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Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader - Good EReader

Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader - Good EReader | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.

Here is a comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 17, 2015 9:55 AM

Great resource, and it's free!

Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, February 18, 2015 11:52 AM

Here is a cool one for all my Kindle toting friends - a comprehensive list of sources for free e-books.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 2015 11:20 AM

Great resource for BYOD schools who want to create a level playing field for all students with all devices.

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How Teens Are Really Using Social Media

How Teens Are Really Using Social Media | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much. Leveraging these popular social media tools in the classroom is a no-brainer: everything from Twitter and Facebook all the …

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Library Staff's curator insight, July 28, 2014 8:39 PM

Many educators and school leaders still need convincing re the merits of Twitter and Facebook in the classroom.

Library Staff's curator insight, July 28, 2014 8:40 PM

Many educators and school leaders still need convincing re the merits of Twitter and Facebook in the classroom.

Kim Lindskog's curator insight, July 28, 2014 9:01 PM

Meet them where they are...

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edshelf - Socially curated directory of education technology

edshelf - Socially curated directory of education technology | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
A socially curated directory of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 28, 2014 9:19 PM

Edshelf is a great tool for teachers and learners, and it needs help from those who use it, or those who might want to use it in the future. Joyce Valenza, who write NeverEndingSearch, wrote an excellent post that describes the issues that edshelf is confronting, #saveedshelf: a new model. Helping the developers on our team.

It is rare that I advocate for people to support a tool that requires payment, but in this case it is a great tool, and there are some who will choose to support it. This link goes to a Kickstarter campaign that has been started. It includes a video where the founder describes how edshelf started, and unsolicited feedback about the value of this product. If you have used edshelf, or think you would like to in the future, consider making a donation.

Benita Soto Carlton's curator insight, July 29, 2014 12:25 AM

great info for class

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Spritz - An Amazing Reading Tool

Spritz - An Amazing Reading Tool | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

"Spritz’s mission is to change the way people read and make communication faster, easier, and more effective."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 17, 2014 9:09 PM

Spritz is a digital tool that allows you to read one word at a time and you can set the speed. You read the "text one word at a time in our “redicle,” a special visual frame we designed for reading."

Words can be read starting at 100 words per minute up to 1000 words per minute.
Spritz will work English, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Korean. More languages will be added.

This tool is worth looking at because it may help some students who struggle with reading. The text has to be accessible online and does work on many platforms. For more information head over to the website.

Latisha Ford's curator insight, August 18, 2014 3:36 PM
I have already used it and I'm in love!!
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Step by Step Guide on How to Use Google Drive to Collaborate With Others

Step by Step Guide on How to Use Google Drive to Collaborate With Others | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
August 21, 2014
Google Drive has some wonderful features that enhance collaborative and group work. The video below by Andrew Boan walks you through the different collaborative features in Drive and...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 22, 2014 9:58 AM

This article features a video that would make an excellent flipped learning tool for PD. Check it out!

Bernard Petter's curator insight, August 25, 2014 6:38 PM

Creation to Curation.

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A Handy Google Drive Cheat Sheet for iPad Users

A Handy Google Drive Cheat Sheet for iPad Users | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
August 25, 2014
Here is another great Google Drive resource created and shared by Shake Up Learning. This is basically a Google Drive cheat sheet for iPad designed specifically to help mobile users...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:24 AM

Sometimes things don't look the same when you switch from a PC to an iPad and this handy "cheat sheet" should help get you up to speed in no time.

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Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

Story and images by Manish Singh / WinBeta Earlier this year, 

 

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced "Skype Translator", a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project -- Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.


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Rocio Watkins's curator insight, July 30, 2014 10:37 AM

Wow! 

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, July 30, 2014 11:16 AM

Looks like we are one step closer to Gene Roddenberry's view of the future. Does this remind anyone of a universal translator??? 

terry clarke's curator insight, July 30, 2014 2:54 PM

Although universal communication among people speaking different languages is certainly a worthy goal, I am reluctant to embrace the technology that allegedly allows instantaneous translation during audio/video conferences among speakers of different languages--for many reasons.

