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Welcome to ds106. Syllabus. Computer Science 106: Digital Storytelling (Affectionately known as ds106) Instructors: Jim Groom and Paul Bond Location: The Internet Term: Fall 2014 Email, Office Hours, and Location Emails:;; Twitters: @jimgroom;@phb256 Office: ITCC 410 or the Internet Office Hours: 4-6 Tues/Thursday or by appointment Please Note: the course syllabus is subject to change depending on the way in which the class unfolds.


This class is not premised upon coverage, but rather focused on creative application and interaction with a series of ideas and a wide-range of media. This 15 week session is completely online. Success in this class hinges on managing time, proactively seeking assistance when needed, and committing regular effort several days a week on the work. Review advice from previous students. Course Materials. Offliberty - evidence of offline life. Help Center. Teaching with Video - Educators sharing experiences using GoAnimate For Schools.

PowToon, free business presentation software animated video maker and PowerPoint alternative. iPad Presentation Support Page - Kathy Schrock's iPads4teaching. PART 2 iBooks Author Tutorial - Create a Custom Template. PART 1 iBooks Author Tutorial - Create a Custom Template. Technology and Education. Latest update 4th June 2013 - These are some of the best free internet resources for education.

Technology and Education

This page is constantly updated; every time I come across a new piece of software or an exciting website, I list it here. Visible Tweets – Twitter Visualisations. Now with added prettiness! Create. Great Tech Tools. Used wisely, technology empowers students to take responsibility for their own learning.

Great Tech Tools

In Leonardo’s Laptop, Ben Shneiderman provides teachers with a powerful framework, Collect-Relate-Create-Donate (CRCD), for designing student-centered learning opportunities using computers. In particular, Shneiderman’s CRCD framework emphasizes the importance of the social aspects of learning in generating creative work. In CRCD projects, students research information, work collaboratively to create a meaningful product that demonstrates their learning, and contribute that project to a larger learning community. Google Url Shortener.

Access your bookmarks anywhere. 50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom. Wikis are an exceptionally useful tool for getting students more involved in curriculum.

50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom

They’re often appealing and fun for students to use, while at the same time ideal for encouraging participation, collaboration, and interaction. Read on to see how you can put wikis to work in your classroom. Resource Creation Using these ideas, your students can collaboratively create classroom valuables. Student Participation These projects are sure to get your students involved. Group Projects Allow wikis to facilitate group work by using these ideas. Student Interaction. 5 Ways Apps Fit Into Curriculum and Learning Strategies. As the recently released "2012 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition" suggests, mobile devices and apps will become mainstream in a year or less.

5 Ways Apps Fit Into Curriculum and Learning Strategies

But apps aren't all about playing games. Converge asked three instructional technology coordinators and teachers to share how they're using apps to help students achieve learning goals. 1. Meeting state standards With the Common Core State Standards making their way into most U.S. states, educators are lining up their instruction with the standards their students are supposed to meet. Diigo - Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network. - Discover Yourself! Online Team Collaboration. Organize your resources in an online binder - LiveBinders. FindingDulcinea. Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students.

Artful storytelling. Zotero. Track Changes on an iPad with Office2. For many academics, the ability to track changes and otherwise make comments on a shared document is an essential part of one’s work.

Track Changes on an iPad with Office2

Many people use this word processing tool to collaborate on writing projects, and probably at least as many use it to comment on or grade student writing. For these folks, the fact that no iPad-based word processor supported track changes dramatically limited the device’s utility. No more: Office² HD, an app that, as its name suggests, lets you edit Office documents, now supports track changes. Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts. To use a keyboard shortcut you press a modifier key with a character key.

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

For example, pressing the Command key (it has a symbol) and then the "c" key copies whatever is currently selected (text, graphics, and so forth) into the Clipboard. This is also known as the Command-C keyboard shortcut. A modifier key is a part of many keyboard shortcuts. A modifier key alters the way other keystrokes or mouse/trackpad clicks are interpreted by OS X. Here are the modifier key symbols you may see in OS X menus: Startup shortcuts Press the key or key combination until the expected function occurs/appears (for example, hold Option during startup until Startup Manager appears). How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC]

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How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC]

I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that's shrouded in too much mystery — I've just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in a list of results. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one.

Teaching with Evernote: A 6th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Shares His Top Tips (Back-to-School Series) Posted by Kevin Buran on 30 Aug 2011 Comment Bio Kevin Buran teaches 6th and 8th grade science to students at Carmel Middle School.

Teaching with Evernote: A 6th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Shares His Top Tips (Back-to-School Series)

I use Evernote, Everywhere: I love… Home. 62 EdTech Resources You May Have Missed–Treasure Chest June 12, 2011. Developing a Digital Classroom – Working Smarter Not Harder – Part 1. So in this first of many in the series, I would like to cover some of the simple and easy things you can do to help bring some of your course content into the digital age.

Developing a Digital Classroom – Working Smarter Not Harder – Part 1

Specifically, ways you can connect with students at their level, and still maintain your own sanity. Technology is all about us, and many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to solving pedagogical problems. You might be looking at some of this technology or some of my advice and think, “Where do I even begin?” Well, I would offer a simple retort to ask, “What is it you are trying to solve?”


Flipped Classroom. Tech Teaching Tool Links. Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker: Create your own cross word puzzles! Pixton - Comic Making Tool. 92 Teen Text Terms Decoded for Confused Parents. 7 Ways To Keep Students Focused While Using Technology. When used effectively, technology plays an important role in enhancing the learning process. Teachers can use digital devices to present supplemental material for lessons or to encourage students to take a more hands-on role in their education. Even with all of the benefits of technology in the classroom, however, educators must use caution to ensure that students are focusing on the lesson and not giving in to distractions.