Help Students Discover How the World Works

Apr 17 12:48pm MiddleWeb
Bit by bit, during each Friday's 43-minute current events session, Sarah Cooper's eighth graders come closer to a democratic classroom culture that students really own – through their ideas, through their questions, through their wondering how the world works.
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Rogue approaches to scholarly communication

Apr 17 12:13pm Bryan Alexander
This week I’m participating in the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) conference in the Washington, DC area.   I was active in the first OSI meeting last year, and am looking forward to this one.  Hopefully I’ll tweet events and reflections … Continue reading →...
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5 Good Resources for Teaching and Learning About the American Revolution

Apr 17 11:27am Free Technology for Teachers
Today is Patriots' Day. Here in Maine as well as in Massachusetts and Wisconsin it's an official state holiday. The day commemorates The Battles of Lexington and Concord. As a New Englander this is a good day to review some good resources for teaching and learning about the American Revolution.Teaching American History has a series of interactive lessons about the American Revolution that are suitable for middle school and elementary school use. The lessons are divided into three chronological sections; 1775-1778, 1778-1781, and Treaty of Paris 1783. All of the lessons in the first two sections ask students to locate a place on a map. Students then answer a question about that place. After answering the question students are given a short text lesson. The lessons appear in chronological order. In the section on the Treaty of Paris students move through a series of placemarks on a map to learn about the terms of the Treaty of Paris.America, A Narrative History is a text published by WW Norton. As a free supplement to the book, Norton has published ten Google Earth tours. These tours include major themes and events in US History. The list includes the Revolutionary War, the path to the Civil War, WWII, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, Lewis & Clark's expedition, the Indian Removal Act, Pre-Columbian North America, the national parks system, and the 20th Century power grid. All of the tours include multiple images and references. Some of the tours also have tour questions for students to answer.Pictures of the Revolutionary War is a compilation of images about the Revolutionary War. The images in the collection chronicle the stirrings of rebellion in the pre-revolution years, the war from both American and British perspectives, and events following the Revolutionary War.Crash Course has a ten part series on U.S. History. Included in that series is Taxes & Smuggling - Prelude to Revolution. Keith Hughes offers Colonialism for Dummies as part of his series on U.S. History for Dummies. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesDesmos Now Offers an Online Geometry ToolNumber Rack & Geoboard - Good Apps for Elementary School MathWords of the World...
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Desmos Now Offers an Online Geometry Tool

Apr 17 10:57am Free Technology for Teachers
Desmos, the company known for its online graphing calculator, recently released a new online geometry tool. Desmos Geometry is designed to help students understand geometry concepts through the use of drawing and diagram manipulation tools. Your students can use Desmos Geometry or you can use to create demonstrations. Desmos has created a page of resources for learning how to use Desmos Geometry. It's important to note that Desmos made clear in its launch announcement that Desmos Geometry is meant to be a fast and light tool, it's not meant to duplicate the features of tools like Geogebra. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesNumber Rack & Geoboard - Good Apps for Elementary School MathMore Than 400 Science AnimationsSee California's Redwoods in Google Street View ...
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Number Rack & Geoboard - Good Apps for Elementary School Math

Apr 17 10:43am Free Technology for Teachers
Geoboard is a free app on which students stretch virtual rubber bands over pegboards to create lines and shapes to learn about perimeter, area, and angles. The app is available as as an iPad app and as a Chrome app. It can also be used directly in any updated web browser. The browser-based version can be found here.Number Rack provides a set of virtual number beads that are grouped into sets of five red and five white beads. Number Rack on the iPad allows students to have up to 10 rows of beads. Number Rack on the web provides up to five rows of beads. You can obscure some of the beads to model subtraction and addition with the virtual beads. Number Rack for iPads is available here and it is available here for the web.Applications for EducationNeither of these apps offer anything ground-breaking. If you're looking for mobile versions of classic elementary school math activities, these apps are worth a look. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesWriteReader and Sesame Street Partner to Help Kids Create Multimedia StoriesMore Than 400 Science AnimationsWords of the World - Learn the Origin of Words ...
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Words of the World - Learn the Origin of Words

