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33 Graphic Design tools to publish visual content

33 Graphic Design tools to publish visual content | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Digital literacy is, in part, about digital publishing.

Digital publishing is, in part, about the writing process–choosing an audience and purpose, drafting content, revising and editing that content, and then sharing it with the world.

But digital publishing is also about the right tools for the right platform and the right device. Education is no different; digital publishers in your classroom need the right tools to do amazing things. The pathway from idea to socializing has been lubricated by incredible technology. In fact, that’s a key theme of progressive technology: It makes new things possible.

If you think this isn’t true, sit down to create a book cover with Microsoft Word instead of Adobe InDesign. Or a stunning video game with Scratch instead of Unity. Tools matter.

In an era of digital literacy and digital publishing comes a new genre–visual content. Memes. eCards. Blogs. Gifs. Inspirational quotes. From magazine layouts to pinterest fodder, “visuals” are a new genre gifted from the ease of digital publishing and sharing.

So this list of graphic resources from Kimberly Reynolds for visual content fits right in this context–for you as a teacher, or your students as creators.

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How to solve the biggest problems with Project-Based Learning

How to solve the biggest problems with Project-Based Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it

Project-based learning is an excellent way to advance education and get things done, but only if it’s used the right way. It’s commonly seen for class projects, but there are so many other ways to use it. Many of those ways can be very meaningful from a societal standpoint.

The key to making it meaningful and getting things done is Solution Fluency. Having the right fluency means not just a skill set, but a mindset, as well.

When you’re working on any kind of project, that project is designed to solve a problem (i.e. to provide a solution to something). You can’t do that if you can’t see the problem clearly, since you won’t have a good understanding of what the issue really is.

Fortunately, Solution Fluency can teach you how to think critically, so you can look at several different perspectives and visualize all the possibilities. Once you see those possibilities, it becomes easier to determine how you’re going to make them into reality and achieve a true, lasting solution to the problem you face.


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eLearning Instructional Design: How best you can engage your learners?

eLearning Instructional Design: How best you can engage your learners? | Class Tech | Scoop.it
As a student, I always wondered why I was more comfortable remembering a movie dialogue than the physics theorems in my textbooks. Now, as an instructional designer, I got an answer to my question – if we find something attractive and interesting, we take extra efforts to learn and remember it for a long time.

But, what goes into making your eLearning courses engaging? Well, you can create highly interesting and engaging eLearning courses by focusing on certain instructional design strategies. Let us see more.

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JoanHughes's curator insight, February 6, 2015 5:46 AM

Engagement of learners has to be one of the most important aspects of the creation of any elearning tool.  

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6 questions determine if you're technology rich, innovation poor

6 questions determine if you're technology rich, innovation poor | Class Tech | Scoop.it

"If you answer no to all six questions when evaluating the design of assignments and student work, then chances are that technology is not really being applied in the most innovative ways. The questions we ask to evaluate implementation and define innovation are critical."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 16, 2015 10:01 PM

This post, by Alan November, ask six question that help districts help "clarify for educators the unique added value of a digital learning environment, and whether their assignments were making the best use of this environment.

November believes that innovation is critical, and shares his perspective that technology needs to move beyond the ability to function and move the school community (teachers, staff and students) to be more innovative, which requires that the "design of learning" that will lead to new levels of student achievement.

The six questions he raises are below:

1.  Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?

2.  Did the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?

3.  Are there opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?

4.  Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?

5.  Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?

6.  Does the assignment demo “best in the world” examples of content and skill?

Additional information is included with each question in the post. How would you score your school or district?

Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 18, 2015 12:56 PM

Sounds crazy but probably ore common than you think.

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A New Wonderful Google Forms Cheat Sheet for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Wonderful Google Forms Cheat Sheet for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Google Forms is one of the powerful tools you want to make sure you have in your teaching toolkit.There are different ways you can use it with your students in class. You can, for instance, use it to create quizzes, polls, questionnaires, and surveys. You can also use it to design permission forms, absence slips, classroom events forms…you name it. The great thing about Google Forms, besides being free and easy to use, is the fact that it is integrated with Google Drive which means that any form you create is automatically saved in your Drive and you can access it anywhere you go with Internet connection.

