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Kiddom’s Content Library Makes Differentiation Faster Than Ever

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While it offers many appealing pieces (homework assignment and grading, easy communication, and built-in metrics), one unique to Kiddom is their robust K-12 content library. The library is searchable by topic with preview features for selections. How to use the library. Kiddom connects directly with curriculum and content providers to offer educators a curated library of standards-aligned resources. Why the content library is perfect for lesson planning.

5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

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If you’re looking for meaningful lessons to wrap up your school year, here are my top picks: Digital Passport. Applied Digital Skills. Digital Passport. Common Sense Media’s award-winning Digital Passport is the gold-standard in teaching digital citizenship to grades 3-5 (or Middle School). Share the Digital Passport leaderboard to show student progress on the class screen. Applied Digital Skills.

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Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

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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. 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. Blog: [link].

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

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SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

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There is more and more pressure to eliminate as many non-digital learning activities as possible, both at home and in the classroom. Teaching in a rural area opened my eyes to the students who don’t participate in the digital world when they are outside of school. In an increasingly digitized classroom, it’s important to consider these tech-less students. There are computer labs and public libraries, but again there needs to be infrastructure in place.

Tell Me All About it with Tellagami

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Tellagami is a mobile app that lets users create a short animated video using any mobile device. Sharing Created Gamis While not having to worry about log in information is a plus and sharing is easy, there is not currently a way to see a library of the Gamis one makes when in the app. Students could also embed the Gami in a digital portfolio such as a Google Site or a blog. An embed code is also provided for posting the Gami to a blog.

Why is HUE HD a Must for your Classroom?

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It can be plugged into a heavy base for free-standing use or directly into a laptop for greater mobility. For ‘Specials’ teachers (those who teach one subject and move from classroom to classroom), easily carry this lightweight and mobile device, allowing you to have a document camera wherever you have a computer, whether it’s the Library, the gym, or a classroom.

How to Assess Digital Literacy

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On my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher , I run a column called Dear Otto where I answer teacher questions about how to integrate technology into their classes. Of late, the most common question is, “How to I assess student digital literacy?” How do I assess faculty digital literacy so I can teach them what they don’t know?” But before I tell you how, let’s step back and talk about the meaning of “digital literacy” What is digital literacy?

4 K-12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

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With all of these technologies populating classrooms this year, it is also more integral than ever that educators instill students with the tenets of digital citizenship. Education expert Matthew Lynch notes on his blog “The Tech Edvocate,” that data analytics tools in the classroom will also be increasingly used as a way for students to track their own achievement. Digital Citizenship Remains a Priority. 4 K-12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018. meghan.bogardu….

10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

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Here are the steps for creating a macro in MS Word (adapt for the digital device you use): Click View>Macros> Record Macros. Click the link for your digital device. This is so simple, you’re going to love it: Open the QR Code reader on your phone or mobile device.

How One Teacher Found Innovative Solutions to ELL Issues

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We began taking our mobile lab to schools, churches, libraries, and other non-profit sites. When I offered to bring my mobile lab to the class for monthly sessions, my offer was accepted. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Tech That Won’t Survive 2018

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More so, today’s education prioritizes mobile devices which don’t have the ability to read these mediums. Also, having portable devices on them at all times, students are able to access the entire library of information which fits in their pockets. As mentioned above, mobile devices are going to become essential inside the classrooms. Here’s an interesting article on what tech may go away by 2019.

19 Ways Students Keep Learning Fresh Over the Summer

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Make an audio recording of your thoughts (using a mobile app like Audio Memo ). Optionally, you might take pictures of the historic piece, add it to a mobile app like Sonic Pics and then add voice notes to explain what the viewer is seeing. This doesn’t require a library. These aren’t print–these are digital, on an iPad, a desktop, or a mobile device. These have the advantage of sounding hip and as such, appeal to digital natives.

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Digital Assistants in the Classroom

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It’s been a couple of years since my tech teacher advice column “Dear Otto” got its first question about classroom digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. What is a digital assistant? A Digital Assistant is an AI- (artificial intelligence) powered virtual assistant you probably know most commonly as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Here’s how educators are using the digital assistant: to request spelling help.

Wonder Workshop’s Amazing Dash

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With this add-on, students can create their own works of art by programming Dash from their mobile device to draw on the floor mat?—?with If you have everything unpacked and tested but want a bit of help, Wonder Workshop Professional Development (PD) includes a vast array of ideas designed to help you master the ever-changing technology world as it applies to education It includes courses, webinars, videos, workshops, events, and blog posts.

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]

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More and more schools adopt BYOD policies and allow students to bring their own mobile phones, tablets, eBooks, and other devices in the classroom, and use them as tools to enhance learning. BYOD deepens the digital divide. Students from low-income families may not be able to afford new mobile devices, or the devices they can afford won’t be the top performing ones. A new mobile device that could fly a rocket can easily slip on the expenses list for parents to cover.

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Hour of Code: How Students Can Build Their Own Apps

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These include Hello Codi, TalkToMe I and I I (Text-to-speech app), Ball Bounce Game, and Digital Doodle (a drawing app). Students do need to set up their mobile device to run the app. Here’s a quick video tutorial on the basic app, Talk To Me : Code HS: Mobile Apps. Code HS: Mobile Apps is an online curriculum for teaching app building in High School. The curriculum is a series of learning modules that cover the fundamentals of building mobile applications.