Apr 17 10:26am Free Technology for Teachers
Words of the World is another excellent set of videos from the same people that brought us the popular Periodic Table of Videos. Words of the World is a collection of videos featuring historians and linguists explaining the origins of and history of the use of words in the English language. The videos attempt to put the words into a somewhat modern context. For example this video about the word guerrilla makes reference to Che Guevara. The video I've embedded below explains the word coup. Applications for EducationWords of the World could be an instructive model for your own lesson combining history and language arts. Have your students pick a word or two that they think is common and research it. Then have them create their own short videos in which they explain the history of those words. You might even have them research the dialect of the areas in which they live. For example, where I live we have a Range Pond. Most people would pronounce that as range, like home on the range yet everyone around here pronounces it as rang as in the bell rang.  I'm not sure why that is the case, but I would love to find out. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesWriteReader and Sesame Street Partner to Help Kids Create Multimedia StoriesThe PeriodicTable of Videos - An Update from the Archive5 Good Resources for National Poetry Month ...
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WriteReader and Sesame Street Partner to Help Kids Create Multimedia Stories

Apr 17 10:00am Free Technology for Teachers
WriteReader, a fantastic multimedia writing platform, has just announced a partnership with Sesame Street. This partnership brings Sesame Street characters into WriteReader's bank of images for students to use in their own stories. Now when students create a story in WriteReader they can choose one or all of twenty Sesame Street characters to place into scenes in their stories.In WriteReader students can craft entire stories featuring Sesame Street characters. For example, students can write a story that is a dialogue between Elmo and Oscar the Grouch. Or you might have a student write a story about Big Bird going on an adventure.Applications for EducationThe Sesame Street characters in WriteReader could be used to help your students develop new story ideas. In a way, it's kind of like fan fiction for elementary school students.If you're an elementary school teacher who hasn't tried WriteReader, the most important thing for you to know is that the platform is designed for collaboration between you and your students. When your students write in their WriteReader accounts you can log-in and see what they have written and then make suggestions directly below what they have written in their stories. Watch my video below to see how it works. Disclosure: WriteReader is currently an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesWriteReader Presents the Most Popular Topics Amongst Student AuthorsWriteReader Offers Suggestions for Post-break Writing ActivitiesUnderstanding the Science of Baseball ...
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When People Fail Technology: Digital Evidence Search

Apr 17 9:49am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Check out this form to use when you've been asked to collect digital evidence about how a staff member has used (or misused) his technology. The post When People Fail Technology: Digital Evidence Search appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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How Empathy Is Important For Parents And Teens When Things Get Stressful

Apr 17 2:49am MindShift
Helping teenagers develop cognitive empathy, the ability to understand another person's perspective, can allow them to cope with stress better. But whether they accept help can be all in the phrasing.
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Word Mover - A Great App for National Poetry Month

Apr 16 11:17pm Free Technology for Teachers
April is National Poetry Month. If you have students who need a little help crafting poems, have them try Word Mover. Word Mover from Read Write Think is a free app that helps students develop poems and short stories. When students open the Word Mover app they are shown a selection of words that they can drag onto a canvas to construct a poem or story. Word Mover provides students with eight canvas backgrounds on which they can construct their poems. If the word bank provided by Word Mover doesn’t offer enough words they can add their own words to the word bank.Applications for Education Word Mover could be a great app for students to use to as a story or poem starter. The app reminds me a bit of those refrigerator magnets that were popular for a while. You know, the ones that had individual words on them that you dragged around to create funny sentences. The same idea can be applied to Word Mover.Word Mover is available for iOS, Android, and Web use. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related Stories5 Good Resources for National Poetry MonthFree Through the Weekend - Teach Your Monster to Read Mobile AppsWhat Makes a Poem? ...
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Explore NASA Spacecraft in 3D

