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I got it off Google Images… – ICTEvangelist. I often ask teachers if they use Google Images for the pictures they use in the resources they make for the classroom.

I got it off Google Images… – ICTEvangelist

The majority of teachers tell me they use Google Images for all their images. They simply go to the site, search for their image, grab the best one and use it. I get why people would do this; it’s quick, easy to do and inside the Google search comfort zone. Doing this however is wrong, as seemingly too few of us know. Many, if not the majority of images found via the Google Images search engine will be subject to licensing. I think this quote from a comment thread on this post about Getty Images sueing people who use their images sums up the situation quite well… So you might be thinking, darn – so how do I get images that aren’t licensed?

The problem you’ll find quite quickly is though that the images that you’re left with are often not as good or as suitable as those you would normally see without this filter. Education Week. The online movement to share free educational materials is adding entire curricula to its offerings, rather than just individual lessons and units Open educational resources typically have been offered to educators in bite-sized chunks—an individual lesson here, a classroom module there—and have been meant to fill in holes the core curriculum does not address.

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But over the past few years, a number of organizations and state and local education agencies have begun creating openly licensed resources that they say will meet schools' appetites for full platefuls of curriculum, covering entire subjects and grade levels, and not just slivers of them. BrainPOP’s New Make-A-Movie: Empowering and Engaging Students – Flipped Technology Coaching. You may have heard that BrainPOP has a brand new Make-A-Movie feature that has been receiving rave reviews.

BrainPOP’s New Make-A-Movie: Empowering and Engaging Students – Flipped Technology Coaching

In order to access this feature, students and teachers must have their own premium account, which fortunately we do have access to here in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Teachers can assign Make-A-Movie to their students or create their very own! Step 1: Accessing Make-A-Movie After watching your favorite video, you now will see the Make-A-Movie feature appear on the right. The new Periodic Table of iPad Apps for Primary aged pupils – ICTEvangelist. I’ve always enjoyed thinking of ideas about how we can utilise technology for purposeful means in the classroom.

The new Periodic Table of iPad Apps for Primary aged pupils – ICTEvangelist

It is often we see the simplest ideas making the biggest impact on teaching and learning. I’m still asked regularly for apps for particular subjects, asking children to use devices as sources of information rather than vehicles or tools to express learning. Beyond the Binder: 3 Strategies for Empowering Digital Tool Use in the Classroom. Innovate with iPad. 16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online.

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Although Drive also includes other tools, these three are particularly useful for creating rigorous, academically robust projects.

Great Google Search Strategies Every Student Can Use - Infographic. A couple of years ago I published 10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use.

Great Google Search Strategies Every Student Can Use - Infographic

In that post I included a small PDF to distribute to students. The folks at Canva.com took a look at the post and turned it into a slick infographic for me. You can view the infographic below. Click here to download it from Box.com where I have it hosted. Canva is a nice tool for creating infographics, slides, and posters. 10 Important Google Search Strategies for Students - A PDF Handout. Google Classroom in Transitional Kindergarten - Teacher Tech. Google Classroom allows for teachers to easily engage students of all ages with digital tools.

Google Classroom in Transitional Kindergarten - Teacher Tech

Sometimes I am asked if Google Classroom can be used when teaching young kids. YES! There are many Kinder and 1st grade teachers using Google Classroom with their students. Consistently using the same tool to pass out and collect makes the process of using digital resources easier for students and teachers. Transitional Kindergarten. Google Chrome Cheat Sheet. Pinterest A Handy Google Chrome Cheat Sheet!

Google Chrome Cheat Sheet

I have put together a quick Google Chrome Cheat Sheet for those of you new to the browser, or looking to learn more about this powerful tool. I’ve included the “Anatomy of Chrome,” as well as keyboard shortcuts for Mac and PC. Pivot This: Summarize Google Forms Data - Teacher Tech. After collecting data from a Google Form it is likely that you want some summary data.

Pivot This: Summarize Google Forms Data - Teacher Tech

Pivot tables allow you to not only count or add up information in your spreadsheet but also enables you to cross tabulate with another characteristic. For example to count how many votes each candidate earned but break down the votes by gender. The summary of responses can be found under the “Forms” menu in the spreadsheet. This automatically creates charts and summary information for the questions you asked in your Google Form. Click Here for a sample of a summary of responses. Pivot tables allow you to define how the data is summarized. Click Here to make a copy of the sample spreadsheet data. The first step is to highlight the columns of data in the spreadsheet that you wish to summarize. 5 More Awesome Chrome Extensions for Teachers - BetterCloud Monitor. Readability Turn this… into this: If you’ve ever tried to share an article with students, you know that all the ads and images clutter things up and make it difficult to get to the bare bones of the material.

5 More Awesome Chrome Extensions for Teachers - BetterCloud Monitor

Color Code and Organize Your Google Drive - Ladybug's Teacher Files. It seems like I rely more and more on my Google Drive each year of my teaching. I upload my favorite resources to folders, create docs for my students to use in Google Classroom, store maps for Social Studies, upload photos of our Science experiments...there is just so much you can do with the drive. And I really love how easy it is to organize your files. But, truth be told, I was never a big fan of the layout and colors. A sea of gray folders is never really helpful when you are a busy teacher trying to find docs on the fly.

And, while you can colorize the folders, there is only so much control over the order they can be displayed. Or is there? I've had my folders colorized for a few years, but I learned something new. And it gets better. Google updates Classroom with new tools for students, parents and teachers. Google Classroom, the company’s platform that brings together Google Apps for Education and a number of tools for managing classes and content, is getting one of its regular summer updates today (right in time before the next school year starts). While Classroom has traditionally focused on offering tools for teachers and students, this new version now also brings in parents and guardians.

