Sat.Oct 06, 2012 - Fri.Oct 12, 2012

Twitter For Little Folks

The Web20Classroom

Yep, another Twitter post. This time, I want to focus on another popular question I get. "If If Twitter says you have to be 13 to use Twitter, how do I use it in my elementary classroom?" (See See the Update below.) Great question! Twitter''s Privacy Policy says each user has to be at least 13 in order to have a Twitter account. This is to comply with privacy laws and non-collection of data of children.

How I use the new @ClassDojo App as a class job

Kleinspiration

Letting Children Monitor Their Own Behavior I have written about Class Dojo on several occasions: Your Simple Classroom Solution for Active Engagement , Class Dojo wins at NBC''s Education Nation , and Easily Send Behavior/Academic Report Cards to Parents - Weekly - with Just One Click. However, my purpose for this post is to share their new app and how I''m using the free service in my classroom.

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How to Get Students to Pay Attention Using Technology - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

Remember the days when you would sit in a classroom listening to the monotone voice of a teacher buzzing in the air and fight a bout of sleepiness? How many times did you have to mentally shake yourself awake or wish that bell would ring? Today, however, teachers can engage their students in a variety of ways using technology. Many teachers have found that the implement of educational technology in their learning environment encourages students to learn.

Next Generation Adobe Acrobat XI

A Principal's Reflections

Adobe recently announced its next-generation Adobe Acrobat XI software, complete with cloud services to help K-12 and higher education teachers and administrators handle complex document challenges and alleviate productivity inefficiencies. Additionally, AXI’s new, more intuitive editing and exporting tools helps students showcase their academic achievements more easily. Educators involved in the beta process are already impressed with AXI’s capabilities.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology

Nik Peachey

I’d like to share a couple of videos with you that I have used recently in the courses I teach. I find these videos particularly interesting because they show such contrasting approaches to learning and in particular - for want of a better word - elearning. This first one is from the early 1950’s and is about something called a ‘ teaching machine ’ which was created by behavioural psychologist B F Skinner.

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BoomWriter - let students write a book collaboratively - now offering free publication of book

Educational Technology Guy

BoomWriter is a free service that let''s students write a book collaboratively. They are now offering to publish the book for free and ship a free copy to your class. This offer is for all teachers in the United States. They have also made some updates to the site and teacher dashboard to make it easier to use. Here''s a video that explains BoomWriter in more detail and shows how it can be used to help students read and write better. Check it out: [link].

The Social Side of ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The folks at ThingLink have recently released some social features to make sharing and collaborating on interactive images a breeze. Please roll your mouse over the image below to explore this ThingLink image and learn more. common core cool tools education facebook free technology interactive multimedia research student tools technology thinglink tutorials twitter web 2.0

Five Take-Aways from the Google Teacher Academy

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Yes, of course there are more than five things I took away from the Google Teacher Academy ! This little list is just a pupu* to start. Let''s jump right to the Grand Prize (yes, I sometimes do eat dessert first!). The email invitation at the end of the training to become a member of the very active Google Certified Teachers Group assures me that the awesome learning I experienced at the Google Teacher Academy will continue.

Wordle for Visual Analysis & Prediction

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Wordle is a nifty little site that creates word clouds that can be used as an introductory "Do Now" or "Anticipatory Set" (using steps 1-5 below), and later as a culminating activity and project (steps 6 & 7) using analytic thinking, prediction, collaboration, writing, and presentation skills that align with the Common Core Standards. This activity could be used for any age group. The Process: Copy/paste the text of the story in Wordle to create the word cloud.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Gmail adds great features for multiple language support and use

Educational Technology Guy

Google has just announced some great new features to Gmail that can help teachers communicate with people around the world, as well as help English Language Learners. The new features include over 100 virtual keyboards and transliteration tools to allow you to type in the language and keyboard layout that you want to, no matter what computer you are on. It is available in Settings > Language > Enable input tools. 75 Languages are now supported.

Building Your PLN- Gratitude Builds Relationships

My Paperless Classroom

When I work with my kids on digital citizenship I talk about Personal learning Networks and how they are an ongoing exchange. One of the best ways you can interact with others is to share your own gratitude. As a case in point, My wife runs the site soundsofsilentspirits.org, and the accompanying facebook page. Recently she put together a post thanking people in animal rescue for the work they do.

Appy-Picking Month: An iPad Essential on Mindful App Updating

SpeechTechie

Clearly in the mobile device world, it is very important to update your apps frequently. Apps first of all can have bugs, and these are fixed by these updates. More interestingly, new features and content are often introduced through app updates, and you won''t know about these if you just tap through and select "Update All" in the App Store. So, let me suggest the "Mindful" way of updating your apps.

