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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Remove the Background from Your Pictures

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Remove the Background from Your Pictures | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Thanks to the ever-clever Tony Vincent this week I learned about a neat tool called Remove.bg. Remove.bg is a free tool that will remove the background from your images. The catch is that it will only work with pictures that have people in them. I tried to use it with pictures of my dogs and it didn't work. Remove.bg is easy to use. To remove the background from your picture simply go to the Remove.bg website and upload your picture. Within a minute you will have a new image file that you can download. Watch my short video to see how it works.

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MakeCode Tutorial List - MakeCode #Microbits

MakeCode Tutorial List - MakeCode #Microbits | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
With Computer Science Education week just around the corner, we’ve been getting some questions about finding quick and easy MakeCode activities to do with students. So, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tutorials, guides, and projects that you can do in under an hour.

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The Complete Flipped Learning Beginner's Guide for Teachers

The Complete Flipped Learning Beginner's Guide for Teachers | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"Can you feel excitement about flipping your classroom? If you’ve never done it before it can be challenging to know where to even begin. That’s why we’ve created this essential flipped learning beginner’s guide for you. We’ve seen countless other teachers “flipping out” and it has forever changed the results of their students’ learning. In fact, even the kids most in need are benefitting from accessing the best flipped learning videos.
 
Let’s imagine these ideas sound intriguing to you as a teacher:

     * Duplicating and recording your lecture so you don’t have to keep repeating yourself
     

     * Being available to students 24/7 without ever getting tired

 

     * Freeing up valuable class time for hands-on critical thinking and ‘sticky’ learning activities


If this sounds like you, then we’ve got the best starter guide on flipped learning videos for you."


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3D Animations Demonstrating the Way Objects Work - K-12 Technology - June 1, 2018

3D Animations Demonstrating the Way Objects Work - K-12 Technology - June 1, 2018 | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
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When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena. The app includes a small library of animated 3D graphics with accompanying text that students can explore to learn how certain objects function. After students select a tutorial, such as “How a Piano Works,” the app will scan the surroundings for a flat surface on which it can virtually place the object. Students can then pinch to zoom in on the image and rotate the object to view it from any angle. Currently the app has four sections (history, science, math, and space objects) with 26 tutorials, or “Jigs.” In the soon-to-be-released Jig Workshop, students will be able to create their own Jigs and share them with the world. Cost: Free
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New Strategies to Get Kids to Create Media, Not Just Consume It | Common Sense Media

New Strategies to Get Kids to Create Media, Not Just Consume It | Common Sense Media | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Instead of only watching and playing, encourage kids to make, code, and craft their own content. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.

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10 of The Best Educational Apps for Learning Grammar - Educator's Technology

10 of The Best Educational Apps for Learning Grammar - Educator's Technology | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Learning grammar can be more fun for students if it is taught through the use of interactive games and activities that both entertain and challenge students linguistic skills. Below are some popular iPad apps you can use with your younger learners to improve their grammatical skills. From learning about pronouns and punctuation marks to mastering the use of adjectives and superlative forms, these apps offer a wide variety of educational materials in the form of videos, lessons, guides, games, animated stories and many more so students can not only learn grammar but have fun while doing so. (links of the apps are under the visual)

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Students test theories at STEM Wars | News | muskogeephoenix.com

Students test theories at STEM Wars | News | muskogeephoenix.com | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
WARNER — Fifth- and sixth-graders tried plastic spoons, toilet paper tubes, plastic bottle parts and graphite to produce effective wind power Friday.
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simply create your own 3d pixel arts(voxel arts) - usecubes

simply create your own 3d pixel arts(voxel arts) - usecubes | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Just drag and draw, start modeling and create your 3d pixel arts(voxel arts) online. And then use blocks to build the creative out.
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A cool design tool that is a combination of Sketchup and Minecraft.
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Here Is Another Excellent Website to Help Students Learn Coding - Educators Technology

Here Is Another Excellent Website to Help Students Learn Coding - Educators Technology | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Codesters is another excellent website  we are adding to our collection of coding resources. Codesters provides students with an easy and simple editor where they can engage in creative coding projects using Python. Using its drag-to-text toolkit, students will be able to drag snippets of Python codes right into their programs and see them translated into text allowing them to learn the syntax of coding in a natural way. Alternatively, they can type their own codes  and when they are done they simply click on ‘Run’ to see their program in action. Some of the interactive projects students can create using Codesters include games, simulations, animations, graphical images, and many more.

