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50 Plus Ideas for Using Document Cameras in the Classroom

50 Plus Ideas for Using Document Cameras in the Classroom | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Thanks to Paula Naugle (@plnaugle) for sharing this ETN article on 50 ways to use a document in the classroom.

 

A document camera is one of the easiest and quickest ways to integrate technology into your classroom.  The article provides you ideas broken down by primary grades, middle school, and high school levels.  You will also find a link on the site for downloading a PDF file of all the camera ideas.  

 

May your teachers enjoy these ideas as well as my staff and pre-service students will!

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Bloodrop Gives You a Dropbox Public Share Link When You Drag a File Onto Its Icon

Bloodrop Gives You a Dropbox Public Share Link When You Drag a File Onto Its Icon | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Mac OS X: Sharing a file with Dropbox isn't hard, but it can be a little tedious to open the public folder, drag the file in, and then right-click to copy the link.  Bloodrop automates this process. All you have to do is drag a file onto its icon

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Apps in Education: Go Back in Time with 12 World History Apps

Apps in Education: Go Back in Time with 12 World History Apps | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Are you in the need to getting your students attention in a history course?. If so, take a look at these 12 apps recommended by Gregory Swanson (Apps in Education) that address a wide range of historical periods and sites.   Here is a quote from Greg's post:

"Some of the more interactive apps like War World 11 or Virtual History: Roma lend themselves to individual research projects or even students negotiated activities, other could be used just as starters or as warm up activities. However you use them, these apps give you a set of tools that you can now use in your iPad classroom."

So, take a look at the recommendations and provide feedback to which app works best for your classroom setting.

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New Civil War iPhone App for touring Civil War Battlefields

New Civil War iPhone App for touring Civil War Battlefields | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
New Civil War iPhone app combines stories and photos of the battle of Antietam and challenges readers to compare the historical image with the modern.
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How To Create and Design Outstanding Modern Infographics

How To Create and Design Outstanding Modern Infographics | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
We've talked a lot over the last few days about the power of Infographics as a quick and visual way to capture the attention of text weary blog readers that visit your site.

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Infographics via dr4ward.com

Infographics via dr4ward.com | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Infographic: Top Tech Trends of 2011 #edtech #tlchat (RT @LRCNorfolk Infographics / Infographic: Top Tech Trends of 2011 #edtech #tlchat http://t.co/QFaZVaBB via @pinterest #fb...)...
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Apps in Education: 10 iPad Apps for Web Curation

Apps in Education: 10 iPad Apps for Web Curation | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Gregory Swanson has provided another excellent list of apps.  This time he focuses on a Top 10 list of options for curation of web resources.  

Those recommendations I have been using and would recommend too include Flipboard, Scoop.it (how this post is being created), and News360.  I will be checking out Pulse and Zite as many of you have recommended them via my PLNs. 

So, check them out and let us know your thoughts of which ones are deserving of top honors!

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Apps in Education: Around the World with 15 Cool Geography Apps

Apps in Education: Around the World with 15 Cool Geography Apps | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Geography seems to me to be one of those subjects that actually lends itself to the type of multimedia multi-sensory experience that is the ipad. Some of the apps in this post allow you produce beautiful infographic style maps using your data, others allow you to explore the ways in which the world is being effected by population. The map of disasters is a hard one to ignore especially in the context of the recent spate of tsunamis and earthquakes.

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Apps in Education: So what's on the iPad for the kid in your class with a Hearing Impairment?

Apps in Education: So what's on the iPad for the kid in your class with a Hearing Impairment? | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: 10 Tools for Increasing Engagement in Online Courses

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: 10 Tools for Increasing Engagement in Online Courses | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

The advent of Web 2.0 though, brought a whole bunch of new tools that course designers could take advantage of to make content more social, interactive and engaging.

Here are some of the tools I've been using recently to embed a bit more interactivity into the courses I work on.

 

--Quote from Nik Peachey's blog post article. 

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom | Edutopia

22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom | Edutopia | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.
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Digital Presentations in Education

Digital Presentations in Education | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Everything for and about presentations - tools, software, multimedia, interactive whiteboard, apps...If you are not familiar with Scoop.it you should be!

