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32 Great Educational Websites for Teachers curated by Educators' Tech

32 Great Educational Websites for Teachers curated by Educators' Tech | immersive media | Scoop.it

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education


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Nia Hadenfeldt's curator insight, June 1, 2017 8:35 AM
A fantastic resource for inviting website use into the classroom.
Leslie Sanderson's curator insight, June 2, 2017 4:12 AM
Wow great list so many resources
Jeff At CQU's curator insight, June 16, 2017 12:28 AM

A handy quick chart for 32 websites based on a chart previously published by the same company 'Educational Technology and Mobile Learning' which can be found here: The Ultimate EdTech Chart for Teachers and Educators.

 

There are four websites for each of the eight different learning areas:

  1. Languages
  2. Maths
  3. Science
  4. Physics
  5. History
  6. Social Studies
  7. Arts
  8. Music
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The Importance of Longform Storytelling for Your Blogs

The Importance of Longform Storytelling for Your Blogs | immersive media | Scoop.it

In recent months a debate has been brewing around whether shortform or longform content is winning the race for people’s attention. No doubt there are merits to both sides, but there seems to be some confusion abound the subject. 

 

For clarity, longform means articles, white papers and e-books of 2,000 words or more, while shortform refers to content of 500 to 1,000 words.

 

Is there really a difference in their overall performances? Science suggests there is.

 

What the Studies Are Suggesting

 

Many of today’s Internet marketers swear by shortform content, citing a number of independent studies that indicate audience attention spans are falling and as much as 32 percent of users will begin abandoning websites in as little as five seconds if they are slow to load. 

 

This doesn’t speak to the effectiveness of the format in reaching its audience in terms of visibility and findability through search. This is one of the most important advantages that longform content has over its counterpart....


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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 20, 2015 3:29 PM

Recent studies in the past few weeks are saying that our attention spans are now shorter than a goldfish's. Yikes! It appears we are too stressed and distracted to pay much attention to anything.


But hold your horses -- don't buy into the hype. Turns out long form content (longer stories) are outperforming short posts by a mile.


This is an easy-to-read post that covers other research showing how necessary -- and results producing -- long form content is.


Bottom line: you need a mix of both.  Read the article to find out more. And thanks to fellow curator Jeff Domansky @Jeff Domansky@thePRcoach for finding and sharing this.

Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, July 20, 2015 3:30 PM
Great find Jeff! Thanks for this.
Thorsten Strauss's curator insight, September 24, 2015 7:54 AM

best practice: content length on web site. Long form is important because people get lazy in searching. That is why google prefers sources that give comprehensive answers and leave readers satisfied. 

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Storytelling and Interaction: Engage Your Website Visitors w/ These Examples

Storytelling and Interaction: Engage Your Website Visitors w/ These Examples | immersive media | Scoop.it

“How to engage visitors? It is an age-old question that worries all website owners. Regardless of the type of project, sphere of work and target audience, all we want is to win over as”


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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 15, 2015 9:17 AM

Want a better website? Then design for storytelling. That's the point of this post.


What I think is really great in this article are all the fabulous examples of websites from around the globe that have designed their website as a story. Doing so is tricky, so having examples to look at is key. And there are a lot here to investigate.


Dig into these websites and look to see how you can beef yours up with better storytelling design.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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12-Common-Mistakes-Schools-Make-With-Websites.pdf


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Free Web Tools to Engage Students in Creative Learning

Free Web Tools to Engage Students in Creative Learning | immersive media | Scoop.it

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, July 11, 2014 7:19 AM

Free web tools for engaging students in creativity!

Marie-France Fourrier's comment, July 18, 2014 6:22 PM
Merci !
Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 4, 2015 10:08 PM

Great list of tools. Some I need to go back and have a new look at. 

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Websites + Storytelling: The Best Way To Drive Traffic

Websites + Storytelling: The Best Way To Drive Traffic | immersive media | Scoop.it

"Storytelling is one of the oldest habits of modern civilization. Ever since we learned to communicate, understand each other, we have been telling stories. At a time when your website is the storefront of your business and a gateway to increased conversions, storytelling is surely one of the key components that can play a crucial role in turning the tides in your favor. After all, web design is also about communicating concepts and ideas, isn’t it?"


