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The Free Motion Quilting Project: Walking Foot Quilting: Let's Quilt Super Wobble

The Free Motion Quilting Project: Walking Foot Quilting: Let's Quilt Super Wobble | Quilting | Scoop.it
Learn how to quilt Super Wobble in this walking foot quilting tutorial with Leah Day.
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4 Ways to Protect Against the Very Real Threat of Ransomware

4 Ways to Protect Against the Very Real Threat of Ransomware | Quilting | Scoop.it
RANSOMWARE IS A multi-million-dollar crime operation that strikes everyone from hospitals to police departments to online casinos.

It’s such a profitable scheme that experts say traditional cyberthieves are abandoning their old ways of making money—stealing credit card numbers and bank account credentials—in favor of ransomware.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 13, 2017 7:09 PM

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Who controls our schools?

Unfortunately, many people today view our schools as a target for private enterprise instead of a valued public good under the control of democratic governance. When media mogul Rupert Murdoch announced in 2010 that News Corp. planned to enter the for-profit K-12 education market, he called it “a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed.” (Today that figure is more than $600 billion.) Murdoch is among a small group of billionaires—wealthy heirs, retired and active super wealthy corporate CEOs and successful businesspeople—who have been working for more than two decades to assert more private control over the nation’s
public schools.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 13, 2016 3:13 AM

An important ebook on the creeping privatisation and private control of state schools.

Kevin Morrison's curator insight, November 13, 2016 1:16 PM
I don't know if it is unfortunate, or even wrong to privatize our kids education? I do know that our government has done a horrible job and there defiantly needs to be change in how it works and the changes need to begin at the very core of this critical system. I think government oversight needs to be maintained, but at a level that only monitors it in order to maintain an unbiased and financially fair system of returns.

There is talk like educating our kids should not be for profit and I disagree. If we take a ten thousand foot view, we all profit from a well educated system because we all can agree that today's youths are tomorrows leaders. All we need to do is look around at how poorly our kids are being educated today to see they are not getting an education that is going to make them competitive in today's markets (let alone tomorrow's), and in fact if we keep going with the public education system as it is today we are going to be in big trouble in the not so distant future!

When you look at the 2016 election, far to many kids have been swooned by a bias education system and don't have the critical thinking knowledge to form a solid opinion and instead have been showing how unruly they can be supporting a candidate that is without a question the worst possible choice. We ask ourselves why and the answer is because they are not being taught how to be critical thinkers, government and history classes no longer teach anything that is bad or ugly for fear it may have negative impact on the kids. So they are not learning how fragile our form of government is and don't understand how easy it would be to destroy it.

I believe if k-12 was for profit we could better control what is taught and how it is taught. We could get rid of this ignorant idea that we have to treat our youth with kid gloves because they are too sensitive and might develop some mental dysfunction. The fact is with no kid left behind and this mantra that we need to protect them from the world around them by not allowing them to express themselves freely and without bias. We are creating a system where care dogs, pizza, play dough and crayons are mandatory to help them cope.
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Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning

Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning | Quilting | Scoop.it
Many people associate the Maker Movement with the ‘stuff’ things like 3D printers, but in my opinion, this isn’t what pushes children outside of their comfort zone, it is that opportunity for open-ended exploration that is key.  When creating a makerspace, many school districts just go out and buy things that other districts buy, really in essence, just replicating another school districts makerspace.  In my opinion though, no two school makerspaces should be exactly alike because no two school communities are exactly alike.  

In my opinion, every makerspace needs to have their own unique vision and that vision should be written down the form of a mission statement.  That statement will help you convey to others what your makerspace is trying to achieve and to help people better understand your space, but it will also help you be able to better select products that are appropriate and meaningful to your particular makerspace.

In addition to a mission statement, I cannot stress enough the importance of properly planning your makerspace.  

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20 Awesome DIY Science Projects to Do With Your Kids

20 Awesome DIY Science Projects to Do With Your Kids | Quilting | Scoop.it
Before the advent of the uber-popular show Mythbusters or the push for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in schools, parents and their kids were doing at-home science experiments. Now, the trend continues to blossom, although many of the experiments have remained somewhat the same…and always awesomely exciting!