Apr 16 11:11pm Free Technology for Teachers
Spacecraft 3D is a free iPad app produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Spacecraft 3D uses augmented reality technology to bring NASA spacecraft to life on your iPad. To get started using the app you first need to print out the spacecraft target codes. Then your students can scan those target codes with their iPads. The spacecraft then becomes a 3D model that your students can explore. Applications for EducationUsing Spacecraft 3D could be a great way for students to learn about the robotic spacecrafts that NASA is currently using to explore our solar system. I think that the app could be used by students of any age. That said, younger students may have trouble holding their iPad cameras on target while also manipulating the screen on their iPads. I say this only because I had that problem when I tried the app. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesWord Mover - A Great App for National Poetry MonthFree Through the Weekend - Teach Your Monster to Read Mobile Apps30Hands Has Removed Free App - Try These Alternatives ...
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A Concise Explanation of Augmented Reality

Apr 16 11:09pm Free Technology for Teachers
On Friday I shared a post about an augmented reality app from PBS Kids. That app lets students take pictures of animated characters in outdoor settings. That post prompted a question from a reader who wanted an explanation of augmented reality. My recommendation was to take a look at Common Craft's video on the topic. The video is embedded below. Disclosure: I have an in-kind business relationship with Common Craft. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesCyberbullying Explained by Common CraftThe PeriodicTable of Videos - An Update from the Archive5 Good Resources for National Poetry Month ...
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Future of Learning Is Here! Online Learning Is Shaping Todays Education Trends

Apr 16 8:40pm Educational Technology
By Aarzu Khan, DazeInfo Radio, TV and of course computers themselves have been implemented in schools and universities with a lot of enthusiasm. The results have not been all that impactful. For most of the 20th Century students have been studying in much the same way as they have in the previous century. One of the [...]...
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Carl Sandburg college offers new online degree with help from robots

Apr 16 8:36pm Educational Technology
BY JESYKA DERETA, WQAD Courses like labs and speech caused hurdles for an online degree because those classes were required to be taken in person. Now, students can take those classes and many others through a robot! It’s all made possible by a telepresence that allows students to be enrolled online but go to class in [...]...
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Online classes lack needed interaction

Apr 16 8:31pm Educational Technology
by Elyse Kuhn, the Bon Adventure Like most students here at Bonaventure, I am not a huge fan of getting up in the morning for class. Online classes seem easy in theory, but after being in one for over half of the semester, I have come to the conclusion it is not anything like you’d think. [...]...
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UK UNIVERSITIES ARE GOING ONLINE TO BEAT BREXIT

Apr 16 8:07pm Online Learning Update
by Management Today Higher education’s dual dilemma of Brexit and a squeeze on student visas is proving a catalyst for innovation in an otherwise conservative sector, says the founder of EdTech start-up Keypath. Under pressure to curb migration, and despite the concerns of industry and universities, the government has been reluctant to remove international students from [...]...
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The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Learning (And 7 Ways to Repent)

Apr 16 8:05pm Online Learning Update
By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge Education technology is riddled with temptations and false promises. But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. He’s caved in before. “I have [...]...
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Thinking Small About Online Learning

Apr 16 8:03pm Online Learning Update
By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed Online programs can be a vehicle to highlight differentiation. What school, department, program, or area of research does your school do better than anybody else?What degree programs are you most proud? What areas of teaching and knowledge creation have you build a critical mass of faculty? Building online programs around [...]...
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Americans versus the future

Apr 16 6:42pm Bryan Alexander
For a country that prides itself on invention and innovation, Americans actually don’t think very much about the future.  That’s the conclusion of a new survey (pdf) by the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Let me pull out some key … Continue reading →...
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Avoiding the Reefs as We Navigate Testing Season

Apr 16 3:28pm MiddleWeb
Without turning his classroom into “test prep central,” teacher Kevin Hodgson is working to anticipate what his state's evolving standardized tests will contain and how best to help his sixth graders prepare themselves with plenty of reading and writing strategies.
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4 Tips for Teaching Students SEL Skills

