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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it
A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 11, 2015 6:25 AM

Are you looking for resources that provide "copyright friendly" images, audio and video for your learners? This post, by Richard Byrne, provides six resources. Each one provides access to materials that are in the public domain.

* The Moving Image Archive. This is part of the Internet Archive and includes over 1.7 million clips.

* The Public Domain Review is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation and provides access to images, books, films, audio recording and essays.

* The Free Music Archive (FMA) provides access to free music. This collection is curated and provides a range of genres.

* Sound Gator provides free sound effects. Do you need the sound of a horn honking, or whipped cream coming out of a can?  This is a great place to go.

* Pixabay and the Morgue File are both great places to search for images. The Morgue File is a collection of photos, and Pixabay provides high-resolution images in the public domain.

Byrne provides additional details on each of these six resources in the post. Click through to learn more.

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Choosing the Best Technology

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Carolina Adriana's curator insight, December 10, 2014 10:03 AM

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5 Tips For Putting Together an Outstanding Creative Portfolio

5 Tips For Putting Together an Outstanding Creative Portfolio | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it
The portfolio of the creative professional is one of the most important tools for getting you hired.

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Mark Strozier's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:43 PM

This is a great, short article outlining how best to put together your portfolio.


I need this info, Desperately!


I'm redeveloping my company's site and the hardest part isn't what to say or show... The really hard part is what NOT to show and what NOT to say.  I've done a couple of thousand design projects and 10s of thousands of photos, dozens of videos, etc. etc.


The hardest part is distilling it down to what's truly good vs what I *think* is good.

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Collaboratively Create Multimedia Documents With Lucidpress

Collaboratively Create Multimedia Documents With Lucidpress | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it

"Lucidpress is a slick new service from the same team that developed Lucidchart. Lucidpress is a slick tool for collaboratively creating multimedia documents."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 3, 2013 9:20 PM

Richard Byrne has explored Lucidpress, a new tool from the creators of Lucidchart (which is one of the best deals around for educators for creating mindmaps) and states "I look at Lucidpress as being the best of Apple's Pages and the best of Google Documents combined into one slick service."

Like Lucidchart this tool is built for collaboration. The site states “receive feedback from coworkers…collaborate with anyone on any browser, anywhere. With live chat, document presence, and commenting, you’ll never have to compile scribbled feedback…”

Educators will be pleased to hear that free accounts are available.

To go directly to the video click through to Richard Byrne's post. To go directly to Lucidpress: https://www.lucidpress.com.

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How to Make an Infographic

How to Make an Infographic | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it
Hello, World! Lots of my friends have been asking me how I make the infographics. I find it very simple. But, I admit that that simple mindset is after hundreds of hours playing with Piktochart. I ...

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Dean J. Fusto's comment, September 8, 2013 11:13 AM
Thanks for posting this...I'll try it soon.
Marteana Davidson's comment, September 8, 2013 9:41 PM
I'm going to try this with my production report on hour my facility is used each year!
Piktochart's comment, September 26, 2013 2:15 AM
Hi Kimberly! Thanks for thumbs up!
Also we ask teachers to fill a survey that could help us to improve. Maybe you could find a few minutes to fill it yourself and pass to other teachers who use it? Thanks!
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Manners Matter Online (Infographic)

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Find out more about the do's and don'ts on online manners. For more information about internet issues visit Knowthenet today.

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Manners should always matter.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 24, 2013 5:46 PM

Manners do matter.

Cindy Powell's curator insight, April 10, 2014 2:09 PM

From Infographic...and Informational Text TCC 4-5

This is a graphic example for the article, but the site is a cybersafety site in the UK and has lots of information for parents about online safety for their children. It also tests their knowledge.

Rachael Johnston's curator insight, October 20, 2014 10:53 PM

It is important to build your own brand and to promote yourself positively. You want to be polite to other users and make sure you have nothing on your profile that could be damaging to your reputation. This includes swear words, inappropriate or rude comments, and pictures and videos of drinking or drugs.  This is really important for graduating students who, most likely, need to go through and delete pictures that have been tagged in one Facebook

Make sure you give credit to others if you share something of theirs. Also make sure you are writing your own posts and not just sharing others. However, make sure you are posting valuable and relevant information. Listen and think before you write and make sure you are using proper english. 