If you’re a parent and you want to do something with your kid that isn’t related to cleaning the toilets or forging through homework, check out these 20 great science projects that you can complete in the confines of your humble abode. Most of them use around-the-home items that you probably have on hand, although some will require a little bit of shopping ahead of time. To help you decide which are best for your children’s needs, the 20 have been divided into projects for younger students and projects for older ones.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, October 16, 2016 11:35 AM
Lots of fun things here to distract you from your capstone.  But these got me to wondering: could you easily create a "demo" version of all or a subset of your project in the form of a table top science experiment/demo?
GwynethJones's curator insight, October 16, 2016 1:51 PM

Love me some Science! #SciChat 

So, could ALL Science Experiments be thought of Makerspace?

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Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds

Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds | Quilting | Scoop.it

Real critical thinking exercises seek truth. It takes daring and independent thought to stray from conventional thinking and discover truths previously unfound. It could be said that critical thinking is at the heart of dispelling great myths about our world and changing the way a society views and acts in their world.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 23, 2016 1:14 AM

Not sure about blowing your students' minds, but useful.

Fiona Leigh's curator insight, July 23, 2016 10:03 PM

Some of these critical thinking exercises would be good at the start of the lesson - to get the brain engaged.

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16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow

16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow | Quilting | Scoop.it
Will classes in curiosity, problem-solving and creative thinking soon be on the curriculum? Our latest report thinks it should.

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Interesting choice.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians | Quilting | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 4, 2015 2:08 PM

What happens when you mix teacher-librarians with infographics?


Wonderful Things!

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, February 5, 2015 6:36 AM

Muito útil.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 7, 2015 1:37 AM

Some good Infographics here- not limited to librarian use.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 43 Free iPad Apps for Geography, History, Civics & Social Studies Teachers

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 43 Free iPad Apps for Geography, History, Civics & Social Studies Teachers | Quilting | Scoop.it
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 19, 2014 9:48 AM

This is a great list! Enjoy! (Thank you @cybrarian77!)4

Nick Urban's curator insight, July 16, 2015 6:21 PM

Here is presented a much more diverse set of apps for the iPad that have more direct ties to historical information then general usage within the classroom. Some offer virtual tours of monuments and battlefields, maps that demonstrate troop movement, and interactive versions of primary sources like the Constitution. Definitely worth using some of these to diversify your online platform.

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Storyline Online - Video stories reading

Storyline Online - Video stories reading | Quilting | Scoop.it

Reading to children has been repeatedly shown to improve their reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking, concentration and general academic aptitude… as well as inspire a love of reading. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.


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Another great way to share quality childrens' books.

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Sue Ward's curator insight, October 17, 2014 5:03 AM

A classic reference for the benefits of reading aloud - THE READ ALOUD HANDBOOK by Jim Trelease

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, October 17, 2014 11:32 AM

Haven't tried yet, but interesting.

Aguilar Dominique's curator insight, January 24, 2015 3:42 AM

La connaissance ? c'est très jeune qu'il faut commencer à apprendre pour développer la curiosité et la mémoire.

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Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider

Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider | Quilting | Scoop.it

What criteria matter when considering learning games? First, ask the broad questions: How and when a game can be used? Then, be more specific: What kind of game is best suited to particular learning objectives?

 


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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, September 2, 2014 10:55 AM

Games are valuable teaching and learning tools.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 3, 2014 1:19 PM

Great article! 

Training in Business's curator insight, September 4, 2014 5:22 AM

Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider 

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Larry Ferlazzo: Differentiating Lessons By "Content, Process or Product"

Larry Ferlazzo: Differentiating Lessons By "Content, Process or Product" | Quilting | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo: An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 19, 2014 1:18 PM

Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.    

David Miles's curator insight, April 19, 2014 9:10 PM

I find it challenging to work out how to differentiate (or whether I am differentiating) lessons in secondary school classes where everything is driven by the needs of an examination system. This idea, that there are multiple incarnations of differentiation, I find quite helpful.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 20, 2014 12:40 PM
Dennis T OConnor's insight: Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.
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The Museum of Online Museums: A Curated Catalogue of Fantastic Web Collections

The Museum of Online Museums: A Curated Catalogue of Fantastic Web Collections | Quilting | Scoop.it

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Wonderful collection of museums and online exhibits. Make frequent changes.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:25 AM

I love browsing museum collections online, and this site has links to some amazing ones I hadn't seen before.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 1:12 PM

The Museum of Online Museums is an online project showcasing a growing catalogue of the most interesting digital museums and online collections of all kinds. 