Think of Posterous and Pinterest all combined into a single web based resource.  Scoop.it collects your shares and posts them on the site created for the topic of your choice.  The topic chosen by the creator can even be setup to search Twitter, blogs, RSS feeds, YouTube, and more for items posted on the web.  Speaking of sharing resources, you can have your Scoop.it posts sent out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Facebook, and even posted on your Word Press blog.  

So, visit http://scoop.it and start your collection.  I encourage you to visit this site curated by Baiba Svenca as an example share.  Her site is "Digital Presentations in Education".

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Back to School: 40 Best Science iPad Apps for Students - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod

Back to School: 40 Best Science iPad Apps for Students - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
For some students the summer holidays are almost over and if you are looking for some great apps to ease up your way back to school here are some great science apps!
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Educational and Assistive Technology Consulting Services — EdTech Associates

EdTech Associates offers customized technology consulting services for education with an approach to technology assessments, planning, budgeting and grant writing.
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Digital Learning Day :: Home

Digital Learning Day :: Home | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Technology has changed the way we do everything from grocery shopping, to listening to music, and reading books. It’s time to take action to leverage this potential with more innovative uses of technology in our nation's schools to ensure every student experiences personalized learning with great teaching.

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Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps

Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

In this post JD Lasica provides 10 steps for creating a digital story.  Here is an overview of the steps.  

1. Decide on the story you want to tell

2. Gather your materials

3. Begin writing your script

4. Prep your equipment

5. Create a storyboard

6. Digitize your media

7. Record your voice-over

8. Add music

9. Edit your story

10. Share your story

 

To read the entire post visit http://goo.gl/TDGiY If you are interested in seeing an entire resource of digital storytelling resources consider visiting my LiveBinder:  http://goo.gl/UOWgf

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iBioSeminars: Free biology videos online

iBioSeminars: Free biology videos online | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
iBioSeminars: Free biology videos online
The world's leaders in biology present lectures that start with broad introductions and then progress to research questions and experiments.
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Best Infographics Ideas and Free Tools

Best Infographics Ideas and Free Tools | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Look at pretty much every blog, professional site and presentation these days, and you will notice that most of them have infographics, which are charts that display a visual image in order to supply data to the user.
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NETS Implementation - home

NETS Implementation - home | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Looking for individual details, lesson plan examples, rubrics, and more by grade levels for your classroom or school district tech plan?  If so, visit ISTE's Wikispaces collaborative site and review the 21st Century Skills.

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LitCharts.com | LitCharts Study Guides | The faster, downloadable alternative to SparkNotes

LitCharts.com | LitCharts Study Guides | The faster, downloadable alternative to SparkNotes | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
LitCharts are the faster, downloadable alternative to SparkNotes literature guides. Now available as iPhone apps on iTunes.
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Chrome Remote Desktop Controls Other Computers from a Chrome Tab

Chrome Remote Desktop Controls Other Computers from a Chrome Tab | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Chrome: Over the weekend, Google unveiled Chrome Remote Desktop, a new Chrome extension that allows you to remotely control and manage another Mac, Windows, or Linux system through Google Chrome, as long as you have the extension installed on both...
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Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning | MindShift

Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning | MindShift | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

In today’s dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming more nuanced, more seamless, and it flows back and forth from students to teachers. Here’s a look at current trends in teaching and learning, their implications, and changes to watch for.

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100+ iPad Apps Perfect For High School | Edudemic

100+ iPad Apps Perfect For High School | Edudemic | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

This post from Edudemic is the third post of three focusing on iPad Apps for High School students.  The article has even shared link to Palm Beach School System's wiki providing insight into their experiences with iPad initiatives.

 

Be sure to checkout the list of 100 apps here all categorized by curriculum area.  

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Back to School: 40 Best Science iPad Apps for Students - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod

Back to School: 40 Best Science iPad Apps for Students - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
For some students the summer holidays are almost over and if you are looking for some great apps to ease up your way back to school here are some great science apps!
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Grant Alert: Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Grant Alert: Dollar General Literacy Foundation | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Spread the word. Dollar General has provided $3 million in funding to literacy programs.

 

Dollar General grants can be applied to summer reading programs, youth literacy efforts, and school iniatives.  Funds can be used to purchase new technology, materials, and software to support literacy programs.

 

The grants are offered in 35 of the 50 US states.  Visit this site for full details: http://www.readinghorizons.com/blog/post/2011/12/30/Grant-Alert-Dollar-General-Literacy-Foundation.aspx

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