It is okay to have debates on social netowrks with other users, everybody has the right ti voice their opinion, but don't let things get too personal or nasty. 

It is also essential to understand that there are also hings to be very careful of when using social networks. For one, people are not always who they seem. You should also make sure you do not assume a false identity. It is important to keep some kind of professionalism, but don't change yourself or hide who you really are. 

You must also make sure you are abiding by the rules of the network and report others who dont. 

Last but certainly not least, be very careful about who you share things with. There are certain places to share certain things. For example, you may post something bout your personal life in your Facebook status, but it is not appropriate to do so on your LinkedIn profile. Do not share pictures and videos with strangers, you never know how they will use these. 

 

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Free Flat Icons

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Generate free flat icons, royalty free. Over 2,500 icon shapes to use in your flat and metro icons. Unlimited options.
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There are a lot of applications right now for flat icons, so give it a try.

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Qmee find out what happens online in 60 seconds

Qmee find out what happens online in 60 seconds | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 15, 2014 9:58 AM

This is what life today looks like :). The statistic is incredible and the distances ar

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, April 15, 2014 11:28 AM

A velocidade de nossos dias em um simples gráfico.

Nicky Mohan's curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:23 PM

All in just 60 seconds

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Let's see a show of hands for those wanting a boatload of designer freebies!

Let's see a show of hands for those wanting a boatload of designer freebies! | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it
If you're a web designer then you certainly love design freebies. Today I've put together a list of 7 amazing and free packs for designers. This list includes:

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Dhyan Rakesh's curator insight, July 19, 2013 12:37 PM

Really good stuff. Thanks!

BreAnn Hollinger's curator insight, August 17, 2013 11:05 AM

Nothing like designer freebies! Here's a list of 7 amazing and FREE packs for designers. #graphicdesign #freebies

Quinn Stirling's curator insight, September 19, 2013 9:05 PM

+1 Thanks for that :)

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The SAMR Ladder Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills

The SAMR Ladder Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it
SAMR is a truly useful tool for helping teachers identify their current comfort zone in order to build expertise in designing efficient and effective student learning experiences. To reach higher l...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 17, 2013 10:22 PM

If you are considering using the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modificaion, Redefinition) you might want to check out this interactive graphic that provides a great visual as well as links to many great resources. Susan Oxnevad notes "The circle at each level targets research, writing and digital citizenship."

Ethel Natalia Revello's curator insight, July 18, 2013 12:53 PM

Really useful to share with teachers. 

Kimberly House's curator insight, July 28, 2013 6:32 AM

Fanstastic interactive graphic to explain the SAMR model. 

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Discussing design models for hybrid/blended learning and the impact on the campus

Discussing design models for hybrid/blended learning and the impact on the campus | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it

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Anne Whaits's curator insight, May 19, 2013 2:45 PM

A very interesting discussion facilitated by Dr Tony Bates who argues that hybrid learning is probably the most significant development in e-learning and teaching in general. He explores why this is happening and takes a look at current hybrid models and then poses some really key questions to stimulate discussion. "What should be done in face-to-face class, and what should be done online? What is the university offering these students on campus that they couldn’t get from studying online? And what models or design principles can guide us in answering those questions? What should the instructional design strategy be for hybrid courses?‘’

According to Tony, very little on the comparative "affordances" of face-to-face vs online learning exists in current literature.. Will be interesting to follow the development of this discussion and any further research on this that becomes available.

Questions of my own: "What principles guide the shift from 100% face-to-face teaching to a blended learning model? In a 3 year undergraduate degree that is historically delivered through an on campus face-to-face model, where does one start to create a blended model - a % within each module or a % of modules across the 3 years or both?"

 

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10 Classroom Technology Policies That Work

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"While you may have tried and true procedures for things like sharpening pencils and lining up for lunch, chances are you're still figuring out classroom rules around technology. Should you allow students free Internet time when they are done with their work? Should students be able to sign up for tablet time or are you the unofficial Queen of the iPad?"


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What Comes First: the Curriculum or the Technology?

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"It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when handing a student a calculator to work through algebraic equations caused many teachers and parents great consternation. It makes you wonder what type of pushback the creators of the abacus faced! In both cases, while the tools students were using may have been more advanced than previous generations’, the goal remained the same – to enhance classroom learning."


