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The Top 10 EdTech Tools for Teaching and Learning in 2019 I trust you have had a well-deserved break and you are ramping up for a great start to 2019 whether it is the beginning of the year or mid-year. I wanted to start 2019 by sharing my current favorite EdTech Tools that dramatically impact the ability to add value to educators and students in their learning. The list is constantly changing and is large, due to the sheer number of amazing tools at our disposal as educators. For the sake of clarity, my list will focus on digital tools that have dramatically improved and supported student (and teacher) learning to ME in 2018 and will continue to do so in 2019. Apart from the amazing G-Suite Tools and the creative Apple tools, I use on a daily basis – I wanted to highlight 10 of my current favorites.

Announcement of LibreOffice 7.0 LibreOffice 7.0: the new major release of the best FOSS office suite ever is available on all OSes and platforms, and provides significant new features Berlin, August 5, 2020 – The LibreOffice Project announces the availability of LibreOffice 7.0, a new major release providing significant new features: support for OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.3; Skia graphics engine and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration for better performance; and carefully improved compatibility with DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files. Support for ODF 1.3. OpenDocument, LibreOffice’s native open and standardised format for office documents, has recently been updated to version 1.3 as an OASIS Technical Committee Specification. The most important new features are digital signatures for documents and OpenPGP-based encryption of XML documents, with improvements in areas such as change tracking, and additional details in the description of elements in first pages, text, numbers and charts. Summary of Other New Features [1]

Code Generator Cards provide a clean, responsive, and shareable card for any content on the web. Learn More > The Url you entered was not valid. Please try again. 13 Community Role Archetypes (Which One Are You?) Decker and I had a blast putting this together – It’s a breakdown of some archetypical roles in community we’ve noticed over the years, along with the specific people in our community who fill those roles. More on this below. (Download a larger-font, editable version here) Resources > Inventory of ICT tools Evaluation criteria: Added value: What is the potential of the tool for achieving learning objectives? Usability: How easy is the tool to use and to adapt to your teaching context? Interactivity: What possibilities does this tool offer for communication and collaboration amongst learners? Technical requirements: In order to use the tool, what are the important technical aspects to consider in terms of compatibility of operating systems, equipment, browsers, etc.?

250 Google Tools Tutorials for Teachers A few years ago I decided to start making video tutorials for the many Google tools that I write about on this blog and feature in some of my professional development workshops. This week I created my 250th Google tools tutorial. All of my Google tools tutorial videos can be found in this YouTube playlist. The tutorials in the playlist cover a wide range of features of Google tools for teachers and students. I've embedded a few of the highlights of the playlist below. How to Record Audio in Google Slides

Block Plugin/Syntax - Scratch Wiki This article demonstrates the Block Plugin syntax. On the Scratch Forums, code must be written between [scratchblocks]...[/scratchblocks] tags. (On the wiki, <scratchblocks>... 50 ways to use Book Creator in your classroom We’re excited to be publishing a free new resource for teachers, made entirely in Book Creator. 50 ways to use Book Creator in your classroom is our new year gift to teachers. This book is packed with resources covering every subject and grade level you can think of! We draw from over 5 years of case studies, thought-pieces and tutorials published on this website and beyond, packaging them in an easy to read ebook. Created by teachers, for teachers Each idea in the book has been tried and tested in real-world classrooms, by teachers from around the world.

The Architecture of Participation by Tim O'Reilly June 2004 I've come to use the term "the architecture of participation" to describe the nature of systems that are designed for user contribution. Larry Lessig's book, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, which he characterizes as an extended meditation on Mitch Kapor's maxim, "architecture is politics", made the case that we need to pay attention to the architecture of systems if we want to understand their effects. I immediately thought of Kernighan and Pike's description of the Unix software tools philosophy referred to above. Book Cover Creator The Book Cover Creator is designed to allow users to type and illustrate front book covers, front and back covers, and full dust jackets. Students can use the tool to create new covers for books that they read as well as to create covers for books they write individually or as a class. Students can use text tools to add formatting to their titles and book notes, add shading to background areas of the cover, and draw original images to illustrate their covers and dust jackets.

5 Alternatives to Padlet For the last 24 hours the Twittersphere has been buzzing about the recent changes to Padlet. While none of the following tools have as many features as Padlet, they all provide the core element of a digital wall to which you apply digital sticky notes. Here are five alternatives to Padlet. These are in the order in which I prefer them right now. LinoLino, sometime referred to as Lino.It, provides digital walls or corkboards to which you can add sticky notes that contain text, images, videos, or document attachments.

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