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All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless via @jackiegerstein

All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless via @jackiegerstein | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A group of teen girls learned to code, solder, sew, and 3D-print to invent a solar-powered tent for the homeless.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 17, 10:26 AM

Love this! Go girl power!

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The Argument for Computational Thinking

The Argument for Computational Thinking | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Halloween is packed away, Christmas looms on the horizon, report cards are consuming way too much time…all of which means it is almost one of my favourite weeks of the year: Hour of Code week!

This year Hour of Code officially runs from December 4th to 10th. Last year our teachers and administrators worked really hard to ensure that students in all grades and across all of our schools got a chance to try one or two coding activities during Hour of Code week. I hope we do even better this year and for the next several weeks my blog posts will be dedicated to helping teachers prepare for Hour of Code in their classroom.

However, in any discussion about coding, I think it is important to start off by discussing Computational Thinking. Computational Thinking is the basis for all coding. More importantly, it provides a great base for problem solving in any arena of life, from getting dressed for the snow to building a gingerbread house to completing a school project.

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Today's News: REAL or FAKE? - ISTE

Today's News: REAL or FAKE? - ISTE | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"At a time when misinformation and fake news spread like wildfire online, the critical need for media literacy education has never been more pronounced. The evidence is in the data:

- 80% of middle schoolers mistake sponsored content for real news.
- 3 in 4 students can’t distinguish between real and fake news on Facebook.
- Fewer than 1 in 3 students are skeptical of biased news sources."


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Carol Hancox's curator insight, December 12, 2017 3:12 AM
How to determinereal or fake news
 
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ISTE | Standards For Students

ISTE | Standards For Students | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. Connect with other educators in the ISTE Standards Community and learn how to use the standards in the classroom with the ISTE Standards for Students ebook.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 1, 2017 11:57 AM

I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 1, 2017 11:58 AM

I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 1, 2017 11:59 AM

I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

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What do maker projects look like in each subject area?

What do maker projects look like in each subject area? | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Recently a friend of mine said, “When I think of makerspaces, I don’t think of history classes. I picture areas where kids are playing with toys and stuff.”

This comment resonated with my own experience. The first time I heard about makerspaces, I thought, “That’s awesome and I’d love to have something like that, but I teach social studies.” I had a mental block that kept me from seeing the bigger picture around makerspaces.

So, I started with the most natural tie-in. We did an economics unit where students used design thinking to build a product. After redesigning the space, I realized something:

A makerspace isn’t just about engineering.

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PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to Your Presentations

PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to Your Presentations | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Slides features beautiful, modern templates and dazzling designs, with a dash of PowToon’s quirky, animatedly entertaining style. You can also fully customize your #Slides presentation within the PowToon Studio.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 17, 2017 12:51 AM

A nice free tool for creating presentations. Good for younger learners.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 24, 2017 1:20 PM

Powtoon is a basic video tool that can be useful for marketing and PR depending on the topic and market.

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http://www.manishmediinnovation.net/malecot-nephrostomy-catheter/
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Five Popular Infographic Templates (And Why They Work so Well)

Five Popular Infographic Templates (And Why They Work so Well) | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Infographics, an effective form of content marketing, are everywhere on the Web, but it isn't always easy to come up with good designs when you want to create one yourself, especially if you're not skilled in design and visual content.


Fortunately, you have plenty of options. Many blogs and other publications offer tips and tricks to help improve your visual content, and sites like online infographic maker Visme (which I founded) and applications such as PowerPoint offer templates to help you get started.


Templates help you get a general feel about what works for an infographic and what doesn't, which can then allow you to branch out with your own designs. Often, though, in the business world, a lot of templates are simply tweaked to create an infographic; the basic template remains intact. After all, if it isn't broke, why fix it?


So here are five of the most popular templates, the reasons they work so well, and a few tips and tricks to help you make them your own....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 9, 2017 9:49 AM

MarketingProfs shares 5 types of infographic templates that work well, with tips to help you create your own infographics.

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Why Scratch is one of my favorite cross – curricular tools | SCHS Media Blog

Why Scratch is one of my favorite cross – curricular tools | SCHS Media Blog | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
I can’t remember the first time I used Scratch.  I am fairly certain it wasn’t before I started my library life, so sometime in the past three years?  My vague memories should not be any indicator of my feelings about Scratch though.  I love Scratch! For those uninitiated, Scratch is a drag and drop coding platform created by the folks at MIT’s Media Lab, an innovative, tech focused, research facility located in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Using color- coded, drag and drop blocks, Scratch demystifies computer programing, builds creative thinking and problem solving skills, and encourages students to learn by doing.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 1, 2017 7:15 PM

Yeah, Scratch! Thanks to John Evans.