Apr 16 2:21pm MiddleWeb
Integrating performance-boosting Social Emotional Learning requires educators to broaden school goals beyond pure academics. Debbie Silver shares four tips for teaching Thrive skills that lay the foundation for healthy, centered, and successful young adults.
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Call for Proposals for Chromebook Academy

Apr 16 9:10am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Share your expertise with all things Chromebook by answering this call for proposals to present at the Chromebook Academy in July. The post Call for Proposals for Chromebook Academy appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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More Than 400 Science Animations

Apr 15 11:40pm Free Technology for Teachers
Learners TV, like many similar sites on the Internet, offers an index of math and science video lessons. What makes Learners TV a little different is that it also has an index of more than 400 science concept animations. The science animations on Learners TV are organized into three categories; biology, physics, and chemistry. Please not that the animations require Flash and that you may have to be patient while they load.Applications for EducationIf you're looking for some animations to illustrate concepts mentioned in your science lessons, take a look at the Learners TV gallery of animations. I think it would be great if Learners TV had paired the animations to specific videos in their libraries, but that could be a project for students. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesPlum's Creaturizer - A Neat AR App to Get Kids Exploring OutdoorsSee California's Redwoods in Google Street View7 Good Resources for Teaching and Learning About Earth Day ...
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Understanding the Science of Baseball

Apr 15 10:30pm Free Technology for Teachers
Baseball, my favorite professional team sport, is back in season. And soon Little League baseball will be starting again too. If you have elementary school students who are interested in America's National Pastime, take a look at Exploratorium's the Science of Baseball. The Science of Baseball is a bit dated in its looks, but it still has some nice resources that can help students understand how a bit of science and mathematics is involved in the game. The Science of Baseball includes video and audio clips of baseball players and scientists explaining how the weather affects the flight of the ball, the physics of various pitches, and reaction times to thrown and batted baseballs.Applications for EducationThe Science of Baseball has five suggested hands-on activities that you can do with your students after they have gone through the online resources. These activities could be a good way to get some of the Little Leaguers in your classroom excited about a science and mathematics lesson. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesMore Than 400 Science AnimationsThe PeriodicTable of Videos - An Update from the ArchiveSee California's Redwoods in Google Street View ...
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Survey: To get more women in STEM, hire more female faculty

Apr 15 8:40pm Educational Technology
by Roger Riddell, Education Dive A recent CDW survey of 300 college women that examined both those majoring in STEM and those who left their STEM major suggests a lack of female role models, including instructors, in these fields is a primary deterrent to their pursuit. Among the survey’s findings are that 63\% of female STEM [...]...
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Using Robotics to Prepare Students for the Future

Apr 15 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate In today’s’ technology-driven world, it’s important now more than ever to prepare students for the future. Teaching robotics to young students throughout their schooling can increase their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and more productive members of society. By teaching our students the basics of robotics, we can open [...]...
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Clicking Your Way to Flipping Your Class

Apr 15 8:30pm Educational Technology
by Quentin Vicens*, Tomorrow’s Teaching and Learning ‘Flipping the classroom’ has become a popular endeavour among faculty and instructors¹, ²– it’s a refreshing and most welcome way to change the way we teach. In the process of flipping a class, especially for the first time, ‘clicker’-based peer instruction represents a powerful solution to engaging students in [...]...
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How Threats to Indirect Research Payments Could Make Universities Less Willing to Gamble on Science

Apr 15 8:09pm Online Learning Update
By Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Ed Last week the Trump administration made clear that its proposal to cut billions of dollars in research spending involved entirely eliminating the payments that universities use to help pay for those science buildings. The payments are known as indirect cost reimbursements. After an agency such as the National Institutes [...]...
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Online and Digital Education: Enhancing Access to Higher Education in the 21st Century

Apr 15 8:05pm Online Learning Update
by Vistasp Karbhari, The EvoLLLution The barriers to extending access to higher education are lower than ever with the vast and rapid evolution of online education opportunities, but it’s up to institutions to adopt these offerings and create new pathways to postsecondary credentials.The 1862 Morrill Land Grant Act is often considered the landmark in the democratization [...]...
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What is Mobile Learning?