Parents can now automatically receive summaries of their kids’ work so they can know exactly how they are doing in any given class (helicopter parents will surely love this feature, though students may not be so happy about it). 14 Virtual Tools: Favorite Math Apps. More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you’re modeling a lesson, creating stations, or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success. Here are some apps for iPads — along with a few other tips — that can transform your daily lessons and are definitely worth checking out!

Base Ten Blocks Number Pieces is a great free app that allows every student with an iPad to have an endless number of base ten blocks at their fingertips. Whether they are learning basic place value, modeling how to add decimals, or exploring expanded notation, this app is worth looking into. Vector Scratch Blocks. In September 2014 Computing will be a new curriculum subject and I wanted to make some resources that could be used to support Scratch After seeing these hands-on blocks I thought it would be great if anyone could make their own.

So I set about creating some vector versions of the standard Scratch blocks that could be scaled to any size required. As I created them I also thought how useful it would be if Teachers could use them in other ways, for example, displays, PowerPoints and on Interactive Whiteboards. 25 Real Ways Minecraft is Being Used in the Classroom. Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation. Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way they and their students work. With so much going on in the classroom, many teachers don’t have the time to test out various apps and find the perfect tool to meet their needs. Luckily, several tech-savvy librarians have been curating the apps their colleagues find useful and sharing the all-stars with one another through personal learning communities (PLC) and edWeb webinars.

These educators are paying attention to their own working habits, as well as those of students, to figure out which technology products and trends are here to stay. Michelle Luhtala, a school librarian in New Canaan, Connecticut, has noticed that much of her own work has transitioned from the computer to her smartphone. She sees the same trend in students, but also recognizes many schools have policies against phones because they can be distractions. Check out previous years favorites here and here. 25 Real Ways Minecraft is Being Used in the Classroom. 6 Minecraft lessons offer a motherlode of learning. Coding for Kindergarteners. Last year at this time, I was trying not to think about kindergarteners.

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play. Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. A Whole New Ball Game. At Trail Ridge Middle School, which is forty minutes north of Denver, in Longmont, the old Colorado is giving way to the new. A stuffed grizzly that once stood at the entrance has been banished to a dusky back hallway, and many of the students are the children of tech workers. On a recent weekday morning, Anna Mills, a sixth-grade science teacher, shouted from the front of the classroom, “Grab your iPads and your Spheros!”

When her command didn’t work, she clapped twice, and this code was successful: her two dozen students clapped back, roughly in unison, and began getting up from their desks. The Educators’ Guide to Infographics. Sometimes when you’re compiling your content for your next blog post you find that, to get your point across, you have to cover a lot of facts and figures, statistics, or tabular information, and it’s really tricky to put into words.

Chrome App and Extension Database. There are now 150+ Chrome Apps and Extensions in this database. I have put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers (also at the bottom of this post) that is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. 20 ways to use a tablet in the classroom. Whatever model of Android or iOS tablet you have available, it’s a hugely versatile tool when it comes to educating and entertaining children.

Create Historical Facebook Profiles in Google Drawings. Home - Minecraft Education Edition. Educational Minecraft Activities - Rachel K Tutoring Blog. Educational Minecraft Activities by Rachel 14 comments. Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch. Integrate-tech-keeps-changing-todd-finley?crlt_pid=camp. Asking if technology enhances learning is like asking if dogs are playful. Whether we're discussing tech or those furry mouth-breathers, the answer is the same: it depends on the situation.

Here's a better line of inquiry: how do you coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies in order to positively influence academic achievement? We can begin to answer this question with the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Framework (TPACK), which conceptualizes the integration of "Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Technological Content Knowledge (TCK), Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK), and the intersection of all three," explains Dr. Matthew Koehler, editor of tpack.org. Computer Lab Favorites.

Minecraft Education Edition: why it's important for every fan of the game. At the densely crowded Bett show, a mammoth education technology conference taking up most of London’s ExCel venue, a vast audience has gathered to watch one particular demonstration. It is Microsoft’s newly announced Minecraft: Education Edition, a special version of the hugely successful building sim, specifically customised for the classroom environment. As the company representative highlights the main features, spectators photograph every single powerpoint slide. Behind the stage there’s a demo area with dozens of laptops running an early version of the new edition – all lined up on tables designed to resemble the game’s simple wooden blocks.

Minecraft and Immersive Learning Environments for School Librarians. 11 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Your SMART Board. 5 Makerspace Books You Need to Read. 6 Google Calendar Tips. 5 Little Known Google Sheets Functions I Use Everyday. 4 of The Smartest Workarounds in Google Apps. Create Interactive Year-in-Review Timelines. Your Apple TV at School Needs PhotoWall+ App - Wired Educator. Copy of Getting Started with MinecraftEdu - Google Slides.

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A Handful of Google Calendar Tutorials for Teachers. GlassLab Games. SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! Community PlanIt. The Radix Endeavor. 2 Quick, Inexpensive Ways to Add Collaborative Space to Your Classroom. Crop & Edit Images in Google Slides. 15 Unusual (But Awesome) Websites to Use in the Classroom. Zoom In - Lessons. Classroom, Doctopus and Goobric - The Ultimate Workflow! Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers. 25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers. Apple TV Settings for the Classroom. Google Sheets Just Got Some Major Updates. 72 Google Drive Shortcuts You Should Know.

Back to School with Trello. Digital Student Portfolios Study Guide.pdf. Great Google Drive Add-ons for Teachers - A PDF Handout. App Smashing: Pushing the Limits of Education Technology [3037] Inequity in Computer Science Education. The Case Against Laptops in the Classroom. The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New. 11 Helpful Hints for Combining Google Drive With Symbaloo.