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, May 7, 2014 4:02 PM
Great post,thanks fr sharing!!!
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Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners - @JackieGerstein

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners - @JackieGerstein | Quilting | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners.  I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” I laughed and told her, “It’s actually has become one of my passions. Collecting them has become a major hobby of mine.”

I usually use them for an hour per week with my two groups of gifted learners.  I am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. For their robotics hour each week, I am giving them the following choices with their goal of using five of the robotics to complete five of the tasks provided.

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Tutorial: Simple Privacy Evaluation of a Website via Common Sense Media

Tutorial: Simple Privacy Evaluation of a Website via Common Sense Media | Quilting | Scoop.it
Common Sense Education empowers students and educators with digital citizenship tools and teaching strategies to advance learning in the digital age.

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12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids

12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids | Quilting | Scoop.it
I am joining my friends from Kid Blogger Network in a round up of topics interesting for parents and caregivers looking for fun activities to do with their kids. Since my 7 year old is very convinced that she will become an engineer, specifically, a mechanical engineer, I want to share 12 amazing engineering projects for kids from the blogosphere including, of course, ideas from this blog.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 11, 2016 7:38 PM

Check this out! Thanks to John Evans.

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Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace

Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace | Quilting | Scoop.it

Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid when it comes to technology, you’re probably aware of the maker movement. However, if you need a refresher, I made an infographic. The maker movement is such an exciting time for students and teachers alike! Yet, while a part of you is excited, the other part of you is flooded with the reasons why you just can’t start a makerspace right now.

“I have no money.”
“I’m just not super comfortable with technology.”
“We don’t have devices at my school.”
“I don’t have the space.”
“I don’t have the schedule that allows me to teach the kids how to do the stuff.” 


I find this to be incredibly unfortunate. Not unfortunate in that I wish you had more money and were more comfortable with technology (although I sympathize), but unfortunate in that you think you need both of those to start a makerspace. With the massive amount of information out there about makerspaces, somewhere along the way, the term “maker” became synonymous with words like “3-D printing” and “robots.”

My husband loves woodworking and I like building computers. Am I more of a “maker” than he is? Am I being less of a maker when I use zip-ties and soda caps to fix my son’s toy car rather than 3-D printing a replacement part? Absolutely not!


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Brilliant!
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14 Catapults for Kids to Create and Experiment With - Fun-A-Day!

14 Catapults for Kids to Create and Experiment With - Fun-A-Day! | Quilting | Scoop.it
In addition to being an exciting experience, catapults lead to so much thinking and learning! Fine motor skills, science, and math are just a few subjects that catapults help children learn about. Have you and your kiddos ever made one, or played with one? If not, here are 14 FUN ideas to try!

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 14, 2016 5:52 PM

Looks like fun! Thanks to John Evans.

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How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning

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More schools are transforming their traditional libraries into innovative makerspaces, giving students the chance to experiment and grow in new and exciting ways.
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A great explanation of how maker spaces in libraries transform them from content consumption spaces to content creation spaces. Not only does this idea strengthen STEM initiatives but the library ties all curricular areas together through storytelling, production, research, and independent self-selection driven by student interests. This is yet another reason why a certified professional library/information specialist is imperative in every school!
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Joanne Schmidt's curator insight, March 15, 2016 8:43 AM
A great explanation of how maker spaces in libraries transform them from content consumption spaces to content creation spaces. Not only does this idea strengthen STEM initiatives but the library ties all curricular areas together through storytelling, production, research, and independent self-selection driven by student interests. This is yet another reason why a certified professional library/information specialist is imperative in every school!
Steven Hill's curator insight, March 15, 2016 5:54 PM
A great explanation of how maker spaces in libraries transform them from content consumption spaces to content creation spaces. Not only does this idea strengthen STEM initiatives but the library ties all curricular areas together through storytelling, production, research, and independent self-selection driven by student interests. This is yet another reason why a certified professional library/information specialist is imperative in every school!
Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, March 16, 2016 8:01 AM
A great explanation of how maker spaces in libraries transform them from content consumption spaces to content creation spaces. Not only does this idea strengthen STEM initiatives but the library ties all curricular areas together through storytelling, production, research, and independent self-selection driven by student interests. This is yet another reason why a certified professional library/information specialist is imperative in every school!
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Apple offers 'For Educators' collection of App Store, iBooks, & iTunes U educational resources - 9TO5Mac

Apple offers 'For Educators' collection of App Store, iBooks, & iTunes U educational resources - 9TO5Mac | Quilting | Scoop.it
Apple today published a new iTunes section that recommends apps, books, iTunes U courses and other Apple educational content for educators and classrooms using iOS devices.