Apr 15 8:03pm Online Learning Update
by Megan Poore, Tomorrow’s Professor Sometimes referred to simply as ‘mlearning’, mobile learning can be described as ‘anywhere, anytime’ learning that is not fixed in time (by schedule) or space (by location) and that is supported by digital technologies. Put differently, it is learning that is relevant to the context and location of the student. Mobile [...]...
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Beautify and Protect Your Virtual Home: Google Chrome Browser

Apr 15 9:09am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Discover some new Chrome add-ons that will beautify your screen, help you be more productive, and protect your privacy while online. The post Beautify and Protect Your Virtual Home: Google Chrome Browser appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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The PeriodicTable of Videos - An Update from the Archive

Apr 14 9:11pm Free Technology for Teachers
Earlier this week an email from a reader prompted me to take a look back through my archives for chemistry-related resources. The Periodic Table of Videos is one that popped-up that I hadn't thought about in years. In fact, it has been nine years since I wrote about it. In that time a lot of new videos has been added to it.The Periodic Table of Videos is produced by The University of Nottingham. The table features a video demonstration of the characteristics of each element in the table. Each element in the Periodic Table displayed on the home page is linked to a video about that element. Elements highlighted in pink on the chart have recently updated videos about them. To create flipped lessons out of the videos in the Periodic Table of Videos, try one of these seven good options for making flipped lessons. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesA Student With Autism Student Explains Autism5 Good Resources for National Poetry MonthStudents Evaluating Student Work ...
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How to Annotate Images on a Chromebook

Apr 14 8:49pm Free Technology for Teachers
From time to time you may find yourself needing to highlight portions of an image or point out features of a diagram for your students. Or you may want students to do the same. For example, in an photography class you may have students mark an image to illustrate use of lighting and framing. On a Chromebook it's fairly easily to annotate images if you use Google Keep. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to download images to a Chromebook and how to then annotate them. We'll cover lots of tips and topics like this one during the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp this summer. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesHow to Use Incognito Mode In Google Chrome - And Why You Might Use ItPractical Ed Tech Summer Camp FAQsDuolingo Tinycards - Create and Study Flashcards ...
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Digital Readiness Gaps

Apr 14 8:40pm Educational Technology
BY JOHN B. HORRIGAN, Pew Charitable Trust In this report, we use newly released Pew Research Center survey findings to address a related issue: digital readiness. The new analysis explores the attitudes and behaviors that underpin people’s preparedness and comfort in using digital tools for learning as we measured it in a survey about people’s activities [...]...
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Partnerships between bootcamp programs, traditional higher ed a win-win

Apr 14 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive universities to offer their same lower-cost certification programs through institutions with stronger reputations, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. For the bootcamp companies, which became the targets of employer skepticism recently, partnering with traditional universities offers more “legitimacy” and the benefit of a bigger, more trusted brand. For the institutions, [...]...
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Instructor burnout a concern under flipped learning models

Apr 14 8:30pm Educational Technology
by Roger Riddell, Education Dive Bay Path University Associate Professor of Biology Thomas Mennella writes for Campus Technology that current approaches to active learning must be rethought to avoid instructor burnout. Mennella began using a flipped classroom approach around four years ago, shortly after his institution began providing all incoming freshmen with an iPad — and [...]...
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Plum's Creaturizer - A Neat AR App to Get Kids Exploring Outdoors