How and Why to Use Podcasts in Your Classes

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A podcast is a topic-specific digital stream of audio files (in some cases, video or PDF also) that can be downloaded to a computer or a wide variety of media devices. If you’re creating your own podcast, all you need is a digital device, a microphone, an Internet connection, and a topic you’re passionate about. The two most popular sites for creating podcasts are Audacity (for PCs) and Garageband (for Macs and mobile devices). Digital Devices Multimedia

9 Good Collections of Videos for Education

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The delivery platform is YouTube making them available from desktops or mobile devices and embeddable into LMSs, websites, or anywhere that takes embeds. C-Span video library. It has become the largest STEM video library of its kind. It includes not only original movies but TV series, military history, in-depth topical explorations, biographies, and the ever-popular “This Day in History” It is in Spanish or English, and on desktop computers or mobile devices.

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13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

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At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. As digital equity discussions matured and hyperbole became reality, educators found that those loudly-touted digital devices often became paperweights. Turns out — and not really a surprise — the cost of the digital devices was minor compared to the cost of the websites and webtools required to meet goals.

Buncee for Engaging Learning Opportunities

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Check out some of these recent additions to the Buncee Templates Library for having students express themselves by creating an acrostic poem or a virtual locker. She is the president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and serves on the leadership team for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network.

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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How Do Non-Techie Parents Handle the Increasing Focus of Technology in Education?

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One of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors summed it up like this: Most parents have some concerns about keeping up with the part of the digital revolution that has extended to their child’s classroom. Sit with their children while they are doing homework on a digital app. Borrow books which explain about technology from the library. It is a digital app that may fit a mobile phone or a PC that parents may find easy to use.

Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

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Before starting, review the digital citizenship associated with visiting an online site (such as privacy, staying on the assigned website, and not talking to strangers). Popular shortkeys are to open programs, activate tools, and take screenshots using the digital device’s native tool. Adapt these MS Word directions to your digital device: Click View – Macros – Record Macros. Click the link for your digital device.

Nearpodize Your Classroom with Your iPhone – From Sabba Quidwai

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The world of mobile teaching and learning seems to be getting smaller and smaller and Nearpod is no exception. When opening the app, you are presented with three options: My Library – access and launch presentations that you have created from your computer. Now that Nearpod lessons can be run from your phone, it’s one more way to model great digital citizenship and effective use of technology. This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers.

How to go Paperless in Your Classroom

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To kickstart your paperless digital classroom requires a modicum of preparation. Take a few weekends this summer to set up a class blog and class website and get comfortable with the digital side of your school. This may include: Google Apps for Education and/or Google Classroom–this serves as a basic digital portfolio for students, a collaborative tool with classmates, the teacher’s inbox, and her tool for returning graded and analyzed student work.

10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class

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What’s more, they have curated the best lessons into a comprehensive library of lessons that are free for teachers to use as well! The interface isn’t as intuitive as the Desmos activity builder, but the good news is that they have a library of 400k+ lessons that you can search from and so I didn’t really have much of a problem finding a lesson someone else had programmed and found a way to fit it into my lesson. Start your own blog.

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10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

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Here are the steps for creating a macro in MS Word (adapt for the digital device you use): Click View>Macros> Record Macros. Click the link for your digital device. Users create a recipe by choosing a trigger channel from IFTTT’s library, then a trigger, and finally an action channel. This is so simple, you’re going to love it: Open the QR Code reader on your phone or mobile device.

10 Websites + 4 Apps that Make Geography Fun

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Additionally, visitors can go back in time on many locations, swim underwater or zoom through space, visit Mars or the Moon — all from the same free digital tool. It can be used on almost any digital device (though available tools may vary) as a web-based tool or a download. It includes suggestions for creating your Google lit trip, a library of completed ones, and a place you can suggest a lit trip for a future post. It can be played on a desktop or as a mobile app.

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5 Tech Tools to Inspire Reading

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Spelling City is a word study website or mobile app that uses popular games to teach vocabulary. The free web version includes lots of top-notch activities, but is limited on mobile devices. Flocabulary is an online library of over 600 educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12. The web-based site includes all the traditional activities, but the mobile version is much more limited. 3 Digital Tools to Encourage Close Reading.

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8 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

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The program is free, takes about eight hours (depending upon the student), and can include printed materials as well as digital. Part of this is a large library of online interactive tools including videos and game-like activities. The Game is free, suggested for grades 4-12, and delivered via website or mobile app. 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.

10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

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Here are the steps for creating a macro in MS Word (adapt for the digital device you use): Click View>Macros> Record Macros. Click the link for your digital device. Users create a recipe by choosing a trigger channel from IFTTT’s library, then a trigger, and finally an action channel. This is so simple, you’re going to love it: Open the QR Code reader on your phone or mobile device.

Need an LMS next year? Here are three to consider

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An LMS — Learning Management System — is a digital tool that tracks a wide variety of student-teacher interactions such as homework, grading, sharing of resources, parent communication, assessments, and more. Critical to a successful LMS is that it’s easy to learn, intuitive to use, dependable, contributes to the learning experience (rather than just another digital tool that must be juggled before learning happens), and it saves time.

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

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The desktop app gives access to all three in one spot while a mobile device requires the download of three different free apps. It works equally well on your desktop, laptop, Chromebook, Mac, iOS device, and mobile device and syncs between all with ease. In this way, your work will be automatically saved to your file and synced across all of your digital devices.

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8 Websites For Financial Literacy Month

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The program is free, takes about eight hours (depending upon the student), and can include printed materials as well as digital. Part of this is a large library of online interactive tools including videos and game-like activities. The Game is free, suggested for grades 4-12, and delivered via website or mobile app. 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.