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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 1, 2014 12:05 PM

I like this quick article because it reminds us of 3 key points to remember when sharing our business stories on our website:

  1. Words matter. For me I find it much easier to record myself telling a story orally and then converting that to text. From there I can then craft a written story without losing my unique voice and authenticity.
  2. Parallax web design is a very cool tool for telling your brand story.
  3. A mascot (think MailChimp) can be a big boost for your business -- especially in B2C. Although MailChimp is a B2B company, I think figuring out if a mascot will work for you is all about really knowing your audience. 


Think about these 3 points and have an awesome day.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Storytelling, Memory, and Sales Conversions: How It All Works

Storytelling, Memory, and Sales Conversions: How It All Works | immersive media | Scoop.it

"When you look at the marketing funnel from a storytelling perspective – each area of the funnel proposes different “acts” of your customer’s story." Ankit Oberoi @peeplaja


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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 25, 2014 3:05 PM

This is a lengthy but very meaty post about how storytelling, the mechanics of learning, and understanding how memory works can lead to higher conversions from a website.


I love the material shared about both memory and learning. And that the author, Ankit Oberoi, shows how these -- along with narrative -- can generate higher sales from a website.


The beginning of the article talks about the Significant Objects project, and the neuroscience of storytelling -- both of which I've curated before. So no news there, but it is a good overview.


The article really starts to get interesting when Oberoi picks apart a Men's Wearhouse ad and website to tell us how storytelling, memory (short-term, long-term, implicit, episodic, etc.), and learning (attention, encoding, storage, retrieval) all works together to increase sales. I really like the memory map he shares!


So if you want more leads and sales from your website, dig in here because there is very useful information. Does the article provide all the answers? Probably not. But it's a terrific good start and I think it will help everyone a lot!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Type Your Own Animated Movie/Biz Story w/ This Crazy Software

Type Your Own Animated Movie/Biz Story w/ This Crazy Software | immersive media | Scoop.it
Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see and that vision plays on screen.

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Jose Nevarez's comment, November 14, 2013 1:17 PM
Looks great for creating "living" storyboards. I will give a try for a proyect I'm working on and let you know.
Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, November 14, 2013 2:51 PM
Many thanks Jose! I look forward to hearing your thoughts. I received a report from a colleague on LinkedIn that it's a big program to download.
Ellen Belluomini's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:33 AM

Think about the possibilites with social work education!

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DocentEDU - turn any website into an interactive lesson (note costs)

DocentEDU - turn any website into an interactive lesson (note costs) | immersive media | Scoop.it
DocentEDU is an exciting new app ( iOS , Android ), and browser plugin ( Chrome , Firefox ) that essentially lets you turn any webpage or online document into an engaging, interactive, digital...

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Cool Tool For Visual Storytelling

Cool Tool For Visual Storytelling | immersive media | Scoop.it
Create albums enriched with insights and design. Add text, maps, the weather, tourist info and 10,000+ other elements.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 8, 2015 1:00 PM

I was just sent to this site to look at and I think it has some pretty awesome visual storytelling potential. I have no financial relationship here -- just passing along a new tool for you to consider.


The app is coming to you from the Netherlands and co-founder of myalbum Jos de Schiffart @schiffart.


I've tested out the site and app and really like it. It is very intuitive and easy to work with. The end result visually is stunning. Plus they just released their iPhone app today.


I think lots of you could use this tool -- myself included -- to create fabulous stories for your business. You might want to try it out.


Of course, your success with this tool will depend on actually crafting stories instead of just a progression of photos. You know -- stories that have a beginning-middle-end, a problem and resolution. And don't forget the transformation that occurs, and a key message at the end. But you know what to do!


Have fun with this new app and go create some incredible stories!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her business storytelling curation at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Teaching Prompts's curator insight, July 9, 2015 1:20 AM

Great idea!