Apr 14 8:14pm Free Technology for Teachers
Creaturizer from PBS Kids is a free iOS and Android app that lets students create fun cartoon creatures then place them into outdoor settings through the use of augmented reality. In the app students create cartoon creatures by swiping and tapping on the features they want their creatures to have (students can have multiple creature creations in the app). Then students go outside to take pictures that place their creatures in settings in which they utilize the features and traits of the fictional creatures. For example, I created a creature that had antlers, a long nose, and short arms. The app then challenged me to take a picture that illustrates how my creature would use its antlers in nature.Applications for EducationNow that spring is here (in the northern hemisphere) I find myself thinking of fun ways get kids involved in outdoor learning activities. Creaturizer could be a fun app to have your students use to show what they know and or think about how animals use their bodies and adapt in nature.Creaturizer doesn't require students to create accounts so it is convenient for elementary school students to use. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesSee California's Redwoods in Google Street View7 Good Resources for Teaching and Learning About Earth DayAn Interactive Mural of Birds ...
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Pew data suggests adult learners lacking in digital skills

Apr 14 8:09pm Online Learning Update
by Roger Riddell, Education Dive A Pew Research Center report titled “Digital Readiness Gaps” suggests many adults aren’t prepared to use the digital tools necessary for online learning. According to eCampus News, 33\% of adults are reluctant when it comes to their ability to use computers and other electronic devices, 31\% are “cautious clickers” who are [...]...
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GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy introduces bill to provide free high-tech courses to vets

Apr 14 8:05pm Online Learning Update
by Donovan Slack , USA TODAY House Republican Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy says veterans need more educational opportunities that meet the demands of the fast-paced technology industry. The California lawmaker is introducing legislation Thursday giving the Department of Veterans Affairs $75 million to start a pilot program to provide accelerated computer courses in everything from [...]...
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3 Keys to Introducing Virtual Reality in E-Learning Courses

Apr 14 8:03pm Online Learning Update
By Richard Chang, Campus Technology Virtual reality (VR) has found its way into the educational space, and by all indications, it’s here to stay. Since VR glasses can be obtained for as low as $10 apiece, cost is becoming less of an issue, although the expensive headsets are still out of reach for many. Nonetheless, the [...]...
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11 FAQs About the 2017 Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps

Apr 14 7:32pm Free Technology for Teachers
Early registration discounts for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps are available for sixteen more days. In the last couple of weeks I've answered a bunch of similar questions about the Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp and the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp. Here are those questions and their answers which includes a guest appearance by my daughter, Isla.1. What's the difference between the BYOD Camp and the Chromebook Camp? In short, the Chromebook Camp is designed specifically for addressing the needs of teachers and students who will be using Chromebooks as their primary devices in their classrooms. The content of the BYOD Camp is designed to be adaptable to any platform. Here's a video explanation with Isla.2. My school is transitioning to G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps), will this help me?In short, yes. The both of the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps will include the use of Google tools in each day. The Chromebook camp will have more G Suite items than the BYOD camp. We will share methods for incorporating Google tools into much of what we do. That said, this is not focused only on Google tools. Both of the the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps are based on my framework of Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration.The first day is focused helping students use technology to discover and discuss information. Day one of the Chromebook camp will also cover workflow on Chromebooks. Likewise the first day of the BYOD camp will cover workflow on iPads, laptops, and Android devices. The second day of both camps is focused on demonstrating knowledge by creating new digital content including podcasts, videos, and other multimedia productions.3. How much time will I have to practice on my own/ with my colleague? I build in lots of time for hands-on practice. Circular tables are used so that you can face each other, meet new people, and learn and work together. I explain a bit more in this video.4. I want to bring my principal, will she/he benefit from attending?Absolutely! As I've heard my friend Scott McLeod say, the leaders must get it. This is a great opportunity for your principal to gain a great understanding of what you and your colleagues want to do when school starts again in the fall. Equally importantly, they'll learn why you want to do it.5. My school is going 1:1 with iPads, will the BYOD camp help me?Yes. We will be looking at a...
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Peak electrical power: the US continues to de-industrialize

Apr 14 4:36pm Bryan Alexander
One fascinating sign of America’s changing technological and economic life appears in this Bloomberg News article.  The United States is making, and using, less electricity than we used to. That’s a surprise, given the 20th century’s spectacular growth of industry … Continue reading →...
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Why Your Students Should Be Practicing Math with Prodigy

