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Mind Tree - Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Visual Thinking

Mind Tree - Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Visual Thinking | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it
Get Mind Tree - Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Visual Thinking on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 4, 2014 2:01 AM

iPad users may now get a new mind mapping app Mind Tree which can be downloaded for free.


Dave Wood's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:13 PM

Another app for mapping ideas on the ipad.

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15 Fixable “Death by PowerPoint” Issues

15 Fixable “Death by PowerPoint” Issues | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

Inspiring case studies, tips, and presentation ideas to help you set your story free, from the Haiku Deck team and our creative community. 

It’s worth noting that we have nothing against PowerPoint itself — in fact, PowerPoint can be used to create some incredibly awesome presentations, if you have strong design skills or you know someone who does.


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Woodstock School's curator insight, March 30, 2014 11:16 PM

A few tips on how to exploit the real power of presentations.

 

Johani Karonen's curator insight, March 31, 2014 3:33 AM

The sixteenth issue: The mismatcher, was added in a comment! I totally agree on that having an overarching look and feel is really important!

gustavo salazar's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:59 AM

excelentes recomendaciones para evitar la muerte por power point

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The "Attention Method" for Effective PowerPoint Presentations

The "Attention Method" for Effective PowerPoint Presentations | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it
This is a method of constructing effective PowerPoint presentations in a way that helps your audience pay attention to you and understand your ideas more fully. With Attention Method, the slides are designed to add power, emphasis, and deeper understanding to your well-scripted speech. You flip slides often so that, at any given time, your slides always support only what you're saying and contain no distracting information. Instead of one slide with several bullets, each slide should contain one idea expressed in vibrant images and minimalistic text.

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Sylvie Mercier's curator insight, April 2, 2014 1:22 PM

Faire une présentation ppt 

Ruby Day's curator insight, April 2, 2014 8:41 PM

Now i think of it, I have seen people use this method, very effective

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 1, 2014 9:14 AM

Do a great attention getting power point if you are going to use your time to make a presentation.

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MaKey MaKey - An invention kit for everyone

Get yours at makeymakey.com 
Make a piano out of bananas, play Mario on Play Dough, let your kitty take a picture of herself. This is a simple invention kit for beginners, experts, and everything inbetween.


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Newsdeck's curator insight, April 7, 2014 6:56 PM

It's an instructive and creative instrument of technology for beginners. You learn while you play.

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10 Steps To A Successful School iPad Program

10 Steps To A Successful School iPad Program | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

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There’s simply no magic pill – whether it’s the laptop, smartboard, iPad or the next device that comes along in a year or two. Technology alone won’t ever have the capacity to improve education unless it’s woven into a holistic vision that meets the very real and urgent educational objectives that prepare our students for life outside and after school. Well-planned technology deployments can however have a transformative impact on learning.

 

Here’s a list of ten requirements for a successful iPad implementation in schools."


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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 17, 2013 10:23 AM

It is not 12 steps, but it will do. At least you don't have to go around asking everyone you offended for forgiveness.

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:56 PM

Moeten we gebruiken!

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Moriah College EST's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:21 AM

Looking for a way to use cloud technology in your classroom? Give google drive a try today!

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Felix Jacomino-The Many Facets of Technology Integration

Felix Jacomino-The Many Facets of Technology Integration | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

We are so excited to be joined by Felix Jacomino as our special guest presenter to hear about his experience and leadership with integrating technology in his 1:1 iPad initiative at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School in Coconut Grove, Florida. He is also the creator and host of Miami Device, a mobile learning event presented by his school in November of 2014.

Technology used to be synonymous with a stand-alone computer, in a lab, with a schedule for students to go and learn about its parts, history, and use them at the lowest level of the SAMR model. Today, we're starting to leave 1:1 behind and talking X:1 because of ubiquitous presence of mobile devices in every part of our lives. Just because we have a lot of devices though, does not mean they are used the best ways possible. And sometimes, that can mean putting them aside.

Effective, ongoing, and quality professional development is the key to an environment where students are empowered by enthusiastic teachers who are mentors and well-aware of the endless ways these tools can be leveraged to best meet each student's goals.
http://www.felixjacomino.com


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Mack James's curator insight, February 23, 2014 10:30 PM

"Just because we have a lot of devices though, does not mean they are used the best ways possible. And sometimes, that can mean putting them aside".  THis is so true

Mack James's curator insight, February 25, 2014 9:18 PM

Professional development is essential to better teaching

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iPad Apps for Multiple Intelligences ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

iPad Apps for Multiple Intelligences ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

"The theory of multiple intelligences spearheaded by the celebrated cognitive scientist Howard Gardner has received so much acclaim within the educational circles since its inception some decades ago.  Gardner defines intelligence as the ability to solve problems in a given context. He argues that there are at least 9 kinds of intelligences :"