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10 PowerPoint Time Saving Tips for Way Faster Presentations

10 PowerPoint Time Saving Tips for Way Faster Presentations | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
These 10 PowerPoint tips will save you time and have you creating presentations faster. These PowerPoint time-saving tips will cut your presentation design time

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, March 30, 2017 12:41 PM

You can make your PPT faster but first you need to learn how. This article is all about it.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 1, 2017 10:42 AM

Smart tips for faster PowerPoint creation.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 7, 2017 4:23 AM
10 PowerPoint Time Saving Tips for Way Faster Presentations
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Infographics & Learning

Infographics & Learning | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A collection of infographics related to technology and education. | See more about Technology, Teaching and In the classroom.

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Karen Draper's curator insight, March 13, 2017 10:20 AM
Great Infographs. I like 9 fundamentals-- Teachers must stay current in order to help prepare our students for success in the future.
Norton Gusky's curator insight, March 13, 2017 2:06 PM
Making teaches into Digital Creators

Eneko Martínez Goikolea's curator insight, March 18, 2017 8:31 AM
#Infographics & Learning | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...
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[TEDxTalks] Hacking the classroom (Brian Aspinall)

Brian is a grade 7/8 teacher on a mission to expose as many kids as he can to coding and computer science. In this passionate talk, he makes a case for the importance of exposing youth to the principles of coding and computational thinking to prepare them for a rapidly changing future.

Brian is a grade 7/8 teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert who develops web applications to support 21st century learning practices and pedagogies. His latest project, edmettle, is a tool to support and develop student feedback to improve learning. Brian speaks professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and has given two TEDx talks on education reform.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and is currently completing his Masters of Professional Education in Math & Computational Strategies.

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Top 10 Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners

Top 10 Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Maybe you picked up a Raspberry Pi for the holidays, or you’ve been sitting on one of the super versatile, palm-sized computers for a while now. If you’ve been wondering how to get started with yours, or what you could build that’s worthwhile, here are ten great ideas.

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Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool

Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Google announced today the release of Toontastic 3D which is similar to the original Toontastic but has more awesome stuff to offer. Toontastic 3D allows kids to use their imagination and engage in creative tasks. They can construct amazing things including book and school reports, design pitches, narrate stories, create beautiful cartoons and many more. Toontastic 3D is available for free download in both iOS App Store and Google Play Store.  It also works with select Chromebooks."


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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, January 17, 2017 3:07 AM
another great tool from google for 3D storytelling
 
Ricard Garcia's curator insight, January 17, 2017 4:12 AM
A very good and engaging tool for digital storytelling. Quite simple but with a very catchy layout. Easy to use, with simple outcomes. It is a good tool for primary and lower secondary students!! Production is saved as a video in the mobile device.
Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, January 20, 2017 9:40 AM

Great book creation, story telling tool!  Students can narrate as well.

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How to Effectively Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking into Your Classroom @TLX_ED @lisaannefloyd

How to Effectively Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking into Your Classroom @TLX_ED @lisaannefloyd | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
The inclusion of coding and computational thinking (CT) skills across all levels of education is gaining momentum worldwide. Here at home, the Ministry of Education recently announced a focus on coding and CT skills in our Ontario schools.

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Some of The Best Tools for Creating Video Lessons

Some of The Best Tools for Creating Video Lessons | Ed Tech | 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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Ileane Smith's comment, November 17, 2017 10:33 AM
Hi there! FYI - the first tool listed there is the YouTube editor, but YouTube retired the editor a few weeks ago.
Nevermore Sithole's comment, November 22, 2017 1:57 AM
Thank you for this information
Nevermore Sithole's comment, November 22, 2017 1:57 AM
Thank you for this information
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7 Tools for Generating Infinite Content Ideas for Your Blog

7 Tools for Generating Infinite Content Ideas for Your Blog | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

If you’re like me and writing up to eight posts per week while juggling multiple businesses, it can be seriously draining.

 

So out of pure necessity, I’ve experimented with a plethora of different tools to aid me in the process of generating new content ideas.

 

Some have been home runs and some have been strikeouts.

 

But there are seven in particular I really like and want to share with you....


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Darren Lee Revell's curator insight, February 19, 2017 4:28 AM

Content, content, content

johnleedao's curator insight, February 19, 2017 6:49 AM

7 tools for generating infinite content ideas for your blog

donhornsby's curator insight, February 19, 2017 9:44 AM
Using one or more of these tools will allow you to generate an infinite number of content ideas for your blog—without having to do any heavy lifting.
 
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The Complete Visual Guide To Technology For Children [Infographic]

The Complete Visual Guide To Technology For Children [Infographic] | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
This handy visual guide explores technology use by young children. How much and what do they use, and is it appropriate?

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Paul's curator insight, October 13, 2013 9:16 AM

Great infographic - we always me to consider the human element when we integrate technology into the classroom.

AnnC's curator insight, October 13, 2013 7:37 PM

Lots of great information addressing access to and use of technology by children!

ThePlanetaryArchives - BlackHorseMedia - San Francisco's curator insight, September 12, 2017 10:18 AM

Less is more.....