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7 tips to use Google Forms in eLearning

7 tips to use Google Forms in eLearning | Class Tech | Scoop.it
As part of our series of Google in eLearning, today I will highlight the key features of Google Forms in eLearning. Google Forms offer eLearning professionals the ability to create surveys, contact forms, and quizzes quickly and conveniently. One of the most valuable benefits of using Google Forms in eLearning is that you have the opportunity to track an abundance of information and store it in one centralized location. As such, this tool is ideal for eLearning professionals who are looking for ways to keep an eye on learner performance, as well as for those who want to gauge the effectiveness of their eLearning courses.

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24 Great iPad Apps for Your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

24 Great iPad Apps for Your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it
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24 Great iPad Apps for Your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

24 Great iPad Apps for Your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it
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The 10 Best STEM Resources

The 10 Best STEM Resources | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Our editors combed the World Wide Web for the best science, technology, engineering & mathematics resources for teachers of grades preK-12.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Nice Online Tools for Building Jeopardy-style Review Games

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Nice Online Tools for Building Jeopardy-style Review Games | Class Tech | Scoop.it
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6 Great tools for content curation - Daily Genius

6 Great tools for content curation - Daily Genius | Class Tech | Scoop.it

"I read recently that content curation is dead. I have a few different arguments against this concept, but for now, I’ll keep it short and sweet: Content curation is not dead, and while the debate over curating content online vs creating new content will rage on and on, curating content for other reasons is still going strong.

 That said, there are a lot of different ways to go about content curation, so we’ve test driven a few different tools so you can figure out which might work best for you whether you’re curating content for work projects, assigning it as a school project, for your own professional development, or personal interests."


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Zigmas Bigelis's curator insight, October 6, 2014 3:07 AM

I am using  5 of 6 tools

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I'm rescooping this for three reasons. First, the term "curation" is fairly new to me and it is nice to see how different forms it can take. Secondly, I read so many blogposts entitled "10 tools for this" or "35 reasons for that". It is nice too see one of those where all of the 6 tools are actually great. Third, the fact that I actually have experience with three of the six tools makes me feel good. So enjoy :) 

Olga Boldina's curator insight, October 6, 2014 6:42 AM

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Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free

Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Animaker.com is a cloud-based do-it-yourself (#DIY) video making app that is bringing studio quality professional animation tools within reach of everyone.

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AffiliateMarketHelp's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:30 PM

Am anxiously awaiting for a response from them; I want this tool!  A cloud-based, easy to use animated video making app...drag 'n drop!  Although not out yet, I have signed up for it.....more exciting than Iphone 6!!!!!

Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, December 22, 2014 4:11 AM

Très tentant ! Je vais ouvrir un compte. A tester pour vos animations pédagogiques.

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Educational Technology Guy: Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish

Educational Technology Guy: Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish | Class Tech | Scoop.it

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Libchelle's curator insight, September 25, 2014 4:18 PM

This looks quite helpfuL. 

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, September 26, 2014 9:07 AM

Una lista  miy completa de aplicaciones.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 1, 2015 1:03 AM

A very very good list! Check it out if you are looking for ideas. 

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Experiential Learning visually explained for teachers

Experiential Learning visually explained for teachers | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Experiential learning was the first form of learning through which our ancient ancestors discovered and made sense of the wild world around them. The antiquity of the concept is captured eloquently in several ancient adages. Confucius once said ”tell me and I forget; show me and I may remember, and involve me and I will understand”. Similarly, the revered Greek philosopher Aristotle was quoted saying “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”.

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Resources | Global Digital Citizen Foundation

Resources | Global Digital Citizen Foundation | Class Tech | Scoop.it
The Global Digital Citizen Foundation resources list has got something for every teacher, administrator, and student living in the digital age.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 11, 2015 8:03 AM

If you are looking for excellent resources in the following areas you may want to click through to the Global Digital Citizen Foundation website. They provide a wealth of resources that you may download. Below is a list of their current resources. Consider bookmarking this page as they continue to add new resources.

* Solution Fluency Quickstart Guide

* Information Fluency Quickstart Guide

* Creative Fluency Quickstart Guide

* Media Fluency Quickstart Guide

* Collaboration Fluency Quickstart Guide

* World of Colour: Colour Theory in Marketing and Media

* PBL in the Classroom - this is a series and includes 3 resources

* 10 Things to Know Before Starting a BYOD Program

* Fluency Snapshot Quickstart Guide

* Tools for Teachers - Media Production

* Tools for Teachers - Writing

* Digital Citizenship Agreements

David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 12, 2015 11:40 AM

GREAT free stuff here! Thanks to Mel Riddle.