  • My ethnic Kazakh daughter and I are bilingual (English & Russian), and I have found that the act, itself, of learning a new language necessarily draws one closer to the customs and practices of the people who use the language in their day-to-day lives (requiring an examination of nearly every aspect of the lives of those who speak the "different language"--allowing, at least the feeling of, adoption of a new and different culture).
  • Language (particularly oral as opposed to written) is an imprecise method of communication, and even experienced translators will attest that different languages have idiosyncrasies that do not allow for an accurate or precise communication of a particular idea, description or opinion sought to be сonveyed. Подвиг (Podvig) is a Russian word used to describe a particular idea in Eastern Orthodox Christianity is an example of one such word--though others may disagree
  • Because of the decline of formal language usage in favor of slang and the explosion of the use of acronyms (SMH, YOLO, WTF), and the multitudes of "figures of speech", I am skeptical that current technology exists that would allow a computer program algorithm to translate accurately and instantaneously the communications between people speaking different languages.
  • Upon reflection, I could not support the widespread use of the technology described in this article. Language, in its many different and beautiful forms, is a reflection of the culture, history and heritage of those who speak it.
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Four Ways to Think About Using ThingLink - Rethinking ThingLink

Four Ways to Think About Using ThingLink - Rethinking ThingLink | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

"Thinglink is a powerful tool, and some new uses are making it even more compelling. Beyond creating pictures with links, images, and videos, a “next level” exists that turns ThingLink into a powerful organizer, aggregation tool, and curator."


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Rebekah Lee's curator insight, August 15, 2014 3:29 AM

A pretty nifty way to insert signposts on a screenshot to display  pop up instructions

W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, August 15, 2014 1:45 PM

Whoa, just whoa.   ThingLink is so cool and what a great way to densify creative products and engage a diversity of learning pathways!    I am going to include this in my next resume for sure.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 22, 2015 8:17 PM

Thinglink is one of my favourite tools :)

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Collective Consumption: Social Media And Active Learning

Collective Consumption: Social Media And Active Learning | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

"It comes as no surprise that the Internet grows exponentially by the minute, and in some cases by the second. It’s too late to turn back the clock, and it’s no wonder that our learners view school regulations of social media archaic and restrictive. We see the weekly chats with frustrated teachers who try to get colleagues to see the benefits of Twitter; yet this is not even the most popular media with our tweens, let alone young people under thirty."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 11, 2014 9:45 PM

Students use social media. Do they know how much social media is used (and do teachers know this information)? This post shares two great websites that provide data on how social media is being used today. Both are interactive, but in very different ways.

The Internet in Real Time provides an up to the second look at 23 social media tools, letting you see how quickly data is generated and you can also see "the real-time accumulation of wealth."

The second resource is an infographic Social Media 2014which looks at ten social media websites and provides "facts, figures, numbers and statistics from 2014." A few are below:

* 23% of teens consider Instagram their favorite social network.

* 100 hours of video is uploaded on YouTube every minute.

Given this data many of us may be questioning policies at our schools. Is it time for public schools to look at how social media is being used by their students when they are outside the walls of the school and understand that social media provides a platform that we could use to deliver lessons?

This post explores this issue and the final sentence reads "The collective consumption of knowledge has changed because of technology, and learners need to be able to use it, search it, and share it." What are your thoughts on this?

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edshelf: it’s a directory, it’s a review portal, it’s a community, it’s a curation tool . . . — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

edshelf: it’s a directory, it’s a review portal, it’s a community, it’s a curation tool . . . — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
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A Wonderful Resource of Free Public Domain Images to Use in Class

A Wonderful Resource of Free Public Domain Images to Use in Class | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
June 3, 2014
Pixabay is a great platform where teachers and students can search for and find public domain images. Using Pixabay images you will not have to worry about copyright issues or...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 3, 2014 2:24 PM

Excellent resource to share with students. Just remind them, as this article does, that there are images on Pixabay that are "sponsored" and, therefore, NOT free. 

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How Tweens and Teens are Using Social Media — Infographic Labs

How Tweens and Teens are Using Social Media — Infographic Labs | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 28, 2014 10:23 PM

Check out this infographic that looks at how teens and tweens are using social media. It probably comes as no surprise that they are very active in the use of social media. One statistic they show is

* Surveys have found that majority or 81 percent of kids aged 12 to 17 use social media. This figure is higher than the 72 percent of internet users overall.

For more information click through to the post.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, May 29, 2014 10:24 AM

According to this article there appears to be a difference between what teens and kids younger than teens prefer as far as social media platforms are concerned.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, May 30, 2014 5:41 AM

Useful infographic about how teens use social media. Parents these days have to be aware of all these new technologies ...

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The Blogging Kraken: How to Keep Up with All Your Students' Blogs?

