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A Collection of Google Drive Tools for Teachers curated by Educators' Technology

A Collection of Google Drive Tools for Teachers curated by Educators' Technology | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 17, 8:06 AM
We have revisited our Google Drive add-ons’ chart we published last year and added few more categories to the list. More specifically, we added Drive tools for creating educational visual content, tools for working on PDFs, and collaborative mind mapping tools. Our purpose is to provide teachers with a collection of notable apps to help them extend their Drive activities to include functionalities not provided by the default Drive features.
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Create Personalized Teacher Newsletters for Each Student - Teacher Tech

Create Personalized Teacher Newsletters for Each Student - Teacher Tech | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
One reason a parent might not read the classroom newsletter is that it is not about their child. Here is a solution for creating weekly newsletters for parents that are individualized for their child. Newsletter Templates http://tinyurl.com/newslettertemps Add the above Google Drive folder of newsletters to your Google Drive. You can make copies and use …
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How Many C's Are In That Word Sort? - Teacher Tech

How Many C's Are In That Word Sort? - Teacher Tech | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
When using technology I like to ask the question “How does this make learning BETTER?” Not just digital or more colorful but BETTER! The activity of sorting words by definition was never a critical thinking task. It is DOK 1. Students remember the definition and classify the word based on the definition. One problem with a Word Sort on paper is the lag of time between students sorting and getting feedback. The gap between completing a task and when students receive feedback impacts the level of learning. Tomorrow is too late. To be most effective the feedback should be as immediate as possible, especially with things that have a single right answer. We don’t want students to practice wrong. If it is just graded and not given feedback or a chance for students to reflect it is pretty much busywork.
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12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class - The Cornerstone For Teachers

12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class - The Cornerstone For Teachers | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
One of the most common problems teachers face when integrating technology is keeping kids focused and accountable. It can be really challenging to get kids to listen to directions once they’re on their devices, and hard to make sure they’re focused on the assignment when there’s so many other things they can be doing online. …
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10 Meditation Apps For The Classroom - SEL (also consider Christian Meditation opportunities ...)

10 Meditation Apps For The Classroom - SEL (also consider Christian Meditation opportunities ...) | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it

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The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
Step-By step guide to conducting a research project.

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How to Repair a LEGO Wall Baseplate - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

How to Repair a LEGO Wall Baseplate - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
When I first built our Epic LEGO wall back in Sepetember 2014, I had no idea how much the concept would resonate with people.  Since then, I’ve seen dozens of amazing LEGO walls and variations of LEGO walls (including several in Canada!).  I’ve seen people create mobile walls, walls that can covert into tables, LEGO circulation desks, LEGO endcaps of shelving units.  It’s amazing.

But while my original post goes into all the details of creating one, it doesn’t offer much on maintaining one.  In the two and half years that I’ve had my LEGO wall, I’ve had to repair baseplates several times, so I figured it was time to make a tutorial.  Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to help you repair a loose baseplate:

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How to Use Google Apps via Ask a Tech Teacher

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Here’s a collection of Ask a Tech Teacher articles addressing individual Google Apps: Google Docs Google Drawings Google Forms Google Hangouts Google Keep Google Voice This isn’t meant …

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Purvis' Picks's curator insight, February 7, 11:39 AM

Here’s a collection of Ask a Tech Teacher articles addressing individual Google Apps: Google Docs Google Drawings Google Forms Google Hangouts Google Keep Google Voice"  This will be a helpful tool when assisting students on the computers in the media center. 

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How'd You Do That? Creating & Sharing Digital Flyers, Posters & Infographics via Jennifer LaGarde

How'd You Do That? Creating & Sharing Digital Flyers, Posters & Infographics via Jennifer LaGarde | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
It's been almost 8 years since I created my first digital flyer for this site. Ever since, every time I post one, I get questions about ho

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BYOT (Bring Your Own Toolbox) - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu

BYOT (Bring Your Own Toolbox) - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
The current generation of students has grown up with technology and uses it in every aspect of their daily lives and for many, this will include the jobs they will be pursuing.  Equipping students with the skills they need in life outside of school and beyond the makerspace, is an powerful component of the Maker Movement.  An often overlooked but necessery skillset for those students who will be pursuing careers related to the themes in your makerspace, such as electricity, engineering and design, is leveraging advancements made in digital tools available on their personal devices.  

As a librarian in a BYOD high school, in addition to providing opportunities for my students to use their mobile devices as a creation tool, I also promote the idea of using their personal devices as a toolbox. As a result, in our makerspace, we have a BYOT (Bring Your Own Toolbox) initiative.  This initiative was spurred by a conversation with our school electrician, who one day was doing work in our library, and instead of using physical tools, we spotted him using tools on his smartphone. He emphasized how important devices are now to those in skilled trades.

The experiential learning opportunities offered in makerspaces are one of the most valuable tools we have for prepare students for the workforce they will be entering into. We as maker educators need to create new ways of learning to help to build a better workforce. Stocking your makerspace with tools and supplies can be very beneficial, but for our stdents, their most powerful tool, might be right in their pocket!