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Boy Who Created Viral Cardboard Arcade Still Dreaming - #CainesArcade #makered

Boy Who Created Viral Cardboard Arcade Still Dreaming - #CainesArcade #makered | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Caine Monroy became famous for his creativity at the age of nine, but the 14-year-old high school freshman has never stopped learning and imagining.

Imagination is how he created Caine’s arcade, arcade-style games made out of his cardboard nestled in a corner of his father’s auto parts shop in Boyle Heights.

Five years ago, Nirvan Mullick became the first Caine’s Arcade customer. The filmmaker put together a flash mob to get more people through the door.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 17, 2018 11:37 AM

Caine continues to inspire! This makes me happy! But I still want my Fun Pass! Thanks @nirvan for your inspirational movie!

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Introduction to Creating Algorithms! by RobbotResources - Teaching Resources - Tes

Introduction to Creating Algorithms! by RobbotResources - Teaching Resources - Tes | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"The aim of this resource is to introduce students to the basic concepts of algorithm design.

 
This resource is aimed at absolute beginners of algorithm design."


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A Student’s Guide to Using Google Sheets - Alice Keeler @alicekeeler

A Student’s Guide to Using Google Sheets - Alice Keeler @alicekeeler | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Using a spreadsheet is a life skill. In the real world, successful people use spreadsheets. I have created a Google Doc with 4 essential skills that if students can do just these 4 things they can use spreadsheets for assignments. Provide this guide to students along with the directions to “Use a spreadsheet.”

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Code for Life - Coding Challenges and Lesson Plans - Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne 

Code for Life - Coding Challenges and Lesson Plans - Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne  | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Code for Life is a free program that I learned about while attending the BETT Show last week. Code for Life has a programming interface based on Blockly. Anyone who has used Blockly or Scratch will immediately recognize the similarities when they launch Code for Life's programming interface.

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A Really Cool Database For Paper Airplanes - via Terry Heick

A Really Cool Database For Paper Airplanes - via Terry Heick | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 11, 2018 9:05 PM

OMGosh, this is cool!  #Makerspace #PaperAirplanes #MakerEd

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fantastic resource
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Secrets for Creating an Amazing Classroom Makerspace

Secrets for Creating an Amazing Classroom Makerspace | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
You can’t underestimate the power of a good classroom makerspace.

“It’s one of the best ways to promote growth mindset,” says Olivia Reep, makerspace educator at Faubion School in Portland, Oregon. “You are going to fail in makerspace; it’s just part of the process. But kids can learn that it’s not a stopping point. It’s a learning opportunity.”

Reep runs a dedicated makerspace classroom for grades PK–8 at Faubion. She acknowledges how amazing it is to have the space and resources for a full-fledged makerspace, but she also believes that it’s possible to create something similar, regardless of your space or budget. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: New Common Craft Video - Digital Footprints Explained 

Free Technology for Teachers: New Common Craft Video - Digital Footprints Explained  | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
As adults we know that everything we do online is a part of our digital footprints. Even those things that you post on your "private" Facebook or Instagram account are public because they're just a screenshot away from being shared outside of your private circle. This is a lesson that every student should learn without having to learn it the hard way. That's where Common Craft's new video could be helpful.

Digital Footprint Explained is Common Craft's latest video. The three minute video teaches viewers how they make digital footprints as soon as they go online, how digital footprints are tracked by organizations, and how to reduce the risks associated with leaving digital footprints.

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Students Step up to Lead Tech Implementation at Their Elementary School | EdSurge News

Students Step up to Lead Tech Implementation at Their Elementary School | EdSurge News | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
As Maggie opened the door, a pair of first graders yelled “duck!” and luckily she did. The 7-year-olds had just launched a flying saucer and it was headed straight towards her. Maggie moved cautiously, sidestepping to avoid two students chasing down a runaway Sphero and was approached by a student about becoming a guest star in her latest stop motion movie, which was currently in production. Finally, she made it to the charging station and her shift at the learning resource center (LRC) officially started.