The Blogging Kraken: How to Keep Up with All Your Students' Blogs? | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
Blogging is about reading and about writing in digital spaces. We want students to make their learning and thinking visible. We are developing a platform and a blogging pedagogy for students to doc...
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Leap.it - A New Visual Search Engine

Leap.it - A New Visual Search Engine | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
Leap.it - a whole new take on search. What are you looking to discover? Try it now!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 25, 2014 11:02 PM

A new search engine is now available. It is called Leap.it and as the image above shows, it is a more visual search engine than many. You can use the search engine as is, or you can create an account which allows you some additional privledges, including the ability to create a "perspective" where you can bring together a variety of sites in one location.

When reviewing the Terms and Conditions it is clear that students under 13 may not use the app without permission from parents. For more information on this issue take the time to read the Terms and Conditions.

MrBieb's curator insight, October 7, 2014 3:55 AM

Een scoop.it achtige zoekmachine. Oogt fraai.

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8 Education Technology Books Every Leader Should Read

8 Education Technology Books Every Leader Should Read | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
These 8 education technology books cover technical, cultural and practical ideas and concepts to successfully integrate technology into the classroom.

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Are You A Tech-Savvy Teacher, This Infographic Will Tell You | TechFaster

Are You A Tech-Savvy Teacher, This Infographic Will Tell You | TechFaster | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
Through the course of our “summer school” here at Techfaster we’ve met plenty of tech savvy educators. From ISTE in early July to the NAESP show and Campus Tech that wrapped up this week, teachers, administrators and education enthusiasts were learning, sharing, and networking with each other. These are definitely the tech savvy teacher type, and that’s validated in the infographic below from Daily Genius. But just because you spent part of the summer at EdTech conferences doesn’t necessarily mean you are a tech savvy teacher. Of course the reverse is true as well, maybe you had family events and your own kids to tend to during the summer. Are you a tech savvy teacher? A strong indicator would be that you’re even reading this article here at techfaster.com. Are you keeping your students, parents, fellow teachers and administrators up to date with the goings on in your classroom with your own blog? That’s a good sign you’re a tech savvy teacher. Just think about what the communication you can have with a blog, would have been like in the days of the ditto machine? You would have to plan out your thoughts, outline them, create a ditto original, print them, pass them out to students, and just pray they didn’t end up on the floor of the school bus. Are you networking with other teachers you’ve never met on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or a knowledge sharing educational site? Are you regularly attending edtech chat or listening to podcasts? All of these are signs that you care about your own professional development, living in current times and caring about your students. YouTube, Twitter, SnapChat, Minecraft, Instagram, and Vine are all a part of your students lives. Facebook, Pinterest and email are all a part of your students’ parents’ lives. You’re almost too far behind if you’re not a “tech savvy” teacher. Check out the infographic below and see how you stack up.

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Excellent Google Drive Resources for Teachers

Excellent Google Drive Resources for Teachers | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
August 18, 2014
On the occasion of the first back-to-school week, I compiled this list of excellent resources to help teachers make the best of Google Drive in their classrooms. I firmly believe that...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 19, 2014 10:43 AM

Great list of Google Resources that you can share with teachers (or maybe hang onto for some personal PD!). Enjoy!

David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 19, 2014 8:19 PM

Good stuff! 

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, August 23, 2014 8:39 AM

Google Drive 

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How To Choose A Learning Game

How To Choose A Learning Game | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
Keep in mind some of the key elements of a good educational game when trying to sort through the hundreds of games available.
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 22, 2014 2:23 PM

Great advice from one of my favorite bloggers...

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Want to know what students think? This librarian asked them!

Want to know what students think? This librarian asked them! | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:27 PM

Shannon Miller on the importance of student voice.

SLS Guernsey's curator insight, August 4, 2014 3:34 AM

The best way to find out what students think about their school libraries is to ask them!

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, August 4, 2014 4:30 AM

Koulukirjastonhoitaja Iowasta kyseli oppilailta Twitterin kautta, mitä he koululta haluavat ja mitä siitä ajattelevat . Lista on ehdottomasti tutustumisen arvoinen!! 

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So Many Fun Ways To Use Blabberize In The Classroom

So Many Fun Ways To Use Blabberize In The Classroom | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

"Give any Image a Talking Mouth and Make it an Engaging Learning Opportunity! There are quite a few web 2.0 tools that provide easy and exciting ways to integrate technology in the classroom. One of them is Blabberize, a free online tool that allows you to quickly create talking images, providing some great opportunities to foster student engagement and collaboration."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 14, 2014 8:20 AM

Have you used Blabberize in your classroom? It is a free tool that allows you to upload an image and then create a talking picture. This post provides may suggestions on how to use it across disciplines as well as a video playlist that will showcase many examples of student work.

