Adobe Spark — All-purpose Desktop Publishing Tool for the Classroom

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Adobe Spark is a free graphic design app that allows students and teachers with no design experience to create impactful graphics, web stories, and animated videos. With a goal of encouraging creativity and meaningful communication without requiring a degree in graphic design, Adobe Spark allows users to integrate text, photos, original fonts, video, audio, professional themes, and icons into simple but professional projects that communicate ideas cohesively and quickly.

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Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

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You can take them and travel digitally to other places. In her consulting life, she has led CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans and content for companies, provided professional development coaching to school districts, and presented at numerous conferences. Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon on episode 190 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.


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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download.

Resources You Need During Covid-19

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Adobe Connect –fully-featured with lots of options for meeting students online. Many Districts are deploying mobile hotspots to help students with internet access.

The Wild and Amazing World of Augmented Reality

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Kathy Schrock , Adobe Education Leader, Google Certified Teacher, Sony Education Ambassador, Discovery Education STAR and a DEN Guru, and columnist for Discovery Education (just to name a few of Kathy’s accolades) said it best: Augmented reality layers computer-generated enhancements on top of an existing reality to make it more meaningful through the ability to interact with it. Then, scan the trigger image with a mobile device app and see what happens!

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9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools

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A digital story is a series of images connected with text and/or a narrated soundtrack — captured by a digital device such as an iPad or smartphone — that tell a story. According to Center for Digital Storytelling , there are seven elements critical to a good digital story: Point of View — What is the perspective of the author? Writing a digital story includes five basic steps: Research the topic so you are clear on presentation.

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Grammar Check Websites and Apps That Save Your Writing

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Read out Loud is Adobe’s text-to-speech tool built into all of their PDF programs (Reader, Acrobat, and Pro). Simply open the PDF in Adobe and go to View>Read Out Loud. The mobile apps are free. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. I confess, I cringe when I come across spelling and grammar errors on websites or blogs.

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Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options

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Because it’s web-based, it works on all platforms including mobile devices (with a downloadable app). A Gallery module to visually collect projects or information for digital storytelling, videos, art class, or any other purpose that suits a ‘gallery’ approach. Adobe Connect to provide online meetings within Moodle for teachers, administrators, and even students.

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5 Great Websites to Make Spring Sparkle

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There are many digital metronomes but Pro Metronome stands out. It is browser-based but works on most mobile devices, includes thumbnails of participants, allows screensharing, offers the ever-popular whiteboard, and gets started with an email invitation. They’re downloadable, easily accessed from almost any digital platform, lightweight to carry, not dependent upon a working Internet connection, and can be annotated without destroying the book.

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Class Tech Tips: Spark Video Activities for Google Classroom


Spark Video is a fantastic, web-based and mobile movie-making tool for students. Spark Video is a powerful, easy-to-use video creation tool from Adobe. I shared this announcement from Adobe Spark earlier this year which describes how to access the free features at your school. The activities described below are perfect for classrooms looking to make the most of digital spaces. You might also ask students to incorporate these videos into a digital portfolio.

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How To Use Chromebooks For Powerful Creation in School


A 2017 report of the education market found Chromebooks dominate with 58 percent of the market for school mobile device purchases. Avrith recently used Book Creator for a digital citizenship lesson she taught to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. Instead, she got students creating a collaborative book — 114 students contributed to it — that took on a digital citizenship scenario from four potential angles. “I ADOBE SPARK.

Great News: JotForm now offers a PDF Editor

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It works on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices and offers what seems like an endless supply of professional-looking templates for tasks like performance evaluations, permission slips, volunteer sign-ups, feedback on events, asking for donations, collecting payments, providing contact information, and more. PDF Readers are common (like Adobe Reader) but editing one is trickier. Forms are popular in schools for all sorts of reasons.

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Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

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AIR works with local communities to address this detriment through an integrated development programs that provide low-cost refurbished computers with relevant open source educational software, support and teacher training directed at schools and community centers especially in less privileged areas where the digital divide is at its greatest. This virtual conference will be hosted in Adobe Connect and registration is free for librarians and leaders of libraries.