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43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms In the middle of October, we invited educators to tell us about the "apps, games, and websites that are helping to tranform their classrooms this year." We asked that you submit your responses in the form of Field Notes and we received more than 700 submissions! 43 products emerged with several votes and strong, detailed Field Notes to explain just how they are being used effectively at school. So here is our (albeit unscientific) list of apps, games, and websites transforming classrooms this Fall. We are also pleased to announce the winner of the $250 Amazon gift card. To qualify for the drawing, educators had to submit more than one qualifying Field Note during this campaign.

The 6 Most Badass Skills You Can Learn in Under a Week Become a Human Lie Detector Any secret agent worth his hidden cyanide pills is going to have to be prepared for intense negotiations. Whether you've captured a deadly SPECTRE double-agent working as an MI6 janitor, or are just buying a used car, you've got to be able to tell when the enemy is lying through his teeth to you, and how to best disguise the fact that you're lying through your teeth at the same time. Also you can be like that guy in Lie to Me, for the few of you who watch that show. The Coursework: Where can I find free public domain images and pictures? Today, there are dozens of great Internet web sites that offer thousands of free public domain and royalty free images. Below is a list of some of the best available sites to find these pictures. Note: All of these sites have free images with different agreements. Make sure the images you're copying have no restrictions or have license agreements that allow you to use them how you choose. Free Images

How I Work With Compositional Lines in Photos Composition can make or break a photograph. This is why it’s important to understand it and know how to effectively and creatively use it. In essence, composition describes the position of relative elements in a photograph. Talk Tech With Me It’s the time of year for ‘Best Of 2013′ lists, so I thought I’d create my own. This list contains the 13 best multi-platform (web, iOS, Android, etc.) apps and sites for the classroom (in my opinion). Whether you’re a BYOT, 1:1 iPad, 1:1 Chromebook, 1:1 something else, or still convincing the movers and shakers in your building to switch to a BYO or 1:1 program, you’ll be able to use all 13 of these sites with your students! 13: YouTube: With over 6 billion hours of video being watched from the site every month, there is no explanation needed for the video sharing giant.

My Puzzles Welcome! This is a feature where you can manage the crossword puzzles you have created on the computer you are using. This package doesn't use any accounts or passwords, so you need not remember that information. Michael Cerdeiros - Cerious Productions Changelog and Updates The following websites were part of the original list but they are either no longer available or have been replaced with better alternatives. Frequently Asked Questions: Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) What is Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC)? The Museum's OASC initiative provides license- and cost-free access to images of artwork in the collection that the Museum believes to be in the public domain and free of other known restrictions for scholarly use in any media which the Museum has identified as on the site. Access to OASC images is direct from the Collection section of the website. This initiative builds upon the groundbreaking collaborative program Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) via Artstor, spearheaded by the Museum in 2007. OASC greatly expands the amount of the Museum's images freely available for scholarly use, and facilitates direct access via the Museum's website.

6 Photographers Shoot the Same Guy But He Gives Each of Them a Different Backstory Is a photograph shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it? To test this, Canon Australia invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. The subject was an actor who gave a different backstory to each of them; from a self-made millionaire to a recovering alcoholic. The social experiment is interesting because it demonstrates how the photographer’s vision, perception and personal biases can shape the outcome. It also raises some interesting conversations about how media can frame a story with a certain angle or sentiment. Further, it also reveals how differently each photographer can capture the same subject but use their own angle, lighting and perspective to frame the subject and imbue it with their style and vision.

Digital Resources for Schools: inspiring research on World War One Alexander Bunyip's Under The Lake: The Real History of Lake Burley Griffin To celebrate the Lake's big birthday, join author, illustrator, and Bunyip wrangler Michael Salmon, to discover entertaining, true and highly probable histories, mysteries and legends, on, around and under the lake. Monday 26 May–Friday 30 May 10 am and 1 pm, 75 min Theatre, $5 per student (includes resources)

Helping Businesses Make User-Friendly Websites Google recently set up a course in web “accessibility” which may sound great at first. Until they start the paragraph with: “According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people have vision impairments.” As if people who are blind or have low vision are the only users with disabilities having difficulties using websites. What about people with other disabilities? It is not the first time when an organization or an individual talks about web accessibility as something only for blind users. However, Google should have know better than that as a very high profile organization with enough resources to hire qualified accessibility experts to provide right information about accessibility.

10 Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web No, it’s not Spiderman’s latest web slinging tool but something that’s more real world. Like the World Wide Web. The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines.

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