Apr 14 9:37am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
This amazing online resource will have your students begging to practice their math skills every day. And did I mention that it's free? The post Why Your Students Should Be Practicing Math with Prodigy appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Delay Kindergarten? Some Research Says, Enroll Anyway

Apr 14 9:06am MindShift
Academic redshirting, the practice of holding kids back a year before enrolling them in kindergarten, has been debated for years. A new article attempts to clear up some of the confusion for parents.
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Higher ed still lagging on digital accessibility

Apr 13 8:40pm Educational Technology
by Roger Riddell, Education Dive Higher ed institutions are behind in ensuring accessibility for all students with digital material and platforms, as detailed by a new 3PlayMedia whitepaper. According to eCampus News, 11\% of students have disabilities, but the shift to digital has left them in a particular bind as multimedia materials have expanded faster than [...]...
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What is the state of virtual reality in the classroom?

Apr 13 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Matthew Lynch Virtual reality sounds like a far-off futuristic concept. When we hear the words “virtual reality” we may think of people wearing big helmets that transport them to another location from the comfort of their home (or classroom). However, virtual reality is slowly becoming a reality in the classroom. It doesn’t look quite like [...]...
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How deep learning is changing the game for both advertisers and consumers

Apr 13 8:30pm Educational Technology
by Daniel Surmacz, ClickZ AI has forever changed digital advertising. As marketers, it already allows us to decide how to best engage potential customers and markets like never before. But there’s room to grow. Deep learning tools are the next major area of AI-based research, and it will spark a wave of future innovation in every [...]...
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13 epic stats and facts from The State of Social webinar

Apr 13 8:12pm Online Learning Update
by Andrew Warren-Payne, ClickZ On March 23, ClickZ Intelligence held the webinar ‘The State of Social 2017’ in association with Tracx. As part of the presentation, a huge number of stats and facts were shared about social media, both as a whole and in relation to individual networks. Practical tips given by National Geographic’s Mia Vallo [...]...
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Report: AI and IoT to Change Academic and Research Libraries in Years to Come

Apr 13 8:10pm Online Learning Update
By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology In the next year or two, research data management and the valuing of the user experience will drive technology adoption in research and academic libraries. The growth of research reports through online library databases is making it easier for students, faculty and researchers to access and build upon existing ideas and [...]...
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9 Things Educators Should Know about Gamification

Apr 13 8:06pm Online Learning Update
by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate Gamification has grown in popularity as teachers and educators realize the wealth of potential that games offer their students, no matter the age. Fast fading is the idea that video games are a waste of time. Children these days are among the most tech-savvy people precisely because they have been playing [...]...
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15 Tips and Tricks for Android App Developers in 2017

Apr 13 4:30pm edX Blog
This post originally ran on Galileo University’s Android Developer site.  While you build your career as an Android developer, there are important things you should always keep in mind if you want to increase your chances of success. No matter if you want to make your own project or work for a recognized company, there are some essential aspects to be aware of while developing... Read More about 15 Tips and Tricks for Android App Developers in 2017 The post 15 Tips and Tricks for Android App Developers in 2017 appeared first on edX Blog.
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Supporting Virtues That Inspire Student Creativity

Apr 13 4:09pm MiddleWeb
Douglas Reeves and actor son Brooks Reeves invite K-12 educators to help students experience creativity by incorporating experimentation, evaluation, and follow-through in the classroom. Pre-service teacher Sophie Cameron finds much of value in The Myth of the Muse.
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199 Tips Help You Be a Successful Principal

Apr 13 1:49pm MiddleWeb
Curious about the “Cart of good and evil” (Tip #153)? Retired principal Mary Thompson finds lots to like in Francy Fleck's tips for succeeding in the challenging position of school leader. Quotations and research support the tips, and Thompson offers a rich sample.
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Math Projects Need Deeper Math Lessons

