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Creative Writing Prompts Write a scene that includes a character speaking a different language, speaking in a thick accent, or otherwise speaking in a way that is unintelligibe to the other characters. (Note: You don't necessarily need to know the language the character is speaking—be creative with it!) Describe a character's reaction to something without explaining what it is. See if your fellow prompt responders can guess what it is. Write a story or a scene about one character playing a prank on another. Writing Prompt: Write a story that involves confusion over homonyms (words that have the same spelling but different meanings) or homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently). For World Storytelling Day, share the best story you've ever heard or told by word of mouth, or have a fictional character recount their favorite story. You're making your way down a cobbled street when a stocky, red-bearded man beckons you into an alley. Consider your handwriting, or a character's handwriting.

High School Students Showcase How Edmodo Promotes Blended Learning [Video] Tagged with: Blended LearningVideo When students at Meadowbrook High School were asked to show administrators how their teachers incorporate the digital world into their classes, the students chose to highlight how their teachers use Edmodo both as an instructional support tool and a tool for professional development. Rather than writing an article for the school newspaper, the students produced a video as part of their MBK411 news series. Under the direction of teacher Randy West, the students presented their video to the Chesterfield County School Board to show evidence of how teachers are incorporating blended learning into their classrooms. Big shout out to Brittany, Brenton, Jeremiah, Joseph, Maricela, Kane, Linda and Joshua for doing an amazing job producing the video!

Huzzaz Makes it Easy to Create and Share Online Video Collections | SocialTimes Startup: Huzzaz.comFounder: James YangLaunched: August 2013Based: Dallas, TX The internet is a useful tool but sometimes it can feel like a giant black hole, sucking you in as you search for information. Google is great for searching for brands but the information isn’t well organized. For niche content, Google search isn’t very functional at all. According to James Yang, an electrical engineer turned self-taught web developer, YouTube is much the same as Google. “YouTube is a hosting site but as far as organization it doesn’t really do the job. This is precisely the problem Yang set out to solve when he created Huzzaz, a video curation platform that enables users to create video collections and embed them on other websites. Yang says this can be particularly useful for the education industry. Ryan Drury, a 21-year-old junior at Southern Methodist University says Huzzaz is useful for exactly this purpose. “It’s so useful. Ultimately, he says Huzzaz is a passion project.

Ten educational technologies you should try this year By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris Read more by Meris Stansbury March 14th, 2013 From code that lets any educator create a MOOC, to online flash cards that help students earn money, these educational technologies could gain steam this year. It’s always hard to predict what technology will be a game-changer, but here are 10 educational technologies that have sparked our interest in recent months. From code that lets any educator create a MOOC, to online flash cards that help students earn money, the following educational technologies could gain steam in classrooms this year. Be sure to leave your suggestions for what we might have missed, or if you’ve tried some of these educational technologies before, let us know in the comments section—we’d love to hear your thoughts! (Listed in alphabetical order) 1. Between calculating the cost of college and the state of our economy, more and more teachers are incorporating financial literacy curriculum into the classroom. 2.

8 Fantastic Social Media Tools for Teachers Written by Sandra Miller Teachers use social media to engage students in creative ways that encourage collaboration and inspire discussions, especially among soft-spoken students. The number of social media tools for teachers in this respect are numerous and include the following. Plagiarism checker Plagtracker is a social media tool for teachers with the noble ability to detect plagiarism in written content. TeacherTube This app is like you tube for teachers. Edublogs Common uses for Common uses for blogs in classrooms include group projects, reflection journals, school newspapers, class web pages and parent newsletters.edublog provides plenty of other creative options for integrating the blogs into curriculum. Edublog has an option to keep blogs private which is one of its safety features thus reduces exposure to other blogs. Collaborize Classroom Classroom discussions tend to be really boring as normally most students rarely participate and will keep quite up to when the discussion ends.

“Flipped classrooms”: You keep using that word... SmartBlogs … but I do not think it means what you think it means. One of my favorite lines from “The Princess Bride.” If you’re not familiar with the movie, this clip should help. We can’t help but talk about flipped learning (flipped classrooms, inverted classrooms, reversed classrooms), and that’s not totally our fault. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always mean what you think it means. Without getting into a debate over the name, let’s talk philosophy. Flipped learning requires intentional content. Flipped learning shifts the learning culture in schools. Flipped learning demands a flexible environment. Flipped learning requires professional educators. Flipped learning does not have a how-to list associated with it.

Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women in Science Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women in Science (07:53) Provider: Youtube Girls in STEM, featuring young women scientists and engineers who wowed the President and the nation at the White House Science Fair in February, shines a spotlight on these extraordinary young role models and their exciting projects -- ranging from a machine that detects buried landmines, to a prosthetic hand device, to a lunchbox that uses UV light to kill bacteria on food. Date Uploaded: January 24, 2014 See all vialogues of this video Create Another Vialogue from this video Link Embed Code Note: Making embedded height less than 700 will cut off the comment window. Comment Density

Online Text Editor - Writing made easy - Quabel 10 Great New Web Tools for Teachers It just about time I provide you with another list of awesome educational web tools I have being bookmarking for the last couple of weeks. The purpose is to update you with the latest and new web tools that have been recently released online and which you can use either in your teaching or for your own professional development as an educator. Enjoy 1- Vivoom Vivoom is a video enhancer that allows users to add amazing looks to their videos 2- Noteshares NoteShares is a social document sharing platform that makes it insanely easy to share documents with friends and family. 3- ShowDrive ShadowDrive is a social cloud drive that securely drives, controls and delivers a unique way to back up and share files with your friends 4- Instant Google Street View Simply start typing an address, place name or location, to be instantly taken there via Google Street View.If no Street View exists at the location, or if your search is too broad (e.g. 5- MyLinkCloud