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7 Reasons To Use Social Media In Your School (INFOGRAPHIC) | #ModernEDU

7 Reasons To Use Social Media In Your School (INFOGRAPHIC) | #ModernEDU | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

One thing is for sure, social media is here to stay. Never before have people been able to connect, share, and learn from one another as we do now. I can only imagine what might be next! As a result, our students need skills to win at life in a digital world. The ability to use social media to support life goals and possibilities can be a game-changer. I know it has been very powerful for me in my professional life.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Social+Media

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 

 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 30, 2017 1:26 PM

This social media infographic will help you understand social media advantages.

Rosemarri Klamn's curator insight, July 31, 2017 7:56 AM

These are compelling reasons to practice social media in schools as it helps engage parents, the community, and the world.  Teaching digital citizenship is another key aspect of responsible use of social media for students and parents!

La French witch's curator insight, August 13, 2017 9:24 PM
7 bonnes raisons d'utiliser les médias sociaux dans ses pratiques d'enseignement, pour une expérience d'apprentissage alliant l'engagement, le partage, le lien entre les acteurs de l'apprentissage, l'ouverture au monde et l'exploitation stratégique (après un tri sélectif) de tout ce que le numérique a de mieux à offrir à l’apprenant. Pour une expérience d'apprentissage stimulante, interactive et moderne, oui au multimédia dans l'enseignement ! 
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3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement

3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Customized tech, the LMS and video conferencing are all tools today’s younger gen parents like to use for communicating.


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The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator - Book Creator app

The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator - Book Creator app | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
We asked our Book Creator Ambassadors to choose their favourite apps for smashing with Book Creator. Here's their top choices.

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2nd-Library's curator insight, May 20, 2017 7:16 PM
Book creator
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 25, 2017 9:15 AM
Que ce soit le logiciel Book Creator ou un autre, les e-books vont être utilisés de plus en plus, même si la progression est lente.
Sample Student's curator insight, May 25, 2017 9:06 PM
I love Book Creator. I integrate other apps with it, intuitively. And then when I am asked about what I use, I have to stop and think about it. This is a one-stop article with great support for each app and very nice ideas!
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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.
I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else.
I have compiled a list of 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools and it is my hope that this will inspire lively discussions about the future of education.

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SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle

SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle | Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Far more complex couplings between SAMR and Bloom are possible, involving convergent/divergent branchings, oscillations between levels, skipping of some SAMR levels, etc. Nonetheless, the simple structure described above is well suited to beginning practitioners’ needs, and even retains usefulness for more experienced faculty.


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 3, 2017 7:44 AM
Bloom's Taxonomy
Pascal Baquet's curator insight, April 6, 2017 2:32 AM

Combinaison intéressante des deux modèles. Sans doute une aide pour les formateurs en transition digitale.


 

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20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers

20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Math learning and teaching can be so much fun especially when done through the right strategies. One of these strategies is through engaging video content.  To this end, we have compiled 20 of the best and most popular YouTube channels for math teachers. These channels provide a wide variety of  videos, tutorials and animated courses covering different mathematical concepts from algebra to geometry.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 11, 2017 6:17 PM

Share with your Math peeps for #PiDay!

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, March 12, 2017 4:36 AM
nice compilation 
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 13, 2017 5:52 PM
Il fallait l'ajouter à la liste : des sites pour les profs de math.
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6 Creative Ways to Use the new Jumble Feature on Kahoot Teaching with iPad 

6 Creative Ways to Use the new Jumble Feature on Kahoot Teaching with iPad  | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Many of you are already playing Kahoot, a wildly popular assessment game using any device plus a projector in your classroom. I wrote this post two (!) years ago about how all students would love Kahoot. There are now over 13.9 MILLION public Kahoots created! Very recently, the makers of Kahoot have recently come up with another game within Kahoot called Jumble.

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Interactive Storytelling and Coding

Interactive Storytelling and Coding | Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Knowing that coding is an important skill for students to learn, I knew I had to come up with ways to teach coding skills. However, I knew nothing about coding, so I needed to learn a few basics. With my new found knowledge, I came up with so many fun ideas for integrating coding into my literacy lessons. Which is why I am so happy I get to share one of the first ever coding lessons I incorporated into the literacy curriculum AND it is just in time for the Mentor Text Lessons to Warm Up Your Winter Link-Up using the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, January 23, 2017 11:31 PM
when coding came on the scene, I wasn’t sure how I could incorporate it into the literacy standards. Fortunately, I learned about interactive storytelling and coding using Scratch Jr., but there isn’t a lot of ideas or products to help me implement interactive storytelling with ease.
ELVIRA POLO ESCOLANO's curator insight, January 24, 2017 2:07 AM
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Kurd Beon's curator insight, January 30, 2017 6:01 PM
Everybody needs a good story! Especially me!