Friday Photo: Let’s Collaborate

Feb 12, 2016 by

This is a great way for kids to learn collaboration skills with guidance.

Have a super weekend!

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Power Searching with Google Course

Feb 11, 2016 by

Many of us think that we are great at using Google to find the answer to our questions or doing serious research.  I know I do until I see what Dan Russell says.  Dan is a research scientist at Google and he will be running this two-week Massively Open Online Course all about Google power searching.  I highly recommend checking it out starting on February 8, 2016.  The ability to search is the new literacy.  How can we (and our students) do it better?

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iDroo for Whiteboarding

Feb 10, 2016 by

iDrooiDroo is a Chrome browser extension that let’s a user create a collaborative whiteboard in their browser.  The whiteboard allows users to add text, shapes, or freehand drawings in multiple colors and line weights.  iDroo also allows users to upload documents, and images as well as have an instant chat stream.  The iDroo whiteboard can be shared with others as can view or can edit which is great for working with students.  iDroo whiteboard is  a great tool for students to show their work or collaborate with their team.

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Speaky for Reading Support

Feb 9, 2016 by

SpeakySpeaky is an easy-to-use app that will read text on your iOS device.  Speaky will open files from the cloud drive that you choose.  It will default to iCloud but is easy to connect to Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive.  Speaky will also let you copy a URL from a website and extract the text from it.  Speaky also works with most Word, PowerPoint and PDF files.  The text is highlighted as Speaky reads so it is easier for students to follow along.  The speed of the reading can be speeded up or slowed down depending on what the user needs.  This is a great app for students who need to hear the words and see the text to reinforce reading skills or to help with language acquisition.

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Monday Success: What adults can learn from kids

Feb 8, 2016 by

Adora Svitak became the youngest person to give a TED talk in 2010.  Her message is both brilliant and powerful.  Adora has gone on to speak at several TEDx events, one of which she organized (TEDx Redmond).  She has used the written word to promote literacy, raise awareness of world hunger, and other youth oriented causes.  Take a look at her first TED Talk.

This video is part of TED ED and has a customizable lesson for use in the classroom.

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Friday Photo: Don’t go wrong

Feb 5, 2016 by

Things aren’t always going to go perfectly and that’s okay.  Stay Crazy!

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Minecraft Story Mode for Gaming in Education

Feb 4, 2016 by

MinecraftSMMinecraft is a virtual environment that has taken education by storm.  Students have grabbed on to this 8-bit world and use it for all kinds of creative endeavors.  The introduction of the narrative and a story guide in Minecraft Story Mode adds some additional elements that are helpful for the classroom.  First, the guide can help educators learn about the environment so that they are on a level playing field with students.  Second, Story Mode has a narrative to follow along for some directed play.  Minecraft can be used in a number of ways in the classroom.  One idea is to use a Minecraft adventure as a writing prompt; students can use many writing styles with their Minecraft adventure as the prompt.

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Google Keep for Executive Functioning

Feb 3, 2016 by

GoogleKeepGoogle keep is a bulletin board that you can keep in your pocket.  It will allow you to create notes to yourself, questions to get answered, a checklist of things to do and more.  Google Keep is a great classroom tool for students to keep track of assignments, project tasks, and questions they may have and you can even assign due dates for tasks on the note.  Google Keep notes can be shared so students can use Google Keep to keep track of work that they are doing together.  The Google Keep app is available on iOS, Android, and for the Chrome browser.  It will sync your notes across all of your devices as long as you use the same Google account.  Google Keep is a really easy, flexible tool for students and teachers to keep track of all kinds of things.

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Pigment for Creativity

Feb 2, 2016 by

PigmentPigment is a fun way for users to be creative on their iOS device with an experience that is almost like a real coloring book.  The app will let you choose between colored pencils, markers, crayons and more to color the design or image you chose to make your own.  The app includes over 200 images of various styles for users to choose from. Sometimes we just need to take a break and let our creative juices flow and Pigment is a great way to do that.

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Monday Success: Never too young to be significant

Feb 1, 2016 by

This is a great example of the amazingly significant things that our students can do when they have a problem to solve and the passion to see it through.  How can we support our students in finding their passion AND in seeing it through?  Right now is the perfect age to be the change the world needs!

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