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A Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools for Learning. My annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list has become a popular resource - if the Slideshare viewing stats are anything to go by. For instance the 2011 presentation has now been viewed over 800,000 times, and the 2012 has been viewed nearly 400,000 times. So since the New Year I have been working on a major new, supplementary resource, A Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools for Learning. This Guide describes the essential features of each of the 100 tools and explains how they can be used for personal productivity, professional learning and development, education and training, as well as for workforce collaboration.

The Guide is available both as continuously updated online resource and as a 342 page PDF to download. For a small charge, an annual subscription to the Guide will let you: access the online version of the Guide for one yeardownload all PDF versions of the Guide during the annual subscription period for your own personal use. 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About. Six Multimedia Timeline Creation Tools for Students. This week I ran a workshop on mind mapping, brainstorming, and timeline creation.

Six Multimedia Timeline Creation Tools for Students

These are the timeline creation tools that I included in the workshop. MyHistro Offers New Ways to Share Mapped Timelines. Education Video Slideshows. Storybird - Artful storytelling. Voki Home. Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students. Imagine, program, share. Trimble SketchUp.

Download Jelly Cam 2.0.3. GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program. Alice.org. 17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids. Planet Nutshell produces short animated videos to explain products, services, and concepts.

17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids

One of their series of videos is all about the Internet and Internet safety for K-12 students. The series is called NetSafe and it has 17 episodes that were produced for the Utah Education Network. The videos are labeled with grade levels so that students in high school don't watch videos designed for K-3 students. The first video in the series is an explanation of what the Internet is in terms that K-3 students can understand.NetSafe Episode 1: What is the Internet? More than Words Alone Can Say: Writing with Images in the Digital Age - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - DigLN, edchat, edlearning, EdTech, literacy, photo projects, visual learning. Last week, on the day before Thanksgiving vacation, several of my fifth-graders voluntarily stayed after school with me to work on a project for which they would receive no grade: producing calendars based on poems and illustrations they had created for a class project.

More than Words Alone Can Say: Writing with Images in the Digital Age - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - DigLN, edchat, edlearning, EdTech, literacy, photo projects, visual learning

We were at step two, taking digital images of their illustrations. As I put real cameras in their hands to shoot pictures of their work we will upload to online publisher Lulu, they were giddy with excitement. All eyes were on me as I told them what to do. “Put the camera strap around your neck or your wrist; keep your elbows at your sides; hold your breath as you shoot,” I instructed. Contrary to our usual classroom interactions, in this case, I did not have to tell them two or three times – and they followed my instructions to the letter. Revisiting Visual Literacy The International Visual Literacy Association credits John Debes with coining the term “visual literacy” in 1969. By 2003, Dr. VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud. Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance. Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

Cochrane’s strong PD and its list of ten non-negotiable classroom practices have been critical to the school's turnaround, helping to boost student engagement and double student performance in three years. Credit: Zachary Fink Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Click on any title link below to view or download that file. Examples from a characterization lesson from Angela Johnson’s ninth-grade English class: Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students. Remind101. The Innovative Educator: 8 Ways to Assess without Standardized Tests. A Guided Tour Inside the International Space Station. Top 10 “Nat Geo Talks” Videos for 2012. Live presentations have been a part of National Geographic since the Society’s inception in the 19th century, allowing people to embark for an evening on expeditions to the far reaches of the world through the eyes of our explorers. In the past two years, we have expanded the reach of these explorers, photographers, and scientists to include a global online audience, amassing a collection of more than 140 videos live now. Here are 2012′s top 10 most viewed videos from across a wide array of categories. Enjoy this year’s best and come back for much more.

Dangerously Irrelevant. How to Create PDFs in Google Drive in Three Steps. This morning I received a question from a reader who wanted to know if it is possible to create PDFs in Google Documents and if so how can it be done.

How to Create PDFs in Google Drive in Three Steps

I figured that if one person is asking there are probably others who would also like to know the answer to that question. The answer is yes, you can create PDFs in Google Documents and the directions for doing it are provided in the screenshots below. Shameless promotion: I'll be covering a lot of these kind of questions and more in my new webinar series Google Drive and the Common Core.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education. I think it's fair to say that Twitter can no longer be dismissed as a trivial passing fad.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education

Though I had dabbled with a personal account, my entire opinion changed when I started my @VideoAmy account and dove in to the conversations educators were engaged in.

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Webinars - Free Professional Development. 40 Sites for Educational Games. With the start of school right around the corner, I decided to revisit a post I've done on sites for educational games.

40 Sites for Educational Games

This list I've compiled has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use w/ their students. 5 Tools Every Student Needs to Know. It's back to school time, and though most of us have mastered the use of social media to enhance our personal lives, what about mastering Internet and tech that can make us more productive instead of easily distracted?

5 Tools Every Student Needs to Know

We rounded up the best apps, tools and websites for you to streamline your school life and be more successful. Google has given you a leg up though this year on that looming avalanche of paper assignments with its Google Docs research feature. It easily allows you to search online while writing and — the best part — footnote the paper with the click of a button. What are some of the best uses for mobile devices in the classroom. PhoneDog Media ExclusiveDownload iM5, now available in the App Store and Google Play. iM5 is a PhoneDog Media backed Social Platform to inspire real-life action through the crowdsourcing of ideas.

