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Connecting dots of digital learning

Connecting dots of digital learning
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Matt Gomez Blog Toontastic App Is Now FREE Google has acquired one of my favorite storytelling apps and it is now FREE (was $9.99) If you don’t already own this app grab it and get those kids creating. Listed below are a few posts I have made previously about the app and you can read about the announcement here. Toontastic and MLK Toontastic App 101 Toontastic Storytelling App Like this: Like Loading... Online Reader QR Code Center! I recently shared two sets of 50 Online Readers for young kids (here and here) and Jeannine Freeman shared with me this amazing resource with QR codes that link to many of the books. Find the QR code document here! Another 50 Online Readers (with audio) Here is another 50 readers from Unite For Literacy (find the first 50 here) They work on the iPad, read to the kids, and are available in various languages. Set 2 click here or click on the picture below Top 14 Nature Pictures of 2014 If you didn’t already know one of my main hobbies is photography. 420mm f/4 1/640 ISO 3200

Richard Byrne Free Technology for Teachers Carl Hooker Hooked On Innovation | When Innovation slaps you in the face, we slap back. Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | Blended Learning and Technology in the Classroom Leslie Fisher Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom wwwatanabe SuperBetter: Show Me the Science! Looking for the research behind SuperBetter Chief Creative Officer Jane McGonigal’s SXSW, Games for Health, Games for Change, or TED Global talks? Good news: You’ve found it! Haven’t seen any of these talks yet? You can listen to one right now: Download or stream the podcast of Jane’s 2012 SXSW featured talk: A Crash Course in Getting SuperBetter. Or download the slides from Jane’s Games for Health keynote! Curious for more breakthrough research? (TIP: The studies here are presented in the order they appear in the talks, so you can follow along with the online podcasts, videos or slides!) A first-hand account from a hospice worker: “The most frequently expressed deathbed regrets.” The Benefits of Playing Videogames With Your Kids Research from Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life: “Game On: Associations Between Co-Playing Video Games and Adolescent Behavioral and Family Outcomes.” Social Games are a Powerful Relationship Management Tool Avatars Change Our Real-Life Behavior

4 GINORMOUS Google Classroom Updates! (April 21, 2015) You asked for it! You got it! The Google Classroom Team delivers again! Multiple-Teacher Support Has Arrived! This was one of the most frequently requested features since the inception of Google Classroom, and it's finally here! Create draft Assignments & Announcements! The ability to "hold" Assignments and Announcements has also been a popular request. ADDED BONUS: Your Assignment or Announcement will actually save as a draft automatically as your working on it! Assign Grades Without Having to Return Assignment! Another great new feature is the ability to assign grades, without be required to Return the assignment to the student. Email Notifications for Private Comments! Now when the teacher(s) and the students use the private comment thread in an Assignment, both will receive email notifications (if that featured is turned on in the settings). Submit Your Google Classroom Feedback! The Google Classroom Team values their users.

Tom Murray | 5 Keys to Effective Digital Learning Implementation Each year, billions of dollars are spent on educational technology in the United States. With stagnant budgets forcing districts to evaluate each line item on a year over year basis, school officials are often forced to make difficult choices on what to purchase, what to cut, and ultimately, where to invest money in the smartest possible fashion. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a large number of districts related to their digital conversion; in essence, moving their classrooms from teacher-centric environments with desks in rows and information dissemination seemingly the focus, to 21st century learning spaces where students are empowered, the classroom is flexible, and the focus is on creation, collaboration, and higher order thinking skills. In some districts, millions of dollars are spent putting equipment in the hands of both teachers and students and in turn, there’s minimal increases in academic achievement. 1. Assess 2. 3. 4. 5.

Choose Awesome | Finding a little bit of awesome in every day Aurasma Starting in January, I’m kicking of “Tech Like a Pirate” where you I talk about several ways you integrate technology into your classroom while you Teach Like a Pirate. To get things kicked off, I have made a Top 10 list or in a way kind of a top 40 list to show you what Apps work the best with all the Pirate Hooks. So, let the fun begin. 1. 2. 3. Teaser Hook: One of the best ones I have found is with iBanner for IOS and either PowerPoint or Google Slides. Mozart Hook: Music can be done several ways. Student Direct Hook: This is where App Dice come in great use. Board Message Hook: Padlet is one of the best as it works as a perfect digital builtin board for you and or your students to post thoughts, links, brainstorm and more and its free! The Contest Hook: Heard of Kahoot! Life-Changing Lessons Hook: Any camera App does this. The Interior Designer Hook: I love using Green Screen App with this. Craft Hook: Going back to Pic Collage. Safari Hook: Heard of Skype? 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

I’ll Never Resign I can’t read one more viral, “I resign from teaching..” blog post. I get it. I really do. I understand we work in a broken system and need to raise awareness. I understand that the over-testing of America’s kids is beyond madness. What needs to go viral? The stories of kids filled with joy when they figure something out and it was hard and they worked at it. The photos of students helping carry cans they collected for the local food pantry and the teacher who helped organize it. The positive note you wrote to a colleague about what you saw them do for a child yesterday when no one else was watching. The tale of love when you secretly paid a kids lunch bill so he could have a hot meal for lunch, because you might just the be only person who knows that it’s his only hot meal of the day. The principal going down the slide on the playground, noticing a child without a coat, and secretly buying him one. The Saturday mornings spent researching ideas online to make that science unit more fun.

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