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Raki's Rad Resources: 10 Ways to Use Your iPad’s Camera in the Classroom

Raki's Rad Resources: 10 Ways to Use Your iPad’s Camera in the Classroom | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

"With all of the amazing apps that can be downloaded onto iPads, I have found that we sometimes forget about the basic capabilities of our iPads, like the camera and video camera.  Adding a camera and a video camera to your classroom can be so powerful.  Kids can immortalize their creations and learning moments with this simple technology.  Here are some ways to use these powerful tools:"

basic capabilities of our iPads, like the camera and video camera.  Adding a camera and a video camera to your classroom can be so powerful.  Kids can immortalize their creations and learning moments with this simple technology.  Here are some ways to use these powerful tools:"


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Lee Hall's curator insight, February 17, 2014 9:42 AM

Using a camera or video in your classroom is not only motivational, it means the learning can be shared over and over again.

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A Wonderful Visual on How to Use SAMR Model On Different Classroom Tasks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Visual on How to Use SAMR Model On Different Classroom Tasks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

"In this quick post I want to share with you this beautiful interactive image on the SAMR model. I learned about this resource from a tweet shared by our colleague David Fife. As you can see from the image below, iPadders provided examples of how to use each classroom task according to the different SAMR categories. And in each category, a set of apps and tools are provided to help you carry out the task under study. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues. Enjoy"


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Christy P.Novack's curator insight, February 23, 2014 12:14 PM

Another example of SAMR model.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 23, 2014 6:23 PM

I've heard a lot about SMAR but never really taken the time to look into it. It might be time now that I'm looking at integrating more technology into my classroom. This model clearly supports technology and expects the use of it. 

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 27, 2014 6:42 PM

Explains a lot about how digital tech can help, though on investigation this seems to be a model developed seemingly from nowhere without much academic work behind it. Example of a simple model stating the obvious? Does it matter that it's origins are hazy? Having had the chance to look into it and its creator, it's interesting to note how popular it is and how accepted it is, without much critique. Is it really that great a model?! Just wondering! Raises a lot of questions.

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What are the Different Approaches for Teaching Phonics?

What are the Different Approaches for Teaching Phonics? | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it
Reading Horizons Teacher Trainer, Shantell Berrett, discussing the different types of phonics instruciton and the effectiveness of these methods.

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How to Teach Phonics

How to Teach Phonics | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it
How to teach phonics is something every mother who wants to teach their child to read should know. Learn the best, easiest, and most enjoyable way to teach your child to read.

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Learn Phonic Sounds | Teach Phonic Sounds | Phonic Games | A to Z Phonics | Identify Phonic Sounds | Preschool Games

Learn Phonic Sounds | Teach Phonic Sounds | Phonic Games | A to Z Phonics | Identify Phonic Sounds | Preschool Games | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it
Learn the sounds of Letters A to Z by listening to the phonics. To make learning easier play more Learning and Teaching games for Primary Kids.

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You Are No Longer Allowed To Present

You Are No Longer Allowed To Present | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

Here are some reasons why your presentations are BAD!   We know that so many of you use programs like PowerPoint or Prezi because they have been around for a while, and it is what you know, but change is not always a bad thing, especially if that change can lead to presentations beyond your wildest imagination. 


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Gavin Meikle's curator insight, March 10, 2014 6:02 AM

A (mostly) great post with some sound advice for better presentations.  Here's my take on it .....
 

Design

At the risk of upsetting all those wonderful Graphic Designers out there, I would recommend going easy on the fancy designs.   They are not essential.  What is essential  is a clear simple strategy with one idea per slide, minimal text, no bullet points (yes I mean it!) and clear simple pictures, graphs and diagrams to illustrate your verbal messages.
 

Content
Developing compelling content is important but try to avoid using a script when you deliver.    reading scripts leads to flat, lifeless delivery and makes it much harder to respond, "on the fly2 to your audience.  Instead use  a few cue cards with key points only or a simple mind map.  Either will keep you on track without restricting your ability to improvise in response to audience reaction.

 

Story Telling
To true. Stories are much more engaging that lists of facts or endless graphs.  Stories also create emotional engagement which is needed if you want the audience to be motivated to do something after the presentation. 

 

Humour
Yes it is powerful but it is risky too.   Telling jokes rarely works and can lead to all sorts of problems (poor timing, inappropriate content etc.)  Instead use gentle self deprecating humour.  Be willing to poke a little fun at yourself and the audience will warm to you. 

Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, March 10, 2014 10:43 AM

My take on good presentations:  1) Story 2) Content: Restrain your left brain 3) Design: the experience 4) Humor (optional).  Presenting starts with story and uses the visual design to reinforce and add new dimensions to your message. Design the experience, not the slides. Humor works if it's actually funny--not contrived. I've seen a lot that doesn't. Humor is optional.  If it comes naturally, great.  Focusing on story and image is mandatory.  Use serious restraint with putting words on your slides.  Words are processed by the rational, 'left-brain' which takes your audience out of any emotional experience and into thinking and linear processing.  Take them on a journey, don't give them a lecture.  If you feel compelled to give your audience words, give them a handout when you're done. 

rwestby's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:36 AM

PowToon, a Chrome Web App (in Beta) is a great presentation tool that can animate and jazz up even the most gray of presentations. Upgrades are available for those who like  a bit extra.

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6 Presentation Design Dos and Don’ts

6 Presentation Design Dos and Don’ts | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

Great presentation design can be difficult to master because it requires the coordination of many elements, including colors, fonts, images, icons and background. While there are a lot of pieces to the presentation design puzzle, don’t be overwhelmed.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 8, 2014 1:25 PM

A nice list of dos and don'ts in presentation design. The article suggests what you should avoid doing and what you should do instead to achieve the best result.

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, April 9, 2014 12:13 AM

Great visual reminders of how to prepare effective presentations

eLearningTV's curator insight, May 1, 2014 8:42 AM

A must to know.

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Focusky Presentation Maker - Animated Education Presentations

Focusky Presentation Maker - Animated Education Presentations | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it
Creative zooming slideshow by Focusky Presentation Tool makes your education presentation more fun and interactive. The non-PowerPoint slideshow in mind mapping style makes knowledge more understandable and memorable.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 12, 2014 1:48 PM

A few days ago Focusky launched a new, updated version of its software. It is a digital canvas for creating mind maps and presentations. Educational presentations are free (watermarked), paid version just removes the watermark.

Check out the video annotation of the new version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTT7Gw1mIxE

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]

A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC] | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe. 


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James Douglass's curator insight, August 8, 2015 4:54 PM

Can anyone predict the next 33 years of Social Media? We don’t know it but the History of Social Media belongs to our digital culture. Let’s meet  the pioneers of digital life. 

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 8, 2015 8:49 PM

Can anyone predict the next 33 years of Social Media? We don’t know it but the History of Social Media belongs to our digital culture. Let’s meet  the pioneers of digital life. 

Margaret LibStudies's curator insight, October 22, 2015 12:33 AM

I remember geocities and ICQ, and my first blog was a Livejournal. Interesting to see how long some things have really been around for.

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

"A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccurring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?""


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 29, 2014 5:39 AM

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 31, 2014 12:36 AM

Getting it from the kiddies mouth so to speak!  I think as adults we would all agree on their ideas!

Carey Leahy's curator insight, September 1, 2014 9:18 PM

A couple of basic strategies we are already using - and a couple more as a good reminder to support student engagement - Mix it up!

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There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - edapps, iPad, maker, maker fair, makerchat, makered

There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - edapps, iPad, maker, maker fair, makerchat, makered | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country.

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Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 27, 2014 6:46 PM

A bit of a list overload here, but I'm all for 'making' in the classroom. Get going with the digital projects!

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Jumbled Sentences - A Series of Free Writing Apps for iPads

Jumbled Sentences - A Series of Free Writing Apps for iPads | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

"Jumbled Sentences is a series of five free iPad apps designed to help students learn to construct sentences. The apps provide students with drag and drop activities in which they sort jumbled words into sentences. The sound can be turned off and on in each app."

 


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112 Elementary School Apps For iPad - TeachThought

112 Elementary School Apps For iPad - TeachThought | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

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What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning? - Mind/Shift

What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning? - Mind/Shift | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

"As schools across the country consider which devices to invest in, they must first consider their big-picture vision for how they’ll be using these devices — and to what end. They must consider the needs of teachers and students, and come up with a shared understanding of their goals."


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JoanneMorris's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:59 PM

Student learning has to be at the heat of everything e we do.

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21 Things 4 iPads - REMC Association of Michigan

21 Things 4 iPads - REMC Association of Michigan | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it

"Learn to more effectively use iPads to improve instruction and productivity! This course is a blended learning program where participants learn through video tutorials, webinars, readings, and projects. Those enrolled will attend one face-to-face session and submit artifacts of their learning to a digital portfolio blog. The skills taught in this series have been designed to support the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). "

 


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Teaching Phonics to Children - Phonics is the relationship between written letters and spoken sounds

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Teaching Phonics to Children - Phonics is the relationship between written letters and spoken sounds.

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THE BENEFITS OF TEACHING SYNTHETIC PHONICS

THE BENEFITS OF TEACHING SYNTHETIC PHONICS | Toolbox for Educators | Scoop.it
What are the benefits of teaching phonics in a proactive and synthetic way to young children?

It's always a question that many teachers ask themselves when it comes down to teaching young lear...

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Ellen Johnson's curator insight, December 8, 2013 9:12 AM

The benefits of teaching synthetic phonics