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Helpful questions to be asked before buying a new shiny piece of technology.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 11, 2015 10:58 PM

 As technology becomes more available through schools many may be asking this question: What comes first, the curriculum or the technology? This article notes that "a great, robust and adaptable academic curriculum" needs to come first, and that technology can be used to (in my words) reinforce, enhance and extend the curriculum.

There suggest that a school consider four questions before bringing in new technology. Two are below.

* Regardless of the technology, what’s the most important lesson for students to learn?

* What will the students do with these tools – during and after class?

The post then discusses "five ways to ensure you’re putting the curriculum before the technology." The short hand version is below. You will find additional information in the post.

* Learn how students are using technology at home

* Don't use technology for the sake of using technology

* Focus on just one tech implementation

* Utilize the SAMR Model

* Actively seek our professional development opportunities

In any school you will have your early adopters and those who will wait as long as possible. Bringing new technology in means you will confront new issues, and at times components will fail, but the class will move forward and overcome those obstacles and technology can help us move to new levels.

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How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning

How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it

"From reminding us of what to pack for a trip to helping doctors perform surgery, checklists are crucial for projects that require sequential steps or a series of tasks. As Atul Gawande points out in his book “Checklist Manifesto,” checklists break down complex tasks and also ensure consistency and efficiency if more than one person is working on a project."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:27 PM

How can check lists help students? Below are a few of the ways suggested by this post. Click through to read all of them.

* A task-based checklists allow students to follow steps providing guidance to successful completion of complex tasks.

* Checklists help with metacognition. They help students "become aware of their learning process."

The post also provides five resources to use checklists in your course.

* Wunderlist

* List Weaver

* Pinterest

* TeacherVision.com

* ReadWriteThink.org

Remember that your check lists may change as students use them...and to ask students for their feedback as they may have ideas that you have not considered.

Zahid Yakoob's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:49 PM

Checklists can benefit students and most people, helping to breakdown complex steps and ensure consistency

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 9, 2013 11:54 PM

Why don't we get our students into the habit of making a list?

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How to be a Better Designer

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The job of a designer isn’t an easy one. You must assess unfamiliar situations, achieve insight, and use what you’ve learned to synthesize design solutions. Additionally, you must lead clients through a process that might seem foreign to them.

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Mark Strozier's curator insight, October 9, 2013 3:32 PM

This guy nails it!

"...designers aren’t supposed to be the star of the show. They are backstage workers whose presence should go unknown in the work they produce. Your politics, voice, and creative tendencies all have to take a backseat to your client’s needs." 

Shahana Zubair's curator insight, November 24, 2013 11:33 PM

Every day we designers meet new clients which brings along new challenges , I think a designer should be so flexible in his/ or her way of designing what we should keep in mind is the clients satisfaction if the clients is satisfied  We are satisfied too we can't impose our own ideas on people we are facilitators and we facilitate people for their needs. 

Tyler Richendollar's curator insight, February 8, 2014 8:22 PM

A good overview of some basic practices for a designer-- it's easy to forget core principals.

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Apple thus far has helped raise over $65 million in fight against AIDS

Apple thus far has helped raise over $65 million in fight against AIDS | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it
Apple to date has helped raise more than US$65 million in the fight against AIDS through the (Product) RED initiative which was founded by Bono and Bobby (Apple thus far has helped raise over $65 million in fight against AIDS
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1:1 Toolkit Class Re-Design

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As part of my job interview for the Middle School Academic Technology Coordinator position at the American School of São Paulo, Brazil, I was asked how I would re-design a class for 6th graders, en...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 18, 2013 10:55 PM

Check out how one might design a technology course for 6th graders if your goal is to use "LEARNFLOW which supports the unconscious, smooth and effortless flow of learning."

This post provides a visual of how a course designed with LEARNFLOW in mind might be organized. It is based on Alan November's work on tutorial creation which "empowers learners...to become creators and contributors."

The image above may provide you with ideas on how you might work with students this school year with technology.

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Flat Design Icons Set Vol1 | Media Icons | Pixeden

Flat Design Icons Set Vol1 | Media Icons | Pixeden | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it
Our flat icons set is inspired by the new flat design UI trend led by google and others. The icons are minimalist with a few distinctive details to br...
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Love the look of these flat icons.