Maggie is a fifth grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Park Ridge, Illinois and in Fall 2017, she was trained to become a “TechXpert” at her school so she could coach fellow students daily during the tech lab at the LRC. The TechXpert program wasn’t something we had initially planned to build. It came about because students like Maggie were willing to help us solve some problems we encountered when we started our journey to roll out a collection of new tools we didn’t know much about.

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New Educational VR App Teaches Kids About Recycling 

New Educational VR App Teaches Kids About Recycling  | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
The educational potential of VR technology in today’s classroom is still for the most part uncharted waters. What seems certain, however, is that this technology promises to open up some of the most exciting horizons in the education of tomorrow. Inroads are being made in certain areas, and one of the most exciting examples to have emerged to date is a VR app that lets school children operate a recycling facility from the comfort of the classroom.

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5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian - School Library Journal

5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian - School Library Journal | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Like many librarians, I am asked to do library programming for teens, but without a large budget to make this happen. When I went to my administration and asked about turning my teen space into a maker space, money was a huge concern. We don’t have a lot of the high-tech gadgets that can be found in a lot of traditional maker spaces, but we do have a really great space. Here are some tips that helped us with our teen making and programming on a budget.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 17 Audacity Tutorials for Beginners

Free Technology for Teachers: 17 Audacity Tutorials for Beginners | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Audacity is a free, open-source program for recording and editing audio. It's available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. For classroom podcasting projects or other classroom audio recording projects, it is hard to beat Audacity. The only trouble is that it can feel a bit overwhelming the first time that you open it up on your desktop. Fortunately, there is no shortage of YouTube videos that will show you everything you need to know and then some.

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Seeing AI: Leveraging artificial intelligence to better view the world — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Seeing AI: Leveraging artificial intelligence to better view the world — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
I’ve been writing about apps for a long time, but they are not of equal importance.

Microsoft’s free Seeing AI app may be a game changer for people with visual impairments.  The research project is designed to turn “turn the visual world into an audio experience,” narrating the world for those who cannot see it, in real time using artificial intelligence.

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Computational Thinking for Kindergartners - Edutopia

Computational Thinking for Kindergartners - Edutopia | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Songs and games can be used to teach the basics of computer science to young students in age-appropriate ways—without a screen.

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PowerUp releases its phone-controlled paper airplane

PowerUp releases its phone-controlled paper airplane | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
PowerUp first previewed its smartphone-controlled paper airplane back in 2014, but now it's finally available to everyone. The startup has announced that

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, February 19, 2018 1:07 PM

La startup PowerUp finalmente ha anunciado que lanzará una versión comercial de su Dart en febrero, cuyo precio introductorio estará entre  $ 29 y $ 37 USD. Ojalá en el futuro se pueda incluso programar la trayectoria de vuelo de estos mini drones, pues permitiría el aprendizaje divertido de la programación, de los principios de la física y de la robótica, todo al mismo tiempo.

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Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks

Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Breakerspace. Toy Takeapart. Break & Make, Appliance Autopsy, and Deconstruction Station. Whatever you call it, a breakerspace provides students with toys, electronics, or appliances and lets them carefully take things apart to see what makes them tick.

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Doug Mirams's curator insight, February 11, 2018 11:43 PM
Great way to introduce students into "Right To Fix"!
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A New Web Tool for Creating Educational Posters to Use in Class - Educator's Technology

A New Web Tool for Creating Educational Posters to Use in Class - Educator's Technology | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
DesignCap is a new web tool you can use to create awesome posters and visuals. The tool is free, simple and easy to use. We have been tinkering with it for a bit and we think it is worth featuring here in our blog. As a teacher, you can use DesignCap to create educational posters to use in class and share with your students. You can do this in three easy steps: choose a poster template from the gallery. There are tons of professionally designed templates to choose from. Browse through the collection to find the one you like then click on it. Next, customize the layout and content of your poster. You can change things such as poster background, text fonts, add clip arts, upload your own photos and many more. You can enhance your posters by adding elements from DesignCap’s library such as clipart images, shapes, fonts…etc. When your poster is ready you can share it with others in social media websites, save it to you computer, or print a copy

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