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4 Excellent News Sources Apps for Young Learners

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4 Excellent News Sources Apps for Young Learners

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7 Reasons You Need to Try Voice Typing in Google Docs | Shake Up Learning

7 Reasons You Need to Try Voice Typing in Google Docs | Shake Up Learning | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
As a former ELA teacher, I am naturally drawn to technology that supports reading and writing. Google Docs is fully-loaded with some features that can save us time in and out of the classroom, and often times can even save us a little heartache when it comes to supporting students.

One tiny little feature that packs an amazing punch is Voice Typing in Google Docs. This is a speech-to-text feature that is built-in to the most popular word processor in the world, and it is available to you and your students if you have a microphone in your devices.

You can dictate all kinds of words, lists, and writing into Google Docs. You can also dictate formatting, punctuation, and editing. But wait…there’s more! YOU CAN DICTATE IN OTHER LANGUAGES!!!!! WHOA!!!!


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 27, 2017 12:13 PM

Save your hands!  Use technology to save time and avoid typing. 

Juanita Amiel Townsend's curator insight, September 30, 2017 12:31 AM

Save your hands!  Use technology to save time and avoid typing. 

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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad -

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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad by Ashley McCann The best writing apps for iPad, like any concept of ‘best,’ is subjective and further based on need and circumstance. Are you a poet drafting when inspiration strikes? A student taking notes and writing essays?

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 4, 2017 7:51 PM
Awesome apps for every part of the writing process.
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Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter by Nik Peachey

Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter by Nik Peachey | Digital Tools | Scoop.it

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Sign up for my free newsletter and get a free copy of Digital Tools for Teachers
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Daniela Jimenez's curator insight, August 15, 2017 6:05 PM

Young people live their lives through technology; however, it might be an  essential source for education where we could take advantage over its resources and engage students into the use of technologies as a tool for their own learning process. There is great value in incorporating new technologies not as a bolt on or reward, but as an integral part of the process. This allows teachers to have more interesting and productive classes where will be noticiable the enhancement of learners in communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. ICT lets learners easily draw on authentic resources that promote inter-cultural understanding and interact with virtual peers in real non-fabricated contexts. Technology can be used as an independent learning where teachers can help students to work at their own pace, complete interactive exercises, and receive immediate feedback. Besides, students can be able to compare their scores with their classmates being an element of engaging gamification to their learning.

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A Great Resource That Offers 400 Science and Math Simulations and Learning Activities for Students

A Great Resource That Offers 400 Science and Math Simulations and Learning Activities for Students | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
ExploreLearning Gizmos provides over 400 math and science online simulations that power inquiry and understanding. It has a free Gizmos account available for science and math educators with a curated collection of Gizmos that change every January/July. Aligned to NGSS and state standards, each Gizmo comes with teacher guides and customizable lesson materials to help teachers and students delve deeper into the material.

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Apple's kid-friendly coding app can now bring toys to life

Apple's kid-friendly coding app can now bring toys to life | Digital Tools | Scoop.it

"In 2014, Apple introduced a programming language called Swift that made waves in the developer community -- not just for its power and flexibility, but for how easy it is to learn. So easy, in fact, that Apple believes it could be anyone's first programming language. That's why it went ahead and created Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app designed to teach kids how to code. Now, a year after its release, Apple is ready to expand its educational repertoire. With the June 5th release of Swift Playgrounds 1.5, Apple's app will also teach kids to program robots and drones.
Gallery: Program robots and drones with Apple's Swift Playgrounds 

What this means is that kids will be able to program and control a variety of Bluetooth-enabled robots and toys right within the Swift Playgrounds app. So instead of just tapping around on a touchscreen to move virtual characters, kids can write snippets of Swift code and translate them to physical robot actions. At launch, Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will be compatible with the following third-party toys: Lego Mindstorms Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+ robotic ball, Parrot's Mambo, Rolling Spider and Airborne mini-drones, UBTECH's Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit, Wonder Workshop's Dash robot and Skoog, a tactile cube speaker. It bears mentioning that there are already several toys out there that aims to teach code to kids, but Apple's solution is one of a few -- if not the only one -- that uses a genuine programming language instead of just block-based code."


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How to Get Started Writing a Branching Scenario for Learning

How to Get Started Writing a Branching Scenario for Learning | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
In a recent conversation, a colleague asked, “Once you and your client have agreed on a branching scenario approach, how do you get started writing it? How do you get from the broad concept of training on X topic to actually creating the scenario?”

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 7, 2017 5:46 PM

Designing a branching scenario is a significant challenge. This concise article will help you organize your thinking. 

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PicMonkey: Still My Graphic Go-To - The Daring Librarian @GwynethJones

PicMonkey: Still My Graphic Go-To - The Daring Librarian @GwynethJones | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
PicMonkey is a free website & app that does wonders with your digital photos in an easy peasy click it and save it kinda way. PicMonkey is free but yes, I enjoy the Royale upgrade - and now it's better than ever!