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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 31, 2015 11:48 AM

Four apps for annotating screenshots are discussed here. I like Snagit, where it is possible to save annotated screenshots to one's Google drive.

flea palmer's curator insight, February 3, 2015 5:38 AM

These all look good - much easier than using a combination of tools! Remember copyright though!

Luís Cálix's curator insight, February 22, 2015 10:57 AM

Para capturas sobre páginas web (além de edição e anotações sobre as capturas) a extensão Fireshot (browsers Chrome e Firefox) é, para já, imbatível.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Nine Popular Student Response Tools Compared In One Chart

Free Technology for Teachers: Nine Popular Student Response Tools Compared In One Chart | Class Tech | Scoop.it
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Creating Products to Show and Share Learning

Creating Products to Show and Share Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Let’s take a look at sample projects and some of the hottest apps for
showing, explaining, and retelling. These tools can turn students into
teachers and are great for sharing their answers to a project’s driving
question.

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Tom George's curator insight, December 5, 2014 6:57 AM

Amazing article and review. Advances in education and learning are so very important and are happening very frequently.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 5, 2014 7:21 AM

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Leslie Minton's curator insight, December 5, 2014 8:46 AM

Really great resource!

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Easily Turn Google Spreadsheets into Online Flashcards

Easily Turn Google Spreadsheets into Online Flashcards | Class Tech | Scoop.it

The place where you can easily convert a Google™ Spreadsheet into a set of online flashcards


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Jimun Gimm's curator insight, December 16, 2014 8:21 AM

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, January 30, 2015 10:45 AM

Great resource for students.

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[Infographic] 20 of the best Study Apps for the plugged-in student

[Infographic] 20 of the best Study Apps for the plugged-in student | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Teaching and learning through technology is a complex thing. Learning what, from whom, and why?

But in terms of pure academic preparation–practicing skills and the application of concepts for traditional classroom projects and assessments? Technology like Android and Windows tablets, iPads, and smartphones become even more useful. Why? Because they’re, by nature, “me” devices–a personal screen to display exactly the content you need, exactly when you need it.

The inputs are yours, and are usually quick and simple.

The operating system is probably one you’re familiar with (assuming the device is yours), which makes the workflow of finding and using the app, then sharing any output from that app more seamless–or at least familiar.

So the following list graphic that collects some of the best study apps out there. Stalwarts like Evernote and Any.Do make an appearance, but we were happy to see CamScanner, Zite, and Focus@Will to get some love.

Studying isn’t just about content–it’s also about a comfortable student being able to save time, streamline processes, and focus on the task at hand.

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Agüero Luciana N's curator insight, October 27, 2014 10:03 AM

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iPads + project based learning = limitless possibilities - Daily Genius

iPads + project based learning = limitless possibilities - Daily Genius | Class Tech | Scoop.it
Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.

My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience. . .

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, October 18, 2014 1:05 PM

Ideas for PBL in elementary classrooms!

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12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education | Edudemic

12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education | Edudemic | Class Tech | Scoop.it
You probably already have a Google Drive account. Why not figure out the best ways teachers are using Google Drive in education right now?
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46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic

46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic | Class Tech | Scoop.it

How often do you use Google to find something on the internet?

If like a lot of people you use Google every day you’ll be astounded by the number of hidden tips and tricks their search facility offers.

Find 46 of them featured in this infographic.


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 9, 2015 10:38 AM

More Google search tips...

Kelly Coffee's curator insight, January 9, 2015 10:46 AM

Nothing hidden about these "tips & tricks" - just standard every day library functions. This is not new, most these functions have been used since Win95, the days before we see the net as we do now. Nonetheless, whatever it takes for people to finally catch up and educate themselves about easier searching techniques! 

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Add Google hacks to a students research skill set
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3 iPad Apps You May Not Know About for Demonstrating Learning

3 iPad Apps You May Not Know About for Demonstrating Learning | Class Tech | Scoop.it

While there are so many iPad apps that deliver content, I think the one of the best uses for technology in education is to make something with what you're learning.


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Lee Hall's curator insight, October 2, 2014 4:47 PM

Students enjoy showing what they know and making a game out of it may be the best.

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A Practical Guide: 5 steps to succesful Twitter social media engagement - exploreB2B

A Practical Guide: 5 steps to succesful Twitter social media engagement - exploreB2B | Class Tech | Scoop.it

My love affair with social media started in 2004 with a single note. It landed in my inbox and informed me that my 500+ connections on LinkedIn put me in contact with 2,000,000 odd people.  ...


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