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The Top 100 Coolest, Best and Most Addictive Websites of 2014

The Top 100 Coolest, Best and Most Addictive Websites of 2014 | immersive media | Scoop.it
We can never believe how fast years tend to pass, but once again the end of the year is near. Over the past year, the All My Faves team has combed the Internet for the coolest websites and services...

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Free Template Depot's curator insight, December 25, 2014 9:04 AM

Add Free Template Depot to the list??? ...  http://freetemplatedepot.com

 

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Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner

Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner | immersive media | Scoop.it

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Training in Business's curator insight, July 11, 2014 5:15 AM

Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 4, 2015 10:10 PM

I like the way these tools are organised! 

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Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE

Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE | immersive media | Scoop.it
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...

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Telling a Better Story: Reinventing The Corporate "About" Page w/ Visual Storytelling

Telling a Better Story: Reinventing The Corporate "About" Page w/ Visual Storytelling | immersive media | Scoop.it
Pics of golden retrievers, jars of peanut butter, and someone's kids create a more human corporate identity.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 1, 2014 12:22 PM

I'm still on the road yet when I found this gem, I couldn't wait to share it with you. Talk about a mash-up between visual storytelling and corporate "About" pages! Here's your opportunity to get away from those boring corporate bios.


Check out these "About" pieces and start thinking about how you can tell your story differently. Have fun creating them and posting them on your website!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

malek's comment, May 3, 2014 5:36 PM
A modern concept of "about",
Art Jones's curator insight, May 4, 2014 11:22 AM

Be Visual

Don't be Boring

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Slideshows are "native digital storytelling"?? Here's what I think of that!

Slideshows are "native digital storytelling"?? Here's what I think of that! | immersive media | Scoop.it
Last Friday, Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson published a 75-page slideshow about his recent business class flight from New York to Beijing. The slideshow, which consists entirely of blurry phot...

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:29 PM

Well, who knew this kind of storytelling was going on??!! This fascinating article blasts a hole right through journalist Henry Blodget's 'native digital storytelling', calling a spade a spade.


What's 'native digital storytelling"? From what I can tell, it's when people craft home-made digital stories to share. Blodget takes it to the extreme however. He takes photos of his very mundane airplane ride overseas, makes a slide show of them, and posts them on the web, calling it his digital story. Riveting stuff. The story escapes me. As it escapes the author of this article, Hamish McKenzie.


And this is not the first time Blodget has done it. Another 'story' was a tour of his AirBnB rental in NYC ala "Here's the bathroom; small." For whatever reason, that 'story' got 270,000 views. 


But here is what McKenzie exposes: Blodget's 'native digital story' was slapped on a web site and each slide was a different web page. That's 75 slides/75 web pages to click through. Sounds annoying.


Yet as McKenzie says, this is not about 'telling stories differently' by publishing in this way. It is all about page views and commercialization. He lists other examples of rich digital storytelling that does not 'treat readers as mere click meat'. As the author says, "These slideshows are not wondrous experiments carried out in the name of pleasing readers and advancing the cause of native digital storytelling. They are economic decisions through which Business Insider is attempting to inflate its pageviews and create ever more excuses for the generation of ad impressions." 


Well, if the story was actually a good story, the commercialization of it might not be a point. But this feels like a rip off.


So beware! If you are one of those folks who likes to consume digital stories displayed like this, ask yourself if serving yourself up as click meat is OK when the 'story' is so poor. 


And if you are considering this for your business, you might want to rethink it. Offering up crappy stories just for page views will eventually drive customers away.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Brad Tollefson's curator insight, December 1, 2013 4:02 PM

These slideshows are not wondrous experiments carried out in the name of pleasing readers and advancing the cause of native digital storytelling. They are economic decisions through which Business Insider is attempting to inflate its pageviews and create ever more excuses for the generation of ad impressions...When is a slide an innovation, and when is it merely the box that Disneyland came in?

Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, December 2, 2013 2:02 PM
Very good points Brad!