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Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
Steven Johnson discusses where good ideas come from, and TeachThought offers takeaways for teachers.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 23, 2017 6:26 PM

Make them short, sharp and shiny. 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 6, 2017 5:45 PM
Reading the pedagogic lay-of-the-land is an essential and challenging skill for teachers to learn. Good ideas emerge in the classroom, but it takes a practiced eye to recognize them and turn them into teachable moments.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, May 10, 2017 10:04 AM
Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond
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The MakerEd 100 'Must Do' List - Making is Elementary

The MakerEd 100 'Must Do' List - Making is Elementary | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
Looking for MakerEd ideas for your makerspace? Below is an EPIC bucket list of 100 awesome activities, inspirational ideas and gigantic goals for making, along with links to instructions, tutorials and related MakerEd resources. This is my personal list that I’m currently working through. I use it for focus and inspiration. I hope that it will inspire you.

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Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool

Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool | Digital Tools | 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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Digital Tools for Teachers

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This book has been written and designed primarily with English language teachers in mind though the majority of the resources and tools contained in the book will have much wider use than just language teaching.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 3, 2017 12:44 PM

Download the first two chapters for free.

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15 Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers - TechEdvocate

15 Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers - TechEdvocate | Digital Tools | Scoop.it

"Social studies class can be boring when it only consists of reading a textbook. It can also be boring and long when students are required to research or memorize geography. For these reasons, many students claim that they don’t enjoy the social studies. But, geography, history, civics, sociology, and political science can be very enjoyable when made interactive.

Many teachers are taking advantage of interactive assignments, activities, and documentaries in the classroom. How are they doing this? By making use of all of the teaching and learning resources that are available on the internet. In this article, I will list 15 of the best social studies websites for teachers."


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50 000+ Free ESL, EFL worksheets made by teachers for teachers

50 000+ Free ESL, EFL worksheets made by teachers for teachers | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
50,000 ESL, EFL printable worksheets, activities and exercises for teaching your next English class

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 26, 2017 8:52 AM

A great place to find and download materials for the ESL classroom.

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16 Good iPad Science Apps for High School Students

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Get Students Creating Video Summaries with Lumen5

Get Students Creating Video Summaries with Lumen5 | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
Once you’ve structured the text, the site will automatically find images and clips to go with each section of the text.

You can then edit these manually or add your own images then choose which part of the text to highlight. Once you have the look and feel of the video right, you just select music and add your branding.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 7, 2017 3:42 AM

A short blog post on creating video summaries.

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Introducing Toontastic 3D: a playful storytelling app for kids

Introducing Toontastic 3D: a playful storytelling app for kids | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
Starting today, parents and teachers all over the world can download Toontastic 3D, a playful storytelling app for kids to draw, animate and narrate their own 3D cartoons.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 11, 2017 1:26 AM

A great free app for getting students to create 3D stories.

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How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | Digital Tools | Scoop.it

"Without some structure early on, an afterschool maker club can quickly turn into unorganized chaos.  Through a lot of trial and error, I found ways to set routines, norms and procedures that helped us to have more structure"

 

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27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students

27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
Here is a handy visual we have been working on over this weekend. This is a collection of some good math apps curated from iTunes App Store specifically for elementary students and young learners. The apps provides students with a wide variety of educational games, hands-on activities, and challenging exercises to help them enhance their math skills and develop solid mathematical thinking. Links are included in the table under the visual.

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Comics English: Having Fun Learning English with Comic Strips

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Comics English: Having Fun Learning English with Comic Strips

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 29, 2017 1:12 AM

This is a useful site for finding comic strips to use in language teaching.

Edward Russell's curator insight, May 1, 2017 5:06 AM
visual literacy (and English) through comics
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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 | Digital Tools | 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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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad -

50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad - | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
The best writing apps for iPad, like any concept of ‘best,’ is subjective and further based on need and circumstance.

Are you a poet drafting when inspiration strikes? A student taking notes and writing essays? A novelist that usually uses a desktop, but needs their new iPad Pro to do work on the go?

While the idea of writing more than a few hundred words on an iPad may seem crazy, using the iPad as a powerful portable writing tool allows you to take advantage of inspiration whenever and wherever it strikes. And with iPad screens now approaching 13″ and capable of supporting USB connections to enable standalone keyboards, it’s easier and more comfortable than ever to draft a masterpiece while away from your desk with the help of an app, an iPad, and a good idea.

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?

The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual “things.” This is all a bunch of rhetoric until we put on our white coats and study it under a microscope, at which point abstractions like curiosity, authenticity, self-knowledge, and affection will be hard to pin down.

So we put together one take on the characteristics of a highly effective classroom. They can act as a kind of criteria to measure your own against–see if you notice a pattern.

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The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy -

The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy - | Digital Tools | Scoop.it
The Padagogy Wheel is designed to help educators think – systematically, coherently, and with a view to long term, big-picture outcomes – about how they use mobile apps in their teaching. The Padagogy Wheel is all about mindsets; it’s a way of thinking about digital-age education that meshes together concerns about mobile app features, learning transformation, motivation, cognitive development and long-term learning objectives.

The Padagogy Wheel, though, is not rocket science. It is an everyday device that can be readily used by everyday teachers; it can be applied to everything from curriculum planning and development, to writing learning objectives and designing centered activities. The idea is for the users to respond to the challenges that the Wheel presents for their teaching practices, and to ask themselves the tough questions about their choices and methods.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 14, 2017 10:53 AM
Des mots clés à l'aide du SAMR qui peuvent vous aider à trouver une nouvelle application.
Character Minutes's curator insight, February 13, 2017 5:59 PM
An essential for every educator!