What are some of the best uses for mobile devices in the classroom

See the video Like it or not, it's that time again. 45 Simple Twitter Tips Everyone Should Know About. Are you a tweetin’ teacher? Do you rely on tweets for your extended PLN ? Whether you use the service or not, there’s a whole world of information being shared and you should start taking part. But if you’ve been too nervous or unsure about HOW to actually use Twitter as efficiently as possible… the wait is over. We’ve offered up plenty of tips and tricks for Twitter but never anything like this. It’s an elegantly organized set of infographics detailing the step-by-step process of using Twitter and making it work for you. Using Wall Wisher in the Classroom. On Friday I ran a short workshop about using online tools to brainstorm with students.

Using Wall Wisher in the Classroom

One of the resources that I shared and had folks try out was Wall Wisher. Although not the most robust tool for brainstorming, Popplet is currently my favorite, Wall Wisher is easy to use and seemed to be a hit with my audience. Education Technology, Apps, Product Reviews, and Social Media.

25 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social Media Into Education. Websites Like - Find Related Sites and Tools. 12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free. All education is self-education. Period. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop. We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn. Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world. Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of. Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology.

I had never been to an "unconference" before, but when I heard the organizer of SocialEdCon Unconference introduce the event, I knew I was in for something new: "Write your ideas that you want to discuss on the top of the poster board. Each of you can look at all of the ideas and put check marks beside the ones that interest you, and then that will drive the topics that we discuss today. " A List of Free Must Have PDF Tools for Educators. I love PDFs and I favour them over the other document formats and I am pretty sure many of you love then too.

There are many things we can do with them apart from just viewing and reading them. The 411 on Digital Learning. Show Me What's Wrong - Help Your Friends With Their Computer Problems. Google Sites for Teachers 2012. Page-level Permissions and Digital Portfolios in Google Sites. 5 Ways to Use Google Sites in Schools. Summer School for Teachers. While we all know there is no such thing as having a "summer off" as a teacher, the summer does afford us the time to do some exploring. MIT Video - More Than 10,000 Educational Videos. Last night I stumbled upon this video of David Breashears presenting at the Cambridge Science Festival. 7 Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Outlines Online. One of the presentations that I made this week was about having students create videos to demonstrate their knowledge of a topic.

In that presentation one of the points that I stress is the need for students to create outlines of their videos before moving onto the technical aspects of constructing a video. Education in the Social Media Era. Google Earth A to Z. Watch Steve Jobs Talk Passionately About the First Apple Store Ever. By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfuld) The technology world and the various industries that were born out of it are growing faster than ever. As a result, the competition is fiercer than it has ever been. Whether you are an Apple fan or an Apple hater (since there does not seem to be a middle ground when it comes to this company), you cannot deny that the company is interesting from so many perspectives.

Being the most valuable company in the world and what might soon become the first trillion dollar company has people so devoted to Apple that many have described it as a near religious experience. GE Teach - Teaching With Google Earth. Recently, a high school geography teacher, Josh Williams, contacted me to share his website GE Teach. 10 Things You May Not Know About YouTube. How Twitter can be used as a powerful educational tool. Top 10 Free Online Mind Mapping Tools. 7 Strategies for iPads and iPods in the (Math) Classroom. Web 2.0 Tools for Educators. So...You Wanna Start Texting. Top 5 Twitter Accounts for Teachers. 12 Most Splendid Sources for Music Discovery.

Teachers Guide on The Use of Wikis in Education. KinectEDucation. Study Finds Benefits In Use of iPad As Educational Tool. Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture. Tech Alternatives for the One Computer Classroom. Youth Voices. 5 Cutting Edge iPad Apps for Creative Thinking & Learning. 50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About. Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student. 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers. Making Educational Blogging Work for Your. Cool Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom.

Flipping...It's Not Just For The Classroom. - 30 Online Multimedia Resources for PBL and Flipped Classrooms by Michael Gorman. One iPad in the Classroom? – Top 10 Apps. 50 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed. Discovery Education Web2012 : Home. Free Downloads. Using Google Scholar for Education. Ten Search Tools and Tactics Teachers and Students Need to Know. 12 Tools for Quickly Gathering Informal Feedback from Students. Daily Dose of DEN Diigo 06/27/2012.

TeacherTube - Teach the World. SchoolTube - Video Sharing For Students & Teachers. 3 Simple Steps to Do-it-yourself Professional Development. The Honor Roll: 50 Must-Read K–12 Education IT Blogs. 20 Twitter Hashtags Every Teacher Should Know About. iLearn Technology. Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Advancing Children's Learning in a Digital Age. Children's Digital Media Center. Mathematics. Preparing Teachers To Teach With Technology - Charalambos Vrasidas, Gene V. Glass. ReadWriteWeb - Web Apps, Web Technology Trends, Social Networking and Social Media.

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ISTE iPad in Education Webinar. iPads in Education Webinar. Digitales. Langwitches. Dr. Helen Barrett's Electronic Portfolios. 21st Century Fluency Project. Welcome to Skype in the classroom. Welcome to MySMARTSpaces - the home of SMART Technologies in the UK.