Apr 13 12:22pm MiddleWeb
State math consultant Sara Schafer is often asked for rich math projects at the elementary school level. While some of the projects in 10 Performance-Based Projects show promise, the lack of mathematically robust content in the grades 3-5 book disappoints her.
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Two new free college plans and the future of higher education

Apr 13 11:27am Bryan Alexander
Last week Bernie Sanders and allies introduced legislation to provide tuition-free public higher education for students in families making less than $125,000 per year.  At the same time New York’s governor announced the Excelsior Scholarship, setting up a similar plan … Continue reading →...
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Dogs and Humans - A Long History of Friendship

Apr 13 10:54am Free Technology for Teachers
Anyone who has followed this blog for more than a week or two has probably picked up on my love for my dogs (#adoptdontshop). I'm certainly not the first person and I won't be the last person to have a strong bond with dogs. Who were the first people to bond with dogs? Or did dogs bond with us? Those questions and more are answered in a new video from It's Okay To Be Smart titled Dogs and Humans: A 30,000 Year Friendship. If you want to use this video as part of a flipped lesson, give Vizia a try. The responses that you gather through Vizia appear in either a Google Sheet or a CSV file to download. If you use the Google Sheet option you can then use Flubaroo to grade your students' responses to the quiz. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesA Student With Autism Student Explains Autism5 Good Resources for National Poetry MonthStudents Evaluating Student Work ...
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See California's Redwoods in Google Street View

Apr 13 10:37am Free Technology for Teachers
In an earlier post I shared the Google Expeditions virtual tours of national parks. Shortly after publishing that post I discovered Google's latest additions to their Street View collections. The latest addition features Big Basin Redwoods State Park in California. This imagery lets viewers virtually experience some of the size and scale of California's redwood forests.Applications for EducationOne good way to use Street View imagery like that in this new collection, is to organize a Street View treasure hunt in which students have to find examples of natural features in the landscape.For as long as I can remember forests have always fascinated me. I'll bet that you have students who feel the same way. This new Street View imagery will not fully satisfy their fascination, but it can give them a glimpse of a majestic forest in a way that pictures in a book cannot. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related Stories7 Good Resources for Teaching and Learning About Earth DayHow to Use Incognito Mode In Google Chrome - And Why You Might Use ItPeaks and Valleys - An Interactive Story Map ...
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Explore National Parks for Free In Person or Online

Apr 13 10:13am Free Technology for Teachers
Entry to national parks in the United States is free each of the next two weekends. If there is a national park near you, go out and explore. Bring your phone to take some pictures. Otherwise put it down and take in the experience. Better yet, skip the phone all together and use a good old camera to take some pictures. If there aren't any national parks near you, you can still explore them through some nice online resources. National Parks virtual tours are available in the Google Arts & Culture apps for Android and iOS. If you have VR headsets available to you, take a look at Google Expeditions virtual tours of the hidden treasures of National Parks. Over the years PBS has produced many videos about the National Parks. You can view some of those videos in their entirety on the PBS video website. Search on the site for national parks and you'll have a big list of videos to view. Here's a list to get you started.Web Rangers offers seven categories of games about different subjects related to the National Parks. The game categories are people, animals, parks, science, history, nature, and puzzles. Each category contains games of varying difficulty rated from easy to difficult. Some of the game topics include dendrochronology, animal tracking, animal identification, fire fighting, and map reading. Students can play Web Rangers games as visitors or as registered users. Registered users can track their progress and earn virtual rewards. Registered users can also create their own customized virtual ranger stationsThe National Parks Service's Digital Image Archive is an excellent place to find images of U.S. National Parks. You can search the archive by park and or subject. All of the images are free to download as they are in the public domain. The National Parks Service also offers a b-roll video gallery. The videos in the galleries are in the public domain. The b-roll video gallery can be searched by park, monument, building, or person. All of the videos can be downloaded. Some files are quite large so keep that in mind if your school has bandwidth limits and you have all of your students searching for videos at the same time.Google Earth offers a great way for students to view national parks in the United States and beyond. Your students can explore imagery in Google Earth to lea...
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