Below are some of our favorites.  Click on the image for FREE downloadable sign to help you kick off a BYOT initiative in your makerspace!

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Kindy Segovia's curator insight, February 2, 8:09 AM
For those students who benefit from or are engaged by  hands-on learning - put these these portable, digital tools to work!
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How to Insert Super Cool GIFs in Google Docs and Slides | Shake Up Learning

How to Insert Super Cool GIFs in Google Docs and Slides | Shake Up Learning | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
In case you haven’t noticed, animated GIFs, those moving pictures that are almost like videos, are ruling the world. It’s not enough anymore to just have a cool image in your presentation; you need to engage them with a little animation. Better yet, GIFs offer an excellent way to show step sets to help teachers and students learn new skills!
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Free Hosting for Educators, Introducing MoodleCloud

Free Hosting for Educators, Introducing MoodleCloud | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it

In a surprising announcement this morning at the Australia Moot, founder Martin Dougiamas announced the launch of MoodleCloud, free Moodle classroom hosting for educators worldwide.

The service will provide educators around the globe the ability to sign up, create courses, and host their classes online for free all on a current Moodle version without needing their local IT staff or administrators to setup a site or fees for hosting.

The official free course hosting launch is a welcome service for Moodlers who for years have used a slew of “freemium” Moodle hosting sites which have suddenly pivoted, languished versions, or slowly become defunct due to latency or lack of a sustainable business model (see a list here).

While the site is not designed for running a MOOC or larger course (users are limited at 50) it does come with free access to BigBlueButton web conferencing for up to 6 users at a time, potentially a great resource for online tutoring sessions and live instruction.

The service will be supported through “minimal advertising”.

According to the official press release [read the full document here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6dptaPpGZSHWHd2cGFMMUVZV0E/view?usp=sharing],


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Armando's curator insight, July 10, 2015 5:18 AM

BREAKING: Free Hosting for Educators, Introducing MoodleCloud

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Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms

Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
Make solid connections with families by creating custom email newsletters for every student. It's easy with Google Docs, Sheets and Forms.
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6 Back-to-School Tech Projects You Have to Try - WeAreTeachers

6 Back-to-School Tech Projects You Have to Try - WeAreTeachers | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
Have your students get to know one another by sharing with their classmates their favorite things and what they did this summer using these fun tech projects! 1. Fakebook Invite your students to create a fakebook. The site is easy to …
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The Minecraft Selfie and the power a Simple SHARE!

The Minecraft Selfie and the power a  Simple SHARE! | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
Last Monday, my teaching partner Melinda Shaughnessy offered to share her Minecraft selfie idea with me. Since I was just introducing transformational geometry to my students, I thought this would be a great way start. I left my supply teacher instructions to have my students self direct their learning; to research transformations, watch instructional videos and…
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The new Periodic Table of iPad Apps for Primary aged pupils

The new Periodic Table of iPad Apps for Primary aged pupils | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
I’ve always enjoyed thinking of ideas about how we can utilise technology for purposeful means in the classroom. It is often we see the simplest ideas making the biggest impact on teaching an…
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G Suite Top 10 Music Tools via EdTech Team

1. VexTab Music Notation Input music directly into Google docs! This Docs add-on lets you render standard music notation, dru

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Elementary Research Project Guide

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Guide to research at the elementary level

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INFOhio Curriculum Toolbox's curator insight, February 6, 12:49 PM
From choosing a topic, conducting research and presentation, this guide make research easy with elementary students.
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15 Best Online Presentation Tools for Students

15 Best Online Presentation Tools for Students | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
Online presentation tools for students allow users to mix media and create engaging, fun and interactive slideshows. No one wants to sit through a boring powerpoint presentation anymore.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, February 3, 5:22 PM

Nice set of tools-many I've heard of and have used-but there are a few new ones too.

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10 ways to create interactive multimedia in any grade/subject

10 ways to create interactive multimedia in any grade/subject | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
Video. Audio. Images. Text. Interactive questions. Great student-centered learning can happen at their intersection. Here are some ideas.

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70+ Educational Android Apps for Teachers and Students

70+ Educational Android Apps for Teachers and Students | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
We have been receiving several requests from some of our readers asking for educational apps to use on Android devices.  The chart below is a good place to start with. This is a work we have published in the past and features a number of curated educational Android apps to use in your instruction. The apps are arranged into multiple categories from note taking to editing videos and creating portfolios, this collection is absolutely worth bookmarking for later reference.

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Developing Apps Made Easy for Students with hyperPad

Developing Apps Made Easy for Students with hyperPad | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
hyperPad (formerly GamePress) is an iPad app that brings programming for kids to create their own interactive apps like mobile games, then export and publish them..

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Virginia District Explores MinecraftEDU as Learning Platform -- THE Journal

Virginia District Explores MinecraftEDU as Learning Platform -- THE Journal | IT 4 Learning | Scoop.it
A Virginia school district has just finished up its second year of testing out the use of Minecraft in multiple schools and grade levels.
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3 Things to Wrap Up Google Classroom for the Summer - Teacher Tech

Now that it is the end of the school year, what do you do with your Google Classroom? 

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