The new online resource includes suggestions for teachers on apps from the App Store, books from iBooks, and courses from Apple’s iTunes U service.

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Tittel-IT's curator insight, April 3, 2015 7:30 AM

Weet niet of dit in de Belgische Appstore ook is, maar kan het maar delen...

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 10, 2015 11:52 AM

Great place to start if you just got your iPad.

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18 Extraordinary Questions Education Faces In 2015

18 Extraordinary Questions Education Faces In 2015 | Quilting | Scoop.it
New Thinking: 18 Extraordinary Questions Education Faces In 2015

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, January 8, 2015 8:52 AM

Some very powerful questions to ponder as you think forward or massage your goals/vision for your future in education. None of them are easy to answer but that's the point, isn't it? To get us thinking differently? Enjoy.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, January 12, 2015 1:51 PM

These are all great questions and would, I think, apply especially to environments pursuing 21st century skills.

 

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The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State

The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State | Quilting | Scoop.it

"Two weeks ago, we published a literary map of Brooklyn, highlighting the books we felt best represented the neighborhoods in which they were set. Compiling the list of books for that map had us thinking about what it means for a story to not just be from a place, but also of it, and why it is that some places have an abundance of literary riches (we’re looking at you, American South), while others, well, don’t. There are those stories that so beautifully evoke a time and a place and a way of life that it becomes close to impossible to separate the literary perception of a place from its reality—one winds up informing the other.  All [books on this states list] are literary in voice and spirit; every last one will let you understand a time and place in a more profound way than you maybe thought possible.

 

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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, October 27, 2014 10:03 AM

This looks neat! How many of these books have you read?

 

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How to Get Augmented Reality into the Classroom

How to Get Augmented Reality into the Classroom | Quilting | Scoop.it

One of the most common misconceptions about Augmented Reality is that it belongs in the future, when in fact it is all around us – right here, right now. It is also incredibly user-friendly whilst utilising cutting edge technology, making it ideal for incorporating into learning environments.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 10, 2014 3:11 AM

I'm a big fan of augmented reality, so for me this was good to read.

Norton Gusky's curator insight, September 11, 2014 7:06 AM

For a number of years I've waited for this technology to take off. Now there are teachers around the globe using augmented reality to engage students in ways impossible before.

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How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future

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Nearly every other industry has been changed beyond recognition by the invention of computers. Why not education, arguably one of the industries with the most to gain?


The answer is probably some combination of rank incompetence, institutional conservatism, and perverse incentives.


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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 26, 2014 7:51 PM
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A very technology orientated view, but well worth a read.

 

I would add to what Nik says. It's more than a tech view, it's quite dismissive of the role of the teacher. For example: "That one headset and computer could replace traditional textbooks, teacher time, educational props, and field trips, which cost far more than a VR headset."


I love, love, love technology and fun new toys, but I suspect it's going to be a loooong time before we can replace all of the above with one VR headset. When it comes to spending money on technology in education, we must be quite strategic. We can all cite examples where the technology was provided without training, so the new computers/laptops/tablets sat in the school unused. I suspect giving everyone a VR headset would fall into this same category unless it was carefully planned and implemented to support curriculum. 


I would, however, love to be the first person who gets to stand on the surface of Mars! 

Sieg Holle's curator insight, August 29, 2014 12:21 PM

Moving toward the age of "learning" abundance despite the opposition inevitable.....

Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 30, 2014 7:46 AM

Μία αρκετά τεχνολογική προσέγγιση που αξίζει να διαβαστεί

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A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education

A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education | Quilting | Scoop.it

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Krysta Hammond's curator insight, April 11, 2014 3:07 PM

Great new apps many teachers may not be aware of that they can definitely be utilizing in their classrooms!