ages and needs - and absolutely for professionals, as well.  Accessibility is EVERYONE's business - and there is much to learn.

e-incluziune's curator insight, August 4, 1:12 AM

Here you will find some really excellent information about a topic that is of great importance for achieving inclusive learning and inclusive access for ALL!

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The Best Ways to Use Google In the Classroom | Edudemic

The Best Ways to Use Google In the Classroom | Edudemic | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Maybe you’re using Google for your email or to look someone up, but have you considered the many ways you can use this web search engine in the classroom?
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A great overview of the many tools that Google has to offer for students and for teachers to aid learning.

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