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Tuesday Live Interview - Blake Boles on "Better Than College"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, October 9th, for a one-hour live and interactive FutureofEducation.com interview with Blake Boles, entrepreneur, educator, and author of Better Than College : How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree. Blake is also the author of College Without High School ), is the director of Unschool Adventures , and the founder of Zero Tuition College.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Osy Osmosis - fun game that helps teach about osmosis

Educational Technology Guy

Osy Osmosis is a fun, educational game where you help Osy stay safe as she navigates through a very cool world collecting stars. The trick is to use osmosis to keep her in balance. The game is not free ($1.99) but is very good, very fun, and educational. It was developed by researchers and educators and profits go towards creating other educational games. It could be used as a great way to help teach osmosis in a fun way. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

From Digital Native to Digital Citizen Without Repeating the Mistakes of Colonialism

My Paperless Classroom

In honor of Columbus Day, I am pushing this outline into at least a short version of what will be a longer work. I hear the term Digital Native in discussions used to describe our students who have always lived with technology and the internet. As I was musing on the variations and implications of the extension of digital native (think digital colonialism, digital imperialism) we risk viewing our kids and students as digital noble savages.

Appy-Picking Month: Starring You Storybooks

SpeechTechie

Starring You Storybooks is a freemium app from Jib Jab, which has previously been known for some pretty cool personalized web animations and greeting cards. Freemium means that it is free to download the app and access/create one storybook; other book creations in the app can be purchased (.

Google Street View adds over 250,000 miles of roads - explore more of the world!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Maps Street View is a great resource for teachers and students to explore the world right from their classroom. Street view recently added the Great Barrier Reef and Google just announced a huge update, adding over 250,000 miles of roads around the world to street view. This means that there is more of the world to explore via Google Maps. You can explore parks, cities, castles, tourist attractions, and more from countries around the world.

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Google Cultural Institute - explore and learn about history in a new way

Educational Technology Guy

This week Google announced 42 new exhibitions in the Google Cultural Institute. They are a collection of online historical exhibitions, that tell the stories behind major events of the last 100 years. Events include D-Day, the Holocaust, Apartheid, and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. There are 42 exhibitions on here and they were all created by Google, museums, and cultural foundations. There are letters, manuscripts, video interviews and much more.

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What Engineering, the E in STEM, means to K-12 education

Educational Technology Guy

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a term used to describe having these four topics integrated into K-12 education. It is an important topic and integrating STEM topics into any class can help students learn and explore. However, many educators aren''t sure what this means or how to incorporate STEM topics into their classrooms, especially the "engineering" part.

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Appy-Picking Month: TripIt

SpeechTechie

TripIt (Free) is an app I have praised before. It''s relevant here because hopefully a number of you are planning to go to the ASHA Convention in Atlanta next month, and I figured I would give it a shout-out again. TripIt is a free web-based service that keeps track of all aspects of your travel itinerary: flights, hotels, rental cars, etc.

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Appy-Picking Month: Zoo Champs

SpeechTechie

Though released to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics, and with a bit of a British feel, Zoo Champs ($1.99) is an interactive book that transcends seasons to grab the attention of any of your sports-interested learners (and probably those who are not!). Adorable graphics and animations, along with audio-supported text will allow you to explore categories, verbs, sequences and informational text with all kinds of learners.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Appy-Picking Month: Videos App

SpeechTechie

The Videos app that comes pre-installed on your iPad as part of iOS is one that you might want to "pick" for use of videos in your therapy. This video shows you how to move videos from iTunes to this app, and also another way to bypass blocking of YouTube so you are able to show selected videos from your iPad. ipad essentials videos YouTube

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Appy-Picking Month: Toca Train

SpeechTechie

I have always been a huge fan of Toca Boca apps. I think they are play (and world) schema realized through interactive, beautiful, engaging apps. Toca Train ($1.99) is one of the more recent releases and doesn''t disappoint in its overall experience and language-enhancing potential.

Appy-Picking Month: Live Street View

SpeechTechie

There seems to be a slight theme here of righting a few of the wrongs (though there are many rights) of iOS 6. Many may remember that I am a Googlephile as well as an Apple Fanboy, so I am not so pleased to see Google''s near-exile from iOS 6. One of the niftiest features of the previous Maps app, which I avoided writing about in past months since I knew it was going away, was Google Street View. With the new Maps app, this feature is gone, but I wanted to show a very cool "for now" replacement.