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Learning to learn: 5 ways to optimize your to-do list

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The age old to-do list -- a common tool to help get $#&T done. In my years to to-do listing, I've discovered that it is often this common productivity trick that actually prevents me from being optimally productive.
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RADCAB - Steps for Online Information Evaluation

RADCAB - Steps for Online Information Evaluation | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it

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There is such a need for helping students develop critical thinking skills that help them evaluate information and also to cite it.

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Gary Faust's curator insight, July 27, 2013 12:19 PM

These guidelines are particularly helpful in evaluating "science" sources. So much that isa presented as "science" is biased and may be more appropriately categorized as "political science".

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 30, 2013 5:12 AM

Clear and easy to understand.

Alejandro Ibañez Bonilla's curator insight, January 9, 2014 9:32 AM

Pasos para evaluar la información en línea...

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E-Curriculum... Exploring 24 Free Open Education Resources (OER)

E-Curriculum... Exploring 24 Free Open Education Resources (OER) | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it

"Everyone is talking about a digital curriculum free of  those hard copy textbooks that have been a part of schooling since the advent of the one room schoolhouse. In this series I will investigate some resources that can open up a world of digital curricula. In this second  post of the series, I’ll examine the idea of Open Education Resources."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 15, 2013 7:03 AM

Are you ready to move away from textbooks and use Open Education Resources (OER)? This post provides links to 24 sites that provide free resources.

Perhaps you are wondering why schools are choosing to use free curriculum. Michael Gorman provides a list of ten reasons in this post that include:

* Provides  opportunity to make learning more authentic by giving you the ability to localize learning

* Can provide differentiations and allow educator to adapt to their students’ needs

An explanation is provided for each link he provides so you get a sense of what is available, and materials are available for students from elementary school through college. Below are a few of the sites listed.

* SAS Curriculum Pathways - a resource that has been around for a number of years and continues to innovate. The website states “The products make learning more profound and efficient, not simply more entertaining.” 

* Concord Consortium - a website that provides excellent STEM resources with hundreds on interactive, research based activities.

* Vision Learning - Peer reviewed materials for learning science available in English and Spanish that emphasize science as a process (inline with the new Next Generation Science Standards)

* CK12.org - CK12 is now focused on STEM and provides a wide variety of free courses from Arithmatic to Probability to Calculus in the area of math (a total of nine math courses); Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Technology, Astronomy and Engineering; a few xourses are available for English and History and there is a new course in Economics. CK12 also provides support through a variety of resources including: studyHELP, FlexMath, Braingenie and I Need a Pencil (SAT prep). One of the older sites they continue to revise courses and materials to meet the needs of todays students.

Check out the complete list by clicking through to the post, and consider not only using these materials but sharing materials you have created in some of the communities provided.

 

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, May 9, 2015 9:35 AM

Links to 24 sites with free resources

Maruja Romero's curator insight, May 9, 2015 11:17 AM

muchos recursos digitales abiertos y libres 

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

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danahawkins's comment, August 8, 2013 10:34 PM
The curation comment is interesting... I think it's fantastic that students are able to gain these skills without the assistance of a teacher, but ultimately if they veer off the path or have been misguided, they will always need a facilitator to not only show students the tools but also give them some best practice ideas.
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:13 AM

A new approach to learning and teaching concerns students' selflearning and assessing and of course techer's coaching. More about main principals in this article...

Mary Kate Lavin's curator insight, February 6, 2014 2:39 PM

This describes the 12 principles of mobile learning.  It describes not only how to use technology in classes but also the reasoning behind using it.  

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Does Your Content Live Life To Its Fullest?

Does Your Content Live Life To Its Fullest? | Useful Ideas for IT | Scoop.it
The secret to content marketing success is to build a well-oiled machine. You could create completely unique content for every medium. But why waste content that still has legs?

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Ally Greer's curator insight, June 5, 2013 3:38 PM

Mark Sherbin always has great content tips to offer. Here, he asks the ever important question, "is your content getting the most out of its life?"


Philosophical as it may sound, it's a question that you should consider with each piece of content you produce. How can it be repurposed?


I challenge you to do three things with each piece of content you produce in the next few weeks.


Get ready to see an increased impact with much less time spent, and share your experiences here!

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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and Web 2 Tools

Adapting existing programs to enhance a digital learning environment. See more Bloom's Digital Web Tool resources at: http://bit.ly/10UYptv. More about me at: http://flavors.me/pipcleaves

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