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News - Ribbon Hero 2 You've tried games that test your card playing, your imaginary farming skills, and your ability to hurl small birds. Finally there's a game that will make you better at your job. Do you feel like you're using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote the same way version after version, or have you avoided using one of these apps because you don't know how? Digital Media Literacy for Early Childhood Educators How do we support early childhood teacher preparation so it keeps pace with technology? At the 2014 Fred Forward Conference, representatives from the TEC Center at Erikson Institute, Mozilla Foundation, Common Sense Media, and the Council for Professional Recognition will discuss how to enhance digital media literacy for educators. Photo/ Andrea Hernandez It’s challenging to be an analog-age educator welcoming digital-age children into your classroom each day. Making appropriate and intentional choices about the use of technology tools and digital media can be difficult, even overwhelming, for early childhood educators. In a screen-saturated world, educators need to know how best to manage how much children watch, what they watch, and what they do while using screens. These decisions require a new literacy for educators, including the disposition, knowledge, experiences and competencies that lead to fluency with digital devices and media for young children.

Windows Movie Maker The sights, sounds and action of a movie are a great way grab your students' attention and bring subjects to life. But who has time to teach and make movie magic? You do - with Windows Movie Maker. In just minutes, you can turn photos and video clips on any subject into interesting movies with special effects, sounds, and captions. Legal Music For Videos Many musicians choose to release their songs under Creative Commons licenses, which give you the legal right to do things like use their music in your videos. What is Creative Commons? Creative Commons is a system that allows you to legally use “some rights reserved” music, movies, images, and other content — all for free.

Kodu Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input. Programming as a Creative Medium The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Do the Building Blocks of Computer Programming Begin in Preschool? Photo/ Allie Pasquier These are exciting times in the field of early childhood education. Creative teachers are discovering effective ways to offer children a healthy blend of sensory-rich tactile investigations, artistic creativity, meaningful collaborations, and high-tech tools geared toward problem solving and documenting a child’s work/play. The advent of touch-screen interactions allows screen time to be both engaging and investigatory; and, happily, the current “Maker Movement” helps us advocate for classroom activities that include real-world construction, building, and innovation. The older debate of “tech vs. no tech” in teaching seems to be losing to a discussion of how to best provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences that lead to lifelong learning and growth. Fantastic!

800 Free Online Courses from Top Universities Get 1200 free online courses from the world's leading universities -- Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 30,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now. 20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.

Xpedition Hall Interactive Archive: Xpedition Hall Welcome to the Interactive “Museum” That Takes You on Geography Journeys See other versions of this page: About Xpedition Hall Technology that Supports Early Learning – Three Examples Digital storytelling for dual language learners; e-books about empathy; deep diving on a virtual Titanic; and more innovative uses of technology for early learning. Computers, tablets, smartphones, apps, and other digital tools are part of our everyday lives. When used appropriately, technology can help children explore their world, express and make sense of what they know, and interact with other children. Technology tools can also assist families as they support their children’s at-home learning. Photo/ Laurie Sullivan So, how can early childhood educators choose appropriate technology tools to enhance and support children’s learning?

How to Create a Bibliography in Google Documents One of the most useful new Add-ons for Google Documents is the EasyBib Bibliography Creator. The EasyBib Bibliography Creator makes it easy to properly cite resources and format a bibliography in APA, MLA, or Chicago style. The screenshots below provide directions for the process. (Click the images to view them in full size).

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