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When you're trying to teach people how to do something new on their computers having screencast videos or annotated screen capture images can be invaluable to you and the people you're trying to help. Here are some free tools that you can use to create screen capture videos and images. Vessenger , producers of a group messaging system, offers a free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen. The free program, called Snaplr , is available for Windows and Mac. With Snaplr installed you can capture all or part of your screen.
If you have ever received an email with an attachment that you need to put your signature on, you need to check out Hello Sign . Hello Sign is a free service that allow you to digitally sign documents. Hello Sign can be used on your computer, on your iPhone, and on your iPad.
Used wisely, technology empowers students to take responsibility for their own learning. 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. Shneiderman designed the Collect-Relate-Create-Donate framework as a vehicle for preparing young people for a 21st century world where innovation, creativity, and collaboration will be more highly prized than retention and repetition.
Now that my school year is over I'm taking a short fly fishing vacation. The posts for the rest of the week highlight my favorite resources of 2011 so far. Flubaroo is a free script that you can use to grade the quizzes that you administer through Google Docs. Flubaroo provides great step-by-step directions for using the script.
Drawing is an important skill in education . Some studies have shown that painting and drawing can improve complex reasoning,writing, and reading readiness, partly because the critical and creative faculties required to generate and appreciate drawing transfer cognitively to future learning experiences, and partly because drawing and art in general make learning fun : A student personally invested in his or her work will be far more likely to stick with it. "The observational skills needed to draw a careful sketch of a leaf, are the same skills you need to figure out scientifically what's going on in a pond, which are the same skills you need to 'read' your classmates," ( Peter Dillon : Principal at New York City `s Heritage School )
Every day in my K-8 tech classes, I use a variety of cloud-based tools to enhance the learning experience for my students. There are more of these ‘Web 2.0′ tools than I can keep up with, but when you teach tech or coordinate technology for your school, ‘keeping up’ is part of your job. Here’s how I determine which of these hundreds (thousands?)
I collect productivity books, tips, and ideas. Going through my bookmarks on Diigo, I realized I had some great stuff in here that I still use and ponder. In this "best of" post, I'm sharing some of the best productivity tips, tricks, and apps for those of you who are trying to get the most out of every moment. This website lets you mashup and create new feeds from existing ones.
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How to Teach With Technology Learn how to create custom multimedia products for your classroom or ecourse and other great ideas for the classroom. Explore this online course at