Below are a few ideas.

* Research a historical figure and use Blabberize to have them talk about their lives.

* Find a favorite quote from a fictional character and have the character say the quote (and explain it if necessary).

* Think about science and how you could use a talking image to explain an experiment, a change of phase, etc.

* Research an animal and have the animal talk about their habitat, what they eat, etc.

There are many ideas in this post and I suspect you can come up with more. Students need to able to create their own image (or find one that copyright free) and upload the image. It would be best if they wrote out what the image would say and practice it prior to recording using a computer.

The post also discusses how students could collaborate on projects, and notes that if you cannot record with a computer you can record using a phone. Find more information as well as  a link to a video tutorial in the post.

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What do you want to do with the iPad in education?

What do you want to do with the iPad in education? | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

"Below I have outlined a number of tasks, for use with the iPad in the classroom. I believe that if you understand these 5 tasks from beginning to end, you will have an excellent foundation to build any engaging classroom activities."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 5, 2014 9:51 PM

This post discusses the need to define the outcome you expect before you design your project (understanding by design where you begin at the end product and work backwards). The focus is on the iPad, but the questions he proposes for students to answer should work with most digital apps or online tools we use in our classrooms. Within the post you will find five projects that are designed with Bloom's taxonomy in mind. The projects are:

* Create a movie

* Create a podcast

* Create an interactive book

* Create a presentation

* Create a PDF

Of more interest (to me) are the steps he suggests you follow as you create the workflow that students will need to follow.

Clearly define the outcome providing an explanation that the students will understand and also define the context, providing sufficient information that the student know what they will need to accomplish.

When you click through to the post, you will see that each of the projects includes five areas that students work through. In each project students will begin with a clear concept of what they need to remember. They then move up (Bloom's taxonomy) to understanding, with another task to complete. From there they look at applying and analyzing, with additional questions and specified work to be accomplished. This is followed by analyzing and creating, and as a final component collaboration comes into play. In each of these areas there are one or more iPad apps recommended.

Kimberly House's curator insight, June 15, 2014 1:36 PM

Fantastic breakdown of basic iPad tasks. Perfect to use with my teachers who are new to our iPad programme.

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30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking - InformED

30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking - InformED | Educational Apps | Scoop.it

"When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 9, 2014 8:13 PM

Why is divergent thinking important in education, and how can we inspire our students to become divergent thinkers? This post explores this idea, beginning with a definition of divergent thinking and providing a look at current research on divergent thinking.

Did you know that divergent thinking "stems from logical, unbiased thinking" or that divergent thinking "leads to positive mood swings while convergent thinking leads to negative mood swings." After this discussion (and there is much more in the post) you will find 30 tips on how to teach your students to become divergent thinkers. A few of the tips are below.

* Fast, frequent failures (with the suggestion that students quickly lay out all possible solutions). Identifying mistakes helps to lead to the students to the correct solution.

* Google - Today students like to Google the answer...but what if you create questions that require deeper thinking, where Google will not supply an answer quickly.

Many more ideas are available in the post. Click through to read more.

Si Hua's curator insight, June 10, 2014 3:54 AM

Cool Idea!

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How Teachers Can Use Social Media in the Classroom

How Teachers Can Use Social Media in the Classroom | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
Your students are posting personal updates and Tweeting anyway, so why not incorporate these tools into their schoolwork? Read on for tips to help you do it.
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3 Good iPad Apps for Creating Citations and Bibliographies

3 Good iPad Apps for Creating Citations and Bibliographies | Educational Apps | Scoop.it
June 2 , 2014
I just received an email from one of  the readers of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning asking about some good iPad apps for creating citations and bibliographies. I have...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 2, 2014 8:42 AM

What a perfect piggy-back to my last post! 

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ChatterPix - Add voice to images

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Get ChatterPix - by Duck Duck Moose on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, May 24, 2014 8:04 AM

Looks great for getting kids to present reviews of work

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 2014 9:16 AM

I just know there are people out there who will take this idea and run with it....the digital world continues to underscore our playful and creative selves. Have fun!

Dale Borgeson's curator insight, November 16, 2014 10:26 PM

I know a teacher at NVES who has used this tool with her kids on numerous projects.